SEAC SOUNDBYTES – World Down Syndrome Day Contest

World Down Syndrome Day School Contest World Down Syndrome Day is a United Nations sanctioned observance celebrated on March 21st (3/21) with the goal to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome. Halton Down Syndrome Association launched WDSD Contest in 2015 with the same goal to spread awareness about Down Syndrome and help promote diversity and inclusion in our schools. WDSD School Contest was AMAZING last year! A total of 21 schools entered – choosing between our Digital Media or Photo Contest. We reached almost 15,000 students in and … Continue reading

Graduation Updates

A reminder to this years graduates that you need to complete your graduation application. https://goo.gl/forms/c6kwi50BH4cFVWmv2 Information about graduation can be found on the student services website under Graduation 2019. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Student Services. … Continue reading

Vaping at School – Education.  Warning. Ticket.

In the next few weeks, a Public Health Inspector will be coming out to do surveillance for tobacco and e-cigarettes and will educate any students who are or have been associated with vaping on school premises.  This will be the first step in their progressive enforcement for tobacco and electronic cigarettes. St. Thomas Aquinas staff have been diligent in educating all students and families on the vaping.  Synermail, announcements, washrooms sweeps, phone calls to parents and suspensions happen regularly at the school. Please be advised that Public Health inspectors have been authorized to carry out ticketing in the new year … Continue reading

What is SEAC?

Welcome Back! As we start a new school year, the members of SEAC wanted to take a minute to let you know who we are and what we do. Did you know that there is a committee in each school board or school authority that provides important and relevant advice on Special Education? This committee is known as the Special Education Advisory Committee or SEAC. SEAC is made up of school board trustees and representatives of local associations with a common goal of protecting the interests and well-being of exceptional children or adults. Associations currently represented on HCDSB SEAC are: Association … Continue reading

Breakfast Program

Did you know that St. Thomas Aquinas CSS provides ALL students with access to healthy food at school? A Breakfast Program has been running in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) since 2006. This program is open to all students free of charge and breakfast is available every morning prior to the start of period one class, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. All food prepared and served at our Breakfast Program meets Ministry of Child and Youth Services Nutrition Guidelines and follow Safe Food Handling practices. To continue this successful program, we need your help! … Continue reading

School Cash Online

We are pleased to advise you that the Halton Catholic District School Board has completed the implementation of a new online payment initiative – School Cash Online.

School Cash Online provides parents with easy access and convenience at any time to make online payments for a variety of student activities, while maintaining an electronic receipt history for items purchased and providing greater flexibility and control on how payments are made to the school. This new online payment method will also help reduce the risk of theft and cash misplacement.

This new initiative was introduced throughout our Board in 3 phases, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School was part of the third phase of implementation which is now “Live”.

For more information including an FAQ, the benefits of this program, and how to register for School Cash Online, please visit: http://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Pages/School-Cash-Online.aspx

To register, click here.

Concussion Protocol

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol based on current research and best practices has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion.

More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet and a Student Fact Sheet can be found on the Board`s website at: http://bit.ly/HCDSBConcussion.

Parking safety around schools

Dear parent or guardian:

The Town of Oakville and the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) will be visiting select Oakville schools to help educate drivers about school area safety and parking.

Attached here is a postcard which details the difference between No Stopping and No Parking restrictions.

Dropping off and picking up students in school areas can cause a lot of extra traffic congestion. Illegally stopped or parked cars are a safety risk as they make it hard for other drivers to see pedestrians, particularly children, crossing the street.

We need your help to ensure the children of our community can get to and from school safely. The Town of Oakville has partnered with Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) to help educate drivers about school zone safety and parking. Your child’s school has been identified as an area of concern. This month, officers will be visiting the school to remind drivers:

  • Not to stop in No Stopping areas
  • Not to park in No Parking area
  • Not to obstruct sidewalks, crosswalks, driveways or fire routes

Following the awareness campaign, officers who patrol school areas will enforce parking regulations, ticketing illegally stopped or parked vehicles. Parking tickets may be issued at the time of the violation or may be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Please click here to obtain more information.