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Weekly Update May 10, 2021

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” 

Terese of Lisieux

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Moms

Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day. We honour and celebrate all our mothers – including our grandmothers, godmothers, new mothers, mothers-to-be, stepmothers, foster mothers, adoptive mothers and all those who care for us in motherly ways. We also pray for all mothers who have entered the heavenly kingdom. During this month of May, we continue to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our role model of humility, patience, compassion, love and grace. mothers. We hope that you can take some time this weekend to slow down and enjoy some much-deserved rest.

A Special Blessing to All Mothers
Holy God, You compared your own love for your people to the love of a mother for her children. Look with kindness on all mothers who have shared in your creating love by the gift of their children.
We thank you for the joys and sorrows of their life, the giving and sharing, and, especially for your love that has formed us in your image.
Listen to our prayers, and bless all mothers who have nurtured and sustained us. Give them patience in abundance and let them find joy and satisfaction in all their work.
Glory and praise to you, loving God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, and who reigns with you in the glory of heaven, for ever and ever.
Amen

Catholic Education Week – Thank you!

We would like to thank our community and staff for engaging in the activities and Spirit Day that supported our theme of Nurturing Hope during Catholic Education Week. The pictures you shared helped to demonstrate the wonderful work our Catholic Schools are doing!

School Climate Parent Survey – Your Opinion Counts!

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we want our school communities to be safe and welcoming places. School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.


All parents in our school community are invited to complete the School Climate Parent Survey. The survey will be available online May 10, 2021 through May 24, 2021. Parents are encouraged to check their email inbox, as they would have received an email invitation to complete the survey online. 

This voluntary survey is completely confidential, and respondents will remain anonymous. The survey
asks parents to share their thoughts on their child(ren)’s school environment.


Questions?
If you have any questions or you would like more information about the survey, please contact Research
and Development Services at research@hcdsb.org

We value your input and greatly appreciate your support! Thank you for participating.

Grade 8 – Holy Trinity SHIELD Mentor Preference Form Due Wednesday

All of our Grade 8 students who are planning to attend Grade 9 at Holy Trinity next year need to ensure that they have completed the SHIELD Mentor Preference form by Wednesday.

This information will help the Holy Trinity staff match your child with a student mentor who will help with the transition to high school.

St. Andrew Cookbook

You can order your St. Andrew Community Cookbook through School Cash Online. The cost of the cookbook is $20. Thank you to the many families who contributed photos and recipes, and thank you to the members of our School Council who worked tirelessly to put this beautiful book together for us. This is definitely a keepsake from our 2020-2021 school year that you won’t want to miss!

The last day to put in your order will be Monday, May 31st. Families who ordered cookbooks will be able to pick them up at the school between 8:30-3:30 beginning the week of June 7th. If in-school learning has not resumed, and those times do not work for you, never fear, we can make alternative arrangements for you to get your cookbook(s). 

Dress LOUD Day

May is Hearing Awareness Month which is an entire month dedicated to educating the public about the importance of hearing health. HCDSB is dedicating this week to promote Hearing Awareness among our students and school community.

On Monday, May 17th, we will have DRESS LOUD DAY. Students and their families are encouraged to have fun and dress in their wackiest loudest clothing. Please post your pictures on your virtual classrooms and/or tweet them out using the hashtags #Dressloud2021.

Here are some tips for friends with hearing loss:

Faith & Well-Being Resources

Recognizing that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff. Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time: 

Promoting Well-Being – Mental Health for All Children and Youth

What is meant by “child and adolescent mental health”?

  • The term “child and adolescent mental health” refers to the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of children and adolescents, and is considered an integral part of healthy development.
  • Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental health problems. This is as true in childhood and adolescence as it is in adulthood.
  • Many such problems are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them.
  • For children and adolescents, however, adult awareness, sensitivity, and guidance often are very important to help them to learn and grow from such problems.
  • For some children and adolescents, the problems are serious enough that supports and guidance from the main adults in their lives (e.g., parents and teachers) are not sufficient, and specialized assistance is needed. Without such assistance, the problems can cause much stress and heartache to the children and adolescents, as well as to their families, their teachers, and the community. In addition, such problems can lead to even more serious mental health problems in adulthood.

What can parents do?

  • The daily activities of parents and families, as well as parents’ positive relationships with their children and adolescents, actively promote the mental health of their children and adolescents.
  • Parents’ roles and relationships impact children and adolescents’ feelings of self-worth, dignity, identity, and belonging. Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
  • Parents also are in an excellent position to observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual, perhaps lasting longer than average, which could indicate a mental health problem requiring consultation and intervention.

Visit https://www.sickkidscmh.ca for more information.

Reminders

Attendance! Please note that attendance will be taken daily as per usual. If your child will be absent from their virtual classroom, please report the absence via School Messenger.

Not Returning? If your children will not be returning to St. Andrew in September, please email Mrs. Cerqueira at CerqueiraD@hcdsb.org to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information will be helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year.

Moving? Families are reminded to contact the school if any of your personal contact information has changed or if you are moving out of our school boundary. Please email Mrs. Cerqueira at Cerqueirad@hcdsb.org

Looking Ahead

Weekly Update May 10, 2021