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Week of November 9-13

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Indigenous Awareness Month

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is pleased to honour and celebrate the contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada during Indigenous Education Awareness Month in November.

The events and activities across HCDSB recognize Indigenous perspectives, cultures, and the entwined histories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.​​​​​​​

For more information on the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Indigenous education, please visit our
First Nation, Métis, Inuit Education page.

I Have A Voice!

Throughout the month of November, we will focus on what it means to be an effective communicator.

Remembrance Day

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020 we will have our Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy at 10:40 am. Special thanks to Ms. Mercanti’s class for leading this special celebration.

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Have you ordered you SJPII Spirit Wear yet?

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This year, in an effort to promote community during a time when we cannot gather, we are offering families an opportunity to purchase SJPII spirit wear. Please check out the attached flyer for more information. Orders can be placed at:

Orders purchased by November 19th will arrive in time for Christmas and will make great gifts for your kids! St.-John-Paul-II-Spirit-Wear-FlyerDownload

French Immersion & Extended French Programs

If your child is currently in Year 2 in Kindergarten and you are interested in the French Immersion program (which begins in Grade 1), the online registration process begins Monday, November 9, 2020 and will be open for two weeks. This is also the same window for registration if you have a child in Grade 4 and you are interested in the Extended French program (which begins in Grade 5).

The link to online registration will be available on the home page of the Board’s website ( during this time period.

Please note that you will require your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to complete the online registration form. Your child’s OEN can be found on a recent report card.

Student enrolment in the Extended French program is determined through a random selection (lottery) process.

*Please note that only one registration per student (OEN) will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED.

Virtual Book Fair

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place onMonday, November 16 – Friday, November 27.

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link: 

Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

  • SAVE it to your browser
  • WATCH videos of popular new titles
  • PREVIEW our Featured Books

Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!

Happy reading!

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COVID-19 School Screening Tool

Yesterday, the Ontario government released changes to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool used to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children.

The guidelines continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads, and how it affects children and adults in different ways.

The updated screening tool offers a more comprehensive checklist of the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

The online COVID-19 Screening Tool will be updated soon to include these new revisions.

In the meantime, you are asked to keep screening your children for COVID-19 each day using the updated guidelines in the link below:

October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure all protocols are in place and followed in each of our schools.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to keep our school community healthy and safe for all.

Important Upcoming Dates

International Holocaust Awareness Day
Jan 27 all day
Bell Let’s Talk Day
Jan 28 all day
Beach Day
Jan 29 all day
Catholic School Council 6 pm
Feb 1 all day
First Communion Celebrations for grade 2’s
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
First Communion Celebrations for grade 2’s
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Communion Celebrations for grade 2’s
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Communion Celebrations for grade 2’s
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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