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Weekly Update – Feb 3-7 2020

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

Winter Walk Day

On February 5, it’s walk to school and celebrate Winter Walk Day!  Dressing warmly for a brisk walk to school can be exhilarating and fun.

Winter Walking Tips:

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss.
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth.
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots.
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind.
  • Woollen clothing helps to retain the heat.

Black History Month Presentation

February is Black History Month. At St. Joseph’s School we will be engaging in classroom activities and presentations to remember and celebrate this important part of our history.   We are pleased to have Loretta Penny join us for presentations in the gym on Thursday, February 6th.

National Sweater Day

On Thursday, February 6th make sure to wear your favourite sweater as we will be participating in National Sweater Day.  In order to help slow down climate change, National Sweater Day raises awareness about the importance of saving energy and hopes to inspire you to turn down your thermostat.

Parking Etiquette

Thank you to all parents and guardians for following our parking lot expectations to keep staff, students and parents safe.  Please ensure that you do not block or park in our handicap/accessible spaces as we have several families who need to access these spaces.  The fine for illegally parking in a handicap/accessible parking spot or for not displaying an accessible permit is $300. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is lawfully parked and that a permit is fully visible when using an accessible parking spot.

Christian Meditation

Please be aware that we have whole school Christian Meditation on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  If families are interested in doing their own meditation at home, feel free to download the free app from the World Community for Christian Mediation named “WCCM app 2”.  It offers daily wisdom, weekly teachings and readings and has some meditation tools.

St. Joseph Tips

Black History Month in Canada provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry. It was initiated in Canada by the Ontario Black History Society and introduced to Parliament in December 1995 by Jean Augustine, the first Black woman elected as a member of Parliament. Black History Month was officially observed across Canada for the first time in February 1996.  For more information visit

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Feb 3-7 2020