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Weekly Update: December 6th

“This Advent, make yourself, small, make yourself a servant of others, and the Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to ALL of our families and staff that were able to support our Indigo Fundraiser on Tuesday, November 30th! Congratulations to Elena B., Ivana G. & Nico E.  For completing and submitting the scavenger hunt to the main office and winning a $25 Indigo gift card !

Thank you toMrs. Makariak & Mme Pietrantoni for all of your time & commitment with our senior band!

Thank you to our Gr. 8 leaders in Mr. Murray’s class for your support with Pizza Day!

Thank you to Mrs. Ferreira, Mme Pietrantoni & Ms. Makariak for your dedication and time with both our junior and senior choirs!

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:

Celebrating Advent as A Family

One of the most common ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath or Advent candle holders. Four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The increase in light from week to week is meant to symbolize the coming of the light of the world. The second Sunday of Advent, December 5th, symbolizes Peace & the prophecies of a coming of a Saviour. Read from more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning (information taken from the Catholic Company).

Advent Liturgy

On Thursday, December 9th @ 1:15pm, Mr. Gowan and Mr. Rath’s class will be leading our community in an Advent Liturgy. Parents are welcome to join us virtually!

Please use the following link; Click here to join the meeting

Community Christmas Trivia Kahoot Night- Thursday, December 9th @7pm Via Teams! We have fabulous prizes for the top 3 families: 1st place- Mini Google Home Speaker, 2nd place- $50 Indigo Gift Certificate & a Targus Lap Top Back Pack & 3rd place- $50 Indigo Gift Certificate!

Please use the following link to participate: Click here to join the meeting

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

Indigenous Art Family Paint Night

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

Save the Date!

Big Spirit Moon Paint Night

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel:

Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

Apply to the HCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds.

The HCDSB Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 


About the HREAC

The HREAC will assist the board in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

HREAC Membership Requirements

  • Lived experience and/or strong understanding of human rights, equity and inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, homophobia and systemic discrimination in education and the community at large. 
  • keen commitment to dismantling systemic barriers to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. 
  • Available to attend 3-4 meetings per year, over a 2-year term.


Apply Now!

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an online application through the HREAC Membership Application Form, which will remain open until December 31, 2021.

Apply to the HREAC

All applications will be reviewed by the Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee. Successful candidates will be notified by January 14, 2022. 

For more information about the HREAC membership, click here.

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:

Courtesy Bus Seats

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022.
In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.
Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.
Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 
Visit the HSTS website for more information: 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

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

Promoting Well-Being – Dealing with Holiday Stress

While the holiday season can be a fun and happy time of year it can also be a stressful time for families. With all of the preparation, it can easily become overwhelming. Some families may also find this time of year difficult due to change, loss, or uncertainty about the future. Knowing how to minimize stress can help make this holiday season more enjoyable.

Tips to help you deal with holiday stress:

  • Remember to pace yourself. Set realistic goals about what you can achieve. We all have ideas of what would make the “perfect” holiday season but remember – change can be good. Every holiday will inevitably be different, so remember to be flexible.
  • When you are feeling stressed, take the time to sit back and evaluate why you’re feeling this way.
  • Be aware that the holidays can be stressful for the whole family – including children.
  • Try to find a balance. Remember the importance of healthy eating, staying active, and getting enough sleep.
  • Make time to relax. Laugh, have a bath or take a walk to help wind down.


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Looking Ahead:

Pizza Day Term 1
Dec 9 all day
Virtual Christmas Trivia/Kahoot Night @ 7pm
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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
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