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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

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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

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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

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 10-14th, 2021

“Motherhood has the greatest potential influence in human life”- unknown On Mother’s Day, we hope that you will take the time to say thanks to all the Moms in your life and pray that their days are showered with love and blessings. Happy Mother’s Day to all our St. Mary Mothers, Grandmothers, and Mother Figures.

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

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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

Weekly Update- May 3-7, 2021

“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31) We All Belong in Our Catholic School “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8. At St. Mary School, we believe that we are all created in

Weekly Update- April 26-29, 2021

Award of Excellence Recipient Congratulations to Andelka Peric in Grade 8 who is this year’s Board recipient of the Award of Excellence for our school. Andelka exemplifies the Catholic Graduate Expectations throughout her actions within our school and community. We are so proud of you!!!! Andelka will be formally recognized as part of our Grade

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 Andelka Peric who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Andelka Andelka is a leader and role model within

Exposure to COVID-19 in the St. Mary Catholic School Community

SUBJECT: Exposure to COVID-19 at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School April 18, 2021 Dear Parents and Guardians, We are writing to let you know we have recieved communication from Halton Region Public Health about 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 in our school community. Public Health has notified all high-risk contacts of the cases and

Weekly Update- April 19-23, 2021

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 Technology Requests for Remote Learning- April 19 As noted in previous messaging from the Board, Monday, April 19th will be a transition

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

April 9, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians, Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom. As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for

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

We Want Your Feedback ~ Bronte Green Catholic Elementary School Proposed Boundary Option

We are currently undergoing a School Boundary Review Process involving St. Mary and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary Schools. A School Boundary Review (SBR) Committee was established to gather and share information with members of our school communities. You can now access the Virtual Public Information Meeting (VPIM) for the Bronte Green Catholic Elementary School Boundary Review process here. Background Bronte Green (formerly Saw Whet Golf Course) is a

Weekly Update- April 6-9th, 2021

Daily Screening Tool and Isolation Requirements We thank you for your continued support in following the Ministry and Public Health guidelines. 1. Updates to the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.  The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, to

Weekly Update- March 29- April 1, 2021

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 This Easter, may we remember God’s gift to us and the promise of eternal life. Voluntary COVID-19 Testing- March 30 As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario

Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change. For the health and safety

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day – Wednesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 is School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! On School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, let’s show our gratitude for the people that ensure active and safe travel for students and families to and from our schools. Here are some ways we can show our appreciation year-round: Guard signals you to stop; all cyclists

Weekly Update- March 22- 26th, 2021

“We pray, fast, and perform the works of mercy in this time of grace, so that the Lord might find our hearts ready and fill them with the victory of his love”. Pope Francis Daily Screening Tool and Isolation Requirements We thank you for your continued support in following the Ministry and Public Health guidelines.

Weekly Update- March 15- 19, 2021

“During Lent, let us find concrete ways to overcome our indifferences”.  Pope Francis Daily Screening Tool and Isolation Requirements We thank you for your continued support in following the Ministry and Public Health guidelines. 1. Updates to the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.  The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff

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