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Weekly Update – Nov. 8th – 12th

Remembrance Day & Veterans’ Week

On November 11th, we remember and honour the brave Canadians who sacrificed their lives in order that others may enjoy freedom. Remembrance Day will pay tribute to those individuals and help students to understand the importance of living in peace. This year, we will once again participate in a virtual service, starting at approximately 10:40 am. Special thanks to Mr. MacPhail and the grade 7 students participating for preparing this very special ceremony. Students will receive a poppy or poppy sticker this week. Donations ($1, $2 or any amount) will be accepted throughout the week and proceeds will go directly to the Royal Canadian Legion to support veterans and their families.

On November 1st we recalled the Communion of Saints, whose lives we try to emulate for their faith filled commitment to God. In addition, we recall the repose of the souls who have died as we pray for loved ones. At St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School, our Student Ambassadors are inviting families to share the names of loved ones who have gone before us as we prepare a “Book of Remembrance”. The names of deceased family members and friends will be incorporated into a dedicated page that will be on display in our main foyer of the school during the month of November. You are invited to share the names of those individuals for whom prayer intentions will be offered during the month of November. Please fill out the online form by tomorrow, so we can include your intentions in our Book of Remembrance.

As we continue to celebrate Indigenous Awareness Month, we want to highlight Indigenous Veterans and the impact they have made on our country. Please click here to learn more about Veterans’ Week in Canada.

Progress Reports & Parent/Teacher Conferences
Progress Report Cards and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent home on Wednesday, November 24th. Similar to the process we had in place last year, progress report cards will be sent home electronically by email. In order to access your children’s report cards, you will need access to their Ontario Education Number (OEN).

We will also hold our traditional parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, November 25th (3:15 pm – 8:15 pm) and Friday, November 26th during school hours. Our conferences will be 10 minutes in length and will take place by phone or virtually on Microsoft Teams. We are looking at scheduling conferences through an online booking system as we did last year and you will be receiving information early this week via email. After booking your time with teachers, they will be in touch to confirm the method you chose and provide links if necessary. We look forward to connecting with all parents and please let your child’s classroom teacher(s) know if you have any questions.
Pizza Program
Pizza Day will run every Thursday and families will have the opportunity to order in two sessions: Session 1 will run from November 18th, 2021 until March 10th, 2021.  Each pepperoni slice can be purchased for $2.50.
Orders must be placed on School Cash Online and you should have received an event/order email last week. All orders are due no later than Thursday, November 11th. UNFORTUNATELY, LATE ORDERS CAN NOT BE ACCEPTED.
In order to comply with Public Health & Safety regulations, to ensure a safe distribution of pizza, staff will hand it out in the classroom, wearing gloves and masks as usual.   
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.

As a school, we will be supporting this campaign through various activities in the classroom and on social media.

Please click on the document to read more: NO HATE IN HALTON Framework
2021 Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest
Our Board will continue with the tradition of the Keeping Christ in Christmas contest this year. If your child(ren) would like to participate, please click here to read more.
Keeping Christ in Christmas
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/

REMINDERS:

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/

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).

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
Treaties Recognition Week
Nov 1 – Nov 7 all day
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
Pink Shirt Day – Bullying Prevention & Awareness
Nov 16 all day
Nov
18
Thu
Gr. 2 Communion Parent Information Night @ St. Dominic Parish
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
19
Fri
Fresh From the Farm Pick Up (Kindergarten Playground Area)
Nov 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Nov. 8th – 12th