Catholic Education Week – May 3 to May 8
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: Igniting Hope” and will be celebrated this week.
The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Igniting Hope are:
- Our Hope in Christ
- The Hope Within Us
- The Hope Among Us
- Hope for the World
- A Future Full of Hope
The theme reminds us that, regardless of our role-staff member, student, or parent-we are united in our call to serve and to share Christ’s message of hope. If you would like to participate in CEW at home, there are resources available for download at http://www.goodnewsforall.ca/
Catholic Education Week is traditionally a week in which our students and staff welcome our Parents & Guests into our school for various activities & celebrations. Although this year will be very different, it is now more important than ever to recognize and appreciate the many gifts of Catholic Education. We are truly blessed to be able to celebrate our Faith as we support & nurture your child as they learn and grow.
Our amazing staff has put a little something together to share our hopes with all of you this week. We MISS our students and families!
Please consider ways in which you can celebrate this special week at home with your family. We invite our families to consider the following ways in which you can collectively “Ignite Hope” at home and within our community:
- Create a fancy message of hope in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk for passerby to read or create a poster to put in a window.
- Write a postcard or note of thanks for frontline healthcare workers and drop this in the mailbox for a local hospital.
- Create a Rosary out of painted rocks and place them in your garden.
- Bake cookies and deliver them to your neighbourhood grocery store for workers to share.
- Make cards or draw pictures for seniors in your community.
- Music makes us happy. Create a playlist of happy music. Play this in your backyard, or if you are able, send it to a family member who you miss.
- Make a video or recording, singing a favourite hymn. Send this to your parish priest. He needs support at this time.
- Look in your bible or go online to make a list of psalms that give hope.
- Write an acrostic poem about HOPE… H is for Happiness, O is for Ongoing, P is for … etc.
- Write words of hope on index cards or paper and hang them from a tree in your yard for others to read.
- Go for a walk past your local parish. Stop in front of your church and say a prayer for your faith community.
- Look through a newspaper for stories of hope and talk about the stories.
- Plant some seeds in the ground. When they bloom, they will give hope.
- Phone your loved ones and tell them you love them.
- Offer a hug to a family member in your house.
Please consider sharing pictures on Twitter of how your family is celebrating Catholic Education Week and tag your tweets @SJPIIOakville #CEW2020 #IgnitingHope
His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will be celebrating a province-wide Catholic Education Mass scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10 am EST. All families are invited to participate ‘virtually’ in this celebration of the Eucharist.
Praying the Rosary
Pope Francis calls all Catholics to pray the rosary daily in the month of May. The following link supports your family with this request: https://www.rcdom.org.uk/post/pope-francis-encourages-faithful-to-rediscover-the-rosary-this-may and https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpatrick/2020/04/praying-the-rosary/
A Caring Family Member
Our Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation for the month of May is
A Caring Family Member
I love God, myself and my family. I care about and respect my ‘family’ at school, at Church, in the community, and the world. I care about and respect God’s creation and everything in it.
Because I care, I pray for all my families, and I will live my life like Jesus.
Promoting Well-Being: Managing Difficult Behaviours during COVID-19 and Beyond
R.O.C.K. – Reach Out Centre for Kids – is presenting this free webinar – for more information follow the link – https://rockevents.ca/event/managing-difficult-behaviours-webinar/
“A behavioural approach to understanding and addressing problem behaviour. Join an experienced behaviour therapist for this informative webinar to learn ways to help reduce and manage challenging behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”
- Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:30 am OR Thursday May 14, 2020 from 6:00– 7:30 pm
- Free – Live webinar through Zoom
Home /School Communication
During these unprecedented times, parents are always encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher should you have any questions or concerns. All staff emails are now listed on our school website at https://elem.hcdsb.org/stjohnpaulii/
Please follow us on Twitter @SJPIIOakville ~ We MISS our students faces and the laughter & joy in our hallways & classrooms!
Take good care.
Mrs. Choma and Mrs. Scannell