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Weekly Update #8 November 1-5

Let us shine with the light of Jesus and become like saints. – Unknown

November 1-8 – Treaties Recognition Week

Monday November 1st – All Saints Day

Tuesday November 2nd – All Soul’s Day

Wednesday, November 3rd – Pita Pit Lunch Day (all orders must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 pm)

Thursday, November 4 – Lunch Lady (all orders must be submitted by Wednesday 8:00 am


Thank you to the Catholic School Parent Council for hosting the Halloween Dance on Friday and to families that shared their Halloween inflatables with the school. Students enjoyed music outside while dancing with their friends. Thank you to our in house DJ, Mrs. Santaguida for sharing your time and talent.

Thank you to all for your generous donations. To date, we have raised $10 020. If you would still like to consider donating, School Cash on Line will remain open for donations up to Sunday November 7th.


Thank you for respecting our yard boundaries and ensuring that only “vested school staff” are in the school yard with our students at all times. We appreciate your help in promoting safety procedures with regard to the flow of traffic and pedestrians in the parking lots and Kiss ‘N Ride lanes.  Please remember that if you need to stop in the morning, please use a parking space in the parking lot.

Under no circumstances should cars be stopped to let students out of a vehicle while in the driving lane beside the kiss and ride. This creates a very dangerous situation for students and other drivers. Parked or stopped cars in the driving lane block the accessible parking spaces in the lot. These spaces need to be assessable at all times. Thank you for your co-operation.


November is Indigenous Awareness Month at HCDSB. We believe that our students, staff and communities are enriched by learning about the histories, cultures, contributions and perspectives of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

We know that we have much work to do in continuing to raise awareness and understanding amongst our students about Indigenous histories, cultures, perspectives and contributions. At St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School, we continue to transform educational experiences for ALL students by including historically and culturally accurate and relevant curriculum, teaching and learning about Indigenous peoples, histories and perspectives.

As part of Indigenous Awareness Month, Treaties Recognition Week will be celebrated November 1-8, 2020. Students will learn about the importance of treaties and how they have helped to shape the province of Ontario.

For more information on the activities and events scheduled across Halton Catholic schools in honour of Indigenous Education Awareness Month, visit the Board’s website at: and additional resources at

To learn more about treaties, visit: 

Visit to discover the history of treaties in Ontario.  

Visit to learn about the treaties across Canada, North America, and other lands, as well as learning about the Indigenous peoples and languages traditionally spoken within a particular territory. 

Suggested media: 

We are all Treaty People Parts 1-3:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Urban.Indigenous.Proud, from the NFB

Tumblebooks Indigenous Subject Playlist

To access Tumblebooks follow these links; HCDSB, Students, Library Resources, Language, Tumblebooks


In 2016, the Government of Ontario proclaimed November as Hindu Heritage Month in recognition of the important contributions that the Hindu community has made to Canadian society.    Hindu-Canadians have made significant contributions to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric. Their outstanding achievements are recognized across all fields: science, education, medicine, law, politics, business, culture and sports.     Hindu Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Hindu-Canadians and the important role that they have and continue to play in communities across Canada.     Throughout November, we invite you to learn more about the fascinating heritage of Hindu-Canadians. Together, let’s celebrate the people that make our communities so unique!  

All are invited to celebrate and learn a little about Hinduism and Diwali as we move into November – Hindu Heritage Month!


Diabetes Awareness Month is a time when communities across the country team up to bring awareness to diabetes and urge action to tackle the diabetes epidemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has created even more urgency as adults living with diabetes are at greater risk of developing serious symptoms and complications, like pneumonia, and they are almost three times more likely to die in hospital. Today, one in three Canadians has diabetes* or prediabetes, and those at age 20 now face a 50 per cent chance of developing the disease. That staggering number speaks to the epidemic diabetes has become across Canada.

With 2021, and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin just around the corner, Canada can’t afford to ignore the impact of this chronic disease on individuals, families, our healthcare system and the economy. Help spread awareness this November and support us in the fight to End Diabetes! For more information:


All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. All Saint’s Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead. This day takes place on November 2. The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few other denominations of Christianity. The Anglican church is the largest protestant church to celebrate the holy day. Most protestant denominations do not recognize the holiday and disagree with the theology behind it.

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).

Diwali 2021 (Deepavali 2021) is on Thursday, November 4 in India.

Diwali’s date is determined by the India calendar and changes every year, ranging from October to November. It is observed on the 15th day of the 8th month (the month of Kartik) in India’s calendar. The day is an Amavasya or ‘new moon day’. Amavasya Tithi (the period when the moon opposes the sun’s light by up to 12°) is from 6:03am on November 4 to 2:44am on November 5 in 2021.

The Goddess Lakshmi (the god of wealth) is mainly worshiped during Diwali Puja for happiness, prosperity, and fame. For Diwali 2021 in Delhi, the Lakshmi Puja Muhurat (best time to worship Lakshmi) is the 1 hour 55 minutes from 6:09pm to 8:04pm on November 4.

Diwali is derived from Sanskrit word Deepavali meaning ‘Line of Lamps’. It is one of the most important festivals in India, marking a new year, and often compared to Christmas in the West.

The celebrations of Diwali 2021 last for 5 days. 

  • Diwali Day 1: November 2, 2021 Dwadashi – Dhanteras 
  • Diwali Day 2: November 3, 2021 Trayodashi – Choti Diwali 
  • Diwali Day 3: November 4, 2021 Amavasya – Diwali 
  • Diwali Day 4: November 5, 2021 Pratipada – Padwa
  • Diwali Day 5: November 6, 2021 Dwitiya – Bhai Duj

Remembrance Day

November 11 commemorates the members of the armed forces who have sacrificed their lives during the World Wars and other military efforts in history and currently.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can show support for the community on this day.

Additionally, the week before TDOR, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise visibility for transgender people and address issues the community faces.


November 26 Bahá’ís commemorate 11 holy days each year. These occasions are usually observed with community gatherings in large or small settings, with programs befitting the significance of the day.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Designated by the UN, November 27 is a day to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.(International)

Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahá

On November 28, 1921, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away in the Holy Land. His life and legacy are commemorated throughout the world during this centenary year.

Foster, JudyWeekly Update #8 November 1-5