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December 16, 2021 Update

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 

Luke 2:15-16

Holy Cross Church Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve – 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, 12:00am

Christmas Day– 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm

Online services will also be available via the parish Facebook and Youtube channels.

Additional information can be found at

Thank You!

On behalf of the staff of St. Francis of Assisi School, a heartfelt thank you for your continued partnership with our school this year. Our staff recognize and appreciate all the efforts of our families to ensure that our students are safe, happy and learning while at school each day. We are also sincerely humbled by all of the wonderful Christmas gifts that have been shared with us. 

May the Peace, Joy and Love of Christmas fill your heart and home throughout this festive season.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Similar to our return to learning in September, all schools have been directed by the Ministry of Education to collect confirmation of the completion of the daily COVID School Screen for the first two weeks of January. Log sheets have been sent home with all students this week for parents/guardians to use to track the daily screening. Alternatively, parents/guardians can email results daily to the teacher or students that have their own device can share these results with their classroom teacher before entering the school. Please note, that this is mandatory and while we certainly appreciate that morning can be busy at home, we are kindly asking for your assistance in completing this safety measure for students and staff members.

A reminder that the Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool must always be completed each day by families prior to your child’s arrival at school. The screening tool can be accessed here:

A copy of the daily screening log for January 2022 can be downloaded below:

Christmas Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is understood that some families will choose to make travel plans over the break. A reminder to ensure that you follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements. You can access the most up to date travel directive from the federal government below.

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

The rapid antigen screening kits that have been provided by the Government of Ontario have been sent home with our students. 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. 

Directions on how to use the rapid antigen kit are below.

Early Release Day

Students will be released 90 minutes early on Friday, December 17, 2021, which is the final day of school prior to Christmas Break.

Dismissal time will be 2:10pm.  Bus drop off times will be adjusted accordingly.  Please ensure that your family has a plan in place for after school care for your child

School Calendar – Week of January 3, 2022

Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Jan 5 all day
Return to School from Christmas Break
Jan 5 all day
Epiphany Liturgy
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 17 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Jan 18 all day
Indigenous Art Family Paint Night: Little Spirit Moon
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Jan 19 all day
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Jan 20 all day
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Jan 25 all day
Witter, MarkDecember 16, 2021 Update