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Weekly Update: November 4th

“We need to love and be loved.” 

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to all of our FABULOUS parent volunteers who made our Halloween Dance-a-thon such a great success! The day was an amazing demonstration of community and school spirit…. the students, staff and parents demonstrated amazing creativity with their costumes this year! A very special thank you to ALL who were able to support our Dance-a-thon!

Congratulations to the following Classes who have won a class pizza party for raising the most money in their division; Ms. Mauro & Mrs. Hajas KDG class, Mrs. Christie’s Gr. 1 Class, Mr. Martin’s Gr. 4/5 Class and Ms. Makariak’s Gr. 7 Class! We will let you know the date once it has been determined.

Congratulations to the following students for winning the raffle prize baskets for your division; Joshua L in KDG, Linnaea A in Gr. 3, Hannah O in Gr. 6 and Sari in Gr. 8!

Congratulations to our GRAND PRIZE Winner Kylie A in Gr. 2!

Thank you to all of our Canadian Martyr’s Families & Friends, we were able to raise approximately $9,000 in donations!

Gentle Reminders:

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!

On behalf of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the Mission club is asking you to share your Halloween candy with children in the developing nations by donating to Dr. Simone’s Canadian Food for Children. If you wish to donate, please give it to your child’s classroom teacher by Monday, November 4th.  We greatly appreciate your support!

Popcorn Sales

The Grade 8 students will be selling popcorn to raise funds for their Graduation Trip to Toronto.  If you are interested in supporting our students, popcorn purchases will be available through School Cash Online. This year the cost will be $2.50/bag. Popcorn will be distributed on Thursdays and Fridays, beginning Thursday, November 7th and ending Friday December 13th . All payments are due by Friday, November 1st. Please note, if you placed an order prior to October 24th, you will be receiving a refund on Cash on Line as there was an error ~thank you for your patience & understanding with this.  Please note, a new sale cycle will begin in January.

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!

On Monday November 11, 2019 our grade 4 & 5 students in Mrs. Rosato & Mr. Martin’s classes will lead our Remembrance Day Liturgy in our school gym beginning at 10:40 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.


“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 look for an email, that will be forwarded on Monday, November 4th, containing important information regarding booking on line appointments.

Our next Catholic School Council Meeting is Monday, November 4th @ 6:30-8:00pm in the School Library~ all parents are welcome to attend!

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

St. Paul’s CWL invite you to their Annual Christmas Bazaar  – Saturday, November 9 from 9 am – 3 pm. Enjoy homemade baked goods, children’s activities including a visit with Santa, penny table, Victorian Tea Room, affordable lunch, Arts and Crafts, Dozens of talented vendors with unique wares and Silent Auction. $1 entrance fee (12 and under free) in support of Carpenter Hospice.

The fall has been a busy season for the parish already with ministries and groups back in action, school masses to start the year and sacramental preparation meetings being held. There are a number of things going in these final weeks of October and the month of November and the parish invites all families to participate and be active in the life of the parish. Please refer to the website or the bulletin for more details.

Christmas Bazaar – the annual Catholic Women’s League premier event will take place Saturday November 9th, 9am-3pm. There will be a wide range of vendors offering gift items for sale, a bake room, a tea room and luncheon room in addition to free face painting for children, Penny Sale and Silent Auction. Admission of $1 with all admission proceeds going to Carpenter Hospice.

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.

As November comes to a close we will begin First Reconciliation celebrations for our Grade 2 students. Our students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday, December 5th @6:30pm.  Please pray for them as they discover God’s mercy in a new way for the first time

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:


No time to exercise? Can’t be bothered to write your feelings down? Mediation may be what the doctor ordered and the benefits may be seen in a mere 5 minutes! The good news is that meditation is free; the bad news is it takes some time to hone the skill. This is especially true if we can’t stop thinking about our “To Do” list or picking up the kids from school.

Once we are able to focus on the present, focus only our breathing, and calm our minds, we will benefit from the emotional and physical health effects of this ancient practice. From reducing negative emotions and gaining a most positive perspective to managing chronic anxiety, pain, and sleep problems, meditation may be the panacea of good health.



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