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Weekly Update: February 3, 2020

Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” ~ Rita Pierson

Thank you to our School Council for hosting our Family STEM Night. It was wonderful to see so many of our students and families engaged in innovative activities!

Labour Negotiations Update:

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 as a result of the province-wide one-day full withdrawal of services by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA). Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.

School Council Meeting- Feb. 3

We will have our next Council Meeting on Monday, February 3rd in the library at 6:30 PM. All parents are welcome to attend these meetings.

Black History Month

During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.

Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country. Our staff and students will be spending the month involved in various classroom activities aimed at providing opportunities to better appreciate these contributions made by our Black Canadians. We will also be highlighting important people and events from our History over the PA throughout the month of February. Our Gr.5-8 classes are looking forward to a dramatic presentation of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman in March.

Innovation Hub

Our students continue to participate in rich learning, developing innovative minds in our newly created Innovation Hub. We are currently are collecting the following items to support learning: cloth material (fabric), Pringles cans, paper towel rolls, yarn, plastic and paper cups. We appreciate your support in contributing items to our Innovation Hub as needed. Please submit any donated items to your child’s classroom teacher.

National Sweater Day- Feb.6

Our school will be participating in our Board’s ECO initiative to conserve energy by turning down the heat this Thursday, February 6th. Students are invited to wear an extra sweater that day to participate in this environmental initiative. Students are expected to wear uniform bottoms.

Cheese Pizza Day Rescheduled- Feb. 7

Due to the upcoming school closure on Tuesday, February 4th due to labour negotiations our Cheese Pizza day will be cancelled on Tuesday, February 4.  Students who ordered Cheese Pizza for Tuesday, February 4th will now receive their Cheese Pizza order this coming Friday, February 7th.

End of the Day Routines

Students should know what their home routine is and where to be picked up before they come to school that day. The office is very busy, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Students should not be coming to the office to call home for pickups or forgotten items. Writing a note in their agenda and/or having this discussion with your child will help us tremendously at the office. We truly appreciate your co-operation in this as we work together to keep our students safe and organized!

Kindergarten Registration

If you did not have the opportunity to register your child for kindergarten during our advanced registration dates, we encourage all families to please register at the school in the next few weeks between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This will help us facilitate planning for the 2020-21 school year. Thank you for your co-operation and we look forward to welcoming all our new students!

ISW Winter Sale- Feb. 1-8

In School Wear is having a winter uniform sale from February 1-8th. Please see the flyer for more details.

Pancake Tuesday- Feb. 25

Save the date – On Tuesday, February 25th our school will continue our wonderful tradition of preparing pancakes for the entire school.  It takes many volunteers to make this wonderful tradition come about.  If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to:  indicating your interest.  Griddles, large bowls, spatulas, serving trays & extension cords are also needed for the day.  If you are able volunteer these items for the day, please let us know.

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.

St. Mary Tip

There are many ways parents and caregivers can support the development of emotion regulation skills, including:

  • Managing the environment. Consistent limits, clear expectations and predictable routines (e.g., warnings when transitioning) can help children predict how the day will go, which may decrease opportunities for emotions to build up.
  • Listening for the emotions. Tuning-in and trying to understand what your child is feeling can help your child tolerate and
    cope with uncomfortable emotions.
  • Labeling, acknowledging and validating emotions. Labeling the emotion for your child can help to build their emotional vocabulary.
  • Acknowledging and validating the emotion can support your child in feeling understood. Let your child know their emotions
    are normal and natural, and everyone experiences different emotions from time to time.
  • Modeling emotion regulation. Children often learn from their parents and caregivers. Talk about your emotions and coping strategies can help your child learn different emotion regulation skills. In modeling emotion regulation skills it is also important to ‘stay calm in the storm’ (during emotional outbursts) and use positive self-talk.
  • Offer help to problem-solve a better way to manage different emotions once you and your child are feeling calm and well regulated. Practice and role-play what to do in stressful situations.
  • Praise efforts to regulate emotions. Praise your child for attempts or successes related to calming their emotions. Praise helps to bring attention to helpful coping skills.

K. Dobbie & D. Comito

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Upcoming Events

Cheese Pizza Day
Mar 3 all day
Girls Basketball Loyola FOS Tournament
Mar 3 all day
Grade 3 FI Trip to Ireland House
Mar 3 all day
Girls Basketball Tournament @ Loyola C.S.S.
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grade 3 Liturgy @ St. Mary School Library
Mar 4 all day
Lunch Lady
Mar 4 all day
Grade 3 Trip to Ireland House
Mar 5 all day
Pepperoni Pizza Day
Mar 5 all day
Boys Basketball Loyola FOS Tournament
Mar 6 all day
Rosary Visits (K-8)
Mar 6 all day


Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: February 3, 2020