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Update January 24, 2020

Pray, hope and don’t worry.

~ Padre Pio

Thank you to Mrs. McCormick for welcoming our new Kindergarten Registration Families on January 21 and 22 – If you have a little one turning 4 years old by December 31, 2020 please be sure to come in and register them for Kindergarten at St. Patrick CES;

Thank you to the parents that park in the main parking lot and not in the fire route for drop off and pick up from the YMCA program;

Thank you to Mrs. Tessari and Mr. MacDonald for supporting our grade 7 students with the Sacrament of Confirmation preparations;

Thank you to Mrs. Heald and the Rosary Ladies for visiting our students on Wednesdays.

St. Patrick Church News

Follow St. Patrick Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish! There are three ways to connect to the parish:

  • Instagram – St.PatrickChurchBurlington
  • Website

Sunday Coffee and Social

  • Once a month, we will begin a coffee and treats social following the 11 am Masses on Sundays. This will give us the opportunity for fellowship with one another. We would like to thank the Catholic Womens’ League for hosting our first few Sunday Coffee Socials.
  • The dates for our Sunday Coffee Socials are Sunday, February 16th, Sunday, March 15th

Young Vincentians Group – Welcoming all Kids, Ages 10 and up

  • Kids 10+ are welcome to join the Young Vincentians, a youth group dedicated to serving the poor. We meet every 1st Sunday of the month following the 11 o’clock Mass. Join us as we explore ways to help our neighbours in need. We look forward to another year of service and friendship!

Valentines’ Art Activity for Kids – Sunday, February 9, 2020, following the 11:00 am Mass, 12 noon – 1:30 pm

  • Children of all ages are invited to join us for a fun Valentines’ Ceramic Art Activity. Our artisan from Creative Hub Pottery will be here to offer various pottery designs for the children to select and paint.  They will be taken to be fired in the kiln and brought back the following Sunday for pick up.
  • Pizza and a drink will be served before we begin the art. The cost of the activity is $20.00 which includes the lunch.  Please register by completing the form attached valentine art Feb 2020 and contacting our parish minister, Mary Tessari at

Coyotes in the School Area

  • We are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful parklands. We share this parkland with a variety of wildlife, including coyotes. While coyotes are generally very shy around humans and infrequently seen, a coyote was observed in the school yard area before school this week. The coyote made no contact with students or staff. Our school safety procedure is that when a coyote is observed in the school area, students have either remained in the building and/or have been brought inside from recess. Attached is a brochure regarding living with coyotes for you to read and review with your child. Coyote Brochure
    • The following practices are followed in response to coyote sightings:
    • Staff check the play areas prior to recess / lunch breaks;
    • Staff provide increased vigilance and supervision during recess breaks and outdoor activities;
    • When a coyote has been observed in the school area, students remain inside for recess, or brought indoors;
    • Students are reminded not to bring food outdoors during recess breaks and to stay away from strange animals.
  • To assist with the safety of all students on the school yard, please be aware that supervision on the St. Patrick School Yard begins at 8:45. Students should NOT be on the yard until this time unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.  We appreciate your cooperation with this routine.  The first school bell rings at 8:55 and students are expected to line up at this time for entry into the school if inclement schedules are not in effect.

Family Literacy Day – Monday January 27

  • Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27th, was developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadian families to spend at least 20 minutes a day enjoying a learning activity together.

Burlington Public Library

  • BPL have been engaging Burlington in building 21st century literacies, lifelong learning, and community connections. Our values express our fundamental beliefs; they keep us anchored and guide our ongoing planning and decision-making:
    • Accountability
      The Library belongs to everyone in the community. We are accountable in all that we do.
    • Creativity and Innovation
      We encourage and support creative approaches and innovative solutions in all aspects of library service.
    • Dignity and Respect
      Everyone is welcome. We treat all people with dignity and respect.
    • Excellence
      We value excellence in our services and collections and continuous improvement in our delivery. We empower staff to embrace challenging opportunities and to thrive.
    • Intellectual Freedom
      We subscribe to the fundamental principles of intellectual freedom and the open exchange of information and ideas.
    • Lifelong Learning
      We provide services and resources that contribute to continuous learning.
    • Love of Reading
      We nurture the joy of reading in people of all ages.

Catholic School Council – Monday January 27, 2020

  • We will be holding our fourth Catholic School Council Meeting on Monday January 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the school library – all are welcome. We hope you can join us!

Grade 7 Immunization – Tuesday January 28, 2020

  • Grade 7 students will receive the Menactra Vaccination on Tuesday January 28 in the afternoon. Men-C-ACYW is a required vaccine under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA).

Bell Let’s Talk Day – Wednesday January 29, 2020 – $2 Civvies Day

  • On Wednesday January 29, students at St. Patrick CES will reflect on “What Brings You Joy?” Thank you to Mrs. Miles and the Peace Team for spearheading this activity.
  • What do people impacted by mental illness look like? Like all of us. Mental health affects us all. Join the conversation. The Peace Team is organizing a paid Civvies Day with a toonie donation to support mental health in our community.

PA Day – Friday January 31, 2020

  • There is no school for students on Friday January 31, 2020.

Mardi Gras Fundraiser – Save the Date – February 25, 2020

  • The Catholic School Council is seeking parent volunteers and/or prize donations for our upcoming Mardi Gras Our annual Mardi Gras fundraiser is just a month away and this has been a key contributor to help fund important items for our children including information technology upgrades, science material and gym equipment.  In the past, we’ve had great donors to help us create awesome raffle prizes and we’re looking to reach out for our 2020 event.  If you’re able to help, whether it be your time to help us reach out to donors or contribute a prize, then please let the CSC know by emailing them at or contacting the office at 905-639-3975 – thank you ~ the St. Patrick CSC.

School Uniform Provider – Public Consultation 

Appropriate Outdoor Wear

  • It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats!
  • Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather Reminder

  • Please check out the HCDSB website for the Inclement Weather procedure & info on school emergency closures & bus cancellations. When we have inclement weather days, Grade 1-8 students will enter the gym at 8:45 am through door 10 and Kindergarten students will enter at door 1 and go directly to their classrooms.

Promoting Well-Being – How Much Privacy Should Teens Have in the Digital Age?

Tips to keep you kids safe in the digital world.

By Crystal Raypole at Healthline

“As children get older, they begin to individuate, or develop their own unique sense of identity. As part of this normal developmental process, they begin to want more space and privacy from their parents and caregivers.

Most parents remember going through this stage themselves. But you might still feel a little uneasy, even frightened, about your teen’s increased need for privacy, especially when it comes to the internet. You love your child and want to keep them safe, and your awareness of internet predators, cyberbullying, and other online dangers can make you wonder how it’s possible to both give them privacy and ensure their safety.

There are several ways to allow your teen a measure of privacy online but still keep them safe.” Read more at –

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Wishing you a fantastic weekend – stay warm! ~ the Staff of St. Patrick CES

Holocaust Awareness Day
Jan 27 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bell Let’s Talk Day – $2 Civvies Day
Jan 29 all day
PA Day – no school for students
Jan 31 all day
First Eucharist Parent Information Meeting @ St. Patrick Church
Feb 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
National Sweater Day
Feb 6 all day

Students are welcome to wear a cozy sweater with their uniforms!

St. Valentine Civvies Day – $2 for Halton Food For Thought
Feb 13 all day
Bus Safety Presentations – K to Grade 8
Feb 13 @ 9:45 am – 11:20 am
Elementary PrincipalUpdate January 24, 2020