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Weekly Update October 24th

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good: His love endures forever!

~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

Important Information for Parents of Students in Gr. 2, 3, 7 and 8

This update is for the parents of students who will be receiving a Sacrament this year or who had a Sacrament postponed last year due to Public Health measures.  All HCDSB students are prepared for the sacraments through the ‘Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ’ program facilitated by the classroom teacher. In addition to the in-class program, every parish in the HCDSB provides information specific to their parish regarding sacramental celebrations. 

To ensure that your child can participate fully in the sacraments, it is important that they are registered with your local parish and that you contact the parish regularly regarding the sacramental preparation and celebrations

To facilitate registration and contact with your local parish, a parish contact list has been created and can be found here.

Gr. 8 Parent Information Nights and Option Sheets

Gr. 8 parents are encouraged to check their local HCDSB Secondary School’s website regularly for information regarding Parent Information sessions.

We have been posting updates regarding Gr. 8 Parent Information Nights through our Twitter Account (@HCDSBVirtual).

Here is a summary of the Gr. 8 Parent Information Nights to date:

Secondary SchoolParent Info Night
Assumption Thursday, October 28th, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Bishop Reding(Virtual) Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 7-9 PM Q&A   Access our pre-recorded video content links on the website prior to this event date, then join us for a Live Q&A from 7-9 PM. Links will be available on the website and a google form will be available for parents to ask questions prior to our Q&A Night.
Christ the KingThursday, October 28th, 2021   This is a virtual event. To access this event please visit:  
Thursday, November 4th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Thursday, October 14th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  
St Francis XavierThursday, November 4th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
St Ignatius of LoyolaThursday, October 28th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  
St Kateri Tekakwitha Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Please check HCDSB website)
St Thomas AquinasThursday, November 4th, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

Information regarding the Option Sheet process for incoming Gr. 9 students is being compiled by HCDSB Secondary School Guidance Departments. We will pass along the procedure as soon as it is available. Thank you!

Halloween Costume Selection

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion, and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

A big shout out to all students who entered our St Clare of Assisi Math Challenge this week! We set a new record for the most entries – well done! Congratulations to this week’s winners: Joanna M., Mr. Sengbusch, Gr. 7 (INT.), Nancy N. Ms. Stoute, Gr. 6D, and Kate A., from Ms. Rubatto’s Gr. 2D!

AND OUR MONTHLY PRIZE WINNER IS……Maria Y. from Ms. Ferlisi’s Gr. 7 class! Congratulations Maria! Your prize will be mailed to your home!

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 by Friday morning for a chance to be next week’s winner! Be sure to include your first name, the initial of your last name, and your class code with your answer.

New Math Challenge questions have already been posted.

Primary Math Challenge: Link: Primary Math Challenge

Junior Math Challenge: Link: Junior Math Challenge

Intermediate Math Challenge: Link: Intermediate Math Challenge

As we continue to adjust to changes in routines, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

Resources for Parents:

Helping Children with Anxiety – 

Tips for parents’ wellbeing –

Talking to children about covid-19 –

Please follow us @HCDSBVirtual

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.  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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