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Weekly Update February 17, 2020

WEEKLY UPDATE FEBRUARY 17, 2020 Family Day Holiday Monday February 17 Enjoy the long weekend, school resumes Tuesday February 18. Report Cards Term 1 Report cards go home on: Wednesday February 19 for all students. We encourage you to use them as an opportunity to have conversations with your children about their learning and interests.

Update #7: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Fri., February 21, 2020

It was announced today that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers, as well as many education workers across the province, will participate in a one-day walkout. This walkout will include members of the following four education unions in Ontario: Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO); Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

Weekly Update February 10, 2020

Weekly Update February 10, 2020 TECHNOLOGY VALENTINE DANCE FUNDRAISER IN FULL SWING Thank you to those families that have sent their donations in. Fundraiser forms are due Monday February 10, 2020. We will accept late forms. Keep in mind, this is our ONLY major fundraiser this year. All of these monies will go to buy

Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the HCDSB Alumni Award – and we’re looking for nominations! About the Award  The HCDSB Alumni Award has been created as part of the board’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, to recognize the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs). Beginning this year, and

Weekly Update February 3, 2020

WEEKLY UPDATE February 3, 2020 TECHNOLOGY FUNDRAISER It has been several years since we have had a major technology purchase. It is time to update our school hardware. We would like to earmark this fundraiser to purchase as many devices for student use that we can. We have set $10,000 as a goal and we

Update #6: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Tues., February 4, 2020​

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms. This poses significant

Potential French Immersion Expansion & Boundary Changes

At the January 21st Board Meeting, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) Board of Trustees considered a motion to expand the French Immersion Program beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Trustees deferred making a decision until the February 18, 2020 Board Meeting, in order to allow time to share this information with all parents who

Weekly Update January 27, 2020

UPDATE: January 27, 2020 “Take Delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” PSALM 37.4 MADD PRESENTATIONS MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) will be presenting to grade 7 and 8 students on Tuesday January 28 at 1:30. This poignant presentation based on true accounts helps to raise the awareness

Update #5: All HCDSB Schools CLOSED to Students on Tues. January 21, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, gave notice that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (strike) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that

We Are Excited to Welcome Your Child to Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

Weekly Update January 20, 2020

            Weekly Update January 20, 2020 “You LORD, give true peace to those who depend on you.” Isaiah 26:3 Job Action UPDATE OECTA, representing Catholic teachers across the province has given notice that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (strike) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. All

Update #4: OECTA Announces One-Day Strike on Tues. Jan 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers in Ontario, announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. We are currently gathering information and will follow up with parents and guardians as soon as we have more to share. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

UPDATE: OECTA Job Action Proceeds – All Schools Will Remain OPEN Jan. 13

We were notified yesterday afternoon that the provincial negotiations with OECTA were adjourned, with no further meeting dates scheduled at this time. As a result, OECTA is moving ahead with the job action across the province, beginning Monday, January 13, 2020. All schools will remain OPEN, teachers will report to work, and student instruction will

All Schools Will Remain OPEN on Jan. 13 if OECTA Job Action Proceeds

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, will begin ‘job action’ as of Monday, January 13, 2020, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. All schools will remain OPEN and student instruction will continue in our classrooms during this period of job action.

We Are Excited to Welcome Your Child to Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

School Uniform Provider ~ We Want Your Feedback!

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s (HCDSB) current contract with the sole uniform provider for our schools is expiring on December 31, 2020. Before moving ahead, we are seeking feedback from parents, students and staff on the desired characteristics of our next school uniform provider. This consultation is not intended to solicit comments that are

Weekly Update January 13

Weekly Update January 13, 2020 “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.”  Psalm 65:11 Cold Weather and Indoor Supervision   As is often the case in Southern Ontario, the weather is very unpredictable. Please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. As per our Board’s Administrative Procedure VI-39,

HCDSB Schools NOT Affected by OSSTF Walk-out on Dec. 18/19

Our HCDSB schools are NOT affected by the potential OSSTF job action on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. None of our HCDSB staff are members of OSSTF. All ​​​HCDSB schools will be OPEN and school buses will be running, as scheduled.   At this time there is no pending labour disruption in our school board. If anything

Weekly Update for January 6

JANUARY 9, 2020 We hope that you had a you had a restful New Year and celebrated the birth of the Lord with your family. We look forward to a fulfilling and rewarding new year achieving all of our goals as a Catholic School Community.   School Council Council members will meet on Monday January

Weekly Update December 16

WEEKLY UPDATE DECEMBER 16, 2019 ADVENT WEEK THREE: JOY This third week of Advent, let us remember that the good news of Jesus’ birth has the power to bring us great joy this Christmas season. Our joy isn’t dependent on what is going on in our life, in our world, or the people that we

OSSTF Job Action WILL NOT IMPACT HCDSB Schools

You may have recently read or seen in the news about the potential strike by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), which may take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. We are posting this message to let you know that schools and workplaces in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are NOT affected by

Weekly Update December 9

Weekly Update December 9, 2019 ADVENT On Friday December 6 our school gathered for an Advent Mass in our Gym led by Father and our Grade five classes and Choir. It is the season of expectant waiting, hopeful anticipation, and cheerful preparation! To learn more, watch this short video from Busted Halo.   SSVDP ANGEL

Weekly Update December 2-6

Weekly Update Dec 2-6 Primary Christmas Sing-a-long Save the Date!!! On December 19 at 1:00pm we invite parents to come and join us for some Christmas Caroling. All of our primary classes from Kindergarten to Grade Three will be presenting a song or two with their classmates on the stage in our Gym. There is

We’re Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education at HCDSB!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board, and we are celebrating! Our school district was born in 1969, when the Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville school boards came together to form the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board. At the time of amalgamation, we had

Weekly Update November 25-29

WEEKLY UPDATE NOVEMBER 25-29   Paint the Town Red Day  On Friday November 29, St. Marguerite students will Paint the town Red. Students will lead announcements and classes will do some media literacy lessons school wide. Students are encouraged to wear Red in support of United Way. A donation of a toonie is appreciated. All

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2019

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 17-23, 2019, 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. This week, and every

Weekly Update November 19-22

Wear Pink to support Bullying Awareness On Monday November 18 our Student leaders will be raising the awareness around Bullying Prevention. Healthy Friendships and behaviours will be highlighted. Students are encouraged to wear Pink on Monday to show support. Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board will once again be running its Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 8 through December 2, 2019. Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas,

HCDSB Recognizes Indigenous Awareness Month

November is the designated Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). This month, and throughout the school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Indigenous Awareness Month is an opportunity to honour and recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and strength of present-day

Weekly Update November 11-15

Weekly Update November 11-15 Remembrance Day Service We will have a Remembrance Day service on Monday, November 11th at 10:30 AM in the gymnasium. Our Grade 3 students will be leading this service. Students who are members of the Girl Guides and Scouting Movement (e.g. Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, etc.) are encouraged to wear their uniforms for the

Weekly Update November 4-8

Weekly Update November 4-8 Nerf or Nothing Students are allowed and encouraged to bring nerf balls or soft balls to school for play at recess. Regular basket balls are permitted in the basketball courts. No regular soccer balls are allowed, only nerf or soft skinned balls will be allowed on the field and black top.

Weekly Update October 28-November 1

Picture Re-Takes Edge Imaging will be returning to our school for picture retakes for those interested on Tuesday November 5. Bus Safety Presentations Halton Transportation will be here on Tuesday October 29 with entertaining, audience participation assemblies. Safety information will be presented to all students. Primary students attend at 9:30. The Intermediate and Junior assemblies

Weekly Update October 21-25

Weekly Update October 21-25 St. Thomas Aquinas IB Information Night On Wednesday, October 23rd, at 7:00 PM, parents/guardians and students currently in Grade 8 are encouraged to attend an information night at St. Thomas Aquinas High School to learn more about the I.B. program at STA. An overview of the application process and the requirements

Registration for Extended French Opens in November!

We are happy to announce that St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School will offer the Extended French Program for the 2020-2021 school year. The Extended French Program is an exciting, fast-paced, optional program with limited enrolment. Students must be entering Grade 5 in order to be eligible to participate in the Board’s Extended French Program.

Weekly Update October 14-18

Terry Fox Walk On Friday October 18, 2018 the students will be walking in support of Terry Fox and in fundraising for Cancer Research. Please return the pledge forms to the school as soon as possible. All funds raised go directly to the Terry Fox foundation. We will be having a fun assembly to celebrate

School Council Finance Meeting

Newly appointed 2019-2020 School Council is holding their Finance meeting on Monday November 18, 2019. We will be reviewing the plan for spending School Generated Funds for 2019-2020. The meeting will take place from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Office. This meeting is open to parents.

UPDATE: HCDSB Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7th!

A provincial agreement has been made with CUPE! All HCDSB schools will remain OPEN to students and will be operating as usual. Thank you for your patience & understanding. See our updates for more information: bit.ly/HCDSB-LabourUpdates

Important Update: If CUPE Strike Proceeds, All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students

In the event of a full withdrawal of services by CUPE, schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7th, and for the duration of the strike.​ ​ We regret that this decision will pose some challenges for parents and guardians who may have to find childcare arrangements, however closing schools is the only way

Weekly Update October 7-11

“My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you” Corinthians 12:9 P.A. day On October 11, 2019 there will be no school for students. All staff will be attending a liturgy and faith development and professional development off site. Lates The front of the school is very

Elementary School Cross Country Meets POSTPONED

The 2019-2020 Elementary School Cross Country Meets, originally scheduled to take place October 8, 9, and 10, 2019  will now take place on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. This decision was made after careful consideration, and in the interest of ensuring we can provide supervision to allow for maximum participation of students with all

HCDSB Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario. The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic! This month, HCDSB recognizes the dynamic

Weekly Update September 30 – October 4

WEEKLY UPDATE SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 4 CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS On Thursday October 3 at 11:00 am we are having a coffee and tea open house in the Forum for our volunteers. Come by and hear about volunteering opportunities we have in the school or share your ideas for new ventures. This informal gathering is a great

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 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 September 23-27

“God’s strong name is our help” PSALM 124:8 Mass We are excited to have our Opening School mass this week! We are walking over to Mary Mother of God Church on Thursday September 26 at 10:30. We are happy to have volunteers join us at mass and as helpers and supervisors on the walk over

Weekly Update September 16-20

“Walk hand and hand with me through your life. Together we will face whatever each day brings” ~ John 15:13 2019-2019 Yearbooks The yearbooks are in!!! They were handed out to the Students on Thursday September 12 and then on Friday the Grade 8s returned to have pizza and pick up their books and autographs.

Weekly Update September 9-13

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus asks us to give up our possessions to be His disciples, a counter-cultural statement in today’s society. On our continuing journey to make Christian stewardship our way of life, do we let go of possessions that have mastered us, or are we still mastered by them? Thank you for your

St. Marguerite Catholic School Council

The 2019-2020 St. Marguerite Catholic School Council is looking for new members. If you are interested in nominating yourself or a friend please complete the attached nomination form or pick up a package in the School Office. The council will meet at least 4 times a year at the school. They are an advisory body

September 16, 2019 P.D. Day

Professional Development Day There will be no school for students on Monday September 16 as all the staff will be working on the School Improvement Plan. PA Day Agenda – Monday September 16, 2019 9:00 am – Staff meet in the forum 9:15- 10:30 – Led by Di Leonardo, Mercado, Biggs – Review all data

Reporting Your Child’s Absence with SafeArrival

Our school offers an automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival, provided through SchoolMessenger®. The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways: using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line at 1-844-445-4505 Click on the FAQ for more

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