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Weekly Update: June 14th

“Lord, reawaken in us a sense of praise and gratitude for our Earth, and for everything You have created”

Pope Francis

Thank you to Mr. Silviera for painting the KDG rooms ~ they look AMAZING!

Thank you to all of the students & families that have signed up for Jump Rope for Heart our school Event Day is Tuesday June 15th !

Thank you to ALL of those students & families that participated in the Family Paint Night on June 9th ~ its wonderful to see all the creative artists that we have in our community!

Thank you to our staff and students for persevering through remote learning and demonstrating resilience each day!

Thank you to our @CMartyrs community for your commitment to all our students!

Gentle Reminders:

Jump Rope for Heart

To date, we have 29 students registered for Jump Rope for Heart and the have successfully raised $1566.00! There is still time to participate in Jump Rope for Heart ~ Please find the following link to register your child (ren):

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada / Fondation des maladies du coeur et de l’AVC du Canada

The following is a link to activities that your child can do at home to stay active:

F21_Jump_Event_Ideas_and_Activities.pdf (

We will be holding our community event on Tuesday, June 15th, throughout the school day, with the aim of having all of our students participate! We will also be encouraging all of our staff & students to wear RED to show their support for the Heart & Stroke Foundation ~ we are hoping that our families will share pictures via twitter!

Thank you for your kind consideration!

Disney Virtual Family Kahoot/Trivia Night is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00 pm We hope you can join us! Please use the following link :Click here to join the meeting

Our Catholic School Council is looking for Prize Donations for this event~ If you are able to support please contact Mrs. Cronin-Nowitsky @ Thank you for your consideration!

End of the School Year Liturgy:

Our final Liturgy of the School Year will be held on Thursday, June 17th @1:15pm. Parents are welcome to join us! Please use the following link to attend: Click here to join the meeting Following our liturgy, we will be recognizing our “Responsible Citizens” in KDG, Primary, Junior and the Intermediate Divisions.

Feedback Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey Year 5

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: . The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23 rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to

We All Belong In Our Catholic School

At Canadian Martyrs CES, we will be celebrating PRIDE Awareness Day on Monday June 14th, as we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with care, compassion and respect.  We are committed to nurturing a safewelcoming, and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age. To learn more about our commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please take a few minutes to read Responding with Faith, Hope & Love.

Gr.8 Graduation at Canadian Martyrs CES

We are excited to share that plans to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2021 have been finalized! Please know our staff are committed to ensuring a memorable celebration for our graduates and families. As always, the health and safety of our staff, students, and families will be a priority as we move forward.

The following activities will be part of Graduation 2021:

  • Wednesday, June 23rd
  • Diploma Drive-Thru: Families will be assigned a specific drive-thru time for diploma pick-up. If schools continue to be closed, the drive-thru will begin at 10:00am. Assigned times will be shared in June. If we are in person, the time will be determined closer to the date.
  • There will be a Photo Op for graduates & their family
  • Virtual Graduation Celebration Movie emailed/posted at 7pm. 
  • Awards will be shared as part of the Virtual Graduation
  • Students will create a slide for additional “slide show” presentation that includes a baby photo and grad photo.
  • Grad Swag and lawn signs will be provided for each student at the Diploma Drive-thru.
  • We encourage all of our graduates to “Dress Up” for their Special Day! Please note this does not require our students to purchase a special outfit. 
  • Families are encouraged to decorate their vehicles for the Diploma Drive-Thru

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold 

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses. 

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at:

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is excited to offer Special Education Summer Learning Programs for students in Grades 4-12+!

Special Education Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher, and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher, and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 

COVID-19 Vaccination Community Pop-Up Clinics in Halton

Halton Region Public Health is offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to members of our community at outdoor pop-up clinics.

Beginning Monday, June 7, 2021, the Province of Ontario will be operating Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Oakville. Halton residents, 12 years of age and older, will be able to book appointments at these clinics using Halton’s online booking system.

Dates and Location
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

2420 Sixth Line, Oakville

Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021

9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Book Your Appointment

  • Members of the community 12 years and older are able to book their first dose appointment beginning today, Monday June 7th through the Halton Region’s online booking system:
  • Residents who require booking support can also call 311. Residents who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine are asked to avoid calling 311 or visiting the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
  • Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected back to Halton’s system.
  • Booking an appointment in advance is preferred; however, there may be very limited capacity for walk-ins based on no-shows or cancellations (last walk-in appointment at 6 p.m.), which will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Important Notes About the Pop-Up Clinics

  • The pop-up clinics will be located outdoors. Individuals are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a bottle of water.
  • To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a mask. Please note: you will be required to bring proof of age and residency in Halton to your appointment.
  • When possible, residents are asked to attend their appointments alone in order to limit the amount of individuals attending the clinics and to maintain adequate physical distancing. You may bring one support person, if required (for example, a caregiver or interpreter).
  • Residents who need assistance with transportation (if transportation is a barrier to getting to the appointment) can contact 311. Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge.

More Information

Click here for more details about the COVID-19 Community Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics in Halton. Please watch a video about the Halton Youth Vaccination Program from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region:

For additional information, please refer to the Halton Region website at: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.

HCCF Golf Tournament

Being outside…check!  Spending the day at the golf course…check!  Helping HCDSB students & families in need…check!  Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at, 905-802-0918.

Promoting Well-Being: How to Calm Down When You Are Stressed

Are you stressed out? These mindfulness tips can help you calm down right now.

If you’re stressed about school, work, relationships or anything else that’s going on in your life, you’re not alone. You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious or upset about a problem — or even more than one. Whatever’s going on for you, it’s comforting to know there are things you can do to help yourself calm down. Here are some positive coping strategies you can use in the moment:

  • Ground yourself: grounding techniques can help you regain control of your mind and body. Try using your senses to feel more connected to your current environment. Focus on what you can see, touch, hear, taste and smell.
  • Breathe deep: breathing exercises can help your body relax and your mind focus on one thing at a time. Try taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Use your imagination: sit or lie down in a safe, comfortable spot and use your mind to go somewhere else. Close your eyes and imagine you’re in a favourite place or make up a game to play (like counting sheep) to distract yourself.
  • Open up: when you’re upset, you may want to spend time on your own. If you can, try to hang out with friends or family, too. Sometimes, talking about a problem with someone you trust can help you start feeling better.
  • Take a break: be kind to yourself and do something else for a while. You could play video games, watch a movie, listen to music, spend time with a pet, take a warm bath or meditate. Taking time out can help you move your mind off whatever is causing you stress.
  • Express yourself: you can try painting, writing, sculpting, singing, dancing or doing something else that helps you get your feelings out. Having an outlet to express yourself — and concentrate on a project — can help you feel some relief.
  • Have fun: look for something that makes you smile (e.g. a funny video, picture of friends/family, etc.) and take a few minutes to enjoy it. Laughing can help you unwind and focus on something fun.
  • Work it out: when you exercise, your body releases chemicals that can make you feel good (called endorphins). You could try going for a walk/run, playing a sport or doing yoga to channel your energy into something positive. You could always ask a friend to work out with you!
  • Take a nap: taking a few minutes to rest your mind and body can help you cope with stress. Sleep can also give your brain a chance to process and reset, making it a little easier to manage what’s on your mind.
  • Get support: if you’re struggling, it’s important to get support. Find someone you can talk to right away, such as a friend, parent/caregiver or teacher. Kids Help Phone’s counsellors are only a phone call away and available 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868. They can help you calm down, even if you’re really upset.

If you’re stressed out, remember there are always things you can do to feel better. When things get rough, taking a deep breath, giving your mind a break and getting support can help you calm down in the moment.



Looking Ahead:

Jump Rope for Heart
Jun 15 all day
Disney Trivia/Kahoot Night
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
End of the Year School Liturgy
Jun 17 all day
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all day
KDG Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Gr. 7 & 8 Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Gr. 8 Graduation
Jun 23 all day
Gr. 1-3 Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Gr. 4-6 Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 25 @ 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Additional Date for Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 28 all day
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