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Weekly Update November 1, 2021

Feast of All Saints Day

God our Father, by our Baptism, you made us your holy people and called us to share
in the joy of your saints. By their help and example, you guide us to live for others as
Jesus taught us. May their prayers strengthen and comfort us as we follow Jesus to his
promise of everlasting life. We make this prayer to you in His name. Amen

This week’s gospel is a recount of the Sermon on the Mount.  This beautiful gospel is known as the Beatitudes and really should be read in it’s entirety.  It is a roadmap to Sainthood.  Often we think of saints as being those individuals who are enshrined for laying down their lives for their faith.  But, we all have the ability to be saints.  Pope Francis says “the saints are not supermen or superwomen” who are “born perfect,” but rather ordinary people who followed God “with all their heart.”  They are “the parents who raise their children with immense love, the men and women who work hard to support their families, the sick, the elderly who never lose their smile, our next-door neighbours.”  As we celebrate the Saints, let us hear the call in Beatitudes to sainthood…to be gentle, merciful, compassionate, and just. 

Family Action: 

Pay attention to the people you know who model a particular beatitude. Think of ways you can model their behaviour in your own life. Talk with God in prayer. Ask God to help you out and to teach you how to develop the Beatitudes in your mind, heart, and actions.

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.

November 1st – 5th – Treaties Recognition Week

​​​​​Did you know that we are on the shared lands of the Michizaagiig (Mississaugas of the Credit) of the Anishinaabek Nation?  Do you know what are our roles and responsibilities are as treaty partners?

The Ministry of Indigenous Affairs has designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week to promote public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships.  This focus is part of the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  All School Boards are recognizing that Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and promoting public education and awareness about the history and importance of treaties and treaty relationships.  Through teaching and learning, we can move towards a Canada where the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is founded on mutual trust.  Our teachers will be planning curriculum-linked learning activities about treaties this year and will encourage dialogue in our classrooms.  

Treaty Maps of Canada: https://www.ontario.ca/page/map-ontario-treaties-and-reserves

To learn more about Treaties Recognition Week please see our Featured Post We Are All Treaty People

Virtual Family Paint Night with Anishinaabe Artist, Moses Lunham

Join the HCDSB Indigenous Education team for a virtual paint night hosted by Anishinaabe Artist Moses Lunham as we continue on our journey of Treaty understandings.

Get your paint supplies and join the virtual paint night for 2 hours of artistic guidance! No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Fallen Leaves ~ Virtual Family Paint Night

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Required art supplies

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/grandmothersvoice

Boogie-a-thon Fundraiser

Halloween 2021

Thank you to all of our parent and student volunteers who helped us to decorate for our Boogie-a-thon. We had a wonderful time dancing together in the gym. We are extremely grateful to our entire school community for helping to make our fundraiser a success. We greatly appreciate all of the donations parents provided for our fundraiser. Through your generosity, we were able to raise over $20, 000!

Hate Has No Place in Halton

We all have a responsibility to work towards eliminating hate. Through a collaborative approach involving the Halton Regional Police Service and community stakeholders, including the Halton Catholic District School Board, an anti-hate awareness campaign will launched during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of this campaign will be:

  • Bring attention to the topic of eliminating hate motivated incidents
  • Encourage individuals to act by identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents
  • Continue to build a sense of community, respect and inclusion within schools.
  • Encourage students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within schools and support impacted individuals and families.
  • Reduce the stigma that is often associated with victims and remove any barriers to reporting hate motivated incidents.

Picture Day!

We are so excited to once again be permitted to take school photos! In order to ensure that a social distance is maintained between students at all times, we will be having our photos taken over two day. On Tuesday, November 9th we will be taking photos of the students in Grades K-4; and on Wednesday, November 10th, we will be taking photos of our students in Grades 5-8. Please note that there will be no class photos taken, only inidvidual photos. Please watch your email for more information coming home soon.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

On Wed. Nov. 17, 2021, the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation will be hosting their annual Evening with Bishop Crosby. This event will be virtual this year, beginning with a reception at 6:30pm, and the Main Event will follow at 7:00-8:30 pm.

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) and with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees). “With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning. They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

This event will NOT be another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

Catholic School Council Meeting

The next meeting for our Catholic School Council will be held virtually at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 17th. Please email Lorraine Boulos at bouloslo@hcdsb.org if you would like to attend; all are welcome!

Parent-Teacher Interview Communication

Progress Reports will be sent home on November 24th.  Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on the evening of November 25th and on the November 26th PA Day.  In order to adhere to our safety protocols, interviews will be scheduled using an online scheduling program to limit the use of paper. Communication with a link and information on how to schedule your interviews will be emailed to you before the scheduling process opens on November 8th. Please complete the online interview request form by Friday, November 19th, 11:00 AM.

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Weekly Update November 1, 2021