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Weekly Update – Nov. 1st to 5th

Feast of All Saints Day

God our Father, by our Baptism, you made us your holy people and called us to share
in the joy of your saints. By their help and example you guide us to live for others as
Jesus taught us. May their prayers strengthen and comfort us as we follow Jesus to his
promise of everlasting life. We make this prayer to you in His name. Amen
And may Almighty God bless us: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON 2021-2022 – Major Fundraiser!
We want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to our entire community for your enthusiasm and generosity! We had an unbelievable response from our community and students and surpassed our goal. Thanks to the generous donations from our families, we raised just over $22 400!!! We look forward to working with our Catholic School Council, staff and students to determine how funds will be allocated.

Special mention to the following classes who received special recognition:
Top 3 Classes for Funds Raised: Mrs. De Medeiros, Mrs. McGrath and Mrs. Seese!
Pumpkin Carving Winners: Kindergarten – De Medeiros/ Primary – Vasilak/ Junior – Moscato/ Intermediate – Ricupero!
These classes will receive a special prize/treat in the near future.

We are incredibly grateful for members of our Catholic School Council and other parent volunteers who put in a lot of their personal time to find donations, purchase materials, help with organization, and set up our gyms/school for our events last week. We are all very blessed to be part of such a supportive community at St. Dominic!
November is Indigenous Awareness Month
Throughout the month of November and during this school year, HCDSB students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Our National Anthem that plays over the PA System in the mornings will be in English, French, and in the Anishinaabemowin language during this month to show solidarity with the Indigenous peoples.

November 1st – 5th – Treaties Recognition Week
​​​​​Did you know that we are on the shared lands of the Michizaagiig (Mississaugas of the Credit) of the Anishinaabek Nation?  Do you know what are our roles and responsibilities are as treaty partners?

The Ministry of Indigenous Affairs has designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week to promote public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships.  This focus is part of the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  All School Boards are recognizing that Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and promoting public education and awareness about the history and importance of treaties and treaty relationships.  Through teaching and learning, we can move towards a Canada where the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is founded on mutual trust.  Our teachers will be planning curriculum-linked learning activities about treaties this year and will encourage dialogue in our classrooms.  

Treaty Maps of Canada: https://www.ontario.ca/page/map-ontario-treaties-and-reserves
To learn more about Treaties Recognition Week please see our Featured Post We Are All Treaty People

Virtual Family Paint Night with Anishinaabe Artist, Moses Lunham

Join the HCDSB Indigenous Education team for a virtual paint night hosted by Anishinaabe Artist Moses Lunham as we continue on our journey of Treaty understandings.

Get your paint supplies and join the virtual paint night for 2 hours of artistic guidance! No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Fallen Leaves ~ Virtual Family Paint Night



Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Required art supplies

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:
https://www.youtube.com/grandmothersvoice
11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition!
When? 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/
Hate Has No Place in Halton
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.

Please click on the document to read more: NO HATE IN HALTON Framework
Faith Formation Opportunities At St. Dominic Parish
The Mystery of Divine Love is a six-session mission designed to help interested individuals gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith. It can also help prepare during Advent for the coming of Emmanuel – God with us. Each session will be approximately 60 minutes in length, followed by an optional question and answer session. The program is open to all adults and senior high school students. Registration is encouraged to help plan seating, however registration is not required. These sessions will be held Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. starting November 10, 2021.
Information is posted on our parish website at this link: https://saintdominic.ca/faith-formation/

I have also attached a copy of the flyer (MODL-Flyer)for your convenience. Fr. Ranjan is proposing to share this with your school communities in whichever way suitable. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the parish’s Your Minister, Michael Aguiar by email (maguiar@hamiltondiocese.com).
Hot Lunch Programs and Volunteering at the School
As we mentioned last week, we are finalizing our plans to start hot lunch programs again! We will begin with Pizza Days every Thursday and will discuss any additional options/days with our Catholic School Council. We will ensure that our process follows health and safety protocols. Information will be sent home this week regarding the start of our pizza day program.

Volunteering At The School
In an effort to honour completed criminal record check declarations from parents who volunteered in the 2019-2020 school year, the Board is allowing an updated declaration at this time. For those parents, please CLICK HERE to complete your updated declaration.  If you are new to the school or have not volunteered at the school previously, you will need to submit a new criminal reference check/ vulnerable sector screening to the office. This can be completed online through the Halton Regional Police Service website.  Should you have any questions, please contact the office.
Important – In order to volunteer at the school, proof of vaccination or ongoing negative Covid-19 test results must be presented to the school administration. We will be vigilant with this process to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Photo Retakes – November 4th!
Just a reminder to all parents that Thursday, November 4th will be our Photo Retake Day. Please ensure you send the original proofs back with a note/email for classroom teachers, indicating that you would like your child to have retakes done. If you have any questions, please let your child’s classroom teacher know or feel free to contact the office.

REMINDERS:

St. Thomas Aquinas Grade 8 Parent Night
Please see the attached flyer regarding the grade 8 parent information night (virtual), taking place this Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 pm. Click here: STA – GR. 8 PARENT NIGHT FLYER 2021
Parking Lot Safety
We thank you for your continued cooperation while using our parking lot and Kiss & Ride area. Please remember to drive slowly and be cautious of others walking. Mornings and afternoons are a busy time, however, we must keep safety as our number one priority. If you are parents of younger children, who need assistance getting out of your vehicle, please ensure you park your vehicle in a parking spot and escort them to the kindergarten gate or front gate. For the continued flow of our Kiss & Ride area (including buses), we cannot have cars stopped and parked while parents let out students and guide them to their assigned drop off/entrance location. We thank you again for helping us keep everyone safe in our parking lots.

Bikes, Scooters, etc.
Students who ride to school are reminded to always walk their bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. while on our school property. This will decrease concerns around safety and allow students to avoid cars and/or other students while on the property. Likewise, all students are encouraged to wear helmets at all times. Please take a moment to discuss these safety rules with your children.

St. Dominic Parish Website: https://saintdominic.ca/

2021-2022 Board School Year Calendar: Please Click Here

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Have a great week!
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
T. Babic & V. Chininea
UPCOMING EVENTS (Please subscribe to our calendar to receive updates on your phone/device):
Nov
1
Mon
Feast of All Saints
Nov 1 all day
Treaties Recognition Week
Nov 1 – Nov 7 all day
Nov
2
Tue
Feast of All Souls
Nov 2 all day
Nov
4
Thu
Photo Retake Day
Nov 4 all day
Gr. 8 STA Parent Information Night (Please see below for details)
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

To access this event please visit https://secondary.hcdsb.org/sta/ on November 4TH.

Nov
7
Sun
Inuit Day
Nov 7 all day
Veterans’ Week
Nov 7 – Nov 13 all day
Nov
8
Mon
National Indigenous Veterans’ Day
Nov 8 all day
Nov
15
Mon
Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week
Nov 15 – Nov 19 all day
Nov
16
Tue
Louis Riel Day
Nov 16 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Nov. 1st to 5th