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Weekly Update: November 22, 2021

Strong people stand up for themselves.  The strongest people stand up for others.

~ Chris Gardner

Thank you to Mrs. Miles for organizing our Peace Walk and for raising awareness around Anti-Bullying Week.

Thank you to Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs. De Meo and Ms. Petruzzi for stepping up to coach Interschool Volleyball for our intermediate students.

Thank you to members of our wonderful parent community who stepped up to support us with Pizza Lunch Distribution and our Lunch Hour Supervisor positions.

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be sent home electronically this Wednesday November 24th.  Virtual or telephone interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25th & 26th.  If you have scheduled a virtual interview, we kindly request that you have your phones nearby as well. An attempt to make contact over Teams will always be made if that was the option selected. However, in the event of technical difficulties with Teams, teachers will make a phone call from a private number. If you have not yet scheduled your interview, please refer to the email sent to families with instructions on how to obtain an appointment using the Parent Interview booking system.

Grad Hoodies

It’s that time of year for our graduating students!  Flyers for Grad Hoodies were sent home last week with all Grade 8 students.  Please note that orders are due no later than Wednesday November 24th

Megan’s Day – November 25th

Megan T. was a student of St. Patrick School when she tragically passed away in a car accident three years ago. Families new to our school may have noticed the garden in her honour at the front of the school near the Kindergarten Yard. We would like to remember Megan on what would have been her 11th birthday – November 25th. On this day, we ask that all students wear purple (purple shirts or a touch of purple) as this was Megan’s favourite colour. We continue to hold Megan, her family and friends in our prayers.

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month across the globe. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin!  Please join us in wearing blue shirts on Tuesday November 30th as a symbol of support for both students in our school and people around the world who live with diabetes every day.   

Keeping Christ in Christmas Keeping Christ in Christmas 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 express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

For more information, please click here.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside. Thank you for your support with this!

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census.

This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school, and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child.

For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022.

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 and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5)


The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program.

Return to School Plan Daily COVID Screening

Parents/guardians/students must complete the Ontario School Screening Tool each morning prior to or upon arrival for each student. 

Screening Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Students only attend school if a “✅” is obtained.   Students with COVID-like symptoms or who receive an “X” indicating “Do not go to school” must remain home and isolate as instructed.

Looking for ways to get active during the winter months? With so many activities to choose from, there is at least one for everyone!

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Comito, DianaWeekly Update: November 22, 2021