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Weekly Update – Nov. 15th

Joy multiplies when you share it!

Pope Francis

November is Indigenous Awareness Month

Throughout the month of November and during this school year, HCDSB students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada. We recite the prayer for Honouring the Land and Territory over the PA each morning to show solidarity with the Indigenous people, and will also share some important information for Treaty Recognition Week.

“We acknowledge that St. Vincent is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinabe the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee and the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation. These lands surrounding the Great Lakes are steeped in Indigenous history.  We wish to recognize the long history of First Nations and Indigenous peoples in Ontario and show respect to them today.”

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Once again HCDSB will be participating in National Bullying Awareness Week. This year the theme is Rebuild, Restore, Renew together. God tells us that he will Rebuild, Restore, and Renew places and people in our lives. Given what has happened over the past year and a half, many of us have been affected by the current pandemic and other social justice issues happening around us.

Starting Friday, November 12th and running until Friday, November 19th we will be participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. We will be completing a school-wide activity created by the Peace Ambassadors and also having in-class discussions. We will also recognize this week by wearing pink shirts on Wednesday, Nov. 17th to show that we are against bullying.

As part of our school improvement plan, teachers have continued to discuss the following Conflict Rude Mean Bullying Behaviours chart with students to help educate them on what these behaviours look like, and what we can do to help solve these issues.

As we prepare to celebrate the week ahead, let us remember that bullying is a relationship problem. Our lifelong goal is to help ensure that we all have healthy, safe, respectful, and caring relationships with the people in our lives. With schools looking different again this year with the health and safety rules in place due to the pandemic, our focus will be on how as a school we can Rebuild, Restore, and Renew friendships within our school community.

Parent-Teacher Interview Communication

Communication with a link and information on how to schedule your interviews using our online system was emailed to parents. A reminder that the interview scheduling process closes Friday, November 19th at 1:00 PM. Any parents who do not select a time and date within that time frame will be given a time by their child’s teacher. It is a first come first serve scheduling process so be sure to book in your preferred times early! Interviews will take place on November 25th (evening) and November 26th (daytime) through Microsoft TEAMs. Teachers will be emailing parents a link to their Microsoft TEAMs meeting closer to the interview dates.

#NoHateInHalton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will launch on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in collaboration with the four school districts in Halton. 

As a school, we will be promoting this campaign through various activities in the classroom, and on social media. We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant and diverse community and are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive school where all students, families and staff know they are valued, respected, accepted and safe. Let’s work together to ensure that there is #NoHateInHalton

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather will be arriving soon! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celcius, so make sure your children have dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website: www.HCDSB.org.

Proper Uniform Attire

Please note that we are a uniform school, therefore students are expected to be in uniform daily. With the colder weather coming, students must be wearing the school uniform sweater (McCarthy is our uniform provider), bottoms are to be navy. More information on our uniform policy can be found here: Uniform Information

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