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Weekly Update November 1

“I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.”
~ Lin Yutang

Welcome to the month of November. October was a busy month for the school and we certainly ended it with a bang with our spooktacular Halloween Dance-A-Thon. We were blessed to have the weather cooperate have some outdoor fun as well and it was amazing to see everyone in their costumes and celebrating together.

Thank you for the generous food donations. We have reached our goal of 1000 items for the Burlington Food Bank. Thank you as well for the donations that have already come in for our school fundraising campaign. The ability to donate remains open on the school cash online system on hcdsb.orgOur goal for the year is $7500!! This money goes to support important student initiatives, like team sports, clubs, recess equipment and field trips. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Poinsettia Sales are coming once again to St. John. A flyer will be emailed this week and families are welcome to pre-order poinsettias from Terra Green Houses. Pickup will be in the first week of December. Thank you to Kathleen Corbett, and School Council for taking on this initiative.

Important Reminders:

  • Monday, November 1st is Picture Day for all students. Please ensure students are wearing their uniforms and their best smile!
  • Pizza Day begins Friday, November 5th.
  • November 1 to 5th, in Ontario is Treaty Recognition Week, which recognizes the existence and importance of treaties between Indigenous Peoples and governments.  Each morning this week during announcements, we will learn a fact about Treaties. St.  John School sits on Brant Tract 3 and ¾ and we recognize daily that this is meant to be graciously shared and protected.
  • Thursday, November 11th will be our Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy hosted by Mrs. Hinkley’s grade 7 class at 10:45am. A teams link will be sent to all to join if they are able.
  • November 15-19 is Bullying Prevention Week. Students will be learning and participating in classroom events that focus on kindness, respect and inclusion for all.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets. Reminder that everyone is asked to wear masks when dropping off and picking up at school as these are busy times and we cannot guarantee social distancing. Thank you for working to keep everyone safe.

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well. I pray for every family to stay healthy and safe. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can safely attend school. Please follow us on twitter @stjburlington to see all the great things happening at school!

School Photos
Nov 1 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Pizza Day
Nov 12 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tech Free Thursday: Wear your comfy clothes non-uniform day
Nov 18 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Advent Liturgy- Hope
Nov 29 @ 10:50 am – 11:15 am
International Day of People with Disabilities Non-Uniform Spirit Day
Dec 3 all day
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