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Weekly Update: November 11th

“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” 

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to the ECO Team for promoting our Litterless Lunch Wednesdays and Lights Out Lunch Friday!

Thank you to our Catholic School Council for their input and support of our initiatives this year!

Thank you to our parents for getting our students to school, on time, ready to learn each day!

Thank you to Ms. Makariak, Madame Pietrantoni & Ms. Sek for your initiative, support & guidance with the MusiCounts Band Aid Grant!

Thank you to our Gr. 8 students & staff for representing our school community so well at Notre Dame at your transition visit ~ we received lots of wonderful feedback about our community!

Gentle Reminders:

School Parking Lot:

We kindly ask all parents when using the ‘Kiss n Ride’ lane to please stay with your car. If you need to leave your car, we ask that you park and walk your child to the appropriate area. Please note we have received several complaints and the City will be sending a By Law Officer to investigate. Please be advised that By Law officers will issue tickets/fines of $100.00 if parents are parked in the ‘Kiss & Ride Lane’  or the ‘Bus Lane’ ~ thank you for your attention & support with this matter!

MusiCounts Band Aid Grant

The intermediate students have been working dilegently to create an application for the MusiCounts Band Aid Grant. As a community, we are applying for $15,000 to be put towards enhancing are schools curricular and extracurricular music programs. For the application, we are asking for student, teacher and parent letters of support. These letters can discuss the impact music has on our school community and why our school deserves the grant. We would love to show MusiCounts how amazing our school community is, and would appreciate as many letters as possible. Letters can be sent in with students and given to our instrumental music teacher, Ms Makariak, to include in our grant application. Thank you!

On Monday November 11, 2019 our grade 4 & 5 students in Mrs. Rosato & Mr. Martin’s classe will lead our Remembrance Day Liturgy in our school gym beginning at 10:30 am. All students will receive a poppy to wear – donations are welcome. Following this Liturgy we will be recognizing students for being “Discerning Believers”. We hope you can join us.

ECO Club Update

Beginning Monday November 11th, the Eco Club is launching two important initiatives to help us become an Eco Certified School : Litterless Lunch Tuesday & Lights out Lunch Friday. On Tuesdays, the Eco Club is encouraging students to bring a litterless lunch. A litterless lunch creates no waste; everything is packed in reusable containers. This helps to reduce waste and minimize pollution. On Fridays, the Eco Club is encouraging all classrooms to turn out their lights during lunch to conserve energy.

The Book Fair is coming …

Canadian Martyrs school library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, November 18th to Friday, November 22nd.  This is an exciting time for our community to view new titles and learning resources, while supporting the school library.  Purchases can be made using cash, cheque (payable to Canadian Martyrs School), credit card (Visa /MasterCard/ American Express), or Apple Pay.  Thursday, November 21st, will be our family night; parents are encouraged to visit the book fair before or after their scheduled Student Led Conference.  A special door prize draw will be held that evening! The book fair hours of operation will be: Monday – Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ~ Thank you for your support!

Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~ thank you for your support with this!

Pita Pit Lunch Days

Pita Pit Lunch Orders are now available on Cash on Line. Please note the due date for all orders is November 7th. Pita Pit Lunch Days will take place on November 21st, December 5th & December 19th. A very special thank you to our parent volunteer who organized this for our school community!

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the
student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports will be coming home on November 19th. We will be holding Student Led Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews) for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, during the evening of Thursday, November 21, 2019, and on Friday, November 22, 2019.  Parents will be able to schedule your Student Led Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews) online. Please refer to an email was sent on Monday, November 4th with instructions.

Save the Date: Christmas Concert ~ Our Christmas Concerts has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th, stay tuned for more details!

Save the Date: Joy Day & Christmas PJ Day ~ Joy Day will be held on Wednesday, December 18th in the morning. We are encouraging all of our students, staff & parent volunteers to wear their Christmas PJs on this day ~ stay tuned for more details!

See the Problem, Be the Solution

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention week (November 11 – 15), the HCDSB Student Senate will host the annual Bullying Prevention Launch – “See the Problem, Be the Solution” on Tuesday November 12 at Holy Trinity CSS. The purpose of the campaign is to promote equity and inclusion and put an end to bullying as a Catholic community.  Thank you to Ms. Dobson and our three intermediate students for representing Canadian Martyrs CES!

 St. Paul Parish News October-November 2019

A reminder that the annual  Catholic Women’s League Christmas Bazaar runs this Saturday November 9th from 9am-3pm. Admission is $1. There are wonderful vendors, activities, food and fun being offered so please make time to come to the church that day and support this important event

Coffee Sunday – following the Bazaar on Sunday November 10th and hosted in partnership by the CWL and St. Timothy Elementary School. Please join us after the 9 am and 11 am mass in the hall for refreshments and fellowship. Many of the Bazaar vendors from the day prior remain on site for this event.

A reminder to all Grade 7 parents and students that Confirmation Enrollment Masses begin at the end of the month starting November 30th  and December 1st as well as December 7th & 8th. Students will be given Enrollment Promise forms this month during parish team visits.

Promoting Well-Being Free Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being

The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s wellbeing—without weakening the wallet… we will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:


There is an interesting trend brewing and it includes a coloring book and pack of pencil crayons. No, this isn’t for the kids, adult coloring books are all the rage and based upon the notion that creativity is a great stress management tool. Exciting research published in the American Journal of Public Health reviewed over 100 studies examining the creative arts and health. The results showed improvements in both mental and physical health including decreased levels of depression and anxiety while increasing the body’s immune system function.

No money for a coloring book and pencil crayons? Grab a piece of paper and start doodling. Create something from nature (leaves, sticks, rocks). Creativity isn’t so much about the products but about the process. When we embrace our creative side, we are enhancing our overall quality of life (just as we would by taking a walk or eating a carrot).



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Looking Ahead:

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