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Weekly Update: May 1st

The Lord seeks everyone, He wants everyone to feel the warmth of His mercy & His love”

Pope Francis


Please join me in welcoming all of our new & returning Kindergarten Families. Please find the following link on our school website to the Kindergarten Orientation PowerPoint Video to help prepare you for September;

Thank you:

Thank you to all of our families who continue to support the Burlington “Front Porch Clap” in support of our essential workers! Please remember to show your support each Friday evening at 7pm ~ TOGETHER Let’s make some NOISE & show our appreciation!!!

Thank you to all of our families for your patience and commitment to “Distance Learning”, we know it can be challenging but please know we “Can Do This Together”.

Thank you to all of our staff for your commitment to our students and our families!

Thank you to all of our students, their families and our staff for participating in our Beach Day! It was wonderful to see all of those smiling faces~ thank you for sharing!

Gentle Reminders:

Catholic Education Week

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 – May 8. The theme for CEW 2020 was inspired by three sources:

  • The recent Papal Exhortation, Christus Vivit, by Pope Francis following the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
  • The recent Ontario Bishops’ pastoral letter, Renewing the Promise (2018)
  • The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations by the Institute for Catholic Education (2011)

The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Igniting Hope are:

Our Hope in Christ

The Hope Within Us

The Hope Among Us

Hope for the World

A Future Full of Hope

Catholic Education Week is usually a week in which our students and staff are very excited about welcoming our Parents & Guests into our school for various activities & celebrations. Although this year will be apart, it is now more important than ever to recognize and appreciate the many gifts of Catholic Education. We are truly blessed to be able to celebrate our Faith as we support & nurture your child as they learn and grow. Please consider ways in which you can celebrate this special week at home with your family. We invite our families to consider the following ways in which you can collectively Ignite Hopeat home and within our community:

  • Create a fancy message of hope in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk for passerby to read, or create a poster to put in a window.
  • Write a postcard or note of thanks for frontline healthcare workers and drop this in the mailbox for a local hospital.
  • Create a Rosary out of painted rocks and place them in your garden.
  • Bake cookies and deliver them to your neighbourhood grocery store for workers to share.
  • Make cards or draw pictures for seniors in your community.
  • Music makes us happy. Create a playlist of happy music. Play this in your backyard, or if you are able, send it to a family member who you miss.
  • Make a video or recording, singing a favourite hymn. Send this to your parish priest. He needs support at this time.
  • Look in your bible or go online to make a list of psalms that give hope.
  • Write an acrostic poem about HOPE… H is for Happiness, O is for Ongoing, P is for … etc.
  • Write words of hope on index cards or paper and hang them from a tree in your yard for others to read.
  • Go for a walk past your local parish. Stop in front of your church and say a prayer for your faith community.
  • Look through a newspaper for stories of hope and talk about the stories.
  • Put messages of hope on social media.
  • Plant some seeds in the ground. When they bloom, they will give hope.
  • Phone your grandparents and tell them you love them.
  • Offer a hug to a family member in your house.

Please consider sharing pictures on Twitter of how your family is celebrating Catholic Education Week and tag your tweets @CMartyrsHCDSB #CEW2020 #IgnitingHope

Grade 2’s

Please keep our Grade 2 students and their families in your prayers this weekend as they were to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. The Parish is planning on celebrating this important milestone in the Fall.

Father Ed’s 25th Anniversary

Please note that May 6th marks Father Ed’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination. All planned activities had to be cancelled. We ask all our parish staff and families to say a special prayer for him on this important date and know that once we can safely gather again it is our intent to celebrate this in a more formal manner.

Praying the Rosary

Father Ed has shared that Pope Francis calls all Catholics to pray the Rosary Daily in the Month of May. Please find the following link on our school website to support your family with this request:

Marian Consecration ~ May 1st

Please find the following link to the Marian Consecration for families on May 1 as guided by Pope Francis:

COVID-19 Together! We Feed Students! FAQ

Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food 4 Kids Halton have partnered with the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Halton District School Board to ensure our students receive the support they need.

Q. Can BOTH Elementary AND Secondary students register to receive Together! We Feed Students! support?

  • Elementary and/or Secondary students can register for Together! We Feed Students! support

Q. What is the Together! We Feed Students! registration process?

  • Families contact Food for Life or 905-635-1106 ext. 7 to register.
  • Must provide delivery address, phone number and email
  • Registrations are being triaged by the usual triage team at Food for Life.
  • NOTE – Students / families who are able to safely access existing FFL food programs will be directed to local programs
  • Identified / approved students / families who are not able to safely access existing FFL food programs will receive home delivery of bagged / boxed food, starting with our most vulnerable

Q. Once approved for Together! We Feed Students! how will students receive home delivery support?

  • Identified / approved students / families will receive home delivery of bagged / boxed food, starting with our most vulnerable
  • The goal is to provide deliveries once per week depending on capacity and funding

Q. What type of food is included in the Together! We Feed Students! home food deliveries?

  • Both perishable and non-perishable food items will be included in the home delivery

Q. How can a community member support Together! We Feed Students!

  • ONLINE DONATIONS ARE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY and can be made to any of the partners of the Together! We Feed Students!
  • Contact Food for Life with food donation inquiries

Q. Are there additional programs / initiatives community members in need of food can access?

Grade 7 School-based Vaccine Clinics – Cancelled for 2019-2020 School Year

The Halton Region Public Health department has made the decision to CANCEL the third round of Grade 7 school-based vaccine clinics for the 2019-2020 school year, due to the school closures related to COVID-19. This round would have included the second and final doses for both the Hepatitis B and HPV 9 vaccines, offered to Grade 7 students who received the first doses of these vaccines in the fall of 2019. Halton Region Public Health will reschedule these clinics for the 2020-2021 school year and will let families know once the clinic rescheduled dates are finalized.

Parents and guardians can contact their healthcare providers directly if they wish to have their child receive this vaccine through their family doctor. Please report any vaccines your child receives outside of school by visiting: or by calling 311. 

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 they have clear expectations for each other, including talking about

tough issues, setting fair rules and boundaries, and expecting everyone to contribute to family life.

• Use the news to bring up tough topics. It can be hard to bring up a difficult issue with your

parent or with your teen. Sometimes a story in the local or national news can help get those

conversations started. Ask others in your family what they thought about a story you read or

how they would respond in those situations.

• Think through tough conversations. Sometimes you need to have a difficult conversation. Think it through in advance. What questions do you need to ask? What questions will the other person ask of me? What can you do to make it go well? When would be a good time that everyone involved would be able to focus?

• Be proactive in setting expectations together. Sometimes we avoid setting expectations and addressing tough topics because they can be uncomfortable. So we wait until there’s a problem, which is often the most difficult time to bring up a topic or set new expectations. It’s much more effective to be proactive, bringing up issues long before they become a problem or a big deal.

• Establish expectations that meet the four Cs—Clear, Consistent, Completion, Compassionate:

Clear: Set expectations that are explicit, concrete, and understood. Reinforce them by writing them down or asking others to say what they understand the expectation to be. Discuss the “why” behind the expectation to increase understanding and buy-in.

Consistent: Be fair in how expectations are set, monitored, and enforced. For example, if teens are not allowed to text during meals, adults should not text during meals either.

Completion: Focus on the goal more than the process in determining whether expectations are met. (For example, a goal may be to have a clean living room. It’s less important whether the dusting or vacuuming is done first.) That gives some freedom in how things get done, focusing instead on ensuring that the expectations are met.

Compassionate: Remember to keep your relationship as a high priority and recognize that no one is perfect.

• Recognize that everyone contributes to making your family strong. It’s not just the parent or parents who make a family strong and build its assets. Each person plays a role in whether your family functions well, whether everyone feels comfortable at home, how tasks get shared, and whether it’s enjoyable to spend time together. Talking through what each person wants to contribute (and is able to contribute) is a good starting point. Then monitor to be sure that what needs to happen does happen—and adjust as needed.

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:

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
First Communion Make-Up Date
Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 all day
Student Led Conferences/ Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov 26 @ 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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