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Update #9: Update! All HCDSB Schools will be OPEN to Students on Tues., February 25, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that the potential one-day, full withdrawal of services (walkout) in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 has been CANCELLED. All HCDSB schools will be OPEN to students on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. OECTA has announced that the series of rotating strikes across the province

Update February 21, 2020

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7  Thank you for your patience and support as we move our Pancake Day and Mardi Gras Dance-A-Thon to Monday February 24; Thank you to the many volunteers for your assistance with these memorable events; Thank you to all

Update #8: OECTA Announces Potential Walkout – Tuesday, February 25​

It was announced today that OECTA will move to a series of rotating strikes across the province next week, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. This means that OECTA will potentially hold a one-day, full withdrawal of services in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, unless a strike is averted. OECTA represents all of our

MindUP – Lesson 9 – Mindful Movement II

Your child will be starting lesson nine, Mindful Movement II, on Tuesday February 18th to Thursday Feb. 28th. In this lesson they will be deepening their brain-body connection and also learn how to control their physical and emotional responses. Students that can recognize and control their own emotional state become confident and successful both socially

Update February 14, 2020

The world is full of beautiful places. Let your heart be one of them. ~Jenim Dibie Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Thank you to all who participated in the $2 Valentine Civvies Day – we raised $300 to support the Halton Food For Thought Snack Program here at St. Patrick CES; Thank you to all who

Update #7: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Fri., February 21, 2020

It was announced today that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers, as well as many education workers across the province, will participate in a one-day walkout. This walkout will include members of the following four education unions in Ontario: Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO); Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

Update February 7, 2020

Love is the bridge between you and everything. ~ Rumi Thank you to all who participated in the Bell Let’s Talk Civvies Day – we raised $380 to support mental health care locally through Kids Help Phone; Thank you to the Rosary Ladies for visiting our classes from Grades 1 – 8 this year; Thank

Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the HCDSB Alumni Award – and we’re looking for nominations! About the Award  The HCDSB Alumni Award has been created as part of the board’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, to recognize the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs). Beginning this year, and

Mental Health Tip of the Month

Parent Tip: How to talk with your child when you feel concerned that they may be struggling with a mental health concern: It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start or they worry that they might put thoughts into their

Update January 31, 2020

You are chosen and loved. ~ Ephesians 1:4 Thank you to our grade 8 class and Mrs. Schroeder for leading our liturgy this week providing an opportunity to reflect on “What is Dignity to You?”; Thank you to all the staff and students for posting their answers to the question “What Brings You Joy?” recognizing

MindUP Lesson 8 – Mindful Movement I

Your child will be starting lesson eight Mindful Movement 1 on Monday February 3rd to Thursday Feb. 14th. In this lesson your child will develop an understanding that their body and brain are partners.  The brain-body relationship helps children become better able to identify the signals their body is sending and to manage their emotions

Update #6: All HCDSB Schools will be CLOSED to Students on Tues., February 4, 2020​

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms. This poses significant

Update January 24, 2020

Pray, hope and don’t worry. ~ Padre Pio Thank you to Mrs. McCormick for welcoming our new Kindergarten Registration Families on January 21 and 22 – If you have a little one turning 4 years old by December 31, 2020 please be sure to come in and register them for Kindergarten at St. Patrick CES;

Potential French Immersion Expansion & Boundary Changes

At the January 21st Board Meeting, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) Board of Trustees considered a motion to expand the French Immersion Program beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Trustees deferred making a decision until the February 18, 2020 Board Meeting, in order to allow time to share this information with all parents who

Update #5: All HCDSB Schools CLOSED to Students on Tues. January 21, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, gave notice that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (strike) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that

We Are Excited to Welcome Your Child to Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

Update January 17, 2020

Above all, love each other deeply. ~ 1 Peter 4:8 Thank you to Mrs. Miles and her group of helpers for running the Games Club on Thursdays; Thank you to the HFFT Snack Helpers for starting up the snack program this week; Thank you to the parents that park in the main parking lot and

MindUP Lesson 7 – Mindful Tasting

Your child will be starting lesson seven, Mindful Tasting on Monday January 20 to Thursday January 30.  During this lesson they will be looking at three chemicals that influence a wide range of feelings and behaviour  (Dopamine, Serotonin and Norepinephrine).  Increases and/or decreases in the level of one or more of these neurotransmitters affect their

Update #4: OECTA Announces One-Day Strike on Tues. Jan 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers in Ontario, announced today that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. We are currently gathering information and will follow up with parents and guardians as soon as we have more to share. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

UPDATE: OECTA Job Action Proceeds – All Schools Will Remain OPEN Jan. 13

We were notified yesterday afternoon that the provincial negotiations with OECTA were adjourned, with no further meeting dates scheduled at this time. As a result, OECTA is moving ahead with the job action across the province, beginning Monday, January 13, 2020. All schools will remain OPEN, teachers will report to work, and student instruction will

Update January 10, 2020

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. ~ C.S. Lewis   Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed  quality time with family and friends. We had a great first week of 2020! St. Patrick Church News Follow St. Patrick Church on

All Schools Will Remain OPEN on Jan. 13 if OECTA Job Action Proceeds

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, will begin ‘job action’ as of Monday, January 13, 2020, if a provincial settlement is not reached by then. All schools will remain OPEN and student instruction will continue in our classrooms during this period of job action.

We Are Excited to Welcome Your Child to Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

School Uniform Provider ~ We Want Your Feedback!

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s (HCDSB) current contract with the sole uniform provider for our schools is expiring on December 31, 2020. Before moving ahead, we are seeking feedback from parents, students and staff on the desired characteristics of our next school uniform provider. This consultation is not intended to solicit comments that are

Update December 20, 2019

Many will rejoice because of His birth. ~Luke 1:14 Thank you to our generous St. Patrick CES community for your donations to our New Toy Initiative for the Salvation Army leading up to the fourth week of Advent; Thank you to Mrs. De Meo and Mrs. Hurley for organizing the Candy Cane O Grams for

HCDSB Schools NOT Affected by OSSTF Walk-out on Dec. 18/19

Our HCDSB schools are NOT affected by the potential OSSTF job action on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. None of our HCDSB staff are members of OSSTF. All ​​​HCDSB schools will be OPEN and school buses will be running, as scheduled.   At this time there is no pending labour disruption in our school board. If anything

Update December 13, 2019

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. ~Psalm 126:3 Thank you to our generous St. Patrick CES community for your donations to our Socks and Toiletries Initiative for the Good Shepherd Centre leading up to week three of Advent; Thank you to Mrs. De Meo and Mrs. Hurley

Update December 6, 2019

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. ~John 14:27 Thank you to Miss Jackie, staff and students for the incredible performances today at our Christmas Musical – Next Stop: Christmas! – we are so proud of all your work; Thank you to our Christmas Elves for their preparations Mistletoe Marketplace scheduled

OSSTF Job Action WILL NOT IMPACT HCDSB Schools

You may have recently read or seen in the news about the potential strike by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), which may take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. We are posting this message to let you know that schools and workplaces in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are NOT affected by

MindUP – Lesson 5

Your child will be starting lesson five, Mindful Seeing from Monday December 2nd  to Friday December 13th. Through a variety of exercises, they will become more attune to observing details by slowing down and focusing their attention.  You can build on these skills of observation by encouraging your child to apply their curiosity and perceptiveness

Update November 29, 2019

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. ~Colossians 3:12  Thank you to our Peace Team for the Advent 2019 Outreach Initiatives – this week’s donation campaign was the food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Patrick Church – thank you for your support; Thank

Update November 22, 2019

Be kind to one another. ~Ephesians 4:32 Thank you to our Peace Team for the announcements and initiatives this week for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week; Thank you to all who wore BLUE on Wednesday to promote healthy relationships! The colour blue was chosen because in many cultures it is seen as bringing calmness and

We’re Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education at HCDSB!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board, and we are celebrating! Our school district was born in 1969, when the Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville school boards came together to form the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board. At the time of amalgamation, we had

MindUP – Lesson 4

Lesson four, Mindful Listening will start on Monday November 18th to Friday November 29th.   Your child/children will be introduced to the brain’s attention-focusing center also known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS).  The RAS is critically important because the brain cannot process the millions of bits of sensory information coming in at once.  With mindful

Update November 15, 2019

Let all that you do be done in love. ~1 Corinthians 16:14  Thank you to our grade 6 class and Mr. O’Neill for preparing the solemn Remembrance Day Liturgy; Thank you to our cadets, guides and scouts for coming in uniform to honour Remembrance Day; Thank you to Mrs. Miles and our three St. Patrick

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2019

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 17-23, 2019, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board will once again be running its Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 8 through December 2, 2019. Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas,

Update November 8, 2019

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 Thank you to the ECO Team for promoting our Litterless Lunch Wednesdays; Thank you to Mrs. Boss and the grade 7 student for organizing the All Saints Day Liturgy this week; Thank you to our Catholic School Council for their input

HCDSB Recognizes Indigenous Awareness Month

November is the designated Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). This month, and throughout the school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Indigenous Awareness Month is an opportunity to honour and recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and strength of present-day

MindUP – Lesson 1

Your child/children will be starting lesson one, How are Brain Works, the week of Monday October 7 to Friday October 18th. In this lesson your child/children will be learning about three parts of the brain involved in thinking and learning. Amygdala – a pair of almond-shaped structures that reacts to fear, danger and threat.  When

MindUP – Lesson 2

Your child/children will be starting lesson two Mindful Awareness for the next two weeks.  During this lesson they will be exploring in more depth the amygdala and how it determines emotional responses by classifying incoming sights, sounds, smells and movements.  Your child/children will learn to give time for their brains to process something they hear,

MindUP – Lesson 3

Your child/children will be starting lesson three The Core Practice on Monday November 4th to Friday November 15th.  The Core Practice is the signature daily routine of The MindUP Program.  Teaching to focus on and control breathing can help become less reactive and more reflective when feeling anxious or stressed.  This short daily activity of

Update November 1, 2019

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted. ~Aesop Thank you to our St. Patrick CES Families for supporting our Halton Food for Thought with our Orange and Black Theme Day for Halloween – we raised $250; Thank you to Mrs. Colalillo for organizing our grade 2 trip to the Halton Regional

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence. The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways: using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site by

Update October 25, 2019

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. ~Thomas Merton Thank you to Halton Food for Thought, Drummond Farms for supporting the Great Big Crunch; Thank you to the Burlington Fire Department for stopping by this week for an official Fire

Update October 18, 2019

Always be ready to inspire hope. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to the St. Patrick CES community for your support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive! “On behalf of St. Patrick’s Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, I would like to thank the staff, students and families of St. Patrick School for their overwhelming response to

Update October 10, 2019

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward Thank you to our amazing grade 3 student from Mrs. Kehl and Ms. Pinto’s classes for leading our Thanksgiving liturgy on Wednesday; Thank you to our wonderful new school choir – 20+ students

Update October 4, 2019

 The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy. ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta  It was a rainy start to October this week at school but the students coped well and worked hard throughout the weather conditions – check out some of the great happenings on twitter!

Thanksgiving Food Drive

St. Patrick’s Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is currently planning their Thanksgiving food drive.  Our schools have always been very generous in replenishing the church‘s food bank and we are most grateful for your ongoing support.  We are asking that you would please help us once again.  The items most needed are: jam, pancake

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