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Return to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback

In preparation for the return to school, we are taking into consideration what the current COVID-19 situation may look like in September by planning for all potential scenarios.  As we await further direction from the Ministry of Education, we are seeking parent feedback about some of the options we are considering.  Let Us Know What

June 26, 2020 Update

The 2019-2020 school year was unlike anything many of us have experienced.  However, we greet its closure with grateful hearts for the blessings our Lord continues to bestow upon us.  Throughout this school year, I have been fortunate to witness first-hand the incredible strength of our school community; most recently during distance learning, which could

Kindergarten Parent Orientation

The Kindergarten program is a child-centred, developmentally appropriate, integrated program of learning for four- and five-year-old children. The Kindergarten program reflects the belief that four- and five-year-olds are capable and competent learners, full of potential and ready to take ownership of their learning. The program recognizes that our children are unique individuals who live and

June 19, 2020 Update

As we enter into our final week of distance learning, I want to express my sincere thanks for the incredible partnership between home and school during this period of school closure.  As a school staff, we are blessed and are privileged to be able to work in such a wonderful school community.  Your support and trust

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!

Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food. From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take

Parent Protocol: Curbside Access for Student Belongings

The Ministry of Education is allowing temporary access to our school for families to retrieve any personal belongings that may have been left in schools since the start of the school closure period, and to return any items that belong to the school.  The dates of access are June 22-25, 2020. Parents/Guardians are required to

Silence is Not an Option

Like many of you, I was both saddened and outraged to learn of the situation in Minnesota last week that resulted in the death of George Floyd.  We have all read the reports on social media in disbelief as the disturbing details began to emerge, and with heavy hearts we have watched the outcry that

Synchronous Learning Guidelines and Expectations

The purpose of synchronous learning is for students to engage with their classmates and teachers to create a greater sense of classroom community during distance learning. While not mandatory , these sessions will provide opportunities for staff members to further explain concepts that have been taught during distance learning, answer any questions students may have

Distance Learning Code of Conduct

As Digital Citizens, users recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, in which they act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. Students are required to demonstrate digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology as outlined in our code of conduct. Our school’s Code

Mental Health Week 2020 ~ Practicing Self-Care

May 4-10, 2020 is the designated Mental Health Week in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is joining organizations across the country to raise awareness about mental health. While supporting mental health is always a priority for us, this year Mental Health Week takes on a special significance in light of the current COVID-19

10 Ways Parents Can Support Learning at Home

The following are suggestions to help parents support their children’s success while learning at home. Establish routines Establish a schedule for learning that reflects the needs of family members. A regular routine will support everyone. Make sure the schedule allows time for learning, meals, encourages movement, breaks for physical activity, creative play and keeps normal bedtime

D2L Distance Learning Access for Students

To access the D2L Learning Environment, students will need to: Proceed to www.hcdsb.org Click on the “Students” tab Students will then see a large D2L button on the right side of the page. Click on this button. Students will be prompted for their username and password. This username and password is the same as the

Are You Receiving Emails?

Having trouble receiving emails from your child’s school or HCDSB? If so, follow these instructions: Log into your Outlook, Hotmail, Live, or MSN email account from a computer. Click the Settings button (or gear icon) in the upper right-hand corner of the page. In the settings bar, type in “safe” and then select Safe senders

Learning Resources Released by Ministry of Education

On Friday, March 20th, the Ministry of Education released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practice math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.   The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home.

March Break 2020 Update

Lord, help me be prepared, but not anxious. Be aware, but not desperate. Be vigilant, but not in fear. Be joyful, but not clueless. Be faithful, but not careless. Lord, be my hope and strength. Amen @FrGoyo We have now entered into the Season of Lent.  Reminders on the importance of this season and our

“More than Food” – Nutrition Month

March is Nutrition Month! This year, dietitians want you to know that healthy eating is about so much more than food – how you eat is important too! Nutrition Month 2020 is your chance to focus on healthy eating habits such as eating mindfully and cooking more often. Healthy eating is about more than just

March 6, 2020 Update

No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great. St. John Chrysostom

February 28, 2020 Update

Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. We must always remember this. The actual words matter less. ~ Pope John XXIII ~ Our Focus on Faith theme for the month of March is Community and Common Good. Our grade 5 students will lead our monthly liturgy on Monday, March 2, 2020 beginning at

Mental Health Tip of the Month – February 2020

How to Stay Well and Good Self-Care Staying Well Some of the things we do for our physical health, like getting enough sleep, eating well, and minimizing screen time, are also good for our mental health. Sustained happiness takes work. One proven way to build more joy and contentment is by practicing gratitude. By implementing

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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