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Weekly Update June 20

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
 ~Jeremiah 29:11

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Every Child Matters

The loss of the children of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation is heartbreaking. We are committed to the work of Truth and Reconciliation in our school. It is crucial that First Nation, Métis and Inuit histories and perspectives continue to be taught in our school so that we can rebuild and reconcile the relationship with Indigenous communities. We grieve alongside the Indigenous members in our community and across our nation. Every child matters.

You can learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action here: Calls to Action

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National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This month, and every day, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates and honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.

National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

Indigenous History Resources

Additional Resources

Grade 8 Summer Reach Ahead Program

The Reach Ahead program gives Grade 8 students the opportunity to earn a Grade 9 English or Science credit over the summer. The program will run from July 5, 2021 – July 30, 2021, and will be offered in a virtual/remote format.  Online registration is now available through myBlueprint:  The deadline to register is June 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

*Please note that participation in summer school is completely voluntary, and is not a mandatory component of regular track programming.

Please note the following aspects of the Reach Ahead program:

  • Summer school secondary credits are conducted an accelerated pace (5 times faster than secondary day school programs) over 20 days
  • Students are expected to attend classes from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Students can expect to spend anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours per day on homework

For the reasons stated above, elementary principals, in consultation with parents/guardian, provide the approvals for all grade 8 students engaging in Reach Ahead studies indicating that their students are ready for secondary school studies.

Click here for more information on the Reach Ahead program. For step-by-step instructions on how to register online, visit the Thomas Merton Centre website at: Secondary Credits ~ Summer School


HCDSB’s Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting registrations for Literacy and Math Summer School courses for students in Grades 6-8. Summer school will begin on July 5, 2021, through July 30, 2021, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The courses will be offered in a virtual/remote format. To Register by June 24th: Click HERE. Please be advised that all HCDSB student registration submissions must be approved by your child’s home School Principal before students can be officially enrolled in a summer school course.

For students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, there is an Indigenous Languages Program being offered. Please click on the following link for more information and registration:

Halton Youth COVID 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 systemPlease note that children must be 12 at the time of receiving their first dose.

You received an email from the Board earlier this week with an attached letter from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region, with information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton, including a fact sheet with additional details. Please refer to that email for more information, or visit the Halton Region website at Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventures, story-tellers, and singers of songs.”

~ Pam Brown.

On Father’s Day, we hope that you have the opportunity to say thanks to all the Dads in your life.  We wish you all a day filled with love and laughter together with loved ones.  May God bless you all!

A Message from the Board: Strategic Plan Monitoring

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey:

The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall.

The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to

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Congratulations to this week’s Virtual School Math Challenge Winners:

Primary: Joshua B. from Ms Chaffay’s Gr. 3 Class

Junior: Sofia L. from Ms. Pejic’s Gr. 5 Class

Intermediate: Dia D. from Mr. Mercuri’s Gr. 8 Class

These students will be entered into the draw for this month’s Gift Card prize.

Students, click on the appropriate link below to see the question for your division. Write, type, or snap a picture of your answer and explanation and post it on the online board for a chance to be next week’s winner! New Math Challenge questions have already been posted.  

PLEASE NOTE: This will be our last Math Challenge of the year! We will select the winner’s from this week’s challenge and the monthly gift card winner in next week’s community update. Good Luck!

Primary Math Challenge: Link: Primary Math Challenge 

Junior Math Challenge: Link: Junior Math Challenge 

Intermediate Math Challenge: Link: Intermediate Math Challenge

Please follow us on Twitter @HCDSBVirtual

Summer Reading Programs in the Community

Halton’s Public Libraries each have their own Summer Reading Program for elementary students. Please see the information below for the Reading Program in your area:

Halton Hills

The Halton Hills Public Library is launching their TD Summer Reading Club program.  The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading. 

On Saturday, June 19th the Summer Reading Club at HHPL will begin registration with The Summer Reading Club Pit-Stop Launch Party. We invite families to walk or drive by to pick up their Summer Reading Club Kits and enjoy our I Spy Window display, Storywalk, and Extreme Hopscotch Challenge outside and socially distanced from 10-12 at the Georgetown Branch and 2-4 at the Acton Branch of the Halton Hills Public Library. Students will be able to register at any time after the 19th online or in person.   

To participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, students are encouraged to read for 30 minutes a day, every day of the week and will track their reading on the Beanstack platform. Registration on Beanstack can be completed in person or online through Paper copies of the challenge will be available as needed. 

For the first three weeks they participate, students will be able to come to the library to collect prizes. For completing subsequent weeks of reading, students will receive ballots for a draw to win a TD bank account worth $25.  

For more information please review this  promotional video or visit our website at 


Starting Saturday, June 19th, registration opens for the Kids’ TD Summer Reading Challenge, Teen Summer Reading Challenge and Adult Summer Reading Challenge.   For more information, please visit:


For information on the Burlington Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, please visit here or watch this video.


For information on the Burlington Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, please visit here.  

We continue to draw in our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  


The HCDSB Virtual Elementary School Admin Team

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