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Weekly Update: January 18-22

Weekly Update: January 18-22 “It is striking that the Lord spent most of his time on Earth living an ordinary life, without standing out. It is a beautiful message that reveals the greatness of daily life, the importance in God’s eyes of every gesture and moment of life even the most simple.” — Pope Francis

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World Religion Day

“The different religions, based on their respect for each human person as a creature called to be a child of God, contribute significantly to building fraternity and defending justice in society.” (Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti) The third Sunday in January is annually observed as World Religion Day. This year, it falls on Sunday, January 17, 2021.   World Religion Day was

Weekly Update: January 11-15

Weekly Update: January 11-15 Jesus came to John the Baptist while he was baptising people in the River Jordan. John tried to make him change his mind, but Jesus answered, “In this way we will do all that God requires.” So, John agreed. As soon as Jesus was baptised, he came up out of the

Update! Advanced Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

Provincial Announcement: Teacher-Led Remote Learning Extends Until January 25, 2021

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Ontario government announced the extension of teacher-led remote learning until January 25, 2021 for elementary students. Secondary students will continue to participate in remote learning until January 25th. Read more in the online News Release. Expectations for Elementary Schools Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning between January 4-22, 2021.  Beginning

Accessing Your Online Learning Platform

Many students and families were having trouble accessing the log-in page to the online learning platforms on our new HCDSB website. The access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the HCDSB Learn at Home website here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/remote-learning-platforms/

All Schools Moving to Teacher-Led Remote Learning on January 4, 2021

On Monday, December 21, 2020, the Premier of Ontario announced that at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, our province will enter a period of additional public health restrictions and protocols to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Read the News Release here. One of these protocols is related to schools, and requires all publicly funded

Weekly Update: December 14-18

Weekly Update: December 14-18 “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, Rejoice.”Philipians 4:4 As we begin the third week of Advent, the third Sunday is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday.  On this day we celebrate that our wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day is almost over.  Rose is a liturgical colour

Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

Weekly Update: December 7-11

Weekly Update: December 7-11 “A smile is the beginning of peace.”Mother Teresa As we begin the second week of Advent, the week of peace. Jesus must be reborn in our hearts, during this season of Advent, and every day of our lives, bringing us love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness and the spirit of humble service. It

Change to Learning Environment Request Form Now OPEN

The Change to Learning Environment Request Form is now OPEN. Request to Change Learning Environment  If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form. Important notes before you complete the online form:  You are asked to submit a separate form for each child.  You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request.

Donate to Halton Food for Thought this Holiday Season

As you may know, many HCDSB schools offer Student Nutrition Programs in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT). To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff this school year, HFFT has been providing Grab & Go Healthy Food Boxes to participating HCDSB schools, filled with pre-packaged, nutritious snacks. Now more than ever,

Weekly Update: November 30-December 4

Weekly Update: November 30  – December 4 Great Giver of all that is, show us how much you have received through your abundant generosity.  Satisfy our restless hearts with the assurance of Your love for us, that we will grow to desire Your potter’s hands shaping and molding us.  Amen. It was another great week

HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) on Thursday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 30 – December 4, 2020). Over the week, HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities to raise awareness, and support the rights and significant contributions of persons

Weekly Update: November 23-27

Weekly Update: November 23-27 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths

Weekly Update: November 16-20

Weekly Update: November 16-20 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are the ones who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 It was another great week at OLF, and we look forward to a great week this week as we prepare for many events at the

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2020

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 15-21, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every week, we

Weekly Update: November 9-13

Weekly Update: November 9-13 Ever Living God, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen It was another great week at OLF,

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 26 to November 20, 2020 marks Cyber Awareness Month. The four-week K-12 campaign, led by The Educational Computing Network of Ontario (ECNO)​ raises awareness of the new educational realities of teaching, learning and connecting that students, parents and staff have experienced this past year. This awareness month emphasizes how we can all do our part to protect against cyber

Weekly Update: November 2-6

Weekly Update: November 2-6 “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” -St. Francis We hope that everyone had a wonderful

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Wednesday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express

Weekly Update: October 26-30

Weekly Update: October 26- 30 “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”  St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta We hope that everyone had a wonderful week.  It was another great week at OLF, and we look forward to a great week this

Weekly Update – October 19-23

Weekly Update: October 19-23 We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  It was another great week at OLF, and we look forward to a great week this week Weather is Changing

Registration for Extended French Opens in November!

We are happy to announce that Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School will offer the Extended French Program for the 2021-2022 school year. The Extended French Program is an exciting, fast-paced, optional program with limited enrolment. Students must be entering Grade 5 in order to be eligible to participate in the Board’s Extended French

Weekly Update – October 12-16

Weekly Update: October 12-16 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 We would like to wish you and your family and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  We hope you are able to spend some quality time with family.  Thanks for another great

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Weekly Update: October 5-9 Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Thanks for another great week at school.  Thank you for following our new COVID protocol on the

Hispanic Heritage Month

October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario. The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic! Each year, during the month of

HCDSB Celebrates Islamic History Month

In 2007, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed October as Canadian Islamic History Month in recognition of the significant contributions the Muslim community has made to Canadian society. Muslim-Canadians contribute to the prosperity and heritage of our country through their outstanding achievements in many fields, including literature, mathematics, science, sports and the arts. Islamic History Month gives

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be

Weekly Update

Weekly Update: September 28-October 2 Thanks for another great week at school.  Thank you for following our new COVID protocol on the school property.  Together, we will continue to keep one another safe. COVID Protocol We will continue to remind staff, students and parents of our new protocols. The school and school board have adopted

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Weekly Update: September 21-25 Thank you all for a wonderful first week at school.  The teachers were very excited to have their classes filled with students.  Thank you for following our new COVID protocol on the school property.  Together, we will continue to keep one another safe. COVID Protocol As has been communicated over the

Weekly Update

Weekly Update: September 14-18 Thank you all for a wonderful first week at school.  Although it was a staggered entry, it was so nice to see our students face to face once again.  Things around the school look a little bit different but we will continue to work together to ensure the safety and well-being

Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

To help ease the transition for our students, and ensure a safe and healthy return for all, the first day of school will be delayed, and we will be implementing a gradual (staggered) return to class for our elementary students, beginning Wednesday, September 9th. All students in Grades 1-8 will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Return to School Plan & Survey Now OPEN

The Return to School Plan is now available for review on HCDSB’s Return to School website: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-ReturntoSchool. Please note that information and updates will continue to be added to this website as they become available.  Parents may also find it helpful to review the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school. NEW UPDATE: At the Special Board Meeting held

Ministry of Education Releases Guide for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that all elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will return to school in September, 2020.  This means in-class instruction with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Multiple strategies will be employed to ensure our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, including: Self screening  Adapted school

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Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Return to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback

In preparation for the return to school, we are taking into consideration what the current COVID-19 situation may look like in September by planning for all potential scenarios.  As we await further direction from the Ministry of Education, we are seeking parent feedback about some of the options we are considering.  Let Us Know What

Elementary Report Card Access – Email Service Currently DOWN

Elementary report cards are being sent now through email. SchoolMessenger is DOWN across Canada – parents who try to access the report card will receive an error message. SchoolMessenger is working to fix this issue. If you are not able to open your child’s report card, please try again later. Thank you for your patience

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!

Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food. From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take

We Want Feedback from Our Community – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.  Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021, provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that shape us as a school

Silence is Not an Option

Like many of you, I was both saddened and outraged to learn of the situation in Minnesota last week that resulted in the death of George Floyd.  We have all read the reports on social media in disbelief as the disturbing details began to emerge, and with heavy hearts we have watched the outcry that

Celebrating Filipino, Italian & Portuguese Heritage Month

June is Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Heritage Month in Canada. This month is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural life of our country. Canada is home to many people of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese descent. These communities add to the

National AccessAbility Week – May 31 – June 6, 2020

May 31 to June 6, 2020 is National AccessAbility Week in Canada.​ National AccessAbility Week​ is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities. This week, we also recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that work to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. At the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB),

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until the End of the School Year

On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the school year. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Mahuel Bunsie who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Mahuel Mahuel Bunsie is a young man who exemplifies the Ontario

Virtual Public Information Meeting #2 ~ Milton Boundary Review

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is currently undertaking a school boundary review involving all HCDSB schools in Milton. Between April 24th and May 4th we held our first Virtual Public Information Meeting to share some possible options being considered by the School Boundary Review Committee. The feedback gathered from the first Virtual PIM will be shared with the

Staff Appreciation Day – May 8, 2020

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 8, 2020! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 4800 employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Mental Health Week 2020 ~ Practicing Self-Care

May 4-10, 2020 is the designated Mental Health Week in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is joining organizations across the country to raise awareness about mental health. While supporting mental health is always a priority for us, this year Mental Health Week takes on a special significance in light of the current COVID-19

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