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Weekly Update: December 6, 2021

Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem.  May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.

~ Pope Francis

Thank you to our school community for donating to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Patrick’s Parish and thank you to Mrs. Schreoder and the Intermediate students for all of your work in organizing our Advent outreach.

Thank you to our Mistletoe Market planning committee!  We’re excited to offer this opportunity to our students once again this year!

Thank you to Mrs. Verardo for your work on the upcoming Christmas video and to each class and staff member for all of your work in preparing a short expression of holiday spirit!  A link will be emailed to all families prior to Christmas Break.

Reminder: Please continue to 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:

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.

Christmas at St. Patrick

Advent Outreach

Thank you so much to everyone that was able to donate non-perishable food items and toiletries this past week.  All of these items were donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society operating out of St. Patrick Church and will benefit our local community.

As you know, each week we are collecting a different item and a different charity will benefit from our donations.  The donation campaigns for the next two weeks will be as follows:

  • 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.

The Mistletoe Marketplace is Back!

What is the Mistletoe Marketplace?

All our students are welcome to shop for Christmas gifts for their families on Friday December 10, 2021.  Our elves have over 900 items ranging from $1.00 – $5.00 available for the students to choose from.  Early next week, students will be sent home with their Mistletoe envelope for their money and a list so you/they can check off for whom they need to buy.  Our personal shoppers will help them make their choices and get their shopping done. 

***Please send shopping bags with your child to carry their gifts***

Parent Volunteers: If you would like to be a personal shopper or gift wrapper, please contact the Main Office for further information.

Joy Day – December 14th

Joy Day is our annual Christmas crafting and festivities day.  On this day, students will engage in fun Christmas activities and crafting with their classes.  

December 13-17

  • Monday December 13 – Red/Green Day
  • Tuesday December 14 – Holiday Dress up Day  (Dress up /accessorize like your favourite Christmas Character)    
  • Wednesday December 15 – Christmas Sweater Day  
  • Thursday December 16 – Christmas Hat Day
  • Friday December 17 – PJ Day

Early Dismissal

A reminder that Friday December 17th is an Early Dismissal Day.  Our school day ends at 2:00 p.m.

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Indigenous Art Family Paint Night

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

Save the Date!

Big Spirit Moon Paint Night

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel:

Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

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 ( 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.

Mental health doesn’t take time off at Christmas, and with all the added stresses that can come with the festive season it’s very important to care for your wellbeing.

  1. Plan ahead
    Avoid unnecessary stress over the festive season by planning as much as possible in the run up to Christmas and being careful not to take on too much. You’re not being selfish by saying “no” to some things or asking for some help. For example, if you’re hosting Christmas dinner, could you ask some of your guests to bring a starter or dessert?
  2. Make time for you
    At Christmas it can be all too easy to get swept up into other people’s ideas of fun. It’s important to make sure that you do something you want as well – this is your holiday too! If you know this will be hard, try booking something in advance or setting a free day or two aside just for you.
  3. Avoid comparisons
    If you do decide to use social media over the festive season, avoid comparing your experience to those of your friends. Remember that most people only share the best bits of their lives online and you don’t know what’s going on behind the smiling selfies and prezzie pics!
  4. Pace yourself
    Give yourself time to relax over the Christmas period – don’t be afraid to take time out to go for a walk, listen to music or have a nap if you need it. If you’re hosting, try to plan this in advance.
  5. Get outside
    Going for a wintery walk – even if it’s just around the block – can be the perfect way to get some fresh air and exercise along with a change of place. Being in the same house for too long can get a bit intense, so a change of scenery will do everyone good!
  6. Try to eat healthily
    While it’s normal to overindulge a bit over Christmas, try to keep your diet as balanced as possible with lots of fruit and vegetables. This will help you to avoid energy lows that can have an effect on your mood.
  7. Alcohol in moderation
    While a bit of alcohol can make you feel relaxed, don’t forget that drinking too much can leave you feeling irritable and low. Drinking within the recommended guidelines means you’ll get to enjoy a Christmas tipple, while reducing the negative effects on your mood.
  8. Get enough sleep
    Feeling sleepy can also leave you feeling low, so try to keep to regular sleep patterns as much as possible over the Christmas period.
  9. Talk to someone
    If you’re worried about Christmas or feel overwhelmed or under pressure, don’t be afraid to talk to someone about it. Have a chat to someone you trust. 
  10. Keep active
    Exercise can be great for mental health and there are still ways to keep it up over Christmas! Have a boogie to some festive classics or head outside for a walk in the fresh air. If we’re lucky enough to have a white Christmas, you could even get some people together for a snowball fight or go sledding!
  11. Christmas alone
    If you’re spending Christmas alone, have a think about what you want to do beforehand. You may decide to curl up with a favourite movie, book yourself a getaway or arrange to go to a lunch. Check out these tips to beat loneliness.
  12. Volunteer
    It’s no secret – giving something back can help you feel good about yourself and there’s no more perfect time to volunteer than around Christmas.

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Comito, DianaWeekly Update: December 6, 2021