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Weekly Update- June 14-18th, 2021

“When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within.” ~ Unknown

Pride Awareness Day – June 14th

On Monday, June 14th, we will hold Pride Awareness Day– a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools.

As Catholics, we believe that we are all made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to know, love and celebrate one another, just as God knows, loves and celebrates each one of us because we are “wonderfully made”. We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with sensitivity, compassion and respect.

Throughout the month of June, all HCDSB schools are raising awareness around Pride Month. We begin the third week of June with a system-wide Pride Awareness Day – an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we have learned about Pride and what we can do individually and together to create welcoming and inclusive schools where all students feel a true sense of belonging. Please watch out for our Family Pride Awareness Day Activity that will be tweeted out to our school community on June 14th!

Graduation for our Grade 8 Students

Plans to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2021 are underway. Graduation details will be finalized shortly. Please save the following dates:

  • Monday, June 21st @ 9:00am for our Virtual Graduation Mass and Blessing with Father Allen and our Loyola Family of Schools. The Mass will be live-streamed on the St. Matthew parish YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/lgueCsCkQuA
  • Thursday, June 24th @ 6:30pm for our Virtual Graduation Liturgy and Ceremony.
  • Friday, June 25th when we will be hosting our Graduation Curbside Pick-Up Event during the school day.

Grade 8 parents should continue to look for emails with updated information this week.  We pray for our Graduates as we prepare to celebrate them and all their accomplishments.

Staff Update

As we begin to approach the end of another school year, we would like to share some staff updates with the community. 

Each year, at this time we have to say goodbye to those who are leaving St. Mary to share their gifts and talents in other communities. We have been enriched by their presence here at our school and they will be greatly missed! May God bless them abundantly as they continue their journey in Catholic Education. 

Best wishes to our Long-Term Occasional Teachers, Educational Assistants,  Early Childhood Educators and Office Staff: Mrs. MacLellan, Mrs. Soares, Miss Chambers, Miss Martone, Mrs. Bernier, Miss Bryla, Mr. Ennis, Mr. Bishundat, Mlle Previte, Mr. Fajardo, Mrs. Daanish, Mrs. Leach, Mrs. Vieira and Mrs. Nunn. We wish them all a restful summer and hope they will have an opportunity to return to St. Mary School.

Mrs. Anderson is RETIRING

We have been truly blessed to have Mrs. Anderson as a teacher at St. Mary School since the doors of this school opened nine years ago. We will most definitely miss her as she begins this new and exciting chapter in her life. We would like to thank Mrs. Anderson for her unwavering commitment and dedication to our school community over the years. Thank you Mrs. Anderson for sharing your many gifts and talents with us! 

A Special Thank You to our Catholic School Council

Your Catholic School Council has had a successful year representing the voice of the parent community in the life of St. Mary School.  Through their efforts this year, your children have benefitted socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. We thank them for their partnership and engagement in everything we do at St. Mary and for the tremendous support they tirelessly give our staff and students.

Thank you to your Council Co-Chairs, Natalie Cambone and Jennifer Peer, as well as Tamara Adamo, Haidy Attia, Alexandra Tarkowski Deniz, Laurie Dolland, Uzoka Ifeanyichukwu, Kevin Kelley, Sam Khoury, Clare Mungai Kiplangat,  Andres Masmela, Raj Nimako, Jennifer Palozzi, Alexandra Power, Ursula Terlecki, Melissa Whalen, Mark McHenry and Tara Herod for their leadership with the Council.

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from Public Health, this decision may be reconsidered and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year.

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/

HCDSB Strategic Plan Survey

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: http://bit.ly/StratPlanSurvey2021. The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by Senior Staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to research@hcdsb.org.

Students’ Belongings Pick-Up and Return of Technology and School Resources

Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th have been set aside for families to pick up personal belongings and return technology and school resources. Further details will be emailed outlining St. Mary’s Plan and important protocol to follow on these two days. We appreciate your support and assistance in gathering all school/class resources and borrowed items.

Summer School

Please see the information flyer below for signing up any students in grade 6-8 for summer school. Information was sent to parents earlier, and a reminder email will be forthcoming from the Board.

Moving?

If your child(ren) will not be returning to St. Mary in September, please email Mrs. DaSilva at DaSilvaO@hcdsb.org 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.

St. Mary Tips

In times like this- we must focus on what we are grateful for and show kindness.

*Show your child how to become a responsible citizen. Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community.

*Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early: When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask which characters are being kind and explore why.

*Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer: When you’re kind, generous, honest and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

*Set up a “gratitude circle” every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. This activity makes everyone feel good.

K. Dobbie & S. MacLeod

Principal/Vice Principal

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