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School Weekly Update January 20, 2020

Above all, love each other deeply.  ~ 1 Peter 4:8

Labour Negotiations Update

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.  Although classes will be canceled on Tuesday, January 21stour school office will remain open for Advanced Kindergarten Registration on January 21st.  Please note that there may be picket lines present at our school location, which may impact traffic flow and cause potential minor delays in our school parking lot. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.

New Kindergarten Registration

We are excited to welcome all our new Kindergarten children and families during our Kindergarten Registration, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 22nd. Parents registering their children for the Kindergarten Program are asked to register ONLINE and complete the Kindergarten Questionnaire. Parents must then bring their documentation, which includes Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate and proof of address, into the school to complete the registration process. Please note that Year 1 (JK) Kindergarten students already attending St. Elizabeth Seton register for Year 2 (SK) Kindergarten.

Click this link to proceed to registration:

Grade 7 Confirmation Retreat

Our Grade 7 students will be attending a Confirmation Retreat Day at St. Paul the Apostle Parish this Thursday, January 23rd will have the opportunity to explore the sacrament in an engaging and interactive manner. We wish our Grade 7 students many blessings during this faith-filled retreat.  Please note that a pizza lunch will be provided for all Grade 7 students.

School Uniform Provider – Public Consultation 

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is seeking feedback from parents, students, and staff on our next school uniform provider. See more info at

Family Literacy Day – Monday, January 27

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations, and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

Library Learning Commons Literacy Challenge

The first-ever I READ Canadian Day is scheduled for February 19th. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of Canadian books and to celebrate the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature. On that day, every student is asked to read/be read to for 15 minutes from a Canadian author.  Mrs. Bisbee will be featuring a different Canadian author until February 19 in the Library Learning Commons. Let’s read Canadian!

Promoting Well-Being – What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy focusses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family.

By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills.

Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning.

Without adult support and a strong foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged in school.

Family Literacy Statistics

  • Children spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school, so parents and caregivers need the tools to support their learning (The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease, 2006).
  • Children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests (The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children’s Acquisition of Reading: From Kindergarten to Grade 3, Conducted by Monique Sénéchal for the National Center for Family Literacy, 2006).
  • One year of parental education has a bigger positive impact on whether a son or daughter will attend a postsecondary institution than an extra $50,000 in parental income (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2011)
  • A mother’s reading skill is the greatest factor to affect her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, like neighborhood and family income (National Institute of Health, 2010).
  • Parents’ reading habits play a large role in determining how often kids read: 57% of kids who are frequent readers have parents who read books 5–7 days per week, compared to only 15% of kids who are infrequent readers (Kids and Family Reading Report – Scholastic, 2017).
  • Almost 40% of Canadian youth do not have suitable literacy skills (TD Canada Trust, Literacy Matters: A Call to Action).

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Elizabeth Seton

Kindergarten Registration
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kindergarten Registration
Jan 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
LEGO Club Gr. 1-4
Jan 22 @ 12:15 pm – 12:55 pm
Grade 7 Retreat
Jan 23 all day
Drama Club Gr. 7-8
Jan 23 @ 12:15 pm – 12:55 pm
Gr. 8 Graduation Photo Day- Edge Imaging
Jan 24 all day
Homework Club Gr. 5-8
Jan 28 @ 12:15 pm – 12:55 pm
Knitting Club Gr. 2-4
Jan 28 @ 12:15 pm – 12:55 pm
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