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Weekly Update: May 17th

“The Family is the hope of the future. Let us pray especially for families facing serious difficulties: may our Lord assist them.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our Catholic School Council for your time, commitment & dedication to our school Community!

Thank you to ALL of the AMAZING NURSES in our community!!! You are SUPER HEREOS ~Please know how much we VALUE your dedication, care and perseverance!

Thank you to our @CMartyrs community for participating in Dress LOUD Day on Friday May 14 to raise awareness for the deaf and hard of hearing community in our school!

Thank you to our incredible EA Team for your support and love of our most vulnerable students!

Thank you parents for monitoring your child’s online presence especially during the school day. Students should not be on their phones during the school day and lessons, just as we would expect at school!

Thank you to our @CMartyrs community for your commitment to treating everyone with dignity, kindness and respect each and every day.

Gentle Reminders:

Gr. 6-8 Literacy & Numeracy Summer School 2021

HCDSB’s Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting registrations for Literacy and Math Summer School courses for students in Grades 6-8.

When is Summer School?
Summer school will begin on July 5, 2021 through July 30, 2021, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Like last year, both session 1 and 2 for the 2021 Summer School courses will be offered in a virtual/remote format.

Some important notes about summer school:

Each day, students will participate in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) lessons provided by their instructor.

Students cannot miss more than 3 days within one session, which is a total of 10 days.

It should be noted that participation in summer school is completely voluntary and is not a mandatory component of regular track programming.

Which Courses Will Be Offered This Summer?
For program details, please review the following information sheet:

Register Now!

Online registration is available for our summer programs to help make the registration process more convenient for parents!

You may register your child for one or both sessions by following these instructions:

1. Click HERE.

2. Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.

3. Press the green button to ‘Create an accountor sign in with your existing account.

Once you have created an account, you will be able to log on with your username/email and password and complete the form.

The online form to register your child is due by Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Please be advised that all HCDSB student registration submissions must be approved by your child’s home School Principal before students can be officially enrolled in a summer school course.

Student E-mail Accounts and Parent Contact Information

Some important information for students and parents:

 We are asking that parents encourage their children to become familiar with their Office 365 and Google accounts (logins and passwords).

Summer students will receive start-up instructions and will be able to access their D2L Brightspace courses through their Office 365 account.

Parents are also encouraged to update their contact information with their child’s home school to receive email communications from the Thomas Merton Centre.

School Climate Survey – Your Opinion Counts!

In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, we are writing to invite you to complete the School Climate Parent/Guardian Survey

About the Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey
School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour, and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified. 

Access the Survey Here! 

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting:

Once you access the website, you will be asked for the following password: ParentSchoolClimate2021

The survey should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 


If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at:

Spring Fundraiser- There is still time to participate!!!

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

Free Family Paint Nights

Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham.  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session. 

Faith & Well-Being Resources
Recognizing 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: 

Promoting Well-BeingFree and Fun Challenge Inspires Kids To Get Outside and RUN

Heather Dixon  May 10, 2021  

There’s no doubt that it’s been a long, tough year for everyone. And while there may be light at the end of the tunnel, right now, kids in many parts of Canada are still unable to participate in the team sports or physical activities that they love.

What we could all use now is a little inspiration. And this month, we’ve got it, thanks to a Canadian track star and a 14-year-old Montrealer.

recent CP24 article reported that Canada’s Andre De Grasse and teen Jesse Briscoe have started up an initiative that invites and encourages Canadian kids coast-to-coast to join the RACE WITH ME! Virtual Challenge.

Briscoe said he was tired of sitting at home playing video games after his team sports were cancelled due to the pandemic, so he and his dad reached out to De Grasse. Luckily, De Grasse was up for the task of inspiring kids to get active and to hopefully find joy in getting outside and moving again. As a result, the virtual racing challenge was brought to life. 

Here’s how to participate in the RACE WITH ME! Virtual Challenge:

From May 1 to June 25, go to your local 400m track and run one lap as fast as you can. 

Then go back weekly to improve your time. It’s that simple! 

Siblings and/or parents can record times and capture photos and videos to be shared online.

Registration is free, although any donations will go to youth mental health initiatives such as Kids Help Phone.

The beauty in this challenge is that running is something we can all safely do, by ourselves or together as a family. If you’ve got a pair of running shoes and some time to get out there, you can take part. 

But if running isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get active outside during the pandemic, while also gearing up for the excitement of the Olympic games. 

For more inspiration, check out #RaceWithMeCanada on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Read more about kids and running:

The benefits of running a mile a day

Running: How to teach kids to sprint correctly

Running with kids: The right way at the right time

Please Follow us on Twitter @CMartyrsHCDSB & consider tweeting out/sharing pictures of your family learning & spending time together ~ We MISS our students faces and the laughter & joy in our hallways & classrooms!

Looking Ahead:

First Holy Communion-postponed
May 15 all day
Council of Chairs Mtg
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Victoria Day- no school
May 24 all day
Rainbow Day
Jun 1 all day
PA Day- no school for students
Jun 4 all day
Indigenous Art- Family Paint Night
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sacred Heart Of Jesus Feast Day
Jun 11 all day
Pride Awareness Day
Jun 14 all day
Jump Rope for Heart
Jun 15 all day
Disney Trivia/Kahoot Night
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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