You may have recently read or seen in the news about the potential strike by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), which may take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. We are posting this message to let you know that schools and workplaces in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are NOT affected by this potential job action, as none of our HCDSB employee groups are represented by OSSTF. All schools will remain open and student instruction will continue in our classrooms, should this job action proceed for OSSTF. Labour Updates There are no pending job actions at this … Continue reading

Inside Ride – ‘Party with a Purpose’

The Inside Ride’s, ‘Party with a Purpose‘, presented by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is back at STA on Tuesday December 17 for our 12th event!!! If you are interested in creating a team or being a member of a team here is all the information you need to know! When is the Inside Ride: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Registration & Fundraising: Create a Team of 6 (No more, no less) Register Online at: http://staoakville.theinsideride.com/  Start your own team OR Find an existing team to join Fill out the STA Inside Ride google form at: https://forms.gle/ELeV92hUwPNzDZVq9 Team Captain will pick up … Continue reading

Help Reduce the Spread of Germs

Hand Hygiene Frequent hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and illness. Hand washing with soap and water and using hand sanitizer (alcohol based hand rub or ABHR) are two effective methods to accomplish hand hygiene. Assist children with hand washing upon arrival at the child care centre. *ABHR should only be used under supervision in child care centres. It should not be used when hands are visibly dirty/soiled or when hands are wet. When to Wash Hands: Before and after handling, preparing and eating food, bottle feeding, using water tables, putting on and removing gloves, … Continue reading

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2019

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 17-23, 2019, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all, cultivating a positive sense of belonging and well-being. For more information about Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, please visit the Board website. … Continue reading

The Queens Leadership and Excellence Conference

Congratulation to Youssef Gendy who won the Queens Young Entrepreneurs’ Competition after delivering a presentation at the QLEAD (Queen’s Leadership, Excellence, and Development) conference, hosted at the Smith School of Business at Queens University! Youssef is a young entrepreneur, currently building an Education Technology tool (named TagTeach) designed to help teachers and students communicate and act on feedback and simplify curriculum expectations. In the face of increasing class sizes and budget cuts ($851 million in budget cuts, 5,500 affected Ontario high school teaching jobs, and provincially increasing class sizes from 22 to 28 students in the next 3-4 years), TagTeach … Continue reading

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, 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 8 through December 2, 2019. 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 may submit entries in the following four (4) categories: Traditional artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)Original song (new song written OR performed by student)Short video (no longer than 3 minutes)Short story … Continue reading

HCDSB Recognizes Indigenous Awareness Month

November is the designated Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). This month, and throughout the school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Indigenous Awareness Month is an opportunity to honour and recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and strength of present-day Indigenous communities within our Board, and throughout Canada. To learn more about how HCDSB is recognizing Indigenous Awareness Month, please visit the article on our website. … Continue reading

Grade 8 Parent Information

For our family of school parents, myblueprint course selection is due by Sunday Dec 1st, 2019. Option sheets and all other required paperwork are due to the grade 8 teacher on Monday Dec 2nd, 2019. For all other prospective students, registration packages are due into STA’s student Services office on Monday Dec 2nd, 2019. (Packages are available in the Student Services office) For more information about registration and to see the grade 8 parent night presentation please visit this link.     If you have any questions, please contact STA’s student services department at stastudentservices@hcdsb.org or 905-842-9494. … Continue reading