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Weekly Update: February 17th

“When we confess our sins with humility and sincerity, we receive forgiveness & are reunited with God and our brothers & sisters.”

Pope Francis


A special congratulations to the following students for being “Self-Directed, Responsible, Lifelong Learners”; Sophie Q., Hudson G., Olivia P.  & Sari N

Thank you:

Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who organized and distributed the Krispy Kreme Donuts on Wednesday!

Thank you Mrs. Spence-Smith for organizing the Author visit for our students in Gr. 4-8, the students thoroughly enjoyed listening to Eric Walters speak about his work!

Thank you Ms. Makariak & Madame Pietrantoni for all of your time and energy with our newly formed Glee Club ~ their performance was absolutely amazing at our liturgy on Thursday!

Thank you Mrs. Dobson for supporting our students with the school wide initiative of “See the Problem, Be the Solution”

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!

Calendar Revisions:

Carnival will take place this 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. You will be notified by email if we need to reschedule this event due to weather ~ please say some special prayers for snow!

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!

Provincial 1 Day Strike: Friday, February 21st. There will be no school for students this day.

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.

Pizza Lunch Days

Please note, Pizza Lunch Days are every other Friday.

Term One Report Cards – Wednesday February 19

Report cards for term one will be coming home with your child on Wednesday February 19th

Pancake Tuesday

Thank you to our parent volunteers that are organizing our Pancake Tuesday event for our students on Shrove Tuesday. All students will be served pancakes in the morning on Tuesday February 25.

Promoting Well-Being – List of Feeling Words From A to Z By Amanda Morin

Parents will often ask their kids to express themselves with words—”Use your words!” is a common playground refrain—but it’s not always easy for children. They are still exploring feelingsand are sorely in need of emotional vocabulary to hang these feelings on.

  • Helping our kids expand their emotional vocabulary not only aids them scholastically, but it also helps them better understand the subtlety of emotions and how words like “happy” and “elated” or “indifferent” and “disinterested” differ.
  • By teaching our children the feeling words appropriate to their age—and encouraging them to use them when expressing themselves—we aid in their emotional growth now into their teenand adult years.


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Looking Ahead:

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
Pink Shirt Day
Feb 26 all day
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Feb 26 @ 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Int. Girls Basketball Tournament @ ND
Feb 27 all day
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