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Weekly Update: December 13th

“Comfort, comfort my people (Is 40, 1) How does the Lord give comfort? ~ With tenderness.”

 Pope Francis


Congratulations to the following students for being “Reflective, Creative & Holistic Thinkers”;

Evelynn E., Josiah J., Elysia Z. & Georgia G.~ Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with our community!

Thank you:

Thank you to Mr. Rath & Mr. Gowan’s class for preparing our Advent Liturgy! Thank you to all of our families who were able to join us virtually!

Thank you to ALL of our families and staff that were able to join us for our Christmas Kahoot Evening. A very special SHOUT OUT to Braydon, our intermediate student who organized this for our community! Congratulations to the following families for placing 1st Adrovez Family, 2nd The Dachuk Family & 3rd The Tyrer Family!!!

Thank you to Mrs. Ferreira, Mme Pietrantoni & Ms. Makariak for your dedication and time with both our junior and senior choirs- it was so great to hear their voices at our Advent Liturgy!

Thank you to all of our students & staff for ALL of your time & energy in preparing for our Virtual Christmas Concert ~ parents, please remember this is not a professional production! Instead it is a gift for you to enjoy & cherish!

Gentle Reminders:

What does the 3rd Sunday of Advent mean?

Historically the pink or rose candle is called the Gaudete candle, from the Latin word meaning “rejoice.” The third Sunday of Advent is also known by some Christians as Gaudete Sunday. It is an important reminder in the Advent season of preparation, of the JOY that is ours in knowing the power of love in our lives.

Christmas Spirit Week:

We are encouraging all of our students and staff to participate in our Christmas Spirit Week:

Monday, December 13th – Christmas Plaid / Flannel Day

Tuesday, December 14th– Christmas Sweater Day

Wednesday, December 15th – Festive Christmas Wear (Virtual Christmas Concert @1pm)

Thursday, December 16th – JOY Day & Christmas PJ Day

Friday, December 17th– Red, Green & White Day (Early Release @ 2pm)

*Please note some of our KDG classes may have different themed days- please check with the communication from your child’s teaching team.

Virtual Christmas Concert

We are excited to share our 1st ever Virtual Christmas Concert with our families! The concert will be held live via Teams starting at 1pm on Wednesday, December 15th. Please note, we will be recording the concert using Teams and we will post the link on our school website.

Please use the following link to see the live Christmas Concert @ 1pm:

Click here to join the meeting

Early Dismissal Reminder – Students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 17th

Rapid Antigen Screening Kit 

During the week of December 13th – 17th, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year old

First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.

Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on

Book an appointment

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.


Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Update Contact Information
If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office. Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?
If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.

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Promoting Well-Being – Outdoor winter safety: Staying safe during winter activities

By SickKids staff

Information for parents on helping kids stay safe while skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or tobogganing.

Key points

  • Check the weather forecast before going out for a day’s activity.
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature and the activity you will be doing.
  • Use well-maintained, well-fitting equipment, including the appropriate safety helmet for your activity.
  • Keep activities suited to children’s age and abilities and stay alert for hazards.

For more information see the entire article at –


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Looking Ahead:

Christmas Plaid/Flannel Day
Dec 13 all day
Christmas Sweater Day
Dec 14 all day
Festive Wear~ Virtual Christmas Concert @1pm
Dec 15 all day
Virtual Christmas Concert @ 1pm
Dec 15 all day
Joy Day & Christmas PJ Day
Dec 16 all day
Pizza Day Term 1
Dec 16 all day
Early Release Day @ 2pm
Dec 17 all day
Red, Green & White Day
Dec 17 all day
Christmas Break Begins
Dec 20 all day
Merry Christmas!
Dec 25 all day
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