“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”~Micah 6:8
June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.
This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools where all students can feel a true sense of belonging.
At Guardian Angels CES, we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by “treating everyone with kindness, dignity, and respect through our actions and words.” We are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age.
What’s Happening Across Our Board?
We will launch Pride Month at HCDSB with a system-wide Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st – a day to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all wonderfully made. Staff and students are encouraged to wear rainbow colours on June 1st to celebrate our diversity.
Pride Awareness Day
On Monday, June 14th, HCDSB will hold Pride Awareness Day– a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools.
There are also a number of learning activities and events planned across our district throughout the month of June.
Upcoming Info Session – Building Positive Spaces
On Wednesday, June 23rd, HCDSB is co-hosting an information session for parents, students and staff, presented by the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) Positive Space Network. The presentation will focus on how we can build positive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ members of our community.
The event will be live-streamed on the HCDSB YouTube channel from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
National Indigenous History Month
June is also National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.
National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.
For more information on Indigenous History Month, and to see what’s happening across our board, please visit the HCDSB website.
Catholic School Council Hosts an Evening of Trivia Fun on Friday, June 11th at 6:30 pm.
Join us for a fun evening of online trivia as a Catholic School Community! The theme of our GA Trivia Evening is the movie Inside Out. Test your knowledge of this Pixar movie to win cool prizes! Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes.
Repeat! Thomas Merton Grade 8 Reach Ahead Program
The HCDSB Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is offering Grade 8 Reach Ahead programs in the 2021 Summer School for only those students who are pupils of the Halton Catholic District School Board. This program offers highly motivated students of a high academic standing to earn Grade 9 courses in advance of starting high school.
For students interested in engaging in the Reach Ahead program, the courses offered will represent their first exposure to high school credits. However, please be advised:
• summer school secondary credits are conducted at an accelerated pace (5 times faster than secondary day school programs) over 20 days
• students are expected to attend classes from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
• students can expect to spend anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours per day on homework
Please Note: For the reasons stated above, elementary principals, in consultation with their parents, must provide the approvals for all Grade 8 students engaging in Reach Ahead studies indicating that their students are ready for secondary school studies.
Students who wish to avail themselves of this program must register through myBlueprint on the Thomas Merton Summer School website. The deadline for summer school registrations is June 24, 2021 at 4PM sharp. For more information, please see the Grade 8 Reach Ahead information page.
Repeat! Summer School Learning for Grades 6-8
The HCDSB offers a Grades 6-8 Summer School Literacy and Numeracy program through Thomas Merton Centre of Continuing Education. It aims to provide a review of the chosen subject of the completed school year to build skills and fill in possible gaps. For example, students who have completed Grade 6 will review the Grade 6 Literacy or Numeracy curriculum for two weeks. Similar to last year, Summer School teachers will be providing engaging synchronous and asynchronous lessons in addition to interactive tasks. Please see the Summer Literacy and Numeracy Programs for Grades 6-8 Website for more information and to register. The deadline to register is June 24, 2021. No registrations will be accepted after June 24th .
COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program
Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system.
Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses by the end of August. Appointments for the Youth Vaccination Program will be available at Halton COVID-19 vaccination community clinic locations administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
NOTE: Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton:
- Read the letter from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region.
- Review the Child & Youth COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
- Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
If you are aware that you will not be returning to Guardian Angels School in September, please let the office know, you can call 905-876-2386. We are planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful.
Free Family Paint Nights
Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art. All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.
Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment. All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.
- Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season
Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session.
As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, we are pleased to share an update on enhanced options for buying your school uniform in 2021. Our school uniform provider, McCarthy Uniforms, has three enhanced options for shopping: Updated school e-stores, private appointments and a web-supported call-center.
You are encouraged to shop early and utilize these alternative channels to avoid late-August line ups. Long wait times will be the reality this year, given that McCarthy’s must adhere to strict social distancing measures and simply can’t accept normal in-store volumes. In some cases, only five customers will be permitted in stores at any one time.
McCarthy’s has informed us that to support families during this time they have implemented an installment payment program (online only), introduced volume discount buying options and invested in a variety of web support tools to make online shopping easy & fast! All school uniform products can be exchanged for up to a year and returned until September.
|There are three ways to shop for your school uniform:|
1. Your School E-Store
Did you know your school has a custom e-store, complete with fit videos, uniform guides and specialized advice? Visit your school store by ‘searching for your school’ on McCarthy Uniforms’ home page. McCarthy’s recently launched a handy web chat feature and have staffed their call-centre so that you can have the support you need if you need some help along the way ! Online shoppers can also now enjoy the industry’s first flexible payment plan (interest-free payments over six weeks !)
|Shop online by ‘searching for our school’ at: www.mccarthyuniforms.ca|
| 2. Private Appointments Available|
When stores are permitted to reopen after June 14th, appointments will be made available for virtual or in store shopping. To manage your time, you can book an appointment on your home store, accessible on the website below.
|Book a personalized fitting by choosing ‘book an appointment’ on your home store site accessible on: https://www.mccarthyuniforms.ca/ (search for your school; appointment booking buttons are located on your school e-store)|
| 3. Your School Call Centre|
Your call-centre is open for shopping ! By giving McCarthy’s a shout at 416-593-6900 or toll-free at 1-800-668-8261 Alex and his team would be happy to assist you with your school uniform purchase or questions ! McCarthy’s call centre is staffed with uniform specialists who know the ins & outs of our uniform policy.
|Call McCarthy’s at: 416-593-6900 or 1-800-668-8261|
Repeat! (VIRTUAL) Canadian Red Cross & Kids Safety First Courses -SUMMER 2021
For more information about the following programs, please see the link below:
- Kids Safety First Workshop Gr. 2/3
- At Home All By Myself & First Aid for Kids Workshop Gr. 4-8
- Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course Gr. 6+