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Weekly Update Feb. 22-26th

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams” 

~ Donovan Bailey

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Results

Thank you to all our GA families who donated to our major fundraising event for this year. We raised $4856.00. We are so thankful for the support from the community namely from, Sweet Pea Catering, The Vault Fine Jewellery & Repair, and Bergsma’s Paint & Decor for donating some of the prizes for this event.


PINK Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This Pink Shirt Day, our focus is working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self esteem and teach empathy, compassion and kindness.

Staff and students are encouraged to wear a Pink Shirt on Wednesday and participate in some lessons to promote kindness and healthy relationships through conversations and activities!


Term 1 Provincial Report Cards & KDG Communication of Learning

Please look for your child’s Report Card/Communication of Learning coming via Board email on Wednesday, February 24th. This is a celebration of your child’s growth and next steps! Please note, our staff is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with this report. As with previous report cards, you will need your child’s OEN 9-digit number to open the link. It can be found at the top of a previous paper version of your child’s report card. Please keep this number handy for future reference.


NEW! COVID-19 Screening Tool

The COVID-19 School Screening Tool – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ has been changed and will now require students with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, to stay home until:
• they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR
• they receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR
• it has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.

Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household
The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.

The following isolation requirements now apply:
• All members in a household of the asymptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual:
– receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
– receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.

• If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:
– this individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND
– all members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member.


Remote Learning Survey

This school year, in order to address health and safety concerns due to COVID-19, we implemented remote (online) learning as an option for instruction delivery for students. 

At the elementary school level, the Board launched a Virtual Elementary School that offers remote learning for elementary school students for families who do not want their children attending school in-person.   

At the secondary school level, we implemented a hybrid instructional model that offers a blend of in-person and remote learning for secondary students. 

On January 4, as per the direction of the Minister of Education, all schools moved to teacher-led remote learning. The period of remote learning remained in place until Friday, February 4, 2021. 

At this time, we would like to hear your feedback on the remote learning experience for your children and family.  

About this Survey  

This survey will help us to better understand how remote learning is going so far, from your perspective. The feedback we receive will be used to inform us about areas that are going well and the areas that may need improvement so we can continue to build on our practices. 

The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and responses will be kept confidential. Although we hope to hear from all HCDSB families, responding to this survey is entirely voluntary

If you have more than one child attending an HCDSB school, please think about your youngest child as you complete the survey. You may complete additional surveys for your other children once you have submitted your responses, if desired.  

Complete the Remote Learning Check-in Survey  

Here is a link to the Remote Learning Check-in Survey: http://bit.ly/Remote-Check-in-FAM  

The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 2, 2021.   

If you have any technical questions while completing the survey, please email research@hcdsb.org

Thank you for sharing your feedback. Your input is valuable to us and will help us improve our practices so that we can continue to provide a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging.  ~ HCDSB


The Final Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in the learning environment for their children will be offered from March 11 – March 18th. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th. This is the last opportunity to switch, as this placement will remain in effect for the remainder of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

New to KDG ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go!is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go!The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions.HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March. 

For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page.  We hope you are able to join us on March 9th or March 11th!

HCDSB Mental Health and Well Being Resources

Please see the link below for a presentation made by the Board to the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee.

Stephens, KellyWeekly Update Feb. 22-26th