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Weekly Update – May 4-8, 2020

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Catholic Education Week

This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 – May 8. #CEW2020 #IgnitingHope

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

Prayer for Families

God of Compassion,
In Jesus Christ, you cared for those who faced challenges in their lives. Though all of us need help, give special care to those with different abilities.
By our concern, may they know the love you have for them, and come to trust in you, through Jesus Christ, who came to heal.


What does it mean to have hope within us?

Sometimes when we face disappointment, sadness, or loss, it is hope that strengthens us to see that joy will come again. This was true for the apostles. They were very sad after Jesus died. Jesus would help them to see that hope was in their hearts, and they could go on doing the work of Jesus. Read Luke 24:28-32, which describes how the disciples found this hope. The disciples were walking along a road after Jesus had died. They met a man who walked along with them. They told him of their sadness. The man listened and then reminded them of all that was written about Jesus in the scriptures (they did not know that this man was Jesus).

Class Activities

There are lots of activities happening online for Catholic Education Week.

  • Kindergarten Classes – Our young learners will be meeting Ishi the Rock and exploring the idea of hope through a read aloud. The students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities to help strengthen their relationships with God, others, and the world.
  • Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Johnston & Mrs. Crowe – Families are encouraged to sit and listen to the story “A Flicker of Hope” and then complete an activity where they are to reflect on what happens in our lives that “dims” our light (hope) and what we can do to brighten our fire. It’s a great activity especially during these uncertain times to really understand what makes us feel down and causes us to lose hope and the things we can do to help us regain our hope and happiness.
  • Mrs. Birk – Students are invited to participate in a live stream mass at 9:00 am (link in D2L) and will be able to offer an intention. There will also be a Kahoot activity on Thursday, May 7th.
  • Ms. Florio – The students will be listening to songs and stories about hope, and create their own collage on what “Hope” means to them.
  • Ms. Caleca – During the week the class is encouraged to create and take photos with a message of hope/faith, to be added to an overall collage. Additionally, each day there will be either a song or video message posted to start the day.
  • Ms. O’Toole – The grade 5’s will be exploring the theme of ‘Igniting Hope’ through reflection, discussion and creation. We will be listening to songs and stories about hope to identify the importance and existence of this theme throughout our Faith Journeys. Students will also be creating an art piece about their interpretation of igniting hope in today’s society.”
  • Mme Andrey & Mr. Logar – While listening to a French song and reading a new French prayer, students will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas towards the creation of a French “Wordle” about hope.
  • Mrs. Nolan & Mrs. Chamagua The classes will be engaging in a series of mentor text read aloud (Emmanuel’s Dream, Emeline the Cat, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed) and reflections to reflect the daily themes of this year’s Catholic Education Week
  • Mr. Batic & Mrs. Bekanovic – The students will be focusing on the importance of volunteering. Students will be exploring examples of those individuals or organizations who have gone out of their way to go above-and-beyond and be “helpers” to others during these challenging times and will be making connections to our Catholic Social Justice teachings.

CMHA Mental Health Week

CMHA Mental Health Awareness Week is May 4 – 10, 2020.  It’s a Canadian tradition bringing communities, schools and workplaces together to celebrate, protect and promote mental health. This year’s theme is ‘social connection’ and the importance of mental health.  Share how you are feeling these days online @CMHA_NTL and use #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek 

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National Youth Week

National Youth Week takes place each year from May 1st to May 7th. Youth Week is a time to celebrate and inspire proactive youth involvement in our community. Youth Week 2020 will be celebrated virtually through the Halton Hills Youth Instagram and Twitter account @_hhyouth

Activities include:

  • Friday, May 1st
    Kick-off Youth Week with a dance party!
  • Saturday, May 2nd
     Let’s Get Active: Join in on our tips and ideas on how to be active at home! Virtual Art Drop-in: Tune in live for a Scrape Art demonstration!
  • Sunday, May 3rd
    It’s Sunday Funday and we are making pancakes for breakfast! Virtual Drop-in Game Time: Join in on a virtual game of Scattergories
  • Monday, May 4th
    Music with Michael from ROCK, who has created some tunes for us to enjoy. DIY of the day. We will be making bookmarks. Trivia Night: Tune in at 7 pm for live trivia on Zoom
  • Tuesday, May 5th
     It’s time to celebrate the value and the contributions youth make in the community with our Youth Recognition Awards.
  • Wednesday, May 6th
    Enjoy a wide variety of art through our virtual Youth Art Exhibit. We celebrate and highlight the extremely talented youth artists in the Halton Hills Community.
  • Thursday, May 7th
    Netflix Party: Join us at 7 pm for a Netflix party online. Grab your popcorn and join in the fun!

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – May 4-8, 2020