“A disciple is someone who follows a leader. We are Jesus’ disciples when we follow in his footsteps”~Stephenie Hovland
This week we begin our Lenten journey. Disciplined by penance, strengthened by our spirituality, we come to know that Lent is a time of the Lord’s favour, a time of conversation and growth. As a Christian community, we embrace that time, with a deep desire for conversation, a true longing for holiness, and a looking forward to the sacred days of Easter.
Pancake Monday – Feb. 24
On Monday, February 24, our parent volunteers will continue our wonderful tradition of preparing pancakes for the entire school. Thank you to our School Council for organizing this wonderful event for the students and to all the volunteers who are helping out. We are blessed to have so many helping hands. Please note that each student will receive two pancakes.
The Traditional Pancake Tuesday celebration was moved to Monday this year due to the potential job action that was scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Please take this opportunity as a family to enjoy your pancakes at home on Pancake Tuesday.
OECTA Cancel Walkout – Feb. 25
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that the potential one-day, full withdrawal of services (walkout) in all HCDSB schools on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 has been CANCELLED.
All HCDSB schools will be OPEN to students on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update
Ash Wednesday- Feb. 26
On Wednesday, February 26 we will be having our Ash Wednesday Liturgy at 11 am. Parents and guests are welcome to attend. Mme Busija’s and Mr. Mastrella’s Gr.4 classes will be leading our Liturgy.
Gr.7 Immunization- Feb. 26
The Halton Region Health Department nurses will be at the school on Wednesday, February 26th for the Grade 7 meningococcal immunization.
Pink Shirt Day- Feb. 26
Pink Shirt Day (also known as Anti- Bullying Day globally) is now celebrated in more than 25 countries worldwide and has been recognized by the United Nations. Take a stand against bullying on Pink Shirt Day. Students and staff are invited to wear Pink Shirts with their uniform bottoms to school on Wednesday, February 26th.
Gr.8 Grad Pictures- Mar. 9
Gr.8 Graduation Pictures will take place on Monday, March 9, 2020. Girls are asked to bring in a white collared blouse/top and boys a white collared shirt and tie to wear for the photos. Bring your smiles!
Lenten Family Mass- Mar. 10
All our families are invited to St. Matthew’s Church to celebrate our faith as a community during this Lenten season on Tuesday, March 10th@7pm.
March Break Basketball Camp- Mar.16-20
St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders are pleased to offer a Basketball for boys and girls ages 6-13 during March Break. Please see this flyer for more details and registration information.
Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/
St. Mary Tip
According to researchers, parental encouragement is a significant and important predictor of achievement in children. Supportive statements like “You Can Do It!” or “I noticed you tried really hard.” play an important role in the formation of life of children. It enables them to face the future challenges of like. In order to effectively praise kids, researchers recommend parents praise sincerely and honestly; be specific and descriptive; praise their effort and the process – not ability; and avoid using controlling, conditional or comparison praise. (Source: AS Lawrence; www.parentingforbrain.com)
K. Dobbie & D. Comito