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Weekly Update – February 10th

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela

Celebrating Black History Month

During this month, we will be sharing information on important people and events from our History over the PA. This week we are highlighting the Underground Railroad. Here is an excerpt of one of our morning announcements read by our grade 3 students:

The Underground Railroad was a secret system to get escaping slaves north into Canada where slavery was not allowed and they could live in freedom. Resting and hiding spots were called Stations and included houses, barns, and gardens. Erchless Estate in downtown Oakville was a station where many slaves arrived by boat from Lake Ontario. You can see the door that the slaves called “The Freedom Door”.

Cultural Performance – Feb 11th

This Tuesday, February 11th, our primary division from JK to Grade 3 will enjoy a cultural performance by Emerita Emerencia as part of our Black History Month celebrations. Emerita will put on an endearing puppet show called The Mouse, The Ant and the Antelopes, which combines the stories The Town Mouse and Country Mouse, The Ant and the Butterfly, and a tale of African antelopes to honour African heritage and show how cultures and literature can blend to teach important lessons. The show focuses on humility and the value of sharing and respect. We are very excited to welcome Emerita and learn from the heritage and background of others. Our older students will experience another performance on March 10th.

Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award. The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).

Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020. Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.

Topsy Turvy Tuesday – Feb 11th

Our school council has organized Topsy Turvy Tuesdays for the month of February. This week, students are invited to wear an accessory to school on Tuesday. Some examples are: ties, headbands, scarfs, jewelry, etc. Students MUST be in uniform.

First Communion Parent Meeting – Feb 12th

There is a parent meeting on Wednesday, Feb 12th at 7 pm at St. Andrew’s church for students receiving their First Communion sacrament.

Valentines Day Treats 

This is a reminder to please not send in any baked goods or treats for Valentine’s Day. We have students with life-threatening allergies and we cannot allow any food to be distributed that could put our students at risk. Any treats sent in will be returned home unopened. Thank you for your co-operation in keeping our children safe!

P.A Day – February 14th

Please note that Friday, February 14th is a professional activity day. There will be no school for students as our staff will be engaged in professional development activities.

Cross-Boundary Renewal Forms

For those families who currently have cross-boundary approval and are looking to renew for the 2020-2021 school year, please watch for forms coming home this week! Please ensure these forms are completed and submitted by Tuesday, February 18th.

Special Events, Sports, Clubs & Activities

  • February 10th – Boys’ basketball vs. St. Andrew
Pizza Lunch
Feb 10 all day
Boys Basketball home game vs. St. Andrew
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Topsy Turvy Tuesday – Accessory Day
Feb 11 all day

Students are invited to wear fun accessories (i.e. ties, bangles, necklaces, hair accessories, etc.). Donations for our Lenten initiative (United Way) would be appreciated. Students must be in uniform.

Parent Information Night for First Communion at St. Andrew Church
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Subway Lunch
Feb 13 all day

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