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Weekly Update – Dec. 13th to 17th

Joy is prayer–Joy is strength–Joy is love–Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls…. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen.”

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

The third Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy and we light the pink candle on our Advent Wreath.

As we enter the third week of Advent and our final week together at school, we keep in mind and pray for those in our school and broader community, especially those who may find this time of year difficult.
Lord, you fashioned our hearts to be satisfied with nothing less than Your love which overflows for us in Christ. As we continue our journey through Advent, rekindle within us your gifts of hope and joy, and turn our expectant waiting into readiness to welcome Him in all persons we meet. We make this prayer to you in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.

Please take a moment with your children to watch a quick video about the true meaning of Advent and Christmas!
You can also click here for an interactive Advent calendar & other activities.

Families are also invited to participate in daily Advent reflections. Below are links to some wonderfully made Advent Calendars and Resources for you and your family to pray with. 
Advent Experience (Loyola Press)
Diocese of Hamilton – Advent Resource for Families

From our entire staff, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Advent Outreach Initiatives – Angel Tree & Food Drive:
We thank all families who have brought in non-perishable food items for our food drive and/or gift cards for our Angel Tree. We will collect items for only two more days and Kerr Street Mission will return to pick up any additional food items! Please see our homepage message (or the file below) for more information on how to participate! Please note that all food items and gift cards must submitted by Tuesday morning. Thank you again for your generosity and for truly helping those within our own school community this Christmas.
Advent Outreach 2021 – Angel Tree and Food Drive

Additionally, if any families are in need of assistance this Christmas, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Babic ( and/or Mr. Chininea (
Christmas at St. Dominic
We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas as a community this week. In addition to our liturgy this week, we will engage our students in the following:
Virtual Christmas Concert: Each class in grades 1-6 will prepare a short performance (song, poem, dance, etc.). A video of each class will be compiled and sent home this Thursday, December 16th. Please note, parents who have declined permission to post videos/pictures through electronic means on the family information forms will need to provide special permission for this activity. We will be in touch in those circumstance, however, please contact the office with any questions. Current health and safety measures will be followed throughout this event.
Students in grades 7 and 8: Our students will engage in a special Christmas arts project led by Mrs. Corbacio. We look forward to the final products!
Joy Day: We will engage our students in a special Christmas craft/activity on Wednesday. Students will be invited to wear Christmas spirit wear on this day. It will be a full non-uniform day.
Classroom Celebrations: Classroom teachers may plan additional classroom celebrations. A reminder that snacks/treats provided by parents for classes are not permitted. If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to classroom teachers or the office.
Community Christmas Kahoot Night: We will host a community-wide Christmas Kahoot Trivia Night (virtual) this Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 pm! Please see below for more details and for the link to join.
Friday, December 17th: Please note that this day will be a non-uniform day and students may wear Christmas attire or red/green. As in the past, this day will also be an early release day across the region and dismissal will be 1:20 pm. Busses will run accordingly on this day.
Community Christmas Kahoot Night!
We look forward to hosting a community-wide Christmas Kahoot Trivia Night (virtual) this Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 pm! Please save the date and see our flyer below for more information and for the Microsoft Teams link!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Flyer (includes link): Christmas Kahoot Family Fun Night
To participate in our event: CLICK HERE TO JOIN
Lost & Found Items
We have placed all lost and found items on display for our students to check over. If your children have lost/misplaced something at school, please ask them to check the items on display. Unfortunately, we cannot have parents enter the school to review items. We are hoping many items will be returned to the rightful owners this week, prior to leaving for the Christmas holiday.
Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners
This Tuesday, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.  
The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19. 
Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break. 

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all.
IMPORTANT! JANUARY 3rd RETURN – Daily Screenings & Confirming With Staff
As we did in September when we returned to school, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This confirmation will be in place for the first two weeks back, after the break (Jan. 3rd to 7th and Jan. 10th to 14th) and perhaps beyond that point. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the mandatory Ontario Daily School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school. If your children do not pass the screening, please keep them home as per the instructions provided. If they pass the screening and it informs you to send them to school, confirmation will be needed with classroom teachers.

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teachers for tracking in one of the following formats: 
1.) Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log (provided by the school), which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day. This log (hard copy) will be provided for students this week.
2.) printed copy of “pass” from the screening tool each day, or email the results to classroom teacher (you may do this directly from the tool after passing the screening).
3.) Grade 7 & 8 students may show proof of pass (day/time stamped) on a device

Please note: we will need to follow up with any parents if we do not receive confirmation of the screening results. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we follow through with these mandatory measures.

*We will inform parents if this practice will be mandated beyond the first two weeks back from our Christmas break.

We kindly ask all parents to continue to be diligent as we see COVID-19 cases rise across the province and region. Please ensure you are completing the daily screening for each child and that they remain at home if they are not feeling well. We continue to review safe practices with our students, such as consistent hand hygiene and correctly wearing a mask. Your support in reinforcing these practices is much appreciated.
Family Vacations/School Absences
A reminder to families who may travel outside of Canada, there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon your return (unless students are vaccinated). To be sure, please ensure you continue to carefully complete the Ontario Daily School Screening Tool each day. If you do go away (in Canada or internationally), please keep the following in mind:
  • A “vacation form” must be completed and signed in the Office, indicating absence length and return date. Absences must be submitted in School Messenger;
  • If your travel time is longer than 15 school consecutive school days, contact with school administration is necessary, as a different process must be followed;
  • Teaching staff will do their best to provide guidance and resources for missed time, however, parents are responsible for the missed learning. The nature of lessons and assessment happening in class cannot be replicated in the form of any work provided in advance;
  • Any work completed while away from school cannot be assessed/evaluated by teaching staff afterwards;
  • Any questions can be directed to the school office.


Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council
Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 
The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 
Apply now!
Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form, which will remain open until December 31st, 2021.

Please click here to read more the HREAC
Uniform Update & Reminders
As discussed at our Catholic School Council meeting on November 8th, we have added a uniform item. The full-zip sweater option is back for purchase through our provider, McCarthy Uniforms. You can click here view the link below to view all items available for our school, which can be purchased online or in store.

Uniform Reminders:
  • Tops must be from McCarthy’s with our school’s embroidered logo
  • Bottoms must be plain navy blue (students should not be wearing black or any colour other than navy)
  • Sweaters/hoodies must be uniform items (students should not be wearing graduation hoodies from previous years or other sweaters)

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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):
Rapid Antigen Screening (COVID-19) Kits Sent Home
Dec 14 all day
Non-Uniform Day – Christmas Spirit Attire
Dec 15 all day
St. Dominic Christmas Joy Day!
Dec 15 all day
St. Dominic Christmas Kahoot Night!
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Virtual Christmas Concert Sent Home
Dec 16 all day
Early Dismissal @ 1:20 pm
Dec 17 all day
Non-uniform Day (Christmas Spirit)
Dec 17 all day
Christmas Break
Dec 20 – Dec 31 all day
Welcome Back – School Resumes
Jan 5 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Dec. 13th to 17th