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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

Week of February 24-28

Weekly Update #23 Monday February 24th – Friday February 28th, 2020 Celebrations I Read Canada   On Wednesday February 19th we celebrated ‘I Read Canada’! Our Librarian, Mrs. Sousa, and all of our teachers spent time sharing Canadian literature with students and celebrated the incredible talent of so many Canadian authors. A very special thank you

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

Week of February 17-21

Weekly Update #22 Monday February 17th – Friday February 21st, 2020 Celebrations Valentine’s Cake Raffle: Our annual Valentine’s Cake Raffle was a huge success! Thank you to Mrs. Tassone and Mrs. Moschella for volunteering their time with us. Thank you to all the families who brought in baked goods and who purchased raffle tickets. We

Update #7: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Fri., February 21, 2020

It was announced today that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers, as well as many education workers across the province, will participate in a one-day walkout. This walkout will include members of the following four education unions in Ontario: Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO); Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

Week of February 10-14

Weekly Update #21 Monday February 10th – Friday February 14th, 2020 Celebrations Class lessons and cast practices continue for Lion King Jr. This week our final group of classes has begun their lessons and the excitement is building throughout the school! At the beginning of March we will send home ticket information and order forms.

Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the HCDSB Alumni Award – and we’re looking for nominations! About the Award  The HCDSB Alumni Award has been created as part of the board’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, to recognize the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs). Beginning this year, and

Week of February 3-7

Weekly Update #20 Monday February 3rd – Friday February 7th, 2020 Celebrations Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations Medallion Recipients We congratulate the OCGE medallion recipients for the month of January! Michael Wade Author Visit We had the privilege of welcoming Michael Wade, the author of the ‘And Then It Happened’ series, to speak to our Grade

Update #6: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Tues., February 4, 2020​

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. As 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. This poses significant

Week of January 27-31

Weekly Update #19 Monday January 27th – Friday January 31st, 2020 Celebrations Grade 7 Confirmation Our Grade 7 classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday at St. Matthew Parish. We are very proud of these children as they mark a very important step in their faith journey. Please keep our Grade 7 students

Potential French Immersion Expansion & Boundary Changes

At the January 21st Board Meeting, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) Board of Trustees considered a motion to expand the French Immersion Program beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Trustees deferred making a decision until the February 18, 2020 Board Meeting, in order to allow time to share this information with all parents who

Week of January 20-24

Weekly Update #18 Monday January 20th – Friday January 24th, 2020 Celebrations Recognition Assembly We are so proud of our students and their involvement in the life of our school community in so many different ways! Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us on Monday morning for our Recognition Assembly.

Update #5: All HCDSB Schools CLOSED to Students on Tues. January 21, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, gave notice that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (strike) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that

We Are Excited to Welcome Your Child to Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

Update #4: OECTA Announces One-Day Strike on Tues. Jan 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers in Ontario, announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. We are currently gathering information and will follow up with parents and guardians as soon as we have more to share. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Week of January 13-17

  Weekly Update #17 Monday January 13th – Friday January 17th, 2020 Reminders/Information Confirmation Retreat On Saturday Jan. 11th (tomorrow!) our Grade 7 Students, along with one of their parents, will attend a Confirmation Retreat at St. Matthew Parish. The retreat begins at 3:00 p.m.  We know you and your child will enjoy this faith

UPDATE: OECTA Job Action Proceeds – All Schools Will Remain OPEN Jan. 13

We were notified yesterday afternoon that the provincial negotiations with OECTA were adjourned, with no further meeting dates scheduled at this time. As a result, OECTA is moving ahead with the job action across the province, beginning Monday, January 13, 2020. All schools will remain OPEN, teachers will report to work, and student instruction will

All Schools Will Remain OPEN on Jan. 13 if OECTA Job Action Proceeds

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, will begin ‘job action’ as of Monday, January 13, 2020, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. All schools will remain OPEN and student instruction will continue in our classrooms during this period of job action.

We Are Excited to Welcome Your Child to Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

School Uniform Provider ~ We Want Your Feedback!

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s (HCDSB) current contract with the sole uniform provider for our schools is expiring on December 31, 2020. Before moving ahead, we are seeking feedback from parents, students and staff on the desired characteristics of our next school uniform provider. This consultation is not intended to solicit comments that are

Week of January 6-10

Monday January 6th – Friday January 10th, 2020 We hope your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas! The gift of quality family time is precious and we trust you made the most of it! We hope that 2020 is a year filled with good health and happiness for you and your family! Reminders/Information Thank you to

HCDSB Schools NOT Affected by OSSTF Walk-out on Dec. 18/19

Our HCDSB schools are NOT affected by the potential OSSTF job action on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. None of our HCDSB staff are members of OSSTF. All ​​​HCDSB schools will be OPEN and school buses will be running, as scheduled.   At this time there is no pending labour disruption in our school board. If anything

Week of December 16-20

  Weekly Update #15 Monday December 16 – Friday December 20, 2019 Sunday marks the third week of Advent; we keep our eyes on Jesus and the JOY that we anticipate feeling when we celebrate His birth. JOY isn’t an emotion that comes and goes. Joy is something that comes from within, that we can

Week of December 9-13

Weekly Update #14 Monday December 9th – Friday December 13th, 2019 Celebrations The Giving Tree   Thank you for your generous donations to The Giving Tree in support of St. Matthew Parish! There are many families in our parish who will greatly appreciate the gifts and gift cards as they prepare for Christmas.  A big thank

OSSTF Job Action WILL NOT IMPACT HCDSB Schools

You may have recently read or seen in the news about the potential strike by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), which may take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. We are posting this message to let you know that schools and workplaces in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are NOT affected by

Week of December 2-6

Weekly Update #12 Monday December 2nd – Friday December 6th, 2019 Celebrations United Way ‘Paint the Town Red” The United Way financially supports a myriad of services within Halton Region. We are grateful for your donations this week – we raised approximately $450 through student and staff donations. Christmas Market Our Christmas Market was a

Week of November 25-29

  Weekly Update #12 Monday November 25th – Friday November 29th, 2019 Celebrations Parent-Teacher Interviews We thank you greatly for attending parent-teacher interviews this week to partner with your child’s teacher in helping them to meet with success! It is so important for us to work together in supporting the learning and development of your

We’re Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education at HCDSB!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board, and we are celebrating! Our school district was born in 1969, when the Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville school boards came together to form the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board. At the time of amalgamation, we had

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2019

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 17-23, 2019, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every

Week of November 18-22

  Weekly Update  Monday November 18th – Friday November 22nd, 2019 Celebrations: Remembrance Day Liturgy We had a solemn and moving liturgy on Remembrance Day to honour and remember all who gave their lives and made sacrifices so that we can live in a peaceful country. Thank you to the many parents who took time

Week of November 11-15

Monday November 11 – Friday November 14, 2019 Celebrations Dance-a-thon:  Thank you for your generous donations to this annual event. To date we have raised just over $ 5 000 with pledges still trickiling in.  These funds will be used towards the purchase of our new stage curtains.  It is never too late to send

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board will once again be running its Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 8 through December 2, 2019. Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas,

HCDSB Recognizes Indigenous Awareness Month

November is the designated Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). This month, and throughout the school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Indigenous Awareness Month is an opportunity to honour and recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and strength of present-day

Week of November 4-8

St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #9 Monday November 4th – Friday November 8th, 2019 Celebrations: Dance-a-Thon: Our Hallowe’en Dance-a-Thon was a huge success! The children loved dancing in their costumes with their friends while at the same time helping to raise funds for our school. We are grateful to all of our

Week of October 28-November 1

St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #8 Monday October 28th – Friday November 1st, 2019 Celebrations: School Mass: On Tuesday we travelled to St. Matthew Church for our first mass of the school year. It was a beautiful mass! Thank you to the students who participated in the mass and sang in the

Week of October 21-27

  St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #7 Monday October 21st – Friday October 25th, 2019 Celebrations: Dairy Farmers of Ontario visited our Kindergarten classes this week and made butter with our young learners. The children were able to taste the fruit of their efforts as they enjoyed the butter on a cracker!

Week of October 14-18

St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #6 Monday October 14th – Friday October 18th, 2019 Celebrations: We Scare Hunger: Our WE Team organized a very successful and important school-wide initiative called ‘We Scare Hunger’. As we have done for the past 6 years, we collected non-perishable food items to support people in our

Halloween Dance-a-Thon

Halloween Dance-a-Thon: Oct. 31, 2019 It’s that Spooky time of year and we have a scary lineup of activities for your favorite ‘FUN’RAISER – the Hallowe’en Dance-a-Thon which will take place on, Thursday, October 31st. Students will once again be able to come to school dressed in their Halloween costumes. This is our major fundraiser for the year

UPDATE: HCDSB Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7th!

A provincial agreement has been made with CUPE! All HCDSB schools will remain OPEN to students and will be operating as usual. Thank you for your patience & understanding. See our updates for more information: bit.ly/HCDSB-LabourUpdates

Week of October 7-11

St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #5 Monday October 7th – Friday October 11th, 2019 Celebrations: Outdoor Learning Experience: Our Grade 7 classes had 3 fabulous days of learning and community building at Camp Muskoka last week. We are very grateful to staff who took time away from their families to take our

Important Update: If CUPE Strike Proceeds, All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students

In the event of a full withdrawal of services by CUPE, schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7th, and for the duration of the strike.​ ​ We regret that this decision will pose some challenges for parents and guardians who may have to find childcare arrangements, however closing schools is the only way

Elementary School Cross Country Meets POSTPONED

The 2019-2020 Elementary School Cross Country Meets, originally scheduled to take place October 8, 9, and 10, 2019  will now take place on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. This decision was made after careful consideration, and in the interest of ensuring we can provide supervision to allow for maximum participation of students with all

Week of September 30 -October 4

St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #4 Monday September 30th – Friday October 4th, 2019 Celebrations: Terry Fox Walk: We joined schools across Canada by holding our Terry Fox Walk on Thursday Sept. 26th. The afternoon began with a lovely liturgy and very powerful video, followed by all of our students walking around

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 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

Week of September 23-27

St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #3 Monday September 23rd – Friday September 27th, 2019 Celebrations: WE Day: A group of Intermediate students attended WE Day at Scotiabank Centre on Thursday Sept. 19th. This powerful and inspirational day had quite an impact on our students and we look forward to the community-changing initiatives

Week of September 16-20

Good evening Parents/Guardians, Celebrations: School Liturgy: Father Allan and Mrs. Montague joined us on Thursday afternoon for our 2019-2020 school year opening liturgy. We are always grateful for our partnership of school, home and church! Father Allan spoke to the children of the importance of treating others the way we want to be treated, with

Week of September 9-13

St. John Paul II Catholic School Weekly Update #1 Monday September 9th – Friday September 13th, 2019 Celebrations: Awesome First Week: Thank you to our entire school community for a very smooth first week! Everyone has settled in to their new classes and just getting back into routine. We look forward to seeing you at

Reporting Your Child’s Absence with SafeArrival

Our school offers an automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival, provided through SchoolMessenger®. The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways: using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line at 1-844-445-4505 Click on the FAQ for more

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