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Update February 7, 2020

Love is the bridge between you and everything.

~ Rumi

Thank you to all who participated in the Bell Let’s Talk Civvies Day – we raised $380 to support mental health care locally through Kids Help Phone;

Thank you to the Rosary Ladies for visiting our classes from Grades 1 – 8 this year;

Thank you to all who have dropped off raffle prizes for our Mardi Gras Dance-A-Thon – all information went home this week – please contact the office if you have any questions;

Thank you to our St. Patrick staff for all the extra curricular activities they support weekly here at school;

Thank you to Mrs. Giordano for her 11 years as a lunch hour supervisor here at St. Patrick CES – we wish you well on your next chapter!

St. Patrick Church News

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  • Instagram – St.PatrickChurchBurlington

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 Women’s League for hosting our first few Sunday Coffee Socials.
  • The dates for our Sunday Coffee Socials are Sunday, February 16th and Sunday, March 15th

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

WINTER SEMINAR – Sleep Deprivation

  • Each year, we are pleased to offer learning opportunities about topics that impact our daily lives. This year’s topic is SLEEP DEPRIVATION – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020 – 7:30 pm. Presenter:   DR PATRICIA BARRY (MD)
  • In recent years we have learned much about sleep and the brain and how we can use that information to improve our lives and our mental and physical health. Have you ever had trouble falling asleep or keep waking up and can’t get back to sleep, or wake up feeling tired? What interferes with sleep and what can we do about it? Does it matter?  What’s happening in the brain as we sleep? How much sleep do we really need anyway? What do we know about dreams? diet? exercise? Is snoring ever OK?
  • Join us on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm. at St. Patrick’s Church Hall as Dr. Patricia Barry attempts to answer these and more questions about this interesting (and sometimes problematic) topic. (Coffee/ tea and a sugar fix will be provided for those who are past their bedtime or sleep deprived!!!) This seminar is suitable for all ages.
  • We do ask that you sign up to ensure that we can estimate attendance needs.

There will be a fee of $5.00 for this presentation. The presentation will be an hour long followed by a half hour question period.


$2 Civvies Day for Valentine’s Day – Thursday February 13 in support of HFFT

  • Our students participate in the Halton Food For Thought Snack Program every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday here at St. Patrick CES. This program is organized by Mrs. Szulimowski and Mrs. Quinn and a wonderful group of volunteers – St. Patrick Parents and St. Patrick Church Parishioners – we are grateful for their help!  The money raised on this Civvies Day will go directly to our St. Patrick HFFT program.

PA Day in February 14, 2020

  • Friday 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.
  • 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 – 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 just over a month away and this has been a key contributor to help fund important items for our children including computer tablets, 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 contacting the office at 905-639-3975 or emailing them at – thank you ~ the St. Patrick CSC.

Promoting Well-Being – How Teaching Kids Empathy Can Prevent Bullying


  • Kindness and compassion are qualities all parents hope to instill in their kids. But achieving this goal requires more than simply asking your child to do nice things for other people. In fact, authentically kind people are motivated by feelings of empathy. They can see things from another person’s perspective and understand how they might be feeling1. They also can anticipate what might make a person feel better. When they can do these things, they are truly empathetic.
    • How to Teach Children Empathy
    • Make Sure Your Child’s Emotional Needs Are Met
    • Ensure Kids Can Identify and Share Their Feelings
    • Encourage Kids to Explore Other Perspectives
    • Model Empathy Using Everyday Opportunities
    • Teach Kids to Find Common Ground With Others
    • Encourage Kids to Imagine How Someone Else Feels
    • Talk to Kids About How Their Behavior Impacts Others


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

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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
PA Day – no school for students
Feb 14 all day
Family Day
Feb 17 all day
Mardi Gras Dance-A-Thon
Feb 24 all day
Pancake Tuesday
Feb 24 all day
PINK Shirt Day
Feb 26 all day

On February 26 we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear a pink shirt with uniform bottoms to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. As the PINK Shirt Day movement grows each year, we see more and more people practicing kindness – both online and off.

“Be the reason someone smiles today!”

Ash Wednesday Liturgy @ St. Patrick Church
Feb 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Elementary PrincipalUpdate February 7, 2020