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Weekly Update: October 18th

Always be ready to inspire hope”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Mrs. Dobson’s Gr. 8 student leaders for creating FANTASTIC promotional videos for our School Major Fundraiser! If you have not had an opportunity to view them, please check them out on our School’s Twitter Account: @CMartyrsHCDSB.

A very special THANK YOU to all of those parents who have gone on line and participated in our School’s Fundraiser this year!!!

Thank you to ALL of our parents for your patience and smiles in our school parking lot, both before and after school!

Gentle Reminders:


This year we will be having a Halloween Dance-a-thon/ Spirit Day in which all of our students & staff are invited to wear their Halloween Costume or Wear Orange & Black. Students will have an opportunity to dance outside, in cohorts, weather pending. If it rains, classes will hold their Dance-a-thon in their classroom. Staff are also planning special activities for ALL of our students and our day will end with a school wide game of Halloween Bingo via teams~ complete with prizes!

The classes that raise the most amount of money in their division (1 KDG class,1 Primary Class, 1 Junior Class & 1 Intermediate Class) will have a class pizza party to acknowledge their efforts!

Our goal is to have 100% of our families participate in our fundraiser!  Last year, we were able to raise close to $6,000. We are hoping that we can meet or surpass this goal, however we appreciate that each of our families may have different financial circumstances~ ANY donation amount is welcome! Even the smallest donation makes a difference and all donation amounts are confidential.  Please note that tax receipts are issued for donations of $25 or more. 

Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account: 


2. At the top right-hand corner, click on items, then select “Make a Donation”

3. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School.

The deadline for donations is Friday, November 5th. Please donate today!

Please remember, Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students and staff select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being

disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin color, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity,
  • or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

*PLEASE NOTE: students will not be allowed to bring any props that resemble weapons or wear face coverings. All students should be wearing their face masks, as directed by Public Health and our Board.

Thank you parents for your support for ensuring that your child’s costume is appropriate for school!

KDG- Gr. 8 MindUp Program:

All of our classes form KDG to gr. 8  will be taking part in a school-wide initiative to embed a social-emotional learning and mindfulness program called MindUP ™, in all classrooms during this school year. MindUP ™ is an evidence-based curriculum that fosters mindful awareness and self-regulation; enhances empathy, optimism and well-being; and promotes kindness and positive relationships. (see ).

Reminder about Lunch and Snacks

We have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

Halton Region Public Health are offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. Please know that these community-based clinic appointments are being offered for a limited time only.

The following vaccines are being offered at community clinics:

      Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

      Meningococcal Disease

      Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Read more in the letter to all parents from Halton Region Public Health: 

Access the Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, French, Chinese Simplified, Pujabi and Hindi translations of the letter on the HCDSB website.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination
Please refer to the following correspondence to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination. Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.

Additional Information For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at:

Daily Self Screening:

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a Child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

tests negative for COVID-19; OR

are cleared by your local public health unit; OR

are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Promoting Well-Being: Resources to support youth and parents during COVID-19

By Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – 13.Aug.2021

Created for youth, by youth in collaboration with clinical experts to support mental health

As we enter the back-to-school season, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

Resources for Parents:

Helping Children with Anxiety – 

Tips for parents’ wellbeing –

Talking to children about covid-19 –


Please follow us @CMartyrsHCDSB, to view learning in our community as well as some great community and parent information!

Looking Ahead:

Make Up Confirmation 7pm
Oct 21 @ 3:18 pm – 4:18 pm
Make Up Confirmation 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Oct 23 @ 3:18 pm – 4:18 pm
Halloween Dance-a-thon & Spirit Day
Oct 29 all day
Cash On Line Opens – Pizza Day
Nov 1 – Nov 8 all day
Spirit Day- Wear Blue to Promote Kindness & Inclusion
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Gr. 8 Parent Information Night @ ND
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Last Day of Halloween Fundraiser
Nov 5 all day
Cash On Line Closes- Pizza Days
Nov 8 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting #2
Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Gr. 8 AP Parent Information Night @ Assumption
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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