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Weekly Update Oct. 26-30th

“Do one thing everyday that scares you”

~ E. Roosevelt
Halloween Dance Party!

Administrative Team Update

As many of you know, last week we said goodbye to Mrs. Sofia Starr who was appointed Principal of St. Luke CES. There will be no replacement for Mrs. Sofia Starr given the drop in our numbers. 925 students are required for a second Vice-Principal, and we are sitting at around 870 (including our virtual students).  We will continue to be led by Mr. Hawken, Principal, who is supported by Mrs. Stephens, Vice-Principal.

Halloween Activities

We’ve tried our best to infuse a little fun into the school day with a class Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and some time in the gym for a dance on Friday.  Students are invited to dress up in costume on Friday, and we’ll have a prelude Orange and Black Spirit Day on Thursday.

 While we appreciate that this year, in particular, you may want to be extra generous and send in treats for the class. In the HCDSB Return to School Plan, it specifically states that we are “to limit the number of student belongings from home at school”, and that “sharing materials is to be restricted as much as possible”.  Sharing Halloween treat bags/candies is not allowed.

Our School Council has arranged for packaged nut-free cookies to be distributed to students. Council has also arranged for the donation of pumpkins for our class Pumpkin Decorating Contest. A special thank you to our local Real Canadian Superstore for generously providing our school with pumpkins for both our in-person and virtual classes! Get those creative juices flowing!

Please click the link below to see the Dance Schedule for the day.

Virtual Curriculum Night

This year our Curriculum Night may look and feel different, but the staff is dedicated to welcoming you into your child’s classroom virtually on Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:00 pm! Your child’s teacher has prepared a presentation which will showcase the following:

  • The Catholic Learning Environment
  • Home-School Communication
  • Routines/Expectations
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Well Being

The evening will be scheduled as follows:

  • 6:30-6:45 – Admin. Team Welcome
  • 6:50-7:10 – Session 1
  • 7:15- 7:35 -Session 2
  • 7:40-8:00 – Session 3

Each teacher will present the same classroom presentation live 3 times over the course of the evening to offer you the flexibility to attend sessions for multiple children in your family. On Thursday, November 5th parents are asked to log into your child’s D2L classroom to open the link. A handout of How-To Join Instructions will be sent home with the Youngest/Only Child in the family.

If you have any general questions you would like answered, please send them to your child’s teacher in advance (by the beginning of November) so they can better prepare their presentations in advance. Any questions specific to your child can be answered in a separate and private conversation.

Although we cannot gather as a community in the school building, please know we always value our home and school connection. The staff is pleased to have a virtual opportunity to share with you! We appreciate your patience and support as we try another first with the hopes of helping our school community feel more connected.


Further to our Welcome Back communication at the start of the year, students should be coming to school in the morning with their lunch, snacks, and water bottle for the day.  We are strongly encouraging parents to avoid dropping off food at school. We are also strongly discouraging students from leaving school to go out for lunch.

Students with Special Learning Needs and IEPs

Individual Education Plans (IEPs) went home this past Tuesday for students who are recognized as having special learning needs through the Board’s special education process. Parents are asked to review these plans and to reach out to our Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs) should you have any questions or concerns. Our SERTs are:

  • Mrs. D’Alonzo
  • Mrs. Lamperth
  • Mrs. Stevenson
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