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Weekly Update: April 12-16, 2021

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” ~Martin Luther

A message from the Town of Halton Hills: a great activity for this week!

The Town of Halton Hills will be hosting the annual Youth Art Exhibit online! This Virtual Art Exhibit will be part of our annual Youth Week celebrations happening from May 1st– 7thWednesday May 5th 2021, will be dedicated to celebrating the amazing youth art in Halton Hills through our Youth Art exhibit. 

Participation is simple; please email a picture of your art to or DM us on Instagram at @_hhyouth.  Please provide the following information when sending us a picture of your art:

  • Your Name
  • Grade
  • School
  • Title of your art piece (it can be untitled)

The Youth Art Exhibit is open to youth ages 12-24 years old. Youth Art will be collected and made available online on Wednesday May 5th to view through our Virtual Art Exhibit Gallery on Instagram @_hhyouth.  Things to remember when submitting your art:

 Please include your name, grade, school and title of the piece

  • Be aware of the lighting when you take your picture
  • If you are emailing the picture please send in JPEG format and no larger than 1MB
  • If your art is framed and you are able to do, please remove it from the frame for the photo.
  • Art can include paintings, drawings, sketches, sculptures, etc…  

The deadline for art submission is Friday, April 23rd, 2021.  We are looking forward to your participation in our new Virtual Art Exhibit.

Please contact Jennifer Ancona Recreation Coordinator- Youth at bus: 905 873 2600 ext. 2285 or at if you have any questions. 

A message from Holy Cross Catholic School Council

No need to rush to the garden centre or greenhouse … you can now purchase beautiful hanging baskets directly from Holy Cross School! Contactless pick-up is just in time for Mother’s Day. All proceeds will go towards technology and yard enhancements for our kids to enjoy. What a beautiful way to support Holy Cross!

Please review the flyer for details and examples of the options:

Cash-on-line orders can be made anytime between April 11th and April 27th.  A special thank you to our wonderful Council members who are always seeking ways to support the school AND ways to support families!

Following Public Health Measures Over the Spring Break

In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the Spring Break to do our part to keep schools open, for in-person student learning.

At this critical point in the pandemic, following public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by HCDSB.
  • Screen every day, including during Spring Break, for COVID-19 symptoms before attending child care using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

Asymptomatic Testing

For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing.  HCDSB students, staff and families are also welcome to attend one of our Board’s Asymptomatic Testing Centres over the break. View the Testing Schedule here.

Holy Cross Tips

Consider the following ideas to enjoy over the course of the week:

  1. Explore Ontario Place Parks and Trails

Now’s a great time to check out Ontario’s Park Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail. The 7.5 acres of green space offers plenty of room for families to run and play. Ontario Place usually offers parking and there are on-site washrooms available. Just be sure to pack snacks and drinks as the on-site restaurant isn’t currently open.

  • Ontario’s Legislative Building’s Kids Corner Live, Online

Kids age 6 to 12 who are curious about why we’re in a shutdown may enjoy this virtual experience that teaches them a bit about how our provincial government works. In addition to learning about how laws come to be in Ontario, attendees will, “participate in a debate, games and much more.” While this one-hour event is free, advanced registration, as well as the use of Microsoft Teams, is required.

  • Spring into Art, Online

The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company and the Vancouver Art Gallery are teaming up to present five afternoons of virtual, arts-focused programming for kids of all ages. There will be behind-the-scenes tours, live performances and artmaking using “simple material lists.” All sessions run from 2pm-5pm, are free and don’t require advance registration.

  • Spring into Shoes, Online

The Bata Shoe Museum is offering 5 days of online programming for kids: virtual camp game. Each day has a different theme, such as ballet, recycling, and bingo. While some days require advanced registration, other events are drop-in style, making this a good option for days when your outdoor plans get rained out.

  • Virtual Tours of Ripley’s Aquarium, Online

While you might not be able to visit Ripley’s Aquarium in-person, you can treat your family to a 

private, virtual tour. Each tour, which costs $30 to book, features an online visit to two, pre-selected galleries (and yes, the shark-packed Dangerous Lagoon is one of those options) and includes a live Q and A with a member of the Ripley team.

We wish you a well-deserved, restful break!  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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