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Weekly Update: November 8th

“Peace is a Gift of God but requires our efforts. Let us be people of peace in prayer & deed.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you Mrs. Rosato’ Gr. 4 class & Mrs. Howard’s Gr. 4/5 class for preparing our Liturgy for Remembrance Day!

Thank you to our Catholic School Council for your time & commitment to our school community! Our next meeting is Monday, November 8th @ 6:30pm.

Thank you to our staff for offering many different extracurricular opportunities for our students~ the list continues to grow!

Thank you to our parents for your patience and support in our school parking lot, before and after school ~ your smiles and hellos are very much appreciated!

Thank you to our students for following our Public Health guidelines and doing your part to keep one another safe!

Thank you to ALL of our families who were able to support us with our Major Fundraiser! We raised $8,650 ~ well over our goal of $6,000 ~ We are blessed to live and learn in such a generous community!

Gentle Reminders:

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Thursday November 11, 2021 students in Mrs. Rosato & Mrs. Howard’s class will lead us in our virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:50 am. All students will be given either a poppy sticker or a pinned poppy. We are encouraging all of our students to donate a loonie ~ all donations will go directly to the Legion on Brant St to support our Veterans.

Please see the following link if you would like to join us: Click here to join the meeting

Pizza Days

We are excited to share that our First Pizza Day will be held on Thursday, November 18th!

Cash on line will be open beginning on Monday, November 1st and will close on Monday, November 8th. Please note, we will not be accepting cash as payments and unfortunately late orders will not be honoured. Orders will take place by terms only. Please refer to the flyer that was shared with our community on Wednesday, October 27th for further details!

The No Hate In Halton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. Our intermediate students will be promoting this during our Morning Announcements, sharing the message that we believe that there should be #NoHateInHalton and that Halton region is diverse & that is what makes it beautiful and vibrant.

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!

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

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.

The Use of Technology at School

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone. However, we kindly ask that parents / guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

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! Please look for an upcoming email with instructions for parents to make appointments. The online booking system opens on November 10th at 8:00 am and closes on November 24th at 7:00 am.

Mental Health Update – Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Parents to try at Home:

School Mental Health Ontario has put together a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Check out the link copied below for access to these fun activities! 

Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Home –This is a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Download a PDF file with all activities. Manage stress How children cope with stress varies depending on their age and abilities.

Promoting Well-Being – 10 tips for non-sporty parents

 ~ Sara Smeaton  

If you are like me and sports haven’t played a major role in your life, you might be having challenges figuring out how to raise active kids. Encouraging sports doesn’t always come naturally to a lot of us who are “rather curl up on the couch with a book” types, but when asked if we want our kids to be active for life, of course, the answer is an emphatic yes! So, here are my top tips for non-sporty parents to get you and your kids started down the road to physical literacy.

  1. You are probably sportier than you think. Do you walk, do yoga, garden? Can you remember what activities you enjoyed as a kid? Even if you weren’t a team sports guy or gal chances are that you liked something, maybe dance, karate, swimming, wall ball, or skipping?
  2. See it as a growth opportunity. Maybe you’ve looked at yourself one way all your life but it’s never too late to change your own perceptions.
  3. Introduce them to lots of different activities. Something’s got to stick! Your kids may or may not gravitate to team sports, especially when they are little, but you can help them find an activity they like that will give them confidence to try more and more.
  4. Encourage their interests. Sometimes catching the wave of enthusiasm can be a tricky manoeuvre. Pay close attention and be ready to jump in when they perk up at a certain activity, sport or game.
  5. Read kids books on sports with your children, or watch kids movies about sports. Do you have a little reader? Find some sports-themed books to stir their interest. And check out our list of 10 sports movies to watch with kids.
  6. Appoint someone as your kids’ “sports godparents”. Do you have a friend or family member that loves to toss the ball around or shoot hoops? Ask them to spend some time with your children; they’ll all probably end up having a blast!
  7. Start a group of like-minded non-sporty parents. You might be surprised how many of your friends feel the same way you do. Make a date with another family to go bowling, skating or for a group hike.
  8. Make a game out of it! Have all the family members earn “Physical Activity Points”: i.e., 10 points for walking to school, 15 points for biking, 20 points for dance class, 20 points for mom’s spin class etc. Then reward the family with a group outing somewhere fun on the weekend if the family achieved its goal.
  9. Set a good example. Spend some time each day walking, biking, etc. Just focus on being active and let your kids see you doing it.
  10. Don’t stress about it. Physical activity is about having fun and being healthy; don’t let this become another item on your “ways I’m failing as a parent” list.

And remember, knowledge is power. Equip yourself with the information you need to help your kids be successful in sports. You’ll find great information and tips by looking around Active for Life.



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Looking Ahead:

Cash On Line Opens – Pizza Day
Nov 1 – Nov 8 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
Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy @ 10:50am
Nov 11 all day
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
Cronin-Nowitsky, LouiseWeekly Update: November 8th