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Weekly Update June 8

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

~Nelson Mendela

Welcome to the second week of June. I felt compelled to include two quotes this week. If you are anything like me, this last week was hard. The world looked like a bleak place and seemed to be crumbling around us. But I am heartened to see a move to peaceful protest, led by strong, young voices, a hope for our future and for our humanity.

As a school we will be taking a closer look at how we are supporting and representing racialized students, in our actions, in our resources and in our words. As a community I think it’s important to have the conversations with our children to help them recognize what racism is. If we allow it to stay unnamed, we will never be free of it and it is our call as Catholics to promote solidarity and dignity for all. I have attached a few resources to support your conversations at home and I assure you we will make sure the conversations are continued in our building.

Resource Links:

A Kids Book about Racism

CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall -Standing up to Racism

Systemic Racism Explained (ages 10 and up recommended)

The Orange Shirt Story

30 Books to help you talk to your kids about racism.

Important Reminders:

  • The HCDSB has completed the Elementary School Curbside Access for Student Belongings Protocol for Parents/Guardians based on the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health recommendations. Details for parent/guardian scheduled pick up times and information will be emailed separately in school messenger prior to scheduled pick up days. Please note that pick up dates will be during school hours the last week of June.  There will also be an opportunity at this time to return any items that belong to the school.  Again, a detailed plan will be shared regarding this process and the required protocols.  Please note we will be using the same online system we use for parent teacher interviews to arrange safe pickup times. Please expect an email regarding scheduling times early this week.
  • This Friday, June 12th will be crazy hair day. Send your pics or tag us on twitter at @stjburlington to show all your crazy do’s!
  • St. John Church is hosting a Parish Food drive on Saturday, June 20th from 9AM- 4PM in the church/school parking lot. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Sunday the 21st is the rain date.

Mental Health and Well-being:

With the changes and challenges in our community due to Covid 19 our youth may be experiencing greater amounts of anxiety and depression. Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) is offering a webinar for parents in understanding what anxiety is and how it shows up in children and teens. Please follow the link here for details on signing up.

ISW Uniform June Sale – Save 10% on your entire purchase

  •  Returning Students – Log into your account to shop for your uniform. The new chat window lets you connect with one of the uniform experts while you shop.
  •  New Students 3 WAYS TO SHOP:
  • 1. IN-STORE APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an in-store one-on-one appointment with one of the uniform experts.
  • 2. VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an appointment from home via video chat with one of the uniform experts.
  • 3. ONLINE LIVE CHAT – The new chat window lets you connect with one of the uniform experts while you shop.   
  • visit  at:   https://www.iswuniforms.com/

Graduation Update:

Grade 8 Virtual Graduation will take place on Thursday, June 18 at 7PM. Curbside pickup of graduation items and a photo opportunity for each graduate will take place between 9AM and 1PM on the 18th. Parents will be asked to schedule these times when they receive the online information in order to facilitate a safe pickup that adheres to our Public Health Mandate. I ask that our community continue to hold our graduates in their prayers and thoughts as these outstanding young men and women continue on in their education journey.

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well. Please continue to follow the guidelines of the Public Health Department to ensure we all stay healthy and well!

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update June 8