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Weekly Update: April 19th

“In the Eucharist you really meet Jesus, share His life, feel His love; there you experience that His Death & Resurrection are for you.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

A BIG SHOUT OUT of APPRECIATION to our parent community for the special treats for staff ~ please know how much your appreciation and support means to us!!!

Thank you to our families with your patience and diligence at drop off and pick up times in slowing down, respecting the kiss and ride expectations. The safety of our students is our top priority! Please do not pass other cars as they are stopping to drop off.

Thank you to our Canadian Martyrs families for your efforts to stay home and stay healthy so we can be healthy and safe at school!

Thank you to our students and staff for your thoroughness with covid-19 protocols each day!

THANK YOU to all of our Canadian Martyrs Families & Staff for your patience & support as we work together in moving to Remote Learning.

Gentle Reminders:

Spring Fundraiser– Please look for an email on Monday, April 19th for important information regarding our “Plantables Fundraiser”! A VERY Special Thank you to our Catholic School Council for organizing this for our school community!

Earth Day– April 22, 2021 – Blue and Green Day!

In view of the current exceptional global health situation, outdoor gatherings and activities are prohibited. But it is still possible to celebrate Earth Day! Use this slowdown to organize environmental activities at home, alone, or with your family!

Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas of practical, creative, and fun ideas for all tastes and ages – 

We are encouraging ALL of our students & staff to wear Blue and Green in honor of “Mother Earth” on Thursday, April 22nd!

Friday, April 23rd is a PA Day– There will be no school for students on this day.

Student Class Placement – September 2021 – Although it is only April, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2021-2022 school year.  As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria;

  • Balance of ability – academic skills
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style – how the learner learns
  • Teaching style – how the teacher teaches
  • Social blending – who gets along with whom
  • Parental input – re: learning style of the student

Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria.  Specific teacher requests cannot be considered.  Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter/email to the Principal, Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky ( This letter/email should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in.  Letters/emails should be submitted to Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky by Monday, May 3rd.  Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process.  We will have approximately 400 students in September and we do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful! Your trust in our professional judgment is greatly appreciated.


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.

International Children’s Book Day

Family Paint Nights ~ Learn about Indigenous Art

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in 3 virtual family paint nights to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The 3 online sessions will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved! However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

Family Paint Nights:

Monday, April 12th – Geese Returning to Nest

Wednesday, May 5th – Sugar Moon, Representing the Maple Syrup

Wednesday, June 9th – Strawberry Being the First Fruit of the Season

Each session will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A link to the live sessions will be available on Grandmother’s Voice YouTube channel on the scheduled time and day.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:


Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements 

1. 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 ~ Stress

One in five children will struggle with poor mental health. Stress is often a contributing factor.

Simple steps to help calm your child

  • Spend time with your children: Laughing and having fun together as a family is a great stress buster.
  • Be a good role model: Show your children how to stay calm, even when you are feeling stressed.
  • Maintain routines as much as possible: Morning routines get the day off to a good start while bedtime routines help kids relax. This is often the time when kids will want to chat about their day.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle: Healthy food, physical activity and adequate sleep helps the body cope more easily with stress.
  • Check in with your child frequently: Ask about things that they may be worrying about.
  • Limit extra-curricular activities: Running from activity to activity creates stress on the whole family.
  • Reserve free time: A calendar can help your family stay organized. If you are having trouble finding down time, schedule it in.


Looking Ahead:

PA Day- no school for students
Apr 23 all day
First Holy Communion-postponed
Apr 24 all day
First Holy Communion-postponed
May 1 all day
Catholic Education Week
May 3 all day
Virtual Book Fair May 3rd-7th
May 3 all day
Catholic Education Week
May 4 all day
Virtual Book Fair May 3rd-7th
May 4 all day
Family Trivia / Kahoot Night
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Virtual Family Kahoot Night @ 7pm
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Catholic Education Week
May 5 all day
Cronin-Nowitsky, LouiseWeekly Update: April 19th