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February 20, 2020 Update

Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in time may become more like him. ~ Pope Francis

Please note that our school will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020 due to impending job action. The potential one-day, full withdrawal of services (walkout) in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 has been CANCELLED.

The Halton Catholic District School Board has provided a link on our school website to assist parents with accessing the most up to date information regarding labour negotiations.  You can access this information here:  Labour Negotiations

With anticipation of job action on Friday, February 21, 2020 and Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Lunchbox Orders will cancel any orders and a credit will be placed on all Lunchbox Orders accounts. The credit will be applied to your next transaction at the time of check out.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team at 1.877.426.6860 or by email at

Our school is in need of additional lunch supervisors.  This is a paid position that involves supervising our students, inside and outside, from 12:10pm to 1:10pm daily.  If you or someone you know is interested in a part time employment opportunity, please contact the school office.

As a community of faith, we will enter into the season of Lent on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Due to the planned job action on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, our Catholic School Council will observe Shrove Tuesday with our students on Monday, February 24, 2020 by offering a pancake along with a juice box to each of our students.  We thank Mr. Ryan Machado and Loblaws Inc. who have very generously donated all of the materials needed for the day.  We also thank all of our volunteers for the gift of their time that they are donating to our school to prepare the pancakes for our students.

The pancake mix that will be used is Aunt Jemima Complete, students will have the option of adding Aunt Jemima syrup to their pancake also.  An information link to the ingredients of this mix can be found here:  Aunt Jemima Complete.  Should you have any questions, concerns or dietary restrictions for your child, please contact the school office.  Wondering about the observance of Shrove Tuesday?  You can learn more here:  Shrove Tuesday

Next week, we welcome Fr. David Walter to our school for our celebration of Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 beginning at 11:00am.  All school community members are welcome to join us.

Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fasting and abstaining from meat.  All Catholics, in good health, between the ages of 14 and 60 are required to fast from food. Catholics, regardless of age, are obligated to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday.  The reason for our fasting is to grow in hunger for God.  Fasting can mean simply taking less food at our daily meals.

The ashes in our celebration come from the palm branches used last year for Palm Sunday. These branches are collected and burned down so that only the ashes remain. The mark of ashes on our foreheads reminds us that we are called to turn away from sin and commit ourselves to the Gospel.

The Season of Lent is a period of 40 days (not counting the Sundays of Lent) ending on Holy Thursday. It mirrors the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before starting his public ministry. Today, the Church spends these 40 days of Lent in prayer, fasting, and works of charity to prepare for the joy of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Term 1 Report Cards for Grade 1-8 students and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students were distributed on February 19, 2020.  As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. St. Francis of Assisi School and our parent community share the common goals of wanting your child to experience academic, social, emotional and spiritual growth.  Parents / guardians are always encouraged to contact our staff members at any time to discuss the progress of your child.  You can learn more about the Grade 1-8 Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning here:  Elementary Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning

Instagram, Snapchat… now TikToks?  Technology fads change so rapidly, it is challenging to keep up!   Please take note of a wonderful resource designed to assist parents by offering a reference Guide sheet to support your understanding and decision-making.  Some of the topics include: TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, social pressures (appearance, influencers, friends and followers and likes), gaming, Fortnite, Minecraft, Whatsapp, live streaming, suggested apps per age group, parental controls, safety tips, children’s devices, screen addiction, social media and mental health, online safety, etc.  Instructions are below:

Our calendar for the week of February 24, 2020 is below:

LunchBox Orders – Subway
Feb 25 all day
Shrove Tuesday
Feb 25 all day
Lent Begins
Feb 26 all day
Salad Bar Lunch
Feb 26 all day
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
LunchBox Orders – Swiss Chalet
Feb 27 all day
LunchBox Orders – Subway
Feb 28 all day
Spirit Day – Wacky Hair
Feb 28 all day

Students and staff are encouraged to come to school with their wildest hairstyles!

Monthly Focus on Faith Liturgy
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
LunchBox Orders – Subway
Mar 3 all day
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