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Weekly Update: May 31st-June 4th, 2021

“Be the CHANGE that you wish to see in the world” ~Mahatma Gandhi

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, Halton youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination booking appointments through Halton Region’s online booking system

Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses by the end of August. Appointments for the Youth Vaccination Program will be available at Halton COVID-19 vaccination community clinic locations administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. 

NOTE: Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton:

Pride Month Awareness

As shared in previous communication from the Board, throughout the month of June, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomedvalued, and respected.

We will launch Pride Month with a system-wide Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st – a day to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us. Students and staff are encouraged to dress in their most colourful clothes as we celebrate the rainbow – a sign of God’s promise to love us and a symbol of inclusion for all in our community! We will begin the day with a school wide liturgy that will celebrate a day to love one another and celebrate our differences, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all “wonderfully made.”

On Monday, June 14th, we will hold Pride Awareness Day– a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools. Our school will engage in a number of learning activities, including grade appropriate liturgies to celebrate that we are all wonderfully made. The information shared with students will be age-appropriate and consistent with grade-level curriculum expectations. As with all material that is taught in our Catholic schools, it will be presented through the lens of our Catholic faith.

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, our school board is co-hosting an information session for parents, students and staff, presented by the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) Positive Space Network. The presentation will focus on how we can build positive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ members of our community. The event will be live-streamed on the HCDSB YouTube channel from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Indigenous Month

Throughout the month of June, we honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is a great time to learn more about the many Indigenous cultures that exist, and to recognize and appreciate the contributions of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people that have shaped the country.

Consider celebrating by participating in the final FREE Family Online Paint Night on June 9th, with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunhan, who will provide step-by-step artistic instruction. These evenings are a wonderful way for families and schools from across our school board to come together and learn more about Indigenous art.

All information for the paint nights, pictures, and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.  All sessions will be hosted on the HCDSB You Tube Channel from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation 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.

PA Day – June 4th

Friday, June 4th is a Professional Activity Day. Teachers will be engaged in professional activities that day therefore there will be no school for students.

Holy Cross Tips

Our guest speaker, Miguel Martinez, shared several tips for parents and caregivers at our Parent Night last Wednesday.  He reminds us to STAY!

  1. Stay away… from negativity
  2. Stay connected … to positive distractions
  3. Stay grateful… consider a gratitude board
  4. Stay Active and inactive… engage in physical activity to nurture the body and enjoy calm inactivity (meditation, prayer, quiet time) to nurture the spirit
  5. Stay focused… on one specific goal

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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