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Weekly Update: May 17-21, 2021

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa

Thank You!

A continued thank you to everyone for your support during remote learning! We want to acknowledge how challenging the move to online learning is for everyone staff, students, and families. We are grateful to our staff for the effort they put in to create engaging and relevant content for the online environment. We are grateful to our students for showing up and demonstrating their own resiliency in learning this way, and to all of our families who support their children any way that they can to keep the learning happening.  Let’s keep up the excellent work, Crusaders!

Dress Loud Day!

The Halton Chapter of VOICE for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is launching their annual Dress Loud Day.

Dress Loud is a school spirit day that encourages all participants to dress in their loudest, wackiest outfits to create awareness about the impact of hearing loss. Our school will observe Dress Loud Day on Friday, May 21, 2021. Please consider sending in pictures for our year-end assembly!

Summer School

Please see the information flyer for information regarding Summer School for students in Grade 6-8 for summer school. Information was sent to parents earlier, and a reminder email will be forthcoming from the Board.

School Climate Survey

In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, HCDSB will be administering an online School Climate Survey for students beginning the week of May 10th, 2021 for students in Grades 4 – 12.

The School Climate Student Survey asks students for their opinion on key areas that research has shown to be important in understanding school climate, and that have an impact on student outcomes – with a focus on safety, inclusion, and relationships. 

Some important notes about the survey:

  • The survey is voluntary and will take place during the school day.
  • Students may choose not to respond to a question, to skip any question they don’t want to answer, or to stop taking the survey at any time, without any negative consequences. 
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Student names will not be collected, and their responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified. 
  • This survey has been developed and tested by HCDSB’s Research and Development Services staff, in collaboration with other HCDSB staff members.

Looking Ahead-2021/2022 Student Class Placement

As previously noted, preparations are underway to ensure that our school is organized for the 2021/2022 school year.  Staff will be working hard on student class placements in the coming months.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  The process continues right up to the final publication of class lists in September.

When building a class, staff considers the following criteria to develop heterogeneous groupings:

  • Balance of ability (academic skills)
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style (how the learner learns)
  • Teaching style (how the teacher teaches)
  • Social blending (who gets along with whom)
  • Parental input (re: learning style of student only)

When developing our class lists, every effort is made to place the child where he or she will be able to work best and achieve the most success.  We recognize that having a familiar face can be an important source of support for a child’s learning.   As such, we invite each student to indicate, in collaboration with their parents, a few LEARNING FRIENDS that can support a positive learning experience and contribute to their success.  Although we cannot guarantee that these students will be in the same class, we will consider this input very seriously. Please fill one FORM out for every child in the family.  This survey will be available until May 21st, 2021:  Considerations for Class Placement

Please note that parental input is important to us but must be weighted with the other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of an email to the Principal, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment in which he/she learns best. Emails should be sent to Mrs. Toltl no later than Friday, May 21, 2021 at: toltla@hcdsb.org

The staff at Holy Cross are a group of dedicated professionals. Years of meeting the learning needs of children gives them the unique qualifications to make these decisions. It takes many hours of discussion, reflection, revision and consideration of alternatives to arrive at the best organization for our school. Therefore, as you can appreciate, the decisions made by school staff are final, with the understanding that so much time and care has already been put into making them. We thank you in advance for your understanding of this very important matter.

We will have over 400 students in September.  We do our very best to develop classes that maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful!  Your trust in our professional judgment is appreciated!

Moving?

If your child(ren) will not be returning to Holy Cross in September, please email Mrs. Ceko at cekoz@hcdsb.org  to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information is helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year. We appreciate your help and support.

Holy Cross Tips

A gentle reminder to “save the date” – Wednesday, May 26th — for the Virtual Parent Night with Miguel Martinez.  Mr. Martinez’ parent presentation will follow his student assemblies, exploring the theme of Resiliency:

As families grapple with an ever-changing normal, anxiety can escalate. Like students, parents are placed in difficult times. Trying to struggle with work, childcare, home-based teaching, and parenting may become overbearing. So how do we deal with these stresses? Through this highly interactive and engaging workshop, caregivers will discover two principles —

1) Strategies to help their child cope with complicated feelings and

2) Develop routines to reestablish normality and increase good mental health.

Please plan to join us!

Thank you for your continued attention to crucial Public Health Measures at this critical point in the fight against COVID-19.  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
Principal

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