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Weekly Update: June 21st

“Let us choose the way of Jesus. It is a way that demands effort, but the way that brings peace.”

Pope Francis

Wishing all of our AMAZING Canadian Martyrs Dad’s A Happy Father’s Day!


A very special Congratulations to all of our Gr. 8 Students & Families as we are celebrate your Graduation & recognize ALL of your accomplishments on Wednesday, June 23rd!

Congratulations to the following families for placing in the “Top 3” Positions of our Disney Trivia Night! 1st Place- Troung Family, 2nd Place- Vujecic Family & 3rd Place- Tomlinson Family.

Thank you to all of our students & families who participated in Jump Rope for Heart – We Raised $4,000 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation~ This is so very impressive!!!!

Thank you to our incredible GR. 8 leader, Kyler, for organizing our 2nd Trivia/Kahoot Night! It was AWESOME!

Thank you to ALL of those students & families that participated in our Disney Trivia Night~ it was wonderful to see so many of our families Dress Up in their Disney Wear and Have some FUN!

Thank you to our students & their families for organizing the return of school resources~ We greatly appreciate your assistance in ensuring that all of our students have the necessary items for their learning in the new school year!

Thank you to our @CMartyrs community for ALL of your patience & support throughout a very different and challenging school year!

Gentle Reminders:

Spirit Day- Monday, June 21st– Indigenous Awareness Day

On Monday, June 21st we are encouraging all of our students & staff to wear ORANGE to show our support & understanding that #EVERY CHILD MATTERS and to honour lives lost in Residential Schools across Canada.

Return of Student Belongings & School Resources:

As we come to the end of the school year, we greatly appreciate our parents support in assisting to return school resources. We will be providing additional dates and times for parents to retrieve their child’s belongings as well as drop off any school items. Please note, our students were directed to take home all personal items prior to the April Break. 

On Monday, June 21st our KDG families will be able to come by the school between 9-11 am to drop off school resources and pick up student belongings. Please use the KDG area – Door 6 & KDG gate. Please follow specific instructions that the KDG team has shared with parents prior to this email.

Gr. 1-8 Student Item Pick Up & Drop off of School Resources:

All student items will be labelled and placed on grade/teacher tables outside Door 1- the Main Entrance. There will be a labelled room number bin for items that are being returned. We would ask that all parents/students please follow Public Health Guidelines- especially regarding mask wearing and social distancing.

Please see the following for specific dates & times:

Monday, June 21st our Gr. 7 & 8 families will be able to come to the school between 10:00-11:30am.

Friday, June 25th our Gr. 1-3 families will be able to come to the school between 10:00-11:30 am.

Friday, June 25th our Gr. 4-6 families will be able to come to the school between 1:15-2:45pm.

We kindly request that if you are returning technology during the above dates/times that you hand it directly to a staff member who will be available to assist. Please note Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th are reserved for technology and SEA equipment returns and for families who can not attend the above listed dates. If you need to return items on June 28th & 29th, please make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Please know how much we appreciate your support in ensuring that all school resources (textbooks, technology) be returned for our students to use this coming September.

Thank you for your support and patience as we work together through this process!

Notre Dame’s Gently Used Uniform Sale

Please note that if you have a child in gr. 8 heading to Notre Dame in September, you may want to consider attending the Gently Used Uniform Sale on Tuesday, June 29th.

Gr.8 Graduation at Canadian Martyrs CES

We are looking forward to celebrating our AWESOME GR. 8 Students! Please see the following regarding details for Graduation:

  • 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 

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). 

#RollUpYourSleevesHalton! – Community Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

The Provincial Government will be operating two pop-up clinics in Oakville offering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help us stop this pandemic. The vaccine protects you and helps build immunity across our community.


  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, 124 Dorval Dr. Oakville

Dates and Time:

  • Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Eligible age groups:

  • 12 years of age and older (must have had 12th birthday by the date of appointment).

How to book:

  • Book your appointment online at starting Wednesday June 16. *(some walk-in appointments may be available; last walk-in appointment at 6 p.m.)

What to bring:

  • Your health card
  • A bottle of water

What to expect at your appointment:

  • The pop-up clinic is outdoors. Please come dressed for the weather.
  • You will be at the vaccine clinic for about 30 minutes.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior (and not earlier) to your appointment for registration.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others at all times.
  • If you require support, please only bring one person with you.
  • Eat a meal or snack before your appointment.

To book an appointment or for information on additional options for vaccination, please visit

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 have a Summer Filled with Independent Play

 ~ Heather Dixon  June 2, 2021  

An article in the New York Times spoke to me recently. As a busy, full-time working parent of three young kids, I couldn’t resist clicking on Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own.

Early last summer, when most camps and activities were cancelled, I worried about how I would keep my kids entertained all day for two long months. And then I quickly realized something: I can’t. And I didn’t have to. The reason? They could play on their own. But I needed to do something first.

I had to let go!

Summer 2020 was the season of independence. It was forced upon me.
Because I had to work, and my kids needed something to do, at the start of each day, I took a deep breath and let my kids loose into the outdoors for a full day of unsupervised, unscheduled play

As a parent who was nervous about letting my kids go, I’m not sure I would have given them so much freedom at such a young age if I didn’t have to. But the result was that my kids survived and, in fact, they had one of the best summers of their young lives.

This summer, no matter what happens, I plan to do it all over again. As the New York Times article states, “Independent play is a skill your kids will use for the rest of their lives — and a way to claim some time for yourself during quarantine.” If you’d like to know just how to achieve that kind of freedom, here are a few tips.

Start together and start small

In the article, Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen has advice for any parent with a child not naturally inclined to play on their own. Cohen recommends starting the day with some high-quality connected play.

“Set a timer for 20 minutes, put away your phone and say to your children, ‘I’ve got 20 minutes just for you. What would you like to do?’” The idea is, after spending time together the connection will give your kids the confidence to continue on their own. The takeaway will be that Mom or Dad enjoys being with them, and that they’re good at what they’re doing. And, if you tell your kids you can do it again later, you’ll likely be able to slip away to do your own thing for a while.

Get creative with presentation of toys

When the same toys are left out for kids, they can appear boring. When those toys are put away for a while, or presented in a new manner, suddenly they’re enticing. Try rotating out a few toys to keep things fresh. Or present them differently: Lego that’s half-started, for example, smaller toys put out on a baking sheet, or an empty muffin tin for them to fill.

Go outside & make a mess

If you can, take your chores or work outside with you. And if you have the space, let your kids make a mess. Messy play is so fun and engaging, your kids might just entertain themselves for ages before you know it. Try water with soap suds, sand, paint, or even a dash of colour

Create space for movement

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, try building an obstacle course, pitching a tent, or setting up some sleeping bags for them to tumble on. With a bit of imagination, you can bring the outside indoors. Clear a bit of space, add some household items like some pillows and let your kids enjoy. 

Give them ideas to choose from

Although we want them to be independent, your child might equate your request for them to try independent play with being shoved out the door and being told to go figure it out. Cohen suggests that instead, you should try challenging your kids to do activities you can take part in later, like creating a piece of art for you or building their own obstacle course using cushions and chairs.

If you ask them to come show you once they’re done, it’s still about connection, even though they’re playing independently. Even better, you can tell them you’ll time them in the activity for a fun challenge. Here are 30 activities they can get started with on their own, but you can participate in later.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, the articles below will get you going. And while it may take time for your child to be ready for independence, once you get there, you’ll be helping them build an important life skill, while also having fun. Good luck! 


Looking Ahead:

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
Additional Date for Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 29 all day
First Day Gr. 1-8 Students A-K
Sep 7 @ 4:58 pm – 5:58 pm
First Day of School Gr. 1-8 L-Z Students
Sep 8 all day
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