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Weekly Update: April 29th

Christ is risen, & with Him our creative hope arises to face the problems of our day, because we know we are not alone.”

Pope Francis


Congratulations to our Gr. 2 students who received the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday on Saturday April 27th. Thank you to our Parish Team, Mrs. Ferguson & Mrs. Shaw for your dedication in preparing our students & families for this special day.

Congratulations to Sam K. for receiving this year’s Student Award of Excellence. Sam will be recognized on Monday, April 29th during the HCDSB “Student Award of Excellence”Ceremony, which recognizes one student from each of our elementary & secondary schools who exemplify excellence in Catholic Education.

Thank you:

Thank you to all of our new Kindergarten families who joined us on Wednesday, April 24th for Kindergarten Orientation! A very special thank you to our Catholic School Council Chair & Co-Chair for attending and welcoming our new families!

Thank you to our parents who supported our Senior Basketball luncheon, what a wonderful way to celebrate both the Girls & Boys Teams accomplishments this year!

Thank you to our AMAZING staff, who support and run NUMEROUS clubs, teams & extra-curricular activities allowing our students to experience a strong sense of belonging!

Divine Mercy Sunday – Sunday, April 28

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread. The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. Divine Mercy Sunday has been established as the Sunday after Easter.

Gentle Reminders:

Burlington Hydro is scheduled to continue to complete 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 pending on equipment set up ~ thank you for your patience & support!

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 for CEW 2019 was inspired by three sources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exsultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. Mindful of the Synod on Youth, 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:

The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities

The Canadian Martyrs School Staff would like to invite all of ‘our’ valuable volunteers to join us for breakfast on Thursday, May 9th between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. If you have volunteered during the 2018/2019 school year, in any capacity, please come and join us. To all of our volunteers, please consider this your personal invitation to this special event. Thanks again for your support throughout the school year!

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 – Wear a Helmet!

According to Parachute Canada, head injuries are the leading cause of serious injury and death to children on wheels. A helmet could save your child’s life! Be sure they wear a helmet every time they ride.

Here are some tips for helmets:

  • Get the right kind of helmet for the right activity.
  • Make sure the helmet fits properly. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule.
  • Ensure a bike helmet is replaced after five years or a crash where the cyclist has hit their head. After five years the plastics dry out and could become brittle. As well, the helmet may not meet current safety standards.
  • Praise children for wearing helmets, especially if they do so without being asked.
  • Remember: You are your child’s best role model. Everyone should wear a helmet when they ride or skate.


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Looking Ahead:

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
Year End Mass @ St. Paul the Apostle Church
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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