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School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

May 10 – 14 Update

Highlights for this week… As you know, for the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated to our family of schools). Click here to view

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Journeying Together ~ Annual Walk with Jesus

A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby. Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ! A Message from Father Con O’Mahony 

May 3 – 7 Update

Highlights for this week… “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31 This week is Catholic Education Week across Ontario. At OLV, the staff will be sharing daily prayers, Liturgy of the Word, and activities to invite students and parents to celebrate the distinctiveness of the gift of Catholic education as

Catholic Education Nurturing Hope: May 2 - May 7, 2021

Nurturing Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 2 to May 7, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to inspire students to cultivate their faith; so that they may prosper in hope by our

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HCDSB Participates in Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.  The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week. Daily Mental Health Themes The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week: Monday: Naming Our Emotions

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

Student Awards of Excellence

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 Emily Moraes who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Emily Emily is a student who demonstrates academic,

April 26 – 30 Updates

Provincewide Shutdown As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for six weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators across the province. The mental health and well-being of children continues to be a key government priority and schools will remain open for in-person learning for those students who cannot

April 19 – 23 Updates

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here.  According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as

Provincial Announcement: All Schools Moving to Remote Learning After Spring Break

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here.  According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as

Spring Break Reminders April 12 – 16

Spring Break Reminders Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom. As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for four

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent is required from parents or guardians.   Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to: All students and their families All school staff and their household members All Child Care

April 5 to 9 Update

Highlights for this week… Return to School There is no school on Easter Monday, April 5. We will welcome students back to in-person and Virtual School on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The Ontario government declared a province-wide Lockdown across all Public Health units on Thursday, April 1. At this time, the schools will remain in

March 29 – April 2 Update

Highlights for this week… Thank YOU! Thanks to your generosity and support for the annual, major fundraiser, the OLV Read-a-thon raised $3050.00! The OLV Catholic School Council met its goal. All proceeds will be used to purchase technology, program support materials, sports and playground equipment, and to celebrate our Grade 8 graduates as they transition

Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change. For the health and safety

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day – Wednesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 is School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! On School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, let’s show our gratitude for the people that ensure active and safe travel for students and families to and from our schools. Here are some ways we can show our appreciation year-round: Guard signals you to stop; all cyclists

March 22 – 26 Update

Highlights for this Week… OLV CSC Annual Fundraiser – Read-A-Thon Our MAJOR fundraiser for this year is winding down! With your support, we have reached $1300 in donations and hope to bring in more over the coming week. We are encouraging all families to participate. Any reading counts!  All tracking sheets that are returned at the

March 15 – 19 Update

Highlights for this Week… International Down Syndrome Awareness, March 21, 2021 March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)! OLV Student Ambassadors have messages and awareness activities for all of our students. March 21st is designated WDSD because it is the 21st day of the 3rd month. People with Down Syndrome have 3 of the

Final Change to Learning Environment Request Form Now OPEN

The final 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.

March 8 – 12 Update

Highlights for this week… The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.   This voluntary testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  At this time, this testing is not being offered to family members,

Parent Poll: Help Us Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year

We are currently in the early stages of planning for the next school year and are seeking your input to help us determine our staffing needs for September 2021. Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year Although we have not yet received direction from the Ministry of Education regarding what will be required of school boards

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.   This voluntary testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  At this time, this testing is not being offered to family members, but if this option

Halton Food for Thought Providing Healthy Snack Bags to all Students in Halton

Halton Food For Thought (HFFT), in partnership with Food for Life Halton, is providing Healthy Student Snack Bags to all students in Halton.  Weekly Healthy Student Snack Bags  Healthy Student Snack Bags contain a minimum of 3 nutritious snacks per student per school day. The snack bags contain both perishable and non-perishable food items – i.e., fresh fruit, granola

March 1 – 5 Update

Highlights for this week… OLV CSC Annual Fundraiser – Read-A-Thon Our major fundraiser this year will once again be a Read-a-thon, to take place between March 1 – 21st. We want to continue to foster a love of reading both at home and at school for each and every student.  We are encouraging all families to participate. Any reading counts!  Simply have

Calling for Parent Volunteers to Serve on Milton Elementary School Boundary Review Committee!

At a recent Board Meeting, Trustees approved a motion to proceed with a school boundary review to identify a long-term accommodation plan for the expansion of the French Immersion Program in Milton. This boundary review will involve all Catholic elementary schools in Milton. Background At the December 15, 2020 Board Meeting, staff presented the elementary French Immersion

February 22 – 26 Update

Highlights for this week… Safety in the Snow The recent winter storms and the accumulation of snow on the school grounds brings with it winter scenes of students playing in the snow and having fun. However, there is the potential for injury and accidents where the snowplow has pushed the snow into high ridges. Please

HCDSB Hosting a Parent Information Meeting for Students with Special Education Needs Entering Kindergarten

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be hosting an Information Meeting on March 24, 2021, for parents of students with special education needs entering Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. The meeting will be facilitated by Special Education staff, where they will share information about their individual roles, and supports and services offered

February 15 – 19 Update

Highlights for this week… Enhanced Public Health Protocols As we maintain a safe and healthy return to in-person learning, families are reminded to review with your children the Health and Safety Protocols available on the Board’s Return to School website. An important reminder to continue monitoring your children for symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the Ontario School Screening Tool for each

March Break Postponed until April 12-16, 2021

On February 11, 2021, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities.  This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary

Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021! Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.   Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Topics will include:  How to prepare your child emotionally

February 8 – 12 Updates

Highlights for this week… Students Back into School Building! All students who are registered for in-person learning will return to school on Monday, February 8, 2021. We are SO EXCITED!!! to welcome all the students and staff back into the building! Please review the message from Director Daly for important updates and enhancements to Public

February 1 – 5 Updates

Highlights for this week… Remote Learning Continues Until Further Notice As you may have heard in the media, the Ontario government provided an update on the period of school closures and teacher-led remote learning. The announcement indicated that in-person learning will resume in schools that fall within 4 additional public health units. Halton Region was NOT

January 24 – 29 Updates

Highlights for this week… Remote Learning Extended for HCDSB Schools Ontario school boards received a memo from the Minister of Education that provided an update on the period of school closure and teacher-led remote learning. The memo indicated that in-person learning will resume next week in schools that fall within 1 of 7 public health units listed in the memo.  Halton

January 18 – 22 Updates

Highlights for this week… School Attendance 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:

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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

January 11 – 15 Updates

Highlights for this week… Return to School All elementary students registered for in-person learning return to the school building on Monday, January 25, 2021. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school either in-person or online! Winter Registration: She Can Be Strong! MCRC is excited to announce two program offerings this Winter 2021!

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/

January 4 – 8 Updates

Highlights for this week… Tech Distribution Parents who completed the Board survey to request technology for students engaged in remote learning for the week of January 4 – 8, 2021 will be contacted directly by the office to advise you of your scheduled pick up time on Monday, January 4. Thank you Mrs. Nizic, the

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

Merry Christmas!

Highlights for the Holidays… Prevention is a community effort! Thank you for your cooperation and vigilance to help prevent and limit the spread of Covid-19 in our community and keep active cases out of our school. Over the Christmas break, please continue to follow the Public Health protocols – daily screening for Covid-19 symptoms, wear

December 14 – 18 Updates

Highlights for this week… Advent – A Time of Waiting The Third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “rejoice.” We rejoice that the birth of our Lord is near! On the Third Sunday of Advent we light two violet candles and the pink candle to symbolize the joy we feel with

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

December 7 – 11 Updates

Highlights for this week… St. Vincent de Paul Donation Drive Thank you for your generosity to support the Annual Donation Drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Rosary Parish in Milton. OLV families raised $1094 in gift cards. Mrs. Marshall, the President of the Society, expressed her gratitude to the OLV community

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,

November 30 – December 4 Updates

Highlights for this week… Update Contact Information If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office. Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to

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

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