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HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities 2021

Students and staff from the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 29 – December 3, 2021). HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities next week to raise awareness, and support the rights and

November 25, 2021 Update

The Season of Advent 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

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program 5-11 year olds

COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds

Calling all Halton Heroes! First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine

The Season of Advent

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

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2021

November 21-27, 2021 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario, and HCDSB will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all,

November 19, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures At St. Francis of Assisi School, we review with our students each day the importance of the following: Hand hygiene by using soap and water for 20 seconds, regularly during the day, before/after eating, after washroom use, and before/after outdoor play. Respiratory etiquette by wearing our masks so that they fully cover

Apply to the HCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students

Catholic School Council FlipGive Site

Our Catholic School Council members have created a St. Francis of Assisi School FlipGive site. Through this site, the school will earn cash back on every purchase that our school family members make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, SportChek,

Registration for Extended French ~ Opens December 1!

We are happy to announce that St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School will offer the Extended French Program for the 2022-2023 school year. The Extended French Program is an exciting, fast-paced, optional French program. Students must be entering Grade 5 in order to be eligible to participate in the Board’s Extended French Program. How

November 12, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures At St. Francis of Assisi School, we review with our students each day the importance of the following: Hand hygiene by using soap and water for 20 seconds, regularly during the day, before/after eating, after washroom use, and before/after outdoor play. Respiratory etiquette by wearing our masks so that they fully cover

November 5, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures At St. Francis of Assisi School, we review with our students each day the importance of the following: Hand hygiene by using soap and water for 20 seconds, regularly during the day, before/after eating, after washroom use, and before/after outdoor play. Respiratory etiquette by wearing our masks so that they fully cover

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and

Student Census 2022

Coming Soon! February 28, 2022 The Student Census 2022 will be implemented February 28 and April 4, 2022 (inclusive). All students will be invited to complete the Student Census on a voluntary basis, as follows: Kindergarten – Grade 8To be completed by parents and guardians Why is it important to collect identify-based information? Identity-based data

Virtual Book Fair!

Offered in partnership with Scholastic Canada, our virtual book fair will provide parents / guardians and students the opportunity to choose the stories that will inspire them to read independently. More than ever, families are looking to enhance their home libraries while experiencing the fun and familiarity of an event to celebrate literacy. All orders

Poinsettia Sales Program

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 (photos are below): “Christmas Cheer” (red, pink or white) – $8.00 “Winter Wonderland” (red, pink, or white) – $12.00 “Santa’s Table Top” – $19.00 “Dasher

Understanding Your Child’s Progress Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations

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 and work

October 29, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C) Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of

October 22, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C) Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of

October 15, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C) Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of

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 7, 2021 Update

May you always remain thankful for the gift of your life, and never take for granted the miracle of each breath you take, for your life is God’s gift to you. May you always remain thankful for the beauty of creation, and never take for granted clean air, green trees, and drinkable water, for they,

October 1, 2021 Update

Monday, October 4, 2021 is the feast day of the patron saint of our school, St. Francis of Assisi. On this date, the church commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. Pope Francis serves as an excellent

September 24, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C) Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of

September 17, 2021 Update

Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.” ― The

September 10, 2021 Update

We would like to thank our families for a great first week back. We are so proud of our students for doing their best to learn our school routines, procedures, and protocols.  Daily Self-Screening and Confirmation Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19

September 6, 2021 Update

Discern pathways where others only see walls…recognize potential where others see only peril.  – Pope Francis – We begin to welcome our students back to school this week, with several reminders and procedures to share with families for our return to school. The health and well-being of our students, families and staff is our first

August 27, 2021 Update

We will welcome our students back to school on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Halton and all of Ontario are in Step 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Please continue to follow all public health measures that are in place to protect your family and our community. The health and well-being of our students, families and

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

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 the Halton Catholic District School Board’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation

Student Accident Insurance

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on

Summer Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures Halton and all of Ontario are in Step 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Please continue to follow all public health measures that are in place to protect your family and our community. As you are aware, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the Ministry of Education released its Guide to Reopening Schools for

Kindergarten Entry Plan

The staggered entry plan is designed to support your child’s transition to the school environment according to the following schedule: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 & Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Parent and student interviews (Virtual, 15 minutes) for all year 1 (JK) students and those year 2 (SK) students who are new to St. Francis of

Halton Hills Public Library Summer Reading Club

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their

A Message from Mr. Witter

Throughout this school year, I have continued to witness the incredible strength of our school community. The 2020-2021 school year presented our students, staff members and families many challenges. We all know that this hasn’t been a typical school year, but regardless of the circumstances I am confident that positive learning has occurred for our

June 25, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures Halton Region and all of Ontario moved to Step 1 of the Provinces Roadmap to Reopening on Friday, June 11, 2021. This is a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of province-wide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators. To clarify

End of Year Pick Up and Drop Off

A protocol has now been established for families to retrieve any personal belongings and return any borrowed items. Drop off and pick up times are: Monday, June 28, 2021 from 10:30am to 3:30pm Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 9:00am to 1:00pm The following items apply for curbside pick-up: Personal belongings in lockers, desks and cubbies

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love. On Sunday, a family was intentionally struck by a driver in his motor vehicle as they were walking along their neighbourhood in London, Ontario. They were targeted because of their Islamic faith.

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This month, and every day, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates and honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community. National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and

June 18, 2021 Update

On Father’s Day we acknowledge and thank all men who have positively impacted the life of a child, and the students in our school. On this day, we thank you for sharing your love, gifts and talents with our children. COVID-19 Safety Measures Halton Region and all of Ontario moved to Step 1 of the Provinces

June 11, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures Halton remains in province-wide shutdown as Stay-at-Home order expires. Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order expired on June 2, 2021. All other public health and workplace measures will remain in place province-wide until Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, including restrictions on gatherings, businesses, services and activities. Learn more about the roadmap to

June 3, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and our individual actions do make a difference. Stay home – essential trips only Stick to your immediate household Avoid all social gatherings Beginning Monday, May 31, 2021, Halton youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in

May 28, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures A Provincial Stay-at-Home Order remains in effect with an extension to June 2, 2021 Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and our individual actions do make a difference. Stay home – essential trips only Stick to your immediate household Avoid all social gatherings Beginning Monday, May 31, 2021, Halton

May 21, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures A Provincial Stay-at-Home Order remains in effect with an extension to June 2, 2021 Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and our individual actions do make a difference. Stay home – essential trips only Stick to your immediate household Avoid all social gatherings Halton Region has updated its COVID-19

May 14, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures A Provincial Stay-at-Home Order remains in effect with an extension to June 2, 2021 Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and our individual actions do make a difference. Stay home – essential trips only Stick to your immediate household Avoid all social gatherings The Premier of Ontario announced the

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

We All Belong

St. Francis of Assisi School continuously works to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all students and staff. We know that all people are created equal, in the image of God, each with unique characteristics deserving of dignity.  In accordance with the Church’s teachings, St. Francis of Assisi School always commits to

May 7, 2021 Update

To [St. Francis of Assisi], each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection. That is why he felt called to care for all that exists …If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and

Staff Appreciation Day ~ May 7, 2021

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 7, 2021! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 5700+ employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

April 30, 2021 Update

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and

Catholic Education Week 2021

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope.” The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021 was inspired by the following considerations: Recognition of the special Year of Laudato Si’ which will run through May 24, 2021, announced by Pope Francis on May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of his papal encyclical, “On Caring for

Student Awards of Excellence

HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Ciara Paterson who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Ciara Ciara is a kind, compassionate student who

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