April 2020 Newsletter

Dear HCDSB Families,

We closed our eyes and woke up in another world – a world where hugs are feared, lifesaving tools are scarce and staying away from family and friends has become an act of love.

We are grateful for the heroes who put themselves in harm’s way waging a war every day to return us to a safe environment. Thank you to the health care workers, truckers, pharmacists, educators and others who are working hard to provide essential services. Many of them are members of our HCDSB community and are concerned about how our children’s education is being impacted. Our Teachers, Administrators and Staff are all dedicated to implementing mitigating measures. Distance Learning is new and will take some time to get used to. It will require patience, tolerance and understanding from everyone. None of us could have predicted that we would be dealing with this change.

Therefore, as we prepare to celebrate this Easter distancing away from family and friends, and attend Mass online, I would like to share some comforting words from Pope Francis:
“Jesus experienced total abandonment in a situation he had never experienced in order to be one with us in everything. He did it for me, for you, to say to us: ‘Do not be afraid, you are not alone. I experienced all your desolation in order to be ever close to you.’”
This is a fitting reflection to remind us that when we are overtaken by feelings of helplessness and fear, we must remind ourselves that Jesus is with us and will never abandon us.

Blessings for this most Holy Week.

Stay safe and healthy.

Peter DeRosa
Oakville Trustee

Amanda BartucciApril 2020 Newsletter