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Parent Weekly Update – November 8th, 2021

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

~Matthew 5:9

Thank you to our School Staff for organizing our Remembrance Day Liturgy.

Thank you to Bishop Reding Guidance Department Team for the visit with our Grade 8 students to discuss the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9. 

Thank you, parents, for your support of the SafeArrival system and reporting your child’s absence.

Thank you to our amazing Student Parliament members for assisting us with delivering the canned goods from our “We Scare Hunger” Halloween Campaign.

Holy Rosary Parish News

Follow Holy Rosary Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish!

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Thursday November 11th, 2021 students will participate in a Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:50 am. All students will receive a poppy to wear on that day – donations are welcome through SchoolCash Online. All donations will support our local Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 136.

God of our fathers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung battle-line,

Beneath whose awful Hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wednesday November 17th, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00pm-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

St. Peter’s Helping Hands Fund

Christmas time is around the corner and your Parent Catholic Council are happy to organize and sell Poinsettias, supplied by Zomers Greenhouse in Milton.  Funds raised from this event will be donated to the St. Peter’s Helping Hands Fund.

 This initiative is to raise funds to help our children & families in our St. Peter’s community that are going through terminal illnesses, medical treatments or financial difficulties due to job loss, sickness etc.  Through our “St. Peter Helping Hands”, our school community tries to assist as many families as we can to get through these difficult times during Christmas with the donation of gift cards to those in need.

We thank you in advance for your continued support and generous donation.

Pizza Day

Monday November 8th, 2021 is the last day to place your orders through SchoolCash Online. Pizza delivery is scheduled to begin Thursday, November 18, 2021 and ends Thursday December 16th, 2021.

Fall Back

Time Change: Daylight saving time is coming to a close, meaning we’ll get to turn back the clocks an hour and catch up on sleep. This year’s time change happens on Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at 2 a.m., shifting back to 1 a.m.

HCDSB Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest

Students are encouraged to participate in this Board wide contest. Entries are due by Friday December 3rd, 2021.

Panthers Intramurals

We are excited for our Grade 8 volleyball playoffs this week! Go luck to all teams. We look forward to the Grade 7 volleyball teams starting the following week!

“Go Panthers Go”

Panther Pride Program

Congratulations to all the students who received the “Collaborative Contributor” certification for the month of October. We look forward to the month of November and our students reflecting  the qualities for “Effective Communicator”.


The No Hate In Halton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th ,  2021 in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. Our intermediate students will be promoting this during our Morning Announcements, sharing the message that we believe that there should be #NoHateInHalton and that Halton region is diverse and that is what makes it beautiful and vibrant.

Expected Uniform Attire

McCarthy’s is the uniform provider for our school board. Clothing from McCarthy’s is the expectation for students, especially with sweaters and tops. Jogging pants, jogging shorts, and legging are not uniform items. Although pants do not necessarily have to be purchased from McCarthy’s, they must be navy blue dress pants. Please contact the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside. Thank you for your support with this!

The Use of Technology at School

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone. However, we kindly ask that parents / guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports will be coming home on Wednesday November 24th, 2021. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students virtually during the evening of Thursday November 25th , 2021, and during the day on Friday November 26th , 2021. More information on booking your interview will be sent home to families in a school messenger email next week.

Mental Health Update – Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Parents to try at Home

School Mental Health Ontario has put together a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Check out the link copied below for access to these fun activities! 

Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Home –This is a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Download a PDF file with all activities. Manage stress How children cope with stress varies depending on their age and abilities.

Promoting Well-Being – 10 tips for non-sporty parents

 ~ Sara Smeaton  

If you are like me and sports haven’t played a major role in your life, you might be having challenges figuring out how to raise active kids. Encouraging sports doesn’t always come naturally to a lot of us who are “rather curl up on the couch with a book” types, but when asked if we want our kids to be active for life, of course, the answer is an emphatic yes! So, here are my top tips for non-sporty parents to get you and your kids started down the road to physical literacy.

  1. You are probably sportier than you think. Do you walk, do yoga, garden? Can you remember what activities you enjoyed as a kid? Even if you weren’t a team sports guy or gal chances are that you liked something, maybe dance, karate, swimming, wall ball, or skipping?
  2. See it as a growth opportunity. Maybe you’ve looked at yourself one way all your life but it’s never too late to change your own perceptions.
  3. Introduce them to lots of different activities. Something’s got to stick! Your kids may or may not gravitate to team sports, especially when they are little, but you can help them find an activity they like that will give them confidence to try more and more.
  4. Encourage their interests. Sometimes catching the wave of enthusiasm can be a tricky maneuver. Pay close attention and be ready to jump in when they perk up at a certain activity, sport or game.
  5. Read kids books on sports with your children, or watch kids movies about sports. Do you have a little reader? Find some sports-themed books to stir their interest. And check out our list of 10 sports movies to watch with kids.
  6. Appoint someone as your kids’ “sports godparents”. Do you have a friend or family member that loves to toss the ball around or shoot hoops? Ask them to spend some time with your children; they’ll all probably end up having a blast!
  7. Start a group of like-minded non-sporty parents. You might be surprised how many of your friends feel the same way you do. Make a date with another family to go bowling, skating or for a group hike.
  8. Make a game out of it! Have all the family members earn “Physical Activity Points”: i.e., 10 points for walking to school, 15 points for biking, 20 points for dance class, 20 points for mom’s spin class etc. Then reward the family with a group outing somewhere fun on the weekend if the family achieved its goal.
  9. Set a good example. Spend some time each day walking, biking, etc. Just focus on being active and let your kids see you doing it.
  10. Don’t stress about it. Physical activity is about having fun and being healthy; don’t let this become another item on your “ways I’m failing as a parent” list.

And remember, knowledge is power. Equip yourself with the information you need to help your kids be successful in sports. You’ll find great information and tips by looking around Active for Life.



We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly through email.

Updates will also be posted on the Return to School Plan website and through the Board’s social media channels:  

Twitter: @HCDSB

Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB 

Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board 

You can also review our FAQs online for more information about the return to school.


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HCDSB AdministratorParent Weekly Update – November 8th, 2021