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Weekly Update Dec. 6

Second Sunday of Advent

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

~ John 14:27

St. Benedict Indigo Night

To all the families who supported our Indigo Night Fundraiser a big Thank you!

 It was truly a Merry event.

The GOOD NEWS is that you can continue to support our school every time you make an Indigo online purchase.  The FUNdraiser continues every day and anytime of the year.  Click on the link below to start your online shopping and show your support towards St. Benedict School!

https://indigo.flipgive.com/teams/287478-st-benedict-school-fundraiser

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Thank you to all the families who have sent in Gift Cards for our Angel Tree. We have extended our collection to the last day of school-Dec. 17th. When students bring in gift cards, they have an opportunity to add an Angel to our Christmas Tree. Our Tree is starting to look ‘heavenly’, thanks to you. If you haven’t sent a card in yet, there is still time! Together, we will spread Christmas Joy this advent season.

CSC Family Christmas Gingerbread Night ‘Drive By’- Monday Dec. 6th

We are very excited to announce that On Monday, December 6th, our Catholic School Council invites you to come to our ‘drive by’ Family Christmas Gingerbread Night (outdoors). There will be lights, lots of photo opportunities and chance to pre-order a Gingerbread House for pickup.

We invite families to drive through our school’s front loop, where you will see lots of lights and pickup your pre-ordered gingerbread houses. We are inviting families between 5:30-7:00pm. Please continue to respect all Halton Public Health Mandates, maintaining social distance and wearing a mask if you are closer than 2 meters of someone, not in your family. We really appreciate your support with this.

HCDSB Virtual Advent Session

Bringing Christ into our Homes this Christmas with Bishop Lobsinger

Join us on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 PM for the virtual Advent session!

A link to the live session is available HERE.

If you cannot attend the virtual session on the scheduled time and day, a link to the recorded presentation will be available on HCDSB’s YouTube channel for later viewing. 

To learn more about the virtual Advent session, and Bishop Lobsinger, please visit our Board’s website.

St. Benedict Spirit Week to support the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF)

This will take place the last week of school– before the Christmas Break:

Visit our School Cash Online to make your donation to support this fun last week of school!!!

Virtual Christmas Celebrations

With Covid-19 Restrictions, our classes are finding creative ways to link the home to the classroom, this advent season. Your child’s teacher will be sending home more information on what their grade has planned to share this year. We look forward to our Virtual Advent Liturgy next week on Wednesday, December 15th. Thank you to Ms. Coombes & Ms. Zehairi’s class who will lead us in prayer and reflection.

St. Benedict Virtual Family Fun Night: December 14th

Tuesday December 7th: Family Paint Night

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!
The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.
Big Spirit Moon Paint Night
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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:
Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel
If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, HCSDB Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

HCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC)

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 
The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 
Apply now!
Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Formwhich will remain open until December 31st, 2021.

Please click here to read more the HREAC

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: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Please note, if your child has other symptoms (not on the COVID-19 school screen)- like a sore throat, runny nose, headache- please have them stay home to rest and feel better.

Let’s continue to keep everyone healthy for the holidays

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec
6
Mon
CSC Family Outdoor Christmas Gingerbread ‘Drive By’
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dec
7
Tue
December Pizza Day
Dec 7 all day
Session # 1 of Popcorn Begins
Dec 7 all day
HCDSB Family Paint Night- See link in Weekly Update
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm
Dec
9
Thu
Bringing Christ into our Homes this Christmas (Virtual Presentation)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Dec
13
Mon
Monday- Christmas Sweater Day with Uniform
Dec 13 all day
Dec
14
Tue
December Pizza Day
Dec 14 all day
Kernels Popcorn Day
Dec 14 all day
Tuesday- Christmas Hat and/or Student Mask
Dec 14 all day
Virtual Family Fun Night
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm
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