Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed a resolution to recognize the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The purpose of the week is to promote safe schools, increase awareness of what constitutes bullying and address the impact it can have on the overall school environment.
During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 12-19, 2021 – Ontario students, school staff, and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.
Once again HCDSB will be participating in National Bullying awareness week. This year the theme is Rebuild, Restore, Renew together. God tells us that he will Rebuild, Restore, and Renew places and people in our lives. Given what has happened over the past year and half many of us been affected by the current pandemic and other social justice issues happening around us.
By participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, schools will be affecting positive change in student learning, achievement and well-being by promoting a safer learning environment, which is essential to their success. By planning an activity, schools can:
- Help students, parents and school staff become more aware of what constitutes bullying and where and when it may be happening.
- Help students know where to turn for help if they experience or know about acts of bullying.
- Help students succeed — research shows that a healthy school environment helps to support student success.
- Increase student and community engagement in this important issue.
This year, we are continuing to offer the purchase of gingerbread houses, from Parties Made Simple, a nut and peanut-free facility. We would typically host an evening to decorate the houses here at school, however, due to Covid-19 restrictions we won’t be able to hold an evening in-person this year.
Instead, we will arrange for a ‘curbside pick-up’ on December 8th. Families who order gingerbread houses will be able to pick up from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. More information will follow.
We will provide more information once all orders are in. You can order gingerbread houses online up until November 22nd on School Cash Online.
Our Catholic School Council is offering an opportunity to order poinsettia arrangements for the upcoming holiday season. All money raised will be donated to Holy Cross HELPS and Halton Food for Thought. Ordering will be available through School Cash Online from Monday, November 8th and Monday, November 29th.
For more information, see our Feature Story.
We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews at the school on the evening of Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions that will be sent home this week.
You will be able to make appointments online now, until November 19th at 3:00 pm.
Go to the St. Brigid scheduling webpage at https://sbces.parentinterview.com and enter the Parent Code which is contained in the email that went home to families on November 10th.
Scholastic Book Fair
Please see the attachment for information regarding the upcoming Book Fair at St. Brigid!
Hot Lunch Programs
Please note, you can continue to place orders for the coming weeks. See the attached letter for further information regarding ordering:
Gluten-free options are available to order online as well.
Please note that if you know you will be away, please cancel your order through Lunch Box ahead of time. The sorting and delivery of pizza is a large undertaking for our office staff and delivering pizza to the door is an added challenge during the lunch hour. We appreciate your understanding.
If you have any questions, please contact the office.
The #NoHateInHalton Campaign
The #NoHateInHalton will launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in collaboration with the four school districts in Halton.
As a school, we will be promoting this campaign through various activities in the classroom, and on social media. We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant and diverse community and are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive school where all students, families and staff know they are valued, respected, accepted and safe. Let’s work together to ensure that there is #NoHateInHalton!
Students Leaving for Lunch
Students who are leaving school property for lunch are expected to continue to follow public health guidelines including masking and distancing when in the community. Students are asked to leave school property promptly and return on time by checking in at the main office. Students are not permitted to be congregating in the public park adjacent to the school property. Your assistance in keeping our school community healthy by adhering to public health guidelines is greatly appreciated.
11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition
Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm
The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & 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.
It is NOT 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/
Bus Student Seating
Please be reminded that students have been assigned seats on both their morning and afternoon bus routes. Students have been told their seats at the beginning of the school year and reminded throughout the year if changes occur.
We would ask that you go onto the following link for HSTS to check for your child’s seat on each bus and remind them of their seat numbers. The seat they sit on in the morning will not necessarily be the same seat at the end of the day.
It is very important that students sit in their assigned seats. If there is a COVID-19 situation whereby the bus is involved, we use the seating charts to do contact tracing and determine those affected, therefore ensuring your child knows their seat is critical.
Daily COVID Screening
Parents/guardians/students must complete the Ontario School Screening Tool each morning prior to or upon arrival for each student. Students will no longer be required to show/provide their classroom teacher confirmation of screening daily.
Screening Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Students only attend school if a “✅” is obtained. Students with COVID-like symptoms or who receive an “X” indicating “Do not go to school” must remain home and isolate as instructed.
Holy Cross Parish
Please visit the Holy Cross website for more information on the children’s liturgy offered online during the weekend.
The weekend mass schedule is:
Saturday 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m.