May the Blessings of Christmas be With You

Dear Halton Hills residents, 

As 2021 comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish our HCDSB staff, families and students a very Merry Christmas.

It seems hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us – it feels like just yesterday we were preparing for the return to in-person learning at the beginning of the school year.

I am grateful for our Halton Catholic community, and proud of all that we have accomplished together this year.

Our Board Meetings and Policy Committee Meetings are live-streamed, and are available on the HCDSB YouTube channel at: YouTube: Halton Catholic DSB​.

Please feel free to reach out to me about any matters related to Catholic education in Halton. At the Board table, I will continue to do my best to make informed decisions in the best interest of all students and families.

Sending blessings of peace, happiness and health to you and your loved ones this Christmas season.

As always, I like to end my messages with a prayer. This time, in the form of a traditional Irish Christmas Blessing:

May the Blessings of Christmas be with you,

May the Christ Child light your way,

May God’s holy angels guide you,

And keep you safe each day.”

Amen.

Source unknown

~ Janet

Amanda BartucciMay the Blessings of Christmas be With You
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December 2020 Newsletter

Dear Halton Hills residents, 

I hope you are doing well and that your families are keeping safe and staying healthy. 

It seems hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us. This has been a year like no other, and while I never want to wish time away, I will admit that I will be happy to turn the page and begin a new chapter as we welcome in a new year. 

Despite all the challenges we  faced in 2020, I feel a tremendous amount of pride and gratitude when I think about the ways in which we pulled together as a school district, and as a community of friends and neighbours. We found new ways to connect with one another during a pandemic lockdown. We changed the way we work, and learn and celebrate graduations and special holidays. We discovered new thresholds of patience as we waited in line to do our grocery shopping, and we turned face masks into the latest and greatest fashion accessory. We survived 2020, as difficult as it was, through faith and perseverance. 

In a few days we will celebrate the birth of the Christ child who brings hope and optimism into our world – a beacon of light in the darkness, holding the promise of better times ahead! 

Sending blessings of peace and happiness to you and your loved ones this Christmas. All the best for a very happy, safe and healthy 2021!

I always like to end my messages with a prayer, and so I leave you with the one below that I recently came across, as it really seemed to resonate.  

A Christmas Prayer

(author unknown)

Lord, we look forward to the coming of the light of Christ at Christmas. 

Help us to turn toward the light in our lives and to share it in turn with everyone we encounter.

May our preparation for the birth of your son please you, and may we be ready for the coming of your kingdom. 

Teach us the wisdom of humility to walk in your ways that we may love and respect each other as your sons and daughters. 

Guide us to break down the walls which divide nations and peoples and help us to lay the path to peace. 

May we be people of peace and justice all the days of our lives. 

Amen.

~ Janet

Amanda BartucciDecember 2020 Newsletter
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April 2020 Newsletter

Dear Halton Hills residents,

I hope you are all keeping safe during these times.

Over the past few weeks, our daily lives and routines have changed. Although difficult, it comforts me knowing that we will come out of this stronger, as a community.

This week, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) introduced teacher-led Distance Learning. I am confident in our educators, and assure you that they are working hard to provide for our students.

As always, the Board of Trustees has been working together to make decisions that are in the best interest of the health and well-being of all of our students and staff. We are committed to doing all we can to meet the needs of our learners, and provide support so that they successfully complete the school year.

I wanted to let you know that although Board offices are closed, our Board Meetings are now being live-streamed online. I invite you to stay connected by watching our meetings on the HCDSB YouTube channel at YouTube: Halton Catholic DSB​.

Please continue to reach out with your thoughts and concerns related to education at the Halton Catholic District School Board. I am always open to hearing your feedback.

With Easter upon us, our celebrations may look and feel a little different this year. I hope you find peace in knowing that this is temporary, and together, we will prosper.

Wishing all of you a very safe and happy Easter, filled with happiness and hope for the future. God Bless.

A Prayer for Easter

Lord, thank you for loving us more than life itself.

God, life is hard and uncertain. So much pain, hurt, and heartache seems to surround us. And yet, knowing this, You still willingly gave up your life and became God with us and God who rescues us.

Thank you.

Because of Your sacrifice, we can spend eternity with You. There is no pain You cannot conquer, no hurt You cannot heal, and no life You cannot transform. Your death and resurrection proved that nothing is impossible for You, and that we are more than conquerors because of You.

Today and every day, help us to fix our hearts and our minds on You. And as we do, please give us more of Your joy, hope, and peace. We love You, and we want to worship You.

~ Janet

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October 2019 Newsletter

Dear Halton Hills residents,

I hope you all had a wonderful summer, and have enjoyed a smooth transition into autumn and the start of the new school year for our families with school-aged children. I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us!

We have been very busy at the Board and Policy Committee tables, and look forward to a productive year ahead.  As I promised in my first newsletter, you have my commitment that I will continue to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of all the students and stakeholders.  Our Board Meetings and Policy Committee Meetings are open to the public, and guests are always welcome. You may also watch the recordings of our meetings, available on the HCDSB YouTube channel at: YouTube: Halton Catholic DSB​

As always, I encourage you to stay in touch with me about any matters related to Catholic education in Halton.

I look forward to this Thanksgiving weekend where the fall harvest is in full splendor, and I am feeling very grateful to be a member of the Catholic community in Halton. We are truly blessed with vibrant partnerships between home, schools and parishes across HCDSB.

Wishing all of you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and friends. May your homes be filled with the Lord’s loving presence and His abundant blessings.

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

Gracious God,

As we gather together around this Thanksgiving table may we be ever mindful of your blessings.
For abundant food and the gift of family, we give you thanks.
For those whose hands brought this food to our table, we give you thanks.
For those who are giving of their time and resources to feed the poor and homeless today, we give you thanks.
May our celebration of Thanksgiving be a reminder of the abundance of your love given to us freely each day.
Open our eyes to the surprises held in each moment.
With the deepest gratitude, we pray.

Amen.

~ Janet

Amanda BartucciOctober 2019 Newsletter
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April 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to all of my fellow Halton Hills residents.  We are getting a glimpse into warmer weather,  which brings hopes of longer and brighter days. As of this writing, we are entering into Holy week and all of the blessings that brings to us and our loved ones. Please enjoy a safe and happy Easter season.

We are well into our 5th month with a relatively new Board of Catholic School Trustees (8 out of our 9 Trustees are new to the role) and have been working very diligently to become knowledgeable regarding all the important issues and elements that are facing our Halton Catholic District School Board.  I feel confident that your Board of Trustees will represent all stakeholders and perform very well.

As this is my first newsletter as a Trustee, I would like to make you a promise that I will use all of my talents and abilities God has blessed me with to make informed decisions in the best interest of all the students and stakeholders.  We are lucky to have a solid senior staff at the Board level who are valuable assets and will provide competent direction within our Board. Within the past few months working with the Board Staff,  I have witnessed firsthand the intelligence, passion, integrity, experience, and desire to develop our schools into examples of  leaders within the Catholic  School system.  I believe we have the best Staff within our Halton Catholic District School Board. I have been lucky enough to be able to attend many school events so far and it has just underlined all the positive events that our schools are creating within Halton Hills and abroad.  I would like to thank the school communities of St. Brigid, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross and Christ the King for welcoming me into your schools and allowing me to see how wonderful you all are. Keep the invitations coming!

At the Board Table, Trustees will begin an in-depth analysis of the current year budget in preparation for our deliberations on the budget for the 2019-2020 school year.  We would appreciate your prayers as we go through the process, particularly this year. The education system has been hitting the headlines as of yet, with many proposed changes, potential reductions, funding issues etc.   As a taxpayer, please feel free to contact our Provincial MPP, Education Minister and Premier with your thoughts, comments, suggestions etc. Remember: silence is acceptance.   We are currently within a growth Board and Halton Hills is growing each year and will continue to grow within the next 10 -15 years.  We will all work together to ensure this growth comes with it a positive result. We have certain projects that are still on the Capital Funding radar, which we will continue to investigate with the Ministry.

I understand that we all lead busy lives, but I just wanted to communicate that all Policy and Board meetings are posted on YouTube for anyone to view.  It is a great way to keep abreast of issues being discussed within the Halton Catholic District School Board.

“WE OURSELVES FEEL THAT WHAT WE ARE DOING IS JUST A DROP IN THE OCEAN. BUT THE OCEAN WOULD BE LESS BECAUSE OF THAT MISSING DROP” – ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA

In Kindest Regards,

Janet

Amanda BartucciApril 2019 Newsletter
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