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Weekly Update: January 27th

“Saying ‘yes’ to God’s love is the first step to being happy, and to making many other people happy.”

Pope Francis


Congratulations to all the students at Canadian Martyrs school who participated in the January Caribou Math competition! Please join me in congratulating the following students for their impressive efforts and achievements in Grades 3-4; Liam A. (1st of 7328 students) Shaynan M. (Top 5%) & Samuel I. P. (Top 5%) and in Grades 5-6: Brayden D. (Top 2%), Rebecca B. (Top 3%) & Luther M. (Top 6 %) ~Thank you Mr. Martin for organizing this for our students!

Thank you:

Thank you to all those parents who made an appointment to register your child for Kindergarten for September 2020!

Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for ND’s Parents Night In ~ the presentations were very informative & timely!

Thank you to our parent volunteer, Mrs. Thompson & Mrs. Kjarsgaard for all of your support with launching our Milk Program!

Thank you for your support & patience in our Kiss n’ Ride lane both before & after school, especially with all the snow!

Thank you to our AMAZING staff, who support our students with various opportunities to be involved in our school community!

Gentle Reminders:

Please note the change of date for our next Catholic School Council Meeting. Our next meeting date is Monday, January 27th @ 6:30-8pm ~ all parents are welcome to attend!

Please note Friday January 31st is a PA Day, there will be no school for students on this day.

Parent Volunteers

We are very fortunate to have parent volunteers who give their time freely to organize & support various activities that occur throughout the school year! We greatly appreciate your support and kindness in recognizing all that they do for your children. Thank you to our parents for being respectful of due dates for Cash on Line ~ we appreciate your understanding & support with this!

February & March Popcorn Sales

Popcorn will be available to purchase using Cash on Line. Popcorn will be delivered on Thursday & Fridays ~ $2.50/bag.  Please note the due is Thursday, January 31st.

Extra- Curricular Activities

We are blessed to be a part of a community, in which staff organize various clubs, teams & activities for your children! Please encourage your child(ren) to listen carefully to our morning announcements to find out when these activities are occurring. Currently we have Choir for students in gr. 3-8, Guitar Club and Band for gr. 7 & 8, Battle of the Books for gr. 3-8, Intermediate Boys & Girls Basketball Teams, Chess Club for gr. 4-8, Colouring Club for girls in gr. 5 & 6, Kindness Club gr. 1-8, Eco-Club for gr. 4-8, Mission Club for gr. 7, Writing Club gr. 5-8 and Glee Club for gr. 7 & 8.

Emergency Procedures

Over the next several weeks we will be holding our Lock Down & Bomb Threat Drills as part of our Emergency Procedures. Please reassure your child that we practice these drills to ensure their safety and they are a part of the regular routine for all schools ~ thank you for your support with this!

Family Literacy Day – Monday January 27

Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27th, was developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadian families to spend at least 20 minutes a day enjoying a learning activity together.

Burlington Public Library

BPL have been engaging Burlington in building 21st century literacies, lifelong learning, and community connections. Our values express our fundamental beliefs; they keep us anchored and guide our ongoing planning and decision-making:

  • Accountability
    The Library belongs to everyone in the community. We are accountable in all that we do.
  • Creativity and Innovation
    We encourage and support creative approaches and innovative solutions in all aspects of library service.
  • Dignity and Respect
    Everyone is welcome. We treat all people with dignity and respect.
  • Excellence
    We value excellence in our services and collections and continuous improvement in our delivery. We empower staff to embrace challenging opportunities and to thrive.
  • Intellectual Freedom
    We subscribe to the fundamental principles of intellectual freedom and the open exchange of information and ideas.
  • Lifelong Learning
    We provide services and resources that contribute to continuous learning.
  • Love of Reading
    We nurture the joy of reading in people of all ages.

Please note that the HCDSB’s Library Services has updated their website and they have FANTASTIC digital resources that students & parents can access at home! Please go to :  and then go to  Learn 360- Classroom Video on Demand: .

Gr. 8 Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

We will be holding a Fundraiser to help cover the cost of the Graduation Trip. Please see the email sent home on Monday January 13th for further details. The Fundraiser will run from Monday January 20th to Wednesday January 29th, with a delivery date of Wednesday, February 12th….boxes are going quickly, we have approximately 30 more available for purchase! Thank you for your consideration & support!

Inclement Weather Reminder

Please check out the HCDSB website for the Inclement Weather procedure & info on school emergency closures & bus cancellations.

Please 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. When we have inclement weather before school, students may enter the building @ 8:45am, using door 6 (KDG door) or door 2 ( Primary/ Jr door).

Pizza Lunch Days

 Please note, Pizza Lunch Days are every other Friday.  Term 2 Orders begin on Friday, February 7th.

Promoting Well-BeingMental Health Tip of the Month – January 2020

Parent Tip: How to talk with your child when you feel concerned that they may be struggling with a mental health concern:

It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start or they worry that they might put thoughts into their child’s head that had not been there, and will therefore, make things worse. Research tells us that this is not the case. Bringing up worries, concerns, changes in behaviour etc. with your child will open the lines of communication rather than worsen the situation.

Here are some tips to help you talk to your child about mental health:

  • Find a quiet time when you are unlikely to have interruptions to begin the conversation.
  • Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them (even if you get scared).
  • Start the conversation with describing changes you have noticed in their mood, behaviour, reactions etc. e.g., “I have noticed that you seem to be crying more.” If you have had conversations with your child’s teacher about concerns, include comments from the teacher’s observations.
  • Share that you “wonder” about how your child might be feeling, what they might be thinking, what they might be worried about etc. e.g., “I wonder if you’re feeling sad about losing your friendship with Sam.”
  • Allow your child time to reflect before they answer.
  • Stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if your child responds with “Nothing is wrong……leave me alone”. If this happens, reassure your child that you are there for them. Give your child some time and then try again.
  • If your child tells you anything that makes you worried (e.g., thoughts of suicide, overwhelming anxiety, self-injurious behaviour like cutting) reassure your child that you are glad they told you and you will help them find the right professional to talk to, and you will be there for them throughout the journey.

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Looking Ahead:

Holocaust Memorial Day
Jan 27 all day
Catholic School Council Mtg @6:30-8pm
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Pita Lunch
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Pizza Day – Term 2
Feb 7 all day
Spirit Day- Red, White & Blue
Feb 7 all day
Spirit Day- Red, White & Pink Day
Feb 13 all day
Valentine’s Day Liturgy & OCGE Recognition
Feb 13 @ 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Family Day
Feb 17 all day
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: January 27th