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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 22

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” ~Author Unknown Happy Father’s Day to all the great dad’s, stepdad’s and grandfathers in our St. John Community. May your day be blessed with peace and love. Well

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

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier Well we are in the final stretch. We only have 2 more weeks and then this historic year will come to an end. I cannot thank everyone enough for their patience, their support, their “stick with it, even when

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

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

Celebrating Filipino, Italian & Portuguese Heritage Month

June is Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Heritage Month in Canada. This month is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural life of our country. Canada is home to many people of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese descent. These communities add to the

National AccessAbility Week – May 31 – June 6, 2020

May 31 to June 6, 2020 is National AccessAbility Week in Canada.​ National AccessAbility Week​ is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities. This week, we also recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that work to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. At the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB),

Weekly Update June 1

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” ~ Andrew Iskander Welcome to June! I want to thank everyone for their patience and dedication as we have maneuvered our way through distance learning. None of us could have predicted the year we have had but

Weekly Update May 25

“You may not always know the best way in the beginning, but if you keep trying, you’ll quickly learn to tell when you’re on track.” ~Melody Beattie Welcome to the last week of May. It is certainly hard to believe that we are officially entering the last 5 weeks of school. I think I speak

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until the End of the School Year

On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the school year. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

Weekly Update May 18

“I AM NOT AFRAID OF STORMS, FOR I AM LEARNING HOW TO SAIL MY SHIP.” Louisa May Alcott Welcome to week 10 of our new normal! Thank you to all that sent in their Jersey pictures on Friday. It is certainly hard to believe that at this time last year we were having lots of

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 Abby Corbett who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Abby Abby is a conscientious student who demonstrates

Weekly Update May 11

“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.’” ~Luke 1:46-48 Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms, grandmothers and care givers in our community.

Staff Appreciation Day – May 8, 2020

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 8, 2020! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 4800 employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

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

Mental Health Week 2020 ~ Practicing Self-Care

May 4-10, 2020 is the designated Mental Health Week in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is joining organizations across the country to raise awareness about mental health. While supporting mental health is always a priority for us, this year Mental Health Week takes on a special significance in light of the current COVID-19

Igniting Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 3 to May 8, 2020, 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 Igniting Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to spread

Weekly Update May 4

“All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful, brings us to God.” ~ Pope Francis Welcome to May! I would like to thank you all for your continued patience and commitment to “distance learning”. Please know that I recognize the challenges and am here to support you. Please email should you

You’re Invited to OAPCE’s Virtual Parent Summit!

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is holding a Virtual Parent Summit on Saturday, May 9, 2020! The event will engage the community, advocate, and enhance Catholic Education in Ontario. Guest speakers include Sara Westbrook, Robert Gallo, Paul Davis and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. All parents with children attending a Catholic school in Ontario are welcome to participate

All Schools Will Remain CLOSED Until At Least May 31, 2020

On April 26th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until at least May 31, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of

Weekly Update April 27

“Take a break. Move around. Learn to change your perspective. Maybe you don’t need to change what you’re looking at. You just need to change where you stand.” ~Melody Beattie Welcome to a new week, our 6th week since we were last together. It is hard to believe that so much time has passed! I

Weekly Update April 17

“Be patient. Be gentle. Let yourself learn to hear the gentle and trustworthy words of your heart.” ~Melody Beattie  Well we have made it to the end of another week. We have embarked on a journey together that has many unknowns and is uncomfortable for many, but I want to applaud you all for showing

An Easter Message from the Chair of our Board

To Our HCDSB family,  As Catholics, Holy Week is a marked time of renewal and hope, typically pronounced by the physical church as a visible social institution where our clergy are able to tend to us. During these unprecedented times of a pandemic which has led to schools and churches being closed, social distancing, isolation from family, friends and co-workers, our priests are having to find new ways to connect so that we may

Weekly Update April 9

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ~Pope John Paul II It’s hard to believe but we have come to the end of our first week of distance learning. The goal this week was to welcome everyone into the virtual classroom and re-establish the connection between

Holy Week at Home

Families are invited to participate in the rituals and spirit of Holy Week at home. View the following Holy Week at Home resources for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

Part 1 of Kindergarten Registration Available Online!

Although schools are closed, we are still accepting Kindergarten registrations online! When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2020, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2020. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December

Access to Student Learning Platforms

At HCDSB, we support the use of the following online learning platforms:  D2L Google for Education Microsoft Office 365​​ Your child’s teacher will use one of the above platforms to provide instruction. Visit the website links above to access your child’s online learning and for more information about each platform. If your child needs assistance

Weekly Update April 3

May the Lord always give us hope for the future and the strength to keep going.” ~Pope Francis As we embark on this new journey in education together, I thought it would be helpful to return to one part of our normal and provide a weekly update. First, I want to extend a very big

Televised Sunday Mass with Bishop Crosby

Each week, the Diocese of Hamilton will be televising Sunday Mass live from the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Tune in live each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on Cable 14 or watch the rerun at 1:00 p.m. on CHCH TV. For more information about televised Masses, and to see a list of online Mass

Updated: Food & Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most. Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register. For more information about additional food services and

Tuesday Update

“Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Good evening St. John Families. I chose the quote above as a guide for this new phase of learning we are entering. It’s important right now that in all the uncertainty we take time to realize the only

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until Friday, May 1, 2020

On March 31st, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until Friday, May 1, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

Food Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most. Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register. For more information

Digital Learning Resources

The following are links to a variety of digital resources for students and families to access during this period of school closure due to COVID-19. These resources are not intended to replace the curriculum which students would have been receiving if they had been back in school. They are intended to help keep students engaged as

OAPCE Parent Summit & Annual General Meeting – Postponed

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education’s (OAPCE) Parent Summit and Annual General Meeting originally scheduled on Saturday, May 2, 2020 has been POSTPONED to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Co-hosted by the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, the meeting will serve as

Learning Resources Released by Ministry of Education

On Friday, March 20th, the Ministry of Education released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practice math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.   The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home.

Letter to Parents from Minister of Education

On March 22, 2020, the Minister of Education shared a letter with Ontario parents and guardians. Read the letter from Minister Lecce here.​  In his letter, Minister Lecce notes that while at this time the school closures are in effect until April 6, 2020, the Ministry is preparing in the event that the closures need to be

Learning Resources Released by Ministry of Education

On Friday, March 20th, the Ministry of Education released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practice math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.   The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home.

OECTA Reaches Tentative Collective Agreement

We have received notice that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As OECTA represents all elementary and secondary teachers in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), this means that all job action (withdrawal of services) has been suspended. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Weekly Update March 9

“Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?” ~Ven. Fulton Sheen Welcome to the second week of March and the week before March break begins. This will be the last weekly update

Weekly Update March 2

“Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault- finding or finger-pointing but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store.” ~N.T. Wright Welcome to March. A special thank you to all

Update #10: All HCDSB Schools Will Be CLOSED to Students on Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (walkout) on Thursday, March 5, 2020. OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers. A full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms, posing significant

Update #9: Update! All HCDSB Schools will be OPEN to Students on Tues., February 25, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that the potential one-day, full withdrawal of services (walkout) in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 has been CANCELLED. All HCDSB schools will be OPEN to students on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. OECTA has announced that the series of rotating strikes across the province

Weekly Update February 24

“This is our responsibility, following in St Paul’s footsteps, a further reason for living Lent fully: in order to bear a witness of faith lived to a world in difficulty in need of returning to God, in need of conversion.” ~Pope Benedict XVI Welcome to the last week of February. This week marks the beginning

Update #8: OECTA Announces Potential Walkout – Tuesday, February 25​

It was announced today that OECTA will move to a series of rotating strikes across the province next week, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. This means that OECTA will potentially hold a one-day, full withdrawal of services in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, unless a strike is averted. OECTA represents all of our

Weekly Update February 17

“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith.” ~Pope

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