As you light your candle(s) for each week of Advent invite all who gather to share in this prayer:
God, Send your light into our hearts and fill us with joy,
as we prepare for the birth of your Son.
Transform our lives into images of Jesus
so that your light will shine through us.
Lord, fill the world with your peace, hope, and love this Advent.
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
Please send all gift cards with your child and they will receive an angel to put on the tree.
Christmas Spirit Week – Dec. 13th– Dec. 17th
Monday, December 13th– Christmas Cheer (Red, Green, White)
Tuesday, December 14th – Holly & Jolly (Christmas / Holiday sweaters)
Wednesday, December 15th – Winter Wonderland (White and Blue)
Thursday, December 16th – Deck the Halls with Hats (Santa hats, antlers, Elf hats, etc.)
Friday, December 17th – ‘Twas the Day Before Christmas Break (PJs)
Christmas Kahoot Night
Early Dismissal – Friday, December 17th
Friday, December 17th is an Early Dismissal Day – the day ends at 1:45 pm.
Our Advent journey, as a Christian people, is always meant to be one of hope, but this year it feels a little easier to get on the bandwagon. In the weeks before we celebrate the Nativity, we turn ourselves to the task of cultivating expectation: that the Lord will come at the end of time to complete the process of redeeming and restoring Creation; that his light gradually fills, redeems, and restores our own lives as we turn to him; and that the more we live, as a people, the radical love that is his Gospel, the better the world around us becomes. With parish life—and life in society at large—inching closer to normal, our lived experience may help us with this age-old task. Listen carefully to the ancient prophecies read at Mass throughout the season, our own proclamations in the world are meant to be similarly stirring in their hopefulness. Christians are often characterized as preachers of doom and gloom, sometimes deservedly so. It bears repeating that it was never meant to be this way. If we, who live with God as our friend, cannot enunciate the peace and trustworthiness of his promises, who will? It’s not to say we’re without crosses and challenges, but we can’t allow bearing them to separate us from our most pressing vocation: proclaiming the Gospel.
~ Father Allen Varlaki
Thank you to all the families who purchased Christmas chocolate. Orders have been placed and will be ready for pick up at the school on December 14th and 15th. Pick up information will be sent out closer to the date.
Extended French Program (Begins in Grade 5)
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 (www.hcdsb.org) 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
Paint Night with Moses Lunham
HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized free online paint nights with Indigenous artist Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way to engage staff, parents, students, and family members to come together in the community, be creative, and learn more about Indigenous art. All information for paint nights, pictures, and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage, www.hcdsb.org
Apply to the HCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council
Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds.
The HCDSB Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee are in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students, and community organizations.
About the HREAC
The HREAC will assist the board in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized, and Black communities in the HCDSB.
HREAC Membership Requirements
- Lived experience and/or strong understanding of human rights, equity and inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, homophobia and systemic discrimination in education and the community at large.
- A keen commitment to dismantling systemic barriers to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.
- Available to attend 3-4 meetings per year, over a 2-year term.
Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an online application through the HREAC Membership Application Form, which will remain open until December 31, 2021.
All applications will be reviewed by the Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee. Successful candidates will be notified by January 14, 2022.
For more information about the HREAC membership, click here.
St. Joan of Arc School is dedicated to helping your child develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social, and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities. The school can best contribute to your child’s education and development when you form a partnership with them.
As parents/guardians, you have many responsibilities towards your child. One responsibility is to ensure that your child is in school every day, ready to learn. In fact, it is the law. The Provincial Education Act states that every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years is required to attend school every day from the first school day in September until the last school day in June. Success at school helps children engage in learning while helping the child to build the routine of school attendance into their life.
How does our school respond to attendance concerns?
We recognize that the attendance profile for each child can be very unique. However, when patterns or routines of non-attendance by a student are identified, we will proceed with the following interventions to support the student and their family:
- Teacher will discuss attendance with parent/guardian and student
- Teacher will refer attendance case to school Principal when 10 days absence has been recorded
- Principal will send a letter home to parent/guardian upon 15 days absent
- Principal will consult with school Social Worker upon 15 days of absent, and will encourage a meeting or phone conversation with parent/guardian
- Upon 20 days absent, Principal will send a second letter home and a habitual absence referral will be made to the school Social Worker
Our school also monitors the arrival patterns of students, as it is equally important for students to arrive at school on time, ready to learn at the beginning of the day. There are numerous advantages for your child that you can support by ensuring they arrive at school on time, including:
- A typical school day starts with announcements and introductions to new lessons and concepts. Students who show up late may miss out on important details and be unprepared for future class events or key learning concepts.
- Students who arrive at school on time have the opportunity to settle into the classroom, prepare their materials and focus their minds on the lessons to come.
- Arriving on time for school ensures that your child doesn’t miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day.
- When students show up on time to school every day, they develop the habit of being punctual with important commitments.
We will also send notice to families when we identify patterns of habitual tardiness.
Dressing for Winter Weather
With the arrival of winter-like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure their 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!