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Weekly Update September 27th

For I have chosen him so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.

Genesis 18:19

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.

Sacramental Preparation Update

We are meeting with representatives from the Diocese of Hamilton next week to finalize support for the sacramental preparation of our Gr. 2 and Gr. 7 students. As soon as the details are finalized, we will inform parents.

We are pleased to announce that we will have our own Catholic School Council this year! At the HCDSB, we are proud of the vibrant partnership that exists between home and school. We know that children do best at school when their parents are engaged in their education, and so we encourage parents and guardians to explore the various ways they can become more involved in their child’s learning and in the life of the school. 

At the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, we invite you to consider nominating yourself by Monday, September 27th. To nominate yourself, please complete this form: HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School Catholic School Council Nomination Form. The receipt of the nomination will be confirmed via email. 

Should we receive more than nine candidates, we will hold an election on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021.  If we receive nine nominations or less and all candidates fulfill the requirements as outlined in the new regulation, the candidates will be selected by acclamation. The date of the first virtual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th, at 7 pm.   

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.

Rowan’s Law Day — September 29th, 2021

In 2018, a new law called Rowan’s Law was passed in Ontario.  Rowan’s Law helps protect people who play sports or play active games in schools, by supporting teachers, parents/guardians, and coaches to learn about preventing concussions, and by helping people who get concussions to recover. Thanks to Rowan’s Law, all sports organizations and schools in Ontario have new rules in place around concussions.  We remain committed to doing everything we can to keep your children as safe as possible while they are in our care.  We will celebrate Rowan’s Law Day on September 29th, 2021 through special lessons and announcements.

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.

Resilience is a learned skill. Resilient children are able to cope with stress, particularly after a traumatic life event.  Key points:

  • Resilience is the ability to cope with, and adapt to, stress brought on by a difficult life event.
  • Some children develop resilience through natural process, while others require assistance.
  • Factors that influence the development of resilience in children include general health and well-being, temperament, and parenting styles and behaviours.
  • Parents and caregivers play a key role in the development and nurturing of resilience in children.

Learn more by clicking the following link: Resilience (aboutkidshealth.ca)  (Source: SickKids staff)

We continue to draw on 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.  s always, thank you for your patience and ongoing partnership. Enjoy your weekend!

The HCDSB Virtual Elementary School Admin Team

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