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WEEKLY UPDATE NOVEMBER 22, 2021

CHRISTMAS ANGEL  

Christmas is just around the corner and we recognize the past two years have added to the difficulties our families might be facing. We want to ensure that every child in our community has a gift to open on Christmas Day.  If you are able to, you can make a donation by sending in a gift card for any amount from (Walmart, Shopper Drug Mart, Mapleview Mall or Burlington Mall. Please donate your gift card by November 29 to allow staff time to shop.  If you are in a situation where you are struggling to make ends meet financially, please reach out to Ms. MacLennan at maclennanl@hcdsb.org  

EXTENDED VACATION

If you are planning to travel and will be away from school for longer than 15 consecutive days, you will need to complete an Extended Absence Form which is available from the office.  Please note, that an absence longer than 15 consecutive days may result in your child being demitted from our register and you will have to re-enrol your child(ren) upon returning.  Depending on where you are travelling to, please take into consideration the length of time you will have to quarantine at home.

REPORTS/INTERVIEWS

Reports go home electronically from the board office on November 24.  Interviews will be taking place virtually on Thursday, November 25th (from 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm) and Friday, November 26th (from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm). An email with a link was sent to you on Monday, November 8.  Please follow the instructions in the email to schedule a time that fits with your child’s teacher’s/DECE’s, schedule.  All appointments are based on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will be able to schedule appointments up to November 24, at 11:00 pm.

PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Includes:

  •  Vaccination information for those born in 2009 or earlier. 
  • Travel and quarantining
  • Cohorting during recess
  • Indoor sports and recreation
  • Other resources

https://mailchi.mp/412b7870de50/public-health-update-for-schools-oct-2514108

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. 

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 BY December 31. 

COURTESY BUS SEATS

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022. In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.
Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form: The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: www.HaltonBus. until Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.
Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal.  Visit the HSTS website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

Registration for IB opens on November 22 and closes on December 10, 2021.

STUDENT CENSUS COMING SOON

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

EXTENDED FRENCH PROGRAM (begins in Grade 5)


The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available from Wednesday, December 1, 2021, until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

MacLennan, LisaWEEKLY UPDATE NOVEMBER 22, 2021