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Weekly Update – Jan 27 – 31 2020

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

Family Literacy Day

Happy Reading!!  Family Literacy Day is a national Canadian event, that is held every year on January 27. This event was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, when the organization started drawing attention to the importance of reading and engaging the whole family in learning activities.  Make sure to tweet out your favourite book.  #SJAReads

Holocaust Awareness Day

On January 27th, there will be a board-wide recognition of the United National International Holocaust Awareness Day on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Grade 8 students Faith Day

Our Grade 8 students will be participating in a family of schools faith day at Christ the King on Wednesday, January 29th.  We welcome the Youth Ministers from Holy Family church in Bolton and are grateful to Father Dave and Father Mark for leading us in mass.

Mental Wellness Initiative – Time to Talk Week 

Next week is St. Joe’s Time to Talk week.  What is Time to talk week you ask?  This is a week where we talk about our mental health.  Did you know that we all have mental health?  We do!  Mental health is about how we think, feel and act.  It helps us with stress, making friends and how we make choices.  To help build positive mental health St. Joe’s will be holding an activity each day next week which helps our mental health.  On Monday we will be laughing out loud in the library!

People across Canada are being encouraged to join the conversation to raise awareness and end the stigma of Mental Health.  Bell Canada is holding their annual Mental Health Initiative – Let’s Talk.  Bell is committed to making a donation per text, phone call and tweet.  Students will be tweeting from our St. Joseph’s account to help raise awareness.  Make sure to follow us @StJoesActon and to tweet along with us.  #BellLetsTalk #SJAFamily

Friday, January 31st – PA Day

A reminder that Friday is a Professional Activity Day for staff and there will be no school for students.

St. Joseph Tips

By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills. Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning. For more information visit

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Jan 27 – 31 2020