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Weekly Update: June 21, 2021

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.

~ Lydia M. Child

Happy Father’s Day to all of our wonderful dad, stepdads, grandpas, uncles and father figures!

Thank you for all you do for us.  We hope you have a wonderful day!

Thank you to Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs. Boss and Mrs. McCormick for helping deliver lawn signs to our graduates.

Thank you to our families for your assistance with picking up student personal belongings and for returning textbooks, technology and school resources that were loaded out during remote learning.

Thank you parents, for all of your efforts and support, especially during this period of school closure. 

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month where we honour the heritage and diversity of our First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.  This has been a difficult month for many, as news was shared about the remains of 215 children found in the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation at the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.  June 21st, National Indigenous Peoples Day, will be an Orange Shirt Day at St. Patrick.  We do this to not only honour the lives lost, but to symbolize our dedication to deepening our learning about past and present injustices and our commitment to truth, reconciliation, and healing. 

Students’ Belongings Pick-Up and Return of Technology and School Resources

Please refer to the email sent by the school on Friday June 18 regarding the plan for pick-up and return of items. Student item pickup is this Monday June 21st.  Any belongings that are not picked up will be disposed of. All School technology and resources must be returned by Monday June 28th.

Please ensure that the device, charger (and box in some cases), headphones and mouse you received be returned to the Main Office.  Thank you to Mrs. Edmonstone, Mr. DePaulo and Mrs. McCormick for overseeing the return of technology. Thank you to the HCDSB IT Department for their support with our IT inventory.  Please contact Mrs. McCormick at the school if you need to make alternate arrangements for returning devices.

HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: . The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to

Gr. 6-8 Literacy & Numeracy Summer School 2021

This program is back and is intended for students who have completed Grades 6-8. The online form to register your child is due by Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Special Education Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+ and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills.  The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 

International and Indigenous Languages Elementary Registration is Now Available

The International and Indigenous Languages Elementary Program creates new and exciting opportunities for our students to learn and engage with language and culture through diverse programming. Students will be given opportunities to develop and maintain their ability to engage with a familiar language from home or a new one entirely. As our students explore various language activities and learning tasks, they will be immersed in the heritage and culture of that language through the discovery of new traditions, foods, clothing, and art.

Summer IILE Program: July 5 – 30, 2021, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The deadline to register for the IILE Summer Program is Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

School Year (Fall) IILE Program: Friday Classes: September 17, 2021-June10, 2022: 6:00pm-8:30pm, Saturday Classes: September 18-June11, 2022: 9:00am-11:30am. Registration for the IILE School Year (Fall) Program is ongoing, and will close on Friday, January 14th, 2022. *Please note that as of right now, the IILE School Year (Fall) Program will be offered in a virtual/remote format. We will follow up with more information if this changes over the summer months.

HCCF Golf Tournament

Being outside……check!  Spending the day at the golf course…..check!  Helping HCDSB students & families in need…..check!  Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at, 905-802-0918.


How to have a summer filled with independent play

 ~ Heather Dixon  June 2, 2021  

An article in the New York Times spoke to me recently. As a busy, full-time working parent of three young kids, I couldn’t resist clicking on Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own.

Early last summer, when most camps and activities were cancelled, I worried about how I would keep my kids entertained all day for two long months. And then I quickly realized something: I can’t. And I didn’t have to. The reason? They could play on their own. But I needed to do something first.

I had to let go!

Summer 2020 was the season of independence. It was forced upon me.
Because I had to work, and my kids needed something to do, at the start of each day, I took a deep breath and let my kids loose into the outdoors for a full day of unsupervised, unscheduled play

As a parent who was nervous about letting my kids go, I’m not sure I would have given them so much freedom at such a young age if I didn’t have to. But the result was that my kids survived and, in fact, they had one of the best summers of their young lives.

This summer, no matter what happens, I plan to do it all over again. As the New York Times article states, “Independent play is a skill your kids will use for the rest of their lives — and a way to claim some time for yourself during quarantine.” If you’d like to know just how to achieve that kind of freedom, here are a few tips.

Start together and start small

In the article, Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen has advice for any parent with a child not naturally inclined to play on their own. Cohen recommends starting the day with some high-quality connected play.

“Set a timer for 20 minutes, put away your phone and say to your children, ‘I’ve got 20 minutes just for you. What would you like to do?’” The idea is, after spending time together the connection will give your kids the confidence to continue on their own. The takeaway will be that Mom or Dad enjoys being with them, and that they’re good at what they’re doing. And, if you tell your kids you can do it again later, you’ll likely be able to slip away to do your own thing for a while.

Get creative with presentation of toys

When the same toys are left out for kids, they can appear boring. When those toys are put away for a while, or presented in a new manner, suddenly they’re enticing. Try rotating out a few toys to keep things fresh. Or present them differently: Lego that’s half-started, for example, smaller toys put out on a baking sheet, or an empty muffin tin for them to fill.

Go outside and make a mess

If you can, take your chores or work outside with you. And if you have the space, let your kids make a mess. Messy play is so fun and engaging, your kids might just entertain themselves for ages before you know it. Try water with soap suds, sand, paint, or even a dash of colour

Create space for movement

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, try building an obstacle course, pitching a tent, or setting up some sleeping bags for them to tumble on. With a bit of imagination, you can bring the outside indoors. Clear a bit of space, add some household items like some pillows and let your kids enjoy. 

Give them ideas to choose from

Although we want them to be independent, your child might equate your request for them to try independent play with being shoved out the door and being told to go figure it out. Cohen suggests that instead, you should try challenging your kids to do activities you can take part in later, like creating a piece of art for you or building their own obstacle course using cushions and chairs.

If you ask them to come show you once they’re done, it’s still about connection, even though they’re playing independently. Even better, you can tell them you’ll time them in the activity for a fun challenge. Here are 30 activities they can get started with on their own, but you can participate in later.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, the articles below will get you going. And while it may take time for your child to be ready for independence, once you get there, you’ll be helping them build an important life skill, while also having fun. Good luck! 


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