Catholic Education Week 2021: May 2-7
This week marks the beginning of Catholic Education Week. Please see below for some of the activities we have planned for this wonderful week! Don’t forget to visit your child’s learning platform (D2L, Google Classroom) for additional activities happening throughout the week.
This year’s celebration for Catholic Education Week is entitled, “Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 2 – May 7. The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021 was inspired by the following considerations:
- Recognition of the special Year of Laudato Si’ which will run through May 24, 2021, announced by Pope Francis on May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of his papal encyclical, “On Caring for Our Common Home.”
- In the face of the ongoing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong desire by the planning committee, along with those consulted, and supported by feedback from the survey, for continuity with the theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, Igniting Hope, which has served so well during the spring recess from in-school instruction.
- The challenges to personal and spiritual well-being posed by the uncertainty and physical isolation of the current global crisis makes the timing and the concerns of Mental Health Week, which takes place during the same week as Catholic Education Week, all the more relevant.
- Ongoing recognition of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the relevance of Indigenous culture and spirituality to the spirit of Laudato Si.
The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope are:
Preparing the Earth
Sowing Seeds of Gratitude
Harvesting New Fruit
Marvelling in Wonder
WALK WITH JESUS:
This year, to commemorate the Annual Walk with Jesus, families are encouraged to participate in their own walk around their neighbourhood! Please follow all Public Health guidelines when participating in your walk.
Students and families are also welcome to bring their own personal or homemade cross on their walk. Click here for a cross-making activity you can do at home.
Staff and Students are also encouraged to wear green on Thursday as a sign of hope in in solidarity with one another.
PRAYING THE HAIL MARY DURING THE MONTH OF MAY:
May is the month of our Blessed Mother Mary, who is the first and greatest disciple. We celebrate her this month of May, for her goodness and her unwavering faith. During the month of May, we will be saying the Hail Mary each day on Morning announcements. Students are encouraged to send Mr. Costa a video of them praying the Hail Mary to use on the announcements.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK:
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The overall theme for this year is ‘Get real about how you feel!’ Each day there will be a separate focus – Naming our Emotions, Compassion for Self and Others, Positive Mindset, Kindness is Contagious, and Reaching Out. There will be daily announcements and activities each day. Thank you to our CYC, Ms. Silva for supporting our staff and students around this important issue.
FAMILY PAINT NIGHTS – Indigenous Art
HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in virtual family paint nights to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art! The online sessions will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved! Click on the link for details…
We All Belong in Our Catholic School
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.
At St. Paul CES School, we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with care, compassion and respect.
We are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age. As a school we will continue doing all we can to ensure the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community experience a positive sense of belonging and well-being.
Have a great week. Stay safe!
N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff
Link to the meeting below…