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Weekly Update: September 13, 2021

Let your light shine so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16 A BIG THANK YOU to all of our families for a great first week back!  We thank our staff for all of their hard work in preparing for a new school year. 

Weekly Update: September 5, 2021

Dear St. Patrick Families, We have been working hard and are so excited to welcome you all back to school this week!  Please be reminded of the staggered entry schedule that was sent out to families last week: Staggered Entry Grades 1-8 Tuesday, September 7th    All in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will come to school. 

Class Lists

Class Lists Available Friday, September 3rd

We are currently finalizing elementary class placements and making adjustments based on new registrations that have come in over the summer. Final placements will be available on Friday, September 3rd after 3:00 p.m.   Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will

Return to School Plan

Returning to School for the 2021-2022 Year

The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 is now available for review on the HCDSB website: https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/ The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 provides the protocols, guidelines and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year.  This plan was developed in consultation with Halton

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe & Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Weekly Update: June 28, 2021

Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again. ~ Author unknown Congratulations go out to the St. Patrick’s Graduating Class of 2021!  We wish you all the best as you begin your new adventures into high school. Thank you parents, for all of your

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

Weekly Update: June 14, 2021

Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to all the classes and families for joining together to pray the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena. Thank you to our staff and students for continuing to do your very

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Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) to Host Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June. CPIC is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.  CPIC provides an opportunity for Catholic School Council members to network,

Monitoring Survey

How Are We Doing? HCDSB Seeking Input on Year 5 of the Strategic Plan

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.  Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021 provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love. On Sunday, a family was intentionally struck by a driver in his motor vehicle as they were walking along their neighbourhood in London, Ontario. They were targeted because of their Islamic faith.

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

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for

Weekly Update: May 31, 2021

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

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program.

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system.  Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses

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HCDSB Celebrates Pride Month

June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and

Weekly Update: May 24, 2021

“Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~ Mother Teresa Thank you to our staff and students for persevering during this remote learning period. Thank you parents for monitoring your child’s online presence especially during the school day. Students should not be on their phones during the

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fifth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past few months, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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Join us for a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!

HCDSB is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools.  Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel. The information evening is open to all parents, students, and

Weekly Update: May 17, 2021

“Faith does not make things easy. It makes them possible.” ~ Luke 1:37 Thank you to our families that participated in last week’s Virtual Kahoot! Night.  We enjoyed sharing part of your evening with you and are so appreciative to all of you that came out to play along!  A big shoutout to Ms. Swietek,

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

Weekly Update: May 10, 2021

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”   ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13 Thank you to our students and staff for showcasing how they “Nurture Hope / Cultiver L’Esperance” during the past week, and to the parents that were able to join us.  It was such a

Staff Appreciation Day ~ May 7, 2021

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 7, 2021! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 5700+ employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

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Journeying Together ~ Annual Walk with Jesus

A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby. Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ! A Message from Father Con O’Mahony 

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to Host Speaker Series

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series to discuss inclusivity and diversity, and how to better support children with additional needs. SEAC’s mandate is to make recommendations to the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in matters affecting the establishment and development of Special Education programs and services

Weekly Update: May 3, 2021

“Love each other as I have loved you.”   ~ John 15:12 We All Belong in Our Catholic School “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8. At St. Patrick School, we believe that we are all created in

Catholic Education Nurturing Hope: May 2 - May 7, 2021

Nurturing Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 2 to May 7, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to inspire students to cultivate their faith; so that they may prosper in hope by our

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HCDSB Participates in Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.  The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week. Daily Mental Health Themes The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week: Monday: Naming Our Emotions

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Cooper McLaughlin who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Cooper Cooper works well with all members of

Weekly Update: April 26, 2021

“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”   ~ 1 Corinthians 3:7 Thank you to our students, parents and our staff for all of your efforts and especially patience in a successful return to remote learning. Bike Program – A Message

Weekly Update: April 19, 2021

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates Thank you to our staff and families for all the hard work, dedication, and support as we switch to Remote Learning once again this year. Thank you so much to everyone for

Provincial Announcement: All Schools Moving to Remote Learning After Spring Break

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here.  According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent is required from parents or guardians.   Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to: All students and their families All school staff and their household members All Child Care

Weekly Update: April 5th, 2021

Let us never tire of seeking the risen Christ who gives life in abundance to those who meet him.  To find Christ means to discover peace in our hearts. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to Mrs. De Meo’s Grade 4 students for a beautiful virtual Stations of the Cross presentation last Thursday.  Thank you to

Weekly Update: March 29, 2021

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16 Thank you to our families for ensuring you are using the Daily Screening Tool and following the isolation requirements. Thank you to our community for continuing to

Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change. For the health and safety

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day – Wednesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 is School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! On School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, let’s show our gratitude for the people that ensure active and safe travel for students and families to and from our schools. Here are some ways we can show our appreciation year-round: Guard signals you to stop; all cyclists

Weekly Update: March 22, 2021

Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. ~ Ephesians 4:29 Thank you to our families for ensuring you are using the Daily Screening Tool and following the isolation requirements. Thank you to our community for continuing to follow the Halton Public

Weekly Update: March 15, 2021

Thank you to our families for ensuring you are using the Daily Screening Tool and following the isolation requirements.  Working together, we can help keep everyone safe. Thank you to our staff for your diligence with the pandemic protocols each day. Thank you to our Grade 8 Students for organizing our Lenten initiative this year

Final Change to Learning Environment Request Form Now OPEN

The final Change to Learning Environment Request Form is now OPEN. Request to Change Learning Environment  If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form. Important notes before you complete the online form:  You are asked to submit a separate form for each child.  You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request.

Weekly Update: March 8, 2021

Lent is the autumn of the spiritual life during which we gather fruit to keep us going for the rest of the year. ~ St. Francis de Sales Thank you to our families for ensuring you are using the Daily Screening Tool and following the Isolation Requirements. Thank you to our community for following the

Parent Poll: Help Us Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year

We are currently in the early stages of planning for the next school year and are seeking your input to help us determine our staffing needs for September 2021. Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year Although we have not yet received direction from the Ministry of Education regarding what will be required of school boards

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.   This voluntary testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  At this time, this testing is not being offered to family members, but if this option

Halton Food for Thought Providing Healthy Snack Bags to all Students in Halton

Halton Food For Thought (HFFT), in partnership with Food for Life Halton, is providing Healthy Student Snack Bags to all students in Halton.  Weekly Healthy Student Snack Bags  Healthy Student Snack Bags contain a minimum of 3 nutritious snacks per student per school day. The snack bags contain both perishable and non-perishable food items – i.e., fresh fruit, granola

Weekly Update: March 1, 2021

During Lent, let us find concrete ways to overcome our indifference. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to all our students & staff for your support with Pink Shirt Day! This year’s theme was “Lift Each Other Up”, focusing on treating one another with dignity, kindness and respect. Let’s continue to lift each other up by

Weekly Update: February 22, 2021

“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” ~ Pope Francis Thank you to Mr. Giannou and his Grade 4 class for leading the virtual Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Thank you to all our families for your cooperation as we work through our new arrival and dismissal routines. Changes to Daily Screening

HCDSB Hosting a Parent Information Meeting for Students with Special Education Needs Entering Kindergarten

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be hosting an Information Meeting on March 24, 2021, for parents of students with special education needs entering Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. The meeting will be facilitated by Special Education staff, where they will share information about their individual roles, and supports and services offered

Weekly Update: February 15, 2021

Let all that you do be done in love. ~ 1 CORINTHIANS 16:18 A big thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for a very smooth first week back to in-person learning. Everyone has done a great job with increased health and safety protocols as we all work together to keep our

March Break Postponed until April 12-16, 2021

On February 11, 2021, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities.  This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary

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