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Update May 10, 2019

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta 

Thank you for using the Safe Arrival System to report daily absences using one of the three ways: the SchoolMessenger mobile app, SchoolMessenger website:, and by calling toll-free at: 1-844-445-4505 – for more information check out this link –

Thank you for joining us this week for Catholic Education Week here at St. Patrick CES as students and staff showcased activities and reflections that celebrate the distinctiveness of Catholic education;

Thank you to all the volunteers that have supported the book fair – we truly appreciate your help in running this event;

Thank you to all the staff and students training for the Lighthouse for Grieving Children Run on June 1;

Thank you for using the south parking lot for drop off and pick up – the small north parking lot is staff parking only;

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart – we are looking forward to the event on Thursday May 16 in the afternoon – donation envelopes are due the day of the event;

Thank you to all our St. Patrick CES volunteers – we look forward to recognizing your generosity of time and kindness to our students at our appreciation breakfast on Thursday May 16 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am – hope you can join us;

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First Eucharist – The children of St. Patrick Parish will receive their First Communion at the following Masses:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 11:00 am

Please keep them in your prayers.

Game Night for Youth – NEW DATE – Saturday June 1

We invite the youth of the parish (Grade 6, 7 and 8) to join us for a Game Night and Pizza.  Come for Mass at 5 pm.  Pizza and games to follow 6-8 pm. There is a small cost of $5.00 per student to cover the cost of pizza and snacks.  To register for this event, please contact Mary at

Catholic School Council Meeting – Monday May 13

Our Catholic School Council will meet for the last time this year on Monday May 13 at 6:30 pm in the library – all are welcome!

Track & Field 2019

Thank you to Mrs. Borg, Mrs. Hurley and Mrs. Kehl for coordinating the Track & Field Team this year. Tryouts are as follows:

  • Friday May 10 – 8:00 am – grade 7
  • Friday May 10 – noon – grade 8
  • Monday May 13 – 8:00 am – grade 5
  • Monday May 13 – noon – grade 6

Jump Rope for Heart!

It’s time to jump for healthy hearts! Supporting kids’ health for 37 years, Jump encourages kids to be active. It builds healthy habits, boosts school spirit, and teaches social responsibility as kids fundraise for life-saving heart and stroke research. The Jump Rope for Heart kick off assembly today was a great success – thank you to Mrs. DiFabio and the helpers for demonstrating their skipping skills!  Information is going home with students today. We are excited for out school event on Thursday May 16, 2019.


St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School Family Fitness Night Thursday May 30 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  All families are welcome! Get off the couch and head to the gym…the school gym!

Enjoy this FREE evening with an inclusive family workout presented by DrumFIT. DrumFIT is designed to exercise mind and body, combining music, dance, and rhythm all while learning to decrease stress and increase health. The evening activity is geared to all ages and fitness levels, so kids and parents can participate together. Please wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Each session has a maximum of 60 participants. Information is coming home with the youngest/only child on Friday May 10.

Save the Date – Year End BBQ – Tuesday June 11

We hope you can join us for the Year End BBQ on Tuesday June 11 beginning at 5:30 pm – more info to come.

Promoting Well-Being – Mental Health for All Children and Youth

What is meant by “child and adolescent mental health”?

  • The term “child and adolescent mental health” refers to the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of children and adolescents, and is considered an integral part of healthy development.
  • Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental health problems. This is as true in childhood and adolescence as it is in adulthood.
  • Many such problems are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them.
  • For children and adolescents, however, adult awareness, sensitivity, and guidance often are very important to help them to learn and grow from such problems.
  • For some children and adolescents, the problems are serious enough that supports and guidance from the main adults in their lives (e.g., parents and teachers) are not sufficient, and specialized assistance is needed. Without such assistance, the problems can cause much stress and heartache to the children and adolescents, as well as to their families, their teachers, and the community. In addition, such problems can lead to even more serious mental health problems in adulthood.

What can parents do?

  • The daily activities of parents and families, as well as parents’ positive relationships with their children and adolescents, actively promote the mental health of their children and adolescents.
  • Parents’ roles and relationships impact children and adolescents’ feelings of self-worth, dignity, identity, and belonging. Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
  • Parents also are in an excellent position to observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual, perhaps lasting longer than average, which could indicate a mental health problem requiring consultation and intervention.
  • “Sometimes you just can tell that something is not right.”


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Wishing you great weekend ~ the Staff of St. Patrick CES

Catholic School Council Meeting
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
May 16 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Grade 5 – Go Girls! Group @ Library
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Jump Rope for Heart
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Kindergarten Orientation – September 2019 Students & Families
May 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Grade 6 trip to Brock University
May 17 all day
EQAO – Grade 3 & 6 Testing
May 21 – May 31 all day
Girls Soccer Tournament
May 21 all day



Elementary PrincipalUpdate May 10, 2019