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School Update Nov 22– 26

Strong people stand up for themselves. The strongest people stand up for others.

Chris Garner

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning and Parent-Teacher Interviews

We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be sent home electronically this Wednesday, November 24th.  Virtual or telephone interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25th & 26th.  If you have not yet scheduled your interview, please refer to the email sent to families with instructions on how to obtain an appointment using the Parent Interview booking system.

Daily COVID Screening

Parents/guardians/students must complete the Ontario School Screening Tool each morning for each student before leaving for school.

Screening Tool:

Students only attend school if a “✅” is obtained.   Students with COVID-like symptoms or who receive an “X” indicating “Do not go to school” must remain home and isolate as instructed.

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 until Friday, December 10th that will be sent to members of our Canadian Armed Forces. 

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair – Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together. 

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from November 29th – December 5th.

Books will arrive in time for Christmas!!

Dressing for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived and temperatures can fluctuate 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.

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.

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

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:

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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MacLeod, StephanieSchool Update Nov 22– 26