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Weekly Update: June 17th

“The #poor save us because they enable us to encounter the face of Jesus Christ.”

Pope Francis

Wishing All of our Canadian Martyrs Dads a VERY Happy Father’s Day!


A very special congratulations to the following students for their performance in the HCDSB Track & Meet Finals: Thomas B-Silver in Shot Put, Mara V-Silver in 1500m, Mila D- Bronze in Long jump, Mitchell B-Silver  in 100m & Long Jump, Hannah O-Silver  in 200m, Grade 5 Mixed Relay: Jadon S, Jada R., Hannah O., & Nate N.- Sliver, Grade 8 Mixed Relay Cassidy J., Nowah A., Mila D., & Mitchell B – Bronze. Thank you to all of our Athletes who represented our school with great skill, pride & determination! Thank you to Mr. Murray, Mr. Rath & Mrs. Macdonald for your time, commitment and support!

Thank you:

Thank you to our HCDSB’s Special Education Department for hosting “Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for All Bonanza” showcasing ABA methodology to help teachers, school staff, administrators, and parents gain a better understanding of Applied Behaviour Analysis and its benefit on education.

A very special Thank- you to our AMAZING Parent Volunteers who have supported our Pizza Days throughout the school year! Please note that our last Pizza Day of the year was Friday, June 14th. Please be advised that next school year Pizza Days will be every other Friday. We will ensure that dates will be published to avoid any confusion.

Thank you to our Mr. Murray & Mr. Largy for coaching our Senior Boys Soccer Team! Thank you to Mrs. Ferguson & Mrs. Macdonald for coaching the Senior Girls Soccer Team! Both Teams were involved in 3 tournaments and all of our Athletes demonstrated incredible talent, skill and style!

Gentle Reminders:

Save the Date ~ Welcome Back BBQ & Celebration of Learning ~Thursday, September 12. Please see the following information from our parent volunteers if you are interested in helping out for this event:

We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Save the Date ~Talent Show This year’s talent show will take place on Wednesday June 26 @9:30 am. We hope you can join us for the performances!

Save the Date: Play Day ~ Wednesday, June 19th , Rain Date: Thursday, June 20th Students are asked to come in comfortable clothing and running shoes to enjoy this fun filled day!

If your child is in Gr. 8, please remember to forward a “baby picture” to Mrs. Ciarloni, who is organizing the Graduation Slide Show.~ Please refer to the email sent home on Friday, May 25th ~ thank you!

Gr. 8 Graduation is Monday, June 24th @7pm. Please look for a parent letter regarding information that went home with your child on Friday, June14th. The ceremony will take place at St. Paul the Apostle Church, followed by a dance/social for the grade 8 students. Parents are requested to promptly pick up their child at 10:45pm ~thank you!

Medical Conditions – Parent/Guardian Packages

Given that the school year is drawing to a close, please assist us by addressing the following items:

  1. If we currently hold medication for your child, please note that it must be picked up by dismissal (2:00 p.m.) on Friday, June 28, 2019. We do not store medications over the summer.

 Medication or any other medical apparatus (i.e. AeroChamber ®, EpiPen ®),
which is not picked up will be sent home with your child at dismissal.

 For safety reasons, please immediately inspect your child’s backpack for medications upon arrival at home.

  1. We are sending home health care forms for the 2019-2020 school year. Please complete the forms. The completed forms MUST be completed and returned to the school during the week of August 26, 2019.  Please DO NOT return the new forms package prior to the end of the current school year (June 28, 2019).

 With these completed forms, please provide:

  1. Updated medication for the 2019-2020 school year in a Ziploc® bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name.
  1. For PRESCRIBED medications, complete MEDS.1-P form (Request and Consent for the Administration of Prescribed Medication) PRIOR to your child’s first day in September 2019.

Please understand that at the beginning of the school year, parents assume complete responsibility for the administration of the medications their children require until such time as all of the requirements of #2 above are satisfied in full.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding the safe provision of medication and the information pertaining to your child.  Their safety, and the safety of all other students, is our priority.

Dressing for the Weather

With summer weather hopefully around the corner, it is important that students are dressed appropriately for recess. Please send your child to school with a hat and a water bottle to ensure that they are comfortable throughout the day. We would encourage you to make applying sunscreen part of your morning routine rather than send it to school. If you are sending sunscreen to school, please make sure that it is not a spray application as the sprays can make floors slippery if misapplied.

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) would like to inform you of a few items before the end of the school year:

  • If you are moving over the summer and know your new address please make sure you provide the information to your child’s school before the end of June 2019.  If your child(ren) are eligible for transportation from your new address, transportation will automatically be arranged over the summer.
  • Parents/guardians of students who are currently transported under the Courtesy Seat procedure may submit their  online application for the 2019-20 school year now.  Applications are accepted until September 30th and will be reviewed through the month of October.
  • 2019-20 transportation schedules will be available starting August 19, 2019 by visiting
  • If your child is graduating or you are moving out of Halton Region over the summer, you can cancel your email subscription here.
  • Follow us on Twitter @haltonschoolbus to keep informed of important transportation information, safety messages and inclement weather updates.
  • HSTS offices are open all summer Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 4:00. Contact us at

Promoting Well-Being – Raising Resilient Children

Resiliency is commonly thought of as the ability to ‘bounce back’ when faced with a challenge. It helps us to cope with our feelings so we can learn from an experience and move forward. For a child this could mean; having a disagreement with a friend, failing a test or not making a team.

Tips for raising resilient children:

  • Build and maintain relationships.Children need to feel that they belong and have people who support them.
  • Be a positive role model. Children learn by watching.
  • Teach optimistic thinking. Children with a positive outlook have more confidence and self-esteem.
  • Use positive discipline practices. Help children learn and understand the impact of their behaviours, actions and choices. Set clear, reasonable limits. Tell and show what behaviour is expected (not just what children shouldn’t do) and use fair consequences.
  • Give children choices. Helps build decision making skills.
  • Encourage creative problem solving. Helps children think about alternate solutions.
  • Teach children how to be assertive. Show children how to confidently and respectfully communicate their thoughts, feelings and needs to others in a way that is not hurtful.
  • Help your child identify and develop strengths. Encourage them to try new things. Praise their efforts.
  • Help your child identify and name their feelings. Learning to recognize and label their emotions is the first step in teaching ways to effectively express emotions.
  • Build parenting resiliency. Ask for help. Read parenting books or attend parenting workshops.

– Healthy Schools Halton 


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