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Weekly Update: November 18th

“God can act in any circumstance, even in the midst of defeat.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to ALL of parents for sending your child dressed & ready to enjoy this winter weather!

Thank you to Mr. Martin & Mrs. Rosato’s classes for organizing our Remembrance Day Liturgy for our community!

Thank you to our INCREDIBLE choir for sharing your gifts & talents with our school!

Thank you to Ms. Sek, Mme Pietrantoni, Ms. Makariak and all of our staff with your support & creativity in organizing our Christmas Concert!

Thank you to Mrs. Ferreira & Ms. Mauro for organizing our Kindness Club! Our Kindness Club will be helping us with our “Giving Tree”. If you are interested in supporting those in need please look for a “Giving Tree Ornament” with a description of items needed. You are welcome to pick one up during our upcoming Student Led Conferences (November 21st & 22nd). Thank you for your support!

Thank you to ALL of our parents who walk their children to school each day!

Thank you to ALL of our parents for your support, smiles & patience in our school parking lots before and after school!

Gentle Reminders:

Sunday, November 17th is “World Prematurity Day” ~ We have several students in our school who were born prematurely and we kindly request that our students & staff wear purple on Monday November 18th to show their support & awareness ~thank you!

The following classes will be having a Pizza Party for the most funds raised for our Dance-a-thon on Tuesday, November 19th;  Ms. Mauro/Mrs. Hajas, Mrs. Christie, Mr. Martin and Ms. Makariak ~ Congratulations and thank you for your support!

Bullying Awareness Week

During the week of November 17 – 23, Halton Catholic schools join school boards across Ontario to recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (Ontario Ministry of Education Link) each year, to develop awareness and understanding of the factors that contribute to a safe, inclusive, caring and accepting school climate. Building a positive and inclusive school climate is a necessary condition for student success. Thank you to Ms. Dobson, Ms. Bell  and our school representatives for organizing the activities and announcements during this week. More information and links can be found on the HCDSB website at :

Christmas Concerts

We will be holding our Christmas Concerts on Wednesday, December 11th(@10:00am Gr. 3- 6  with Gr. 7/8 Instrumental & Choir Performances & @1:15pm KDG to Gr.2 with Gr. 7/8 Instrumental & Choir )and Thursday, December 12th  (@10:00am KDG- Gr. 2 with Gr. 7/8 Instrumental & Choir & @1:15pm Gr. 3-6 with Gr. 7/8 Instrumental & Choir Performances) Please note if you have children in gr. 7 & 8 and who sing in the choir, you should be attending the gr. 3-6 performances, as we need to adhere to our Fire Plan Regulations ~ thank you! Please look for information regarding tickets in an upcoming email.

Kindness Club Initiatives:

Due to last year’s generous contribution to the Angle Tree gift drive, CCAS (Catholic Children’s Aid Society) has reached out to us for another showing of support.

How it works…

Step 1: Choose an ornament or snowflake from the basket under

the tree, available as of November 21st.

Step 2: Take a copy of the suggestions list for gift-buying ideas.

Step 3: Purchase item(s) for the allocated age on your ornament/


Step 4: Securely fasten your ornament/snowflake to the outside of your unwrapped item(s) and place them under our tree by December 2nd.

*if you have multiple items for the same ornament/snowflake, please group them in a bag.

*if you are returning gift cards on their own, please place them in an envelope with the ornament/snowflake and put them in “Santa’s Mailbox” beside the tree.

While most of our ornaments are geared towards school-aged children, we have also included toiletries as a possible gift option such as: toothbrushes/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, soap, dish soap, laundry soap, body lotion, toilet paper, razors, etc.

CCAS has also requested various Christmas items such as: plastic washable Christmas tablecloths, Christmas napkins, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, and Christmas wrapping paper.  In addition, gift cards to the follow stores: No Frills, Food Basics and Walmart to help families fill their pantries for the holidays.

We are also pleased to announce the Kindness Club’s 2nd Annual Winter Gear Drive.  Between November 21st and December 2nd we will be collecting new or gently used winter gear such as: coats, snow pants, boots, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, etc.

Let’s come together as a community and show our kindness to those in need Canadian Martyrs style!

Notre Dame invites you to STEAM DAY

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and our upcoming STEAM day focuses on these areas, showcasing fun and interactive activities for elementary students to explore what we do before coming into secondary school. The event will take place on Saturday, November 30 from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm at Notre Dame CSS in Burlington. It will include refreshments, 12 club led activities as well as a seminar and Q&A panel for parents focusing on ways to bring STEAM into their homes, hosted by the STEAM executive.

 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 be included in our grant application. A very special thank you to those parents who have already sent in letters, your support is GREATLY appreciated! If you have not had an opportunity to forward a letter, there is still time!

ECO Club Update

 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!

“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 Tuesday, 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.  Please note a reminder email with instructions on how to book an appointment was emailed on Wednesday, November 13th.

 St. Paul Parish News October-November 2019

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 – Help Your Child Love Who They Are

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Positive self-esteem means liking yourself, feeling content most of the time and feeling proud of who you are.

Children with healthy self-esteem are more likely to be happy, cooperative, and successful at school. They make friends easily and are fun to be with because they enjoy challenges, are eager to learn and enjoy success. They are also more likely to cope positively with stress and are less likely to develop behaviour problems. As a parent you have the greatest influence in helping your child to be confident and develop healthy self-esteem.

How can you build positive self-esteem in your child?

  • Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
  • Tell your child you care.
  • Help your child make friends.
  • Encourage your child to set goals, do things for themselves and evaluate their own achievements.
  • Encourage your child to express their ideas and make decisions.
  • Help your child manage their feelings, think realistically and be optimistic.
  • Teach your child to solve problems for themselves.
  • Use the 40 developmental assetsto help build self-esteem in your child.



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