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Weekly Update October 18-22

“When the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ” Galatians 5:22,23

Meet Your Catholic School Council

We are appreciative of the following volunteers who are working on your behalf as Catholic Council Members. Our next virtual meeting is Monday November 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Alex Power and Andres Masmela – Co Chairs

Angela Spehar – Secretary

Kriss-Ann Cousley – OAPCE Representative

Christian Howard – Community Representative

Gysel Matsos/Tamara Adamo – Parish Representative

Members at Large:

  • Natalie Cambone
  • Alexandra Tarkowski ​
  • Kriss-Ann Cousley
  • Ifeanyichukwu Uzoka​
  • Christian Howard
  • Monika Willand ​
  • Anna Rzeckowski 
  • Miriana Busija (Teacher Represetative) ​
  • Maureen Connolly (Non-Teacher Representative)​
  • Rory Sneyd (Vice Principal) ​
  • Kelly Cascone-Brown (Acting Principal)​

Dance-a-thon Friday October 29

The DJ has been booked! It is time to get your costumes ready – we are all set for our Annual St. Mary Halloween Dance-a-thon!

This will be our single major fundraiser this school year. We depend on the funds raised by our families to support us so that we can purchase smart boards, special programs, and recess equipment for our students. No donation is too small, every little bit counts!

There will be prizes for the FDK, Primary, Junior and Intermediate classes that has the most participation. Classes will be able to choose from: pizza party, technology party, sundae party, pajama day, or any request that receives principal approval. The draw for prizes will take place on Monday, November 1st

How to Donate:

1:

Complete the following:

  • Gift Information – select an amount
  • Select Destination – St. Mary
  • Tribute Information – “Not a Gift”
  • Message to School Board – student name, specifiy amount donated per child
  • Click – “Add to Cart”

2:

SCHOOL

https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/269/6/false/true

Tax Receipts will be issued automatically for on-line donations of $25 or more and emailed upon payment. 

Please get your donations in by Friday, October 29, 2020. Please donate today!

Hallowe’en Costume Selection:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

Hallowe’en Candy and Treats:

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at schoolThank you for your understanding.

Toys

Please leave your Pokemon cards and other toys at home. We hate to see disappointed faces when things get lost, traded or damaged.

No Dogs on School Property 

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet. 

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with the YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours. 

Promoting Well-Being

Mental health is an essential component of overall health. Learning about mental health from a young age and developing skills to support positive mental health throughout their lives will help students to be healthier and more successful.  

The SMH-ON read aloud videos can be enjoyed at home, or classroom use, as part of integrated learning supporting the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum lesson plans, the virtual field trip series, or can be adapted in your own planning.

See a selection of Read Aloud books at – https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/student-mental-health-ontario-read-aloud/

Update from St. Matthew’s Parish:

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

Please be reminded that the selection of dates for our current program of Sacramental Preparation (Gr. 2 and Gr. 7) began online Saturday, October 2. Spaces are still plentiful; register online if you missed it.

Dress for the Weather

We will continue to encourage outdoor play and learning as much as possible this year, so please send your children to school prepared for the cooler weather. The field can be quite muddy this time of year, please make sure your child has footwear for both indoors and outdoors.

Cascone-Brown, KellyWeekly Update October 18-22