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Weekly Update: November 22nd

Let us ask for the grace to open our eyes & hearts to the poor in order to hear their cry and recognize their needs

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you Ms. Bell and our Student Safe Schools Team for your leadership in sharing information about how we can include & care for one anther AND for spreading messages of kindness & love on each child’s locker!

Thank you Mr. Rath & Mr. Gowan for you time in organizing & coaching our intermediate boys & girls volleyball teams~ We are THRILLED that they will be allowed to compete in interschool play!

Thank you to our amazing staff for organizing and supporting our First Pizza Day ~ it ran very smoothly!

Thank you to our staff for all of the time & energy you placed into writing your students Progress Reports~ Reports will be sent home electronically on Wednesday, November 24th.

Thank you to all of our families for your generosity in supporting both our Food Drive & Giving Tree ~ We are blessed to be a part of such a caring & compassionate community!

Thank you to parents for your ongoing support and patience in our school parking lots both before & after school ~ please know how much we appreciate your hellos and smiling eyes!

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!

Giving Tree 2021

This year our Giving Tree will be supporting the Shifra House –  a registered charity that operates a maternity residence and Resource Centre for young, homeless mothers and their babies. Please consider the following items:

  • Gift Cards for Walmart
  • Gift Cards for Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Gift Cards for Grocery Stores
  • Toiletries (e.g. shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, lotion)
  • Baby Items (e.g. diapers, wipes, soothers, teethers, nail care kits, baby thermometers, wash cloths)
  • Baby Toys (e.g. board books, stuffed animals, sensory toys)
  • Baby Clothes (e.g. diaper shirts, onesies, socks, coats)
  • Women’s Clothing (e.g. leggings, tops, pajamas, slippers, socks, coats)
  • Household Supplies (e.g. paper towel, toilet paper, napkins, laundry detergent, dish soap)

We will begin accepting donations on Monday, November 22nd. We ask that you send your items in with your child or you can deliver your unwrapped items to the school on Thursday, November 25th between 4:00 pm and 7:00 p.m. or Friday, November 26th between 9:00 am and noon.

Friday, December 3rd will be our final collection day.   

*If you are returning gift cards on their own, please place them in an envelope and have your child deposit them in “Santa’s Mailbox” located in the front foyer of the school or you can deliver your envelope on the designated drop-off days. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Medical Perils

This is a gentle reminder that Canadian Martyrs CES strives to be a nut free environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter. Your support and attention to this matter is greatly appreciated as we have many students with life threatening allergies.  

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.

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!

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website ( during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

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: Pedestrian Safety for Children

By SickKids staff

Find out how to help make walking to school (or anywhere else) a safe routine for your child.

Key points

  • Before allowing your child to walk outside without you, teach them about walking only on the sidewalk, holding hands and never running into the road, even for a favourite toy.
  • With older children, use situations such as changing weather or planning a route to teach more about pedestrian safety.
  • Remind your child to pay attention to other road users and not text or listen to loud music while walking.

Make sure your child can choose and use a safe crossing route, accurately estimate a vehicle’s speed and judge safe gaps in traffic before allowing them to walk alone.

As your child settles into the school year, one item that might be missing from their checklist is a discussion about getting to school safely.

According to Parachute, the national organization dedicated to preventing injuries, an average of 16 child pedestrians are killed and 1,300 are seriously injured on Canada’s roads every year.

Pedestrian safety facts

  • Children aged 10 to 14 are the most likely age group to suffer pedestrian-related injuries. Even more startling, children aged five to 14 years are most likely to be killed by a vehicle.
  • Child pedestrians are most often hurt in September and October, followed by May and June.
  • Most child pedestrians are hit by a vehicle in towns and cities with heavy traffic, many parked cars and few play spaces.
  • An accident on a rural road is more likely to be fatal because of faster vehicle speeds.

These numbers serve as a reminder about the power of talking about prevention with your child. Teens and adults, especially drivers, also play a big role in street safety.

School road safety tips

The Parachute Elementary Road Safety program has a number of tips that can help make trips to and from school, or anywhere else, safe.

Teach your child

Long before a child will be allowed to roam the streets alone, parents should teach them some basic safety tips. These include walking only on the sidewalk, holding hands and never running into the road, even for a favourite toy.

As your child gets older, you can use events that you see together as opportunities to teach more about pedestrian safety. For example, you might use situations such as changing weather conditions, someone jaywalking or picking the best route to get from one place to another.

Another key point is to be a role model by walking with your child and demonstrating safe pedestrian practices.

Think, look and listen

Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and listen for oncoming traffic. Your child should consider alleys and driveways as “mini-roads” and treat them with the same level of caution.

Children should not be allowed to wear ear buds or talk on the phone while walking down the street. Talking on the phone, texting and listening to music can all be distracting. Both adults and children need to pay attention to what is going on around them.

Also, note that our alertness fades throughout the day. Most incidents happen between 3pm and 6pm, when drivers are coming from work and children may be walking from school.

Children should know that their hearing is very important for safety. You can play games to encourage your child to listen for traffic. For example, when you hear a vehicle behind you coming down the street, try to guess what it is with your child.

Wait to let your child walk alone

According to Parachute, children need to develop three important skills before they can walk alone. They need to be able to:

  • choose and use a safe crossing route
  • accurately assess a vehicle’s speed
  • judge safe gaps in traffic.

Many children do not develop these skills until they are aged nine to 11. Until you are confident that your child can be a safe pedestrian, make sure they are supervised.


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Looking Ahead:

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
Student Led Conferences ( Parent-Teacher Interviews)
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pizza Day Term 1
Dec 2 all day
Giving Tree Donations Ends
Dec 3 all day
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