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Weekly Update- May 11-15, 2020

“Motherhood has the greatest potential influence in human life”

– unknown

“God could not be everywhere, so He made mothers.” Although not theologically accurate, the saying describes beautifully the significant role mothers have in our lives.  Motherhood is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity.  The emotional foundation we give our children at home is foundational to their life.  We cannot underestimate the value of home and the power of a mother’s love.  Just imagine our world without mothers.  On Mother’s Day, we hope that you will take the time to say thanks to all the Moms in your life. May their days be showered with love and blessings.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our St. Mary Mothers!!!!!

Looking Ahead-2020/2021 Student Class Placement

Although we are not in the building, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2020/2021 school year. Normally our teachers would ask your child/ren who are their LEARNING FRIENDS that they would like to have in their class next year. Every effort is then made to ensure that your child is placed in a classroom with one or two LEARNING FRIENDS.

This year, we are asking for your help to complete this form together with each one of your children, so that we can collect this valuable information. Please ensure that you complete one form per child by May 22, 2020.

Teachers will be working hard on student class placements in the coming months.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria to develop heterogeneous groupings:

  • Balance of ability (academic skills)
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style (how the learner learns)
  • Teaching style (how the teacher teaches)
  • Social blending (who gets along with whom)
  • Parental input (re: learning style of student only)

Please note that parental input is important to us but must be weighted with the other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered.  Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of an email to the Principal, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment in which he/she learns best. Emails should be sent to Ms. no later than Friday, May 22, 2020.

Remember, once again, that as a staff many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process.  We will have over 850 students in September.  We do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful!  Your trust in our professional judgment is appreciated!


If your child(ren) will not be returning to St. Mary in September, please email Mrs. Pavao at to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information is helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year. We appreciate your help and support.

Teacher-Led Distance Learning

This is a reminder of the importance of staying connected during distance learning. If your child has not logged onto their virtual classroom, or has not been submitting their work for a few days, your child’s teacher may reach out to you to see if there are any additional supports that we can offer you to assist in making the learning successful. Now more than ever the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success. We will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents.  Please note that this week each teacher has posted, on their classroom platform, their classroom “Week At A Glance”. This outlines the next steps and learning opportunities for the coming week. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about their learning.

St. Mary Tip

Positive ways to respond to your child’s negative self-talk

  1. Acknowledge the Feeling not the Words: If you can search out what you child is feeling, and name it, you can help your child to identify what’s bothering them and begin to separate that problem from their own self-worth.
  2. Use Specific praise to show your child how great they are doing: Praising a child’s efforts is one of the best ways to focus your child’s attention on the problem-solving tools they are using to get through a situation.
  3. Talk about having a Growth Mindset: Practise by being resilient & pressing forward on a long-term goal. Let them see you make mistakes while never losing sight of the end. Talk about the fact that the family is achieving every day, despite setbacks & failures.
  4. Create an affectionate welcoming home: When you give your children a strong, warm base to return to, they’re able to explore & experiment because they accept that they’ll be loved no matter the results of their efforts.

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.

K. Dobbie & D. Comito

Principal     Vice- Principal

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Comito, DianaWeekly Update- May 11-15, 2020