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Weekly Update November 15-19

Good afternoon families

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Christmas season is OFFICIALLY in full swing! Don’t forget that HCDSB Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest is open for submissions. To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of all students, staff and school communities, HCDSB will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Bullying Awareness Week

Once again, the HCDSB will be participating in the National Anti-Bullying Awareness Week.  This year the theme is Rebuild, Restore, Renew together.  God tells us that he will Rebuild, Restore, and Renew places and people in our lives.  Given what has happened over the past year and a half, many of us have been affected by the current pandemic and other social justice issues happening around us.

Throughout the week of November 12th – 19th, 2021, Holy Cross students will be involved in a variety of class activities and school-wide initiatives that will focus on Rebuilding, Renewing and Restoring our virtue of KINDNESS.

With the help of our amazing DREAM Team, we have a fun-filled week of activities that will encourage & celebrate our Crusader KINDNESS!!  Follow along on the school Twitter page (@HolyCross) to see what we get up to.

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24 – interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25 & 26. Interviews will be virtual this year.

Parent-Teacher Interview Communication

In keeping with the reporting procedures for the Halton Catholic District School Board, we are organizing Parent/Teacher Interviews for grades K – 8.  This year’s parent-teacher interviews will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams. Homeroom teachers emailed families directly on Monday, November 8th with booking instructions. Families are asked to please forward your top 2-time block options to your child’s homeroom teacher and staff will do their best to accommodate the request. (Please note that families with more than one child in the school – interview times cannot be guaranteed to follow one another – we appreciate your understanding)

Confirmation of your interview date, time and Teams link will be emailed to you no later than Monday, November 22nd

Poinsettias – back by popular demand!

We enjoyed rave reviews last year regarding our gorgeous poinsettias from Bradford Nurseries and have already received requests to offer that option again this year!  If you were planning to use poinsettias in your decorating, or as gifts, we would respectfully ask that you consider purchasing yours through the school this year. 

Our arrangements – from Bradford’s fine nursery – are competitively priced and include a variety of sizes and colours.  Pet owners will be pleased to know that there is also a “tabletop greenery” option.  Please place your order through the School Cash-on-line system by December 1.  Poinsettias will be available for curb-side pick up at the school on December 9th. Thank you to our Holy Cross Catholic School Council!  

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celcius, so make sure your children have dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website: www.HCDSB.org

Lunch Supervisor – Holy Cross 2021-2022

We are currently looking for Lunch Supervisors for both our main school area and our kindergarten area – this is a paid position. If you are interested and are available Monday to Friday – 11:30-12:30 and have a current Vulnerable Sectors Criminal Reference Check – please contact our main office 905-877-4451.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning. They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.

Have a safe weekend!

Mr. Cacciola

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