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Weekly Update: June 14th-18th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please join with us on Monday to recognize Pride Awareness Day! Students are encouraged to dressing brightly in rainbow colours or completely in one of the colours of the rainbow. We will have a morning liturgy that also observes the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which was on Friday, June 11th!

Please refer to the information updates below:

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Pride Awareness Day

On Monday, June 14th, we will hold Pride Awareness Day– a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools.

As Catholics, we believe that we are all made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to know, love and celebrate one another, just as God knows, loves and celebrates each one of us because we are “wonderfully made.” We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with sensitivity, compassion and respect.

Throughout the month of June, all HCDSB schools are raising awareness around Pride Month. We begin the third week of June with a system-wide Pride Awareness Day – an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we have learned about Pride and what we can do individually and together to create welcoming and inclusive schools where all students feel a true sense of belonging.

SHOJ students are again encouraged to show their support by dressing brightly in rainbow colours or dress completely in one of the colours of the rainbow!

There will be a school liturgy that day at 9:30 a.m. recognizing Pride Awareness and linking to an observation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Feast Day is June 11th). These will be recognized together in this liturgy. As noted in the Board’s email to parents on Pride month, “June is the month traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which for Catholics is a sign and symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for all humanity.”  

Picking Up Personal Belongings & Returning Tech Devices

A protocol has now been established for families to retrieve any personal belongings and return any borrowed items. 

The following items apply for curbside pick-up:

  • Personal belongings in lockers, desks and cubbies 
  • Auto-injectors or other medications

The following items apply for curbside drop-off: 

  • Technology (devices) borrowed 
  • Special education equipment 
  • Textbooks and other learning materials

Please note that all devices (including SEA equipment) will need to be returned by the end of June, unless students are enrolled in a summer learning program and they require the device for learning.

Two days have been set aside at all elementary schools for this purpose of curbside pick-up and drop-off: Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th.  

We will be in touch with additional information regarding the day and schedule with specific appointment times that will allow parents and guardians to safely pick up personal belongings or drop off borrowed items.

NOTE: Educators will provide asynchronous tasks for students on June 28th and June 29th. Special education students who are currently receiving instruction in-person will continue to do so until the last day of school – June 29th

Term 2 Report Cards

Once again, in light of health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, all student report cards will be delivered electronically.  Elementary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed directly to parents and guardians on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

As you know, on March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the current phase of job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards.

 In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  

Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, please contact their teacher directly.

2020-2021 SHOJ Yearbook

ONLY the number of copies ordered will be printed!

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School is planning another spectacular yearbook this year, capturing the true spirit of our school in 2020-2021. We were not able to have a full school year together, but we still have lot’s to be proud of for the six months that we were together at school!

If you are interested in ordering a yearbook for your child, you can place your order online using our School Cash Online system at https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

  • COST for Yearbook $24.00 per copy
  • Consider placing one order per child so they each receive their own copy
  • Yearbooks will be distributed to students/families in September
  • Grade 8 Graduates can return to school in September to pick up their yearbook

LAST DAY to order is Friday, June 18, 2021 – Ordering will be done Online only!

HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic  Plan Monitoring Survey: http://bit.ly/StratPlanSurvey2021.  The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to research@hcdsb.org.

Burlington Public Library Summer Reading Club

As summer arrives, Burlington Public Library is happy to announce that we are once again offering our free annual Summer Reading Club (SRC) this June, July, and August.

 SRC 2021 details below. Click here for more information. 

  • 10 Weeks: Mon June 28 to Sun September 5 
  • All ages: This year, we’re including everyone, from birth to adults. 
  • Online: We’re keeping it simple—all reading club activities are on our website. 
  • Flexible: Set your own goals and we’ll help you stay motivated. 
  • Weekly lists: Do one, do them all, do something else. You’ll find weekly lists of books, resources, and activity suggestions for every age group. 
  • Virtual Programs: Participate in our virtual programs for all ages. 

REMINDERS

Halton Public Health Booking Vaccination Appointments for 12+

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system

Click here for more information.

HCCF Charity Golf Classic

You are invited to support the 10th Annual Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) Charity Golf Classic on Tuesday, July 20th at Piper’s Heath Golf Club.

This charityprovides funding to HCDSB students to purchase basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology) as well as participating in school activities such as: school trips, team fees, and other learning materials.

Many SHOJ students received funding this year from HCCF!

Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed. For more information click here.

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.

Ongoing SHOJ Fundraising Initiatives:

FundScrip

Click here for information on how to donate to SHOJ while purchasing gift cards to frequently visited businesses. Registering for FundScrip is an easy way to donate to SHOJ.

Cobs Bread School Donation Support

Cobs Bread customers who visit the Headon Forest location (Unit B18, 3450 Dundas St, Burlington) and indicate that they are with Sacred Heart of Jesus will have 10% of their order total donated to the school.

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Pride Awareness Day & Liturgy
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We will hold a system-wide Pride Awareness Day – a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools where all students can feel a true sense of belonging. SHOJ students are again encouraged to show their support by dressing brightly in rainbow colours or dress completely in one of the colours of the rainbow! There will be a school liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in your child’s regular class meeting recognizing Pride Awareness and linking to an observation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Feast Day is June 11th). These will be recognized together in this liturgy. As noted in the Board’s email to parents on Pride month, “June is the month traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which for Catholics is a sign and symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for all humanity.”
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