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Weekly Update: June 7, 2021

Thank you to all the classes and families for joining together to pray the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena.

Thank you to our Grade 8 Team for all of their hard work in preparing for Graduation on June 24th. We are looking forward to celebrating this special day with our amazing graduates.

Thank you to our staff and students for continuing to do your very best during this remote learning period.  We know how challenging this time can be and appreciate everyone trying their best.

Thank you parents for monitoring your child’s online presence especially during the school day. Students should not be on their phones during the school day and during lessons, just as we would expect at school.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Last week, we began to pray the Novena of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  We will continue praying this Novena every day until this Friday June 11th, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We invite you to also pray this Novena at home, a copy of which was emailed out to all families last week.

Pride Month 

Thank you to everyone that participated in Rainbow Day last Tuesday and to all staff for facilitating an in-class liturgy. 

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 schools.

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 also to symbolize our dedication to deepening our learning about past and present injustices and our commitment to truth, reconciliation, and healing. 

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.

Free Family Paint Nights

The third and final free on-line paint night with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham is this Wednesday!  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session has a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session. 

Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

You may recall that in March, parents and guardians were asked to indicate their intent for the 2021-2022 school year. Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we told you that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision.  Last week, families received an email asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:

  1. Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR
  2. Will your child(ren) attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.

At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.

Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.

 Some important notes before you complete this online form: 

  • If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.   

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
 
Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to: research@hcdsb.org.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. We know this is a difficult decision for many families, and we appreciate your assistance as we plan for a safe and healthy return to instruction in September 2021. 

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 – https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/ , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at clarema@hccf.ca, 905-802-0918.

 

Take 15 minutes just for you

We understand that things are tough right now. More than a year into the pandemic and we’re all feeling the effects. Many of us are struggling with burnout, loneliness, and depression. Balancing the tasks of everyday life – work, parenting, caregiving – has now become more stressful and exhausting. And the idea of taking even a few minutes to practice healthy coping techniques can feel like just another chore.

But looking after yourself is especially important when you’re struggling. Self-care is about self-preservation. It’s a necessity, not an indulgence.

A self-care task should not be big or complicated – in fact, when energy and resolve is low, it’s important to make it as simple as possible. This is what we’re offering here – simple 15 minute ideas to help you feel better.

Please click on the link to download a printable booklet of tips.

https://ontario.cmha.ca/take-15-minutes-just-for-you/

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