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School Update Nov 29– Dec 3

Advent is a time of waiting for our Lord, who will visit us all in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him! Pope Francis The Season of Advent This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year in the

HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities 2021

Students and staff from the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 29 – December 3, 2021). HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities next week to raise awareness, and support the rights and

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program 5-11 year olds

COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds

Calling all Halton Heroes! First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine

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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

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2021

November 21-27, 2021 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario, and 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 work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all,

Apply to the HCDSB 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

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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

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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

Keeping Christ in Christmas

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 Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and

Student Census 2022

Coming Soon! February 28, 2022 The Student Census 2022 will be implemented February 28 and April 4, 2022 (inclusive). All students will be invited to complete the Student Census on a voluntary basis, as follows: Kindergarten – Grade 8To be completed by parents and guardians Why is it important to collect identify-based information? Identity-based data

Weekly Update

School Update November 1 – 5

New month, new day, new date, new chapter, new page, new wishes! Welcome November! Unknown Welcome Back! A warm welcome to Mrs. Brooks, who returns from her maternity leave this Wednesday, November 3rd. Mrs. Brooks, who will be teaching Grade 3 brings a wealth of experience and is excited to rejoin our St. Joseph School

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School Update October 25 – October 29

Autumn is like a second spring, where every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus We would like to thank our St. Joseph community for their generosity in supporting our Terry Fox Walk and our Thanksgiving Food Drive. We were truly overwhelmed by all the donations! We are proud to announce that together we donated 994 pounds

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School Update October 18 – October 22

In October, a maple tree before your window lights up a room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom. John Burroughs Canadian Library Workers Day – Friday, October 15th A world of thanks to our outstanding Library Technician, Mrs. La Selva, for her ongoing investment in supporting

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School Update October 11-15, 2021

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward We wish all of our St. Joseph families a very blessed Thanksgiving. We are grateful for all your support and partnership throughout the year. Together we thank God for the many blessings He has

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School Update October 4 – 8, 2021

The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us. James E. Faust World Teacher Day – Tuesday, October 5, 2021 The theme of this year’s World Teachers’ Day is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teachers’ day in respect of

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School Update – Sept 27-Oct 1, 2021

Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters. Kailash Satyarthi If Your Child Feels Unwell at School Based upon the current directives from Halton Public Health (as of September 24, 2021), should your child experience or report any of the following symptoms while at school, we are required to contact you

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day ~ September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 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

Weekly Update

School Update- Sept 20-24, 2021

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is process, working together is success. Henry Ford A warm welcome to Ms. Saenz-Molina, our newest member of the St. Joseph School Community, who will be teaching our Grade 2/3 class this year. Ms. Saenz-Molina brings a wealth of experience and is excited to work in partnership with

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School Update- Sept 13-17, 2021

The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato Thank You! What an amazing first week back! It was incredible to welcome all our students and feel the excitement in the air! Thank you to all members of our amazing St. Joseph School Community for their continued support and patience as we work

Family Information – Electronic Consent Form

Dear Parents and Guardians, As you know, at the beginning of each school year, parents and guardians are asked to complete a hardcopy information/consent form for each child enrolled in our school. Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online. Complete the Family Information/Consent

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School Update- Sept 7-10, 2021

And suddenly you just know it is time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. Unknown Welcome Back! As we prepare for this new beginning, we are excited to welcome new and returning St. Joseph families! We hope you have all enjoyed a safe and relaxing summer with loved ones. Staff are

Class Lists

Class Lists Available Friday, September 3rd

We are currently finalizing elementary class placements and making adjustments based on new registrations that have come in over the summer. Final placements will be available on Friday, September 3rd after 3:00 p.m.   Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will

Return to School Plan

Returning to School for the 2021-2022 Year

The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 is now available for review on the HCDSB website: The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 provides the protocols, guidelines and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year.  This plan was developed in consultation with Halton

Dr. Meghani

Webinar: Preparing for a Safe & Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Goodbye from Mrs. Snyder

“The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them” ~proverb There is a lovely saying that “it takes a village to raise a child”.  I have been proud to have been part of your village for the past few years. Although I have the sad task of saying goodbye

Weekly Update

School Update – June 28th, 2021

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.” ~Matthew 24:32 St. Joseph Tips We would like to thank all of you for a wonderful year working together for the success of all students.  We wish all of

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School Update – June 21-25, 2021

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports” ~ Chief Seattle Indigenous People’s Day Graduation – Grade 8 We will celebrate and acknowledge our grade 8 graduates, with a drive-through graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 24, 2021. All families

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School Update – June 14 – 18, 2021

“The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him” ~ Proverbs 20:7 Indigenous Storytelling HCDSB Pride Awareness Day June 14 is #HCDSBPride Awareness Day. Today, and every day, let us celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and work to ensure every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued and respected. #WeAllBelong #WonderfullyMade


Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) to Host Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June. CPIC is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.  CPIC provides an opportunity for Catholic School Council members to network,

Monitoring Survey

How Are We Doing? HCDSB Seeking Input on Year 5 of the Strategic Plan

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

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love. On Sunday, a family was intentionally struck by a driver in his motor vehicle as they were walking along their neighbourhood in London, Ontario. They were targeted because of their Islamic faith.

Weekly Update

School Update – June 7-11, 2021

“I think what drives us is the love we have, of the land, of the people, of the traditions, the way people speak. It brings people home.” ~ Alanis Obomsawim Family Paint Night Join @IndigenousHCDSB on June 9th for another virtual family paint night with Moses Lunham! The theme of this paint night is “Strawberry

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program.

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system.  Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses

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School Update – May 31 – June 4, 2021

“Let us Love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God” ~ 1 John 4:7 Indigenous Awareness Month In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. Throughout the month, students will have an opportunity

We Are All Wonderfully Made

HCDSB Celebrates Pride Month

June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and

Weekly Update

School Update – May 24 – 28, 2021

God our Father, may we always profit by the prayers of the Virgin Mother Mary, for you bring us life and salvation through Jesus Christ her Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Victoria Day – May 24th A reminder that Monday, May 24th is

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fifth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past few months, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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Join us for a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!

HCDSB is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools.  Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel. The information evening is open to all parents, students, and

Weekly Update

School Update – May 17-21, 2021

“The way we see the world, shapes the way we treat it” ~ David Suzuki FAITH AND WELL-BEING Recognizing that the extension of remote learning can create additional burdens on our families and staff.  Together we can persevere and overcome any obstacles. Thank you to essential works, families, community members, staff and students for everything.

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

Weekly Update

School Update – May 10 – 14, 2021

“May your week be filled with good thoughts, kind people and happy moments” ~unknown Happy Mothers Day Dress Loud Day May is Speech & Language Awareness Month and we’ll be celebrating Dress Loud Day… ALL month long!  Calling all VOICE Members and families! You can participate in Dress Loud Day… from the comfort of your

Staff Appreciation Day ~ May 7, 2021

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 7, 2021! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 5700+ employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

Journeying Together in Jesus

Journeying Together ~ Annual Walk with Jesus

A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby. Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ! A Message from Father Con O’Mahony 

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to Host Speaker Series

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series to discuss inclusivity and diversity, and how to better support children with additional needs. SEAC’s mandate is to make recommendations to the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in matters affecting the establishment and development of Special Education programs and services

Catholic Education Nurturing Hope: May 2 - May 7, 2021

Nurturing Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 2 to May 7, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to inspire students to cultivate their faith; so that they may prosper in hope by our

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HCDSB Participates in Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.  The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week. Daily Mental Health Themes The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week: Monday: Naming Our Emotions

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School Update – May 3 – 7, 2021

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into realitiy” ~ J. Salk Catholic Education Week The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021 is “Nurturing Hope and will be celebrated during the week of May 2 – May 7. Our school will be participating in a

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

Student Awards of Excellence

HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Justine Somers who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Justine Justine is a kind, hard-working and

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