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Grade 7 School-Based Immunization Program 2019-2020

As you may know, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides a school-based immunization program for students that is delivered by the local health departments. The three immunization programs currently delivered in schools provide vaccination for: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Meningococcal Disease Hepatitis B DATES The vaccination clinic dates for St. Francis of Assisi

Bus Transportation Information

Hello and welcome to Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS)! Who is HSTS? HSTS is a student transportation consortium owned by the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board.  HSTS contracts the services of the local bus companies to provide home-to-school bus transportation for students who are eligible for transportation, based on

Lunch Programs 2019-2020

The following optional lunch programs will be offered at St. Francis of Assisi School for the 2019–2020 school year: Mondays:  Pizza – offered through the school, provided by Joe’s Great Pizza – Payable via School Cash Online Tuesdays:  Subway – offered and payable through Lunchbox Orders – See below Wednesdays:  Salad Bar – offered through

Elementary Class Placements

Please be advised that you will be able to access information about your child’s class placement on Friday, August 30, 2019, after 9:00am.  This information will be available on the Board’s website at: www.hcdsb.org. On the Home page, please click on the “Schools” tab and then on the “School Listing” tab in the drop-down menu. 

September Focus: A Discerning Believer

As we return to school in September, the faith focus for our students and staff members is the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectation of being A Discerning Believer. As a Catholic Community, we are called to learn about and live out our faith.  Together in partnership with the home and church, our focus at St.

June 21, 2019 Update

“May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand” – Traditional Irish Blessing Next week, our grade 8 students

Video Surveillance on School Buses

Beginning September 2019,  school buses that transport HCDSB students to and from school will be equipped with interior-facing video recording cameras.  The cameras will be recording while school buses are in use, providing an additional measure to help enhance student safety, monitor disruptive behaviour and maintain order on the school bus. Personal information recorded by these video cameras is collected under

Medication & Medical Apparatus Reminder

For those students and families who have medication or medical appartus stored at our school, please assist us by addressing the following items. If we currently hold medication or medical apparatus for your child at school, please note that it must be picked up by dismissal on Friday, June 28, 2019. We do not store

June 14, 2019 Update

A friend isn’t just an acquaintance, someone you enjoy passing the time of day with. Friendship is something much deeper. – Pope Francis – As we draw closer to the end of the school year, it is a time where as a school community we need to say goodbye to students, families and staff members who will

June 6, 2019 Update

We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. ~ Jean Vanier ~ A reminder that tomorrow, Friday, June 7, 2019, is a Professional Activity Day.  Classes will not be held; Our monthly focus for the month of June is the Catholic Graduate Expectation of being

tvo mPower

Did you know that there is a new online resource that supports the development of foundational K-6 math and STEM skills? TVO mPower, developed by the creators of award-winning TVOkids, offers a series of exciting, cross-curricular and FREE online math games that foster positive attitudes towards math in the classroom and at home. The games

May 31, 2019 Update

May the relationship between man and nature not be driven by greed, to manipulate and exploit, but may the divine harmony between beings and creation be conserved in the logic of respect and care.  ~ Pope Francis ~ We wish our grade 8 students and their educators well as they will travel to Camp Tanamakoon

May 24, 2019 Update

While I know myself as a creation of God. I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else, and everything else, are also God’s creation. ~ Maya Angelou ~ Please be advised that Wednesday, May 29, 2019 is the FINAL salad bar lunch for the school year.  We extend our appreciation to Ms.

May 17, 2019 Update

“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.” Pope Francis We wish our school community a wonderful Victoria Day long weekend! 

May 10, 2019 Update

“If something is true, it is good and beautiful; if it is beautiful; it is good and true; if it is good, it is true and it is beautiful. And together, these elements enable us to grow and help us to love life, even when we are not well, even in the midst of many

Class Placements 2019-2020 School Year

St. Francis of Assisi School will soon begin the process of preparing tentative class lists for the 2019-2020 school year.  When creating classes, the following criteria are given due consideration: the student’s personality; the student’s academic strengths and needs; creating a group of students that allows for flexible instructional groupings; attempting to create a balance

How to talk to your children about Vaping

Vapourizers are battery-operated devices that change a liquid chemical (e-liquid) into a vapour that is inhaled. They can resemble pens, USB sticks, cigarettes, cigars, pipes and everyday items. Due to this, vaping may go unnoticed in schools, around the community, even at home. The act of using a vapourizer is called “vaping.” They are also

May 3, 2019 Update

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 St. Francis of Assisi School is proud to celebrate Catholic Education Week from Monday, May 6, 2019 to Friday, May 10, 2019.  Throughout

April 26, 2019 Update

St. Francis of Assisi School will celebrate Catholic Education Week from Monday, May 6, 2019 to Friday, May 10, 2019.  Throughout this week, our students will be involved in many special activities. Please click here to view a schedule of events taking place during Catholic Education Week.  Parents/Guardians/Family Members are invited to visit and participate with their

April 18, 2019 Update

Speaking to the apostles after the Last Supper, just before going to his agony in the garden, Jesus foretold, “You will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy . . . . You have sorrow now; but I will see you

April 11, 2019 Update

  Next week we enter into the most Holy time of the liturgical year – Holy Week.  During Holy Week we reenact, relive, and participate in the passion of Jesus Christ leading up to the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  Holy Week observances include: Palm Sunday – the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Holy Thursday –

Town of Halton Hills – Community Better Challenge!

From May 31, 2019 to June 16, 2019, communities across Canada will be collectively tracking their physical activity minutes in a bid to be crowned Canada’s Most Active Community.  The Town of Halton Hills is actively encouraging all students to track their “active” minutes over this two week period. Participants can register and track their

April 5, 2019 Update

“Put service and mission first, and you will see that everything else will follow.  We experience a different kind of joy from having had the opportunity to work side by side with others in achieving a shared dream. You could have easily chosen to do other things, but you wanted to be involved.” – Pope Francis, World

There’s Still Time to Register for Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! We’re excited to let you know that registration is ongoing ~ there’s still time to register your child for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program to engage early learners through different kinds of play, and

March 29, 2019 Update

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 A few updates for the week of April 1, 2019: As part of Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, students were challenged to develop

March 22, 2019 Update

Dear brothers and sisters, the “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Is 51:3). May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of

March Break Update

School fundraising cannot occur without the support of our school community.  Our sincerest thanks for the tremendous effort that our families placed into completing our recent chocolate sales fundraiser, it was a huge success.  We are calculating our final profit totals and will be able to share that information following March Break.  Planned expenditures from

LunchBox Orders – Vendor Update

Regrettably,  La Vita Fine Foods will be closing its business down by the end of March 2019. As the last week of March will be needed for final cleanup of its premises,  the final “La Vita” LunchBox order day will be Friday, March 22, 2019.   For parents who have ordered beyond this date, LunchBox Orders

The Lenten Season

What is Lent? Lent is the 40-day season of preparation for Easter. Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for Baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closer attention to God’s Word and of more fervent prayer, we are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. Lent is a time of preparation

Immunization of School Pupils Act

Immunizations protect you and those around you against disease. The Health Department provides a variety of immunization services, including: OneHalton: the Region at your fingertips; NEW – Online immunization record request making it easier than ever to get your immunization records sent to you; Community immunization clinics for routinely recommended vaccines; School-based immunization programs (Hepatitis

March 1, 2019 Update

Next week, we welcome Fr. David Walter to our school as we enter into the Season of Lent during our celebration of Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 beginning at 2:00pm.  All school community members are welcome to join us. Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fasting and abstaining from meat.  All Catholics,

Concussion Protocol

The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with parents and members of the community, value a healthy and safe learning environment for our students, that provides essential preconditions for effective learning. As an extension to this commitment, a comprehensive protocol based on current research and best practices has been developed to address the needs

February 22, 2019 Update

Our Chocolate Fundraising event will be ending next week.  Thank you to all the families who have sold their box of chocolates, made a donation online, and even asked for a second (or third!) box of chocolates.  Your support is sincerely appreciated.  A few reminders about our chocolate sales: As of Monday, February 25, 2019

February 14, 2019 Update

“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith.” – Pope Francis

Professional Development Day Agenda – Friday, February 15, 2019

An Inquiry into Renewing the Promise: Reflection, Discernment and Passionate Commitment on the Journey to Deepening Equity and Inclusion in Catholic Education as a True Encounter with Jesus 1.    Opening Prayer/ Honouring the Land and Territory 2.    Introduction and Greetings from the Director of Education and Senior Manager of Human Rights and Equity Our Learning

February 8, 2019 Update

“Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn’t mean we have to wash each other’s feet every day, but we must help one another.” – Pope Francis – Our major school fundraiser for the year has begun.  The planned proceeds from our chocolate sales have been incorporated into our Annual

January 31, 2019 Update

“You, dear young people, are not the future but the now of God, he invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents, your elders; to stand up and with them to speak out and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you,” Pope Francis,

January 25, 2019 Update

January 27 is the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  This date has been designated by the United Nations as International Holocaust Awareness Day, as a way for all of us to develop an understanding of what St. Pope John Paul II described as “the inhumanity with which the Jews were persecuted and massacred,”

January 18, 2019 Update

“This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed byroads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.” Pope Francis Our updates for the week of January 21, 2019 are below: Kindly review the following information

Raccoon Rabies

The Halton Health Department has requested that information on raccoon rabies be provided to all parents.  Rabies is a fatal disease that affects the central nervous system of warm blooded animals, including humans. The virus spreads through exposure to saliva from infected animals – bites, scratches, or licks on broken skin and mucous membranes such

January 11, 2019 Update

Happy New Year to our school community!  We hope that you had an opportunity to enjoy the company of family and friends during the Christmas Break. A few updates for next week: Our Catholic School Council members have decided that our major school fundraiser will be a chocolate sales fundraiser.  More information will be shared

December 20, 2018 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 A reminder

December 14, 2018 Update

            A few updates for next week: We are happy to share that our Christmas Family Night Gift Basket Raffle has resulted in a donation of $1300 will be made to Holy Cross HELPS.  We still have one unclaimed gift basket – Basket #3 “Family Fun Night” – the winning

December 7, 2018 Update

Advent prepares us for celebrating Christ’s coming in history; it calls us to consider his presence with us now in mystery, and his coming at the end of time in majesty. But what does this mean for us in our daily lives? When we think of the word “Advent”, perhaps it’s wreaths, candles, little sacrifices

November 30, 2018 Update

This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity. While Advent expresses the deep longing of all humanity for God, it also

November 22, 2018 Update

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. St. Francis of Assisi School and our parent community have something in common: We both want your child to learn and do well.  As such, we are looking forward to great conversations and collaboration this evening, and tomorrow, during our Progress Report and

Attendance Matters

St. Francis of Assisi School is dedicated to helping your son or daughter develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities.  The school can best contribute to your child’s education and development when you form a partnership with them.

Understanding Your Child’s Progress Report Card

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students. The Elementary Progress Report Card for students in Grades 1−8 is designed to “show a student’s development of the learning skills

Parent – Teacher Interview Tips

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. St. Francis of Assisi School and our parent community have something in common: We both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs.

November 16, 2018 Update

Progress Reports for grades 1 to 8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be sent home on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.  We are looking forward to our upcoming Parent-Teacher Interviews for all students at the school during the evening of Thursday, November 22, 2018, and during the day on Friday, November 23, 2018. 

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