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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

School Update – Nov 29, 2021

“To have Joy in your heart, one must know how to appreciate the small things in life” ~ Anonymous Joy Day Joy Day is an event initiated by our student Magic Makers. On Friday, December 3rd.  Students are invited to wear their favourite Christmas sweater and/or Red, White or Green colours. We look forward to

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

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,

School Update – Nov 22, 2021

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have” ~ Vince Lombardi Progress Reports Progress reports will be available on Wednesday, November 24th and our virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th.  All parent-teacher interviews will be held virtually. Fundraiser November is the Month of Giving which is a

Registration for Extended French ~ Opens December 1!

We are happy to announce that St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School will offer the Extended French Program for the 2022-2023 school year. The Extended French Program is an exciting, fast-paced, optional French program. Students must be entering Grade 5 in order to be eligible to participate in the Board’s Extended French Program. How to

School Update – Nov 15, 2021

Be Kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama 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

School Update – Nov 8, 2021

“To all veterans of all branches: Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. In short, thank you for your service! National Aboriginal Veterans day This November 8th is National Aboriginal Veterans Day, a day of remembrance and commemoration of the contributions of Indigenous veterans in the First

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

School Update – Nov 1, 2021

”Peace comes within the souls of men, when they realize their oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere… it is within each one of us.” ~ Chief Black Elk School Fundraiser November is the Month of Giving which is a perfect time to reflect and be thankful for what we have

School Update – October 25, 2021

“It’s important to remember that we all have MAGIC inside us” ~ J.K. Rowling Halloween Pumpkin Walk and Dance On Thursday, October 28th we will have our school Pumpkin Walk. Each class will decorate their own pumpkins. On Friday, October 29th, the students will participate in a Halloween Dance. Spirit Wear We are excited to

School Update – October 18, 2021

“Believing talents can be developed allows people to fulfill their potential” ~ Carol Doweck 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

St. Marguerite d’Youville Feast day

I have never lost confidence in our Heavenly Father. ~Saint Marguerite d’Youville St. Marguerite d’Youville was born in Quebec on October 15, 1701. She studied under the Ursulines and married Francois d’Youville in 1722. Her husband died in 1730 leaving her poor with six children. Four of her six children died in infancy. She educated her

School Update – Oct 11, 2021

“Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser Wishing all our St. Marguerite community family members a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.  We are grateful for all your support and trust.  A reminder that there is No school Monday, October 11th.  International Day of

School Update – October 4, 2021

“Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D Larson World Teachers Day On October 5th, 2021, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: leading in crisis, reimagining the future“. With learning to be an essential part

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 – Sept 27, 2021

“Every baby matters. Every child matters. Every kid matters. Every student matters. Every story matters.” ~ unknown National Day for Truth and Reconciliation The Canadian government designated September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Students are encouraged to wear an Orange T-shirt. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School

Weekly Update – Sept 20, 2021

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding” ~ A. Einstein International day of Peace Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. 2021 Theme: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world. Fox Sighting We seem to have a fox that enjoys

Weekly Update – Sept 13, 2021

“Follow your own star, it will guide both near and far” ~ Diwa International Dot Day September 15th is International dot day. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small

Smile Cookies to Support Oakville Students!

From September 13 – 19, all Smile Cookie purchases made at Tim Hortons locations in Oakville will directly support Food4Kids Halton! Food4Kids Halton currently supports more than 850 children in Halton by providing nutritious foods to ensure that children have access to healthy foods over the weekend and during the summer months. Smile Cookie purchases can be made

Welcome Back – weekly update Sept 1, 2021

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” ~ E. Roosevelt Welcome Back We are excited to welcome everyone to St. Marguerite’s school for the 2021-2022 year.  This is going to be a year filled with new learning, new adventures and new opportunities.  We are grateful to all the staff

PA Day – September 1 & 2, 2021

The Education Act provided by the Ministry of Education requires each school Board to establish a School Year Calendar, identifying instructional days, professional activity (P.A.) days and holidays for each school year. Regulation 304, “School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days”, made under the Education Act, requires school boards to prepare an agenda that lists the

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

Weekly Update June 28, 2021

Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be. Joel Osteen June 28 and June 28 Our Educators have prepared asynchronous learning activities for the children on June 28th and June 29th. There will be no live

Weekly Update June 21, 2021

The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7 New Principal for St. Marguerite d’Youville CEC As Mrs. Kelly Cascone Brown is retiring, the Board has announced the new St. Marguerite Principal for September 2021: Sonia Snyder. She joins our community after serving as Principal in Acton at St.

Weekly Update June 14, 2021

The strength of the family lies in its capacity to love and to teach how to love. Pope Francis St. Marguerite Catholic School Council After 16 years of dedicated service, we are saying goodbye to School Council Chair Lyn Hartman.  Lyn has contributed an enormous amount of time and energy to enriching student experiences at


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

Weekly Update June 7, 2021

It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love. It matters only that you love. John Lennon June is the designated Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, we will join other schools in our district in raising awareness, and nurturing our call to

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

Weekly Update May 31, 2021

Love of God and love of neighbour should be the two cornerstones of our lives. Pope Francis Student Attendance During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more

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

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 May 24, 2021

“An inclusive education finds a pace for all and does not select in an elitist way the beneficiaries of its efforts” Pope Francis Principal Cascone Brown announces to staff she is retiring!!! After 31 years in Education: 19 as a school principal Kelly Cascone Brown is retiring. The past 2 years at St. Marguerite d’Youville

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

Weekly Update May 17 2021

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. Sarah Ban Breathnach – Author Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre

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 May 10th 2021

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31 Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day. We honour and celebrate all our mothers – including our grandmothers, godmothers, new mothers, mothers-to-be, stepmothers, foster mothers, adoptive mothers and all those who care for us in motherly ways. We also pray for all mothers who

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 

Weekly Update May 3rd 2021

“But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans

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

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 Sarah Estaiffo who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Sarah Sarah consistently strives to go above and beyond academically

Weekly Update April 26th, 2021

Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta THANK YOU Thank you to our students, their parents, and our staff for ALL of your efforts and especially patience in a successful return to Remote Learning! We are grateful to all of our St.

Weekly Update April 19, 2021

Teacher-Led Remote Learning Begins for ALL Students On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here. Students who are currently enrolled in our Virtual School will resume their classes as per usual on Monday, April

Provincial Announcement: All Schools Moving to Remote Learning After Spring Break

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here.  According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as

Weekly Update April 12th 2021

Every child is a different kind of flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden. Shelly Anton Spring Break- April 12th – 16th Spring Break will take place from April 12th-16th, therefore school will be closed during that week. We hope our families and staff have time to relax and stay safe. Please remember

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent is required from parents or guardians.   Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to: All students and their families All school staff and their household members All Child Care

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