On Sunday June 23rd, we celebrated the Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Our Lord, Jesus Christ, with only five loaves and two fish, miraculously fed over 5,000 followers. This miracle foreshadows His institution of the Eucharist on the night before He died. For us, the Eucharist is the foundation of our faith. This tremendous gift sustains us spiritually in this life as we work toward our goal of eternal life with God, our heavenly Father.
As we enter into the final week of the school year, we would like to take a moment to thank our families for your on-going support over the last ten months. As your partners in the Catholic education of your children, we acknowledge how important the home life is in the academic, social, physical, and emotional development of the child. We wish you a blessed summer with your families and look forward to welcoming you back in September!
We wish our tireless secretary Jean Du Charme, fond wishes as she retires on Friday. Mrs. Du Charme has been with the school since its beginning and has very big (and many) shoes to fill. We offer this retirement prayer for Mrs. Du Charme:
Dear Father God,
Thank you for the seasons of life, for the joy of childhood, the excitement of youth, and the stability of maturity. Thank you for the blessings that come with age, for all the happy memories to enjoy, for the wisdom that comes through experience, and for the freedom that is given with retirement.
Lord, we give thanks for the tremendous blessing that has come from the work of many years, and thank you that you still anoint and use us always, in all seasons. We pray that this would be a new beginning, may your hope arise, and your vision be the guide. May a new rhythm emerge, one that forms a beautiful balance between rest and engagement with life.
And now Lord, we ask for your blessing. May there be good health, joy in abundance and peace in heart and mind, from this day forwards and each day that follows.
We also give a fond farewell and best wishes to Mrs. Cascone-Brown as she leaves us to join the St. Marguerite School Community. We welcome Mr. Giacalone as he returns to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Elementary School as principal.
We would like to thank our parent volunteers for coming out and cutting watermelons to provide a refreshing treat on Play Day. We send a big shout out to John’s No Frills for generously supplying the watermelons as well as freezies for our Kindergarten Play Day. We had wonderful weather and a great time was had by all.
Thanks also to our teachers: Mrs. Chiasson, Mrs. Wilfred-Hanna, Mrs. McDonald, Ms. Saris, Ms. Stoetzel, Ms. Bogucki, and Ms. Nikolaus for organizing the event. Thanks to Mr. DeRosa for providing the music during the event. A special shout out to all our grade seven and eight students who worked as leaders and station runners!!! We couldn’t do it without you.
End of Year Reminders:
i) Please remind your children to bring home all their belongings from their desk and locker.
ii) Report cards go home Tuesday. Please review with your child and sign and return the slip to the teacher by Friday.
iii) All spare epi-pens and inhalers will be sent home Friday with your child if they are not picked up at the office.
iv) Please ensure all student texts are returned to the school.
v) If your child is leaving early or missing any days this week, ensure you notify the school through the attendance system or a note with your child.
vi) There is early dismissal on Friday. The bell will ring at 2:15 PM. Please make arrangements for pick-up at this time if needed.
For all events, please refer to the calendar:
Grade 8 Graduation Day will begin with a Mass at Holy Rosary Church at 10:00 AM. Students will then enjoy a graduation luncheon at Shoeless Joe’s. Students will return to the school for a graduation dress rehearsal. The Graduation Ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM; students are to be picked up at 10:00 after the dance.
All students entering grade nine for the school year 2019-2020 are welcome to visit Bishop Redding before school begins the following week!
Your partners in Catholic Education,
K. Cascone-Brown, L. MacLennan, D. Owens