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Weekly Update: May 13th

“To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers in their unconditional & sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism.”

Pope Francis


Congratulations to the following students for receiving our OCGE recognition for being a “Caring Family Member”; Xander W, Alex T, Thomas B & Nowah A ~thank you for sharing your gifts & talents with our community!

Thank you:

Thank you to the many parents & guests that were able to join us & celebrate Catholic Education Week!

Thank you for using the Safe Arrival System to report daily absences using one of the three ways: the SchoolMessenger mobile app, SchoolMessenger website:​, and by calling toll-free at: 1-844-445-4505 – for more information check out this link –

Gentle Reminders:

Our Final Catholic School Council Meeting will be held on Monday, May 13th @ 6:30 pm.

Our Senior Girls Soccer Tournament is being held at Notre Dame on Wednesday, May 15th, followed by the Senior Boys Tournament on Thursday May 16th ~ Thank you to Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Macdonald, Mr. Murray & Mr. Rath for coaching!

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update:

Bishop Crosby has announced changes in assignments for priest in the Diocese and has appointed newly ordained priest, Father John Schnurr as Associate Pastor effective June 26th. We welcome him to our parish and wish him much success in his new role. This moves means that our current Associate, Father Philippe has been reassigned to St. Catherine of Sienna.  We will be saying farewell to Father Philippe on Sunday June 23rd with receptions following the 9 and 11 am masses. Please join us that day for cake and refreshments to say goodbye. The parish is supporting a Grade 9 Outreach Retreat day at Corpus Christi by collecting non-perishable food and toiletries. Please consider donating to this worthy cause by dropping items off in the marked boxes at the parish until May 20. Further details in the bulletin or parish website.  We congratulate our pastor Father Ed Henhoeffer, who celebrated 24 years of Priestly Ordination on Sunday May 6th.

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 – Mental Health for All Children and Youth

What is meant by “child and adolescent mental health”?

  • The term “child and adolescent mental health” refers to the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of children and adolescents, and is considered an integral part of healthy development.
  • Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental health problems. This is as true in childhood and adolescence as it is in adulthood.
  • Many such problems are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them.
  • For children and adolescents, however, adult awareness, sensitivity, and guidance often are very important to help them to learn and grow from such problems.
  • For some children and adolescents, the problems are serious enough that supports and guidance from the main adults in their lives (e.g., parents and teachers) are not sufficient, and specialized assistance is needed. Without such assistance, the problems can cause much stress and heartache to the children and adolescents, as well as to their families, their teachers, and the community. In addition, such problems can lead to even more serious mental health problems in adulthood.

What can parents do?

  • The daily activities of parents and families, as well as parents’ positive relationships with their children and adolescents, actively promote the mental health of their children and adolescents.
  • Parents’ roles and relationships impact children and adolescents’ feelings of self-worth, dignity, identity, and belonging. Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
  • Parents also are in an excellent position to observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual, perhaps lasting longer than average, which could indicate a mental health problem requiring consultation and intervention.
  • “Sometimes you just can tell that something is not right.”



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Looking Ahead:

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
GR. 3 & 6 EQAO Assessment
May 29 all day
“Batting Our Hunger” Food Drive ~ Kids Helping Kids
May 31 all day
Track & Field -Burlington
Jun 3 @ 3:39 pm – 4:39 pm
Gr. 8 Grad Trip
Jun 5 all day
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