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Weekly Update: June 8th-12th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is certainly a somber, reflective time for families all over North America. The staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus reflect the words of Director Daly and the call to make our school a place “…where you feel a positive sense of belonging and know that you are valued, respected, accepted, and safe.” We know that this is a work that is always in progress.

Please see below for important information and updates.

Pickup of Student Materials/Drop off of Learning Materials

In the coming week, parents will receive information regarding an opportunity to pick up their child’s materials from the school, as well as bring back learning materials, Library books, borrowed technology, musical instruments and sports uniforms (basketball & hockey).

Teachers will schedule a time during the week of June 22nd for a parent to come to the school. We will continue to follow direction of the Health Dept. and HCDSB Guidelines. Guidelines will be communicated with parents prior to the pickup date. Please review procedures carefully upon receipt.

Refunds for Items Paid for by Cash or Cheque

Please note that if your family has paid for a trip or item by cash or cheque, we are unable to reimburse at this point in time. We will reimburse those families by cheque through the mail by the end of June.

HCDSB COVID-19 Updates:

Distance Learning

Thank you, parents, for supporting and working with our teachers to educate your children throughout this school closure period. We appreciate the many positive comments and feedback that we have received from you. It is a pleasure for our staff to continue to work in partnership with you! Distance Learning will end on June 26th (last day of school).

September 2020

The Ministry of Education has not yet released its plan for school start up in September. They have indicated that this information will be shared with all of us by the end of June.

Report Cards

All student Report Cards will be sent home to parents electronically on June 24th. More details will come from the HCDSB.

School closure information and updates are posted online at learnathome.hcdsb.org/covid-19-updates

Grade 8 Graduation

Thank you to the committee of Gr. 8 students, parents and staff members who met virtually to plan our virtual graduation celebration that will take place on June 22nd. Details will be sent to Gr. 8 parents this week!

School Council

Thank you to our many parents who volunteered and participated on our School Council this year. Our second, and final, virtual School Council meeting will take place on June 9th. As always, agenda and meeting minutes are posted on our school website for your reference. Thank you to our School Council co-chairs, Mrs. Adele Bagnoli and Mrs. JoAnn Toomath, for their leadership this year!

If you have any feedback or suggestions about how to support/encourage parent engagement through distance learning or any items you would like discussed at either our final School Council meeting or the upcoming final Council of Chairs meeting, please send a direct message or email to our co-chair, Mrs. JoAnn Toomath at jsaldua_toomath@yahoo.com

Mental Health & Well Being

Take the opportunity to talk to your children about how they are doing and what they are feeling. There are some amazing videos from HCDSB Social Workers covering a number of important mental health and wellness topics aimed to help our students as well as parents/families.

Register for Grade 6, 7, 8 Literacy or Math Summer Programs

The HCDSB Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be offering Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 6 – July 17, 2020 (Session 1) and July 20 – July 31, 2020 (Session 2). All Session 1 and Session 2 classes will be offered in a distance (e-learning) format this summer.

For program details,click here.

Online registration is available for Session 1 and 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form:Summer Distance Learning. The online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020.

ISW June Uniform Sale

The annual June sale is coming up!  Click here to view the ISW Uniforms flyer.

Returning families may also book appointment but are encouraged to shop online and also use the new chat window letting them connect with one of the ISW uniform experts.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish

All are welcome to join together for weekly Mass at 9:00 a.m. Live Streamed on Facebook. This mass is available for viewing throughout the week.

Click here to see this week’s letter of reflection from Father Ed.

Please visit the Parish website for up to date information. Activities and resources for children are also available at the parish website’s Youth Ministry Resources page.

Moving for September?

If any families are moving and their child(ren) will not be attending SHOJ next year, please inform Mrs. Gleeson via email (GleesonK@hcdsb.org) at the office as soon as possible.

Resources Available for Families in Halton

Click here for more information about additional food services and other resources available for families in Halton requiring support during this time.

Halton Region has collated a list as well. Click here for additional resources.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. You may contact Mr. Susi atsusij@hcdsb.org or Mr. Cochrane at cochraned@hcdsb.org

As always, we continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them. 

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: June 8th-12th