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Update June 7 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

~ Matthew 5:9

CONGRATULATIONS to our St. Patrick CES Track & Field Team and the coaches for an amazing day at the Burlington Meet;

Good Luck to Nevaeh L., Daniella C., Maddie N., Kathryn H., Chelsea A., Amaraiah L., Jeremiah A., Owen F., and Michael U. as they move onto the HCDSB System Meet on Monday June 10 at Notre Dame CSS;

Thank you to the many parents that joined our Kindergarten students for the Royal Botanical Gardens trip this week;

Thank you to the Go Girls! leaders and Mrs. Miles for bringing this great program from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton to our grade 5 female students – check out their site at

 St. Patrick Church News

The St. Patrick Church website can be accessed from the link

  • Altar Server & Children’s Choir Party – Thursday, June 20, 2019 – 5:30 pm, Movie and Pizza
  • A Dog’s Way Home – We invite our Altar Servers and Children’s Choir members to a movie and pizza party featuring the film, “A Dog’s Way Home”.  Please indicate your attendance by contacting Mrs. Tessari at

Professional Activity Day – Friday June 7, 2019

Friday June 7 is a PA Day – there are no classes for elementary students.

ABA for ALL – Kids Do Well if They Can

HCDSB’s Special Education Department is thrilled to be hosting Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for All Bonanza events at St. Patrick CES on FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2019.  The event will showcase ABA methodology to help teachers, school staff, administrators, and parents gain a better understanding of Applied Behaviour Analysis and its benefit on education.  The Bonanza will also demonstrate all the great ways that ABA is already happening in our schools to support our students! ​PARENTS are welcome to join us in the St. Patrick CES Library on Friday June 14 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – please stop by for a 20-minute session during the day.

Not sure what ABA is? Watch this short video to learn more:​.​

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.  Thank you to our Catholic School Council for organizing the event!  Harvey’s Waterdown will once again be providing the food. There will be face painting, ice cream, cotton candy, a photo booth and a soccer baseball game – hope to see you there! Here is the link to the calendar date and price details – it is a cash only event! For additional details check out this link – Year End BBQ – Tuesday June 11 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Burlington Public Library – Summer Reading Programs

Hello from Burlington Public Library (BPL)! Summer is fast approaching, and that means Summer Reading Club is just around the corner! As partners in supporting the growth and development of Burlington’s children, staff from New Appleby branch is visiting on Wednesday June 12 to share info about the Summer Reading Club with Kindergarten to Grade 6 students.

Summer Reading Club (SRC) school visits promote participation in SRC and build excitement about reading over the summer months, which is so important for continued school success in the Fall. Our staff will share some fun read-alouds, talk about the public library, and encourage everyone to make SRC a part of their summer vacation!

ME to WE – Walk for Water – Thursday June 13

Our Intermediate students will be participating in the WE Walk for Water – stay tuned for their recount of the event!

“Clean water is the fastest way to change a life. When communities gain access to clean water, young girls can go to school, women can earn their own income, families gain food security and the health of the entire community improves. You can help create this ripple effect of change.”


McMaster Venture Program Visit – Friday June 14

The Venture program offers FREE travelling workshops for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. Workshops are approximately 1-hour in length and are delivered during the regular class schedule. Developed to aid students in their in-class learning, workshops are made to bring science and engineering to life. Our goal is to open their minds to the idea of applied science in a fun and exciting manner! We look forward to this event on Friday – thank you to Mrs. Boss for organizing this!

Social Media and Online Safety – Friday June 14

Paul Davis will be speaking to our Grade 5-8 students on Social Media and Online Safety on Friday June 14 at 1:30 pm. He brings 28 years in Information Technology experience to his presentation to deliver facts on the technology your kids are using.

His presentation is called Fact vs Fiction and will instill accountability and responsibility in our students.  Parents are welcome to attend his session – we hope you can join us! Find out more about Paul Davis at Thank you to our Catholic School Council for bringing this presentation to our school community.

Summer Camp Opportunities

ROCK and Girls Inc. of Halton offer summer camps for students – check out these links for more details:

ROCK – Youth Aiding Youth (YAY)

Girls Inc, Of Halton –  Girls Inc. of Halton

Promoting Well-Being – The Seven Habits of Self-Reg Parents – John Hoffman

As most of us know, parenting is an experience in which the learning never stops. Sometimes, the best way to gauge your progress as a parent is to stop and look back at how things used to be — six months or a year ago — and notice how much they’ve changed. I’ve done this occasionally, and I’m often surprised at how much my parenting habits and style have changed or improved. Usually, I feel a little better about myself, and my kids, as a result.

Learning to parent with a Self-Reg mindset is a special kind of learning journey. With that in mind, and with a nod to Stephen Covey, who established the “7 Habits” brand in 1989 with his bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, here is my take on the seven “habits” of Self-Reg parents. If you’re trying to be a Self-Reg parent, take a look at these seven signs and then reflect on the extent to which you were or weren’t doing these things a year or so ago. If the idea of Self-Reg parenting is new to you, these signs might give you something to aim for.

The 7 Signs You’re Becoming a Self-Parent

1. You read kids’ behaviour differently

When you see a “misbehaving” child your default thoughts are less likely to be: How do I make this kid stop/obey? Or, What’s the right discipline strategy to pull out of my bag of tricks right now? And you are more likely to think things like: This child needs my attention and help. What’s stressing this child right now?

2. It’s easier to stay calm when things get hot

You’re better at keeping your cool in tense situations and you find it easier to “forgive” your child (or partner) for behaviours that bug you because you can see that the behaviour is often caused by stress. In other words, you realize that they weren’t actually trying to drive you crazy.

3. You feel more compassion & less anger

You don’t fight with your kids or get mad at them as often, and when you do get mad, you don’t stay as mad for as long. You’re finding it easier to like and appreciate kids you found it hard to like before.

4. Your parenting is less reactive

You are more able to see when you should take a “time out,” or at least, “hit the pause button” rather than trying to fix a problem or mete out the ideal consequence in the heat of the moment, when everyone’s stress alarms are going full-tilt.

5. You re-think disciplinary tactics

You finally understand why even the best discipline strategies don’t work at times with some kids, and you are better at identifying situations where trying to impose discipline or exert control will just make things worse.

6. You understand your kids more deeply

You feel like you understand your kids (and some of their behaviours) better. And you are starting to understand certain behaviours that perplexed and frustrated you in the past.

7. You’re doing Self-Reg with yourself

You become better at recognizing and dealing with your own stress and how it affects your parenting, and what to do about it. You’re really starting to see that a less stressed parent is a more effective parent. And you find it easier to forgive yourself for your parenting imperfections.


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

PA Day – No School for Elementary Students
Jun 7 all day
Year End BBQ
Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BBQ Prices (by Harvey’s Waterdown)

(**combo price includes chips and a drink – CASH ONLY please)

Whole Wheat Buns on request

Hot Dog                $ 4.50                         Combos:

Hamburger          $ 5.50                          Hotdog Combo                  $ 6.00

Cheeseburger     $ 6.50                          Hamburger Combo           $ 7.00

Veggie Burger     $ 5.50                          Cheeseburger Combo      $ 8.00

Beverages            $ 1.25                         Veggie Burger Combo      $ 7.00

Chips                    $ 1.25

Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck will be there!

Burlington Public Library – Summer Reading Program Visit
Jun 12 all day
Grade 5/6 Tennis Trip
Jun 12 all day
ME to WE – WE Walk for Water
Jun 13 all day
ABA Bonanza @StPatrickB ☘
Jun 14 all day
Grade 5-8 Social Media & Online Safety – 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Jun 14 all day
McMaster Venture Engineering Visit – Grade 2-8
Jun 14 all day



Elementary PrincipalUpdate June 7 2019