Dear St. Joan of Arc,
Thank you for accompanying me throughout the day, and in the work that I did. Thank you also for your guidance and your counsel. Please help me to listen to God and to you, dear Saint, that I may do what I am called to do. Please intercede on my behalf and beg God to take all my faults and turn them into virtues. I thank you for all you have done for me, and all the things you have interceded for, on my behalf. Please continue to pray for me and for all the souls who need it.
Monday, May 31st — May Crowning Liturgy
Thank you to our Grade 1’s and 2’s for preparing our liturgy. Please join with your child @ 11:00 am. Staff will be sharing the link.
June is the designated Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, we will join other schools in our district in raising awareness, and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.
HCDSB Rainbow Day ~ Tuesday, June 1st
We will kick off our Pride Month celebrations with Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st.
Students and staff are encouraged to dress in their most colourful clothes as we celebrate the rainbow – a sign of God’s promise to love us and a symbol of inclusion for all in our community!
Friday, June 4th – PA DAY
No synchronous or asynchronous lessons will be posted. Classes will resume on Monday, June 7th.
Free Family Paint Nights
Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in 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.
Uniform Update from McCarthy’s
As we continue to navigate covid-19 together, I am pleased to share an update on enhanced options for buying your school uniform in 2021.
Our school uniform provider, McCarthy uniforms, has three enhanced options for shopping: updated school e-stores, private appointments and a web-supported call-center.
I encourage families to shop early and utilize these alternative channels to avoid late-august line ups. long wait times will be the reality this year, given that McCarthy’s must adhere to strict social distancing measures and simply can’t accept normal in-store volumes. In some cases, only five customers will be permitted in stores at any one time.
McCarthy’s has informed us that to support families during this time they have implemented an installment payment program (online only), introduced volume discount buying options and invested in a variety of web support tools to make online shopping easy & fast! All school uniform products can be exchanged for up to a year and returned until September.
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 continues 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.
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:
- Click HERE.
- Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
- Press the green button to ‘Create an account’ or 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.
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: email@example.com. 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.
Faith & Well-Being Resources
Recognizing that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff.
Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:
- School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca.
- Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca for 24/7 support.
- Faith & Well-Being Resources: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/
St. Matthew Parish
Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel. https://www.saintmatthew.ca/
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
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: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
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.
Stay Healthy and Safe!
Mr. N. Laratta