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Weekly Update: April 22nd

“In the Eucharist you really meet Jesus, share His life, feel His love; there you experience that His Death & Resurrection are for you.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for our Holy Thursday Prayer Service, your support & presence is always appreciated!

Thank you to our Gr. 7 student leaders who have organized dodge club for our junior students, we appreciate your commitment & service to our community!

Gentle Reminders:

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update:

As Lent ends we begin the Triduum – the three days of holy events leading up to Easter Sunday. Here are some of the special celebrations that will take place over this time:

  • Holy Thursday April 18th Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 8pm
  • Good Friday April 19th services at 12:00 pm (a special age appropriate video will be presented in the parish hall for children JK –Grade 2 to coincide with the service) and 3:00 pm
  • Holy Saturday April 20th – Blessing of Easter Foods at 12pm
  • Easter Masses will be held starting with the Easter Vigil on Saturday April 20th at 8pm and as follows on Easter Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am (church and hall) and 12:00 pm

Additionally the parish will be holding a Volunteer Appreciation Mass of Thanksgiving followed by a reception in the hall on Tuesday April 23rd –  all are welcome.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, Burlington Hydro will be returning to complete some repairs and as a result areas of our playground and field will be closed. Please note work will not begin prior to school and will end before dismissal. We may be following our inclement weather schedule and keeping our students inside during recess, pending on equipment set up ~ thank you for your patience & support!

Our Gr. 2 students will be receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 27th @ 1:30pm at St. Paul the Apostle Church. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to grow in faith.

Student Class Placement – September 2019 – Although it is only April, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2019-2020 school year.  As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria;

  • Balance of ability – academic skills
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style – how the learner learns
  • Teaching style – how the teacher teaches
  • Social blending – who gets along with whom
  • Parental input – re: learning style of the student

Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria.  Specific teacher requests cannot be considered.  Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter to the Principal, Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in.  Letters should be submitted to Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky by Wednesday, May 1st.  Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process.  We will have approximately 400 students in September and we do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful! Your trust in our professional judgment is appreciated.


If you are aware that you will not be returning to Canadian Martyrs’ CES in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at class organization.

Catholic Education Week May 5-10th:

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples” and will be celebrated during the week of May 5 – May 10.  The theme and sub-themes are very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ through the discernment of their vocational pathways. In the section of Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read, Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”

The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples are:

Rooted in Prayer

Living in Community

Doing Justice & Creating Hope

Journeying Together in Faith

Sharing the Good News

Please see the following link for our School Activities during Catholic Education Week:

We will be hosting our Volunteer Tea on Thursday, May 9th from 8:00-9:30 am. We look forward to seeing our wonderful volunteers. Please contact the office to let us know if you are able to attend ~ thank you!

EQAO – Save the date!

The Grade 3 and 6 students will be completing their Primary and Junior EQAO assessments Wednesday, May 22nd, Friday, May 24th & Wednesday, May 29th. The purpose of EQAO assessment is to promote academic excellence and improvement in student achievement throughout all schools in our province.  As educators, we do prepare and respond to our EQAO results with appropriate accountability, integrity and due diligence.  As we are preparing for this year’s Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Testing, we are sharing the dates of testing.  We hope this will be helpful when planning any family vacations or medical appointments. We encourage all students participating in the EQAO testing to be present at school and on time.

Promoting Well-being – Walking to School

Walking to school is a great way for children to be active.

As a parent you can help your child learn about walking to school safely(external link):

  • Be a good role model.Demonstrate road safety rules with your child (e.g. looking both ways when crossing the street).
  • Plan a walking route.Assess potential hazards with your child. Encourage your child to stick to the route.
  • Remind your child about personal safety.Point out the houses of people you know where they can go for help if needed.
  • Adopt a buddy system.Walk with a “walking buddy” – a sibling or a friend.
  • Hold the phone.Pedestrian safety is compromised by texting, earphones and cellphone conversation. Electronics like iPods and cellphones should stay in their bag while walking to school.
  • Talk about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.
  • Check out Active and Safe Routes to School.A provincial initiative that strives to create an environment that is conducive to, and supportive of, safe, walkable communities.


Please Follow us on Twitter @CMartyrsHCDSB to see all of the wonderful “happenings” in our school community!

Looking Ahead:

KDG Orientation ( New to KDG- JK year 1 for Sept. 2019)
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gr. 2 First Holy Communion @ 1:30 pm
Apr 27 all day
Pita Lunch
May 2 all day
Girls Night In 5-8pm
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Volunteer Appreciation
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Catholic School Council Meeting
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Pita Lunch
May 16 all day
GR. 3 & 6 EQAO Assessment
May 22 all day
Council of Chairs Meeting
May 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GR. 3 & 6 EQAO Assessment
May 24 all day
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