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Weekly Update: January 25 – 29

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We wish to send you our continued good wishes to you and your family. As you are probably aware, the provincial government has not named the HCDSB as one of the boards that will resume in school learning this week. You will be notified once we have further information on the return to school date. We encourage you to continue to follow Public Health Protocols.

As we continue with virtual learning during the provincial lock-down, we wish to provide a few updates for online protocol.


Student: Please continue to notify the school of student absences on a daily basis. Encourage children to be present online on time for teachers to do daily attendance. If for some reason your child is unable to access Teams due to technical difficulties, please e-mail the teacher so your child is not listed as absent and they can assist in troubleshooting the issue.

Staff: We thank you for your patience in times when teachers are absent. There may be times when the supply teacher assigned experiences technical difficulties. We ask that students complete asynchronous work posted on D2L as well as monitoring announcements for when these are resolved.

Supporting Your Child

No one expects parents to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content matter experts. One of the goals for students is to become independent, and that takes lots of practice! Checking in with your child throughout the day will support them in processing instructions and communication from their educators. For younger children, this means supporting them at the beginning of the day and with check-ins throughout the day. Longer check-ins in the morning or evening may provide older children the support they need.
• Remember, you do not have to be the teacher to ensure that your child learns
• Avoid hovering over every lesson. Your child needs to make mistakes, interact with others, and learn to attend, all of which may be hindered if you are watching everything that they do
• Provide support and encourage your child while expecting them to do their part
• Resist the urge to help by providing your child with the answers…struggling is allowed and encouraged and that is how learning happens! It is important for your child’s educators to know what they are able to do independently
• The virtual classroom is designed to support teaching and learning. Respect and honour the classroom space, just as you would a regular classroom.

For further information, please refer to the Role of Parents during Virtual Learning handout created by the board.

New Uniform Provider:

We are pleased to announce that McCarthy Uniforms is our new official school uniform provider. Many of you may be familiar with the reputation for quality and the time-tested McCarthy tradition that will provide our families with exceptional uniform products. In addition to a superior quality garment, this new partnership with also provide our families with more flexibility when ordering, improved availability, and reduced costs. Some of you may recall that McCarthy Uniforms used to be our uniform provider and we are excited to rejoin their program as of February 1st, 2021, with over 60 years of proven, dedicated service to schools across Canada.

We encourage you to register early to be notified of invitations to webinars, access to a ‘launch gift’ and updates on your shopping options. 

If you have any questions about our new uniform program, you can contact the McCarthy customer service team at or visit their blog of FAQs here <enter blog>. We look forward to seeing our students in their new attire!

Health Tip of the Week

Upcoming Events

World Down Syndrome Day – Wear Mismatched Socks
Mar 12 all day
Spirit Week
Mar 15 – Mar 19 all day

Monday: Back of the Closet Day

Tuesday: Denim and Flannel Day

Wednesday: Wear Green and White for St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday: Hat Day

Friday: Comfy Cozy Day


Last Day to order for Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser
Mar 17 @ 8:50 pm – 9:50 pm

St. Anthony of Padua School is fundraising with Purdys Chocolatier, just in time for Easter!

If you’d like to support, please purchase some very sweet Easter gifts for friends, family, and yourself by visiting the link below:


After you’ve created an account you can sign in and purchase amazing Purdys chocolates through the online marketplace.  Just click the shop online tab at the top of the page. You can also share this link with family and friends using the send invites tab while signed into your account.

Items will be delivered to the school and available for pick-up the week on March 29th.  We will communicate a schedule closer to the pick-up date.    

Good Friday
Apr 2 all day
Easter Monday
Apr 5 all day

Your Partners in Catholic Education,

G. Giacalone, E. Scannell, D. Owens

Owens, DonnaWeekly Update: January 25 – 29