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Weekly Update November 15-19, 2021

Good morning,

As we begin a new week, listed are a few important informational items and upcoming events. 

Photo Day

School photos will take place on Monday November 15th. It is a regular uniform day.  Students will have individual pictures only, class photos will not be taken at this time.

Reporting an Absence

The purpose of the Safe Arrival Program is to ensure that your child arrives safely at school.

When your child is going to be absent or late, please report the absence by 9:00 am. To report an absence or late arrival, use: School Messenger Mobile App, the website: or call the toll-free number 1-844-445-4505.

We are concerned when your child is not at school and we have not received notification. We will attempt to confirm the whereabouts of your child using School Messenger.  If there is not a confirmation response to the School Messenger by 11:00 a.m., secretarial staff will call the home/workplace/emergency contact numbers (please keep us up-to-date). If an absence continues to be unexplained, the Board policy requires that the Principal determine whether the police department should be made aware of the unaccounted absence.  The police will attend the home to confirm your child’s absence.   Please help us to save valuable time and ensure the safety of your child(ren) by calling or emailing in all absences.

Christmas Shop is Back! 

The St. Nicholas Christmas Shop is back and fast approaching.  Shopping will start Monday December 6th through to Thursday December 9th and we need your help to ensure it will be a success!  

Christmas Shop is an opportunity for all our students to shop for small Christmas gifts for family, friends and even pets!  All purchases will come home wrapped so that it is a surprise for the recipient.   

Stayed tuned for more information and how to volunteer for this event.  

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Christmas season is OFFICIALLY in full swing! Don’t forget that HCDSB Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest is open for submissions. To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of all students, staff and school communities, HCDSB will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Bullying Awareness Week

Once again, the HCDSB will be participating in the National Anti-Bullying Awareness Week.  This year the theme is Rebuild, Restore, Renew together.  God tells us that He will Rebuild, Restore, and Renew places and people in our lives.  Given what has happened over the past year and a half, many of us have been affected by the current pandemic and other social justice issues happening around us.

Throughout the week of November 12th – 19th, 2021, St. Nicholas students will be involved in a variety of class activities and school-wide initiatives that will focus on Rebuilding, Renewing and Restoring our virtue of KINDNESS.

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24 – interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25 & 26.

Parent-Teacher Interview Communication

In keeping with the reporting procedures for the Halton Catholic District School Board, we are organizing Parent/Teacher Interviews for grades K – 8.  This year’s parent-teacher interviews will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams. Homeroom teachers emailed families directly this past week with booking instructions. Families were requested to email the homeroom teacher their top 2-time block options – we will do our best to accommodate the request. (Please note that families with more than one child in the school – interview times cannot be guaranteed to follow one another – we appreciate your understanding)

Confirmation of your interview date, time and Teams link will be emailed to you no later than Tuesday November 23rd.

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celcius, so make sure your children have dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website:

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning. They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.

Wishing all of our families a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Agro and Mrs. Spotswood

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Spotswood, ChristineWeekly Update November 15-19, 2021