Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Colleagues, staff, parents’, students, and friends

It appears that COVID-19 will continue to challenge us again this Christmas. Once again it threatens to keep us away from our loved ones. Nonetheless let us all be comforted by reminding ourselves that the true meaning of Christmas exists in the humble adoration of our Lord Jesus Christ and in remembering the less fortunate than us.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones my best wishes for a Happy and Holy Christmas by sharing with you the following prayer.

Thank you, Lord, for giving us the strength,
To take the test of life,
Thanks for standing with us,
In all our struggles and strive,
On this occasion of Christmas,
Thank you for keeping us blessed and safe,

Merry Christmas!

Amanda BartucciWishing You a Merry Christmas
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December 2020 Newsletter

My Dear friends, colleagues, and members of the HCDSB family,

COVID-19 has compelled us to change our behaviour so that we may keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Distancing ourselves from each other has sadly become an act of love whereas hugs and kisses have become dangerous.

With less than 10 days away, we know that it will be a Christmas like no other as we struggle to figure out how to best celebrate this most holy time. Nevertheless, let us all be comforted by reminding ourselves that the true meaning of Christmas exists in the humble adoration of our saviour Jesus Christ, making sure that no one is left alone and to help the less fortunate.

In that spirit, my wife Laura and I want to share with you and your loved ones our personal best wishes with the following prayer:

Thank you, Lord, for giving us the strength,
To take the test of life,
Thanks for standing with us,
In all our struggles and strive,
On this occasion of Christmas,
A special thanks to the Almighty,
Thank you for keeping us blessed,
Merry Christmas!

Peter DeRosa
Oakville Trustee

Amanda BartucciDecember 2020 Newsletter
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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

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October 2019 Newsletter

As the Board quickly approaches its first-year anniversary, I’m delighted to reach out to our Catholic School Community. I’m proud to report that my fellow Trustees and I are hard at work, continuing to participate in committee work, visiting schools and advocating to local and provincial politicians for funding and for the protection of Catholic Education.   Our principle role as Trustees is to promote on a continual basis the Board’s main objective: that every student achieves, believes and belongs. These three very simple words that are at the very core of our safe Catholic learning environment.

As you may know, most of our unionized employee groups are currently in the midst of negotiating collective agreements. CUPE recently reached a tentative agreement at the provincial level, which was great news for our CUPE support staff, as well as our students and families.

As a Board, we are committed to the success of the contract negotiation process, both at the provincial (central) and local levels and look forward to reaching renewed contract agreements with all of our union groups as soon as possible.

For more information about the collective bargaining process, please visit: bit.ly/HCDSB-LabourUpdates and as new information becomes available, we will provide any updates through:

As usual,  I welcome and encourage you to reach out to me with your questions and concerns at  DeRosaP@HCDSB.org , Phone: 416-9382529

Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Peter DeRosa
Oakville Trustee and Chair of The Board

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April 2019 Newsletter

It is a pleasure for me to serve as one of your elected Catholic School Trustees for Oakville and Chair of the Board for the 2019-2020 school year. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and provide you with the highlights of the last few months.

Every time I visit a school I witness the great work and dedication the teachers and staff put forth as they strive towards our Board’s goals of making sure that every student achieves to his or her potential, believes by celebrating and putting into action our Catholic faith and belongs, no matter his or her differences. Three very simple words that are at the very core of our safe learning environments.

I am happy that only after 4 months, with a group of primarily new trustees, the Board has already resolved long outstanding issues over executive compensation, reviewed numerous policies, and is actively engaged with committee work. I have visited many schools, engaging with teachers, students, and school councils. I have helped serve breakfast through school nutrition programs. I have attended science fairs, career fairs and speech competitions. Our Trustees are engaging politically by meeting with our local Mayors, MPP’s and other influencers, advocating for the releasing of the necessary funds for renovations, expansions and building of schools so desperately needed to handle the growth in our Board.

The months ahead promise to be challenging, given the recent announcements from the Ministry of Education.  You can find the Board’s response to these measures in a recent letter to the Ministry of Education. Read it here, and feel free to forward it on to your friends and family.

I want to leave you with the assurances that I will remain active and visible, and that I will always be focussed on what is best for the students who attend our Catholic schools in Halton.

I welcome and encourage you to reach out to me with your questions and concerns at DeRosaP@HCDSB.org, Phone: 416-938-2529.

I wish you a very blessed Easter, surrounded in the company of those you hold dearest!

Peter

Amanda BartucciApril 2019 Newsletter
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