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Weekly Update: January 17th

“God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.”

 Pope Francis

Welcome Back to all our students & staff to in person learning~ we missed you!!!

Thank you:

Thank you to Mr. Silveira, our school custodian, for ensuring that our school is clean & safe!

Thank you to our students for your efforts & energy during the period of remote learning~ We are excited to see you Monday morning and welcome you back in person!

Thank you to our families for your ongoing support & patience during remote learning!

Thank you to our parents for taking the time before school each day & ensuring that you complete your child’s daily screening and then confirming the screening in their Agenda or Communication Book ~ Please see information in our Reminder Section.

Thank you to our AMAZING Staff for ensuring our students are safe, learning, well cared for and loved!

Gentle Reminders:

School Technology Returns

This is a gentle reminder to please take special care of devices that went home to support our students during remote learning. Please know that this equipment is instrumental in supporting all of our students during in person learning and we need to ensure that our students will be able to successfully utilize this equipment upon their return to in person school.  

All equipment can be returned to the school beginning Monday morning either with your child or parents may drop it off at our front doors between the hours of 10am to 2:30pm. Please return the devices as you received them – labelled laptop, labelled charger and box (in some cases)

Thank you for your attention & support with this!

UPDATED COVID-19 Safety Measures

Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Once you have completed the screening for your child, we are asking all parents to confirm screening ~ please see a tracking sheet in your child’s agenda and revise the dates or use the new form below. This needs to be completed by a parent daily until further notice. Please note this is a directive from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario Ministry of Health. A new form will be added to your child’s agenda on Monday January 17th.

Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside.

Save the Date ~ Grandmother Moon Paint Night

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

6:00 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

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.

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

Pizza Lunch Days

Pizza Lunches will resume this Thursday, January 20th. Please look for future information via email in February for Term 2 orders.

Catholic School Council Meeting

Our next Catholic School Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 24th from 6:30-8pm. Please email if you are interested in attending by Wednesday, January 19th and a teams invite will be forwarded to you.

Requesting a Change in Learning Environments:

PLEASE NOTE: Any requested changes will come into effect on January 24, 2022, however, if the Ministry of Education extends the remote learning period, the requested changes will come into effect once schools re-open for in-class instruction.

Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, we have revised our plan to provide greater flexibility for families. We will now offer two (2) opportunities for families to request a change to learning environment for elementary students.

  1. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th

The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  


  • If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.  
    • Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year. 
  • The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March BreakThe requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.

Next Steps
Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.

  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th
  • If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.

About the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School – St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary School

Kindergarten Registration:

Please see the following link regarding Kindergarten Registration for the Fall of 2022:

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:

Promoting Well-Being: Sleep: Benefits and recommended amounts

~By SickKids staff

Learn how sleep improves brain function and mental health and how much sleep your child needs each night.

Key points

  • Lack of sleep causes irritability, increased stress, forgetfulness, difficulties with learning and low motivation. Over time, it can contribute to anxiety and depression.
  • Sleep time guidelines depend on a child’s age. Every child is different, so take time to figure out what works best for your child.
  • If your child’s sleep routine is disrupted, return them to a healthy sleep schedule as soon as possible.
  • See your doctor if you have concerns about your child’s sleep patterns.

Sleep is a very important part of your child’s mental and physical health because it allows your child’s mind and body to rest and recover. There are many things you can do to help your child or teen get good quality sleep as often as possible.


Benefits of sleep for mental health

Your child’s brain needs sleep to restore resources that were used up during the day. A well-rested brain can solve problems, learn new information and enjoy the day a lot more than a tired brain. Some areas of your child’s brain are even more active while they sleep.

Children who consistently get a good night’s sleep:

  • are more creative
  • can concentrate on tasks for longer
  • have better problem-solving abilities
  • are better able to make positive decisions
  • are more able to learn and remember new things
  • have more energy during the day
  • can create and maintain good relations with others.




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