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Weekly Update December 5th

“For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” 

~ John 3:16 

Advent Prayer & Reflection

In this second week of Advent, we light the first two candles of our Advent wreath. We await the coming of our Lord Jesus and light the way to see the face of God.  We follow the light of God with faith and hope.

God of light, bring us faith, help us to find faith this Advent.

Help us to prepare for the coming of the Lord,

As we look forward to the birth of your Son,

May our faith grow stronger with every passing day.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.


The circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God’s complete and unending love for us—a love that sent his Son into the world.  It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ. The second Sunday of Advent, December 5th, symbolizes Faith and we light the second purple “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. For more information on celebrating Advent as a Family, visit the Hamilton Diocese website

Celebrating Advent as a Family

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath or Advent candle holders. Four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said around a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The first Sunday, November 28th, of Advent, symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that there is hope because Jesus is coming. We light a purple candle on the wreath. For more information on celebrating Advent as a Family, visit the Hamilton Diocese website.

Family Paint Night – Dec 7th

The HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized free online paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students, and family members to come together in community, to be creative, and learn more about Indigenous art. All information for the paint nights, pictures, and supplies are posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment. All sessions will be on the Grandmothers Voice YouTube Channel and start at 6:30 pm – 8 pm. The session on December 7th will be on “Big Spirit Moon”. Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions and explain the importance of Big Spirit Moon.

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 follow.

On Friday, December 10th, St Clare of Assisi will be celebrating JoyDay! Teachers will be organizing events and activities for students to celebrate the joy of the season.

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: Jason M. from Ms. Shanahan’s Gr. 8 class, Sophia N., from Ms. Spadafora’s Gr. 5/6 class, and Sydney B. from Ms. Monardo’s Gr. 3 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

Prepare our Hearts for Jesus!

The Offices for Liturgy, Youth Ministry and Evangelization and Catechesis are pleased to bring you a weekly Advent resource that can be celebrated with family in your home. Below you will find tips, videos and a simple prayer to be prayed around your wreath each Sunday of Advent.

Tips for Celebrating the Advent Liturgies with your Family


Together, decide on a time for your weekly Advent prayer in the home. Advent can be a busy and difficult time for many. Try to find a time and day of the week that is predictably calm so that as many members of the family can participate as possible. A weekly family meal can make for a perfect time for prayer.


Create an intentional space for prayer. If you are gathering during mealtimes, consider using your Advent wreath as a centerpiece on your dinner table. Before Advent begins, gather some simple greens and candles to create your own Advent wreath (an instructional video for this process is available in “additional resources”). Make sure the space you choose for prayer is comfortable and inviting for all children present. Have a match or lighter ready to light the candles on your wreath for each week’s prayer.


Using the text provided below, prepare to lead your family through a brief time of prayer and reflection. Remind those present that we light our wreath to remember that Advent is a season of preparation, and we are called to keep our eyes and hearts open for the coming of Christ into the world. Before you begin your celebration, have your children share whom or what they would like to remember in prayer this day.


Advent is a beautiful season of preparation, both for our homes and for our hearts. Take time in these busy days to stop and engage in prayerful conversation on the “reason for the season”. At the supper table, in the car on the way to an Advent gathering, or before bed after a hectic day, take time to ask:

  • How can we prepare our hearts as a family to welcome Jesus on Christmas day?
  • It is a wonderful time of the year to give gifts. What gift can you offer to Jesus out of love for Him?
  • Our Advent wreath brings the light of Christ into our home. How can you shine Christ’s light to others?
  • It can be hard to wait patiently for the joy of Christmas. What is one thing we can do together as a family to help us remain focused on Jesus and His coming?

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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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