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Weekly Update: May 6 – 10

Catholic schools are communities of accompaniment where the story of our salvation is known and shared, offering the encouragement that comes from knowing Jesus walks with us. Renewing the Promise p. 7.

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”. 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 exsultate, 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

Our school community will be celebrating in many different ways throughout the week and we invite you to participate in any of the activities we have planned as your personal time and work schedule may permit. As Catholic Education Week also corresponds with Mental Health Awareness Week, throughout the week Mrs. Morris, our CYC, will display in the front foyer a variety of programs being offered at our school such as Kelso’s Choice, Roots of Empathy, Kids Have Stress Too, MindUP , Alternative Lunch Recess Program (Games Centre) and Growth Mindset as well as a display promoting Mental Health Week. 

Please see the attached link for information about Mental Health Week: Mental Health Week

CEW Events:

Monday May 6th 

10:00 – 11:00 a. m. – Volunteer Breakfast in library

12:15- 1:00 p.m. – Scout – St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog will be here in our Library – guests are welcome!

Thursday May 9th:

9:30 – 1:30 p.m. – 18 students from grades 7 & 8 will take part in the board-wide Walk with Jesus from Jean Vanier CSS to the Velodrome.

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – BBQ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Class Open House: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.; Arts performances in gym: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday May 10th

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. School-wide Walk with Jesus around the neighbourhood.

Saturday May 11th – Congratulations to our Grade Twos who will receive their First Holy Communion

10:00 AM – Classes of Mr. Mahaney, Ms. Denomme, Miss Baus

1:00 PM – Classes of Ms. Esposto, Ms. Marzilli, Ms. Robinson

Classroom presentations throughout the week according to the attached schedule: Education Week Schedule 2019

Congratulations to Juliana V. who was recognized at the HCDSB Awards of Excellence Ceremony on April 29th.

Thank you SAOP families for donating over 60 bicycles to our Bike Drive in support of New Hope Community Bikes!! We appreciate your generosity to those in need. 


Please refer to the calendar for all upcoming events: 

Catholic Education Week
May 6 – May 10 all day

This week we celebrate Catholic Education Week. Individual classroom and school-wide events will be published separately.

First Holy Communion
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Mr. Mahaney’s, Ms. Denomme’s, and Ms. Baus’ class will celebrate their First Holy Communion at Holy Rosary Parish.

First Holy Communion
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Ms. Marzilli’s, Ms. Esposto’s, and Ms. Robinson’s class will celebrate their First Holy Communion at Holy Rosary Parish.

Lunch Pails
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
JK-Gr. 2 Dental Screening
May 15 all day

Dental screening will take place for JK – Gr 2 students. Classes will be scheduled for one of the two days.


Your partners in Catholic Education,

K. Cascone-Brown,   L. MacLennan,   D. Owens


Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: May 6 – 10