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Weekly Update March 22, 2021

Lent is a time for reconsidering our feelings, for letting our eyes be opened to injustice, to open our hearts to those suffering ~ Pope Francis

Fifth Week Of Lent

The fifth Sunday of Lent is sometimes called Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the two-week period called Passiontide.

In today’s gospel reading, (John 12:20-33), Jesus foretells his death and explains that those who follow him will find eternal life. Jesus teaches his disciples about the way in which he will be glorified by God, and a voice from heaven is heard to affirm this teaching.


Family life is often a balancing act in which we prioritize and attend to a variety of competing needs. We learn the value of putting others’ needs ahead of our own. In family life we also learn that when we make personal sacrifices to serve others, we gain so much more than we may have lost.

As you gather as a family, talk about how important it is to your family life to gladly serve one another. Ask each person to consider the last time that another family member asked for help. What was your response? Did you cheerfully try to honor the request, or did you ask “Why me?” Read today’s Gospel, John 12:20-33. How do you think Jesus would want us to respond when someone in our family asks for help? Invite each family member to make a commitment for the next week to try to respond cheerfully to requests for help.

from: Loyola Press

Elementary Teachers Job Action

As you may know, our school board is currently in local contract negotiations with the Halton OECTA Elementary Association. We have received notice from Halton OECTA that starting Monday, March 22, 2021, HCDSB elementary teachers will begin phase 1 of job actions.

All HCDSB elementary schools will remain open and student instruction will continue during this period of job action.

How Will This Affect Your Child’s Learning? 

We are hopeful that this phase of job action will not impact on student instruction. All of our schools will remain open, and teachers 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.  

Information Updates 

For more information about the collective bargaining process, please visit the Labour Negotiations page on our website.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of job action.  As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect the labour laws that affirm the legal rights of unionized employees.

Grade 7 Confirmation

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, we receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, deepening and strengthening the Grace we received at our Baptism. This is a special time of year for our Grade 7 students who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Monday March 22nd at 7:00pm and Wednesday March 24th at 7:00pm at Mary Mother of God Parish. We ask you to keep our Grade 7 students in your prayers so that they may receive this sacrament with openness and willingness to accept God’s personal gift.

The church will also be live streaming for you to share with extended family members on their Youtube Channel:

First Communion & Reconciliation

Your child will have the opportunity to receive his or her First Communion on the following dates:


Masses are NOT organized by school. Please choose whichever Mass suits your family best. Please click here to access the parish website.

Your child will have the opportunity to receive his or her First Reconciliation on the following dates:

Saturday, April 17th:
10:00 am to Noon/3:00pm to 4:30 pm

Saturday, April 24th:
10:00 am to Noon/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

This sacrament must be received BEFORE your child receives their First Holy Communion. 

HCCF 24 Hour Fast

Several of our Intermediate classes have decided to participate in the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation’s 24-hour Lenten Fast. As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. The HCCF strives to do this by providing financial assistance to students and families in Halton who are in need. Our Intermediate students will be fasting from food, social media, or television in an effort to raise funds for their fellow Halton students in need. 

HCCF uses the funding to support HCDSB families in need by purchasing food, other basic necessities, such as eye-glasses, clothing, toys, and providing funding for educational programming and extracurricular activities. We have often drawn on this funding to support our St. Andrew families. 

If you would like to support our Intermediate students in their 24-hour fast, please CLICK HERE and select “Donate Now“. Once you have selected your donation amount, (no amount is too small), please click “Assign to a Team” and scroll down to “St. Andrew Catholic School.”

Grade 8 Graduation Pictures

Tuesday, March 23 – Mr. Maillet , Mrs. Boyko & Mrs. Thompson’s Classes

Wednesday, March 31st – Mr. Tallevi’s Class

Dress to impress! Please wear a white collared shirt, along with a necktie if you wish.

Following physical distancing procedures, your photographer will take 4 photos of you on 2 backgrounds.

Approximately 2 weeks after photo day, your proofs will arrive at school. Please place your order online at

In addition to your portrait session, you have the option to purchase a 13× 9 Graduating Class Composite in a customized folder.

Go to: to purchase your composite using school code: AND

Your composite must be purchased before photo order due date, which will be listed on your proofs.

Spring Equinox – Saturday March 20th

With the dawning of Spring, we know that the weather can vary greatly not only day to day, but by the hour. Please ensure that your child has proper attire for all types of weather including outdoor shoes and/or rain boots as our field can be quite muddy. Having children dress in layers is a practical way to make sure they are dressed appropriately for any outdoor weather conditions.

School Council Meeting

We will be having a School Council Meeting on Wednesday, March 24th at 6:30 PM . If you are interested in attending, please email Lorraine Boulos at to request a link to the virtual meeting.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day – March 24th

We appreciate our hardworking and dedicated Crossing Guards who keep our students safe as they are walking or biking to and from school each day!

Print a Thank You card for your favourite crossing guard at

New to Kindergarten

The start of school is an exciting milestone for every child, and every family. Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through various types of play that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.

Registering Your Child for Kindergarten 

Here’s what you need to know to register your child for the Kindergarten Program beginning in September, 2021: 

  • Year 1 (Junior Kindergarten) – children must be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2021.
  • Year 2 (Senior Kindergarten) – children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2021

Learn How To Register Your Child

If you have a child with special education needs entering Kindergarten in September 2021, we are hosting a Virtual Parent Information Meeting for Kindergarten Special Education on Wednesday, March 24th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

If you have indicated on the registration form that your child has special education needs the school will contact you with the link to this virtual information meeting. If you have not let the school know about your child’s needs, please reach out to your home school for the link.

A reminder, if you have not already done so, please complete the Kindergarten Questionnaire.

To learn more about the Special Education programs and services offered in our schools, visit our Special Education page, or contact your child’s home school.

Voluntary COVID-19 Testing for Holy Trinity Family of Schools

As you are aware, the Province of Ontario requires school boards to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students. The second round of testing for your school community will be available on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

Who Can Be Tested?

  • Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.  
  • Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). 

During this second round of testing, voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available to:

  • All students and their families
  • All school staff and their household members
  • All Child Care staff and their household members 
  • All Child Care families  

About the Testing 
The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.    

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.

LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:

  • PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
  • Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
  • Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
  • Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
  • Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary

When and Where Will the Testing Take Place?
At HCDSB, the testing will be offered through a Family of Schools ‘hub’ model, where the secondary school will be the testing site for each secondary school and the associated elementary schools. The schedule will rotate to each of our nine (9) secondary schools over the course of a 3-week period, providing a testing site in Burlington, Oakville, and North Halton (Milton and Halton Hills) for one day each week. 

The second round of testing for the Holy Trinity Family of Schools will take place as follows: 

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON

The Holy Trinity Family of Schools includes:

  • Holy Family Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Michael Catholic Elementary School
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

Get Tested
Pre-registration will not be offered for the second round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.

If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at the host school during the designated clinic hours.

More Information

​Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and our public health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe. 

SEAC Soundbytes Now Available!

To help raise awareness of the Special Education process at HCDSB, the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) publishes periodic news articles called “SEAC SOUNDBYTES”. You can find all of the most recent soundbytes on the HCDSB News page.

Read the latest here: SEAC Soundbytes, March 2021


Travelling – if you have travelled outside of the country you will have to self isolate for 14 days upon your return. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are planning on travelling outside of the country.

Please remember to send your children to school with all necessary items such as water bottles, lunches, snacks, and indoor shoes. Public Health has stipulated that we should only have Essential Visitors at the school. We have food available for any child who has forgotten their lunch and plastic cups for water.

Report your child’s absence. Whether it’s an illness, a medical appointment or other important event, you must report your child’s absence. Using the Safe Arrival system, parents can report daily absences, and schedule absences in one of three ways: the SchoolMessenger mobile app, SchoolMessenger website:​, and by calling toll-free at: 1-844-445-4505. 

Moving? Families are reminded to contact the school if any of your personal contact information has changed or if you are moving out of our school boundary. Please email Mrs. Cerqueira at


Grade 7 Confirmation @ Mary Mother of God Parish
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grade 8 Grad Photos – Mr. Maillet’s, Mrs. Boyko’s and Mrs. Thompson’s Classes
Mar 23 all day
Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Mar 24 all day

We appreciate our hardworking and dedicated Crossing Guards who keep our students safe as they are walking or biking to and from school each day!

Print a Thank You card for your favourite crossing guard at

Voluntary Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing for St. Andrew students, staff, and their families @ Holy Trinity HS
Mar 24 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.

Catholic School Council Meeting via TEAMS
Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Grade 7 Confirmation @ Mary Mother of God Parish
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Change Over Day for New Learning Environment
Mar 29 all day
HCCF 24 Hour Fast
Mar 30 all day

If you would like to support our Intermediate students in their 24-hour fast, please CLICK HERE and select “Donate Now“. Once you have selected your donation amount, (no amount is too small), please click “Assign to a Team” and scroll down to “St. Andrew Catholic School.”

Grade 8 Grad Photos – Mr. Tallevi’s Class
Mar 31 all day
Weekly Update March 22, 2021