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Catholic Education Week 2019

St. Francis of Assisi School will celebrate Catholic Education Week from Monday, May 6, 2019 to Friday, May 10, 2019.  This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Living as Joyful Disciples.” The 2019 theme was inspired by three sources: “Renewing the Promise”, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; “Gaudete et

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 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

SEA Technology Showcase Evenings!

We are excited to let you know that the Halton Catholic District School Board will be holding two upcoming information evenings about Special Education Assistive (SEA) Technology to enhance student learning! These information evenings are open to all parents, students and staff, and to those that currently use or may benefit from using SEA Technology:

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 Focus: Human Dignity: Who is God?

“Our God-given dignity as human persons with human rights comes from having been created by God and being capable of knowing, loving and glorifying God, unlike all other earthly creatures.” The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario During the month of March, our students and staff members will reflect upon and learn how to articulate

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. 

Criminal Reference Check / Vulnerable Sector Screening – Online Tool

St. Francis of Assisi School values and encourages parent involvement in our school.  School trips, lunch days, or classroom assistance, we can always use your help.  However, to ensure the safety of our children all volunteers must have a valid Criminal Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening on file at the school.  This initial copy

November 9, 2018 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 ~ Today, our school paused to remember the tremendous

Inclement Weather Reminders

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded of important information and reminders regarding the Board’s Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map here: http://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather   Details about school emergency closures, bus cancellations, and transportation zones are available in our 2018-2019 School Year Calendar. Looking for Notifications on Bus Delays and Cancellations? Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and

November 2, 2018 Update

“Peace is not just the absence of war. It involves mutual respect and confidence between peoples and nations. It involves collaboration and binding agreements.” St. John Paul II During the month of November, our students and staff members will reflect upon and learn how to articulate the Focus on Faith theme of Promotion of Peace,

October 26, 2018 Update

Our annual Halloween Dance for our students and staff will take place on October 31, 2018.  This year there will be no fundraising event connected to our dance.  Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school on Halloween, however, the costume must be in keeping with our Catholic values.  Additionally, students may not wear

We Are All Treaty People

As part of Ontario’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, Ontario has designated the first week of November each year as Treaties Recognition Week. The goal of this week is to promote public education and awareness about the history and importance of treaties and treaty relationships. First Nations were the original

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 19, 2018 Update

Mrs. Brunato’s and Ms. Purdy’s classes are learning about the importance of social justice, and are organizing a sock, gloves/mittens and hat drive for our school.  Families are kindly asked to consider donating a new item to support this initiative.  Items can be dropped off until October 31, 2018. We have just a couple of

October 12, 2018 Update

We thank Monsignor Edward Sheridan for celebrating our first school mass this year with our students, staff and school community. A few updates and reminders for next week: We welcome Ms. Mary Joh to our school staff.  Ms. Joh has been assigned to our school as the Long Term French as a Second Language Teacher

October 4, 2018 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 9:11-12

September 28, 2018 Update

As we enter into the month of October, our hearts turned to the idea of giving thanks for the goodness of the season past. And yet how often do we simply give thanks to God for who we are and what we have when things are going well in our lives?  Thankfulness is much more than

Lunch Programs 2018 – 2019

The following optional lunch programs will be offered at St. Francis of Assisi School for the 2018-2019 school year: Mondays:  Pizza Day – offered through the school, provided by Joe’s Great Pizza – begins October 1, 2018 Tuesdays:  Subway – offered through Lunchbox Orders – Wednesdays:  Salad Day – offered through the school – begins

September 21, 2018 Update

Many thanks to all of our families who attended our Community BBQ and Curriculum Night this week.  We appreciate your partnership in your child’s education.  We strive for clear, transparent and responsive communication with our school community members.  Please feel free to contact our staff members should you ever have any questions or concerns. In

Our School EQAO Results Are Now Available

On September 19, 2018, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the 2017-2018 Provincial Assessment Reports for each school and school board in Ontario. The Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) EQAO assessments in reading, writing and mathematics took place last school year during May and June. Our school results are now available

September 14, 2018 Update

Our annual Community BBQ and Curriculum Night will occur on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.  Visit your child’s classroom, meet their teacher and learn about the curriculum they will explore this year. Take the opportunity to reconnect with friends and families from our school, end enjoy some fellowship together with food available for purchase from Troy’s

September 7, 2018 Update

Our first week of school has been extremely successful.  Many thanks to our school community for all of your support. A few notes of thanks: Thank you for all of the warm greetings, supportive conversations, and best wishes for the school year that our staff members have had with parents and guardians this week.  We

August 31, 2018 Update

As we begin the new school year, we have several updates and reminders to share: All grades 1 to 8 children begin school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Kindergarten students will follow their specific entry plan.  The Kindergarten entry plan can be found here:  Kindergarten Entry Plan; St. Francis of Assisi School is a “minimized allergen

Catholic School Council Nominations

Parents and Guardians have the right and responsibility to participate in the education of their children and can contribute to their child’s development in a number of ways.  St. Francis of Assisi School values the opinion of our Catholic School Council with respect to learning opportunities for children and for improved operations within our school.

Bus Transportation Information

For your planning purposes, kindly review the information below regarding school bus transportation: Parents/Guardians and student can access the following information at https://www.haltonbus.ca/ -Student Transportation Information (provided the student has been assigned an OEN) -Delays and Cancellations -Email Subscriptions for Delays and Cancellations Families are reminded that if you are moving in July and August,

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

School Dress Code Expectations

School Uniform/Dress Code St. Francis of Assisi School recognizes that the standard of dress is set by the good judgment and discretion of our parents. However, our students also need to understand that different venues and environments in their community have different dress code expectations.  School is no different.  If our school is to be

School Climate Surveys

At HCDSB, we want our schools to be safe and welcoming places where students and staff can feel comfortable enough to learn and to work. The School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from students, parents and staff, to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools. Student Survey From October 5

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