Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope that all our fantastic fathers and grandfathers have enjoyed a relaxing and peaceful Father’s Day! Welcome to our last week of synchronous learning for this school year. It has been a very unique year in many ways!
We extend our thanks and appreciation to our staff members who are moving on from Sacred Heart of Jesus. They have given their time and love all year long and we are grateful for having them as part of our SHOJ family.
Thank you to: Mrs. Staskovich and Mrs. Sousa. You came to help us in a time of need and had to fill the shoes of cherished teachers. Thank you Ms. Nunn, Office Assistant, for your kindness and enthusiasm in our Office. Thank you to Ms. Silveira, DECE, for your dedication and care for our youngest learners over the years. Thank you also to Mrs. Amendola, Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Rajotte, Educational Assistants. You have all done a marvelous job and we are eternally grateful for the role you have played at our school this year. We wish you the best of luck in your future schools and hope that our paths cross again.
We would like to recognize and thank Mr. Cochrane who has been appointed to be Vice Principal of St. Benedict School effective this September 2021. Throughout these past four years of his service for our SHOJ community, Mr. Cochrane’s dedication, care and support of our students, parents and staff members has been tremendous. We will definitely miss him and wish Mr. Cochrane continued success in his new school!
We welcome Mrs. Paula Durand as our new Vice Principal effective September 2021. Mrs. Durand is currently Vice Principal at St. Dominic School and prior to this she was working with SHOJ and our Family of Schools staff as an Itinerant Literacy and Numeracy Teacher. We welcome Mrs. Durand back to our staff and community!
Thank You to:
All the parents who serve on our school council. You give of your time to make sure that SHOJ students and families have the greatest opportunities.
All the parent volunteers that have served this school over the year. Your support makes so much of what we do happen.
All parents and guardians for working collaboratively with our staff to nurture and educate your children….especially during periods of remote learning!
All the staff at SHOJ. You have such wonderful compassion and dedication to every student that walks through the door. You make a difference daily, demonstrating that the hands of God work in each one of you!
All the SHOJ Graduates of 2021. We extend our best wishes and prayers to you for continues success in your educational journey. We will miss you!
And of course, thank you to all our wonderful students! You are the reason we come to work every day. Your enthusiasm and joy of learning make it all worthwhile!!!
Please refer to the information updates below:
National Indigenous People’s Day Liturgy
On Monday, June 21st, please join us for a liturgy recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day at 9:15 a.m. on your child’s regular class meeting. This will be our final whole school liturgy for the year.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Class Lists for 2021-22
As per HCDSB procedure, all parents of students entering grades 1-8 will receive an email on Friday, September 3rd, 2021 with details about their child’s class placement for 2021-22. You will also receive details about the first day of school procedures.
Parents of students entering JK and SK will receive a letter in the mail by the beginning of July. This will indicate their child’s class placement and time for their parent-teacher-child interview scheduled for either September 7-8 and their scheduled staggered entry for their first day of school.
New Gym Floor!
Our students and athletes will enjoy our new gym floor next year! HCDSB has replaced our SHOJ gym floor with a beautiful new one! We are looking forward to seeing our student’s back and active in September’s gym classes and wonder which SHOJ Pride team will bring the first championship home on the new court!
St. Paul the Apostle Parish Thanks!
SHOJ wishes to thank Father Ed, Father John, Mrs. Ouellette and the Parish team for their support and prayers for our staff and students this year! We wish farewell and thanks to Father Ed for his many years of leadership and service and we are pleased to hear that Bishop Crosby has appointed Father John Schnurr to remain at St. Paul the Apostle taking on the role of Pastor effective June 30th. We congratulate Father John on this appointment and look forward to working closely together next year!
Visit the Parish Website for further updates.
IBM National STEAM Camp
Click here for information and registration links for IBM National STEAM Camp for students entering Grades 7-12. The camp will run virtually from July 19-23.
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.
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.
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.
SHOJ will hold its curbside pick-up and drop-off on Monday, June 28th.
We will be in touch via email with additional information regarding the time and schedule with specific class appointment times that will allow parents and guardians to safely pick up personal belongings or drop off borrowed items. Students will be allowed to accompany their parent to say farewell to their teacher.
NOTE: Educators will provide asynchronous tasks for students on June 25th, 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
September 2021 Return
Please check your emails over the summer for information from the HCDSB and SHOJ for any updates regarding students returning to school in September.
Ongoing SHOJ Fundraising Initiatives:
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.
Please join us for a liturgy recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day at 9:15 a.m. on your child’s regular class meeting.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.
Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.