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Weekly Update Sept. 21/20

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your Gift to God” -Hans Urs von Balthasar Thank you for a great first week! We appreciate your continued support as we practice our school procedures and routines to keep everyone safe. Students have done an excellent job wearing their masks and adapting

WEEKLY UPDATE Sept. 14/20

Thank you We thank you all for your cooperation in following all of the directions around our first week with the staggered entry procedures. Thank you also for staying at the gates and not entering the school yard. This week it is even more important as we will have all of our students on site.

Council Nomination Package

ST. MARUERITE d’YOUVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION PACKAGE 2020-2021 DUE DATE FOR NOMINATION FORMS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2020, 9:00 a.m. If more than 8 qualified nominations are received, an election will take place. PUBLICATION OF NOMINATION FORMS AND OPTIONAL BIOGRAPHIES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS (if required): THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 HCDSB

Weekly Update: September 7, 2020

“Where God Guides, He Provides”-Isaiah 58:11 Gradual Return to School As you know, the first day of instruction for students (originally planned for Tuesday, September 8, 2020) has been delayed until Wednesday, September 9, 2020. We will transition into the new school year by bringing Grade 1-8 students back to school in smaller groups on September

Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

To help ease the transition for our students, and ensure a safe and healthy return for all, the first day of school will be delayed, and we will be implementing a gradual (staggered) return to class for our elementary students, beginning Wednesday, September 9th. All students in Grades 1-8 will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe and 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

Return to School Plan & Survey Now OPEN

The Return to School Plan is now available for review on HCDSB’s Return to School website: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-ReturntoSchool. Please note that information and updates will continue to be added to this website as they become available.  Parents may also find it helpful to review the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school. NEW UPDATE: At the Special Board Meeting held

Ministry of Education Releases Guide for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that all elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will return to school in September, 2020.  This means in-class instruction with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Multiple strategies will be employed to ensure our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, including: Self screening  Adapted school

HCDSB Online Student Registration

Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Return to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback

In preparation for the return to school, we are taking into consideration what the current COVID-19 situation may look like in September by planning for all potential scenarios.  As we await further direction from the Ministry of Education, we are seeking parent feedback about some of the options we are considering.  Let Us Know What

Elementary Report Card Access – Email Service Currently DOWN

Elementary report cards are being sent now through email. SchoolMessenger is DOWN across Canada – parents who try to access the report card will receive an error message. SchoolMessenger is working to fix this issue. If you are not able to open your child’s report card, please try again later. Thank you for your patience

Weekly Update June 22-26

” Look up not down, look forward not back, look out not in.“ Edward Everett Hale Administrators Update: As we begin the final week of Distance Learning I thank you for your support as we worked together to fill the gaps and support our children during this Global Pandemic. I am proud of our Teachers

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!

Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food. From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take

We Want Feedback from Our Community – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

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 shape us as a school

Weekly update June 14-19th

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela Belonging Pick Up

Weekly Update June 8th-12th

“If you want peace, work for justice.” Pope Paul XI HCDSB COVID-19 Update: On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. More information will come regarding: Report Cards – These will be distributed electronically

Silence is Not an Option

Like many of you, I was both saddened and outraged to learn of the situation in Minnesota last week that resulted in the death of George Floyd.  We have all read the reports on social media in disbelief as the disturbing details began to emerge, and with heavy hearts we have watched the outcry that

Celebrating Filipino, Italian & Portuguese Heritage Month

June is Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Heritage Month in Canada. This month is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural life of our country. Canada is home to many people of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese descent. These communities add to the

National AccessAbility Week – May 31 – June 6, 2020

May 31 to June 6, 2020 is National AccessAbility Week in Canada.​ National AccessAbility Week​ is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities. This week, we also recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that work to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. At the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB),

Weekly Update June 1st-5th

“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.“ St. Anthony of Padua HCDSB COVID-19 Update: On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. More information will come regarding: Report

Weekly Update May 25-29th

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Nelson Mandela Extended School Closure The Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education announced on Tuesday May 19th that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The Ministry’s news release indicates

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until the End of the School Year

On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the school year. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

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 Sydney Chavez who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Sydney Equally dedicated, in both big ways and small,

Weekly Update May 18 -22

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Principal’s Message: Summer School Opportunity Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 6 – July 17, 2020 (Session 1) and July 20

Staff Appreciation Day – May 8, 2020

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 8, 2020! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 4800 employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

Weekly Update May 11-15

Optimism is the faith that leads us to achievement. Nothing can be done with out hope and confidence. Hellen Keller Igniting HOPE HCDSB Catholic Education Week Today we wrap up Catholic Education week when our Board joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of

Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Mental Health Week 2020 ~ Practicing Self-Care

May 4-10, 2020 is the designated Mental Health Week in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is joining organizations across the country to raise awareness about mental health. While supporting mental health is always a priority for us, this year Mental Health Week takes on a special significance in light of the current COVID-19

Igniting Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 3 to May 8, 2020, 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 Igniting Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to spread

Weekly Update May 4th, 2020

“Catholic schools prepare every student to meet the challenges of their future by developing their mind, yes, but also their body and their soul and spirit.“ David Vitter Catholic Education Week Catholic Education Week is an annual celebration of Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools.  Almost 600,000 students are educated in approximately 1500 Catholic schools by

You’re Invited to OAPCE’s Virtual Parent Summit!

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is holding a Virtual Parent Summit on Saturday, May 9, 2020! The event will engage the community, advocate, and enhance Catholic Education in Ontario. Guest speakers include Sara Westbrook, Robert Gallo, Paul Davis and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. All parents with children attending a Catholic school in Ontario are welcome to participate

All Schools Will Remain CLOSED Until At Least May 31, 2020

On April 26th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until at least May 31, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of

Weekly Update April 28, 2020

Grade 7 School-based Vaccine Clinics – Cancelled for 2019-2020 School Year The Halton Region Public Health department has made the decision to CANCEL the third round of Grade 7 school-based vaccine clinics for the 2019-2020 school year, due to the school closures related to COVID-19. This round would have included the second and final doses

Weekly Update April 20

Weekly Update April 20, 2020 Update on Teacher-led Distance Learning Thank you for your support as our staff works with you to continue our teacher-led distance learning. Your patience and willingness to work with us through some technical challenges made a huge difference. As with anything new, we know it will take some time before

HOLY WEEK UPDATE APRIL 13, 2020

MAY YOU EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE RISEN LORD THIS EASTER SEASON. Latest News: As we return to teacher-led learning, albeit in less than ideal circumstances, we wanted to return to our usual routine of providing you with a Weekly Update. We need to begin by extending a very big thank you to all of

An Easter Message from the Chair of our Board

To Our HCDSB family,  As Catholics, Holy Week is a marked time of renewal and hope, typically pronounced by the physical church as a visible social institution where our clergy are able to tend to us. During these unprecedented times of a pandemic which has led to schools and churches being closed, social distancing, isolation from family, friends and co-workers, our priests are having to find new ways to connect so that we may

Holy Week at Home

Families are invited to participate in the rituals and spirit of Holy Week at home. View the following Holy Week at Home resources for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

Part 1 of Kindergarten Registration Available Online!

Although schools are closed, we are still accepting Kindergarten registrations online! When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2020, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2020. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December

Access to Student Learning Platforms

At HCDSB, we support the use of the following online learning platforms:  D2L Google for Education Microsoft Office 365​​ Your child’s teacher will use one of the above platforms to provide instruction. Visit the website links above to access your child’s online learning and for more information about each platform. If your child needs assistance

Televised Sunday Mass with Bishop Crosby

Each week, the Diocese of Hamilton will be televising Sunday Mass live from the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Tune in live each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on Cable 14 or watch the rerun at 1:00 p.m. on CHCH TV. For more information about televised Masses, and to see a list of online Mass

Updated: Food & Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most. Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register. For more information about additional food services and

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until Friday, May 1, 2020

On March 31st, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until Friday, May 1, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

Food Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most. Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register. For more information

Digital Learning Resources

The following are links to a variety of digital resources for students and families to access during this period of school closure due to COVID-19. These resources are not intended to replace the curriculum which students would have been receiving if they had been back in school. They are intended to help keep students engaged as

OAPCE Parent Summit & Annual General Meeting – Postponed

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education’s (OAPCE) Parent Summit and Annual General Meeting originally scheduled on Saturday, May 2, 2020 has been POSTPONED to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Co-hosted by the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, the meeting will serve as

Learning Resources Released by Ministry of Education

On Friday, March 20th, the Ministry of Education released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practice math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.   The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home.

Letter to Parents from Minister of Education

On March 22, 2020, the Minister of Education shared a letter with Ontario parents and guardians. Read the letter from Minister Lecce here.​  In his letter, Minister Lecce notes that while at this time the school closures are in effect until April 6, 2020, the Ministry is preparing in the event that the closures need to be

Learning Resources Released by Ministry of Education

On Friday, March 20th, the Ministry of Education released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practice math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.   The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home.

OECTA Reaches Tentative Collective Agreement

We have received notice that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As OECTA represents all elementary and secondary teachers in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), this means that all job action (withdrawal of services) has been suspended. Thank you for your patience and understanding

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