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Week of June 14-18

Psalm 92: 1-4 and Mark 4:26-34 | Como Lake United Church
 It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”

Pride Awareness Day-June 14

As you know, June is the designated Pride Month in Canada, and throughout this month, we are joining the schools in our district in raising awareness, 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. On Monday, each class will participate in a short liturgy as part of their morning exercises to recognize this day.

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.

National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

For more information on Indigenous History Month, and to see what’s happening across our board, please visit the HCDSB website.

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Filipino Heritage Month

Ontario is home to over 337,000 people of Philippine origin. The Filipino community has contributed to all aspects of Ontario’s prosperity and diverse heritage for generations. The Province of Ontario recognizes the positive impact the Filipino Canadian community has made and continues to make in Ontario and throughout the rest of Canada and the world, as well as the countless economic contributions the Filipino community has made to Ontario for generations.

June is an important month for the Filipino community. Every year on June 12th, the Filipino community around the world celebrates Philippines Independence Day. Filipino Heritage Month in Ontario will provide all Ontarians, both today and in future generations, with an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich heritage and histories of the Filipino Canadian community. It will also give Ontarians an opportunity to reflect on the roles and contributions of Filipino Ontarians in communities across the province.

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School Mental Health Ontario – “With Care” Tip Sheet

How do you know if you should be concerned about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being? (Please note this Tip sheet is not a replacement for a consultation with a regulated Mental Health Professional but offers some guidance to parents/caregivers about how you might know when to access professional supports)

This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child or teen. For many children it has been a long time since they have seen their friends, participated in social and recreational activities, especially if they have continued to learn remotely. Mental health professionals, have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know? Do not forget you still know your child/teen best. You have the most important role to notice when your child is experiencing distress that can result in changes in their thoughts, their feelings or the way they behave. Check out this tip sheet – How Do You Know if You Should Be Concerned – https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tip-Sheet-How-Do-You-Know-If-You-Should-Be-Concerned.pdf

Mental Health & Well-Being | HCDSB Return to School

Gr. 6-8 Literacy & Numeracy Summer School 2021

HCDSB’s Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting registrations for Literacy and Math Summer School courses for students in Grades 6-8.

When is Summer School?
Summer school will begin on July 5, 2021 through July 30, 2021, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Like last year, both session 1 and 2 for the 2021 Summer School courses will be offered in a virtual/remote format.

Some important notes about summer school:

  • Each day, students will participate in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) lessons provided by their instructor.
  • Students cannot miss more than 3 days within one session, which is a total of 10 days.

It should be noted that participation in summer school is completely voluntary and is not a mandatory component of regular track programming.

Which Courses Will Be Offered This Summer?
For program details, please review the following information sheet: SEE ATTACHED

Register Now!

Online registration is available for our summer programs to help make the registration process more convenient for parents!

You may register your child for one or both sessions by following these instructions:

  1. Click HERE.
  2. Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
  3. Press the green button to ‘Create an accountor sign in with your existing account.

Once you have created an account, you will be able to log on with your username/email and password and complete the form.

The online form to register your child is due by Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Please be advised that all HCDSB student registration submissions must be approved by your child’s home School Principal before students can be officially enrolled in a summer school course.

Student E-mail Accounts and Parent Contact Information

Some important information for students and parents:

  • We are asking that parents encourage their children to become familiar with their Office 365 and Google accounts (logins and passwords).
  • Summer students will receive start-up instructions and will be able to access their D2L Brightspace courses through their Office 365 account.
  • Parents are also encouraged to update their contact information with their child’s home school to receive email communications from the Thomas Merton Centre.

Special Education Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+ and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills. The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT).

Youth Vaccination

Parents/Guardians of students in gr. 6-12, please refer to the attached document from Public Health re: Halton Region’s Youth Vaccination program.

Medical & Personal Student Belongings

An email will be sent to all families tomorrow with information for when you can pick up your son/daughter’s personal belongings and medications (ie. epi-pens, asthma inhalers, etc.). Stay tuned!

HCCF Golf Tournament

Being outside…check! Spending the day at the golf course…check! Helping HCDSB students & families in need…check! Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/ , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at clarema@hccf.ca, 905-802-0918.

HCCF Charity Golf Classic - Registration Now Open - Halton Catholic  Children's Foundation

Communication

As office staff will be working remotely whenever possible, secretaries will not always be available to answer school phones. If you need to contact any of our staff please use our email addresses.

  • Mrs. Pirruccio – Secretary: pirrucciom@hcdsb.org
  • Mrs. Babic – Vice Principal: babictr@hcdsb.org
  • Mrs. Choma – Principal: chomac@hcdsb.org

Communication with classroom teachers can continue to take place using previously arranged communication methods. Please note that teachers will be engaged in their virtual classroom during the instructional day and may not be able to respond immediately to inquiries. Please allow 24 hours for them to respond.

HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners

Help Desk | HCDSB Return to School

Important Upcoming Dates

Choma, CatherineWeek of June 14-18