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Parent Weekly Update for Week of May 24th, 2021

Families in Need

There have been several families who have felt the crippling impact of COVID-19.  We recognize that many of you have lost jobs due to closures and/or have had to leave positions in order to support your children online.  It is for this reason that we are asking you to PLEASE reach out if you are currently struggling to make ends meet!  We know you are out there, and we want to support you!  If we have just described you, please contact us.  We can offer Grocery assistance.  This is completely confidential!  PLEASE contact Mrs. Sweeney-Hurd  so we can help.

Monday May 24th-Victoria Day

This is just a reminder that on Monday, May 24th, schools are closed and there are no virtual classes being held.  Please enjoy a well-deserved long weekend with your family.  Please remember to continue following the guidelines from Halton Public Health.

K-3 Student Census Pilot Study

On Friday, May 14th, you should have received an email from the board regarding a Student Census Pilot Study.  We are inviting all Kindergarten to Grade Three parents to participate in a student census.  This information can help with our school improvement planning and community-building efforts.  Please consider participating!  During the week of May 31st, you will receive a link to the survey. Please note, the survey is completely voluntary.  The following link will provide more information:

New to Canada Networking

Do not forget to register for our virtual meeting for Newcomers to Canada on June 2nd, at 6:30.  Please remember, this meeting is for parents and guardians who, themselves, were born outside Canada.  The purpose of this gathering is to provide Newcomers an opportunity to network with families in our St. Scholastica community who are also born outside Canada.  We will have representatives from HCDSB’s Welcome Centre as well as community service representatives in attendance.  There will also be people available to help with translations from English to your spoken language.  So that we may tailor the event to meet your needs, we are asking parents and guardians, who are planning to attend, to please answer a few questions by clicking on the following link:

Trivia Night

Your Catholic School Council has received a great deal of positive feedback regarding the last two trivia nights.  Catholic School Council is planning another evening on Thursday, May 27th at 6:30 PM.  The theme this time is School and Staff trivia.  The prizes for this Trivia Night are gift cards for Baskin Robbins!  A link for a Teams meet will be sent out on May 27th for the big event!! 

Dress Loud Day

May is the Speech and Hearing month! On Friday, May 28, staff and students are encouraged to participate in Dress Loud Day to celebrate the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) community. We want to see your brightest, most sparkly, patterned LOUD outfits in your virtual classrooms. On this day, teachers will engage their class in discussions and activities about friendship, assistive technology, and communication to raise awareness about the DHH community. For more information, please go to:

Climate Survey

Please refer to the email that was sent to you on May 12th regarding the Parent/Guardian Climate Survey.  School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school level and individual respondents will not be identified.  

Access the Survey Here! 

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting:

Student Summer Learning Programs (K-8)

Thomas Merton is running summer learning programs during the month of July for students in grades 6-8 in math and language.  The programs will be offered virtually and will be offered in two, two-week sessions (July 5-16 & July 19-30).  The information that will be covered reinforces what has been taught this past school year (2020/2021).  You will receive more information from the board in the coming weeks.  Once you register, the application will be reviewed for approval by Mrs. Sweeney-Hurd.

For students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, there is an Indigenous Languages Program being offered. Please click on the following link for more information and registration:

Fifth Round of Voluntary Testing

Once again HCDSB is offering voluntary COVID-19 testing.  The date for St. Francis Xavier family of schools is Saturday, May 29th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing in HCDSB Schools

COVID-19 Testing in Ontario Schools

Mental Health

Spring is finally here.  The warmth has arrived.  May long weekend is here, and it just might be time to take a minute to reflect.  Maybe you want to reflect on the past week, or this past month, or even this past year.  Wherever you are in your life, it just might be time to take a deep breath and be still for a moment. 

Take some time this weekend to slow down and take some much-needed rest or family time, or some outdoors time.  Whatever will bring you joy and comfort – do it.  You deserve it.

Have a beautiful long weekend everyone!

MacLennan, LisaParent Weekly Update for Week of May 24th, 2021