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School Update Nov 8 – 12

Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world.

Roald Dahl

Daily Attendance

Punctuality affects a student’s academic performance, particularly if they consistently miss the same subject every morning.  Encouraging your child to arrive prior to our 9:00a.m. bell in order to avoid being late, promotes student success, keeps them informed of daily announcements shared and helps eliminate additional stress to the student during their school day.    

Parking Lot Safety Reminders

We continue to work in collaboration and appreciate everyone’s vigilance in observing all our parking lot safety procedures to keep our community safe at all times. Anyone accessing our parking lot is reminded to: NOT walk through parked buses as well as not drive/walk through the bus loading zone. We ask that everyone park only in designated areas (wheelchair-accessible parking spots: permit use only) and proceed with extreme caution while driving at a reduced speed. Please cross using our crosswalks and remain on sidewalks. Following these safety protocols ensure everyone remains safe at all times and allows all drivers to maintain visibility on pedestrians and safe passageways. 

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. 

Fall Back – Time Change

Time to reset our clocks! Daylight saving time is taking place this Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2:00a.m. where time will shift back to 1:00a.m. Remember to change your clocks before you go to bed.

Remembrance Day

On Thursday, November 11, 2021, in honour of those who served and continue to serve our country, we will participate in a virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy, led by Ms. Calderwood’s class. All students will receive a poppy to wear on that day. Students involved in Guides and/or Scouts/Cadets are welcome to wear their uniforms.

Poinsettia Sales

Back by popular demand, we are excited to offer the sale of Poinsettia Plants to our school community. Orders for plants will be taken in advance and paid through SchoolCashOnline only starting Friday, November 5th. The final day for orders will be Thursday, November 18th. Unfortunately, no late orders will be permitted. Contactless pick-up will take place, at the school, on Tuesday, November 30th between 4-6p.m. All profits from this sale will be used to support various student events taking place throughout the school year.

The following plants will be available for preorder :

  • 6” Red or White – $11.00
  • 8” Red or White – $17.00
  • 10” Red or White – $22.00

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24 – interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25 & 26. Interviews will be virtual this year. More information will be shared regarding interviews later next week.

Picture Retakes

We have received some inquiries regarding Picture Retake Day. We are finalizing dates with our photographer and no date has been set at this time. Once a date is confirmed, information will be communicated through our Weekly Update.

No Hate in Halton

We all have a responsibility to work towards eliminating hate. Through a collaborative approach involving the Halton Regional Police Service and community stakeholders, including the Halton Catholic District School Board, an anti-hate awareness campaign will be launched during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of this campaign will be:

  • Bring attention to the topic of eliminating hate motivated incidents
  • Encourage individuals to act by identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents
  • Continue to build a sense of community, respect and inclusion within schools.
  • Encourage students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within schools and support impacted individuals and families.
  • Reduce the stigma that is often associated with victims and remove any barriers to reporting hate-motivated incidents.

Catholic School Council

Our virtual Catholic School Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16, 2021, at 6:30pm. A TEAMS Meeting link will be sent to all council members.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021Reception 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

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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