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November 8, 2019 Update

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

On Monday, November 11, 2019, our school will pause to remember the tremendous sacrifices so bravely and selflessly endured by the women and men who have served our country in times of conflict, and in times of peace.  To honour the memory of all Canadians who have served our country, our school’s flag will be flown at half-mast on Monday, November 11, 2019.  All community members are welcome to join our Remembrance Day service which will begin at 10:30am. We thank our grade 7 students for leading our Remembrance Day service.

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.

Save the date!  Our annual Christmas Family Night will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Activities that will occur include gingerbread decorating (small fee via School Cash Online), Christmas craft, Christmas carols, Christmas stories, and an opportunity for each family to have a Christmas photo taken, compliments of the school.  More information will be shared in upcoming updates.

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

Progress Report Cards for Grades 1-8 students and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations, will be sent home on November 20, 2019. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students at the school during the evening of Thursday, November 21, 2019, and all day on Friday, November 22, 2019.  You are now able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews until Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:00pm.  Information regarding the process for booking an interview has been sent home in hard copy form with every child from Kindergarten to Grade 8, and can be found here:  Parent-Teacher Interviews

The month of November is Indigenous Awareness Month in the Halton Catholic District School Board.  To celebrate Indigenous Awareness Month, our school will be welcoming “Tribal Vision”, an Indigenous arts education group that specializes in Indigenous Dance on Friday, November 15, 2019.  “Tribal Vision” will share their multimedia school show “Visions of Turtle Island” with our junior and intermediate students.  The show includes live singing and dancing, ending with the ever popular Hoop Dance. Special thanks to Ms. Longo for arranging this presentation for our school.

Our Catholic School Council has the following vacant positions:  Community representative, Parish representative.  Kindly contact the school if you are interested in serving the council in either of these roles.

Our calendar for the upcoming week:

Pizza Day Lunch
Nov 11 all day
Remembrance Day Service
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
LunchBox Orders – Subway
Nov 12 all day
Salad Bar Lunch
Nov 13 all day
LunchBox Orders – Swiss Chalet
Nov 14 all day
Boys Volleyball Tournament
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Indigenous Awareness Month – Tribal Vision Presentation
Nov 15 all day
LunchBox Orders – Subway
Nov 15 all day
Louis Riel Day
Nov 16 all day

Louis Riel was a great Metis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870.

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.

Elementary PrincipalNovember 8, 2019 Update