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Weekly Update: March 2, 2020

Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy ~ Pope Francis

Labour Negotiations Update- March 5

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Thursday, March 5, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.  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.

Public Speaking Festivals- March 4 & 6

Our Gr.4-8 English Public Speaking Festival will take place on Wednesday March 4 @ 9:30 am. Our French Public Speaking Festival will take place on Friday March 6 @ 1:15 pm.  All are welcome!

Pepperoni Pizza Day Rescheduled- March 6

Due to the upcoming school closure on Thursday, March 5th due to labour negotiations our Pepperoni Pizza day will be cancelled on Thursday, March 5.  Students who ordered Pepperoni Pizza for Thursday, March 5th will now receive their Pepperoni Pizza order this coming Friday, March 6th.

Civvies Day- March 6

Our school community will be collecting toonies on our Civvies Day this Friday March 6.  Students are invited to wear their non uniform clothes this Friday in support of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Halton school based mentoring programs such as “Glow” and “Game On” that are offered at St. Mary. Feel free to make a toonie donation by using our School Cash Online program or by sending in a toonie to school.

Gr.8 Grad Pictures- March 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- March 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.   Please see the Lenten brochure  from St. Matthew’s Church.

March Break Basketball Camp- March16-20

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 Marlies Game & Family Skate- March 28

Mark your calendars for Saturday March 28th …

St. Mary’s parent council is partnering with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) to bring our community an opportunity to attend the Marlies vs Rockets AHL (American Hockey League) home game. The puck drops at 4pm EST, at Coca Cola Coliseum Arena in Toronto.  

Purchase your tickets by March 13th on for $30 (regular $37) and take advantage of the pre-skate event included with each ticket purchased, from 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm exclusive to the schools attending. A block of seats has been reserved exclusively for St. Mary’s students, families, friends and staff.

$8 food vouchers can also be purchased through, which can be redeemed for a slice of pizza & pop or hot dog & pop option at the Coca Cola Coliseum venue. Vouchers provide a cost savings, items are discounted.

All details are available in the flyer  attached. If you are interested in attending the pre-skate event, please print and complete the adult  and minor  skate waivers attached and bring with you on March 28th.  The waivers will need to be provided to any MLSE representative upon arrival. Instructions and map with direction are also attached. 

Tickets and vouchers that have been purchased will be available prior the event. More details to follow.  

We look forward to seeing you all there!

World Down Syndrome Day – March 13

On Friday, March 13th, 2020, St. Mary will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day to spread awareness and support people with Down Syndrome and the many ways that they make our world better. We will be asking all students and staff to help spread awareness of Down Syndrome by participating in the “Rock Your Socks” campaign. The idea of the campaign is to wear brightly coloured, mismatched socks in celebration. Students are invited to wear their uniform with mismatched multi-coloured socks. We will celebrate our similarities and differences! 

Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

‘Tis the season for illnesses and viruses! Parents are encouraged to remind their students to wash hands and practise good hygiene to help stop the spread of germs.

Upcoming Events

Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events:

St. Mary Tip

How to Stay Well and Good Self-Care

Staying Well

Some of the things we do for our physical health, like getting enough sleep, eating well, and minimizing screen time, are also good for our mental health. Sustained happiness takes work. One proven way to build more joy and contentment is by practising gratitude. By implementing one or two of the following practices regularly, you can create a happiness habit that will have a positive impact on your well-being over the long term.

But there are other things we can do as well. Here are some ideas:

  • Do things you enjoy.  Not because you have to, or think you should, but because these things make you feel happy (p.s. what makes you happy may not be what others find fun, and that’s okay!).
  • Take time out now and then. Being busy can be good but being stressed all the time is not. Give yourself permission to rest and relax. Doing “nothing” is actually doing something. It’s helping you build your strength for the next challenge.
  • Help others. When you take time to be kind to others, or get involved in something bigger than yourself, it can give your own mental health a boost. Small things that don’t take a lot of your own energy can sometimes make a huge difference to someone else. Say hi to someone new in the halls, invite someone to sit with you at lunch, hold the door open for someone, and see if it gives you a lift too.
  • Notice the good things. It is easy to get caught up in the negatives that happen in life. Instead, look for the positives each day, even in situations that might seem bad. Be grateful for the small things.
  • Smile. Even when you don’t feel like it. Put your best foot forward and do your best through good times and not-so-good times. Keep a hopeful heart.
  • Say, “Thank you” Keep your eyes open throughout the day for reasons to say “thanks.” Try to notice and recognize the actions that people do, such as a coworker who works hard or a friend who seems willing to listen.
  • Journal about gratitude Every night, write down three good things about your day. They don’t have to be major. They might be as simple as a good meal, talking to a friend, or getting through something difficult.
  • Write a letter Think about someone who has had a significant impact on your life, someone who you would like to thank, or someone who you appreciate having in your life. Write a letter or email with specific details about what it is you appreciate about them and send it.

K. Dobbie & D. Comito

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