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Parent Weekly Update June 14-18, 2021

Thank you to Father Jim and the members of our community for joining us for our school-wide liturgy today. We attempted to be “live” to feel connected with each other. Technology always makes things interesting but it was great seeing so many of our students! Thank you to our student, staff and parent readers as well!

Reminders & Information:

  • 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.
    As Catholics, we believe that we are all made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to know, love and celebrate one another, just as God knows, loves and celebrates each one of us because we are “wonderfully made.” We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with sensitivity, compassion and respect.
    Throughout the month of June, all HCDSB schools are raising awareness around Pride Month. We begin the third week of June with a system-wide Pride Awareness Day – an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we have learned about Pride and what we can do individually and together to create welcoming and inclusive schools where all students feel a true sense of belonging.
  • From Your iDARE Committee: All of our grade 4-8 classes had a presentation this week by their iDARE class rep. Ask your child about what iDARE is! Our parent and staff committee is looking for additional members. If you are interested in topics of inclusion, diversity, anti-racism and equity we encourage you to join our group. Please email Mrs. Amy Robinson (robinsonam@hcdsb.org) if you are interested. Attached below you will find the June iDARE Calendar… these are optional activities/theme days to keep us all motivated during remote learning.
  • Frontline Worker Appreciation Day: On June 17th Lumen Christi wants to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and efforts of our frontline essential workers. We encourage families to make posters and display them in your front windows, write a positive message in sidewalk chalk, or find another creative way to honor our essential workers. We would love to see photos of the ways you are thanking our frontline works posted on Social Media!
  • Important Information from HCDSB: The Board has sent emails with important information for families. We encourage you to read through the emails to ensure you are up-to-date on what is happening. A short summary of topics is listed below:
    1. Virtual Grade 8 graduations: Schools, including Lumen Christi, will continue with the plans that have been made for a virtual graduation ceremony. At Lumen Christi there will be a curbside diploma pick up on Graduation Day, June 23rd. ALL GRADE 8 FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL WITH YOUR SCHEDULED TIME. If you did not receive an email please contact Mrs. Amy Robinson (robinsonam@hcdsb.org).
    2. Picking Up Personal Belongings & Returning Tech Devices – June 28th and 29th: Two days have been set aside at all of our elementary schools for this purpose of curbside pick-up and drop-off: Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th.  Educators will provide asynchronous tasks for students on June 28th and June 29th. Special education students who are currently receiving instruction in-person will continue to do so until the last day of school – June 29th.  Families will receive an email with additional information regarding the schedule with specific appointment times that will allow parents and guardians to safely pick up personal belongings or drop off borrowed items.
    3. Report Cards: Term 2 Report Cards will be sent electronically via a direct email to parents on June 23rd. In light of OECTA job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  Please note: If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report
    4. Virtual School Registration: 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 for 2021-2022 school year. As parents and guardians with children registered in an HCDSB elementary school, you will have received an invitation to confirm whether your child(ren) will attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.
    Although we understand that the health situation may change over the summer months, we require this information now in order to plan and staff the Virtual Elementary School accordingly. If you are unsure at this time, our advice would be that you complete the Virtual Survey Registration by June 11th as this will guarantee a placement for your child(ren) in the Virtual School.  If you decide before the start of the school year that you would like your child back in the face-to-face classroom setting, you can always opt-out of the Virtual School by contacting the Principal Michele Braida (braidam@hcdsb.org) before the start of the school year and there will be a placement for your child at their homeschool. 
    For families that register their children in the Virtual Elementary School for September, there will be one opportunity throughout 2021/22 to change the learning environment for their children in January 2022.  This survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. tonight (Friday, June 11, 2021).   If you have not yet responded to the survey, please take a minute to do so by clicking here.
    5. CPIC hosting a speaker series in June: https://elem.hcdsb.org/lumenchristi/2021/06/catholic-parent-involvement-committee-cpic-to-host-speaker-series/
    6. HCDSB Strategic Plan Survey: https://elem.hcdsb.org/lumenchristi/2021/06/how-are-we-doing-hcdsb-seeking-input-on-year-5-of-the-strategic-plan/
    7. COVID-19 Youth Vaccination: https://elem.hcdsb.org/lumenchristi/2021/06/how-are-we-doing-hcdsb-seeking-input-on-year-5-of-the-strategic-plan/

Jun
11
Fri
Sacred Heart of Jesus Day
Jun 11 all day
Jun
14
Mon
HCDSB Pride Awareness Day
Jun 14 all day
Jun
18
Fri
Dress Like Your Favourite Staff Day
Jun 18 all day
Jun
19
Sat
Juneteenth/Freedom Day (June 19) versus Emancipation Day in Canada (August 1)
Jun 19 all day

Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of African Americans from slavery. It is a 155-year-old day of celebration that many non-Black people in the U.S. and around the world only started to hear of recently. But this year [2021], Juneteenth has been brought to the forefront, due in large part to the recent killings of Black Americans and the ensuing anti-racism protests.

Note: Emancipation Day in Canada marks the end of Slavery across the British Empire on August 1st 1834

Resources:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/juneteenth-holiday-texas-1.5616451

https://www.thereisadayforthat.com/holidays/canada/emancipation-day

Jun
21
Mon
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Resources:

https://www.pearsoncanadaschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS3eFw&gclid=Cj0KCQjwytOEBhD5ARIsANnRjViRH8KBZEHWBdBVNP91sGGkFftHDnX2J2A5SRTYk1lD3-lL_zDIGmgaAjp1EALw_wcB

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1528210353182/1580759773150

Robinson, AmyParent Weekly Update June 14-18, 2021