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Weekly Update: April 26th

“Mercy opens the doors of the heart because it makes us feel like we are all children of one Father.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our students, their parents and our staff for ALL of your efforts & especially PATIENCE in a SUCCESSFUL return to Remote Learning!

Thank you to our Canadian Martyrs families for your efforts to stay home and stay healthy so we can return to in person learning!

Thank you to our students and their families for your participation in Green & Blue Day recognizing Earth Day!

Gentle Reminders:

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.

Spring Fundraiser

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve chosen to be a part of the Plantables School Fundraising Program for 2021. We’re aiming to raise $3000 to raise funds to for school technology (chromebooks & laptops)  and every box of plants you buy helps us get closer to that goal. (We receive 10% of the total of every order you place.) 

Who are Plantables? Plantables are an exciting new startup based in Forest, Ontario that grow healthy, hardy and happy fruit and vegetable plants and ship them to arrive at your door exactly when they need to go into the ground. That means that no matter how busy you are, how unsuccessful you’ve been at growing plants before or how many little hands want to help out, you’ll be able to grow brag-worthy fruits and veggies in no time. All you have to do is pick what plants you want to grow, choose when you want them delivered and wait for your box of garden-ready plants to arrive on your doorstep. 

How does the program work? All you have to do is tell everybody you know to go to If you want to buy garden-ready fruit and vegetable plants for your garden, make sure you enter the code [Plants2021] at the checkout. 
We’re really excited to be launching a fundraiser that involves growing healthy fruits and veggies and spending time as a family instead of selling unhealthy snacks door-to-door, and we can’t wait to see how much we all can raise.

Thank you for ALL of your support & kind consideration,

The Canadian Martyrs Catholic School Council

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update: Clergy Moves 2021

Yesterday Bishop Crosby announced the clergy moves for the diocese effective June 30th, 2021. We acknowledge clergy moves during a pandemic are difficult for many parishioners, however we ask for your prayers for the priests leaving us as well as the clergy assigned to us. May their transitions be smooth, safe and with the full support of their communities.

Father Ed Henhoeffer is being assigned Pastor at St. Mary of the Visitation in Cambridge.

Father John Schnurr is being appointed Pastor at St. Anne in Ancaster (his first assignment as pastor).

Our new clergy are:

Father Peter Tuyen Nguyen, currently pastor at St. Clement in Cambridge will be our Pastor.

Father Gregorz Ogorzalek will be our Associate Pastor; he is new to our diocese but not newly ordained.

The parish team will collaborate with the current clergy regarding an appropriate farewell. Decisions regarding this  will take into consideration provincial guidelines as they relate to the pandemic at the time of their departure as well as the wishes of the current clergy in regards to the format of a farewell. Most importantly they ask for your prayers and good wishes.

Promoting Well Being: How to help youth tackle the blues during COVID-19 and #physicaldistancing

Posted on March 31, 2020 by the Canadian Paediatric Society | Permalink

Topic(s): Public educationCOVID-19

By Erin Romanchych and Dr. Daphne Korczak

Social or physical “distancing”– a new term that has become a common household phrase– can make youth feel confused, scared, frustrated, worried, guilty, sad, and lonely. Youth are being asked to change their routines: They can’t go to school or work, see friends at parties or social events, or participate in extracurricular activities.

For youth who were already feeling sad, depressed, or lonely, having to distance themselves from others (or for some, to self-isolate), can make the symptoms of depression—like feeling irritable or hopeless—even worse.

With the restrictions around activities that previously might have helped them feel better—such as leaving home to go to school, social gatherings, and extracurriculars—youth may find themselves stuck in these negative cycles and needing some support to find their way out.

Here are some suggestions for parents to support youth:

Validate feelings. Naming and validating feelings can help youth to remember that it’s okay for them to experience unpleasant feelings. It may also open up a discussion about ways to cope with their feelings. “It’s okay to feel sad and frustrated right now.”

Create a new routine. When youth become stuck in these vicious cycles, it can sometimes feel impossible to get back into activities they used to enjoy. Yet one of the most helpful strategies to improve mood is to do something. Encourage them to start with something small, such as watching a funny show or going for a short walk, and then gradually increase activities. For example, playing a game, baking, drawing, doing a puzzle, reading an interesting book, or going for a bike ride. Being active can lead to positive feelings and moods, and in turn, can increase feelings of hope. With the changes in routines due to COVID-19, try creating a schedule that includes doing an enjoyable activity (or something they used to enjoy doing), daily tasks, appropriate sleep, healthy eating, and moderate exercise, such as going for a walk or riding a bike.

Challenge negative thoughts. Recognizing negative thoughts and replacing them with more helpful and realistic thinking can help to improve mood and increase motivation to do something. For example, “This is never going to get better for me,” can be changed to, “These feelings are temporary and will get better. I can try calling one of my friends or going for a walk.” Ask your child, “What might be a more helpful way to think about the situation?”

Solve any immediate and controllable problems. Solving problems can often make us feel productive and improve our mood. Sometimes, youth feel that there is no way to solve a problem. Remind them that the goal is to find a “good enough” solution, not necessarily a perfect one. Help your child to think of all possible options for solving a problem, consider pros and cons, choose the best option, and try it out. If the problem can’t be solved in the moment, try using distraction by doing an activity, helping someone, thinking about something else, or using relaxation and mindfulness.

Stay connected to family and friends. The term “physical distancing” reflects the importance of being social while staying safe. We can do this by using virtual platforms to hang out, celebrating birthdays with group video chats, or writing letters to family members. Sometimes it takes a little creativity and willingness to try something new, but finding new ways to socially connect is more important than ever!

Be kind. Hours can turn into days, and days into weeks, and youth may start to blame themselves or become overly self-critical for not “doing enough”. Encourage your child to focus on being “good enough”, celebrate achievements no matter how small they may seem (like, making their bed or baking something), and to treat themselves with kindness. For example, saying, “I am feeling really down. Lots of people feel this way right now and I am doing the best I can to cope with it.”

Reach out to a professional if low mood is having a serious impact on mental health. It’s okay to seek help. Many psychologists and therapists are offering virtual therapy sessions to help support youth through this stressful time. Kids Help Phone ( has lots of resources.

Take it one day at a time and look for hope in the small things. These feelings and changes in everyday life are temporary. Remember, “this too shall pass”.

Looking Ahead:

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
Virtual Book Fair May 3rd-7th
May 5 all day
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