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Weekly Update November 22-26

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

Parent-Teacher Interview Communication

Progress Reports will be sent home on November 24th.  Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on the evening of November 25th and on the November 26th PA Day.  In order to adhere to our safety protocols, interviews will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams. Confirmation of your interview date, time and Teams link will be emailed to you no later than Monday, November 22nd. If you have any questions or have not heard from the teacher by Tuesday November 23 please contact the office.

Poinsettias are now available for purchase!

Poinsettias from Bradford Nurseries and now available for purchase! 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!  

Holy Cross Virtual Book Fair!

Don’t forget, our school is hosting a Scholastic Virtual Book Fair from November 22-December 5. The Virtual Book Fair is a fantastic way to continue to give our students access to the books they want to read. We’re excited that you will be able to shop together, selecting the books that inspire your readers, from the comfort of home. All purchases benefit our school and earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library. When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:

Holy Cross Flip-give – a reminder from Holy Cross School Council

Please be reminded that Holy Cross has a “Flip-give” account. Through Flip-give, the school will earn cash back on every purchase that our school family members make all year long!  There is no additional donation or cost.  All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, SportChek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. You can also purchase gift cards through Flip-give. The process is completely virtual and contactless. The funds raised are used to support our School Generated Funds, which allows schools to purchase items that are not directly funded by the Ministry of Education such as increased athletic equipment, technology upgrades such as additional laptops, or in-person or virtual guest speakers.

  1. Go to and enter our code: The Holy Cross “team code” is MR66JK
  2. Create an account – friends and family can create an account also!
  3. Start shopping!

Join our school site and our school will receive a $5.00 bonus the first time you shop within 14 days of creating your account.

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:

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

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.

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

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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Cacciola, AnthonyWeekly Update November 22-26