You are chosen and loved.
~ Ephesians 1:4
Thank you to our grade 8 class and Mrs. Schroeder for leading our liturgy this week providing an opportunity to reflect on “What is Dignity to You?”;
Thank you to all the staff and students for posting their answers to the question “What Brings You Joy?” recognizing Bell Let’s Talk Day;
Thank you to the families that are parking in the parking lot (and not the handicapped parking spots) and ensuring students and volunteers are safe as they make their way onto school property each day. Please do not stop in the fire route and please turn off your car to respect the no idling expectations;
Thank you to Mrs. Tessari, Mr. MacDonald and Mrs. Boss for all their work preparing our Grade 7 students for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
St. Patrick Church News
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First Communion Parent Meeting
- Parents of children making their First Communion are asked to attend a meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
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 and 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 and contacting our parish minister, Mary Tessari at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Sweater Day – Thursday February 6, 2020
National Sweater Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and energy conservation, and show how together – classroom by classroom, school by school – we can be a part of the solution. We can make an impact beyond National Sweater Day by reflecting on our personal carbon footprint and making personal commitments in our own lives to help keep climate change in check. Collectively, we can have a powerful impact. Students are welcome to wear a cozy sweater with their uniforms.
PA Day in February
February 14 is a designated Professional Activity Day for our school board.
Family Day – Monday February 17, 2020
The basic purpose of Family Day is to provide a special occasion on which Canadians can celebrate family and community life and to provide a holiday in the otherwise holiday-vacant, three-month span between New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Alberta first instituted Family Day in 1990 to celebrate the family life of the early pioneers, Saskatchewan made it a public holiday in 2007, Ontario in 2008, and British Columbia in 2013.
School children and private-sector workers get Family Day off, but as the holiday is a provincial and not a federal matter, federal workers do not get it off. Despite most people being off work to spend time with their families, post offices are still open as are public transportation facilities, though sometimes on a reduced schedule.
On Family Day, many take part in winter sports like ice skating, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. There are community events and winter festivals to attend all over Canada this time of year. It is also popular to attend art exhibits and various museums, which frequently have discounts or even free entry on Family Day.
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 fundraiser. Our annual Mardi Gras fundraiser is on February 25 and this has been a key contributor to help fund important items for our children including science materials, gym equipment and program supports. 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 email@example.com or contacting the office at 905-639-3975 – thank you ~ the St. Patrick CSC.
Winter Weather and School Attendance
This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.
These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.
There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.
- Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents.
- Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed and that means attending school every day possible.
Promoting Well-Being – Attendance Matters!
“Help your child learn to persevere. Today, they learn to overcome a snowdrift. In the future, they will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to their dreams.”
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Students are welcome to wear a cozy sweater with their uniforms!