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Weekly Updater: October 12th

“The Word of God fills us with joy and this joy is our strength.”

 Pope Francis


Congratulations to our Gr. 3 Students who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, October 10th. Our remaining Gr. 3 students will receive this Sacrament on Saturday, October 17th & Saturday, November 7th~ Please keep them in your hearts & prayers.

Congratulations to the following OCGE recipients for demonstrating how to be a Discerning Believer; Bryce P., Emiliana G., Reynaldo R., & Errol C.~ Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with our community!

Thank you:

Thank you to our Catholic School Council and the parents that joined us for our first Virtual meeting of the school year ~ we have a wonderful council this year! Please refer to our school website for the Agenda, Minutes and Principal’s Report for further details!

Thank you to our students & staff for following our Emergency Evacuation Procedures~ we completed 3 Fire Drills and all of our students and staff were EXCEPTIONAL!

Thank you to our staff for all of your thought & energy in preparing for our 1st Virtual Celebration of Learning!

A very special thank you to Mrs. Ciaroloni’s Gr. 7/8 class for organizing our virtual Thanksgiving Liturgy and for reminding us of the importance of gratitude ~ we are truly blessed!

Gentle Reminders:

Thanksgiving Day

Please note that Monday is the Thanksgiving Holiday ~ We wish all of our families a Blessed Thanksgiving!

“Virtual” Celebration of Learning

This year our Celebration of Learning may look and feel different, but our staff are dedicated to welcoming you into your child’s classroom virtually! Your child’s teacher has prepared a Pre-Recorded Power Point Presentation which will showcase the following:

  • Your child’s Learning Environment
  • Home School Communication
  • Routines/Expectations (Information regarding Homework is found in your child’s agenda)
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Well Being

There will be a Welcome Back message and Information provided by School Administration that will be emailed on Wednesday, October 14th @6:30 pm and then posted on our School Website. On Thursday, October 15th parents will receive an email from your child’s teacher with a “Welcome to our Classroom Message” and a link to access your child’s classroom presentation. As always, parents are welcome to contact their child’s teacher with any questions.

Although we can not gather as a community in the school building, please know we greatly appreciate your patience, support and smiles as we “Try” another first!

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update

First Communion and Confirmation Update:

  • The parish is working on the registration system for those children currently in Grade 2 and Grade 7 who wish to receive the sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation this school year. We appreciate parental patience as we work our way through this plan, which is very different from our normal planning. We anticipate having detailed information to share with parents in the coming weeks and it will also be posted on our website.
  • This weekend marks the beginning of our “make up dates” for those children who missed First Communion last year – if your child missed the sacrament and you have yet to sign them up for a makeup celebration please contact the parish office or see the website for details.

Mass Update:

  • The weekend masses continue to have room for those wishing to attend. Please try to arrive early to secure seating and remember that our volunteer ushers are there to seat everyone in order to utilize the limited capacity seating as best possible. Masks are required to enter the church and must be kept on during the mass.
  • The parish also continues to livestream them mass via Facebook Sunday at 9:00 am and a recorded version of this is kept up on the Facebook page to be watched when suited.

Knights of Columbus Bottle Drive:

  • The parish Knights of Columbus group are hosting a second bottle drive in the parking lot on October 17th and 18th from 10 am to 1pm (home pick up of donated bottles can be arranged via the Knights directly)
  • The proceeds from the bottle drive will go to assist the various charities supported by the Knights

Halton Alive:

  • There are many events and activities going on at Halton Alive and you are encouraged to view their website  to see what is happening and to learn more about getting involved and helping out

Happy Thanksgiving to all St. Paul the Apostle Families!

Daily Screening & Symptoms Protocol

Parents and guardians are reminded to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in your children and to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools each morning before sending your children to school.

What to Do If Your Child Has COVID-19 Like Symptoms
When a child is sick with new or worsening COVID-19 like symptoms, parents and guardians must follow one of the following three options:

Have your child tested for COVID-19 and keep them home to self-isolate until the test results are revealed; test results will indicate the next steps.


If your child has an alternative diagnosis provided by a health care provider, they may return to school once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.


Keep your child home to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. They may return to school after the 14-day period once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.

The updated screening tool offers a more comprehensive checklist of the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

The online COVID-19 Screening Tool will be updated soon to include these new revisions.

In the meantime, you are asked to keep screening your children for COVID-19 each day using the updated guidelines in the link below:

October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Promoting Well-Being: 10 Growth Mindset Questions to ask your child at dinner table

  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What challenge or problem have you worked on today?
  3. Can you think of something new you tired today? What was it?
  4. Was there anything that made you feel stuck today? … Great! What other ways might there be to solve this?
  5. What did you learn today outside of school?
  6. Can you think of a mistake you made today? … Great! How can you use this mistake to do better next time?
  7. Is there anything you are struggling with? … Excellent! What new strategies can you try next?
  8. Can you think of something you could have done better today? … Great! Who can you seek feedback from to make it better?
  9. What would you like to become better at?
  10. Did you do anything today that was easy for you? … How can you make it more challenging for you?

Wishing all of our Canadian Martyrs Families a very blessed Thanksgiving!


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Looking Ahead:

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
First Communion Make-Up Date
Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting #2
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Gr. 4 Gifted Screening- Mr. Martin’s Class
Nov 24 all day
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 all day
Council of Chairs- Virtual
Nov 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Gr. 4 Gifted Screening- Mrs. Rosato’s Class
Nov 26 all day
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