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Weekly Update: November 29, 2021

May this season remind you of the hope, joy, love and peace found in Christ.

~ Romans 15:13

Thank you to Mr. O’Neill and the Grade 6 students for a beautiful tribute to Megan on Thursday.

Thank you to all the grade 7 and 8 students for their interest in interschool volleyball and congratulations to the team members – we are excited to get back to interschool play!

Thank you to our Mistletoe Market planning committee!  We’re so excited to give our students this opportunity once again this year! More information to come!

Please Complete the Daily COVID Screening

Parents/guardians/students must complete the Ontario School Screening Tool each morning prior to or upon arrival for each student.  The Screening Tool can be accessed using this link: 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.

Advent Outreach

As we begin the season of Advent, we reflect on how St. Patrick’s school can give back to our community.  This year, we are continuing with our Advent Outreach campaigns for the weeks of Advent we are in school.  Each week we are collecting a different item and a different charity will benefit from our donations.  The donation campaigns will be as follows:

  • First week of Advent: November 29 – December 3
    • We will be collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Second week of Advent: 
    • We will be collecting new hats, mittens and warm socks for the Good Shepherd
  • Third week of Advent: 
    • We will be collecting toys for the Salvation Army

We thank you in advance for your support of those less fortunate in our community.

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.

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 at HCDSB)

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.

Developmental Assets are traits, values and experiences that all young people need to be healthy, successful and reach their full potential.

These building blocks, or Developmental Assets®, are grounded in research on child and adolescent development, risk prevention and resiliency. The more assets young people have, the more likely they are to thrive, make healthy choices, and avoid harmful behaviours.

Source: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Children-and-Parenting/Parenting-children-and-tweens/Parenting-Your-Child-or-Tween-(age-6-12)

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