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Weekly Update: June 7th

“Let us learn from the strong & helpful faith of our Mother Mary in order to become living signs of God’s mercy.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our students, their families and our staff for your support in our first Rainbow Day! It was wonderful to witness that we welcome, respect, value and LOVE ALL in our community and that we collectively understand that “We are ALL Wonderfully Made”!

Thank you to all of the students & families that have signed up for Jump Rope for Heart!

Thank you to all of our @CMartyrs community who have been supporting our Spring Fundraiser ~ “ Plantables”! Please know there is still time to participate and orders are shipped directly to your home!

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:

Sunday, June 6 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Everything about the weekend’s liturgy points us to the mysterious gift from on high that stands at the very centre of our faith: the Eucharist. Christians the world around have longed for a return to our celebrations of this sacrament, limited by the pandemic. God sees that longing.

To attend Sunday Mass virtually, please find the following link to the St. Paul the Apostle Parish website:

https://www.stpaultheapostleburlington.com/

Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast Day- Friday, June 11th

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the celebration of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are part of our longstanding tradition in the Church.

A novena is an ancient form of prayer in the Catholic tradition consisting of nine consecutive days of prayer leading up to a particular feast day where a particular blessing or grace is sought.

Please find the following guide to support you in praying the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Novena To Sacred Heart of Jesus

We All Belong In Our Catholic School

At Canadian Martyrs CES, 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.

Jump Rope for Heart

This year our school community will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart! We will be holding our community Event on Tuesday, June 15th.

To date, we have 12 students registered for Jump Rope for Heart and the have successfully raised $566.00! 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 (heartandstroke.ca)

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 and hopefully share pictures via twitter!

Thank you for your kind consideration!

Virtual Family Kahoot/Trivia Night is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00 pm – Hope you can join us! The theme is “Disney”. Our Catholic School Council is looking for Prize Donations for this event~ If you are able to support please contact Mrs. Cronin-Nowitsky @ cronin-nowitskyl@hcdsb.org. Thank you for your consideration!

Ministry Announcement & Gr. 8 Graduation

As you have likely seen or heard in the media, this afternoon the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will remain closed for in-person learning for the rest of the school year. See the Press Release here.

As stated in the news release, the decision to remain in remote learning is to allow the province to focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safe summer and return to in-person learning in September 2021.

  • Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until the end of June.
  • Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
  • Child care centres will remain OPEN.  
  • All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED.

The Premier also announced during his press conference this afternoon that school boards are to work with their local public health units to develop plans that will allow for outdoor celebrations for graduating students in elementary and secondary schools. As noted in the press release, the government will allow school boards to invite graduating students in elementary schools (by class) and secondary schools (by cohort) to return to school in June for a short, outdoor celebration, where physical distancing is possible. Not having received any formal direction or parameters from the Ministry of Education, I am not able to provide any additional information at this time.

As previously communicated to families, our schools have been preparing for virtual graduation ceremonies for the last several weeks/months and extensive planning and work has already been undertaken to create memorable celebrations to honour our graduating students in Grade 8 and Grade 12.  These virtual graduation celebrations will continue, as planned.

The announcement that remote learning will continue through the end of the year will be disappointing for many of our students and staff. It has been a difficult year, and we cannot overlook the impact this extended period of remote learning has had on everyone.  

Director Pat Daly

Gr.8 Graduation at Canadian Martyrs CES

Please find the following information that was shared previously with all of our Gr. 8 Families:

We are excited to share that plans to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2021 are well underway! 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 the Canadian Martyrs CES Gr. 8 Graduation 2021:

  • Wednesday, June 23rd or Thursday, June 24th (pending on weather)
  • 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 soon via classroom teachers. 
  • 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 special memories.
  • 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

HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for 2021-2022 school year.   

You may recall that in March we reached out to all parents and guardians with children attending an HCDSB Catholic Elementary School to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information was gathered early to help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning.  Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we told you that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision.

Specifically, we are asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:

1.     Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR

2.     Will your child(ren) attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.

At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.

Complete the Online Form Now to Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School
Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.

 Some important notes before you complete this online form:

  • If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.   

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
 
Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to: research@hcdsb.org.

About the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School

  • Read the Parent Handbook to gain a better understanding of our virtual school learning model for September 2021. 
  • Take a few minutes to meet the school administration team and learn more about the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School by watching the Parent Information Video.

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: www.haltonbus.ca/

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 plantables.ca. 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. 

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 – https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/ , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at clarema@hccf.ca, 905-802-0918.

PROMOTING WELL BEING- SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH ONTARIO – “WITH CARE” Tip Sheet

How do you know if you should be concerned about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being? (Please note this Tip sheet is not a replacement for a consultation with a regulated Mental Health Professional but offers some guidance to parents/caregivers about how you might know when to access professional supports)

This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child or teen. For many children it has been a long time since they have seen their friends, participated in social and recreational activities, especially if they have continued to learn remotely. Mental health professionals, have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know? Do not forget you still know your child/teen best. You have the most important role to notice when your child is experiencing distress that can result in changes in their thoughts, their feelings or the way they behave. Check out this tip sheet – How Do You Know if You Should Be Concerned – https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tip-Sheet-How-Do-You-Know-If-You-Should-Be-Concerned.pdf

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:

Jun
15
Tue
Jump Rope for Heart
Jun 15 all day
Jun
16
Wed
Disney Trivia/Kahoot Night
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jun
17
Thu
End of the Year School Liturgy
Jun 17 all day
Jun
21
Mon
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
Jun
23
Wed
Gr. 8 Graduation
Jun 23 all day
Jun
25
Fri
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
Jun
28
Mon
Additional Date for Student Item Pick Up & Drop Off
Jun 28 all day
Cronin-Nowitsky, LouiseWeekly Update: June 7th