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Weekly Update December 12th

“Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more … Christmas is an encounter!”

 ~ Pope Francis 
Third Week of Advent

Advent Prayer & Reflection

In this third week of Advent, we light three candles of our Advent wreath. The third candle is the pink candle signifying “Joy” as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus. 

Lord, the good news of Jesus’s arrival brings such joy to our world!

Reach those who are lost and searching with the message of hope that we have through the Messiah.

God, allow your message of peace to bring comfort to our anxious world.

As we all go about the holiday season, let the message of great joy pierce through

all the noise and into people’s hearts.


The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify Joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. This candle is also known as the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. For more information on celebrating Advent as a Family, visit the Hamilton Diocese website

We will be holding our St Clare of Assisi Family Kahoot Trivia night on Wednesday, December 15th starting at 6:30 pm. Please join us for some festive fun! More details on how to log in and play will be sent to families on Monday via School Messenger.

Coming Soon – Student Census

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:

Important Sacramental Information for Students in Holy Rosary(Burlington)Parish

Families with children in grade 2 or grade 7 that are parishioners of  Holy Rosary (Burlington) Parish and would like their child to receive First Communion (grade 2) or Confirmation (grade 7) in the spring of 2022, please contact Mary Edmondstone (, Parish Minister, by December 15th for registration forms and information about the celebration of the sacraments. 

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available from Wednesday, December 1, 2021, until Friday, December 17, 2021. A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website ( during this time period.

A note about the Random Selection Process:  Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

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Congratulations to this week’s winners: Kaitlyn G. from Mrs. Marchesano’s Gr. 1, Kai F. from Mr. Flood’s Gr. 4, and Miriam C. from Mr. Salamaszek’s Gr. 7 class. The next St Clare of Assisi Math Challenge will be posted during the first week back following the Christmas Break.

Anxiety 101: What You and Your Child Need to Know About Anxiety

  1. Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It alerts us to threats, protects us from danger and helps us reach important goals. For example, it is normal to feel anxious when encountering a bear on a hike, or before taking an important exam.
  • Anxiety is not dangerous. Although anxiety feels uncomfortable, it is temporary and will eventually decrease. The sensations we experience in an anxious situation are designed to alert and activate us. They are normal and part of our body’s natural response mechanism. Our body is smart enough to know when to “amp up” and when to “calm down.”
  • Anxiety is adaptive. Anxiety helps us prepare for real danger, such as crossing a busy street. It can also help us perform at our best and motivate us to study for an exam or practice for a big game. When we experience anxiety, it triggers our “fight-flight-freeze” response, and prepares our body to react. For instance, our heart beats faster to pump blood to our muscles, so we have the energy to run away or fight off danger. Without it, we would not survive. We need some anxiety.
  • Anxiety is part of life. Trying to eliminate anxiety from your child’s life is almost impossible, and even if it were possible, we are not sure you will have created a life worth living for your child. As a result, this website has been designed to provide you and your child with information, tools, resources, and more, to help your child become an expert on coping with anxiety. Since anxiety is everywhere, one of the greatest gifts you can give your anxious child or teen is the confidence and skill to tolerate anxiety whenever it occurs, and to continue living his/her life anyway!
  • Anxiety can become a problem. Small doses of anxiety in certain situations are useful. However, when your child is worrying much of the time, avoiding fun activities, or refusing to go to school because s/he is scared or worried, anxiety has become a problem. Think of anxiety like fog: if it covers everything, makes it hard to see, stops you from doing what you usually do, and generally gets in the way, then it has likely become a problem.

For more information on how to explain anxiety to your child, see “How to talk to your Child about Anxiety”

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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.  As always, thank you for your patience and ongoing partnership. Enjoy your weekend!

The HCDSB Virtual Elementary School Admin Team

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