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Weekly Update – Sept 21 – 25, 2020

“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” ~ unknown

September Packages

The September packages with student verification information along with other pertinent information have been sent home. Please complete all forms and record ANY changes (phone numbers, emails, etc) and return NO LATER than Friday, September 25th.

Virtual Curriculum Night

This year, we will be hosting a virtual curriculum night. Each teacher will post their presentation on their D2L (Brightspace) site. D2L has been contracted by the Ontario Ministry of Education to provide a safe virtual learning environment for all Ontario school boards. Date and more information to follow.

Parents can access the Brightspace (D2L) Parent Portal by going to

  • The username is the email address that you have provided to your child’s school.
  • Click “forgot your password” to receive an email with a password reset link.
  • Once you have created a password you will be able to access the site and see all your children who are registered in an HCDSB school.
  • Clicking on your child’s name will enable you to see evidence of learning that has been shared by the teacher.
  • Brightspace for Parents will work on phones, tablets, and your desktop – so you can stay connected wherever you are.

Safe Arrival

The purpose of the Safe Arrival Program is to ensure that your child arrives safely at school. We appreciate your cooperation in calling the school to let us know if your child will not be attending or will be late.

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.

Student leaving during the day

We are requesting that parents limit the times a student will be leaving early during the day. Please notify the classroom teacher via email by 8:15 am stating the time your child is to meet you in the office area. Students leaving school outside of normal dismissal time should be picked up at the front doors to the school only. Students must inform the secretary when they are leaving.

Please be aware that students will not be allowed to leave the school without a note/email from the parent/guardian. In addition, the office must be aware if students are to be picked up by anyone other than the parent/guardian.

Catholic School Council

Our Catholic School Council is established for the purposes of developing, encouraging, and promoting activities which will enhance the quality of school programs and improve levels of student achievement. The Catholic School Council provides insight to the Principal, and where appropriate to the School Board, on issues outlined by the Ministry of Education and Training. You are invited to please consider a candidacy for the position of Parent Representative. In accordance with Ministry Regulations 612/613, the following timelines will be followed regarding Council elections:

Friday, September 25th: We invite you to consider nominating yourself or another parent candidate and submit the attached nomination form to the Principal. Should we receive less than 12 nominations, and candidates fulfill the requirements outlined in the regulations, they will be acclaimed and informed of the first meeting date.

Friday, October 2nd: The names of the Catholic School Council members will be announced via the school website.

Monday, October 5th:  This will be our first Virtual School Council Meeting. Please support your council by attending the regular meetings. Meeting dates will be posted in the weekly updates. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

Student Cell Phones

We understand that for safety reasons for walking home, some parents may wish to allow their children to carry a cell phone. If so, cell phones are NOT to be used during the school day and should be kept in their backpacks.

If you need to contact your child during the school day, please do so by contacting the office. If the occasion arises when it is necessary to send your child to school with a cell phone, the H.C.D.S. B. policy requires that these devices be silenced and securely stored out of sight during the school day.

Bus Notifications

Parents and guardians are encouraged to subscribe to receive bus route delay notification emails. To subscribe visit

Parking Etiquette

Thank you to all parents and guardians for following our parking lot expectations to keep staff, students and parents safe.  Please use the kiss and ride for quick drop-offs only and use the parking spaces when walking children to their gates.  Please ensure you do not block our handicap spaces as we have several parents who need to access these spaces. 

Student Insurance

Parents who wish to purchase additional insurance protection for their children in the case of an accident at school or while participating in non-school activities are encouraged to visit the Insure my Kids Protection Plan website at This is an optional offering for parents supported by the Halton Catholic District School Board.

St. Joseph Tips

All children are capable of working through challenges and coping with stress. When things go wrong, resilience is what helps you to cope and get through hard times. Sometimes it makes you even stronger than you were before. Parents can help kids build resilience and confront uncertainty by teaching them to solve problems independently. While the gut reaction of the parent might be to jump in and help so that the child avoids dealing with discomfort, this actually weakens resilience. Kids need to experience discomfort so that they can learn to work through it and develop their own problem-solving skills. Without this skill-set in place, kids will experience anxiety and shut down in the face of adversity. For more information visit

Snyder, SoniaWeekly Update – Sept 21 – 25, 2020