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Weekly Update October 31st

When everything seems to be changing, we can rely on God’s constancy.

~Hebrews 13:8

St Clare of Assisi CES is providing all students with Consumable and Math Manipulative Kits to support virtual learning.  Communication about the process and a link to the appointment sign-up form were distributed to all families last week. The sign-up period to select a pick-up location and time is now closed.  Families who did not complete the sign-up form or are not able to get to one of the pick-up school locations on the given dates will be able to arrange a pick-up appointment at our St. John (Oakville) location at a later date.  Details on this process will be sent out this week.

Families who signed up for an appointment will have received a confirmation email over the past few days.  Please ensure that you pick up the student kits for your child(ren) at the correct school location, date, and time to comply with Public Health regulations.  We will NOT be able to provide kits to families who come to a school location that is different from the one they signed up for.  Signs will be posted at each school location on the designated pick-up date to direct parents.  Please follow the directions on the signs and do not get out of your vehicle unless instructed to do so.  All Public Health directives, including masking and social distancing, apply while on school grounds. 

This chart summarizes the Student Kit Pick-Up locations and dates:

School Location:Address:Pick-Up Date:
St. Luke2750 Kingsway Dr, Oakville, ON L6J 7G5  Monday, November 1st
St. Elizabeth Seton5070 Dryden Ave, Burlington, ON L7L 6Y3Wednesday, November 3rd
St. John Paul II2130 Kingsridge Dr, Oakville, ON L6M 4Z2  Thursday, November 4th
Holy Cross222 Maple Ave, Georgetown, ON L7G 1X2Monday, November 8th
Our Lady of Victory540 Commercial St, Milton, ON L9T 3R2  Tuesday, November 9th

***Please click on the name of the school above where you are picking up student kit(s) to see a map of the designated entry and exit route. 

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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.

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24. Interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25. More information will be shared regarding interviews later next week.

St Clare of Assisi Catholic School Council

Our Catholic School Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 at 6:30 pm.  Parents interested in attending our virtual meeting can email Mr. Simon for the meeting link.  

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
AssumptionThursday, October 28th, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM https://secondary.hcdsb.org/assumption/ 
Bishop Reding(Virtual) Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 7-9 PM Q&A   Access our pre-recorded video content links on the werbr.ca website prior to this event date, then join us for a Live Q&A from 7-9 PM. Links will be available on the werbr.ca website and a google form will be available for parents to ask questions prior to our Q&A Night. https://secondary.hcdsb.org/bishopreding/
Christ the KingThursday, October 28th, 2021   This is a virtual event. To access this event please visit: https://secondary.hcdsb.org/ctk  
Corpus
Christi
Thursday, November 4th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM https://secondary.hcdsb.org/corpuschristi/
Holy
Trinity
Thursday, October 14th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM https://secondary.hcdsb.org/holytrinity/
Notre
Dame
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM https://secondary.hcdsb.org/notredame  
St Francis XavierThursday, November 4th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM https://secondary.hcdsb.org/xavier/
St Ignatius of LoyolaThursday, October 28th, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM https://secondary.hcdsb.org/loyola  
St Kateri TekakwithaWednesday, 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 https://secondary.hcdsb.org/sta  



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!

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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?
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Congratulations to this week’s winners: Eduardo R. from Ms. Shanahan’s Gr. 8, Zaiah D. fromMs. Passarelli’s Gr. 5, and Audrey R. from Ms. Sehn’s Gr 2!

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

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Promoting Well-Being: Taking Care of your Mental Health

Find someone you trust, such as family, friends, coaches, or teachers, and tell them how you feel. It is important to be open about your feelings. Make time to take care of yourself, take breaks and do fun and relaxing things. It can be helpful to try to treat yourself the way you would treat a friend. What would you tell or suggest to a friend who was feeling the same way as you?

If you are having trouble with high levels of stress, worries, or sadness, talk to your medical team about helping you find someone who can help. This can be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or another mental health professional. There are people who specialize in helping children and teens living with chronic conditions.  (Source: https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/)

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
PrincipalVice PrincipalVice Principal

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