Week at a Glance: November 28 – December 2 2016

Monday, November 28
Swim Team – Milton Swim Meet – 11:20 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Mr. Boyle
Eco Club Meeting – 2:30 p.m. Rm 213 – Mr. Thomson
Chess Club Meeting – 2:30 p.m. Rm 218 – Mr. Catlin
French Club Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Rm 212 – Mrs. Vucina
Theatre Aquinas – Rehearsal – 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.- in theatre- Ms. Lidstone
Raiders for Life Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – Rm 215 – Chaplain
Best Buddies – 8:30 a.m.- Rm 214 – Ms. Nieuwendyk

Tuesday, November 29
Civvies Day
Student Council Meeting – 8:00 a.m. – in Theatre – Mrs. Miller
Art Club Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rm 304 – Mrs. Jasionowska
Team Unbreakable – Running Club – 2:30 p.m. – in front of cafeteria – Ms. Maciel
Theatre Aquinas – Rehearsal – 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.- in theatre – Ms. Lidstone

Wednesday, November 30
Midget Girls Volleyball Tournament – 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at T.A. Blakelock – Ms. Zavaglia
Girls Volleyball – Home games – Junior Girls at 3:30 p.m. (F. Hayden S.S.),
– Home game – Senior    Girls at 4:30 p.m. – Mr. Szpakowski
School Mass – 2 Mass Schedule – Religious visitors – Ms. Rerecich
Theatre Aquinas – Rehearsal – 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.- in theatre – Ms. Lidstone
Sears Festival – Rehearsal -6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in theatre – Ms. Lidstone
Humans for Humanity Meeting – 2:30 p.m. Rm 212 – Chaplain

Thursday, December 1
Art Council meeting- 7:50 a.m. – in theatre – Ms. Lidstone
Junior Girls Volleyball Tournament – 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 pm.- Mr. Szpakowski
Anime Club – Meeting 2:30 p.m. – Rm 218 – Mr. Catlin
Ms. Lidstone – ADA-201 classes- In House Field Trip – theatre 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DECA Business Club – Meeting – 2:30 p.m.- library – Mrs. Mancinelli
Theatre Aquinas – Rehearsal – 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.- in theatre – Ms. Lidstone
Sears Festival – Rehearsal -6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in theatre – Ms. Lidstone
Anime Club – Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – Rm 218 – Mr. Catlin
Aquinas School Newspaper 2:30 p.m. – Rm 305 – Ms. Power
Team Unbreakable Running Club – 2:30 p.m. in front of cafeteria – Ms. Maciel
Ping Pong Club – 2:30 p.m. – in Atrium- Ms. Bilinski
SOS Chaplaincy Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – Rm 104 – Chaplain
PJs – Oomama’s Grandmothers and Grandothers Fundraiser Dinner – 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Robertson – in cafeteria

Friday, December 2
Sign-language Club meeting 8:00 a.m. Rm 207
Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Mr. Szpakowski
SHSM health care – Field Trip – to O.I.C.R – 8:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. – Mrs. Field
Recycling Day – Remove recycling waste from classrooms – 9:00 a.m.
Theatre Aquinas –Rehearsal – 2:30 p.m. –4:40 p.m.- Ms. Lidstone

Upcoming important dates:
December 6 – Staff meeting
December 8 – Winter Formal
December 14 – Stag Day
December 14 -17 – School Play – “The Diary of Anne Frank”
December 15 – PJs Dance
December 19 – School Council Meeting
December 20 – STA Christmas Music Night
December 23 – Christmas Celebration
December 24 – Jan 8 Christmas Break

CAT4 Test – Parking Information


Attention parents of Grade 8 students who are completing the CAT4 test this Saturday November 19, 1PM – 4PM. The STA parking lot is being used as an overflow area for the Oakville Santa Claus Christmas Parade. Please be prepared to drop off your son/daughter and to expect delays exiting.

‘Keeping Christ in Christmas’ Student Contest

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to let you know that the Halton Catholic District School Board will once again be running its Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 10 through December 2, 2016.

Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas, and highlight in their individual submissions, how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas.

Students will be able to send in submissions for the following three (3) categories:

Best artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
Best original song
Best short video

More information about the contest can be found on the Board’s website: Keeping Christ in Christmas contest page.

Submission Deadline: December 2, 2016.

Have a question?

If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to email us at: communications@hcdsb.org or contact us by using the hashtag: #KeepingChrist on Twitter, or post a comment on our Facebook page.

We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our students!

Halton Catholic District School Board

Grade 8 Parent Information Evening


On Thursday November 10, at 6:30PM, in the Gymnasium, Grade 8 students and their parents are invited to learn more about the great opportunities St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School has to offer – from academics and trades to sports, music and art.

Our parent information night includes a special presentation about the high school, its programs and the registration process. Both parents and their children can also tour the school and ask the principal and teachers more about programs and other opportunities.

Grad 2017 News Update


Grade Fees:

A reminder to those students planning to graduate in June 2017: your graduation ceremony fees are now due. The School Cash Online system is available for you to make your payment. Pay now to get the early (reduced) rate of $120 for boys and $130 for girls. Rates will increase to the regular rate after November 15, 2016.
Once you have paid, drop off your receipt for your online payment of your graduation ceremony fees to room 320 on beginning on Friday, November 11 during period 4.

Note: regular rates are $140 for boys and $150 for girls
The early payment rate is $120 for boys and $130 for girls

Pay online now open with the early rates in place; rates will change after November 15 to the regular rates


The Graduation 2017 survey is now open. Students planning to graduate in June 2017 are asked to complete the survey by Friday, November 4.

The schools online grad fee payment option will open beginning in early November. Students are reminded that those paying grad fees before November 15 will pay the early (reduced) rate. Those paying after November 15 will be paying the regular (slightly higher) rate.

See the grad newsletter and grad website for more information on amounts and dates.

SEAC Webinar on IEPs & IPRC Process

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) invites you to the second instalment in our “Fostering Collaborative Relationships” webinar series on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

Register Online:

Parents interested in participating in this webinar can register online here.

In this webinar, parents will learn about the role of the Identification and Placement Review Committee (IPRC) and the processes involved with the creation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Many important details will be covered including the direction, development and implementation of the IEP, with a focus on the parent’s role in this collaborative and important process.

Our goal is to help you navigate this process so that you can focus on the details of the Special Education plan, in collaboration with the school team.

If you have any questions about this upcoming webinar or wish to reach SEAC directly, please contact: seac@hcdsb.org.

We look forward to having you join us as we explain the meaning behind these acronyms and the role they play in the Special Education journey!


Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

STA Movie Night


In association with Building Walls of Wisdom, Ms. Bonsu’s grade 10 English class is organizing a Movie Night on November 23rd to raise money to renovate a school located in Manguli, Ghana. To get into the Christmas spirit, we will be showing Home Alone at STA’s theatre. Movie tickets cost only $5 per person and this price includes a slice of pizza, a drink and entry into a door prize with some amazing prizes to be won. The movie starts at 7pm. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy some pizza and drinks in the cafeteria.

You can also choose to buy additional raffle tickets for a chance to win even more incredible prizes! Prizes include products from Pandora, Samsung and the Marlies Hockey Team. We will be selling tickets starting November 14th at the atrium during both 3rd and 4th period lunch.

So, what are you waiting for? Go buy a ticket and contribute to a greater cause!

Information on Building Walls of Wisdom: Building Walls of Wisdom is a charity group aimed to provide children in less economically developed countries a safe and up-to-par study environment and access to an education. Its projects have helped thousands of children in poverty stricken areas around the world achieve an education and the schools that have been built can be found in Nicaragua, Kenya, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Ecuador. Check out their website: https://buildwow.com/