Rest is so necessary for the health of our minds and bodies, and often so difficult to achieve due to the many demands placed on us. But rest is also essential for our spiritual health so that we can hear God’s voice and understand what he asks of us. ~ Pope Francis
We hope everyone enjoyed a safe and happy week and had time to spend with family and friends. If you are still traveling, and your child(ren) will not be returning to school on Monday, please ensure you have reported your child(ren)’s absence using our School Messenger System. Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe and happy at school!
During Lent, we are reminded of the importance of our commitment as Catholics to pray, fast and give alms. We have many initiatives happening at St. Elizabeth Seton that are being led by various community members including staff, students and parent volunteers that support our Lenten journey with opportunities for giving and demonstrating kindness through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
- Parent volunteers gave their time to help us celebrate the start of Lent with Shrove Tuesday on March 5th. Our students loved the delicious pancakes!
- Our Grade 7 staff and students led our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on Wednesday, March 6th for the school community. All staff, students and guests had the opportunity to received ashes as a symbol of the beginning of our Lenten journey.
- Some staff and intermediate students participated in the HCCEF 24-Hour fast on March 7-8th. Our mighty team of seven demonstrated abstinence, and with our community support, we raised $705 for the Halton Catholic Children’s Fund. We are grateful for the almsgiving and proud of students that demonstrated sacrifice during their Lenten journey.
- During our Faith Assembly on Friday, March 8th we renewed our faith commitments for the month. Our community is reminded to work on our Focus on Faith initiative of being Stewards of the Earth, the OCGE to be a Responsible Citizen and to demonstrate the virtue of Kindness.
- Our ME to WE Intermediate student leaders have organized popcorn sales online to support a clean water initiative for others in need.
- Our Grade 3 staff and students have organized a school Food Drive as part of their Lenten Journey. They have chosen to support our neighbours at the Good Shepherd Centre in Hamilton. We will be looking for donations of non-perishable food items following March Break.
- We are celebrating our Lent mass on Thursday, March 21st with Father Philippe @ 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton school. Everyone is welcome!
- Paul the Apostle Church is doing school-based Confession with Father Ed and other visiting priests. This will take place Wednesday, March 27th @ 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton school for students Gr. 3-8.
Regional Public Speaking Competition
The Regional Public Speaking Competition will be taking place at St. Elizabeth Seton on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 pm. We know our St. Elizabeth Seton representative, Morrisan, will make us proud!
World Down Syndrome Day
On Thursday, March 21st we will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day as a school community. We will be asking all students and staff to help spread awareness of Down Syndrome by participating in the “Rock Your Socks” campaign. The idea of the campaign is to wear brightly coloured, mismatched socks in celebration of people with Down Syndrome and the many ways that they make our world brighter.
Our Junior Grade 4/5 class is leading a LEGO Challenge during the month of March. They are challenging staff and students to share bricks of Lego to donate to our new Makerspace in the Library Learning Commons to Support STEAM challenges. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math skills that strengthen students’ 21st Century Global Competencies. LEGO donations are due by March 25th to allow classrooms to participate in the divisional challenges. Thank you for your donations as we will make every brick count!
There are many ways to get involved! We are grateful for your participation in the many important initiatives at St. Elizabeth Seton CES.
St. Elizabeth Seton Staff