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Weekly Update: May 6th

“The Lord seeks everyone, He wants everyone to feel the warmth of His mercy & His love”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our AMAZING Gr. 8 leaders & staff who organized our first “Girls Night In” for our female students in Gr.5 & Gr.6! The evening was a great success due to the effort, time & commitment of the following staff; Mrs. Ferreira, Ms. Mauro, Ms. Dobson, Ms Macdonald, Mrs. Rosato, Mrs. Temple-Brown, Mme Pietrantonio, Mrs. Pellegrini, Mrs. Gillis, Ms. Piccolotto, Mrs. Piscitelli, Ms. Sek, Mrs. Toole, Ms. Severin, MS. Rogers, Mrs. Clarke, Ms Foderaro & Mr. Largy!

Thank you Mr. Martin for organizing both our Chess Club and the Chess Tournament @ St. Elizebeth Seton ~ our students shone like stars!

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:

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:

Walk With Jesus- The Halton Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce our ninth annual Walk With Jesus student walkathon in support of Catholic Education Week. Student representatives from each of our 55 schools will participate in this event on Thursday, May 10th. Students will exhibit a sense of community and solidarity in support of their Catholicity as they walk from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School to Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Milton Velodrome), at which point they will participate in Mass led by Father John Van Hees. An important social justice focus of our Walk With Jesus is to provide students with fundraising opportunities in support of the Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation.

As a school community we would greatly appreciate if your child could bring a “toonie” to school on Thursday, May 10th as a donation to the HCCEF ~ we have had several families who have accessed support through this foundation~thank you for your kind consideration.

The participation of students from throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board community in our annual Walk With Jesus will demonstrate that “children helping children” is an important and achievable goal of this board-wide initiative in support of Catholic Education Week. You can stay connected on the day of the event by following us on Twitter using the hashtag: #HCWWJ. Please keep us in your prayers on Thursday May 10th

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.


For optimal health benefits, children and youth (aged 5–17 years) should achieve high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour, and sufficient sleep each day.

A healthy 24 hours includes:

SWEAT: MODERATE TO VIGOROUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – An accumulation of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities, and muscle and bone strengthening activities should each be incorporated at least 3 days per week;

STEP: LIGHT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Several hours of a variety of structured and unstructured light physical activities;

SLEEP: Uninterrupted 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5–13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14–17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times;

SIT: SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR No more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time; Limited sitting for extended periods.


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

Looking Ahead:

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
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

















Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: May 6th