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HRM Weekly Update- February 18

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to Mme. MacKay, Mlle. Sheahan, and Mrs. Packer for all their work in rescheduling Carnaval;

Thank you to Mrs. Ventura for planning and scheduling our first Black History Month speaker, Donnovan Bennett for our Grade4-8 students;

Thank you to Student Parliament students, Mrs. Helston, and Miss. Holding for planning our pink/white/red day in support of HFFT program;

Thank you to Mia and Nina from Mlle. Sheahan Grade6EF class for selling bracelets and key chains in support of World Vision to provide clean water in Africa.

Thank you to students in Mrs. Adams and Miss. Fernandes’ classes for selling Valentine’s Day cookies in support of purchasing numeracy and literacy resources.

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.

Term One Report Cards – Wednesday February 19th -Report cards for term one will be coming home with your child on Wednesday February 19th. As you are aware, due to OECTA’s Job Action, reports will only highlight your child’s marks (letters or percentages) along with letters for the Learning Skills section. At Holy Rosary-Milton C.E.S. we strive on great, ongoing, and open communication between home and school. Although teachers have been in regular contact with families, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. You can also learn more about the how student achievement is reported on in the Halton Catholic District School Board here:  Reporting Student Achievement

OECTA’s Province-wide One-day Full Withdrawal of Services: It was announced today that on Friday, February 21, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers as well as many education workers across the province will participate in a one-day walkout. OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers. A full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms, posing significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our elementary and secondary students. In light of these safety concerns, all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020.

PINK Shirt Day – Wednesday February 26– The focus of the BE KIND campaign this year is to lift each other up! “Our theme for this year’s Pink Shirt Day is “Lift each other up”; a simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.”

Shrove Tuesday- A message from 2020 HRM Catholic School Council: Hello Holy Rosary Parents, It’s hard to believe but Shrove Tuesday is only two weeks away! The tradition at Holy Rosary is that the parents will come in to make pancakes for the students. This year Shrove Tuesday is on February 25th and we are looking for parent volunteers to make and serve pancakes. We have set up 3 shifts: 8am to 10:00, 10:00 to 12pm, and 12 to 1:30pm. If you would like to volunteer and are available for any of these shifts, please email Karen Bivand at Thank you so much!

4 Platinum Tickets to Toronto Marlies Game: Big thanks to Mrs. Bivand and Toronto Maple Leaf Sports for donating 4 Platinum Tickets to be used for any Toronto Marlies Game between now and April 2020. Raffle tickets will be sold starting Tuesday February 18, 2020 until Friday February 28, one ticket for $2 or three for $5. Thank you in advance for your support with this great initiative.

HRM Gym T-Shirts: HRM 2019-2020 Catholic School Council members have agreed to produce gym T-shirts for our students to purchase. HRM T-shirts are $10 and have our HRM school logo and come in two colors yellow and blue. An order form will be sent to you for purchase. Thank you in advance for your support. More information to follow.

Promoting Well-BeingThe holidays are over… now what?

So here we are in a New Year. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are behind us – the decorating, shopping, gift-giving and entertaining are all done.  We hear all around us that it is time for new beginnings. Gym memberships beckon and headlines encourage us to eat well and spend less. I should feel energized, optimistic, and excited, right?  So why do I feel, well, flat?

I may have the post-holiday or winter blues , that period of feeling underwhelmed once the celebrations stop and the bills come due. I can feel sad, hopeless, and stuck at home during the short days of January and February.

It’s hard to resist the urge to turn off the alarm, snuggle back under the covers, and ignore the long to-do list, the work emails, the crying baby and that growing pile of laundry. Whatever challenges you face, here are 5 tips to get you through winter:

Choose fun and simple ways to fit activity into your day. Walking is easy, doesn’t cost much, and you can wear your baby or take your kids with you. It’s a fact: exercise can boost your mental health.

Don’t be in too big a hurry to take down all the decorative lights and put away the candles. There’s a reason many cultures celebrate with lights during the shorter winter days. Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all encourage us to celebrate by brightening up our environments. Keep some lights up until Valentine’s Day!

Save time, money, and energy by planning ahead for healthy meals. Don’t beat yourself up about what you ate over the holidays but start stocking some healthy snacks like hummus and fresh cut vegetables. Experiment with seasonal produce.

Continue some of the activities that you enjoyed over the holidays. Have neighbours and their kids over for a games night. Decorate your windows with paper snowflakes. Treat yourself to healthy pancakes on a snowy weekend.

Seek support. Connect with friends for coffee. Visit your local Early On Child & Family Centre. If you are a new parent or have a child under the age of two years old, check out an Adjusting to Parenthood (A2P) group. There is a difference between the winter blues and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). See your doctor if you suspect that you or your child may be suffering from SAD.

And remind yourself:  the days are already getting longer.  Spring is coming. The holidays may be over, but you can do this!

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

Family Day- No School
Feb 17 all day
Gr. 7-8 Black History Speaker
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Earth Rangers Assembly for K-Gr. 6
Feb 19 all day
Report Cards Go Home
Feb 19 all day
Catholic Council of Chairs @ St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm
Grade 2 First Reconciliation
Feb 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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