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Weekly Update September 30, 2019

“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.” ~ Unknown

JOB ACTION

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, will begin a province-wide ‘Work-to-Rule’ as of Monday, September 30, 2019.  Work-to-rule is a form of job action that involves a partial withdrawal of services.

Our school will remain open and student instruction will continue in our classrooms during this period of job action.

CUPE represents a number of our school and system support staff across HCDSB, including:

  • custodial staff
  • early childhood educators
  • educational assistants
  • information technology (IT) technicians
  • library technicians
  • school  secretaries and clerks

How Will This Affect Your Child’s Learning?

All of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work during this period of job action. We will continue to focus on the needs of our students and families, and will do our best to minimize disruption and ensure a safe learning environment in each of our school communities.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We are committed to the success of the negotiation process, at both the provincial (central) and local levels. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Information Updates

For more information about the collective bargaining process, please visit: bit.ly/HCDSB-LabourUpdates.

As new information becomes available, we will provide updates through:

  •         Email to parents
  •         HCDSB website – www.hcdsb.org
  •         Twitter @HCDSB

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of job action.

OPENING SCHOOL MASS

Our first school Mass of the year took place on Friday morning last week. We wish to thank Fr. Issac, Fr. Nishil, Mrs. Debbie Frey and Mrs. Marisa Patskou for ensuring our Eucharistic Celebration in honour of Mrs. Bertin was beautiful! We would also like to thank Ms Johnston, Ms Yan, and Mrs. Boyko for organizing the service and the music for us. Thank you to the staff members who raised their voices in song and who proclaimed our readings. We are grateful to all of the parents and grandparents who were able to join us, along with the members of Mrs. Bertin’s family who came to pray with us on this special occasion. Lastly, we would like to thank all of the boys and girls who were so well-behaved and remembered to show God’s love to one another!

X-MOVEMENT 

The Aussies are back by popular demand! Aussie X explores growth mindset through the Australian sports of footy, netball and cricket. The new physical skills challenge students to “Have a Go” at something new so they learn through adversity, and show students that they don’t have to be sports stars to love the feeling of getting active. Next week, all students in grades K-8 will have the opportunity to participate in these exciting sporting activities and get active! For more information see: https://www.xmovement.com/what-we-do/

ORANGE T-SHIRT DAY

Students & staff are encouraged to wear orange on Monday, September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually in recognition of our indigenous community. It is an affirmation of our acknowledgment everyone matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity of all.

 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Halton iParent provides parents gives parents quick and easy access to Halton-specific parenting programs. You can check out their website here: https://www.haltoniparent.ca/iparent/Home.aspx 

Plenty of helpful parenting resources cn be found at https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Children-and-Parenting

ALLERGY ALERT!

We wanted to remind you that all food chains, including McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s, that state their products ‘may contain nuts’ are not be permitted in the classrooms. This is an avoidance strategy in maintaining a safe minimized-allergen environment. Students who have these items for lunch will be asked to eat in the Conference Room where they can be supervised by our Office staff.

PIZZA AND MILK

Please note that our first Pizza Day will be on October 18th. Please consider using the website or the electronic calendar to track our Pizza Days. Milk will begin on September 30th.  Please use our School Cash Online to order.

EQAO

On September 25, 2019, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the 2018-2019 Provincial Assessment Reports for each school and school board in Ontario. These reports include the results of the Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) EQAO assessments in reading, writing and mathematics, which took place last school year.

Our school results are now available online. To learn more about EQAO assessments and view our overall school results, visit: https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/eqao/.

A Note About Standards-based Testing
EQAO tests do not assess the whole child or the whole curriculum, and as such, results from EQAO testing are only one indicator of student learning which measures student achievement in relation to the common provincial standard.

We know that student success and well-being are based on a variety of factors, and we consider a wide range of data, including the EQAO assessment data, to identify student strengths and target areas where attention and resources are needed.

Measuring Success in Our Catholic Learning Environment
As Catholic educators, we use the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGE)​ as a framework to guide our programming and our work in Catholic education.

This framework recognizes that the journey of learning for students in Catholic schools is not measured simply in terms of knowledge and skills; but also in the values, attitudes and actions inspired by Jesus, and modeled by staff and students, both within and beyond the classroom.

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Our First Council Meeting is Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Library. All parents are welcome to attend regular Catholic School Council meetings. To learn more about our school council visit: https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/2019/09/introducing-your-2019-20-school-council/

VOLLEYBALL

Senior Boys Volleyball Team: 

  • Monday, September 30 – against St. Marguerite D’Youville at St. Andrew
  • Wednesday, October 2 – against St. Vincent at St. Vincent

Senior Girls Volleyball Team:

  • Monday, September 30 – against St. Marguerite D’Youville at St. Marguerite D’Youville
  • Wednesday, October 2 – against St. Vincent at St. Andrew
  • Thursday, October 3 – against St. Matthew at St. Andrew

COMING UP

Weekly Update September 30, 2019