The Epiphany teaches us that Jesus’ coming into the world was important to the whole world and that the Good News of Jesus Christ is meant for everyone! The word epiphany comes from the Greek Epiphania, meaning “revelation.” It is celebrated on January 6th.
At the Epiphany we recall the visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus: “And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9–12)
Thank you to our Extended French classes for leading us in our Epiphany Liturgy.
A Message from St. Benedict Parish:
Please find the links for the virtual children’s liturgy for Saint Benedict Parish.
Planning on switching your child’s learning environment (from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period):
Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families. Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities to request a change to learning environment for elementary students. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th. The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FAMILIES REQUESTING A CHANGE TO THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL:
- If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.
- Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year.
The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March Break. The requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.
Request to Change Learning Environment
If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.
Important notes before you complete the online form:
- Please submit a separate form for each child.
- You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
- This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.
COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE
This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.
Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.
- Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
- The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th.
- If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.
The Ministry of Education’s TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison portals will continue to provide supports for students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers.
TVO Mathify provides free, one-on-one online support by Ontario Certified Teachers, to help students improve their math skills. Eurêka is a service available to French-language students and families that provides resources and supports for all subjects, Grades 1-12.
Learning at Home:
Supporting Children during Remote Learning:
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents Ontario’s publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. CMHO advocates for investments, policies, and programs for children, youth, and families seeking mental health services in Ontario. Their goal is to promote a coordinated and high-quality system of care that puts children, youth and families first. Please check out their website for tips on how to ease anxiety during remote learning.
School Mental Health Ontario:
There are mental health resources that are available, including Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.
School Mental Health Ontario also has a number of great resources for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca. In addition, child and youth mental health agencies across the province continue to provide services.
We are excited to welcome your child!
Kindergarten registration for children in Year 1 (Junior Kindergarten) or children new to their school in Year 2 (Senior Kindergarten) for the 2022-2023 school year is open.
Whether your child is just entering Kindergarten for the first time or transferring from another school board, we’re happy to help you register your child for school at HCDSB!
Please visit this page on for more details. https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/register-your-child/
Lunch Box Program:
With the extended school closure until January 17, School Lunch Box order through School Cash Online will be rescheduled.
- Lunch program dates scheduled up to and including January 14 will be cancelled. The lunch schedule will resume delivery the week of January 17.
- We will cancel all lunch orders placed January 5-14. Parents who have orders placed will receive a credit for their cancelled orders. Parents will receive an email notification when the cancellation is complete, and the credit is applied to your account.
During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed.
As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being.
There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day. Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.
When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice.
If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in D2L.
Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.
We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.
Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.
Once again, we face unexpected, uncertain and unpredictable times which can be stressful and anxiety provoking. Remember to focus on things that you can control rather then things that are out of your control. “You can’t calm the storm so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”
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