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Weekly Update November 11, 2019

They gave their tomorrow so we could have our today….Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day Service

We will have a Remembrance Day service on Monday, November 11th at 10:35 AM in the gymnasium. Our Grade 3 students will be leading this service. Students who are members of the Girl Guides and Scouting Movement (e.g. Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, etc.) are encouraged to wear their uniforms for the liturgy.

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. Our National Anthem that plays over the PA System in the mornings will be in English, French, and in the Anishinaabemowin language during this month to show solidarity with the Indigenous peoples.

Student Council

Congratulations to the newly appointed members of our St. Andrew Student Council: Kevin, Jules, Christina, Amatys, Sophia B, Sienna K, Carter, Gabe, Hermione, Erica, Luke C, Sophia K, Ella, Marissa, Hallie, Daniela. 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.

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest

Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 8 through December 2, 2019.

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. Any student currently attending an HCDSB school can enter the Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Student submissions will be judged separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.

For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website:

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: December 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest or are looking for assistance, please feel free to email us at: or contact us by using the hashtag: #KeepingChrist on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or post a comment on our Facebook page.

Safety Concerns

Parking Lot Safety – We have been having issues with people parking in our Kiss n’ Ride lanes in both our North and South parking lots. This is a safety hazard for our students. We respectfully remind all parents that parking along the curbs is NOT PERMITTED in either parking lot. This includes early in the morning in our South parking lot (Kindergarten area) for YMCA drop-off and after school hours, in the evening, for pick up from the YMCA in the same lot. Please see the photos below; where there are green “X’s” you cannot park. Parents must stay in their cars to pick up their children when in the Kiss n’ Ride lanes (red arrows). If you wish to leave your vehicle to drop off or pick up your child(ren) you must park your vehicle in one of the designated parking spots. If you have babysitters, or relatives who pick up or drop off your children, please share this information with them as well. Please be respectful of our safety rules! There are NO exceptions!

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 labeled 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 have 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 Wednesday, November 20th. We are now organizing our annual Learning Conferences for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. This year’s interviews will be held on Thursday, November 21st from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Friday, November 22nd 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.

Interviews with FSL Teachers

Please note that Mme. Marques is the only French teacher that is available for Interview night. If your child would like to have an interview with Mme. Marques, please ensure you notify your child’s teacher.

Catholic School Council

Our next School Council meeting will be taking place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 13th, in our library. To learn more about our School Council, please visit the Council page on our school website. All are welcome to attend.

Parish Updates

There will be a special Mass offered for our beloved Mrs. Bertin on Tuesday, November 12th at  7:00 pm at MMOG Parish.

SENSORY FRIENDLY MASSES: Beginning  November 10th – 3 p.m., Mary Mother of God Parish will offer a monthly Mass for Catholics (young and old) with sensory sensitivities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD. On the second Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm, we will offer Mass with less sensory input. You can expect lower lights, softer music, low gluten host, smaller host portions, shorter and more literal homilies, and the freedom to move around if necessary…Most important: you’ll receive the Eucharist while surrounded by fellow worshipers with a welcoming attitude. Feel free to bring whatever supports you may need, including fidgets, weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses or comfort toys. Dates for our sensory-friendly Masses are: Nov 10, Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 9,  March (canceled for March Break) April 12, May 10, June 14. For more information, please contact Debbie Frey at

MASS WITH GRANDPARENTS: Our youth group will host the Advent Mass with Grandparents. All are welcome to attend. More details to come.

Kick off Advent this year with an event that the whole family will remember. Enjoy a live petting zoo, donkey rides with St. Joseph, candlelight Mass around a first-century manger and chili and hot dogs for dinner. Click here for tickets: Tickets 

Organized by Mary Mother of God Youth Group.

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. We have a number of students and staff who are currently immunocompromised, and may be at increased risk of acquiring infections in community settings; please be respectful of their needs by not bringing your children to school with contagious illnesses. In addition, students who are not fully recovered from an illness will themselves have a compromised immune system and thus are more likely to catch a secondary illness.  Lastly, 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 defense against colds and the flu!

Registration for Gr 5 Extended French Program Open

We are happy to announce that Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School will offer the Extended French Program for the 2020-2021 school year. The Extended French Program is an exciting, fast-paced, optional program with limited enrolment. Students must be entering Grade 5 in order to be eligible to participate in the Board’s Extended French Program.

The deadline to register is Friday, November 15. For more information about the program and about how to register, please see the school website:

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Weekly Update November 11, 2019

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