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Weekly Update – May 31st

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you

Walt Whitman

Pride Month & Rainbow Day

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 welcomedvalued, and respected

HCDSB Rainbow Day ~ Tuesday, June 1st

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!

PA Day – June 4th

Friday, June 4th is a Professional Activity Day. Teachers will be engaged in professional activities that day therefore there will be no school for students.

Graduation for our Grade 8 Students

Plans to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2021 are underway. Graduation details will be finalized in June. Please save Thursday, June 24th as our Graduation Date. Grade 8 parents should continue to look for emails with updated information.  We pray for our Graduates, as we prepare to celebrate them and all their accomplishments.

COVID-19 Youth 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

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. 

NOTE: Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

More Information

For more information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton:

Mental Health Update

Naming how we feel is good for us on so many levels. Here are some tips for building your emotion-naming muscles:

  • Check in with yourself and come up with just the right words to describe what you are feeling.  Talk about your feelings.  We have them.  And normalizing talking about them is good for everyone.
  • Carve out time to practise. For instance, Dr. Marc Brackett suggests an exercise: watch a movie with a friend. Discuss what the hero was feeling. How did you feel during the movie? How did you feel when it ended?
  • Get beyond “pat” answers when someone asks you how you are. Don’t settle for saying “I’m fine” or “I’m ok.” Chances are, if you investigate a little, you will see you are feeling something more specific. Even if it’s “bored”. Bored is a feeling.
  • Social niceties aside, people may want to know how you really feel. So go ahead and make that assumption. #GetReal with them. Say it out loud, it will help you process it. Plus, sharing it will give the other person the chance to empathize and even help if you need them to.
  • You can build your emotional vocabulary by searching lists of emotion words on the Internet.
  • Write it down. When you express your feelings in writing, it can help you become more self-aware.
  • When your children are struggling with identifying how they feel, you can use your expanded vocabulary to help them express themselves. 

If your emotions are overwhelming, persistent and/or are interfering with your daily functioning, it is important to seek mental health support.

McCarthy’s Uniform Update

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 has 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 on 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

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