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Weekly Update June 7-11th

“I think what drives us is the love we have, of the land, of the people, of the traditions, the way people speak. It brings people home.” ~ Alanis Obomsawim

Sacred Heart of Jesus

On June 11th, we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the limitless love God has for humanity. It beats for us — to give us life, to purify us, and to unite us in one body. Just as the heart receives blood that has been emptied of oxygen and then returns it to course throughout the whole body filled with nutrients, Jesus Christ assumes our humanity, receives our sin, redeems it, and transforms it into life. 

Christ Jesus, give us the grace of experiencing the strength of your love. Help us to live within your Sacred Heart so that by remaining united to you and imbued with your feelings, your way of seeing and acting, we can synchronize our heartbeats with yours and you may live in us and through us. Amen. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Give me an apostle’s heart like yours. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Help me live within your Heart. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your Kingdom Come!


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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.


Registration for Virtual School (2021-2022 Year)

Reminder to please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in person, no further action is required.

Some important notes before you complete this online form:

  • If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.   

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.


School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold 

Each year, 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. 

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/


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. 

HCCF Golf Tournament

Being outside…check!  Spending the day at the golf course…check!  Helping HCDSB students & families in need…check!  Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/ , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at clarema@hccf.ca, 905-802-0918.


Filipino Heritage Month

June is Filipino Heritage Month. This month acknowledges the long and rich history of Filipino Canadians and their contributions to Canada. It also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to celebrate the contributions Filipinos have made in enriching the diversity and social fabric not only in this region of Ontario but also areas across Canada.


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Update! 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.

New! Grade 8 students who wish to take Grade 9 Math (both academic or applied level) will now be accepted.

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.

Stephens, KellyWeekly Update June 7-11th