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Weekly Update March 9, 2021

We can support one another & face every kind of challenge with courage & hope when we draw our strength from Jesus.” ~ Pope Francis

Third Week Of Lent

This week’s gospel shows us an image of Jesus that is fierce and challenging. When he sees the that the temple has been desecrated by moneychangers and marketplace activities, he overturns tables, and drives everyone out saying “Take all this out of her and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.”  He sees the injustices and those taking advantage of the poor and reclaims the temple for its sacred purpose.  His actions not only upset the area but also disturb what the people have come to see as the norm.  Jesus’ actions and message challenge us to consider how we bring ourselves to God in the day to day as well as in the sacramental aspects of our faith.

Reflection: As we take another step in our Lenten journey, consider how we can open our hearts to Jesus’ message and take action in our daily lives.

THINGS A FAMILY CAN DO TOGETHER DURING LENT

  1. Daily Prayer Time | It’s important that kids grow up feeling that prayer is a natural thing. Each evening spend time in prayer on a certain topic of your choosing. (ex. the health of loved ones, members of your church, people groups close to your heart, etc.)
  2. Find Something to Give Away | As a family, go through your possessions and find gently used (or well-loved but still good quality) items, then pray about how you can bless others with those things.
  3. Encourage One Another Daily | At a mealtime together, go around the table and take turns saying something nice or encouraging for each person present. Not just compliments, but work to build each person up.
  4. Reach out to someone else | Whether by text, email, or handwritten card, choose a person today and send them a line or two of encouragement. An “I’m thinking of you” or “we’re praying for you” can mean more than you know.

Grade 7 Confirmation

If you have not already done so, please click on the date you would like to register for the Confirmation Liturgy.

Monday, March 22  at 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 24  at 7:00 pm

Due to Covid, there will be no rehearsal. Debbie Frey will create a video rehearsal walk-through for the candidates and their families which will explain step-by-step what to expect at Confirmation. Watch your email in the next week for the link. 

There are a maximum of SIX people per family that may attend (Confirmandi plus Sponsor plus four more) .

If you still have not registered your sponsor, the link to the form is here. PLEASE you must do this right away.

There are no robes this year due to Covid, we are encouraging the Confirmandi to wear any combination of white, black, red or grey.  (It’s not necessary for you to go purchase something if you already have something in another color.) Candidates should be dressed up for the occasion. Girls should have their shoulders covered.

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

Grade 8 Graduation Pictures

Graduation photos have been booked for March 23rd and 24th by Edge Imaging. Each student will be provided with their own gowns, i.e. no gowns will be shared. Our Virtual students will be invited to get their photos taken at the Edge Imaging studio. Watch for more information coming directly to our Grade 8 parents via email.

Parent Poll: Help Us Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year

Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year

Although we have not yet received direction from the Ministry of Education regarding what will be required of school boards during the 2021-2022 school year, our staffing process has already begun for next school year.  As the health situation in Halton and across the province continues to evolve daily, it is difficult to predict what September will look like. In light of this, we need to plan for all potential scenarios.

We are reaching out to our parents and guardians now to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year.

Specifically, we need to know if at this time you anticipate that in September 2021:

  1. your child(ren) will attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR
  2. your child(ren) will attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.

This information will help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning.  

NOTE: We know that any decision you make today may change based on how the health situation evolves over the next few months. For this reason, we will ask you to confirm your decision in mid-June.

Please take a moment to complete this quick poll by clicking on the link below.

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB elementary school, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • The information gathered through this poll will be used by HCDSB Research Services to compile summary statistics for planning purposes. Lists will also be generated for each school and shared for planning purposes and follow-up if required.
  • If you do not complete this poll, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • A decision to begin the school year in one environment (in-person or virtual) does not mean your child will need to remain in that learning environment all year. There will be an opportunity for parents to request a change in learning environment for their children during the 2021-2022 school year.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE POLL

This poll will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this poll. We know this is a difficult decision for many families, and we appreciate your assistance as we plan for a safe and healthy return to instruction in September, 2021.

Call for Nominations!

Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC)

Halton Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) invites you to consider nominating yourself or a parent you know as a member of (CPIC) at the Halton Catholic District School Board.

CPIC, a Ministry of Education mandated committee, is a group of parents, trustees and board staff who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout our school district.

Online nominations will be accepted until noon on March 31, 2021. The receipt of your nomination will be confirmed by email. 

Click here for more information about the CPIC membership nomination.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving as an Oakville CPIC member, please submit your online nomination here: CPIC Representative Nomination Form – Oakville

Further information about CPIC Membership can be found here.

Parent Engagement and Webinar Series

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is sponsoring a series of free webinars for parents and guardians throughout the month of March. For more information and to register, please see their website here: https://www.oapce.org/march2021webinars/

Halton Food for Thought

Providing Healthy Snack Bags to all Students in Halton

Halton Food For Thought (HFFT)in partnership with Food for Life Halton, is providing Healthy Student Snack Bags to all students in Halton. 

*Please note that weekly healthy student snack bags will be available for pick-up at select locations. See the list of locations here

Now more than ever, Halton students need access to nutritious food to fuel a full day of learning. 

For more information, visit the Halton Food for Thought website.

Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions

HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Kindergarten page. A link to the live sessions will become available on the homepage of the HCDSB website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. 

Reminders

March Break –

On February 11th, 2021, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020 – 2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12th – 16th, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities. This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary instruction will continue as scheduled from March 15th through 19th, 2021. For more information , please visit the following link: March Break Postponed until April 12-16, 2021

We will be hosting “Spirit Week” during what would have been March break! Stay tuned for our theme days!

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The fourth and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

Are You 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 cerqueirad@hcdsb.org

Updates

Mar
15
Mon
Spirit Week – FAVOURITE DAY!
Mar 15 all day
Students are invited to wear a favourite article of clothing to school; e.g. t-shirt, hat, socks, shoes, jacket; or to bring a favourite stuffy to school
Mar
16
Tue
Spirit Week – INSIDE OUT DAY
Mar 16 all day

Students are invited to wear their clothing inside out!

Mar
17
Wed
Spirit Week – RAINBOW DAY
Mar 17 all day

Students are invited to wear their rainbow gear or to wear a colourful shirt and/or hat – wear your favourite colour and together we will make a rainbow!

Mar
18
Thu
Spirit Week – #LotsofSocks World Down Syndrome Day
Mar 18 all day

Students are invited to wear wacky, colourful, or mismatched socks for World Down Syndrome Day and tweet out their feet with the #LotsofSocks

Mar
19
Fri
Spirit Week
Mar 19 all day
Mar
22
Mon
Grade 7 Confirmation @ Mary Mother of God Parish
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
23
Tue
Grade 8 Grad Photos – Mr. Maillet’s, Mrs. Boyko’s and Mrs. Thompson’s Classes
Mar 23 all day
Mar
24
Wed
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 oakville.ca/townhall/school-crossing-guards.html

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.

Weekly Update March 9, 2021