“In the Eucharist you really meet Jesus, share His life, feel His love; there you experience that His death & resurrection are for you.”
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for your support of our St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive and Lenten Initiative of the ME to WE Charity – WE villages. We have raised funds for 29 goats to support families in need. Our Food Drive items will be delivered to St. Patrick Church on Friday April 26.
Thank you to our grade 8 students, Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Eskit for the Stations of the Cross presentations today for our school community. Your preparations, meditations and explanations were thoughtful and reflective.
Thank you to our ECO team and their work on the Plastic Grab Bag Challenge! During Earth Week 2019 (April 15 – 26), we are challenged to learn and take action on plastics waste by reducing our use, while collecting discarded plastic bags (that cannot be reused) for recycling in our school and beyond. The Plastic Bag Grab challenge is an environmental awareness program that engages schools and students on the 3Rs hierarchy: reduce, reuse, and recycle and can be incorporated into existing curriculum.
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
Holy Thursday, April 18 – 7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper Washing of the Feet
Good Friday, April 19
- 10:30 am – Solemn Liturgy of the Passion
- 3:00 pm – Solemn Liturgy of the Passion
- 7:00 pm – Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, April 20 – 7:00 pm – Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 21 – Mass of the Resurrection 8:00 am 9:30 am 11:15 am
Grade 2 First Communion Retreat
- On Wednesday April 24, 2019 the Grade 2 children will participate in a retreat day at the church, which will include a Church Tour, Drama, Bread Baking and much more to prepare for their First Communion Day. Thank you to our parent volunteers that are joining us that day.
- 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.
Student Class Placement – September 2019
- Although it is only April, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2019-2020 school year. As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements. 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;
- 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 the student
Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered. Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter to the Principal, Mrs. R. DeLuca Malette, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in. Letters should be submitted to Mrs. DeLuca Malette by Wednesday, May 1st. Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process. We will have approximately 300 students in September, and 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.
Catholic Education Week May 5-10th:
- Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples” and will be celebrated during the week of May 5 – May 10. The theme for CEW 2019 was inspired by three sources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. Mindful of the Synod on Youth, the theme and sub-themes are very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ through the discernment of their vocational pathways. In the section of Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read, “Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”
- The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples are:
Rooted in Prayer
Living in Community
Doing Justice & Creating Hope
Journeying Together in Faith
Sharing the Good News
Please see the following link for our School Activities during Catholic Education Week: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpatrick/2019/04/catholic-education-week-2019/
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
We will be hosting our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, May 16th from 8:30-9:30 am. Invitations will be emailed out next week.
Promoting Well-Being – Walking to School
Walking to school is a great way for children to be active.
As a parent you can help your child learn about walking to school safely:
- Be a good role model.Demonstrate road safety rules with your child (e.g. looking both ways when crossing the street).
- Plan a walking route.Assess potential hazards with your child. Encourage your child to stick to the route.
- Remind your child about personal safety.Point out the houses of people you know where they can go for help if needed.
- Adopt a buddy system.Walk with a “walking buddy” – a sibling or a friend.
- Hold the phone.Pedestrian safety is compromised by texting, earphones and cellphone conversation. Electronics like iPods and cellphones should stay in their bag while walking to school.
- Talk about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.
- Check out Active and Safe Routes to School.A provincial initiative that strives to create an environment that is conducive to, and supportive of, safe, walkable communities.
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Wishing you blessed Easter weekend ~ the Staff of St. Patrick CES