“The Lord gives us a mission, he always has us enter into a process, a process of purification, a process of discernment, a process of obedience, a process of prayer.” –Pope Francis
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) announced that they will hold a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (walkout) on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
As OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers, a full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms. This poses significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our elementary and secondary students.
In light of these safety concerns, all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.
Safety in our Parking Lots
Thank you for being alert, careful and slowing down in the parking lot. We noticed an improvement on Friday. We are looking for parent volunteers that may wish to assist us in the mornings with our Kiss & Ride. Volunteers could help direct cars and open car doors to help students out to the curbside.
St. Paul the Apostle Parish News Update March 2020
As we have now entered into the season of Lent there are many additional services and events at the Parish. We look forward to seeing our community come together during this special time.
- Stations of the Cross & Benediction will be offered every Friday of Lent @ 7:00pm
- Adoration is offered every Friday from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
- Confessions will be offered as usual on Saturday @ 9:30 am & 4:00 pm, however additional confessional times are scheduled (see the website or bulletin for details) and the Lent Penance Celebration will take place March 31st @ 7:00 pm
- 40 Days for Life Celebratory Mass will be celebrated March 18 @ 7:00 pm
- Palm Sunday Masses are Saturday April 4th @ 5:00 pm and Sunday April 5th at 9:00 & 11:00 am (Children’s Liturgy will be offered at both times) as well as 8:00 pm; Palms will be distributed at all Masses that weekend; feel free to bring your old palms in as we collect & burn them for ashes for next year
Lent ends when the Triduum begins on April 9th with the following schedule:
- Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 8:00 pm
- Good Friday Liturgies @ 12:00 pm (Children’s Liturgy offered during this time) and 3:00 pm
- Holy Saturday Blessing of the Easter Foods @ 12:00 pm and
- Easter Vigil Mass @ 8:00 pm – this is the first Mass of Easter
- Easter Sunday Masses at 8:00 am, 10:00 & 12:00 pm
Coffee Sunday for March takes place Sunday March 1st following the 9am & 11am Masses and is hosted this month by Canadian Martyrs school and the Knights of Columbus.
**Please note Children’s Liturgy will not be offered over the weekends of March 15 & 22
Lunch Time Supervisor
We are looking for an additional Lunch Time supervisor to assist with supervision of students inside 11:55-12:15 and outside 12:15- 12:55 p.m. You are required to have an updated vulnerable sector screening and police check. If you are interested, please contact the main office.
With the OECTA province-wide Walk-Out and no school for students on Thursday, March 5, we will be moving our school speech contest to Monday, March 9, 2002 at 1:15 p.m. in the gym.
When Your Child is ill
We’ve had a number of students come to school when they are feeling too ill to participate in learning activities. When you send your child to school ill, they are more likely to pick up a secondary contagion, and you are putting other students and staff at risk. Please read our Feature Story “When to keep your child home from school” to help you determine when your child is too ill to come to school. https://elem.hcdsb.org/stelizabethseton/2020/03/when-to-keep-your-child-home-from-school/
Halton Region Health Department regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Please click here to read a letter to parents from the Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region, which includes updates to the Travel Health Advisory issued by the Government of Canada.
As Dr. Meghani notes in her letter, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Halton, and the risk to our community continues to remain low.
We are in ongoing communication with the Halton Region Health Department, who are working closely with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and local health care providers to monitor this situation and take actions, as appropriate.
Promoting Well-Being – Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health
There is no health without mental health. Mental health is the ability to think, feel and act in ways that help us to:
- Cope with life’s ups and downs
- Make good decisions
- Have meaningful relationships
Mental health shows in how you think, feel and act in life. It affects how you see the world, handle challenges, relate to others and make choices.
Current research shows that 1 in 5 children will suffer from poor mental health. For most, these problems will be brief. Experiences with stress, sadness or low self-esteem are a part of growing up. However, when it begins to interfere with school, family or everyday living, it is time to ask for help.
Early intervention is key. Children and youth need to be taught coping skills and need to know they are not alone.
Here are some excellent links:
- Emotionally healthy children/teens
- Tips for raising emotionally healthy children/teens
- Mental health resources for parents and caregivers
- Youth resources
- Programs and referrals
- Where to go for help
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