Today marks the beginning of Catholic Education Week. During this special week every year, we celebrate the contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. This year, the theme of Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope. Our hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.
We All Belong in Our Catholic School
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.
At St. Joan of Arc, we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with care, compassion and respect.
We are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age. As a school we will continue doing all we can to ensure the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community experience a positive sense of belonging and well-being. To learn more about our commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please take a few minutes to read Responding with Faith, Hope & Love
Catholic Education Week – May 2nd to May 7th
This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope.” Click HERE to access daily activities to complete as a family. Also, your classroom teacher will be posting activities and messages about what their class will be doing during this week.
Remote Learning Continues this week.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
All First Holy Communions and Confirmations for the month of May have been cancelled. All parents in Grade 2 and 7 should have received communication from St. Matthew Parish. At this time, a rescheduled date has not yet been determined.
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:
- 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.
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