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Weekly Update: March 8th

“Through prayer we can enter into a stable relationship with God, the source of true joy.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to ALL the parents that were able to join us for our Uniform Information Meeting on Wednesday, March 3rd!

Thank you to the following students for their time & leadership with the Student Uniform Committee: Nicholas E., Kaelan M., Nicholas S., Sophie R., Adriana S, Madison S, Brayden M, Rebecca M, & Jonah R!

Thank you to our parents for your support in our school parking lots, both before & after school!

Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives and working together to keep EVERYONE safe! – updated information can be found at;

Gentle Reminders:

Carnival- Thursday, March 11th

We are happy to share that Winter Carnival will be coming to Canadian Martyrs on Thursday, March 11th! A special shout out to our AMAZING French Department who have planned a fun filled day for our students! Students will participate in COVID friendly activities throughout the day- all students receiving hot chocolate and a nut free cookie! We are encouraging ALL of our students and staff to wear red, white and black – the colours of Winter Carnival and our School Colours! Please note, there will be stations outside and students will need to dress appropriately for the weather ~ MERCI!

School Uniform Voting Information

Information Regarding our School Uniform Voting Process can be found on our school website, including the Presentation from Wednesday, March 3rd.

Voting will take place in the following manner:

Families with in person learners: A numbered paper ballot will be sent home in an envelope with your child on Wednesday, March 3rd – please note it is one ballot per family for students in KDG to gr. 6 only. Please complete the ballot and send it to school with your child. Your child’s teacher will collect it and deliver it to the main office.

Virtual Families: A numbered electronic ballot will be emailed to you directly, one you have completed it please email the ballot to:

Families NEW to our school for KDG: A numbered paper ballot will be mailed to your home. Please complete it and either mail to the school or return it to our mailbox located at our Main Entrance- Door 1.

ALL ballots are due by Thursday, March 11th, 2021 by 3:30pm.

We will announce the outcome of the vote to our community on Monday, March 15th via school email.

Please find the following Parent Information that was shared with our community on Wednesday, March 3rd during our Parent Meeting;

St. Paul the Apostle Parish ~First Communion Update:

Dates & Times of Celebrations:

There are a total of 8 services to choose from:

Saturday, April 24th     @ 1pm & 3pm

Saturday, May 1st       @ 1pm & 3pm

Saturday, May 8th       @ 1pm & 3pm

Saturday, May 15th     @ 1pm & 3pm

Online Booking:

Each family must register their child for a date and time to receive the sacrament using our Online Booking.

Booking online will go live on March 10th @ 9:00 am and will close March 24th at 6pm.

Parents must book only one date and time for your child; parents with two children receiving the sacrament this year must secure one booking for each child (you will be assigned seats together). Booking will be done on a first come basis.

Parents will receive an email confirming your online booking; if you do not receive an email confirmation please contact the parish office immediately so we can ensure you have a booked date & time.

Cancellations or changes in bookings can only be done by contacting the parish office and cannot be completed online.

Parents will receive a reminder email closer to the date of the celebration. This email will also include your assigned section and pew for seating.

To access the Online Booking please go to the parish website, and locate the Book Online drop down. First Communion booking will not be available on the website until March 10th at 9:00 am.

Confirmation Update:

There will be 6 services with 40 students per service; each student will be able to bring  a sponsor and two guests (presumably parents) – total 4 per pew including the student.

The planned dates are as follows:

May 28th @ 7:00 pm

May 29th @ 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

June 3rd @ 7:00 pm

June 5th @ 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Online booking will be available as of March 26th @9:00am via the parish website: .

Booking will close on April 11th. Please see communication from the parish that was sent to parents on March 4th.

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. 

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

Thank you for sharing your feedback. Your input is valuable to us, and will help us improve our practices so that we can continue to provide a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging.  ~ HCDSB

OAPCE – Ontario Association of Parents in Education

Vision: OAPCE is the voice of parents that promotes and protects publicly funded Catholic Education in Ontario.

Mission: To Engage, Advocate and Enhance through the strength of Our Collective Voice.  Through our connection to home, school and church, OAPCE collaborates with local and provincial education partners to strengthen the parent voice.

Parent Engagement & Education Webinar Series

Webinar Series in March 2021 –

New to KDG ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go! The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions.HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March. 

For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page.

We hope you are able to join us on March 9th or March 11th!

Promoting Well-Being Navigating COVID-19 with your teen

~Posted on January 25, 2021 by Carolyn Wilkie, RN

Parenting is tough, period…but during a pandemic, it’s even harder! If you’re living with teens, your parenting skills have likely been stretched a lot lately. Your teen may feel frustrated and disappointed about missed opportunities like milestone celebrations. So how can we support teens who want to test their independence during a very restrictive time?

Empower them!

Allow them to take control of the things they can.

Give them a chance to show you they can be responsible.

Listen to their thoughts and feelings. 

Show your teen their ideas are valued and respected, even if you don’t agree!

The more young people feel valued, the more likely they are to make good choices. This week take time to connect with your teen about their feelings around the pandemic.

Conversation starters:

1. Discuss how individual actions can affect larger community outcomes. 

Take it further:

What do they think about people not following public health restrictions?

Do they understand the importance of being truthful with public health if they test positive?

Reassure them that public health will not judge or punish them if they have been in close physical contact with non-household members.

Parent tip: Remind your teen that staying home and apart saves lives, and that they are an important part of the bigger picture.  These actions will help slow the spread of the virus and protect those most at risk.

2. How do they feel about the public health measures in place?

Take it further:

How does your teen feel about wearing masks in public spaces?

As a family, find ways to support each other’s safety.

Parent tip: Share the facts about COVID-19. If they ask, share evidence-based websites and guide them to trusted sources of information. Reinforce the great job they have been doing at slowing the spread of COVID-19 with proper hand washing, sanitizing, masks, and physical distancing.

3. Ask your teen about physical distancing. How are they staying socially connected?

Take it further:

What virtual activities can they can explore to lessen their feelings of isolation?

How can they use their time and talents to help someone else who is struggling with loneliness and isolation?

Acknowledge and celebrate milestones in new and creative ways.

When it’s safe to be together again, what are they excited to do?

Parent tip: Learn about different social media platforms and how they can be safely used to connect with friends and family. Visit Common Sense Media to learn about media and parenting.

4. Ask your teen how they are managing requests from friends to hang out in-person.

Take it further:

Do they feel pressured to hang out with classmates? Or worried about being disconnected from their friend group?

How have they been coping with requests to be together in-person?

What would stop them from saying “no” to friends?

Parent tip: Saying “no” takes confidence and practice. Brainstorm how they can respond to requests from friends. For example: 

“Sorry, I can’t come to the park, I’m not allowed because of the strict rules right now, but let’s play video games at 7 pm.”

“I need to stay healthy for my part-time job.”

“I worry I’ll pass COVID to my family.”

Remind your teen, you are also learning as you go.  No parent is perfect.  Everyone is trying to do their best in uncertain times.  However, one thing remains true, the days are much easier when we work together as a team.  Keep well and stay safe.

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Looking Ahead:

Winter Carnival – Red, White & Black Spirit Day
Mar 11 all day
School Uniform Vote Announcement – March 15th
Mar 15 all day
Spirit Day- St. Patrick’s Day!
Mar 17 all day
Gr. 8 Grad Pictures
Mar 18 all day
Gr. 8 Grad Pictures
Mar 19 all day
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
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