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Weekly Update Nov. 15

Confirmation Information - St. Andrew's Catholic Church - Roanoke, VA
Our prayers and thoughts are with all our students who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. May they feel the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God ~St. Benedict Staff

Grade 7 & 8 Confirmation

We pray for all of our Confirmandi who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this Tuesday & Wednesday. As they celebrate this milestone, we ask that the Holy Spirit be with them to renew and strengthen them in their commitment to follow Christ. May they be blessed with the knowledge that they are never alone in life and that God will always be there to watch over them and guide them.

Picture Days this WEEK

We are hosting two picture days this year. The first is on Wednesday, November 17th (Kinder-Grade 3) and the second is on Thursday, November 18th (Grade 4-8). Our Picture RE-TAKE day will be on January 5, 2022.

Progress Reports & Interviews

Progress reports will be emailed home on Wednesday, November 24th.

Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled to be held on the evening of Thursday, November 25th and during the day on Friday, November 26th– as the Friday is a PA DAY

An email was sent home this week with information, link and password parents can use to schedule their interviews with their child’s teacher(s). In the email, you will also find instructions to help guide you in using the scheduling program. Please note, the scheduling tool is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

A reminder that Friday, November 26th is a PA Day for students.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

November 15th– 27th, 2021 – Over the next 2 weeks, St. Benedict students, school staff, and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on our student’s learning and well-being. By participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, our school will be focusing on positive change, the well-being of our school community, and promoting a safer learning environment for all.

Our Students will be engaged in the following, over the next couple of weeks:

  • Special announcements
  • Friday, November 19th PINK DAY (no uniform) to promote love and care for one another– promoting bullying awareness and prevention.
  • Grade presentations from our Child & Youth Counsellor, Mrs. Oudesluys, & Administration
  • Anti-bullying pledge for all students
  • Halton Women’s Place Virtual Presentations
  • Grade 6 to 8 Presentation from Halton Regional Police Liaison Officer, (November 16th)
  • Classroom lessons/activities

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance – Pepler & Craig (2014)

Types of Bullying:

  • CYBER: The targeting of someone using technology, it is quickly outpacing the traditional forms of bullying.
  • SOCIAL: Sometimes referred to as Relational Bullying. This involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationship.
  • VERBAL: Saying or writing mean things
  • PHYSICAL: Involves hurting someone’s body or possessions

At St. Benedict School, we continue to commit to creating a safe and belonging place for everyone to grow and learn.


Please see the link below for St. Benedict Parish’s weekly virtual children’s liturgy for next Sunday, November 21st. Weekly links will be shared for November’s Children’s Liturgies.

November 21:


The 9th Annual ‘Keeping Christ in Christmas’ Student Contest will be open for entries from November 5 through December 3, 2021.

Who Can Enter the Contest?

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

Entry Categories

Students may submit entries electronically in the following categories:

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

Students are encouraged to submit entries in the above categories that highlight the theme of the contest, and creatively express how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas.

Click here for more information and to submit an entry.


To support the cost of Graduation, our grade 8 classes are selling Kernels Popcorn to students from JK to grade 8.  Our Grade 8 teams thank you in advance for your support!

Tomorrow, you can place your orders on School Cash Online!

The Kernels Popcorn Program will run Tuesday and Friday. Session 1 will be from December 7th 2021 until January 14th, 2022. Each bag of popcorn can be purchased for $2.50.  

Orders must be placed on School Cash Online. All orders are due no later than November 24th, 2021. Unfortunately, late orders cannot be accepted.

Popcorn Delivery Dates: Tuesdays & Fridays

  • December 7th & 10th
  • December 14th & 17th
  • January 4th & 7th
  • January 11th & 14th

Cost: $2.50/ individually packaged bag
(8 dates = $20 total)

Flavours available:

  • Butter Salt
  • White Cheddar
  • Yellow Cheddar
  • Salt and Vinegar
  • Low-Fat Caramel


Dear Parents and/or Guardians of Grade 8 Students,  

Grad gear is now available! McCarthy Uniforms in collaboration with staff & studentshas custom designed a sweater for the St. Benedict graduating class. Students have the choice of ordering a sweater in black or purple. The designs are attached to this email for you to view. Student signatures will appear on the back of all hoodies at NO additional cost. 

If you are interested in purchasing a graduation hoodie for your grade 8 child, please go to St. Benedict’s school cash online to make a payment of $45.00 for a hoodie. Hoodies are available in adult sizes.  To view a sizing chart, see chart provided below. Please ensure you order the correct size as we are unable to exchange sweaters. 

 If there is financial need, the school can support your family. Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher so we can ensure every graduate receives a sweater.

All orders will be shipped to the school free of charge.

To receive our order in a timely fashion, payments are due to school cash online by Monday November 22nd, 2021. Unfortunately, late orders cannot be accepted.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:


Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
Nov 15 @ 9:30 am – Nov 26 @ 11:00 pm
CPIC Meeting
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm
Confirmation Celebration for Grade 8 Students
Nov 16 all day
Confirmation Celebration For Grade 7 Students
Nov 17 all day
School Photo Day Kindergarten- Grade 3 students ONLY
Nov 17 all day
HCCF Evening With Bishop Crosby
Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm
School Photo Day for Grade 4-8 students ONLY
Nov 18 all day
Wear Pink to support Anti-Bullying Awareness & Prevention (no uniform)
Nov 19 all day
Grade 8 Grad Sweater Orders Due
Nov 22 all day
First Pizza Day
Nov 23 all day
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