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Weekly Update #9 November 8-12

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The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – this is Remembrance Day. The community of St Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School will take time to remember the sacrifice made by the thousands of Canadians who served our country in the pursuit of peace. The liturgy will take place on Thursday, November 11th at 10:45 a.m. on Teams.

Monday, November 8

  • National Veterans Aboriginal Day
  • Registration for Parent Teacher Interviews Begins

Tuesday, November 9 – Catholic School Council Meeting 6:30 p.m. on Teams

Wednesday, November 10

  • Picture Retakes
  • Pita Lunch Day

Thursday, November 11 – Remembrance Day


A continued reminder that Self-screening must be completed each day before a student attends
school by using the Ontario School and Child Care Screening Tool. If a student does not pass the
self-screening, they are to remain home and follow the direction given on the screening tool. To
ensure the safety of all students and staff, students are not permitted to enter the school building
until the self-screening has been completed.


Term One Progress Report Cards for students in Grades K to 8 will be sent home with your child on Wednesday, November 24th and Parent-Teacher interviews are scheduled for the evening of Thursday, November 25th and during the day on Friday, November 26th. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. The Ministry of Education requires all families to have an interview with their educator. All parents/guardians will be provided with an access code and instructions to go to the site on November 8 to request your preferred interview time with your child’s teacher.

Assessment, evaluation and reporting are intended to lead toward student improvement and increased student learning. The Progress Report provides an opportunity for early feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful and timely. It does not, however, contain levels of achievement or grades (these will be provided on the Term 1 and 2 Report Cards in February and June).When preparing for your interview, you are encouraged to

  • Review the progress report for improvement statements
  • Speak with your child about their successes and areas for improvement
  • Take note of homework and review routines in your home


The next Virtual Catholic School Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on teams.  Parents are always welcome to join us! 


We are very happy to share that through the generosity of our parent/guardian school community, we have raise just over $10 500. On Monday November 8th, all students who contributed to fundraising will have their name in a draw to win one of four $100 gift cards. We also held a Name that Halloween Tune Contest from October 25-29th . The five winning classes are Mrs. Valentini, Ms. Doust, Mrs. Kermani, Mrs. Lobo, Mr. Cerisano and Mr. Gismondi. Those students will also have their name entered to win a gift card.

We would like to thank members of the Mrs. Santaguida, our DJ for the day, the Catholic School Council for helping organize and set up for the dance as well as parents who donated and lent Halloween inflatables.


As the weather begins to change, it is important for students to stay warm and dress for the weather.  Kindly label your child’s clothing so that if it gets lost, it can be returned.  All recesses’ are outdoors unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celsius. 

In the event of bad weather, all cancelations and closures will be posted on the board website:

Students are reminded that all clothing should cover mid-riff and lower back areas.  Any student who exposes these areas will be asked to cover up with an item of their own clothing.  If they do not have an item appropriate at school, we will contact home or provide them with a sweater.


We all have a responsibility to work towards eliminating hate. Through a collaborative approach involving the Halton Regional Police Service and community stakeholders, including the Halton Catholic District School Board, an anti-hate awareness campaign will launched during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of this campaign will be:

  • Bring attention to the topic of eliminating hate motivated incidents
  • Encourage individuals to act by identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents
  • Continue to build a sense of community, respect and inclusion within schools.
  • Encourage students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within schools and support impacted individuals and families.
  • Reduce the stigma that is often associated with victims and remove any barriers to reporting hate motivated incidents.


Courtesy Seats will be reinstated for the 2021-22 school year at a reduced capacity.

The capacity to accommodate courtesy requests will be reduced to accommodate potential remote learning and continued growth in the region. As per public health guidance, school bus capacity will be limited where possible to reduce the risk of COVID exposure. Courtesy Seat applications will be available online at from Monday, November 8th until Friday, November 26th. Courtesy seat assignments for approved applications will be effective January 3rd, 2022.

All applicants will be notified by HSTS to check on the status using the  BusPlanner Web parent portal upon completion of the review process. HSTS will provide each school with a list of applicants requesting their assistance to indicate students who require prioritization for any available seats. School Administrators will have the opportunity to review applications between November 29th and December 8th, with HSTS staff finalizing the requests from December 9th to the 24th. 

Communication to families regarding applications for courtesy seats will be going out tomorrow (November 5th).

Interior Cameras:

HSTS will be implementing a school bus internal camera pilot from November 29th, 2021 to February 25th, 2022. This pilot has been contemplated before the COVID pandemic, however, was put on hold. All of our school buses are equipped with interior cameras, and as part of the review by the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC), a pilot is required to be completed before the cameras can be turned on.  This will impact 12 bus routes and 48 schools in total between the HDSB and HCDSB. This pilot will involve 19 HCDSB schools (5 secondary schools and 14 elementary schools). Additional information will be sent next week to the schools involved in the pilot.  

Communication to families impacted by this pilot will be sent the week of November 15th.


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 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

Foster, JudyWeekly Update #9 November 8-12