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Weekly Update January 17, 2022

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” Aristotle Return to School We look forward to greeting our students on Monday! Thank you to our staff, parents, and students for working together during remote learning. A reminder that students must provide proof of passing the self-screening daily – see

Grade 1 French Immersion Program Registration Opens January 19!

Registration for the Grade 1 French Immersion Program begins on January 19, 2022! Online Registration Coming Soon! The online registration form will be available on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 until Friday, February 18, 2022. A direct link to online registration will be available on the HCDSB French Immersion page, and can also be accessed on the homepage of

Save the Date! Student Census Parent Information Session on January 13th

HCDSB elementary families are invited to a virtual Parent Information Session on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., which will discuss the Student Census Survey, available from February 28 through April 4, 2022! The Parent Information Session will be live-streamed and available on the Board’s YouTube channel at the scheduled time on January 13th.

Weekly Update January 10, 2022

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean January 9th – The Baptism of our Lord “Epiphany” means to show or reveal.  In last week’s gospel, Jesus was revealed as the Saviour and Light of the World.  This week is another

Change to Learning Environment for Elementary Students – Request Form Now Open!

The online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment in elementary school (i.e. virtual or in-person) is now open.  As per Ministry of Education direction, we have moved to remote learning for all students until at least January 17, 2022. NOTE: Any requested changes will come into effect on January 24, 2022, however,

Important Update

All Schools Moving to Remote Learning on January 5, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians, Earlier today the Premier of Ontario announced that at 12:01 a.m. on January 5, 2022, our province will temporarily move to a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. Read the News Release here.  The Premier also announced that all schools will move to teacher-led remote learning on January 5, 2022

Weekly Update January 3, 2022

Welcome Back and Happy New Year! We wish everyone a happy new year and hope that you all had a grace-filled holiday with your loved ones. As per Dr. Moore’s announcement, we will have a delayed start to our first week back as we prepare for a safe start to the new school year. We

Weekly Update – December 13 – 17, 2021

Celebrating Advent as a Family The 3rd Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

Voluntary Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners

During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th our school will be distributing Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.    The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status,

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Register Your Child for 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 December 6, 2021

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have” ~ Vince Lombardi The Use of Technology at School When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device,

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

Weekly Update November 29

“To have Joy in your heart, one must know how to appreciate the small things in life” ~ Anonymous Report Cards When our Board IT department released the report cards on Wednesday November 25, there were some issues that prevented some reports from being viewed. If this is not resolved this weekend then please let

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

Weekly Update November 22, 2021

“Remind each other of God’s goodness and be thankful” EPHESIANS 5:4 Interviews and Progress Reports “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

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

Weekly Update November 15-19

“Make peace, create peace, be the example of peace. We need peace in the world.“– Pope Francis Reports and Interviews At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students. On

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

Weekly Update: November 8, 2021

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop School Photo Day this MONDAY and TUESDAY On Monday November 8 we will have our school pictures taken by Edge Imaging for all Grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 students. On Tuesday we will take all Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4

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 November 1-5

Late arrivals and Early Departures Sometimes, being late is unavoidable. If you are dropping your child off late to school we ask they use the front door and report to the office. Please don’t go straight to the portables as we want to ensure that attendance and the safe arrival program is followed. Please avoid

Weekly Update October 25-29

Let us never forget to pray for each other. Prayer is our greatest strength. ~ Pope Frances School Photos Save the date! We will be having photos taken on Thursday December 2 and Friday December 3, 2021. Please be sure to save the date! Say Cheese!!! Lunch Days PIZZA and Lunch Lady will be resuming in

Weekly Update October 18-22

“When the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ” Galatians 5:22,23 Meet Your Catholic School Council We are appreciative of the following volunteers who are working on your behalf as Catholic Council Members. Our next virtual meeting

Weekly Update October 11-15

“Talk with each other much about the Lord” Ephesians 5:19 Happy Thanksgiving Wishing you a blessed thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy your holiday on Monday October 11, 2021. While you are gathering with your family perhaps you can gather some donations for our Major School Fundraiser: Halloween Dance-a-thon. Halloween Dance-a-thon Our students will be participating in our

Weekly Update October 4-8

“ “It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way.“ ~ Pope Francis Office Update Working along Vice Principal, Mr. Rory Sneyd is Principal Mrs. Kelly Cascone Brown. Mrs. Cascone Brown

Weekly Update – September 27th – October 1st, 2021

“Education is about two things – teaching young people to create opportunity for themselves and teaching them to do that work responsibly – with respect to our environment and to the myriad communities of people that share our planet” –  Cornelius Minor  This week was a busy week at St. Mary.  We had our practice fire drill – the students did an

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 – September 20th – 24th, 2021

The Greatest gift you can give your children is not your own riches, but revealing to them their own. Max Lucado Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a mask when they enter the school yard each morning! Thank you to our students for following our

Weekly Update – September 13th-17th

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world” – Malala Yousafzai First Week Back! Thank you to the St. Mary community for a great first week back!  A big thank you to our parents for following our safety protocols on the school yard before and after school. 

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

Weekly Update- September 6th-10th, 2021

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening As you know, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year, unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education.  Parents and guardians 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: https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/ 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

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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 28th-July 2nd, 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 We would like to thank all of you for a wonderful year working together for the success of all students.  We wish all of you a blessed

Weekly Update- June 21-25th, 2021

“The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. ” ~ Proverbs 20:7 Happy Father’s Day to all our amazing fathers, grandfathers, and father figures!   Medical Perils – Returning Students Parents of students with medical conditions and allergies will be contacted to coordinate the return of any auto-injectors and medications

Weekly Update- June 14-18th, 2021

“When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within.” ~ Unknown Pride Awareness Day – June 14th On Monday, June 14th, we will hold Pride Awareness Day– a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive

CPIC

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- June 7- 11th, 2021

“Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi Remote Learning Continues The Ministry has announced that schools will not re-open for in-person learning for the rest of the current school year. We

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- June 4, 2021

“Be the CHANGE that you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Rainbow Day ~ Tuesday, June 1st We will kick off our Pride Month celebrations with Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st. Students and staff are encouraged to dress in their most colourful clothes as we celebrate the rainbow – a sign of God’s promise to love us

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 24-28th, 2021

“Love of God and love of neighbour should be the two cornerstones of our lives.”~ Pope Francis Victoria Day – May 24th A reminder that Monday, May 24th is a holiday. Please enjoy this time with your families Remote Learning Expectations As the weather outside starts to improve, we wanted to remind parents and students

Weekly Update- May 17-21st, 2021

“Kind Words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa Thank You! A continued thank you to everyone for your support during remote learning! We want to acknowledge how challenging the move to online learning is for everyone ~ staff, students, and families. We are grateful to

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

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