Dear Parents and Guardians:
We send well wishes to all as we enter this second week of remote learning during this school closure. We encourage all to continue to follow Public Health guidelines by wearing masks, social distancing and practicing frequent hand hygiene. Please also continue to input any student absences into Safe Arrivals on School Messenger.
Special Board Meeting
A Board Meeting that was moved from the original date of May 4th is now scheduled to take place this Monday, April 26th. Details are as follows – Time: 7:30 pm. Location: Catholic Education Centre – Board Room. Please visit the link for the scheduled Agenda
Award of Excellence
The Student Awards of Excellence are presented annually to a student from each elementary and secondary school who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in Catholic leadership, family commitment, involvement in school affairs and community activities. We wish to congratulate Nathaniel R. for being chosen as this year’s recipient for St. Anthony of Padua. We are so proud of you!!
An invitation and information power point program has been sent out for our Virtual Kindergarten Orientation meeting on April 29th at 7:00 PM to all those who have registered children to begin Junior Kindergarten in September. Please contact the school if you did not receive.
Beach Day: Friday April 30
Our final civvies day to support the HCCF 24 Hour Fast will be this Friday. Thanks to all who have supported this worthy cause. If you haven’t had a chance to donate, it is not too late! You can still donate on school cash online or directly to the campaign through the Canadahelps website.
Catholic Education Week: May 2 – 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: Nurturing Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 2 – May 7. The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021 was inspired by the following considerations:
- Recognition of the special Year of Laudato Si’ which will run through May 24, 2021, announced by Pope Francis on May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of his papal encyclical, “On Caring for Our Common Home.”
- In the face of the ongoing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong desire by the planning committee, along with those consulted, and supported by feedback from the survey, for continuity with the theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, Igniting Hope, which has served so well during the spring recess from in-school instruction.
- The challenges to personal and spiritual well-being posed by the uncertainty and physical isolation of the current global crisis makes the timing and the concerns of Mental Health Week, which takes place during the same week as Catholic Education Week, all the more relevant.
- Ongoing recognition of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the relevance of Indigenous culture and spirituality to the spirit of Laudato Si.
The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope are:
Preparing the Earth
Sowing Seeds of Gratitude
Harvesting New Fruit
Marvelling in Wonder
While our Catholic faith is the focus of everything we do, during the first week of May, each class will be participating in activities around the above themes. A brochure will be provided this week to inform families of the day and time of the unique activities of each class.
Public Health Tip of the Week
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
G. Giacalone, E. Scannell, D. Owens