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Weekly Update for Week of May 31st, 2021

Vaccination Program    

Beginning Monday, May 31st, Halton youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination booking appointments through Halton Region’s online booking system.

Please find attached a letter from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region, with information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton, including a fact sheet with additional details.

As noted in Dr. Meghani’s letter, Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses by the end of August. Appointments for the Youth Vaccination Program will be available at Halton COVID-19 vaccination community clinic locations administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

For additional information, please refer to the Halton Region website at: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Pride Month 

June is the designated Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, we will join other schools in our district in raising awareness 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. Students will be engaged in age-appropriate conversations which are part of the Religion, Family Life and Health Curriculum.  This information has been vetted through the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.  You may also like to reference the email sent to you on May 26th for further details. 

HCDSB Rainbow Day ~ Tuesday, June 1st

HCDSB Pride Awareness Day ~Monday, June 14th

We will kick off our Pride Month celebrations with Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st.

Students and staff are encouraged to dress in their most colourful clothes as we celebrate the rainbow – a sign of God’s promise to love us and a symbol of inclusion for all in our community!

National Indigenous History Month

Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.

National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

Grade 8 AP/IB information Night

Please click on the following link for further details: 

PA Day

This is a reminder that Friday is a dedicated professional development day for all HCDSB staff.  There will be no Face-to-Face or virtual school on Friday, June 4th. 

Grade 8 Graduation

Thank you everyone for your patience regarding Grade 8 Graduation plans.  Our plan is contingent on the announcement of whether we are coming back face-to-face or if we are staying virtual.  There are some slight logistical modifications that will need to be made depending on which method of instruction is decided upon.  What we do know is that it will take place in the afternoon of June 25th and it will be a drive-through graduation process similar to last year. 

Mental Health Update

Let us talk about friendship and what it has to do with Wellness.  Relationships make up a large part of our overall wellness.  We probably all have horror stories of unhealthy relationships that impacted our lives in a negative way.  We will get to those another day.  This week we are focusing on strengthening those healthy friendships in our lives that promote our wellness.  Good friends help challenge us and make us grow into the best version of ourselves.  Can you think of a friend that fits that role in your life?  Life can make it really challenging to maintain those great friendships.  Between work, family, and other obligations, friendships can fall to the bottom of the pile.  We all walk through seasons when life gets in the way and our friendships suffer.  Relationships require us to put in time and effort.  Our social wellness is no less important than our emotional or physical wellness.  We need to make our relationships a priority.   

 Have you been neglecting your friendships lately? What things tend to get in the way? How do your friends help your overall wellness?

Friendships require give and take.  This week make your friendships a priority. Text a friend and set a time to meet up (virtual or socially distanced) and reconnect. If time is not your friend this week, then send an encouraging or funny text.  Call a friend when you have a spare minute.  Mail a handwritten note or send something small in the mail that will brighten their day!  Let your friends know you care. 

Uniform Update

As of January 2021, HCDSB’s uniform supplier has changed from ISW to McCarthy’s.  As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, we are pleased to share an update on enhanced options for buying your school uniform in 2021.  Our school uniform provider, McCarthy Uniforms, has three enhanced options for shopping: Updated school e-stores, private appointments, and a web-supported call center. 

We encourage families to shop early and utilize these alternative channels to avoid late-August lineups. Long wait times will be the reality this year, given that McCarthy’s must adhere to strict social distancing measures and simply cannot accept normal in-store volumes. In some cases, only five customers will be permitted in stores at any one time. McCarthy’s has informed us that to support families during this time they have implemented an installment payment program (online only), introduced volume discount buying options, and invested in a variety of web support tools to make online shopping easy & fast!  All school uniform products can be exchanged for up to a year and returned until September. 

Please note, with a recent revision in the HCDSB policy, (https://www.hcdsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/II-41-School-Uniform-Dress-Code-School-Dress-Code.pdf) students can now wear any (LOGO FREENAVY (not black) bottoms to school (pants, shorts, joggers, leggings, etc.).

There are three ways to shop for your school uniform:

1. Your School E-Store
Did you know your school has a custom e-store, complete with fit videos, uniform guides, and specialized advice? Visit your school store by ‘searching for your school’ on McCarthy Uniforms’ home page. McCarthy’s recently launched a handy web chat feature and have staffed their call centre so that you can have the support you need if you need some help along the way!  Online shoppers can also now enjoy the industry’s first flexible payment plan (interest-free payments over six weeks!). Shop online by ‘searching for our school’ at:  www.mccarthyuniforms.ca

 2. Private Appointments Available
When stores are permitted to reopen after June 14th, appointments will be made available for virtual or in-store shopping. To manage your time, you can book an appointment at your home store, accessible on the website below.

Book a personalized fitting by choosing ‘book an appointment on your home store site accessible on:  https://www.mccarthyuniforms.ca/ (search for your school; appointment booking buttons are located on your school e-store)

 3. Your School Call Centre
Your call centre is open for shopping!  By giving McCarthy’s a shout at 416-593-6900 or toll-free at 1-800-668-8261 Alex and his team would be happy to assist you with your school uniform purchase or questions! McCarthy’s call centre is staffed with uniform specialists who know the ins & outs of our uniform policy. Call McCarthy’s at 416-593-6900 or 1-800-668-8261

MacLennan, LisaWeekly Update for Week of May 31st, 2021