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McCarthy Uniforms

We are pleased to announce that McCarthy Uniforms is our official school uniform provider. Many of you may be familiar with the reputation for quality and the time-tested McCarthy tradition that will provide our families with exceptional uniform products. In addition to a superior quality garment, this new partnership will also provide our families with

Weekly Update Jan 18 to 22

Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to You. Allow Your healing hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your wisdom, that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach

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World Religion Day

“The different religions, based on their respect for each human person as a creature called to be a child of God, contribute significantly to building fraternity and defending justice in society.” (Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti) The third Sunday in January is annually observed as World Religion Day. This year, it falls on Sunday, January 17, 2021.   World Religion Day was

Weekly Update Jan 11 to 15

Lord, You make all things newYou bring hope alive in our heartsAnd cause our Spirits to be born againThank you for this new yearFor all the potential it holds.Come and kindle in usA mighty flameSo that in our time, many will see the wonders of GodAnd live forever to praise Your glorious name. Amen Register

Update! Advanced Kindergarten Registration

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

Provincial Announcement: Teacher-Led Remote Learning Extends Until January 25, 2021

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Ontario government announced the extension of teacher-led remote learning until January 25, 2021 for elementary students. Secondary students will continue to participate in remote learning until January 25th. Read more in the online News Release. Expectations for Elementary Schools Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning between January 4-22, 2021.  Beginning

Accessing Your Online Learning Platform

Many students and families were having trouble accessing the log-in page to the online learning platforms on our new HCDSB website. The access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the HCDSB Learn at Home website here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/remote-learning-platforms/

Weekly Update Jan. 4 to 8

All Schools Moving to Teacher-Led Remote Learning – January 4th, 2021 On Monday, December 21, 2020, the Premier of Ontario announced that at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, our province will enter a period of additional public health restrictions and protocols to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Read the News Release here. Expectations for

All Schools Moving to Teacher-Led Remote Learning on January 4, 2021

On Monday, December 21, 2020, the Premier of Ontario announced that at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, our province will enter a period of additional public health restrictions and protocols to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Read the News Release here. One of these protocols is related to schools, and requires all publicly funded

Weekly Update Dec. 14th-18th

On the Third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle of Joy.  As Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts over all that the birth of our Savior means for us. Christmas Spirit/Civvies Days Thursday, December 17th – Wear your Favourite Christmas Sweater, Ugly Christmas Sweater, Christmas pants, Christmas

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

Weekly Update Dec. 6th to 11th

On this Second Sunday of Advent, we light two violet candles to symbolize the peace of God that we welcome into our hearts this season.  We are called this week to turn our hearts back to God and away from sin.  Save the Date Mark your calendars for our next Virtual Family Night – Christmas

Change to Learning Environment Request Form Now OPEN

The Change to Learning Environment Request Form is now OPEN. Request to Change Learning Environment  If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form. Important notes before you complete the online form:  You are asked to submit a separate form for each child.  You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request.

Donate to Halton Food for Thought this Holiday Season

As you may know, many HCDSB schools offer Student Nutrition Programs in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT). To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff this school year, HFFT has been providing Grab & Go Healthy Food Boxes to participating HCDSB schools, filled with pre-packaged, nutritious snacks. Now more than ever,

Weekly Update Nov. 30th to Dec 4th

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, a time of preparation and waiting for the birth of baby Jesus.  We also wait for Jesus Christ to come again, so we light the first candle of our Advent wreath to symbolize the hope we have in anticipation of the coming Messiah.  International Day of Disabilities Thursday,

HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) on Thursday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 30 – December 4, 2020). Over the week, HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities to raise awareness, and support the rights and significant contributions of persons

Weekly Update Nov. 23 to Nov. 27

Virtual Family Fun Night Thank you to all families that participated for our first virtual Family Fun Night.  What a great success as we were able to bring together the SJOA community. Congratulations to the 3 families that won the Kahoot games.  Mr. Laratta will be contacting you this week to arrange your pizza delivery. 

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2020

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 15-21, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every week, we

Weekly Update Nov. 16th to 20th

God of love and of life, let us take time to look deep within ourselves and discover the gifts you have blessed us with. May we take the time to direct our lives in a way that best uses our own unique combination of gifts. May our education help us discover where our strengths and

Weekly Update Nov. 9th to 13th

Ever-living God, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence.  May that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all people and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen Fundraising Update Thanks to our parent community for their generosity.  This

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 26 to November 20, 2020 marks Cyber Awareness Month. The four-week K-12 campaign, led by The Educational Computing Network of Ontario (ECNO)​ raises awareness of the new educational realities of teaching, learning and connecting that students, parents and staff have experienced this past year. This awareness month emphasizes how we can all do our part to protect against cyber

Weekly Update Nov. 1 to 6

All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us,

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Wednesday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express

Weekly Update Oct. 26-30

Fundraising Once again, our fundraising initiatives are dedicated to supporting our students and their learning experience at SJOA.  All proceeds of our fundraising will be used to purchase technology and school beautification.  Here are 2 options that can be shared with family and friends to help support SJOA’s goal of raising $10,000.  Fundscrip — https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/M4UMV8

Weekly Update Oct. 19-23

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. Remind us to take time to rest. Remind us of the wonder of your creation. Remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life. Amen Fundraiser Update Click Fundraising Options for more Fundraising Information Click Fundscrip for

Registration for Extended French Opens in November!

We are happy to announce that St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School will offer the Extended French Program for the 2021-2022 school year. The Extended French Program is an exciting, fast-paced, optional program with limited enrolment. Students must be entering Grade 5 in order to be eligible to participate in the Board’s Extended French

Weekly Update Oct 12-16

Dear Lord, on this Thanksgiving Day I want to pause and thank you for the blessings surrounding me. For another day, for family, friends, for food on the table. You are the source of all good things and praise you for the simple things that bring us joy. Help us keep our eyes on this

Weekly Update Oct 5-9

Holy God, We thank you for Jesus, who cares for us and teaches us how to live. May everything we do and say show you our love. Amen Catholic School Council On Monday, October 5th, 2020 will be our first virtual council meeting of the 2020/2021 school year at 6:30 pm via TEAMS.  Thank you

Hispanic Heritage Month

October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario. The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic! Each year, during the month of

HCDSB Celebrates Islamic History Month

In 2007, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed October as Canadian Islamic History Month in recognition of the significant contributions the Muslim community has made to Canadian society. Muslim-Canadians contribute to the prosperity and heritage of our country through their outstanding achievements in many fields, including literature, mathematics, science, sports and the arts. Islamic History Month gives

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be

Weekly Update Sept 28 to Oct 2

Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 Wednesday, September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.  On this day we are asking

Weekly Update — Sept 21-25

STAFFING UPDATE Please join the SJOA staff and students on congratulating Mrs. Pitt on becoming Vice-Principal for the Virtual School.  Mrs. Pitt will bring her online experience and expertise to the new virtual school as she continues her leadership journey with HCDSB.  Mrs. Pitt will be missed in the office and in the hallways of

Weekly Update Sept 14-18

OTHER PICK UP AND DROP OFF NOTES (BEYOND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL) As we prepare to welcome students back to school this week, we wanted to review the drop-off and pick-up protocols that will be in place to help minimize contacts and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. Only one parent

Weekly Update Sept 7-11

Message From Bishop Crosby Please click on the following link to hear a back to school message from Bishop Crosby HERE Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students  As you know, the first day of instruction for students (originally planned for Tuesday, September 8, 2020) has been delayed until Wednesday, September 9, 2020. We will transition into the new

Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

To help ease the transition for our students, and ensure a safe and healthy return for all, the first day of school will be delayed, and we will be implementing a gradual (staggered) return to class for our elementary students, beginning Wednesday, September 9th. All students in Grades 1-8 will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Return to School Plan & Survey Now OPEN

The Return to School Plan is now available for review on HCDSB’s Return to School website: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-ReturntoSchool. Please note that information and updates will continue to be added to this website as they become available.  Parents may also find it helpful to review the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school. NEW UPDATE: At the Special Board Meeting held

Ministry of Education Releases Guide for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that all elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will return to school in September, 2020.  This means in-class instruction with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Multiple strategies will be employed to ensure our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, including: Self screening  Adapted school

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Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Return to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback

In preparation for the return to school, we are taking into consideration what the current COVID-19 situation may look like in September by planning for all potential scenarios.  As we await further direction from the Ministry of Education, we are seeking parent feedback about some of the options we are considering.  Let Us Know What

Elementary Report Card Access – Email Service Currently DOWN

Elementary report cards are being sent now through email. SchoolMessenger is DOWN across Canada – parents who try to access the report card will receive an error message. SchoolMessenger is working to fix this issue. If you are not able to open your child’s report card, please try again later. Thank you for your patience

Weekly Update June 22nd to 26th

Happy Father’s Day! GOD OUR FATHER, WE GIVE YOU THANKS AND PRAISE FOR FATHERS YOUNG AND OLD. WE PRAY FOR YOUNG FATHERS, NEWLY EMBRACING THEIR VOCATION; MAY THEY FIND COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE TO BALANCE WORK, FAMILY AND FAITH IN JOY AND SACRIFICE. WE PRAY FOR MEN WHO ARE NOT FATHERS BUT STILL MENTOR AND GUIDE

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!

Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food. From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take

We Want Feedback from Our Community – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.  Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021, provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that shape us as a school

Weekly Update June 15-18

Uniform Sale Please click on the following link ISW JUNE SALE Courtesy Seats on School Buses for the 2020-2021 School Year Families with children who take the bus to school are advised that the application process for receiving courtesy seats on school buses will be delayed for the 2020-21 school year. Due to physical distancing measures

Weekly Update June 8th – 12th

Uniform Sale Please click on the following link ISW JUNE SALE Catholic School Council Our final council meeting will take place on Monday, June 8th, 2020 @ 6:30pm.  School Access Many students have left personal belongings in their lockers or classrooms. Click HERE to access details and information you will need to know about gathering

Silence is Not an Option

Like many of you, I was both saddened and outraged to learn of the situation in Minnesota last week that resulted in the death of George Floyd.  We have all read the reports on social media in disbelief as the disturbing details began to emerge, and with heavy hearts we have watched the outcry that

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