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Weekly Update September 20th

“The love of Christ, welcomed with an open heart, changes us, transforms us, and makes us able to love.”

~Pope Francis
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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 24 – If you have not already completed an Online Information/Consent Form for each of your children, please click HERE for the link. If you experience any problems submitting your form, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org for support.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.

Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.

You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card, the top of your verification form, or by contacting the school office.

Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.

The form can be completed using a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Sacramental Preparation Update

We are working with the Diocese of Hamilton and the Vicar of Education to support the sacramental preparation of our Gr. 2 and Gr. 7 students. As soon as the plan is finalized, we will inform parents and provide details.

Our Virtual Curriculum Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th. The Administration Team will begin the evening with a welcome message at 6:30 pm followed by two classroom presentation times – 6:40 to 7:00 pm & 7:10 to 7:30 pm. Teaching staff will be using the Microsoft Teams for their virtual meeting – teachers will be posting the TEAMS link to your child’s D2L shell or emailing it directly to parents.

IEP Consulation Form

On Monday, September 20th, parents of students with IEPs will be emailed a Virtual IEP Consultation Form via the email we have on file.  Please complete the form promptly.  If you have a student who is on an IEP and don’t receive an email regarding the Virtual IEP Consultation Form, please notify Mr. Simon (simonm@hcdsb.org).  Thank you!

In honour of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, we will be hosting Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. We recognize the harm residential schools caused to our Indigenous people and we honour those that survived and remember those that did not. We recognize the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma caused by residential schooling and we wear an orange shirt in support of those who have been impacted by the harm of residential schools. For more information visit www.orangeshirtday.org.

Kids Red Cross/Safety First Courses

‘Kids Safety First’ – a Canadian Red Cross Training Partner – is offering a number of First Aid for Kids programs (including the Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course) geared towards different grade levels. All courses are virtual. Please view the flyer here for more information.

As we part for the weekend, please take a moment to watch a special back to school blessing from Father Con below.

HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School Tips

Mental health and well-being are core elements of our Return to School Plan 2021-2022.  We will continue to collaborate with community agencies to effectively access resources and support for students and families, and to highlight them to you in our HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School Tips:

How to Support a Mentally Healthy Back to School for Your Child (smho-smso.ca)

As always, thank you for your patience and ongoing partnership. Enjoy your weekend!

The HCDSB Virtual Elementary School Admin Team

Michele BraidaMarissa PittMartin Simon
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