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Weekly Update: March 29th

“May the Lord always give us hope for the future and the strength to keep going.”

 Pope Francis


Congratulations to the following students for being Collaborative Contributors; Brooke M., Joshua N., Alice A. & Kyler M. Thank you for sharing your gifts & talents with our community!

A very Special Congratulations to Mr. Martin, our Gr.4/5 Teacher on his Retirement! Mr. Martin’s last day will be Wednesday, March 31st and we are pleased to welcome Ms. Howard , who will be covering his class until June. Please join me in thanking Mr. Martin for his years of service and for all he has done for the Canadian Martyrs Catholic School Community!

Thank you:

Thank you to our Gr. 3 students in Ms. Galley’s & Mrs. Toole’s class for leading us in our Lenten Liturgy.

Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives – updated information can be found at

Thank youto our Canadian Martyrsfamilies for your efforts to stay home and stay healthy so we can be healthy and safe at school.

Thank you to our staff for your diligence with the covid-19 protocols each day.

Thank you to our 7 students in Ms. Makariak’s class for the preparations for the Stations of the Cross virtual presentation next week.

Thank you, parents and students, for your quick drop offs and pick-ups – a reminder not to congregate before and after school.  Students are reminded to return directly home after school. 

Gentle Reminders:

What is Holy Week?

Please see the following link regarding the Importance & Meaning of Holy Week:

Passion (Palm Sunday) – Sunday, March 28th   

On Palm Sunday Catholics celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before His death and resurrection.  The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted Him by waving palm branches and covering His path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, He begins His journey to the cross.

Stations of the Cross

Ms. Makariak’s Gr. 7 class will be leading us through the Stations of the Cross on Thursday, April 1st via Teams. Please look for an email with an invitation, if you would like to join us!

Easter Weekend

Parents please note this upcoming weekend is Easter Weekend. There will be no school for our students on Good Friday (April 2nd) or Easter Monday (April 5th). Please refer to the following link to the St. Paul the Apostle Parish Website, regarding schedules for Holy Week & Easter:


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.


Students in Grades K – 8 are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including hallways and during classes, as well as on school vehicles.  Students are required to wear masks outdoors during recesses where multiple classes are outside together.  Students will continue to remain in their class cohorts while outside at recess and to maintain physical distancing from each other.  As students will be wearing masks outside at recess, they will be asked to bring additional masks to school if their mask gets wet, damaged, or soiled at recess.  Masks have been provided for all students. If students need an additional mask, they can approach staff for an extra mask when needed.  Staff will provide daily opportunities for mask breaks (i.e., DPA activities outdoors with one cohort at a time and students can maintain physical distancing) with considerations made for appropriate mask storage and hand hygiene.

A reminder to all parents and guardians that masks are required when entering school property (fence line, parking lot, building).  When waiting near the gates at the beginning of the day or at dismissal, please ensure that masks are worn until you enter your car off school property.  These safety measures are in place in accordance with Halton Public Health and HCDSB COVID-19 return to school policy and procedure.  Remember we are all in this together!


As a driver in Ontario, it is your responsibility to obey all posted speed limits. The Halton Regional Police Service wants to remind motorists that this is especially important around school zones. Unfortunately, collisions have occurred due to speeding in these areas.

These accidents and near misses can be avoided:

SLOW DOWN – The faster you go, the less reactionary time you have to avoid a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian.

OBEY THE SPEED LIMITS – Speed limits are posted on all roadways and it is your responsibility to abide by these limits. Failure to follow these limits could result in a fine, demerit points and the loss of your licence.

COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONES – These are designated zones found in residential areas and roadways close to school zones where there is increased potential danger to children and pedestrians on foot, on bicycles, and with strollers. Community Safety Zones are clearly marked. Speeding in these areas will result in increased fines.

PLAN AHEAD – Leave yourself enough time to drop-off and pick-up your child. If you are running behind, speeding will not get you there faster and could result in a fine, collision, or serious injury.

A child’s safe arrival to and departure from school is everyone’s top priority. School zones should be safe zones.

Do your part and drive responsibly!


2 District Elementary School Liaison Officers

905-825-4777 ext. 2205

Twitter: @haltonpolice                                    905.825.4777               

HCCEF 24 Hour Lenten Fast:

“….whatever you do for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you do for me…” Matthew 25:40

This year, Canadian Martyrs School is joining with the Halton Catholic Children’s Fund for the 24 hour to raise money for children and families in our community.  

Please join our journey to support the less fortunate in our community by joining our team as a member or donating to the team to help us reach our goal of $1000.00. 

Team members will be ‘fasting’ from food, or another chosen item (like electronics) for 24 hours from March 30-31. 

Funds go towards supporting your own Halton Catholic community: 

  • Poverty remains a powerful factor in whether a student succeeds in school.
  • Halton families experiencing job loss.
  • Single parent families can’t afford to buy food.
  • Newcomer families are struggling to purchase basic necessities.

Please click on the following link to donate:

Any donation, whatever size is welcome, every dollar counts, thank you for any support you can give!

UPDATE! Changes to Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements 

1. Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool 

The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until: 

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR 
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR  
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of this afternoon. 

Parents and guardians are reminded to complete theCOVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: 

2. Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household 

The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply: 

  • All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 
  • Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
  • Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 
  • If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   
  • This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND 
  • All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 

Promoting Well-Being – 39 fun ways kids can play outside this spring

 ~ Josée Bergeron 

The sun is getting warmer, birds are singing, and my children are shedding their winter gear all over our backyard. Spring is in the air! After the long sleep of winter, nature is filled with a flutter of activity and new energy. Trees are exploding with blooms, insects are buzzing, and critters are busy building nests. The kids are full of energy too! Thankfully, spring offers many simple, easy, and fun outdoor activities for children to get their wiggles out. On that note, here are 39 free and easy activities you can do outside with your kids this spring:

1. Search for signs of spring

Take a stroll around your neighbourhood or nearby park and search for signs of spring with your child, encouraging them to use all their senses to find spring. What can you see? What do you smell? How does spring feel?

What your child is learning: mindfulness, as well as an introduction to nature science. 

2. Jump in a puddle

Next time your child spots a puddle encourage them to jump in it! Puddle-jumping helps children build strength and coordination in their legs, and it’s just so much fun. Don’t worry about the mess: clothes and children can always be washed and dried.

Skill your child is developing: jumping.

3. Make a mud pie

Spring is wonderfully mud-delicious! Playing in the mud encourages children to used their creativity and problem-solving skills and all the scooping, digging, pouring, lifting, and moving of mud helps children develop their hand dexterity—so important through life. Mud can be made into pies, castles and art—you’ll be surprised what your kids might come up with.

What your child is learning: creativity, problem-solving, hand dexterity, and sensory processing. 

4. Play in the rain

Rain, rain don’t go away: you give kids fun ways to play! Rainy days transform the outdoor world into wet and wonderful landscapes to explore. Grab those raincoats and rubber boots and head out for some rainy day play. Children can catch raindrops into containers or on their tongue, make rain music on pots and pans, race sticks in gutters or creeks, or sing and dance in the rain.

Skills your child is developing: movement, creativity, and problem-solving. 

5. Climb a tree

Yes! Let your child climb a tree. Tree climbing helps kids build strength, coordination, and awareness of the pleasures and risks of playing at great heights. Show your child which trees are good for climbing by pointing out trees with sturdy, low-hanging branches. Guide them to be aware of how high they climb and help them learn how to come down safely.

Skills your child is developing: climbing and hanging.

6. Dig for earthworms

Digging into dirt and finding wiggly worms is exciting and educational. Children like digging for worms and finds it strange that they have no arms, legs or eyes.

What your child is learning: digging, sensory processing, and an introduction to nature science.

7. Spin in circles

Encourage your child to spread her arms like an eagle and see how fast she can spin before falling down. This simple activity helps children develop balance and spatial awareness.

Skills your child is developing: balance and spatial awareness.

8. Practice spring-themed yoga poses

Show your child how to pretend to be a tall tree, hop like a frog, curl up like a sleepy seed, or a flutter like a butterfly. These are a few simple spring-themed yoga poses that you can practice together outside in a park or your yard.

What your child is learning: body awareness.

9. Plant seeds together

Plant some easy-to-grow seeds like peas or sunflowers with your child. If you don’t have a yard, try planting seeds in a pot on your patio or even indoors. Planting seeds is an important opportunity to teach kids how food grows and how to care for plants.

Skill your child is developing: dexterity.

10. Go for a bike ride

Spring is the time to tune up bikes and go for a ride! If your child is still learning how to cycle, choose a quiet street or park where he or she can learn. For more advanced bikers, try out trail biking or play some bike games to develop skills such as weaving through a line of objects.

Skills your child is developing: balance and movement. 

11. Play with a jump rope

There are many ways to play with a jump rope. At first, your child will need to learn jumping with two feet. Be patient and encouraging during this phase—sometimes it takes time. Once this basic skill is learned, challenge your child to try different types of jumps: cross jumps, scissor jumps, and duckie jumps.

Skills your child is developing: jumping and coordination.

12. Watch the clouds float by

Place a blanket on the ground and invite your child to watch the clouds in the sky. Lay quietly or be curious about what you see. Are the clouds moving fast or slow? What shapes do you see?

What your child is learning: mindfulness.

13. Build a fort outside

Scrounge up some materials from around your home or in nature. Things like old sheets, long sticks, and rope are perfect for fort-building. Head outside and let your child use their imagination and problem-solving skills to build a fort. Younger children may need a parent or older sibling to help them.

What your child is learning: creativity and problem-solving.

14. Toss a ball

Now that the snow is gone, take out a ball. Find an open field to kick, toss, or throw the ball with your child. Your child might want to start up an impromptu game of soccer with the family or make up a game of their own.

Skills your child is developing: kicking, throwing, and creativity. 

15. Make rain art

Drip, drop, drip. Bring some paper, paintbrushes, and paint outside in the rain. Show your child how to use rain to clean brushes and to spread paint.

What your child is learning: creativity and fine motor skills.

16. Smell the flowers

Tulips and lilacs and daffodils—oh my! Go for a flower walk with your child. How many different flowers you can find? What do the flowers smell like?

What your child is learning: an introduction to nature science.

17. Draw with sidewalk chalk

Sometimes we need to help spring along by bringing a little colour outside. Cheer up your neighbourhood by creating sidewalk chalk art and games like hopscotch with your child.

What your child is learning: creativity and fine motor skills. 

18. Visit a pond

Below the murky surface of a pond there’s a whole world waiting to be discovered. Bring along a couple of buckets and a net and show your child how to go pond dipping. Can you find tadpoles or other pond mini-beasts?

What your child is learning: water safety and nature science. 

19. Go on a bug hunt

By late spring there are tons of bugs buzzing around! Go on a bug hunt with your child. Do you see bugs on flowers? How about under rocks and logs?

What your child is learning: nature science. 

20. Make a nature “potion”

Gather, mix, and stir. Nature potions are strange concoctions made of nature materials. They are endowed with magical properties. Help your child make their magical potions by giving them some pots and showing them which nature materials are safe to use.

What your child is learning: creativity and nature science.

21. Go bird-watching

Spring is an exciting time for birds. Birds are flying to their summer homes to build nests and raise hatchlings. Attract birds to your home by building or setting up a bird feeder or go in search of birds by visiting parks and ponds. What kinds of birds can you see? What are they doing? Can you hear them sing?

What your child is learning: nature science.

22. Play in the wind

Spring weather can be windy! Play in the wind with a kite, flag, or streamers. Ask your child to experiment with throwing things in the wind like a leaf, pinecone, or feather. What do they notice?

Skills your child is developing: running and throwing.

23. Go on a spring picnic

Enjoy a spring picnic outside with your child. Bring healthy foods that are in season, like strawberries and peas, and taste how yummy they are when you eat them outdoors.

What your child is learning: healthy eating. 

24. Watch bees and butterflies

Bees and butterflies are pollinators. They help plants grow and make food. Search for bees and butterflies outside with your child or learn more about honeybees by reading books or watching nature videos together.

What your child is learning: nature science.

25. Make spring rubbings

Spring is full of different textures, from rough bark and smooth leaves to wet grass and silky flowers. Invite your child to feel the textures of spring and try to capture those textures by making nature rubbings. Hold a piece of paper on top of a textured surface and rub it with a crayon.

Skills your child is developing: fine motor skills and sensory processing.

26. Search for animal tracks

When animals walk over soft earth and mud, they leave prints behind. Bring your child on an animal track hunt and see how many different tracks they can find.

What your child is learning: nature science. 

27. Weave a bird nest

Bird nests are works of art. Can you spot a bird’s nest in the trees? Invite your child to gather twigs and grass and weave together a bird’s nest of their own.

What your child is learning: Fine motor skills, problem-solving, and creativity.

28. Read a spring book outside

There are many wonderful books about spring for children. Explore your bookshelf for books on this theme, search your local library’s e-book collection, or treat your child to a new book, and then find a nice spot outside for some read-aloud time.

What your child is learning: reading.

29. Turn over logs and rocks

There are unique critters that like to live under rocks and logs. Have your child move heavy stones or deadfall and look underneath. Don’t forget to put them back in place so your new little friends can stay snug in their homes.

What your child is learning: lifting, pushing, pulling, and nature science.

30. Go on a colour hunt

Spring is bursting with colour. Go on a colour hunt with your child and see how many colours you can find in nature. Take pictures of all the colours you can find.

What your child is learning: observation and nature science.

31. Create spring nature art

Use nature finds that your child has brought home (rocks, pinecones, shells, feathers) to create a spring mandala, or invent your own nature art.

What your child is learning: creativity and fine motor skills.

32. Arrange a bouquet of flowers

Children love flowers and are naturally drawn to pick and arrange them. It’s important to let kids do this when it’s appropriate. If there are no dandelions growing in your grass for your child to pick (lucky you!) then try visiting your local garden centre to find affordable blooms your child can arrange.

What your child is learning: creativity and nature appreciation.

33. Play hide and seek

If your child has exhausted all the great hiding spots inside your home, then it’s time to bring hide and seek outside!

What your child is learning: problem-solving, counting, and running. 

34. Bring nature inside

Choose a special spot in your home to display your child’s nature finds. Kids often have pockets full of rocks, shells, and other tidbits. Putting their treasures on display allows them to observe them more closely and be curious about nature.

What your child is learning: nature appreciation.

35. Lie down under a tree

Looking at something ordinary, like a tree, from a different perspective helps children see the world in a different way. Lie under a tree with your son or daughter and be curious together.

What your child is learning: mindfulness.

36. Balance on a log or beam

The next time your child spots a beam at the park or fallen tree in nature, help them walk along it. Be sure the fallen tree isn’t rotten or slippery and be ready to offer a helping hand if needed.

Skill your child is developing: balance.

37. Smell the scents of spring

Spring has many interesting smells. Flowers smell sweet and fragrant, while marshy meadows can be stinky. Notice how spring smells in your yard or a nearby park, or on a nature trail.

What your child is learning: nature science.

38. Blow bubbles

Little bubbles or big bubbles, kids love all bubbles and there are plenty of easy recipes for making bubbles online.

Skills your child is developing: sensory processing, fine motor skills, and coordination.

39. Wash toys outside

It’s time for spring cleaning! Children enjoying imitating skills they see adults doing, so why not capitalize on this interest and get them to wash their own toys outside? Fill a shallow bin with warm soapy water and a rag and let your child give it a go.

Skills your child is developing: sensory processing and fine motor skills.


Looking Ahead:

Catholic School Council Meeting #4
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Holy Thursday ~ Stations of the Cross @ 1:15pm
Apr 1 all day
Good Friday
Apr 2 all day
Easter Monday
Apr 5 all day
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 12 all day
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 13 all day
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 14 all day
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 15 all day
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 16 all day
PA Day- no school for students
Apr 23 all day
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