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Weekly Update November 12, 2018

The ability to learn new things is more important than ever in a world where you have to process information at lightning speed. Students need to be able to think creatively, critically, and collaboratively. ~ Don Tapscott

Remembrance Day Service

Thank you to our Grade 3 students and teachers for a deeply moving and reverent Remembrance Day Service. Thank you for the reminder that Peace begins with us and to never forget the sacrifices that have been made for us to protect our freedom and safety. We are also grateful to all of the parents and extended family members who came to pray and reflect with us.


OCGE Awards – Collaborative Contributors

Congratulations to our Award winners for being outstanding Collaborative Contributors:

Grade 1 – Karam     
Grade 2 – Scarlet
Grade 3 – Isabella
Grade 4 – Viktoria
Grade 5 – Julia
Grade 6 – Olivia
Grade 7 – Brent
Grade 8 – Isabella

Each of these students works hard to support the common good and to respect the rights of others.
A very special thank you to our special guest, Superintendent Pinelli, for handing out our medallions.

For the next six weeks, we will be learning what it means to be a Discerning Believer formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence.

Student Council

Congratulations to the newly appointed members of our St. Andrew Student Council: Jacob, Sydney, Luke, Leah, Emma, Elliot, Iuliya, Ashley, Olivia, Jules, Carter, Gisella, and Elliot. The purpose of our Student Council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body. They help share student ideas, interests and concerns with the school-wide community.

November is Indigenous Awareness Month

Throughout the month of November and during this school year, HCDSB students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Parish Update

On November 23rd, Grade 7 Confirmation Candidates are invited to participate in an evening centred on the Holy Spirit and one another. The evening starts at 7:00 pm and ends with a candlelight prayer service in the church from 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm. There will be games, food, small group talks and great music! The cost for Confirmation Candidates is $10.00. SPACE IS LIMITED to 60 students so interested students should register ASAP.

For more information and to register:

Grade 8 Mini High School Day at HT

On Wednesday, or Grade 8 students will be visiting Holy Trinity High School to experience a day of High School.

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time for the 6th annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will run from November 9 through December 2, 2018.

Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas, and highlight how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. To learn more about how your child can participate see the News Feature on our website.

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labelled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celcius, so make sure your children are dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website:

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be coming home on Tuesday, November 20th. We are now organizing our annual Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. This year’s interviews will be held on Thursday, November 22nd from 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm and Friday, November 23rd from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. Interviews will be 10 minutes in length. Your interview times will be provided in the envelope with your child(ren)’s Progress Report.

Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season has arrived! If your child is too ill for recess, then your child is probably too ill for school. It is important that when children are recovering from a contagious illness that they stay home until they are fully recovered. Students who are not fully recovered have a compromised immune system and thus are more likely to catch a secondary illness. Also, our teachers are often outside on duty during the recess periods or involved in supervising clubs and coaching teams, and we simply don’t have the space or manpower in the office to supervise large numbers of children. Remember, regular hand-washing is the best defence against colds and the flu!

Coming Up

Grade 8 Mini-High School Day at Holy Trinity @ Holy Trinity Catholic School
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mini High School Day will take place on November 14th, 2018. This day allows students to experience a little bit of what a day might look like at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School.
The day will begin at 9:15 and end at 1:30 pm. Students will follow a 4 period timetable consisting of 25 minute classes in Math and English as well as an elective course in the afternoon.
A pizza lunch will be provided.
There is also a permission form on our website that parents will be required to fill out and bring to the Guidance Office by November 2nd, 2018. (This permission form can be found by following the link at the end of this Registration Form). Please note that due to the volume of students that attend on this day we will try our best to accommodate your academic choices.

Pizza Day
Nov 16 all day
Scholastic Book Fair @ St. Andrew School
Nov 19 – Nov 22 all day
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 20 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Learning Conferences
Nov 22 @ 3:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Weekly Update November 12, 2018

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