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Weekly Update November 22

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

~ Amelia Earhart

A huge shout out to all that worked hard to make a difference last week as we celebrated Bullying Prevention Week. Led by Mrs. DeFrancesco and our student ambassadors, we all learned how it takes a village to stand up and stomp out hatred in every form.

Thank you to all our staff that supported our intramural volleyball for grades 4-8. It was wonderful to see such dedication from our students and exciting to see the future athletes in our building. We are now in the process of preparing for our return to interschool competitive volleyball for our grade 6-8 students! Thank you to Mr. Keenan, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Hill and Ms. Lombos for your time and dedication to bringing back a little piece of normal!

Important Reminders:

  • Progress reports go home Wednesday, November 24th. They will be sent electronically. Virtual interview directions have been emailed to all parents. Please make sure you sign up for a time by Wednesday or a time will be assigned to you. Interviews take place on Thursday evening and Friday.
  • Friday, November 26th is a PA Day. No school for students.
  • Monday, November 29th Advent Liturgy hosted by Ms. Lombos at 10:50. Link will be emailed to all the morning of.
  • Virtual Paint Night Tuesday, December 7th. Details will be emailed this week.
  • Poinsettia Pickup Wednesday, December 8th between 4-7PM.

Christmas Angel Tree

With the Christmas season fast approaching we would like to begin our Angel Tree Donation Drive. As we did last year, we are asking for gift card donations to support families in our community. The last year and a half have been a financial struggle for many families and we want to make sure that everyone can experience a little joy during this special season. Gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, movie gift cards etc are greatly appreciated. The drive will run from Monday, November 22 to December 10th. Thanking you in advance for your generosity.

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 which 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 –

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:

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLYTo minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page
Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries:
 December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Have a Question?If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: keepingchrist@hcdsb.orgor contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

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 Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist 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. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

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.

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 in advance for your attention to this matter.

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!

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
Pizza Day
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Advent Liturgy- Peace
Dec 6 all day
Virtual Paint Night
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Poinsettia Pick up
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pizza Day
Dec 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Advent Liturgy – Joy
Dec 13 all day
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