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Update #9: Update! All HCDSB Schools will be OPEN to Students on Tues., February 25, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that the potential one-day, full withdrawal of services (walkout) in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 has been CANCELLED. All HCDSB schools will be OPEN to students on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. OECTA has announced that the series of rotating strikes across the province

February 20, 2020 Update

Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in time may become more like him. ~ Pope Francis Please note that our school will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020 due to impending job action. The potential one-day, full withdrawal of services (walkout) in all HCDSB schools on

Elementary Report Card & Kindergarten Communication of Learning

At St. Francis of Assisi School, we recognize that our school community exists to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, offered in the context of our faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of our students.  Students from grades 1 to 8 are issued the Elementary Report Card.  Kindergarten students are issued

Update #8: OECTA Announces Potential Walkout – Tuesday, February 25​

It was announced today that OECTA will move to a series of rotating strikes across the province next week, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. This means that OECTA will potentially hold a one-day, full withdrawal of services in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, unless a strike is averted. OECTA represents all of our

February 13, 2020 Update

Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God – Pope Francis – A reminder that Friday, February 14, 2020 is a PA Day for all students and that Monday, February 17, 2020 is Family Day. Our students return to school on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Staffing Updates Our school is

Update #7: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Fri., February 21, 2020

It was announced today that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers, as well as many education workers across the province, will participate in a one-day walkout. This walkout will include members of the following four education unions in Ontario: Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO); Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

February 7, 2020 Update

God Bless our grade 7 students as they will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Cross Church on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 beginning at 7:00pm. Special thanks to all of our parents and guardians who give the gift of your time to our school through volunteering.  From pizza and salad days, to school trips,

Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the HCDSB Alumni Award – and we’re looking for nominations! About the Award  The HCDSB Alumni Award has been created as part of the board’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, to recognize the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs). Beginning this year, and

January 30, 2020 Update

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor.  We need to include the excluded, and preach peace. – Pope Francis – Our Focus on Faith theme for the month of February is Community and the Common Good, specifically reflecting on the

February Focus: Community & the Common Good – Who is the Holy Spirit?

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For just as

Safe and Healthy Schools – 2019 Novel Coronavirus

In January 2020, a novel (new) coronavirus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia, originating in Wuhan, China. This virus is now known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV. The health and well-being of students and staff remains the highest priority of the Halton Catholic District School Board.  Officials from our school board

Update #6: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Tues., February 4, 2020​

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms. This poses significant

January 24, 2020 Update

If we lose our memory, we destroy the future. The anniversary of the indescribable cruelty humanity discovered 75 years ago is a call to stop, be silent and make memory. We need this to not become indifferent. – Pope Francis We need to remember the Holocaust to not become indifferent.  The year 2020 marks 75

Potential French Immersion Expansion & Boundary Changes

At the January 21st Board Meeting, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) Board of Trustees considered a motion to expand the French Immersion Program beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Trustees deferred making a decision until the February 18, 2020 Board Meeting, in order to allow time to share this information with all parents who

Mental Health Tip of the Month – January 2020

How to talk with your child when you feel concerned that they may be struggling with a mental health concern It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start or they worry that they might put thoughts into their child’s head

January 17, 2020 Update

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows – St. Francis of Assisi – The Halton Catholic District School Board has provided a link on our school website to assist parents with accessing the most up to date information regarding labour negotiations.  You can access this information here:  Labour Negotiations A reminder that

January 10, 2020 Update

For the year 2020 the message is this: ‘Peace as a journey of hope’, a journey in which progress is made through dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion – Pope Francis Our Focus on Faith theme for January is Human Rights and Responsibilities.  Our grade 6 students will lead our liturgy on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

December 19, 2019 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 Thank you

December 13, 2019 Update

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your

Rabies Update

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 as eyes or mouth.  After someone is exposed to rabies, timely administration of rabies treatment can

December 6, 2019 Update

The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves. ~ St. Nicholas ~ During the second week of Advent, we reflect on peace as Christ entered our world as the Prince of Peace. During Advent, we strive to

November 29, 2019 Update

This holy season trumpets God’s extravagant love for us, a love beyond reckoning. Into our beautiful yet wounded world comes Emmanuel, God-with-us, carrying the promise of fresh hope to enliven our hearts. No matter how broken or seemingly hopeless our world may sometimes seem, the Advent messages are rich with joyous expectation and longing, insisting

50th Anniversary – Pilgrimage of the Cross

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board.  ​The 50th Anniversary was officially launched at the Regular Board Meeting on November 19th, with the unveiling of the Pilgrimage of the Cross, which was then transported to the starting point of the journey, beginning at Christ the King

November 21, 2019 Update

The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. – Pope Francis – As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. St. Francis of Assisi School and our parent community have

We’re Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education at HCDSB!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board, and we are celebrating! Our school district was born in 1969, when the Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville school boards came together to form the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board. At the time of amalgamation, we had

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

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

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

Parents for Mental Health Support Group

The Parents for Mental Health Support Group is run by parent volunteers and holds monthly peer support meetings where parents can share the experience of raising and/or caring for individuals with mental health disorders/illness, particularly children and youth.  The group has speakers from time to time based on parents’ needs.  For more information and resources,

November 1, 2019 Update

The Saints were not superhuman. They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others. – Pope Francis – During the month of November our students and staff members will reflect upon and learn how to articulate the Focus on Faith theme of the Option for the Poor and

October 25, 2019 Update

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit fill your life this day, strengthening you to live the Gospel and leading you to do God’s will with eagerness and joy. Our annual Halloween Dance for our students and staff will take place on Halloween day.  You can learn more about the Halloween Dance and times here: 

Waste Reduction Week 2019

[T]he ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion…Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. Pope Francis – Laudato Si October 21-27, 2019 is Canada’s Waste Reduction Week. The St. Francis

October 18, 2019 Update

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? Pope Francis – Laudato Si October 21-27, 2019 is Canada’s Waste Reduction Week. The St. Francis of Assisi school community will be focusing on five initiatives to help students become Stewards of the

We Are All Treaty People

St. Francis of Assisi School is situated within the lands of Treaty No.19, which was entered into agreement on Wednesday, October 28, 1818. We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory.  As part of Ontario’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, Ontario

October 10, 2019 Update

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”  2 Corinthians

Volunteering at St. Francis of Assisi School

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10 The Value of Volunteering Enriches educational programs and services; Enhances student success and achievement; Provides members of the community with opportunities to use their knowledge and skills; Enables members of the community to

October 4, 2019 Update

Each of us is called to follow in his footsteps by becoming a peacemaker, an “artisan” of peace. Peace is both a gift and a task; it must be implored and worked for, received as a blessing and constantly sought as we strive daily to build a culture in which peace is respected as a

Immunize and report it!

Help keep our school communities safe and protect students’ health.  Report your child’s immunizations and exemptions to the Halton Region Health Department.  To update your child’s immunization record, please: visit your doctor to get required immunizations and update the Halton Region Health Department online at halton.ca/immunize or by calling 311; or submit an exemption form

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

Early Years Resources for Parents of Kindergarten Students

The Kindergarten program is a child-centred, developmentally appropriate, integrated program of learning for four- and five-year-old children. The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe and caring, play-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of

September 27, 2019 Update

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”.  Matthew 19:14 In honour of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day will be observed on September 30, 2019.  Orange shirt day is an

Zones of Regulation

During the 2019-2020 school year, all students at St. Francis of Assisi School will be introduced to an evidenced-based program entitled “The Zones of Regulation”. The goal of this program is to provide a fun, motivating way to increase a child’s understanding of social thinking, their self-awareness on thoughts feelings and actions, and to their

September 20, 2019 Update

But you too, help one another: help one another always. One another. In this way, by helping one another, we will do some good. ~ Pope Francis ~ The Town of Halton Hills is excited to welcome Rogers Hometown Hockey to our community on October 5/6. 2019. Halton Hills was selected because our community has

September 13, 2019 Update

The family is a community of love where each of us learns to relate to others and to the world around us. – Pope Francis –  Thank you to all of our parents/guardians who were able to join us for our Curriculum Night and Community BBQ yesterday evening. We appreciate the partnership and commitment of

September 6, 2019 Update

Discern pathways where others only see walls..recognize potential where others see only peril. ~ Pope Francis ~ Our first week of school has been extremely successful.  Many thanks to our school community for all of your support. Thank you for all of the warm greetings, supportive conversations, and best wishes for the school year that

Reporting Your Child’s Absence with SafeArrival

Our school offers an automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival, provided through SchoolMessenger®. The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways: using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line at 1-844-445-4505 Click on the FAQ for more

August 2019 Electronic Newsletter

Within the link below, parents/guardians can access an electronic newsletter which shares information and links for review. Kindly take a few moment to familiarize yourself with the content of this presentation as it will assist with your preparations for the start of the academic year. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free

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

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