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Weekly Update #11

“Peace Begins with a Smile.” ~Mother Teresa

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Remembrance Day Liturgy:

Thank you to ­­­­our Grade 7 teachers, Mr. Rosa and Mr. Adams and students who organized and led us in our Remembrance Day Celebration.

Congratulations to our Confirmandi

Congratulations to our Grade 7 and 8 students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on November 10th at St. Benedict Church.  May God continue to bless your life with love and happiness.

National Bullying Awareness Week:

Nov. 15-19, 2021Please Join Us for a Week of PEACE

Thank you to Mrs. Nelson and our student iDare committee for organizing a week of meaningful activities. On Wednesday Lumen Christi staff and students will Walk for Peace.

Kiss and Ride Reminders:

We understand that drop-offs and pick-ups can be very congested and busy with children, pedestrians, vehicles and school buses. Specific drop-off and pick-up zone areas have been designated for the safety of your child.

A kiss and ride area has been designated on the North Side for our kindergarten students, as well as the South Side.

Each parent is expected to utilize the designated areas and to follow all other guidelines to assist in a smooth transition in and out of the school.

In the kiss and ride zones, parents should ensure they are driving slowly, keeping a slow and steady flow of traffic. 

Parents should not be parking in the kiss and ride area and getting out their car to walk their child to the playground. 

If your child requires assistance walking onto the school yard, please consider parking in a designated spot and safely escorting them onto the school playground.

LET US ALL DO OUR PART TO KEEP LUMEN CHRISTI SAFE. Keep in mind that many people can become distracted and may not be aware of the traffic around them. By respecting designated drop-off and pick-up zones we can all help alleviate the potential for unwanted accidents. As always, please be courteous to other families and members of the public.

Blue Day for Diabetes!

On Thursday, November 25th we will dress in Blue (Civvies Day) to raise Awareness for Diabetes.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month across the globe.

Did you know that …..this year is special as it is the 100th anniversary of the life-saving discovery of insulin.   While it has saved lives and continues to keep those with diabetes alive, it is not a cure. 

Types of Diabetes:

There are three major types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common diagnosis, followed by type 1 diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, and is usually temporary. In addition, prediabetes is another important diagnosis that indicates an elevated risk of developing diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood.

Roughly 10 per cent of people living with diabetes have type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes generally develops in childhood or adolescence. People with type 1 need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin. 

In the Lumen Christi community, we have staff and students living with diabetes.  Acknowledging Diabetes Awareness Month is helping create awareness around the various types of diabetes and what you can do to inform yourself of the risks and recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes.  

For more information please visit: What is diabetes? – Diabetes Canada

The #NoHateInHalton Campaign:

The #NoHateInHalton will launch on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in collaboration with the four school districts in Halton. 

As a school, we will be promoting this campaign through various activities in the classroom, and on social media. We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant and diverse community and are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive school where all students, families and staff know they are valued, respected, accepted and safe. Let’s work together to ensure that there is #NoHateInHalton!

Parent – Teacher Interview Tips:

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Lumen Christi and our parent community have something in common: we both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each party can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–Teacher Interviews are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers.

Here are some tips on ways that you can make the most of parent-teacher interview so that everyone benefits, especially your child.

  1. Interviews are a two-way conversation. Like all good conversations, parent–teacher interviews are best when both parties talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.
  2. Keep the emphasis of the conversation on learning. Good parent–teacher interviews focus on how well the child is doing in school. They also talk about how the child can do even better. To get ready for the conversation, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the interview. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.  Think about ways you would like to be further involved in your child’s learning so that you can discuss them with the teacher.
  3. Discuss opportunities and challenges for your child. Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

Adapted from: Harvard Family Research Project –

Courtesy Seating:

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022.

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.

Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.

Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 

Visit the HSTS website for more information:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, 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.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

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:

Dressing for Winter Weather:

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

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Upcoming Events and Activities at Lumen Christi

Peace Walk
Nov 17 all day
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 all day
Wear Blue for Diabetes – Civvies Day
Nov 25 all day
Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov 25 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Professional Activity Day
Nov 26 all day
Advent Liturgy
Nov 29 all day
Picture Retakes
Dec 3 all day
Advent Liturgy
Dec 6 all day
Kindergarten Christmas Concert Spirit Day for Dress Rehearsal
Dec 7 all day
Dress your Best Spirit Day! (Filming of Christmas Concert)
Dec 9 all day
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