2023-24 School Year Calendar
November Virtue of the Month: Conscience
Conscience is the voice of God within us. A developed conscience helps us make decisions that support truly loving relationships.
Albanian Heritage Month (Provincial)
Hindu Heritage Month (National)
Lebanese Heritage Month (National)
National Adoption Awareness Month
November - DPCDSB Secondary School Information Sessions for Grade 8 students and parents
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) will hold a series of information sessions for Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians interested in enrolling in a DPCDSB secondary school for the 2024-25 school year. The information sessions will provide an overview of the programs and services offered at Dufferin-Peel Catholic secondary schools and will provide Grade 8 students with an opportunity to take a tour of the school and hear from current students about the transition into secondary school. A schedule of the Secondary School Information Sessions is available on the DPCDSB website. For more information about the information sessions, parents/guardians should contact their local school directly. To register for the 2024-25 school year, please visit the DPCDSB Online Registration webpage.
November 27 – DPCDSB Gifted Process Information Session
The Special Education and Learning Services Department will host a virtual information session for families interested in learning more about the Gifted Identification Process in DPCDSB on Monday, November 27. More Information / Registration Link
November 29 – St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Secondary School Honour Roll Academic Awards Ceremony
The St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Secondary School community will gather to honour the achievements of its students at the Academic Awards Ceremony on November 29th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. The evening will highlight and acknowledge the students who have exemplified the Catholic Graduate Expectations through hard work and dedication during the 2022-2023 school year. Location: St. Aloysius Gonzaga C.S.S., 2800 Erin Centre Blvd., Mississauga. For more information, contact Liza Santin at 905-820-3900.
November 29 - French as a Second Language (FSL) Literacy Night: Supporting Families Enrolled in French Language Programs
DPCDSB parents of students currently in/or entering elementary French Language programs (Core, Extended, and Immersion) are invited to attend a 1-hour virtual event on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The goals of the event are to equip parents with tools and resources to support their child in developing listening, speaking, and reading skills in all French language programs and to develop a common understanding of what literacy could look like and sound like in elementary French language programs. Click here to join the meeting and access the virtual FSL Literacy Night on November 29 at 7:00 PM.
November 30 – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle
Andrew is known as the first disciple of Jesus. Later, when Jesus chose his apostles, Andrew was among the Twelve.
November 30 - Guardian Angels Fall Classic Chess Tournament Invitational
Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School will be hosting the Guardian Angels Fall Classic Chess Tournament Invitational on Thursday November 30, 2023. This tournament is open to ALL Dufferin Peel Catholic Elementary Schools. Each school will only enter 1 team. Each team will be made up of 5 players + 1 alternate for a total of 6 players. Your one team can be made up of players from any division. The cost per team is $60. This fee will cover banners, medals and ribbons. To secure your spot, make the cheque payable to Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School (exact spelling required). Your spot in the tournament is official once payment is received. Payment must be received by no later than Thursday November 16, 2023. Spots are limited. Please respond to email@example.com.
Virtue of the Month - December: Hope
Hope is the virtue of relying on God. It keeps us searching for true happiness and sustains us during hard times or discouragement.
December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
December 5 & 7 - DPCDSB's 2024-2025 French Immersion Program Virtual Information Sessions
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) will hold two virtual public information meetings for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their child(ren) in the board's Grade 1 French Immersion Program for the 2024-2025 school year. The information sessions will provide parents and guardians with an overview of the French Immersion Program, criteria for admission, information about the online application process, and information about the random selection process (should the number of applications exceed the number of spaces available). Virtual information sessions for parents/guardians will be held on two different evenings based on region of interest.
BRAMPTON & MISSISSAUGA (Our Lady of Providence C.E.S., St. Angela Merici C.E.S., St. Joachim C.E.S., St. Pio of Pietrelcina C.E.S.)
Tuesday December 5, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Microsoft Teams Online Meeting
MISSISSAUGA (All Saints C.E.S., Divine Mercy C.E.S., St. Elizabeth Seton C.E.S., St. Gregory C.E.S.)
Thursday December 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Microsoft Teams Online Meeting
For more information, visit the French Immersion webpage.
December 6 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against
December 7 - DPCDSB Adult Faith Formation For All Series: Dr. Michael Hryniuk - The Hope of Advent: What are we waiting for?
The season of Advent is traditionally celebrated as a time of hopeful and expectant waiting for the coming of the messiah in Christ Jesus. In these present times of chaos and crisis, we may be feeling especially anxious and in need of God's presence and comfort in our lives. In this session, we'll reflect on how the promise of the coming of Christ is the fulfillment of our deepest spiritual longings and explore how Advent can be enriched through a deeper understanding of what those longings are. Virtual Session. Session: #22222. Register on Professional Learning. More Information.
December 8 – Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A feast dedicated to Mary’s conception.
December 9 - St. Giovanni Scalabrini C.E.S. Christmas Market
Time: 10 am - 4 pm Location: 225 Central Parkway West, Mississauga. Christmas Market Flyer
December 10 – Second Sunday of Advent
December 10 – International Human Rights Day
December 12 – National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
The Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council, founded by the Canadian Conference of Bishops (CCCB) in 1998, proposes that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) be a National Day of Prayer and Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. All are invited to join their Indigenous sisters and brothers in a special way this day through prayer and acts of solidarity.
December 14 – St. Paul C.S.S. Arts Christmas Coffee House
This Christmas season, the students at St. Paul C.S.S. invite you to join us in a holiday celebration at our Arts Christmas Coffee House on Thursday December 14, 2023. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m. Location: St. Paul C.S.S., 815 Atwater Ave., Mississauga. The night will be filled with Live Music, a Visual Arts Gallery and a Dramatic Arts performance of “Christmas in the Land of OZ”. In this Wizard of OZ spin off, the Wicked Witch of the Northwest, becomes the grinch of this delightful holiday play when she steals Christmas from Munchkinland. It takes all your Oz favorites — Dorothy and Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion, and the Munchkins to bring the yuletide holiday back. In the process, the Tin Man recovers his sense of humor, the lonely Lion finds a lady companion, and Dorothy finds the spirit of Christmas to take back to Kansas for Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. It’s sure to make you laugh and remind you what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Tickets are $8 in advance, which can be purchased on School Cash Online, $10 at the door, with proceeds going towards our St. Paul Christmas Fundraiser.
December 17 – Third Sunday of Advent
December 18 – Mississauga South Christmas Toy Drive (All Saints Catholic Elementary School)
Every year, the Social Work Department holds a Toy Drive allowing Board Social Workers to "shop" for toys for families-in-need brought to their attention. Last year's Toy Drive managed to collect more than 600 brand new toys supporting almost 100 children. This year's toy drive has been expanded to include many more schools from Mississauga South in the hopes of supporting even more families. This year's event will be hosted at All Saints C.E.S. If you would like your school to join in on the donations, please contact Krista.Mountjoy@dpcdsb.org or Hamid.Jivraj@dpcdsb.org.
December 20 - International Human Solidarity Day
December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24 - Vigil of Christmas - The Nativity of the Lord (Solemnity)
December 25 – Christmas, The Nativity of The Lord (Holy Day of Obligation)
“To you is born this day a Saviour, who is the Christ.” (Luke 2:1-16)
December 25 - January 5 - Christmas Break
December 26 – St. Stephen, The First Martyr (Feast)
St. Stephen is the first-named among the seven deacons chosen to minister to Greek-speaking Christians in Jerusalem.
December 27 – St. John, Apostle, Evangelist (Feast)
St. John is referred to as the “beloved disciple” in the gospels as well as John the Divine.
December 28 – Holy Innocents, Martyrs (Feast)
The ‘Holy Innocents’ are the male children slain by King Herod in Matthew’s Gospel. This feast also points to Jesus as the Messiah.
December 30 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph (Feast)
“Those who honor their father atone for sins, and those who respect their mother are like those who lay up treasure.” (Sirach 3:2-6)
January 24 - DPCDSB Entry Planning and Transition Information Session for students with Differing Abilities
DPCDSB's Special Education and Learning Services Department will host an information session to support the entry planning and transition of students with differing abilities who will be new to the DPCDSB for September 2024. During this session, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to meet with board staff and learn about the entry planning process for students with differing abilities. Differing abilities may include, but are not limited to the following areas: blind low vision, hearing, speech, autism, physical/medical and/or developmental delays in the cognitive and/or motor areas. The information session will be held at St. Marcellinus Catholic Secondary School (730 Courtneypark Dr. West, Mississauga) from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Parents/guardians can register online for this event. For more information, contact Fara Miranda Fernandes, Resource Secretary, Special Education & Learning Services at 905-890-0708 Ext.24011 or Fara.MirandaFernandes@dpcdsb.org. Event Flyer / Registration Link
February 22 - Parents Reaching Out Event: See Me For Me - A Message of Inclusion
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Virtual Meeting / Registration Link / Event Flyer
April 24 - Transition Advisory Committee’s Central Resource Fairs
The Transition Advisory Committee (TAC) will be hosting two Central Resource Fairs for secondary school students with a developmental or intellectual disability and their caregivers. The first resource fair will be held at St. Marguerite d’Youville C.S.S. on Wednesday. November 8, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for the Dufferin, Caledon, Brampton area. The second resource fair will be held at Applewood Acres Secondary School on Tuesday April 24, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for the Mississauga area. Registration is not required for these events. Please refer to the flyer for more information.