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Weekly Update October 25

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~ Mother Teresa Welcome to the last week of October. It is hard to believe we have finished the first 2 months of school already! A huge thank you to all the staff at St. John that have worked tirelessly to make the return

Weekly Update October 18

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain;Live for others, and you will live again.”~ Bob Marley Welcome to another wonderful week at St. John. This week we turn our focus to “The Secret Path” and walk for Chanie Wenjack. Friday, October 22nd will be a non-uniform day. Twoonie donations are encouraged as we

Weekly Update October 11

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou Let me begin by saying thank you to all for everything you have done to make these first 5 weeks go smoothly. It has

Weekly Update October 4

“When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”~Tecumseh Welcome to October. We give thanks for the opportunity to be together, working as a school community and finding the joy in each day.

Weekly Update September 27

“Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.” ~ Kailash Satyarthi Welcome to the last week of September. I huge thank you to all for your participation in our Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday. Hopefully everyone got a better sense of the plans, expectations, and the excitement we all feel for

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day ~ September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 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

Curriculum Night Presentation

Just in case you weren’t able to join us. Please reach out should you have any questions!

Weekly Update September 20

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” ~ Mother Teresa Welcome to a new week at St. John. We had a great first full week of school, with everyone quickly adjusting to all our health protocols, yet still having fun! Thank you for all your

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Weekly Update September 13

“Enjoy every step you take. If you’re curious, there is always something new to be discovered in the backdrop of your daily life.”― Roy T. Bennett Well, we made it through the first week back and how wonderful it has been to have everyone in the building again! A BIG shout out to our community for

Welcome Back Part 2

Welcome back to a new school year for all our friends returning and welcome to the St. John community for all those who are joining us this year for the first time! As we come back together, I encourage everyone to embrace our new school motto: Be Curious and Be Kind. Students have, at a

Class Lists

Class Lists Available Friday, September 3rd

We are currently finalizing elementary class placements and making adjustments based on new registrations that have come in over the summer. Final placements will be available on Friday, September 3rd after 3:00 p.m.   Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will

Return to School Plan

Returning to School for the 2021-2022 Year

The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 is now available for review on the HCDSB website: The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 provides the protocols, guidelines and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year.  This plan was developed in consultation with Halton

September 1 and 2 PA Day Agenda

Agenda for Wednesday, September 1st and Thursday, September 2nd St. John CES “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 20:18) Wednesday Morning: Gather for welcoming remarks, staff introductions and Land Acknowledgement Staff Mass 9AM at St. John Church Health and Safety Protocols Wednesday Afternoon: Mental health and

Welcome Back Part 1

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”—Winnie the Pooh Welcome back to a new school year. It has certainly been a long time since we’ve been together but I am excited to welcome you all back in person and to have the sound of children

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe & 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

Weekly Update June 21

“So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.”  ~ Sean Junkins. WOW! We have made it to the final week of synchronous learning. It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the year. We have much to be grateful

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Weekly Update June 14

“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou It is hard to believe that we are down to the final two weeks of school! What an incredible year this has been. I have marvelled in wonder of the children in our care and


Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) to Host Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June. CPIC is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.  CPIC provides an opportunity for Catholic School Council members to network,

Monitoring Survey

How Are We Doing? HCDSB Seeking Input on Year 5 of the Strategic Plan

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

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love. On Sunday, a family was intentionally struck by a driver in his motor vehicle as they were walking along their neighbourhood in London, Ontario. They were targeted because of their Islamic faith.

We Are All Wonderfully Made

Weekly Update June 7

“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for

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Weekly Update May 31

“How cool is it that the same God, who created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at YOU and thought the world needed one of you too!” ~unknown Welcome to the month of June. It is hard to believe but we are in the final stretch of an extraordinary year! As we enter this new

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program.

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system.  Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses

We Are All Wonderfully Made

HCDSB Celebrates Pride Month

June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and

Weekly Update May 24

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there was only joy in the world.” ~ Helen Keller Congratulations to all for making it to the last week of May in what has been a most trying year. Your continued patience, dedication and flexibility are so appreciated by the staff of St. John.

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fifth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past few months, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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Join us for a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!

HCDSB is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools.  Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel. The information evening is open to all parents, students, and

Weekly Update May 17

“I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” ~Saint Teresa of Calcutta Thank you everyone for another great week. I am amazed at how smoothly this round of virtual school is going. I thank you all for your dedication, patience and motivation to

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

Weekly Update May 10

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” ~ Gilda Radner Thank you to everyone for all the “hope” you nurtured in your classes, our school, your friends’ and the community. It was amazing to see the rich

Staff Appreciation Day ~ May 7, 2021

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 7, 2021! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 5700+ employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

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Journeying Together ~ Annual Walk with Jesus

A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby. Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ! A Message from Father Con O’Mahony 

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to Host Speaker Series

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series to discuss inclusivity and diversity, and how to better support children with additional needs. SEAC’s mandate is to make recommendations to the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in matters affecting the establishment and development of Special Education programs and services

Catholic Education Nurturing Hope: May 2 - May 7, 2021

Nurturing Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 2 to May 7, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to inspire students to cultivate their faith; so that they may prosper in hope by our

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HCDSB Participates in Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.  The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week. Daily Mental Health Themes The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week: Monday: Naming Our Emotions

Weekly Update May 3

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~ Desmond Tutu Welcome to the month of May, Catholic Education Week and Mental Health awareness week. This last week has certainly shown us that our community, when challenged, can demonstrate hope, equity and love. Our theme for Catholic Education

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Rafeal Tejada who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Rafael Rafael embodies the values and teachings of

Weekly Update April 26

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. ~Helen Keller Welcome to the last week of April. Thank you to students, parents and staff for the smooth transition to online learning last week. Patience and understanding and a lot of muscle memory has allowed everyone to be up and

Weekly Update April 19th

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”~ Elizabeth Edwards Welcome back from Spring break and back to our virtual school platform. Like all I am saddened and frustrated by the challenges facing our province right now and look forward to a time when we

Provincial Announcement: All Schools Moving to Remote Learning After Spring Break

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here.  According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent is required from parents or guardians.   Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to: All students and their families All school staff and their household members All Child Care

Weekly Update April 5

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.– Mahatma Gandhi Luke 24:6-7: “He is not here; he has risen!” Happy Easter to all our families and welcome to the month of April.

Weekly Update March 29

“They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” ~John 12:13 We enter this most Holy Week with much gratitude for the opportunity to observe and celebrate together. Congratulations to our students that celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation

Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change. For the health and safety

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day – Wednesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 is School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! On School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, let’s show our gratitude for the people that ensure active and safe travel for students and families to and from our schools. Here are some ways we can show our appreciation year-round: Guard signals you to stop; all cyclists

Weekly Update March 22

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” ~Barbara De Angelis Welcome to the last full week of March. A huge thank you to everyone for making our March Madness week so amazing. We rock and rolled, we rocked

Weekly Update March 15

Lent is not a ritual. It is time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out.  It is the moment when, as the baptismal waters flow on every Easter Vigil altar, we return to the baptismal font of the heart to say yes once more

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