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World Religion Day

“The different religions, based on their respect for each human person as a creature called to be a child of God, contribute significantly to building fraternity and defending justice in society.” (Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti) The third Sunday in January is annually observed as World Religion Day. This year, it falls on Sunday, January 17, 2021.   World Religion Day was

Week of January 18-22

Faith & Well-Being Resources Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:  School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca. Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca​ for 24/7 support.  Faith & Well-Being Resources: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/ Teacher Absences There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other

Update! Advanced Kindergarten Registration

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

Week of January 11-15

We end Christmas Time with the celebration of the solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. We hear in the Gospel this week of Jesus’ baptism by his cousin John. Our Baptisms signify our initation, or welcome, into a relationship with God. Through his baptism, Jesus gave us an outward sign that he wanted to

Provincial Announcement: Teacher-Led Remote Learning Extends Until January 25, 2021

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Ontario government announced the extension of teacher-led remote learning until January 25, 2021 for elementary students. Secondary students will continue to participate in remote learning until January 25th. Read more in the online News Release. Expectations for Elementary Schools Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning between January 4-22, 2021.  Beginning

Accessing Your Online Learning Platform

Many students and families were having trouble accessing the log-in page to the online learning platforms on our new HCDSB website. The access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the HCDSB Learn at Home website here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/remote-learning-platforms/

Happy New Year! Week of January 4-8

We hope all of our families have had a blessed and healthy Christmas season and a restful break. As 2021 begins, we want to wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year and pray for the good health of our school community and for all those who continue to serve on the frontlines

All Schools Moving to Teacher-Led Remote Learning on January 4, 2021

On Monday, December 21, 2020, the Premier of Ontario announced that at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, our province will enter a period of additional public health restrictions and protocols to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Read the News Release here. One of these protocols is related to schools, and requires all publicly funded

Have a Blessed Christmas Season!

Advent On the brink of Jesus’ coming into the world, we anticipate, yet try to remain grounded in this present moment. Let us not neglect the gift of this very time and place; our waiting, our joy, our expecting; these are gifts! May we embrace them and reverence the goodness of this moment. Just as

Week of December 14-18

Advent Today 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 draw from even when times are challenging or sad. We are

Register Your Child for 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

Week of December 7 – 11

Advent During the second week of Advent, we light two purple candles to symbolize the peace of God that we welcome into our hearts this season. The Advent wreath reminds us to celebrate our faith and to practice it deliberately. Our faith is nothing short of a gift, instilled in us by a loving God

Change to Learning Environment Request Form Now OPEN

The Change to Learning Environment Request Form is now OPEN. Request to Change Learning Environment  If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form. Important notes before you complete the online form:  You are asked to submit a separate form for each child.  You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request.

Donate to Halton Food for Thought this Holiday Season

As you may know, many HCDSB schools offer Student Nutrition Programs in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT). To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff this school year, HFFT has been providing Grab & Go Healthy Food Boxes to participating HCDSB schools, filled with pre-packaged, nutritious snacks. Now more than ever,

Week of November 30 – December 4

Advent The Advent season is filled with preparation and expectation. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, let us strive to keep Advent a season of waiting and longing, of conversion and hope, meditating often on the incredible love and humility of our God in taking on flesh of the Virgin

HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) on Thursday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 30 – December 4, 2020). Over the week, HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities to raise awareness, and support the rights and significant contributions of persons

Week of November 23-27

Parent-Teacher Interviews Just a reminder that virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 26th from 3:30 – 8:00 pm and Friday, November 27th from 8:45 am – 2:15 pm. The online scheduling tool is now closed. If you have not scheduled an interview with your child’s teacher(s) please contact them directly to do so. Lockers All

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2020

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 15-21, 2020, 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, we

Week of November 16-20

Kindness is Contagious! The week of November 16th is designated in Ontario as Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week.  Our goal as a school is to continue nurturing a positive school climate, promote respect and acceptance, develop empathy, and encourage a truly inclusive environment, one that works to fight against bullying all year long.   Throughout the

Week of November 9-13

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

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 26 to November 20, 2020 marks Cyber Awareness Month. The four-week K-12 campaign, led by The Educational Computing Network of Ontario (ECNO)​ raises awareness of the new educational realities of teaching, learning and connecting that students, parents and staff have experienced this past year. This awareness month emphasizes how we can all do our part to protect against cyber

Week of November 2-6

Thank you! A very big thank you to our school community for your generous donations to make our school fundraiser a success! We raised just over $7500 which will be put toward the purchase of program materials such as technology, gym equipment, games, Kindergarten yard upgrades, and more! We loved seeing our staff and students

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Wednesday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express

Week of October 26-30

Curriculum Night Thank you to all of our parents who joined us for our virtual curriculum night presentations. As always, if you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher via email of phone. A very special THANK YOU to all of our families who have gone online and already participated in our School’s Fundraiser this year! We

Week of October 19-23

Curriculum Night On Thursday October 22nd, we will be hosting a Virtual Curriculum Night. Teachers will offer 2 sessions for you to attend: 6:00pm and 6:45pm. Their presentations will be posted ahead of time for you to peruse on their Virtual Learning Platform (by October 21st). A Teams meeting invitation will be sent to all

Week of October 12-16

Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing all of our St. John Paul II families a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. We are grateful for all of you and pray for your good health and happiness. A reminder that Monday is a holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone after a restful long weekend on Tuesday. Catholic School Council On

Week of October 5-9

Terry Fox Walk We joined schools across Canada by holding our Terry Fox Walk on Thursday. The morning began with a lovely liturgy followed by all of our staff and students ‘dipping their toe’ into the Atlantic Ocean and then travelling across Canada as Terry did on his Marathon on Hope to raise funds for

Hispanic Heritage Month

October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario. The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic! Each year, during the month of

HCDSB Celebrates Islamic History Month

In 2007, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed October as Canadian Islamic History Month in recognition of the significant contributions the Muslim community has made to Canadian society. Muslim-Canadians contribute to the prosperity and heritage of our country through their outstanding achievements in many fields, including literature, mathematics, science, sports and the arts. Islamic History Month gives

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 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 Sept. 28-Oct. 2

Orange Shirt Day On Wednesday, September 30, all staff and students are invited to participate in “Orange Shirt Day”. On this day, we wear an “Orange Shirt”, as a way to come together, and discuss all aspects of residential schools in Canada, and the legacy they left behind. Since “Orange Shirt Day” began in 2013,

Week of September 21-25

Thank you to our entire school community for a another great week! We have put together a short little video for you to catch a glimpse inside our school: https://youtu.be/Yo9EQKfmFc0 Arrival and Dismissal Thank you to all of our families who have been following the arrival and dismissal procedures that have been outlined. We ask

Week of September 14-18

Thank you to our entire school community for a very smooth first week! Students were able to settle in to their new classes and adjust to a ‘new’ normal at school. They were extremely diligent in washing and sanitizing their hands and everyone did a great job wearing their masks. We look forward to seeing

Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

To help ease the transition for our students, and ensure a safe and healthy return for all, the first day of school will be delayed, and we will be implementing a gradual (staggered) return to class for our elementary students, beginning Wednesday, September 9th. All students in Grades 1-8 will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

Return to School Plan & Survey Now OPEN

The Return to School Plan is now available for review on HCDSB’s Return to School website: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-ReturntoSchool. Please note that information and updates will continue to be added to this website as they become available.  Parents may also find it helpful to review the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school. NEW UPDATE: At the Special Board Meeting held

Ministry of Education Releases Guide for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that all elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will return to school in September, 2020.  This means in-class instruction with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Multiple strategies will be employed to ensure our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, including: Self screening  Adapted school

HCDSB Online Student Registration

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

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

Week of June 22-26

As the school year draws to a close we would like to thank you for your on- going participation and support of your child and our teachers as we complete our final week of Distance Learning. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a safe and wonderful summer. Congratulations

Distribution of Report Cards

Distribution of Report Cards This year, in light of the school closures due to COVID-19, student report cards will be delivered electronically. The report cards will be delivered directly to parents and guardians by email on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.  Parents and guardians will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report

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

June 15-June 19

As we complete week ten of Distance Learning we would like to thank you for supporting your child and our teaching staff here at SJPII. This has been a time of learning for all of us and we are grateful for your patience and perseverance during these unique circumstances. We will celebrate our Grade 8

Week of June 8-12

Thank you for your continued patience as we complete week nine of Distance Learning. Pick Up of Student Belongings The HCDSB has completed the Elementary School Curbside Access for Student Belongings Protocol for Parents/Guardians – found below. Details for family pick up times and information will be emailed separately in school messenger. Please note that

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),

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