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School Update Nov 15 – 19

Remember the past with gratitude.  Live the present with enthusiasm.  Look forward to the future with confidence.

St. John Paull II

Everyday Counts

It is imperative that students attend school on a regular basis and on time. Students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend consistently.  Please make sure to continue with your positive daily routines to ensure that all students arrive on time and ready to learn for the day.

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be sent home electronically on November 24, 2021.  Virtual or telephone interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25 & 26, 2021. Please refer to an email shared earlier this week for more information and instructions on how to schedule interviews.

National Bullying Awareness Week and Spirit Day

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This year’s theme is Restore, Rebuild and Renew.

From November 15-19, 2021, 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. Throughout the week, students will participate in class activities exploring themes of kindness, self-awareness, inclusivity and empathy.

This Friday, November 19, 2021, students are invited to wear odd, colourful socks to celebrate what makes us all unique as we participate in our ODD SOCKS DAY Spirit Day.


Christmas Cards for the Canadian Armed Forces

While many of us are excited to spend time with family and loved ones at Christmas, many Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members deployed abroad will not be home with their families this holiday season. To help spread kindness and holiday cheer, students will be creating Christmas cards starting this Monday through Friday, December 10th that will be sent to members of our Canadian Armed Forces.   

Catholic School Council

Our virtual Catholic School Council meeting is scheduled to take place this Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 6:30pm. A TEAMS Meeting link will be sent to all council members.

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Keeping Christ in Christmas 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 Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

For more information, please click here.

Dressing for the Weather

With the fall season upon us, the weather can change drastically throughout the day. We recommend dressing your children in layers, to ensure that they have appropriate clothing to participate fully in all learning activities. This includes mittens, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants if necessary. Please ensure clothing items are clearly labelled in the event they are lost or misplaced. In addition to outdoor recess times, Physical Education classes along with additional outdoor learning periods continue to primarily take place outdoors. 

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding, the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

Coming Soon – Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census.

This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school, and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child.

For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Looking forward to working in partnership to ensure a safe and successful school year for all members of our St. Joseph School Community.

We continue to draw on our faith to guide us as we navigate these challenging times.

S. MacLeod

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