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HRM Weekly Update- Feb.10

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” ~ Rumi

Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to Miss. Gustin, Mrs. Da Ros, Mrs. Holden, and all the Grade 3 students for leading the Virtue of the Month Assembly focusing on Respect;

Thank you to Mme. MacKay and Mlle. Sheahan for all their work in planning and leading this year’s French Carnaval- please refer to the new date of Monday February 10;

Thank you to Mrs. Skinner and Mlle. Sheahan and the Earth Angel committees for all their work in saving energy around the school;

After School Sports (Basketball Games)- Students wishing to remain at school to watch a basketball game after school need to have supervision as coaches are only responsible for their players. Students are not allowed to remain after school without an adult accompanying them, this is to also ensure they have a way home.

Valentine’s Day Cookies: Holy Rosary Milton Hawks, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and we are excited to celebrate this LOVE-ly occasion. The students in Mrs. Adams-Mise and Miss. Fernandes’ Classes will be selling Terra Cotta heart shaped vanilla cookies for $2 on Thursday February 13th 2020. The proceeds will go towards purchasing numeracy and literacy resources. Thank you for your support!

Valentine’s Day Bracelets– A message from Mia and Nina in Mlle. Sheahan Gr.6EF class: Many children in Africa are dying due to unclean water. This Valentine’s Day, HRM is invited to buy a bracelet and a keychain for a friend, a sibling, or a parent for $1 to support World Vision in providing clean water. Both bracelets and keychains will be sold on Wednesday and Thursday February 12th and 13th during first and last recesses.

$2 Civvies Day for Valentine’s Day – Thursday February 13 in support of HFFT: Our students participate in the Halton Food For Thought Snack Program every Tuesday and Thursday here at Holy Rosary- Milton CES. This program is organized by Mrs. Christie and a wonderful group of volunteers whom we are grateful for their help! The money raised on this Civvies Day will go directly to our Holy Rosary-Milton HFFT program.

PA Day in February: February 14 is a designated Professional Activity Day for our school board.

Family DayMonday February 17, 2020: The basic purpose of Family Day is to provide a special occasion on which Canadians can celebrate family and community life and to provide a holiday in the otherwise holiday-vacant, three-month span between New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Alberta first instituted Family Day in 1990 to celebrate the family life of the early pioneers, Saskatchewan made it a public holiday in 2007, Ontario in 2008, and British Columbia in 2013. On Family Day, many take part in winter sports like ice skating, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. There are community events and winter festivals to attend all over Canada this time of year. It is also popular to attend art exhibits and various museums, which frequently have discounts or even free entry on Family Day. ~

Winter Weather and School Attendance: This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months. These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower test scores and grades. There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.

Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather- That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents.

Keep your children healthy- Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed and that means attending school every day possible.

Appropriate Outdoor Wear: It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats! Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Parking lot- Before and After School: Please ensure that no cars are parked in the loop as buses need full access to the loop. This is especially hard during the winter months with the snow and slippery surfaces. Please ensure that you park your car in a parking spot (please don’t park in the reserved parking spots which require permit) and walk to pick up your children. Also please use the sidewalk at all times as they are salted rather than walking between buses. This is a great safety concern as sometimes bus drivers can’t see pedestrians or due to the winter conditions may not be able to stop abruptly. Please review these safety guidelines with your students if they are walkers.

Expected Uniform Attire: ISW is the uniform provider for our school board. Clothing from ISW is the expectation for students. Jogging pants and legging are not uniform items, unless used for gym classes. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.

Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates! We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award. The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs). Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020. Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.

Promoting Well-Being – How Teaching Kids Empathy Can Prevent Bullying


Kindness and compassion are qualities all parents hope to instill in their kids. But achieving this goal requires more than simply asking your child to do nice things for other people. In fact, authentically kind people are motivated by feelings of empathy. They can see things from another person’s perspective and understand how they might be feeling1. They also can anticipate what might make a person feel better. When they can do these things, they are truly empathetic.

How to Teach Children Empathy

Make Sure Your Child’s Emotional Needs Are Met

Ensure Kids Can Identify and Share Their Feelings

Encourage Kids to Explore Other Perspectives

Model Empathy Using Everyday Opportunities

Teach Kids to Find Common Ground With Others

Encourage Kids to Imagine How Someone Else Feels

Talk to Kids About How Their Behavior Impacts Others


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Wishing you a great weekend~ Stay Warm – the Staff of Holy Rosary-Milton CES

Kinder-Gr.8 Carnaval
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Black History Month Speaker-Donnovan Bennett
Feb 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Ms. Adams and Ms. Fernandes Classes Trip to The Milton Youth Theatre
Feb 11 all day
Pink/Red/White Day – No Uniform
Feb 13 all day
PA Day – No School for Students
Feb 14 all day
Family Day- No School
Feb 17 all day

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