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Weekly Update: February 16-19, 2021

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” ~ Michael J. Fox

Thank you for a wonderful first week back to school!  We look forward to welcoming students who are coming back to in-person learning on Tuesday, February 16th.  Please continue to follow public health and government guidelines on safety protocols. For more information on these safety measures, please visit the Ontario COVID-19 website.

Black History Month presentation  

Each year, students and staff across the Halton Catholic District School Board are invited to participate in Black History Month to honour Black Canadians, both past and present, and to pay homage to the many achievements Black Canadians have contributed to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today. This past week, Holy Cross students from K-8 enjoyed an African Heritage Storytelling presentation from Arts Express.  Viola Desmond won’t be Budged was adapted for each grade and presented virtually, followed by time for discussion and interaction.  Holy Cross School is committed to ensuring our students experience an equitable and inclusive learning environment. We will continue to embed within our programming, elements of the rich cultural diversity that exists within our school, so that we can dispel harmful biases and enlighten our understanding of each other.

The Lenten Season begins this week!

On Wednesday, we enter into the season of Lent as we observe Ash Wednesday. This year, we are unable to distribute ashes to our staff and students due to the health and safety protocols in place. However, our school will come together in prayer on this day through a virtual Ash Wednesday liturgy, led by Ms. Clark and our Grade 4 class.  Father Dave has shared a Gospel reflection to be played in each class as well.  Students will be involved in classroom-based activities, readings and connections related to Lent throughout the coming days and weeks. 

The Hamilton Diocese has prepared a wonderful resource for families to celebrate Ash Wednesday.  The resource includes a video of Bishop Crosby reading the Gospel along with a short reflection by Bishop Crosby.   You can use this resource to celebrate and pray with your family at home.  The resource is found at this link:

Holy Cross Tips

Finding the right services for your family during these challenging times can be difficult. These links can help you find the information and services you are looking for in your community.

  • Where to Get Help in Halton is a guide to community services in Halton.
  • Halton Multicultural Council is a community-based settlement agency that provides a variety of programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities.
  • ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) provides multi-disciplinary mental health services for children, youth and families.
  • Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Visit the website to find out more about Halton neighbourhood data, local services and events in the Halton community.
  • Dial 311 from any telephone to access information about Halton government services including consultation with a Public Health Nurse

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl

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Toltl, Anna MarieWeekly Update: February 16-19, 2021