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Weekly Update Sept.25-Oct.2

St.Catherine of Alexandria School Update September 28 – October 2, 2020 Father,  I am so sorry for the way I complain about my circumstances. Please forgive me for my bad attitude when things don’t go my way. I want to see Your hand in every part of every day – good or bad. Help me

Weekly Update Sept.21-25

God of my Life,thank you for your presence with me this week,in the times that were easy and the times that were hard.Guide me to a period of rest that I might preside with you,recharge my batteries,and prepare to again do the work you are calling me to do next week.This I pray in your

Weekly Update Sept.14-18

St.Catherine of Alexandria School Return to School Update Mon. Sept.14 – Fri. Sept.18th Gracious God, we come to you at the beginning of this academic yearwith our many feelings, expectations, fears and hopes.Help us to remember, however, we have the comfortingassurance from you: “I will always be with you.” Loving God, for all of us

Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

To help ease the transition for our students, and ensure a safe and healthy return for all, the first day of school will be delayed, and we will be implementing a gradual (staggered) return to class for our elementary students, beginning Wednesday, September 9th. All students in Grades 1-8 will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Return to School Plan & Survey Now OPEN

The Return to School Plan is now available for review on HCDSB’s Return to School website: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-ReturntoSchool. Please note that information and updates will continue to be added to this website as they become available.  Parents may also find it helpful to review the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school. NEW UPDATE: At the Special Board Meeting held

Ministry of Education Releases Guide for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that all elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will return to school in September, 2020.  This means in-class instruction with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Multiple strategies will be employed to ensure our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, including: Self screening  Adapted school

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Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Return to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback

In preparation for the return to school, we are taking into consideration what the current COVID-19 situation may look like in September by planning for all potential scenarios.  As we await further direction from the Ministry of Education, we are seeking parent feedback about some of the options we are considering.  Let Us Know What

Elementary Report Card Access – Email Service Currently DOWN

Elementary report cards are being sent now through email. SchoolMessenger is DOWN across Canada – parents who try to access the report card will receive an error message. SchoolMessenger is working to fix this issue. If you are not able to open your child’s report card, please try again later. Thank you for your patience

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!

Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food. From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take

We Want Feedback from Our Community – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.  Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021, provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that shape us as a school

Picking Up Student Belongings and Dropping off School items – June 24 and 25

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),  We are writing to let you know that a protocol has now been established to allow temporary access to our school grounds (outside building only), for families to retrieve any personal belongings that may have been left in the school during the school closure period, and to return any borrowed items.  Based on the recommendations

Silence is Not an Option

Like many of you, I was both saddened and outraged to learn of the situation in Minnesota last week that resulted in the death of George Floyd.  We have all read the reports on social media in disbelief as the disturbing details began to emerge, and with heavy hearts we have watched the outcry that

Celebrating Filipino, Italian & Portuguese Heritage Month

June is Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Heritage Month in Canada. This month is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural life of our country. Canada is home to many people of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese descent. These communities add to the

National AccessAbility Week – May 31 – June 6, 2020

May 31 to June 6, 2020 is National AccessAbility Week in Canada.​ National AccessAbility Week​ is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities. This week, we also recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that work to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. At the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB),

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until the End of the School Year

On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the school year. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Maya Colavecchia who won the Student Award of Excellence for St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Elementary School! About Maya Rayna embodies

Staff Appreciation Day – May 8, 2020

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 8, 2020! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 4800 employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Mental Health Week 2020 ~ Practicing Self-Care

May 4-10, 2020 is the designated Mental Health Week in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is joining organizations across the country to raise awareness about mental health. While supporting mental health is always a priority for us, this year Mental Health Week takes on a special significance in light of the current COVID-19

Igniting Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 3 to May 8, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Igniting Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to spread

You’re Invited to OAPCE’s Virtual Parent Summit!

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is holding a Virtual Parent Summit on Saturday, May 9, 2020! The event will engage the community, advocate, and enhance Catholic Education in Ontario. Guest speakers include Sara Westbrook, Robert Gallo, Paul Davis and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. All parents with children attending a Catholic school in Ontario are welcome to participate

All Schools Will Remain CLOSED Until At Least May 31, 2020

On April 26th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until at least May 31, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of

Public Health Update

ON THE NOVEL UPDATE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Dear Parents and Guardians, Here is an update on the cancellation of our school-based clinics for 2019-2020 and a list of helpful COVID-19 resources.  Cancellation of Grade 7 School-based Vaccine Clinics Halton Region Public Health is cancelling the third round of grade 7 school-based vaccine clinics for the 2019-2020

An Easter Message from the Chair of our Board

To Our HCDSB family,  As Catholics, Holy Week is a marked time of renewal and hope, typically pronounced by the physical church as a visible social institution where our clergy are able to tend to us. During these unprecedented times of a pandemic which has led to schools and churches being closed, social distancing, isolation from family, friends and co-workers, our priests are having to find new ways to connect so that we may

Holy Week at Home

Families are invited to participate in the rituals and spirit of Holy Week at home. View the following Holy Week at Home resources for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

Part 1 of Kindergarten Registration Available Online!

Although schools are closed, we are still accepting Kindergarten registrations online! When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2020, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2020. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December

Access to Student Learning Platforms

At HCDSB, we support the use of the following online learning platforms:  D2L Google for Education Microsoft Office 365​​ Your child’s teacher will use one of the above platforms to provide instruction. Visit the website links above to access your child’s online learning and for more information about each platform. If your child needs assistance

Televised Sunday Mass with Bishop Crosby

Each week, the Diocese of Hamilton will be televising Sunday Mass live from the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Tune in live each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on Cable 14 or watch the rerun at 1:00 p.m. on CHCH TV. For more information about televised Masses, and to see a list of online Mass

Updated: Food & Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most. Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register. For more information about additional food services and

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until Friday, May 1, 2020

On March 31st, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until Friday, May 1, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

Food Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most. Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register. For more information

First Communion

FIRST COMMUNIONS: A number of families have contacted the parish asking about the status of First Communion celebrations this spring.   If you have made any plans to celebrate (eg. restaurant reservations, invitations to family from out of town), it would be prudent at this point to cancel those plans, and assume that 1st Communions will

Digital Learning Resources

The following are links to a variety of digital resources for students and families to access during this period of school closure due to COVID-19. These resources are not intended to replace the curriculum which students would have been receiving if they had been back in school. They are intended to help keep students engaged as

OAPCE Parent Summit & Annual General Meeting – Postponed

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education’s (OAPCE) Parent Summit and Annual General Meeting originally scheduled on Saturday, May 2, 2020 has been POSTPONED to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Co-hosted by the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, the meeting will serve as

Learning Resources Released by Ministry of Education

On Friday, March 20th, the Ministry of Education released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practice math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.   The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home.

Letter to Parents from Minister of Education

On March 22, 2020, the Minister of Education shared a letter with Ontario parents and guardians. Read the letter from Minister Lecce here.​  In his letter, Minister Lecce notes that while at this time the school closures are in effect until April 6, 2020, the Ministry is preparing in the event that the closures need to be

Learning Resources Released by Ministry of Education

On Friday, March 20th, the Ministry of Education released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practice math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.   The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home.

OECTA Reaches Tentative Collective Agreement

We have received notice that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As OECTA represents all elementary and secondary teachers in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), this means that all job action (withdrawal of services) has been suspended. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Weekly Update March 16-20

St.Catherine of Alexandria Weekly Update for March 23-27 We hope that all of our St.Catherine of Alexandria families have a blessed and restful March Break See you back at school on Monday, March 23rd. Tuesday, March 24th– Lenten Family Mass at Holy Cross Parish at 7 pm Thursday, March 26th : International Epilepsy Awareness Day-

Weekly Update for March 9-13

St.Catherine of Alexandria School Weekly Update for March 9th-13th This year World Down Syndrome Day falls on March 21, 2020 which is during March Break. Our school community will be recognizing this day on Friday, March 13th. To help us raise awareness for children with Down Syndrome and celebrate their special talents. Students are encouraged

Update #10: All HCDSB Schools Will Be CLOSED to Students on Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (walkout) on Thursday, March 5, 2020. OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers. A full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms, posing significant

St.Catherine of Alexandria Weekly Update for March 2-6

Wednesday, March 4th– Public Speaking Festival in the gym at 1:30pm. Parents of competitors will be notified ahead of time. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend Tuesday, March 10th– School Confessions in the gym for grades 3-8 (10:00 AM) Monday, March 16th- Friday, March 20th– MARCH BREAK Mary Mother of God Parish: offers a monthly

Update #9: Update! All HCDSB Schools will be OPEN to Students on Tues., February 25, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that the potential one-day, full withdrawal of services (walkout) in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 has been CANCELLED. All HCDSB schools will be OPEN to students on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. OECTA has announced that the series of rotating strikes across the province

Weekly Update for Feb.24-28

St.Catherine of Alexandria School Weekly Update for Feb.24-28   Monday, Feb.24th– Pizza Day and Pancake Day– all students will be provided with one pancake today for snack at approximately 10:30 AM. We have changed our Pizza Day for this week only to Monday as well so that we don’t miss another. We are currently looking

Update #8: OECTA Announces Potential Walkout – Tuesday, February 25​

It was announced today that OECTA will move to a series of rotating strikes across the province next week, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. This means that OECTA will potentially hold a one-day, full withdrawal of services in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, unless a strike is averted. OECTA represents all of our

Weekly Update for Feb.17-21

St.Catherine of Alexandria School Weekly Update for Feb.17-21   When I count my blessings, I count you twice. ~ Irish Proverb       Monday, Feb.17th– Family Day Friday, Feb.21st– All HCDSB schools closed today Thank you!- To everyone that was able to attend our School Council sponsored evening with Paul Davis- We had a

Update #7: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Fri., February 21, 2020

It was announced today that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers, as well as many education workers across the province, will participate in a one-day walkout. This walkout will include members of the following four education unions in Ontario: Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO); Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

St.Catherine of Alexandria School Weekly Update for Feb.10-14   “Jesus is waiting for us and wants to heal our hearts of all that tears us down. He is the God who has a name: Mercy.” – Pope Francis     I Read Canadian Day is February 19, 2020. Please set aside 15 minutes to read

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