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November 15, 2019 Update

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: whoever finds one has found a treasure.  Faithful friends are beyond price; no amount can balance their worth. Sirach 6:14-15

Progress Reports for Grade 1-8 and Kindergarten Communication of Learning:  Initial Observations will be shared on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  The opportunity to schedule an interview with your child’s classroom teacher will close on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:00pm.  Please ensure that you take a moment to book an interview time to discuss your child’s progress.  Interviews will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:30pm, and Friday, November 22, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  You can learn more about how to book your interview, along with understanding your child’s progress report and tips for parent-teacher interviews here:


The week of November 17-23, 2019 is designated by the Ministry of Education as Bullying Awareness and Prevention week.  This is a time when Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. Our Ignite Student Leadership Team is preparing for our Anti-Bullying Awareness Pink Day which takes place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  All students are encouraged to wear articles of pink clothing as a visible sign that as a school community we embrace and promote a positive school climate.  See the Problem…Be the Solution!

You can assist your children by reviewing with them:

  • If you see someone being bullied or you’re being bullied, talk to a trusted adult about it.
  • When someone is being bullied, in person or online, stand up for them so that they know that they don’t deserve to be bullied.
  • Don’t encourage bullying by participating in bullying-like behaviour.

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board will once again be running its Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 8 through December 2, 2019.  Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas, and highlight in their individual submissions how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas.  You can learn more about this opportunity here:  Keeping Christ in Christmas.


Our annual Christmas Family Night will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Activities include gingerbread decorating (small fee via School Cash Online), Christmas craft, Christmas STEAM activities, Christmas carols, Christmas stories, and an opportunity for each family to have a Christmas photo taken. A hard copy of the information has been sent home with the oldest or only child in the school.


The Catholic School Council has partnered with Terra Greenhouses in Milton to offer families the opportunity to purchase a Christmas poinsettia arrangement this year. We are offering five different arrangements, the details and purchase prices have been sent home as a hardcopy with the oldest or only child in each family and can also be viewed here:  Poinsettia Sales Program


Parents/Guardians are asked to check and ensure that you are accurately receiving all email communication from the school and board.  We have been made aware this week that some email communication may have been inadvertently directed to the junk mail folder of some email clients.


Our calendar for the upcoming week:

Nov
18
Mon
Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Nov 18 all day

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 17-23, 2019 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These include:

Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

Nov
19
Tue
Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Nov 19 all day

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 17-23, 2019 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These include:

Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

Nov
20
Wed
Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Nov 20 all day

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 17-23, 2019 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These include:

Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

Pink Day in Support of Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention
Nov 20 all day

As part of our Anti-Bullying Awareness Week activities, students are encouraged to wear pink articles of clothing to stand up against all forms of bullying.

Remember:

  • If you see someone being bullied or you’re being bullied, talk to a trusted grownup about it.
  • When someone is being bullied, in person or online, stand up for them so that they know that they don’t deserve to be bullied.
  • Don’t encourage bullying by participating in bullying behaviour.
Progress Report for Grades 1-8 & Kindergarten Communication of Learning Sent Home
Nov 20 all day
Grade 7 Sacrament Meeting at Holy Cross Church @ Holy Cross Church
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Parents of grade 7 children who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Cross Parish must attend this meeting to receive information about the celebration.

Nov
21
Thu
Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Nov 21 all day

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 17-23, 2019 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These include:

Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

Young Women’s Career Exploration Trip – Grade 7 Girls
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Parent-Teacher Interviews
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Nov
22
Fri
Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Nov 22 all day

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 17-23, 2019 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These include:

Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

Elementary PrincipalNovember 15, 2019 Update