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Weekly Update: February 10th

“Real Love is about LOVING and LETTING yourself be LOVED”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our fabulous Catholic School Council & Parent Volunteers for your support with the Gr. 8 Krispy Kreme Fundraiser!

Thank you to Ms. Dobson for organizing our upcoming School Liturgy on Thursday, February 13th @ 11:15am in our school gym ~ we are excited for our Glee Club as they will be sharing a song that they have been rehearsing! We will also be recognizing our students for being “Self-Directed Responsible Lifelong Learners” following the liturgy ~ all parents are welcome to join us!

Thank you parents for sending your child dressed & prepared to enjoy this wonderful winter weather! Our students are enjoying playing with their friends in the snow during recess!

Thank you parents for your patience in the parking lot with all the snow…a smile & a wave can go a long way in demonstrating kindness!

Gentle Reminders:

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update February 2020

The parish is happy to be celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation with our Grade 7 students this month. On February 8th students from St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Timothy and St. Anne will receive the sacrament, followed on February 22nd by students from Canadian Martyrs, St. Christopher and Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will be welcoming the Chancellor of the Diocese of Hamilton, Monsignor Murray Kroetsch as he will be celebrant for these services. Please pray for the students, their sponsors and parents during this important time.

February also marks the beginning of Lent which starts on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. Students will have an opportunity to receive ashes at school that day and the parish will offer 3 Masses for the community to come and receive ashes. Masses that day will take place at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

During Lent we will also offer Stations of the Cross each Friday at 7:00 pm starting on February 28th. Please join us for this special devotion service as part of your Lenten preparation and reflection.  The entire Lent and Easter schedule will be inserted in the bulletin and posted on the website soon.

The Social Committee is hosting another Euchre Night on Saturday February 29th at 6:00 pm. Details will be posted in the bulletin.

Coffee Sunday will take place next on Sunday March 1st following both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses.  The school community of Canadian Martyrs, along with the parish Knights of Columbus will be hosting this event. Come to the parish hall immediately following Mass on this date for refreshments and fellowship. All are welcome!

PA Day in February

Friday, February 14 is a designated Professional Activity Day for our school board.

Family Day – Monday February 17, 2020

The basic purpose of Family Day is to provide a special occasion on which Canadians can celebrate family and community life and to provide a holiday in the otherwise holiday-vacant, three-month span between New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Alberta first instituted Family Day in 1990 to celebrate the family life of the early pioneers, Saskatchewan made it a public holiday in 2007, Ontario in 2008, and British Columbia in 2013.

School children and private-sector workers get Family Day off, but as the holiday is a provincial and not a federal matter, federal workers do not get it off. Despite most people being off work to spend time with their families, post offices are still open as are public transportation facilities, though sometimes on a reduced schedule.

On Family Day, many take part in winter sports like ice skating, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. There are community events and winter festivals to attend all over Canada this time of year. It is also popular to attend art exhibits and various museums, which frequently have discounts or even free entry on Family Day.


Calendar Revisions:

Carnival will take place on Wednesday, February 19th for students in K- gr.8. Please send your child dressed and ready to participate in outside activities for the morning, weather pending.

Public Speaking Competition will take place on Thursday, February 20th @1:15pm in the school gym for students in gr. 4-8. All parents are welcome to attend!

Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award.   

The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).

Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020.

Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.

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.

Pizza Lunch Days

 Please note, Pizza Lunch Days are every other Friday.

Promoting Well-Being – How Teaching Kids Empathy Can Prevent Bullying


 Kindness and compassion are qualities all parents hope to instill in their kids. But achieving this goal requires more than simply asking your child to do nice things for other people. In fact, authentically kind people are motivated by feelings of empathy. They can see things from another person’s perspective and understand how they might be feeling1. They also can anticipate what might make a person feel better. When they can do these things, they are truly empathetic.

·       How to Teach Children Empathy

·       Make Sure Your Child’s Emotional Needs Are Met

·       Ensure Kids Can Identify and Share Their Feelings

·       Encourage Kids to Explore Other Perspectives

·       Model Empathy Using Everyday Opportunities

·       Teach Kids to Find Common Ground With Others

·       Encourage Kids to Imagine How Someone Else Feels

·       Talk to Kids About How Their Behavior Impacts Others


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Looking Ahead:

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
Feb 19 all day
Term 1 Provincial Report Cards
Feb 19 all day
Gr. 7 Confirmation Rehearsal
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Public Speaking Competition gr. 4-8
Feb 20 @ 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Int. Boys Basketball Tournament @ ND
Feb 25 all day
Shrove/Pancake Tuesday -will go ahead!
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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