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Weekly Update: November 15th

“God can act in any circumstance, even in the midst of defeat.”

 Pope Francis


A very special Congratulations to the following students for being Effective Communicators: Connor C., Amy A., Galia E., & Emma A. Thank you for sharing your gifts & talents with our community!

Congratulations to the following students for placing in the top 10% Globally in the Caribou Math Contest; Emma A top 5%, Leo N top 1%, Stephen S  top 2%,  Oliver L top 6%, Bradley B top 6%, Marcus M top 7%,  William H top 10 % & Kylie A top 4%! We are extremely proud of all of you!

Thank you:

Thank you Mrs. Rosato’s Gr. 4 class and Mrs. Howard’s Gr. 4/5 class for leading us in liturgy on Remembrance Day!

Thank you Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Hardy for organizing our Pizza Order! Our first Pizza Day is Thursday, November 18th!

Thank you parents for your continued support before and after school in following our safety measures with COVID19 and in our school yard & parking lots!

Thank you to our fabulous EA Team, who always go above & beyond in supporting our students!

Thank you Mrs. Pellegrini’s Gr. 5/6 class for organizing our Food Drive~ all donations will go to the Good Shepherd Hostile in Hamilton!

Thank you Mrs. Ferreira, Ms. Mauro and Ms. Makariak’s Gr. 7 class for organizing our Giving Tree~ please look for information who you can support those in need in an upcoming email!

Gentle Reminders:

Food Drive- Good Shepherd Hostile

Mrs. Pellegrini’s Gr. 5/6 class will be leading our Food Drive this year for the Good Shepherd Hostile in Hamilton. We will be collecting non-perishable food items starting on Monday, November 15th to Friday, November 26th. Students are welcome to bring food items to school and drop them off in our front foyer OR if parents would prefer, we will have a table set up outside our Main Door (Door1) with Gr. 7 student ambassdors on Thursday, November 25th from 4pm-7:30pm or on Friday, November 26th from 9am to noon to collect donations. Thank you for your kind consideration!

Picture Day- Wednesday, November 17th

We have been given permission by Public Health and the Board to proceed with Picture Day. There will be individual pictures taken by Edge Imaging. We are not permitted to have indoor class pictures at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Anti-Bullying Week

This year’s theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2021 is One Kind Word. Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons that ‘One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week taking place from 15 to 19 of November 2021. On Friday, November 19th we will be having a Spirit Day ~ all staff & students will be encouraged to wear BLUE to show that we support and promote kindness, inclusivity & positive relationships!

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance – Pepler & Craig (2014)

Types of Bullying:

  • CYBER: The targeting of someone using technology, it is quickly outpacing the traditional forms of bullying.
  • SOCIAL: Sometimes referred to as Relational Bullying. This involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationship.
  • VERBAL: Saying or writing mean things
  • PHYSICAL: Involves hurting someone’s body or possessions
Critical QuestionTeasingAggressionBullying
Is this behaviour reciprocated?Usually The teasing is shared equallyUsually Not There is usually only one aggressorNo There is a person who bullies and a person who is victimized
Do both people look like they are having a good time?Usually It takes place within a strong, positive, relationshipNo One person is the aggressorNo One person is in distress or being harmed
Is the behaviour fun?Usually Both people enjoy the banterUsually Not It can alienate and be embarrassingNo The person bullying intends to cause fear
Has this happened before with these individuals?Yes It occurs when there is a familiarityPossibly It may be a one-time eventYes Bullying is typically repeated behaviour
Is there a power differential?No It illustrates closeness and affectionPossibly It can happen within a weak relationshipYes There is always a power imbalance

Throughout this week, we as a school community, will be discussing strategies to promote a safe school environment!

Save the Date: Indigo School Fundraiser – Tuesday, November 30th

On Tuesday, November 30th from 9am – 10pm, Indigo in the Burlington Mall will be supporting our school community! If parents, family or friends make a purchase in store between the hours of 9am -10pm, they can specify that proceeds are to go to Canadian Martyrs CES, then the school will receive 15% of eligible sales.

As well, Mrs. Spence-Smith will preselect books and have them set aside. Parents, families and friends will have the opportunity to purchase this book and have it donated to the school library. There will be a label placed inside the book stating who the donating family is. A VERY SPECIAL Thank you to our Catholic School Council for organizing this for our community!

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)

Original song

Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)

Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLY
To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.

For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries: December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  

We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

Fall 2021 Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

The countdown to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is on!  To celebrate our love of learning and literacy, we welcome all our families to support our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair from November 22nd to 28th, 2021.  Your participation directly supports the Library and the purchase of valuable resources for all our students.

The Virtual Book Fair offers:

  • Over 450 books and items that are sure to delight and inspire readers of all ages! 
  • A safe option – no product handling, and you can shop from the comfort of home 24/7.
  • Orders placed online are shipped direct to school and is free!

Explore featured books here:

To make a purchase and support our school library, visit the virtual fair link:

NOTE: Please be advised that the link will not be active for shopping until the Book Fair start date (November 22 -28, 2021).

Remember to look for updates and join our community countdown to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair on Twitter by following our school, @CMartyrsHCDSB and @MrsSpenceSmith.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

Courtesy Bus Seats

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022.
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.
Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.
Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 
Visit the HSTS website for more information: 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

Progress Reports

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports will be sent home electronically by the Board Office on Wednesday, November 24th. Please look for future communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.

Student Led Conferences & Booking Online Appointments

We will be holding Student-Led Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews) via Teams/Phone on Thursday, November 25th from 3:50 – 8:00 pm and Friday, November 26th from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Once again, we will be using the online booking system to make it more convenient for our families! Parents will be able to make appointments from November 10th at 8:00 am until November 24th at 7:00 am. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please see the following instructions:


1. Go to the Canadian Martyrs scheduling webpage at

2. Enter the Parent Code (printed below) and click “Sign In”

     Please make a note of your Confirmation #

3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”

4. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment

5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to meet to have your meeting

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet

7. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)

8. Print out, email or copy down your schedule

The Parent Code for this term is


Do not share this code with anyone outside your school community

Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on “Delete” beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule.

If you misplace your schedule, you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time. If you need help using the service, please email

Promoting Well-Being – Anxiety 101: What You and Your Child Need to Know About Anxiety

  1. Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It alerts us to threats, protects us from danger and helps us reach important goals. For example, it is normal to feel anxious when encountering a bear on a hike, or before taking an important exam.
  • Anxiety is not dangerous. Although anxiety feels uncomfortable, it is temporary and will eventually decrease. The sensations we experience in an anxious situation are designed to alert and activate us. They are normal and part of our body’s natural response mechanism. Our body is smart enough to know when to “amp up” and when to “calm down.”
  • Anxiety is adaptive. Anxiety helps us prepare for real danger, such as crossing a busy street. It can also help us perform at our best and motivate us to study for an exam or practice for a big game. When we experience anxiety, it triggers our “fight-flight-freeze” response, and prepares our body to react. For instance, our heart beats faster to pump blood to our muscles, so we have the energy to run away or fight off danger. Without it, we would not survive. We need some anxiety.
  • Anxiety is part of life. Trying to eliminate anxiety from your child’s life is almost impossible, and even if it were possible, we are not sure you will have created a life worth living for your child. As a result, this website has been designed to provide you and your child with information, tools, resources, and more, to help your child become an expert on coping with anxiety. Since anxiety is everywhere, one of the greatest gifts you can give your anxious child or teen is the confidence and skill to tolerate anxiety whenever it occurs, and to continue living his/her life anyway!
  • Anxiety can become a problem. Small doses of anxiety in certain situations are useful. However, when your child is worrying much of the time, avoiding fun activities, or refusing to go to school because s/he is scared or worried, anxiety has become a problem. Think of anxiety like fog: if it covers everything, makes it hard to see, stops you from doing what you usually do, and generally gets in the way, then it has likely become a problem.

For more information on how to explain anxiety to your child, see “How to talk to your Child about Anxiety”



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Looking Ahead:

Good Shepherd Christmas Food Drive Begins
Nov 15 all day
Picture Day
Nov 17 all day
Pizza Day Term 1
Nov 18 all day
Giving Tree Donations Begins
Nov 22 all day
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 all day
Pizza Day Term 1
Nov 25 all day
Student Led Conferences ( Parent-Teacher Interviews)
Nov 25 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chapters Indigo Fundraiser – All Day
Nov 26 all day
Good Shepherd Christmas Food Drive Ends
Nov 26 all day
PA Day
Nov 26 all day
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