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Weekly Update: January 18th

“In worship, we make it possible for the Lord to transform us by His love, to kindle light amid our darkness, to grant us strength in weakness & courage amid trials”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our students for all their work online – it is always great seeing & chatting with you during class visits!

Thank you to our families for your support and wonderful feedback. Please email your child’s teacher if you have any questions as we continue to work together in remote learning and check out the board link  for Learning at Home.

Thank you to our AMAZING HCDSB Strategic Communications Department for their endless support in keeping the HCDSB community up to date!

Gentle Reminders:

Mind Up Program K-Gr. 8

Your child/children will be starting lesson six, Mindful Smelling.  During the lesson your child will learn about Dopamine, one of the neurotransmitters which plays a role in producing and regulating positive feelings such as pleasure, hopefulness, optimism, and interest.  When your child/children have sufficient levels of dopamine “feel-good” neurotransmitter in their brain they are more able to maintain motivation, delay gratification, and feel rewarded and content. Dopamine effects the brain’s ability to create positive feelings necessary to concentrate, pay attention, remember, and keep trying all things critical to their learning.  During this lesson they will be practicing focusing on new senses.  This will broaden their ability to observe, enjoy their experiences, give them the opportunity to be fully engaging in what they’re doing while strengthening their self-awareness and self-control.  

Ask your child/children about the smells that they like and dislike. 

School Fundraiser- Little Caesar’s Pizza

Our Catholic School Council would like to invite our community to participate in our upcoming School Fundraiser! Little Caesars at 1801 Walker’s Line has offered to support our school! Starting on  January 18th – 31st 2021, 20% of your Little Caesars® order will be donated to Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School.

Ministry Updates and Additional Information 
As communicated by the Ontario government yesterday, teacher-led remote learning will be extended until January 25, 2021 for elementary students in Southern Ontario. This decision was made to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across our province. Read the News Release here.

We will continue to share any new updates as they become available, in the following ways:

Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we work with the Ministry of Education and our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe for all.

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in D2L.

Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.  

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

Financial Support for Parents
The Ontario government has made financial support available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.

Apply for Support for Learners Funding here:

Faith & Well-Being Resources
I recognize that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff.

Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time: 

Kindergarten Registration

Originally, Advanced Kindergarten Registration was to take place from Monday, January 18 through Thursday, February 4, 2021. Due to the extension of the remote learning period, Part 2 of Advanced Kindergarten Registration will be rescheduled after schools reopen for in-person learning.

Parents are still encouraged to complete Part 1 of the registration process, which can be done online.

Part 1 – Online Registration

  • Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process.
  • Once signed in, parents will need to fill out an online registration form for their child.

Part 2 – Complete Registration In-Person
Following the completion of online registration (Part 1), parents will be contacted directly through email. 

NOTE: You will be contacted by our office staff, either Mrs. Thompson or Mrs. Phillips, to complete Part 2 of your child’s Kindergarten registration when schools re-open for in-person learning.

What do I Need to Register my Child?

To complete part 2 of the registration process, parents must bring the following documents to their home school (required documents):

  • ​Birth Certificate (required for Year 1 and Year 2) 
  • ​Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2021.
  • Year 2 children (new to the school) are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2021.​
  • Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate. Please refer to the ​Board’s Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
  • Proof of address

If you have a child who will be entering Year 1 Kindergarten in September, 2021, we hope you will take advantage of the Advanced Kindergarten Registration process. Please feel free to pass this information along to friends or neighbours with children entering Kindergarten next year. 

Please note: Children currently registered in the Year 1 Kindergarten program are not required to register for the Year 2 program. Placement in the Year 2 program will be processed by the school, unless otherwise stated.

More Information

For more information on HCDSB’s Kindergarten program and the advanced registration process, please visit:

Promoting Well Being: How can parents help students learn online?

With schools across the country dismissing for weeks due to COVID-19, parents and students have been thrust into the world of online or virtual learning. While not every student is a fantastic candidate for online learning, this will be the “new norm” for many. If you have never experienced online learning before, you may have some questions and fears. Here are some tips for parents to facilitate online learning in their homes.

Create a workspace – Your student needs a workspace that is comfortable and is free from distractions. Be sure things like lighting, internet connection, and supplies are readily at hand. Keep the workspace consistent to develop the “I’m in school now” mindset.

Post a calendar – Put a calendar on or near their workspace to track assignments and due dates. It is easy to get confused when multiple teachers have multiple assignments and due dates. This also minimizes the chances they miss an assignment and you can assist with time management.

Determine your technology supplies/needs – It’s best to have a desktop or laptop computer and a printer available. However, you may have to be flexible and utilize tablets or personal devices to complete assignments. It’s possible you may have to redesign some of your space at home to give your student access to the technology they need. Other helpful accessories would be headphones, flash storage drives, and an ethernet or “hard wire” internet connection.

Communicate with the teacher(s) – Unlike being in the classroom, teachers cannot read body language so they cannot see a student nod in agreement or a face of confusion. Your student is going to have to communicate with the teacher in ways other than speaking. Allow your student to communicate with the teacher, but feel free to guide them in that communication. It should not read like a text message using abbreviations if it is an email. If you have trouble with technology, an assignment, or understanding a concept, contact the teacher immediately!

Allow for breaks – Online learning takes tremendous focus and brain power, so you are going to need to allow for breaks. These breaks should provide some physical activity. Activity can be simple, such as stretching, going for a walk, or using one of OPEN’s Active Home or Active Classroom activities! Remember younger students will need more frequent breaks.

Eliminate distractions – Keep the learning environment free of as many distractions as possible. Cell phones, personal devices, pets, televisions, and other potential disruptions should be kept to a minimum.

Be flexible – This opportunity allows students to explore how and where they learn best. If the weather is nice, think about an outside learning day. Younger students may enjoy “pajama day” for school. Think creatively to keep the learning fun and engaging!



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Looking Ahead:

School Fundraiser – Little Caesar’s Pizza
Jan 18 – Jan 31 all day
Return to In- Person Learning
Jan 25 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Spirit Day ~ Beach Day!
Feb 4 all day
PA Day
Feb 5 all day
School Uniform Vote March 4th-11th
Feb 5 all day
Virtual Friendship Liturgy @1:10pm
Feb 5 @ 5:35 pm – 6:35 pm
School Uniform Vote March 4th-11th
Feb 8 all day
School Uniform Vote March 4th-11th
Feb 9 all day
School Uniform Vote March 4th-11th
Feb 10 all day
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