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Weekly Update November 21st

“We love because he first loved us.”

~1 John 4:19

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24. Interviews for all parents to discuss student progress will be scheduled for Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th. More information on how parents will book interview times with teachers will be emailed to families next week through School Messenger. (Please note that for families with more than one child in the school, interview times cannot be guaranteed to follow one another. We appreciate your understanding).

Parent/Teacher Interview Process

Virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews for students of St Clare of Assisi will be held on Thursday, November 25th in the evening and on Friday, November 26th during the day. You will be able to schedule your interview time online. Information on how to schedule your interview time has already been distributed to the email you have registered with the school via the School Messenger system. If you did not receive this information, please contact the St Clare of Assis Admin Team.

The St Clare of Assisi Catholic School Council and Administration Team is gathering community input into fundraising ideas and the initiatives any proceeds will support. To share your ideas and have your voice heard, please click on this LINK to complete the survey. The survey will close on Friday, November 26th. Thank you for your support.

The Christmas season is OFFICIALLY in full swing! Don’t forget that HCDSB Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest is open for submissions. To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of all students, staff, and school communities, HCDSB will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Call for Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council Applicants

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students, and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized, and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

The holidays are coming and Food4Kids has an easy, fun solution for gift giving!

For ONE WEEK, starting this coming Sunday, November 21st, Food4Kids is hosting its 2nd Annual Feed the Need On-Line Auction where you’ll have the chance to bid on almost 200 AMAZING items!

There are all kinds of things to bid on including thrilling experiences, Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, gift baskets, gift cards, home décor, apparel, jewelry, and so much more!

The best part is as a winning bidder you’ll not only get great items at great prices you’ll also be helping feed the more than 850 children currently on our program!

Mark the date!  Starts Sunday, November 21st at 9 am and closes Sunday, November 28th at 6 pm.
Check our website for the live link on the 21st at or keep a lookout for the social media posts.

Thank you for your support. Click the link to Donate Now.

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

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We are getting close to the end of November, so be sure to enter this week’s contest to have a chance at the Monthly Grand Prize!!!

Congratulations to this week’s winners: Miriam C. from Mr. Salamaszek’s Gr. 7 class, Pia N. from Ms. Giudice’s Gr. 5 class, and Julian J. from Mrs. Marchesan’s Gr. 1 class!

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

Acts of kindness help students engage in more compassionate ways with each other and appreciate the value of helping others. Through acts of kindness, students can build more positive relationships with their classmates. Check out some ideas offered by the experts at School Mental Health Ontario!

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

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