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Weekly Update May 17th to May 21st

Spring is a metaphor for change. Some changes we eagerly await, and some we abhor. Some changes we plan and others arrive uninvited. To all these changes we ask the gift of Your perspective beckoning us to expectation, hope, and rebirth.  May the sunlight and the rain be reminders that You are at work renewing the earth. As a God of renewal, You are ever at work in our lives, too. Open our eyes and lives to the needed changes in our lives this Spring. Awaken us to new life and perspective, for we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen

Free Family Paint Nights

Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free online paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham.  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in the community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session. 

Gr. 6-8 Literacy & Numeracy Summer School 2021

HCDSB’s Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting registrations for Literacy and Math Summer School courses for students in Grades 6-8.

When is Summer School?
Summer school will begin on July 5, 2021, through July 30, 2021, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continue to remain our highest priority. Like last year, both session 1 and 2 for the 2021 Summer School courses will be offered in a virtual/remote format.

Some important notes about summer school:

  • Each day, students will participate in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) lessons provided by their instructor.
  • Students cannot miss more than 3 days within one session, which is a total of 10 days.

It should be noted that participation in summer school is completely voluntary and is not a mandatory component of regular track programming.

Which Courses Will Be Offered This Summer?
For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Summer School Program Information 2021

Register Now!

Online registration is available for our summer programs to help make the registration process more convenient for parents!

You may register your child for one or both sessions by following these instructions:

  1. Click HERE.
  2. Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
  3. Press the green button to ‘Create an accountor sign in with your existing account.

Once you have created an account, you will be able to log on with your username/email and password and complete the form. The online form to register your child is due by Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will NOT be accepted. Please be advised that all HCDSB student registration submissions must be approved by your child’s home School Principal before students can be officially enrolled in a summer school course.

Monday, May 24th – Victoria Day

Enjoy the long weekend.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 25th.

Are You Moving?

If you are aware that you will not be returning to St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in September, please let the office know, you can email Mrs. Freeze: We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at numbers for class organization.

St. Matthew Parish 

Sunday, May 16 is the Ascension of the Lord.  St. Luke begins the Acts of the Apostles by reflecting that “in the first book” he wrote about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ himself. The book he’s referring to is the Gospel that bears his name, and he’s implying that what’s to follow is a continuation of it. From very early on, the Church understood that her mission was to be Christ’s continue presence on Earth, and that’s still her understanding today. It’s the driving force behind the common baptismal vocation of all Christians. What have we been doing to ensure that when the world sees us, it sees Jesus Christ the Lord? ~ Father Allan Varlaki, Pastor

Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.

Register your Child for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as
they interact with one another.  When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?
To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31st, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31st, 2021.  For more information on how to register your child:  Register Your Child

Student Attendance

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

Faith & Well-Being Resources

Recognizing that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff.  Here is a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time: 

Stay Healthy and Safe!

Mr. N. Laratta

Upcoming Events:

Remote Learning
May 17 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
May 18 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
May 19 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
May 20 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
May 21 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
OCSGE Virtual Assembly
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 9:45 am
Victoria Day
May 24 all day
Remote Learning
May 25 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
May 26 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
May 27 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Spirit Day — Dress Like a Teacher
May 28 all day
Remote Learning
May 28 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
St. Joan of Arc Feast Day
May 30 all day
St. Joan of Arc Feast Day Liturgy
May 31 all day
Remote Learning
May 31 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
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