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Weekly Update: April 17th

“Let us go forward with the joy of Jesus’ Resurrection, knowing He is always by our side!”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our many families who have Front Line Worker’s, who courageously put themselves at risk to provide us with essential services ~ We are forever grateful for you! Please join us in honoring these incredible individuals each Friday evening at 7pm for a 2 minute “Front Porch Clap” ~ TOGETHER Let’s make some NOISE & show our appreciation!!!

Thank you to our parents for your ongoing patience, understanding & support during these challenging times. We recognize & understand that many of our parents are balancing working from home, caring for loved ones and now helping your children manage distance instruction ~ Please know we are here for you!

Thank you to our amazing staff, as we know you are also learning new ways to support our students while you continue to look after your families and loved ones!

Thank you to our students for your continued demonstration of hope & resilience ~ this will be a moment in time that you will always remember ~ Search for the “Good” and remember we will rise up & “together we can do GREAT things”!

Thank you to Mrs. Bell, our wonderful Child & Youth Councillor who has prepared this special message for our students & their families:

Gentle Reminders:

St. Paul The Apostle Parish Update:

Please find the following link to the St. Paul the Apostle Parish Facebook page; St Paul Facebook Page. Father Ed will be live streaming Sunday Mass at 9 am each week.

Having Trouble Logging in Multiple Children on D2L?

In households where multiple children need to log into D2L on one device, there are options that will allow two or more students to be logged in to their class portals at the same time. This will help reduce the number of sign-ins needed and make accessing D2L classes easier and faster for students. 
For detailed instructions, visit the HCDSB Learn at Home website and access the following page:

Lunch Basket Update

Please be advised if you have ordered “The Lunch Basket” for your child for the Spring (April -June) you will receive a full refund. If you have any specific questions or concerns please contact Sandi (Lunch Basket) directly.  Please note that Sandi has shared that after 10 years, she will no longer be able to remain in business. Please join me in thanking Sandi for serving our community for the past several years.

Cash On Line Updates

Mrs. Thompson has organized all refunds for trips, pizza day, popcorn etc, however due to the large volume of refunds taking place over the province it may take some time before you receive confirmation of your refund. Thank you for your patience.

Grade 8 Year End Trip and Graduation

In light of the current COVID-19 health situation, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our Grade 8 year-end trip and graduation ceremony.  Although at this time, schools are scheduled to re-open for students on Monday, May 4, given the current uncertainty and the rapidly changing developments of this health situation, the decision to cancel the year-end trip and graduation ceremony was made in the best interest of student safety and well-being.  The year-end trip and graduation from elementary school are special events in the life of a student and his or her family. It is a time to celebrate the successful completion of their elementary school education, and the transition to secondary school. We know our students and parents will be very disappointed. We share in your disappointment and are committed to exploring alternative ways to celebrate your son or daughter’s Grade 8 graduation. This may mean rescheduling our graduation ceremony to a later date. It may mean finding ways to commemorate this milestone within a virtual setting. We will gather input from students, parents and staff, and together we will find a way to honour and celebrate your child’s Grade 8 graduation in these extraordinary times.

Student Class Placement – September 2020 – Although it is only April, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2020-2021 school year.  As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria;

  • Balance of ability – academic skills
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style – how the learner learns
  • Teaching style – how the teacher teaches
  • Social blending – who gets along with whom
  • Parental input – re: learning style of the student

Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria.  Specific teacher requests cannot be considered.  Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter/email to the Principal, Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky ( This letter/email should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in.  Letters/emails should be submitted to Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky by Friday, May 1st.  Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process.  We will have approximately 400 students in September and we do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful! Your trust in our professional judgment is greatly appreciated.


If you are aware that you will not be returning to Canadian Martyrs’ CES in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at class organization.

Promoting Well-Being:  Family Assets

Family Assets are the everyday things families do to be strong, even in challenging times. They are the actions we take to build healthy relationships and healthy family members. Whether you are a child, teen or parenting adult, everyone in the family plays a role in building these assets. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing how you can build assets in your home.


Families are stronger when family members have healthy relationships with one another. People in healthy relationships communicate openly, show affection, and support each other.

• Show family members that you care in little ways. Find a new, small but visible thing you can do to show others in your family that you care. Even a note on the bathroom mirror can brighten someone’s day.

• Keep the focus on the relationships. Sometimes others in your family will do things you don’t like or that stress you out or make you unhappy, and you may have to confront the problem. At the same time, make it a priority to maintain your relationship, even in the midst of the challenges.

• Talk about the everyday stuff EVERY day. Don’t wait for “important” conversations to have good conversations with others in your family. Find times to talk together every day. Ask questions like, “What was the best question you asked today?” or “What were the high and low points of your day?”

The Search Institute~ Family Assets

Please Follow us on Twitter @CMartyrsHCDSB & consider tweeting out/sharing pictures of your family learning & spending time together ~ We MISS our students faces and the laughter & joy in our hallways & classrooms!

Looking Ahead:

Student Award of Excellence
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cross Country Meet
Apr 23 @ 3:38 pm – 4:38 pm
Track & Field @ ND
Jun 1 all day
Gr. 8 Graduation
Jun 22 all day
Last Day of School
Jun 26 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
First Communion Make-Up Date
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day~ No School
Oct 12 all day
First Communion Make-Up Date
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Halloween Spirit Day
Oct 30 @ 2:59 pm – 3:59 pm
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