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Weekly Update – June 21st

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it everyday 

~ Henri Nouwen

Happy Father’s Day!

We wish the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, husbands (and other fatherly roles) in our parent community a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday.  We hope you enjoy the time with your families!

Closing School Mass – June 22nd

Our Grade 7/8 students will be leading us in a virtual End of School-Year Liturgy on June 22nd at 11:00 AM and Father Con will also be joining us. Your child’s teacher will be sharing the link with their students (posted on their classroom platform) for accessing the liturgy through Microsoft Teams. Due to the number of people accessing the liturgy remotely, please join in as a family using one device and link to the liturgy. Thank you and we look forward to celebrating our school year as a community!

Report Cards

Once again, in light of health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, all student report cards will be delivered electronically.  Elementary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed directly to parents and guardians on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

On March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the current phase of job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards.

In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  

Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, please contact their teacher directly.

Asynchronous Learning Days

As per the Board email sent out last week, teachers will be posting asynchronous work for students on June 28th and 29th, therefore there will be no live teaching sessions. Staff will be in the school to help with year-end tasks in preparation for the next school year.

Returning Technology & Textbooks

If you have any school technology, or textbooks to be returned, we will be designating June 28th and 29th from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM as drop-off dates. If you are not available on those dates and have items to return to the school, please return them before you leave by coming to the front doors at any time this week Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Please contact Mrs. V at the office if you have any questions or concerns.

We ask that you adhere to public health guidelines by waiting if another family is at the door picking up/dropping off their belongings, and wearing a mask when collecting/dropping off your items. Thank you for your co-operation!

Grade 8 Graduation – June 24th

As previously communicated to families, our schools have been preparing for virtual graduation ceremonies for the last several months and extensive planning and work has already been undertaken to create memorable celebrations to honour our graduating students in Grade 8. These virtual graduation celebrations will continue, as planned.

The following activities will be part of the St. Vincent CES Gr. 8 Graduation 2021:

  • Grade 8 Graduation MassWednesday, June 23rd at 11 AM: Father Con will be pre-recording a graduation mass for the graduating classes of his Family of Schools (St. Luke and St. Vincent). Each Grade 8 class will be invited by their classroom teacher (they will share the Microsoft Teams link) to watch it together as a class. Parents are welcome to join along with the class!
  • Grade 8 Live, Virtual Graduation Ceremony – Thursday, June 24th at 1:00 PM: Our students and their families are invited to attend our live, virtual graduation ceremony using Microsoft Teams (please note, this event will also be recorded in case you are unable to attend). Each family of the graduates was provided a Microsoft Teams link in an email to join in the ceremony. Due to large numbers, we ask families to join together on one device wherever possible and limit the number of guests watching to ensure everyone has an opportunity to join (there is a capacity limit).
  • Grade 8 Graduation Diploma Pick Up – Thursday, June 24th, 5 PM – 8 PM: Families were emailed a specific time to arrive for their Graduation pick up.

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application on Hold

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and we will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/

Oakville Public Library – Updates

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

We are celebrating the Oakville community this summer by showcasing local authors, partnering with community organizations for programs, and buying all prizes locally.
Celebrate our community by joining the Summer Reading Challenge. Challenge your family and friends this summer. The more time you spend reading and earning badges the more entries you earn to win prizes (and bragging rights!).
To register for the Summer Reading Challenge and a chance to win cool prizes visit Summer Reading Challenge.
Also, OPL has put together an amazing summer lineup of both virtual and outdoor partnership programs to bring Oakville together safely for connection and learning.

To register for programs visit opl.ca/programs

Even when the library building is closed to the public, you can borrow books easily and safely to read for the Summer Reading Challenge. Library Takeout lets you choose your own items from our website and pick them up with an appointment. For a surprise bag of books reserve a Grab and Go bag put together by library staff, to discover new stories and authors. Choose from Picture Books, Early Readers, First Chapter Books or Junior Fiction.OPL-Summer-Reading-Challenge-and-more-2021Download

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