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School Update – Week of November 1, 2021

“Saints are not super people who are born perfect, but rather ordinary people who followed God with all their heart.”

Pope Francis

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES

Our Halloween Dance and Pumpkin Decorating Contest was a hit with staff and students! Each class was invited to decorate a pumpkin, generously donated by John’s No Frills, Teresa’s Garden Centre and the Grbic Family. The winning classes were: Ms. DiBlasio (K-2), Mrs. Wrixon (3-5) and a tie with Mrs. Weber and Mrs. Mills (6-8). See the attached link to see all pumpkins submitted: https://youtu.be/0G0O52cSVlo

Rather than a dance, the intermediate classes competed in the inaugural Amazing Race challenge during their time. Congratulations to teams from Mr. Stoetzel and Ms. Shiu’s class for winning in their Grades!

The Halloween Dance afforded classes an opportunity to see the pumpkins in the contest and to have some additional time in the gym. A special thanks to Mrs. Platti, our CYC, for being our DJ, and to the parent volunteers who donated their time to decorate the gym for the event. Thanks to DJSKRET (on Twitch and Youtube) for organizing the setlists. Special thanks to the Badsha family and MHC Tool and Die for the donations of decorations. It looked and sounded amazing!

DANCE-A-THON RAFFLE DRAW

Our Dance-a-thon officially ends Monday, November 1st at 2pm when the opportunity to donate and get raffle tickets for the draw ends. The raffle draw will be taking place on Tuesday, November 2nd. We wanted to highlight the raffle prizes currently available as well as recognize the families and organizations that have donated prizes to support our major fundraiser of the year. There is still time to either donate prizes and/or make financial donations to the school. Please see the attachment for details on how to make a donation.

Prizes include:

  • Board games – donated by the Trovao family and the Penman family
  • Pandora bracelet – donated by the Perez family
  • Toronto Maple Leaf Wayne Simmonds signed hockey jersey – donated by the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Toronto Blue Jays Danny Jansen signed baseball and bat – donated by the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Bill Nye Virtual Reality Science Kit – donated by the Felice family
  • Star Wars X-Wing with pilot and Boba Feet figure – donated by the Felice family
  • 2 Skedaddle Passes – donated by Skedaddle Milton
  • LOL doll and Dream master dragon toy – donated by Indigo, Milton
  • Laser Tag Game – donated by Canadian Tire, Milton
  • Cooler bags, flashlights, two $10 Tim Horton gift cards, two Cooler cups – donated by – The Ontario Nurses’ Assocation
  • Pandora Bracelet – donated by an anonymous donor
  • Movie theatre passes – donated by Cineplex, Milton
  • Two $25 gift card for La Rose Bakery – donated by La Rose Bakery
  • Private pass to Cinplex movie theatre – donated by an anonymous donor
  • $50 Indigo gift card – donated by the Grbic family
  • $25 Amazon gift card – donated by an anonymous donor
  • $50 Pro Bass gift card – donated by an anonymous donor
  • $20 Starbucks gift card – donated by the Alao family
  • TD Bank gear of 3 lunch bags, 2 water bottles and 20 beach balls – donated by TD Bank Mississauga, Milverton Branch
  • Tim Horton’s Gift cards – donated by Tim’s Hortons, Milton
  • White Wireless Speaker – donated by an anonymous donor
  • $25 Walmart gift card – donated by the Morlet family
  • $50 Indigo gift card – donated by the Jensen family
  • 30 minute individual Piano lesson or 1 hour group class from Gracelene’s School of Music – donated by the Alao family
  • Candies and treats – donated by the Gyles family

We will post all winners in next week’s update – good luck everyone! Thank to you all donors, the Catholic School Council for their efforts in this undertaking and to the Badsha and Penman families for efforts advertising the event!

NOVEMBER IS INDIGENEOUS AWARENESS MONTH AT HCDSB

“Indigenous Awareness Month provides an opportunity for students and school communities to learn more about the history, legacy and truth of our First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.” 

Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at the Halton Catholic District School Board.

Throughout the month of November and during this school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Days of Importance:

  • Treaties Recognition Week will be celebrated November 2-6, 2020. Resources have been provided to elementary schools to educate students about the importance of treaties and how they have helped to shape the province of Ontario.​
  • Inuit Day, November 7, 2020. On this day we recognize the cultures, histories, contemporary contexts and rich contributions of Inuit peoples in our community and across the country. 
  • National Aboriginal Veterans Day, November 8, 2020.  This is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of Aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. 
  • Louis Riel Day, November 16, 2020. Louis Riel was a great Métis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870. ​

Maurice Switzer, Former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner and Director of Nimkii Communications, shares his knowledge on Treaties in Ontario and the history of our nation. His way of educating through storytelling keeps you intrigued and leaning into the Truths that all Canadians continue to learn about today. View the video here.

Join Grandmother’s Voice Youth Ambassadors Makasa LookingHorse and Kailynne Hamilton​along with We Matter’s Youth Ambassadors Gabby Jubinville and Marshall Morrisseau as they share in a discussion about Treaties. View the video here.​

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This week starts 2 activities in which we can use more parent volunteers:

1) Pizza days, every Tuesday in November, and into 2022. Helping to sort and deliver the pizzas to the classrooms. Please reach out directly to Michelle Penman michellepenman@royallepage.ca for additional details.

2) Recess and lunchtime supervision. Patrolling the perimeter of the school during recess and lunchtime to continue keeping our students and staff safe. Contact Michelle Ferguson shelly_ang_3@hotmail.com for additional details.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

The next Council meeting is Monday, November 1st at 6:30 pm. Any additional parents who would like to attend, are asked to email Mrs. Stephens at stephensk@hcdsb.org as soon as possible so that we can send you an invite to the virtual meeting. The major agenda item for discussion this meeting will be this year’s fundraising initiatives.

CELL PHONE/DEVICE USE AT SCHOOL

Parents are reminded that cell phones are not permitted for use during school hours without permission and direct teacher supervision. If they are on-site, they must be silenced/turned off and secured out of sight. If a cell phone or other communication device is accessed by a student during school hours for unauthorized phone calls, texting, social media, or taking pictures/videos etc., it will be confiscated and the student will have consequences according to our progressive discipline policy. Please refer to our school’s Code of Conduct in the agendas for more information.

LIBRARY NEWS

Follow the Library Learning Common on Twitter @GA_Library for more updates!

Highlights from Last Week:  K-2 students enjoyed Going Up! by Sherry J. Lee, and they all helped with the “Ding” elevator sound. It is great to have so much enthusiasm during story time! Grade 3 students enjoyed The Foggy, Foggy, Forest by Nick Sharratt and guessed what the shadowed picture would reveal. Junior and intermediate students who visited the library this week were introduced to different novels by hearing Mrs. Johnston read the description and the first chapter. Each of these books was signed out by a student to continue reading!

Coming Up:  This week is Treaties Recognition Week. Check out this resource from the LRC. which includes books you can share with your child.https://library.hcdsb.org/2021/10/29/treaties-recognition-week/

You can help! We have about 200 books outstanding from before the pandemic. Please check your shelves for any Guardian Angels Library books to return. Thanks for your support!

We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2026 in September 2022. We know the transition from elementary schools to high schools can bring up many questions and inquiries. Our Grade 8 Information Evening will take place on Wednesday, November 3 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. This will be a virtual presentation and the links will be posted soon.

ST. KATERI CSS PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

We recognize that families may have other commitments so it’s our goal to have the majority of the information pre-recorded on the website so that the material can be reviewed at a time of convenience. We will have links to Microsoft TEAMs chat channels open by department that evening so that you can ask subject specific questions.

Emails for our Department Heads will also be available should you have questions at a later time. Additional information can be found at:

https://secondary.hcdsb.org/stkateri/news/2021/10/grade-8-information-nov-3/

CONFIRMATION

Our Grade 7 and 8 students are currently preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, which will be celebrated by Father Jim Petrie at St. Benedict Parish. The Grade 7 ceremony is on Monday, November 8th and the Grade 8 ceremony is on Tuesday, November 9th. We pray God will watch over the students during this Sacrament of Initiation. Please note: due to Covid-19 limitations, only the student, their parents and the sponsor are permitted to attend the event.

ST. BENEDICT PARISH NEWS

Unfortunately the Parish is unable to offer children’s liturgy in person at the church. However they are able to offer it virtually.  Please find enclosed the links for the month of November:

November 7: https://bit.ly/3jya4zJ

November 14: https://bit.ly/3BqEk65

November 21: https://bit.ly/3pD6Pec

November 28: https://bit.ly/3GoF7b6

Saint Benedict Parish Mass times are as follows:  

  • Saturday afternoons at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 noon

Churches are permitted to celebrate Masses and other liturgies at capacity with social distancing.  This roughly works out to 250 people in the church.  The ‘first-come, first-served’ approach to attendance at Mass will continue.  However, once capacity is reached, the doors will be locked and no one will be allowed in the building after this point.

Health protocols remain in place which means that social distancing of six feet between different social bubbles and face masks are mandatory in the church.

If you are unwell, please do not come to Mass.  Please watch Mass on television or on the internet.  One option is the parish livestreamed Mass which happens on Saturdays at 5:00 pm and is uploaded onto the parish YouTube channel for viewing the entire week.  The parish YouTube channel link is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvwxxAJqkkVF7rAMBULIwtg/featured 

11th ANNUAL HCCF EVENING WITH BISHOP CROSBY – VIRTUAL EDITION

Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Reception at 6:30pm. Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

Attention Parents & our school community

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.

They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

NO HATE IN HALTON

In response to the increase of hate related incidents in Halton, the Awareness Campaign was initiated to bring attention to hate motivated incidents. Through a collaborative approach involving our Police Service, the Halton and Catholic District School Boards, French Catholic BoardConseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir, French School BoardConseil Scolaire Viamonde, Crime Stoppers of Halton and community stakeholders, an anti-hate awareness campaign has been launched to coincide with the 2021-2022 school year.

The Awareness Campaign is focused on identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents, building community in schools by encouraging collaboration within schools, and reducing the stigma associated with victims.

Hawken, ChristopherSchool Update – Week of November 1, 2021