Attention all incoming Grade 9 students to Bishop Reding this September 2022.  Your Grade 11 YOUnity Leadership Group is pleased to invite you to our Royals Welcome Day taking place on Thursday September 1st from 9:00am until 12:00pm​. 

If you are from our family of schools, students will be able to access their timetable using their Office 365 email and password. Student Ontario Education Numbers (OENs) are not required. Click this link to: See step-by-step instructions on how to view timetables as a Secondary Student . Please print your timetable and bring it with you on Thursday September 1st for your Orientation.

If your family is NEW to HCDSB, your child(ren) will not yet have an Office 365 email. In this case, these students only will be given a hard copy of their grade 9 timetable in the school gym upon their arrival for orientation day.  

We would like to provide you with the following important information and reminders:

We will continue to share information with you over the next few days as we prepare for our return to school on Wednesday, Sept 9 – so please check your emails regularly.

Our staff is looking forward to welcoming our students back and remain committed to providing a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging – we look forward to creating and maintaining a strong sense of community and welcoming spaces in our schools and in our virtual classrooms. ​ 

Working together, we will ensure a safe, healthy and happy return to school for all! 

Dear Bishop Reding Parents and Guardians,

As you know, last week the Ministry of Education announced that schools will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020.  While our school remains closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important for you to know that student learning will continue to take place.

For the past two weeks, your son or daughter has had the opportunity to engage in optional and independent learning by exploring the Learn at Home resources provided by the Ministry of Education, as well as resources prepared by our school board staff. They may wish to continue using these resources throughout the remainder of the school closure to supplement their learning.
 

Beginning tomorrow, April 6th, we are officially moving to teacher-led distance learning for all of our students. All students need to be engaging in distance learning with their teachers.

What is Teacher-led Distance Learning?

Distance learning is learning that takes place outside of a traditional classroom setting. While some of the instruction may be conducted online, students will not be expected to be on a device for all of their learning. Our goal is to encourage students to read, communicate and engage in learning experiences. 
It may look different for each class, but in general, distance learning – 
•    is flexible and can be done at any point during the day
•    does not always require online access
•    requires minimal parent/guardian support 

Hours of Work and Focus on Learning

The Ministry of Education has provided the following guidelines for hours of work and focus of learning:  

    Grades 9-12    

•    3 hours of work per course, per week
•    Focus of learning: achieving credits/completion/graduation

Hours refers to the approximate amount of time your son or daughter would spend on the work assigned by teachers. This does not mean the amount of time he or she should be online or in front of a screen. Teachers may engage with students in a variety of ways.  As a Catholic school, our focus will also include Religion and Family Life, and our teachers will continue to integrate our faith and Gospel values in all subject areas.

Assessment 

At the Secondary school level, students will be assigned learning tasks, projects and culminating activities that will be marked by their teachers for the purposes of formative and summative evaluation. Teachers will communicate results of these marked assignments to students. Results will be used by teachers to inform students’ final course marks. Your son or daughter will receive a final report card. 

The Days and Weeks Ahead

Our teachers and educators have been busy preparing a plan for distance learning that will work for their classes and they are excited to connect with students again this week through distance instruction. We know that the learning experience will feel different for students, families and educators alike.   Our goal is for all students to successfully complete this school year. You have our commitment and assurances that we will continue to find innovative ways to create conditions that support the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of our students. 

Communication 

Now more than ever the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) if you have any concerns about their learning. All of our teacher emails are listed on our website (www.werbr.ca) under Contacts > Staff Directory. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support during this time.  Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families.  

We continue to hold all of our students and families in our thoughts and prayers! 

Take care,

Justine O’Grady  Principal  

Terersa Castellarin  Vice Principal  

Wojtek Kubicki  Vice Principal

Marisa Munro  Vice Principal

Norm Roberts Vice Principal

On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.

Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a child has a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, can worsen concussion symptoms and delay the student’s recovery.

What is Rowan’s Law Day?

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan Stringer died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our priority, and on September 28th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

For more information on our concussion protocol, visit our Board’s website.

From September 19 – 25, all Smile Cookie purchases made at Tim Hortons locations in Milton will directly support Community Living North Halton!

100% of proceeds will go towards Project Search – a school-to-work transition program offered to eligible HCDSB students with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Smile Cookie purchases can be made at Tim Hortons locations in Milton.

For more information please visit: Community Living North Halton Smile Cookie Campaign

In July 2022, the Ministry of Education released its Plan to Catch Up, outlining the resources and supports that will be in place in Ontario schools during the 2022-2023 school year. The plan begins with a return to in-person learning that includes sports, clubs and field trips.

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Mental Health & Well-being

As a Catholic school, we are committed to a mentally healthy return to school that honours and celebrates the identities and lived realities of students, and makes meaningful connections to life at home and in the community. 

During the 2022-2023 school year our school will continue to offer a variety of supports through a tiered approach to support all students and target intensive help to those who need it most. 

We will:

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Health & Safety Requirements 2022-2023

In accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines released on August 5, 2022, COVID-19: Health and Safety Measures at Schools, most of the health and safety protocols that were in place at the end of the 2021-2022 school year will remain in place as we begin the 2022-2023 school year.

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Use of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Our school will continue to promote respectful, welcoming and inclusive learning environments for all individuals – those who may choose to wear masks, and those who may choose not to wear a mask while on school property. 

Please know that our school will support the decision of parents and guardians who may want their children to continue wearing masks, however staff will not be monitoring or enforcing mask use in students.  


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COVID-19 Symptoms Protocol

School and Child Care Screening Tool

The School and Child Care Screening Tool was updated on August 31st to include the latest guidance from the Ministry of Health.

It is still recommended that staff, students and visitors continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the School and Child Care Screening Tool.

Reporting Absences

Rapid Antigen Tests

Students and staff continue to have access to rapid antigen tests, as required. Contact our school office to request a test kit.


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Hand Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette

Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette are among the most important protective strategies and will continue to be reinforced and integrated throughout the school day. 

Resources:


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Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfection Protocol

Enhanced cleaning protocols will continue, with daily disinfection of high-touch points in common areas.*

*High-touch surfaces include washrooms, doorknobs, handrails, and bottle filling stations.


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Ventilation in Classrooms/Portables

We will continue to implement ventilation best practices in our school.

Questions?

Public Health Ontario has updated its Frequently Asked Questions document on Use of Portable Air Cleaners and Transmission of COVID-19

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Standard Ventilation Measures Report (September 2022)Download

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Halton Region Public Health Measures & Vaccinations

Getting vaccinated continues to be an integral part in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Halton Region Public Health has released a letter to parents and guardians about COVID-19 health and safety measures in schools, COVID-19 vaccines for school-aged children, and other important updates: Read the September 1st Letter from Halton Region Public Health

Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccinations:

When: Thursday Sept 1st
Where: Bishop Reding Main Foyer (Main Street Entrance)
When: 10:00am -3:00pm

Pegasus School Images has created an online gallery and image download site for photos of Graduates walking the stage.

The link to the website is:

https://pegasusschoolimages.smugmug.com/Schools/Bishop-Reding/

The password has been emailed to parent and student emails.

** the password is case sensitive.

If there are problems opening the link, please cut and paste the link in your browser and use the password provided.

On June 24, 2022, Ms. Doreen Bonsu was recognized with the English Language Arts (ELAN) Ontario teaching award!  

Doreen was the recipient of an ELAN Award of Excellence, which is awarded to teachers that are committed to equity, student achievement, and well-being. 

Doreen was honoured with this award because of her passion for teaching and eagerness to learn. She works to amplify Black voices and focuses on inclusion, so all students feel validated and a true sense of belonging. 

Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Ms. Bonsu! We are truly blessed to have you as part of our Bishop Reding community!

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year strategic plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan. 

Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021 provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that shape us as a school board – who we are, what we do, and why we do it. 

As we complete the final year of this multi-year strategic plan, we are gathering feedback from the community to monitor our efforts this past year.

Complete the Survey

Members of our community are invited to submit feedback online.

This survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Please note that all information collected will remain anonymous; no individual names will be collected. All of the feedback gathered through this survey will be shared with our Board of Trustees at a future meeting.

If you have any questions about this data collection process, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Research Officer at: collimorel@hcdsb.org

A Message from Marvin Duarte, Chair of the Board 

On April 19, 2022, the Director of Education, Pat Daly, announced his intent to resign from his position, effective July 31, 2022. 

The Board of Trustees have hired Phelps, a third-party executive search and leadership advisory firm, to lead the search for our next Director of Education, and we are seeking feedback from our community to help guide this process.

Members of our HCDSB community are invited to complete a brief survey to identify the qualities and skills you feel are most important for the next Director of Education to hold.

Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey here:

The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. This survey, including the data collected, is being administered and managed by PhelpsAll responses will be confidential and reported anonymously as group data.

The survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

The feedback collected will be used to help develop criteria to select a Director of Education who will shape HCDSB’s future strategy and build upon our ongoing commitment as a Board to meet the needs of our students and community stakeholders.

Thank you for your time and interest as we undertake this important decision of selecting the next Director of Education for the Halton Catholic District School Board!

June is the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which for Catholics is a sign and symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for all humanity. 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is our recognition of the long-suffering love and compassion of Jesus towards humanity. It developed in the seventeenth century as the result of a series of apparitions to a Catholic nun, Mother (Saint) Margaret Mary Alacoque. Many families will enthrone a blessed picture of the Sacred Heart in their homes.

The Prayer of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque is often said as an act of personal consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Prayer of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

To the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honour, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him. I therefore take You, O Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the strokes of his righteous anger. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in You, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty, but I hope for all things from Your goodness and bounty.

Remove from me all that can displease You or resist Your holy will; let your pure love imprint Your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget You or to be separated from You.

May I obtain from all Your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in Your Heart, for in You I desire to place all my happiness and glory, living and dying in bondage to You. Amen.

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

As the 2021-2022 school year comes to a close, the Institute for Catholic Education invites our HCDSB community to pray a Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus beginning Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Learn more here.