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Weekly Update – May 18-22, 2020

“Catholic Schools prepare every student to meet the challenges of their future by developing their mind, yes, but also their body and their soul and spirit” ~ David Vitter

May is the month of the Virgin Mary

May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary refer to special Marian devotions held in the Catholic Church during the month of May honouring the Virgin Mary as “the Queen of May”. These services may take place inside or outside. A “May Crowning” is a traditional Roman Catholic ritual that occurs in the month of May. To read more about Mary visit:
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/prayers/devotions/to-the-blessed-virgin-mary/month-of-mary-may-devotions https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/05_1.cfm

Happy Victoria Day

Wishing everyone a happy Victoria day long weekend.  Take the time to refresh and rejuvenate with the family. 

Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Spencer, who received the Halton Catholic District School Board Student Award of Excellence. He models Catholic leadership through his daily interactions & taking on active roles within the St. Joseph’s community. Visit https://elem.hcdsb.org/stjosephacton/2020/05/hcdsb-announces-the-student-award-of-excellence-recipients/

Distance Learning

We hope that all our families are doing well during this ongoing time of learning from home. Our staff are getting feedback from students and parents that many have developed a regular routine to navigate online learning. This is new to all of us and we will continue to develop ways to reach out to students and to add variety to their learning. It’s slow and steady steps ahead for all of us right now.

Although attendance is not being formally taken during this time of online learning, school staff do have a responsibility to monitor that students are checking in and completing weekly assigned learning tasks regularly. We understand that families currently face many challenges and we encourage parents to communicate with their child’s teachers to discuss suggestions for helping your student stay engaged and complete activities and assignments if this is an area of difficulty. We are here to help!

Mindfulness

Mindfulness can reduce the risk of depression, help with anxiety and boost the immune system. These skills can also be applied to maturely navigate challenging peer or family interactions. 

Remember to speak kindly to yourself, everyone has good and bad days. Don’t be too hard on yourself! Pause and make sure to take time for yourself during the day, listen to music, take a few deep breaths, go for a mindful walk.  Maybe your family can try a mindfulness video together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRkILioT_NA

St. Joseph Tips

Our Catholic Graduate Expectation on being a Responsible Citizen teaches us the importance to act morally and to accept accountability for one’s own actions.  We look to promote the sacredness of life and to witness Catholic social teachings by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society.  At St. Joseph’s school, we respect diversity and learn the history and cultural heritage of today’s society.   Visit www.iceont.ca for more information

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – May 18-22, 2020