Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.Philippians. 4:6
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
We will be continuing our efforts and activities from last week into this week for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week around the theme of Rebuild, Restore, Renew together. We have created a school-wide Kindness Tree and shared some wonderful books and activities on this important initiative.
This week classes will be challenged in a game of “Kindness Bingo”. Each day students will do acts of kindness to fill up their Bingo cards. There will be a prize for the class that completes their card first! We can’t wait to see kindness in action throughout our school!
PA Day – November 26th
Please note that Friday, November 26th is a professional activity day. Parent-teacher interviews will be taking place during the day, therefore there is no school for students.
Parent-Teacher Interview Communication
The online interview scheduling has closed. Any parents who did not schedule an interview will be given a date and time by their child’s teacher. Interviews will take place on November 25th (evening) and November 26th (daytime) through Microsoft TEAMs (or phone if you requested that method). Teachers will be emailing parents a link to their Microsoft TEAMs meeting closer to the interview dates.
Poinsettias & Wreath Fundraiser Update
Thank you to all our families who ordered poinsettias and/or wreaths to support our Kerr Street Ministries Fundraiser! Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise approximately $1600 for this charity. Congratulations to Mr. Miguel’s Grade 7/8 class for having the most participation and donations raised! Many families will have a brighter Christmas thanks to everyone’s participation.
Pick up date is Monday, November 22nd between 1 PM and 4:30 PM at Mrs. Holmes’ house. If you only ordered a wreath, they are available for pick-up after 10 AM. Mrs. V will be contacting the parents who made orders with the times and details of the pick-up.
Christmas Shop Update
Information and order forms for our Christmas Shop were emailed to parents and a hard copy of the order form went home with each student as well. Please visit our website here for more information and to access the order forms.
Our Peace Ambassadors are organizing an Angel Tree this year to donate to Halton’s Women’s Place during Christmas Time. Due to COVID restrictions, the organization is requesting gift cards for families in need. Angels will be ready to be distributed on Monday, November 29th. Students are welcome to come to our Angel Tree and choose an angel with a specific gift card request (it will be labeled with the store and amount) to donate to Halton’s Women’s Place. The gift cards will be given to moms to help purchase gifts or things they may need for their family at Christmas.
All gift cards need to be returned by Friday, December 10th (morning). Thank you for supporting this organization!
Arriving on Time
It is very important that students arrive on time for school in the morning (the final bell rings at 8:40 AM) so we can avoid congestion at the office giving out late slips. We appreciate your support in keeping everyone safe!
Water Bottles & Cuttlery
We would like to appeal to all of our families to do their very best to remember to send their children to school with their own water bottles and cutlery to eat their lunches with. We are giving out dozens of spoons, forks, and cups a day. Aside from this being very, very bad for the environment, it is also expensive, and we would rather see these funds go to programming and events for our students. Also, all of our water fountains are closed, so students require a cup if they are thirsty and want water. A water bottle saves greatly on this expense.