“In the Eucharist you really meet Jesus, share His life, feel His love; there you experience that His death & resurrection are for you.” ~Pope Francis
Congratulations to our Grade 2 students who will receive the Sacrament of First Communion this Sunday; please keep them in your prayers.
Congratulations to Eve Delanty for representing our school on Monday as this year recipient for the Board’s Award of Excellence. We are so proud of you Eve!
Dear HRM parents and Guardians,
Thank you to Mlle. Sheahan, Mrs. Pocsai, ECO Team, and the Earth Angels for leading the school with Earth Day Liturgy last Tuesday;
Thank you to Mrs. Holden, Ms. Romanowicz, and Mrs. Johnson, for preparing our Grade students for their First Communion;
Thank you to Mlle. Sheahan, Miss. Sansone, Miss. Holding, Mrs. Cutrara, and the whole team of staff and students for all their hard work leading to the play. Please join us on Friday May 10 for our evening show, more details to follow;
Thank you to the our HFFT Snack Volunteers for coming out faithfully each week to support our students;
The Daffodil Campaign: On May 1, there will be a non-uniform day- students are to wear yellow to support Cancer research. Students will receive a daffodil pin/sticker to show their support. Envelopes will be sent home on Monday to support this great cause, we ask for a minimum donation of $2 per student. Thank you for your generosity!
EQAO – Save the date!
The Grade 3 and 6 students will be completing their Primary and Junior EQAO assessments. The Grade 3 students will complete their EQAO Assessment on Tuesday May 21 – Thursday May 23, 2019, while the Grade 6 students will complete their EQAO Assessment on Monday May 27- Wednesday May 29, 2019. The purpose of EQAO assessment is to promote academic excellence and improvement in student achievement throughout all schools in our province. As educators, we do prepare and respond to our EQAO results with appropriate accountability, integrity and due diligence. As we are preparing for this year’s Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Testing, we are sharing the dates of testing. We hope this will be helpful when planning any family vacations or medical appointments. We encourage all students participating in the EQAO testing to be present at school and on time.
Expected Uniform Attire: Students are to adhere to wearing the approved uniform pieces of navy blue dress-pants and white or navy blue tops with HR logo on it. Female students are also expected to wear white or blue tights when not dressed in pants. Students are asked to only wear white or navy blue undershirts. Lastly, all students are expected to wear closed toe shoes at all times.
Moving? If you are aware that you will not be returning to Holy Rosary-Milton CES in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at class organization.
Student Class Placement – September 2019: Although it is only April, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2019-2020 school year. As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements. As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students. When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria;
- Balance of ability – academic skills
- Balance according to gender
- Learning style – how the learner learns
- Teaching style – how the teacher teaches
- Social blending – who works well with whom
- Parental input – re: learning style of the student
Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered. Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter to the Principal, Ms. Murad, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in. Letters should be submitted to Ms. Murad by Wednesday, May 15. Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process. We will have over 500 students in September, and we do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful! Your trust in our professional judgment is appreciated.
What is Catholic Education Week? (May 5-10th): Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples” and will be celebrated during the week of May 5 – May 10. The theme for CEW 2019 was inspired by three sources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. Mindful of the Synod on Youth, the theme and sub-themes are very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ through the discernment of their vocational pathways. In the section of Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read, “Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”
- The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples are:
Rooted in Prayer
Living in Community
Doing Justice & Creating Hope
Journeying Together in Faith
Sharing the Good News
Attached is a pamphlet highlighting our Catholic Education Week activities for our HRM families. We look forward to having you visit the different classes and participate in the different activities. Hard copies of the pamphlet were sent home earlier this week.
Promoting Well-Being: Walking to School
Walking to school is a great way for children to be active.
As a parent you can help your child learn about walking to school safely:
- Be a good role model.Demonstrate road safety rules with your child (e.g. looking both ways when crossing the street).
- Plan a walking route.Assess potential hazards with your child. Encourage your child to stick to the route.
- Remind your child about personal safety.Point out the houses of people you know where they can go for help if needed.
- Adopt a buddy system.Walk with a “walking buddy” – a sibling or a friend.
- Hold the phone.Pedestrian safety is compromised by texting, earphones and cellphone conversation. Electronics like iPods and cellphones should stay in their bag while walking to school.
- Talk about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.
- Check out Active and Safe Routes to School.A provincial initiative that strives to create an environment that is conducive to, and supportive of, safe, walkable communities.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Holy Rosary-Milton CES