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St. Paul Weekly Update: November 22-26

PROGRESS REPORT CARDS/INTERVIEWS:

The Elementary Progress Report for grades 1 – 8 students, and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be issued via email on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Please look for future communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be able to schedule a virtual interview with your child’s teachers during the evening of Thursday, November 25, 2021 and during the day on Friday, November 26, 2021 which is a designated Professional Development Day. Virtual Interviews will last approximately 10 minutes but will be scheduled in a 15 minute block. The extra 5 minutes will account for technical issues and/or transition times between interviews. Please keep to the 10 minute time frame for the interview. If additional time is needed, please set up another date/time with the classroom teacher to continue the conversation.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all interviews will be offered virtually or through a phone call. An email was sent out last week with instructions on how to make an appointment.  Please note that all families have also received a paper copy of these instructions which contains the access code needed to book an appointment.

ST. RAPHAEL PARISH NEWS:

Please take a moment to read this week’s bulletin by clicking this link: http://www.parishbulletins.com/bulletins/245/ 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL – CIVVIES DAYS:

Our first monthly civvies day has been scheduled by our Principal of the Day (winner from our Halloween Danceathon).

  • Wednesday, November 24th is Jersey Day – Put your uniform away and wear your favourite sports jersey to school.

St. Paul Civvies Day’s: In partnership with the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation, St Paul Parent Council has organized Civvies Day for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

To add to the excitement, each Civvies Day will have a specific theme.  The dates and themes are as follows:

DATETHEME
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2021  JERSEY DAY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021UGLY SWEATER/RED AND GREEN DAY
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2022  PJ DAY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022 WACKY HAIR DAY
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022CAREER DAY  
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2022  DISNEY DAY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022 FAVOURITE COLOUR DAY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022 JUST BE YOU DAY AND WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT

If possible, we are asking each family to consider donating $10.00 for all 8 Civvies days.  All funds raised will be donated directly to the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation.  Please submit your donation to School Cash Online.

BOOK FAIR:

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!

So save the date! Our Scholastic Book Fair for students will take place in the library on

  • Monday November 29 – Friday December 3, 2021.

Also, be sure to join us online with our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Our online shop will be open on the first day of our Fair, but you can view a selection of the books you’ll find here:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5166276

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!

Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education – OAPCE WEBINARS PRESENTS… “Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”

Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, have the flexibility and inner strength to bounce back when things are not going well.  Adapting to new changes, bullying, and the uncertainties in this complex world we live in, are challenges which arise from the skills of resilience. Aligning with our theme,” Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”, join us on November 20th, as OAPCE presents two live webinars that will engage parents across the province and seek out good outcomes where problems were to be expected.  Parents can register at – https://www.oapce.org/

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

Keeping Christ in Christmas:

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our 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)


To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups. For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website. Deadline for Entries: December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Courtesy Bus Seats:

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022. In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.
Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form: The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: www.HaltonBus.ca from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.
Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal.  Visit the HSTS website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

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

Have a great weekend!

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Looking Ahead:

Nov
21
Sun
Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 21 – Nov 26 all day
Nov
24
Wed
Jersey Day – Non Uniform/Civvies Day
Nov 24 all day
Mr. Costa’s Day Off – Principal of the Day Winner to take over
Nov 24 all day
Pizza Party – Danceathon Winners (Byrnes, Vrbensky, Cataldo, Matesic/Davila)
Nov 24 all day
Nov
25
Thu
Parent/Teacher Virtual Interviews
Nov 25 @ 3:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Nov
26
Fri
PA Day – No school
Nov 26 all day
Parent/Teacher Virtual Interviews
Nov 26 all day
Nov
28
Sun
1st week of Advent – Purple Candle of Hope
Nov 28 all day
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