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Weekly Update: June 7-11, 2021

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Halton youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton may book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Halton Region’s online booking systemYouth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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. 

For more information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton:

Should you have any questions or need help navigating the site, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Toltl.

June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This month, and every day, Holy Cross celebrates and honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.  National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people to Canada and to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

The HCDSB community was profoundly saddened by the loss of the children of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. We are committed to the work of Truth and Reconciliation in our school. It is crucial that First Nation, Métis and Inuit histories and perspectives continue to be taught in our school so that we can rebuild and reconcile the relationship with Indigenous communities. We mourn all children who died in residential schools across Canada and continue to pray for them and their families. We also pray for survivors of this terrible tragedy and their descendants. 

You can learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action here: Calls to ActionFor a list of interactive resources, stories and videos for students and families to learn more about Indigenous culture and traditions, visit HCDSB’s Learn at Home website.

Remote Learning Continues

The Ministry has announced that schools will not re-open for in-person learning for the rest of the current school year. We will continue with remote learning until June 29th which is our last school day before summer break.

We are very appreciative of your efforts to ensure that your child is in school every day, ready to learn, even during Remote LearningSuccess at school helps children engage in learning, while helping the child to build the routine of school attendance into their life. Children who miss school and fall behind tend to miss more school. These children risk becoming frustrated and are at risk for “giving up on school”. In fact, the process of dropping out of school begins very early in the lives of some children. It can start when a child misses school days without sufficient reason and then develops the idea that attendance is optional. At the same time, the student becomes discouraged with his or her poor academic achievement and feels even less like going to class. Kindly continue to support your child by insisting that he or she attends school daily and on time. 

Virtual School 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for 2021-2022 school year.   

You may recall that in March we reached out to all parents and guardians with children attending an HCDSB Catholic Elementary School to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information was gathered early to help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning.  Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we explained that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision.

Specifically, we are asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:

1.     Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR

2.     Will your child(ren) attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.

At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.

Complete the Online Form Now to Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.

Some important notes before you complete this online form:

  • If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.   
  • Read the Parent Handbook to gain a better understanding of our virtual school learning model for September 2021. 
  • Take a few minutes to meet the school administration team and learn more about the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School by watching the Parent Information Video.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.  Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to: research@hcdsb.org.

Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process Delay

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

For the upcoming school year Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and any changes will be communicated as promptly as possible.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/.

Holy Cross Tips

This week we will recognize the Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus by participating in the Novena to the Sacred Heart as a school community over the announcements. Families are encouraged to consider praying this Novena to the Sacred Heart at home: Sacred Heart Novena.

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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