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Update April 12, 2019

“For by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not you own doing; it is the gift of God”

~ Ephesians 2:8

Thank you to Ms. Gordon, Ms. Huffman and Mrs. Phillips from Brock University Faculty of Education for joining us for their last teaching block – we wish you all the best in your teaching careers;

Thank you to all our volunteers – Catholic School Council members, Pizza Parents, Halton Food for Thought Snack Program, Pancake Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Welcome Back BBQ, Food4Kids, Rosary Ladies, Sports Team Drivers, Classroom Helpers and Roots of Empathy Families.  We are grateful to each and everyone of you for the countless hours you give to the St. Patrick CES community. We welcome you to our Volunteer Breakfast on Thursday May 16 from 8:30 am – 9:30 am – invitations to follow;

Thank you for your support of our St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive and Lenten Initiative of the ME to WE Charity – WE villages – read how WE Villages all began at https://www.we.org/we-villages/story/

St. Patrick Church News

The St. Patrick Church website can be accessed from the link http://stpatricksparish.ca/

Here is the link to the Easter and Spring Calendar of Events 2019

Passion (Palm Sunday) – Sunday, April 14th  

  • On Palm Sunday Catholics celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before His death and resurrection. The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted Him by waving palm branches and covering His path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, He begins His journey to the cross.  Please join our community in commemorating this day.  Children’s Liturgy is offered at all Masses.   Saturday at 5 p.m.  Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

What is Holy Week?

Check out the link to this Featured Story – What is Holy Week?

Lenten Food Drive

  • Our Food Drive for the St. Patrick Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will take place from Monday April 8 to Thursday April 18, 2019.  The most needed items currently are canned chicken, tuna and salmon as well as household items such as cloths, deodorant, shampoo and cleaning products. Thank you for your support.

 Running Club

  • This year at St. Patrick students in grade 5-8 will be given the opportunity to participate in a 5 km run/walk event. This recreational run is to support the LIGHT HOUSE PEER SUPPORT FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN. The focus is on how physical health effects mental health. This event will be on Sat. June 1, 2019, in south Oakville.  Thank you to the staff helping with the training for the run.
  • Practices are on Tuesdays at 7:55 am and on Thursdays at 3:30 pm for approximately 40 minutes.

EQAO – Save the date!

  • The Grade 3 and 6 students will be completing their Primary and Junior EQAO assessments Tuesday May 21 – Thursday May 23, 2019. The purpose of EQAO assessment is to promote academic excellence and improvement in student achievement throughout all schools in our province. As educators, we do prepare and respond to our EQAO results with appropriate accountability, integrity and due diligence.  As we are preparing for this year’s Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Testing, we are sharing the dates of testing.  We hope this will be helpful when planning any family vacations or medical appointments. We encourage all students participating in the EQAO testing to be present at school and on time.

Moving?

  • If you are aware that you will not be returning to St. Patrick CES in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at class organization.

Promoting Well-Being – Stress

One in five children will struggle with poor mental health. Stress is often a contributing factor.

Simple steps to help calm your child

  • Spend time with your children: Laughing and having fun together as a family is a great stress buster.
  • Be a good role model: Show your children how to stay calm, even when you are feeling stressed.
  • Maintain routines as much as possible: Morning routines get the day off to a good start while bedtime routines help kids relax. This is often the time when kids will want to chat about their day.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle: Healthy food, physical activity and adequate sleep helps the body cope more easily with stress.
  • Check in with your child frequently: Ask about things that they may be worrying about.
  • Limit extra curricular activities: Running from activity to activity creates stress on the whole family.
  • Reserve free time: A calendar can help your family stay organized. If you are having trouble finding down time, schedule it in.

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Wishing you wonderful long weekend ~ the Staff of St. Patrick CES

Elementary PrincipalUpdate April 12, 2019