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Weekly Update October 4th

“I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever”

Psalm 86:12

A very special thank you to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council:

Jaime BennettRekha DhayakaranKylie Dillon-Alcasid
Olu IluyomadeBarbara Jancetić-JelečaninLisa Orozco
Fiaza SiddiqPrinchet TagleBonnie Wiltshire
Michele Braida (Principal)Marissa Pitt (Vice Principal)Martin Simon (Vice Principal)
Claudia Bernal (Non-Teaching Rep.)Teacher Rep. TBA

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.

HCDSB Virtual Elementary School Math Challenge

This week, we are kicking off our Weekly Virtual School Math Challenge! Just like last year, weekly winners will be entered into a monthly draw for a gift card!

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

Families are reminded that Friday, October 8 is a Professional Activity. Staff will be participating in faith-centered activities and professional development. There is no school for students on this day. Monday, October 11 is the Thanksgiving holiday, so there is no school for students. We will see all students back on Tuesday, October 12.

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WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR A FEW FORMS – 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.

Practicing gratitude is more important than ever.  Showing gratitude has the following mental health benefits:

1. Expressing gratitude can improve your mood. People who regularly express gratitude for the positive things in their life are shown to be happier overall, leading to lower rates of stress and depression.

2. Showing gratitude can make you more optimistic. Studies show that those who express gratitude regularly appear to have a more positive outlook on life. 

3. Sharing gratitude can improve social bonds. People have reported feeling more loved and more connected to others in their lives when they routinely practice gratitude or those around them practice gratitude.

4. Practicing gratitude can improve your physical health. People who actively express gratitude tend to be more engaged in activities to take care of their physical health, like eating well and exercising. This leads to higher energy levels, better sleep and a stronger immune system, or the ability to fight off illness or infection.

Source: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens

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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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