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Weekly Update Nov. 22 to Nov. 26th


Friday, November 26th is a PA Day.  There will be no Instruction for students on this day.

Picture Retake

Lifetouch Photography will be at the school on Tuesday, November 23rd for picture retakes. Please send a note to your child’s teacher if you require retakes. All students who were absent on the original picture day will also have their pictures taken on this day.

Lunch Program

We are so excited to be able to offer a lunch and milk program again at St. Joan of Arc. Our Catholic School Council has been busy behind the scenes trying to find the safest options for our students and staff.  As per the communication that was sent out last week, we will be using LunchBox this year to coordinate our lunch and milk orders. This will make it easier for parents/guardians, as you can log into your School Cash Online account, and order lunch and milk for your child(ren).  This new system will allow more flexibility as you are able to select the frequency of your orders, as well as cancel (within specific timelines).  In recognizing that there may be safety concerns around food handling, we have sourced vendors who will ensure that all food is prepackaged in individual containers (e.g. pizza in slice boxes, and subs pre-wrapped with the student’s name on them).  This will eliminate volunteers or staff needing to handle your child(ren)’s food. The best part – every item you order results in money going back to OUR SCHOOL!!  It’s a win-win situation!

Angel Wish Tree — St. Vincent dePaul Society

This year Saint Vincent dePaul is requesting if you are able, donations of grocery and gift cards from the following locations:

  • $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart
  • $10 gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and Tim Hortons

As students bring the gift cards into class, they will be given an angel to decorate and place on our Christmas Tree.  To celebrate the generosity of the St. Joan of Arc family, we will be having a virtual assembly where we will showcase the tree with the various Angels kids have attached before dropping off the gift cards to St. Matthews.  One way in which we could help the families in our community in addition to raising funds for our school is through FundScrip.  All the gift cards mentioned above can be purchased online through FundScrip and while receiving the full value of the gift card, a percentage will be donated to St. Joan of Arc.  You do not pay extra for the donation!

Instructions on how to register and purchase cards through FundScrip are provided. Click HERE

Please note that processing and shipping times can take 1.5 – 2 weeks so, in order to get the angels to the school in time for the virtual assembly by December 17th, you should plan to place orders by November 30th/December 1st.

Thank you for helping our neighbours in our community!

Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia Pick-up

All wreath and poinsettia orders will be ready for pick up at the main office on Thursday, November 25th between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Please come to the school to collect your orders during these times. 

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home electronically by the HCDS Board Office on Wednesday, November 24th. Please look for future communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Interviews will be conducted on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26th. Parents were given the opportunity to schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher. If you have not scheduled an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher. 

Parish information

This weekend we begin celebrating First Reconciliation with Grade 2 students in our parish, and thanks to an amazing (and growing) team of volunteers, our preparation meetings last week went off without a hitch. Children and their parents glued cotton onto sheep-shaped nametags they decorated, and they also got a chance to learn about God’s love by way of the story of Cecil, the Lost Sheep. It was one of the most “normal” things to happen in our church since the beginning of the pandemic. A little bit loud, a little bit messy, a little bit chaotic, but beautiful throughout. Though we were all masked and (mostly) distant, the excitement was palpable. We know the Christian faith is struggling to keep people engaged in an increasingly distracted and distracting world. Many worry about the future of Christian communities. It’s important to focus on and be thankful for signs of life where we see them. For our parish, that often means considering the experiences of faith being had by our young people, of which we have many. God’s Spirit is hard at work in all of them!

~ Father Allen Varlaki

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website ( during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

Mental Health Update

This year brings additional challenges and stress because of COVID-19. It’s important to acknowledge that returning to school felt quite different this year, whether it was returning to in-person learning, or remote learning. For more information on how to help support your child and/or children, you can check out the link copied below.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter-like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education

OAPCE WEBINARS PRESENTS… “Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”

Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life have the flexibility and inner strength to bounce back when things are not going well.  Adapting to new changes, bullying, and the uncertainties in this complex world we live in, are challenges that arise from the skills of resilience. Aligning with our theme,” Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”, join us on November 20th, as OAPCE presents two live webinars that will engage parents across the province and seek out good outcomes where problems were to be expected.  Parents can register at –

Upcoming Events:

Virtual Book Fair
Nov 20 all day
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 21 all day
Angel Wish Tree Donations
Nov 22 – Dec 16 all day
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 22 all day
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 23 all day
Picture Retakes
Nov 23 all day
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 23 all day
Nov 23 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Pizza Day
Nov 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 24 all day
Sub Day
Nov 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 @ 3:30 pm
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 25 all day
Throwback Thursday Spirit Day — Civvies Day
Nov 25 all day
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 25 all day
Laratta, NickWeekly Update Nov. 22 to Nov. 26th