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Weekly Update: October 25-29, 2021

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…
 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”

~
Ecclesiastes 3

Pizza Lunches: there is still time to order!

The response to Pizza lunches has been very positive thus far – thank you for your support of this initiative! There is still time to order! A reminder that for this first session of pizza, we will be offering cheese pizza. Pizza day will run every Thursday from November 4th, 2021 till December 16th, 2021, and the cost of each box will be $3.00.

Orders must be placed on school cash online.  ALL ORDERS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN October 27th. UNFORTUNATELY, LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. THANK YOU!

Focus on Faith Assembly – Tuesday, October 26th

To support our Pastoral Plan and keeping our Faith Community Traditions, each month, we will gather as a faith community to deepen our understanding of the Focus on Faith themes and Catholic Graduate Expectations. Each grade will have the opportunity to lead a Focus on Faith School wide Liturgy to highlight the theme for their grade, followed by Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations (OCGE) Awards. To start the year, these Liturgies will take place virtually. On Tuesday, we will learn about the theme of Solidarity from our Grade 8 students.

This month, we have been discussing the Catholic Graduate Expectation: A discerning Believer. A discerning believer, formed in the Catholic Faith community, celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection, and moral living. We look forward to highlighting examples of this Catholic Graduate Expectation at our Assembly!

Hallowe’en Spirit Day!

We are very excited to celebrate our Hallowe’en Spirit Day this coming Friday. All students & staff are invited to wear their Halloween Costume or Orange & Black.

  • Pumpkin and Door decorating
  • Classroom Crafts
  • Divisional Hallowe’en Trivia games
  • Spooky stories written by our own St. Timothy authors
  • A Hallowe’en-inspired DPA Dance period in the gym (by cohort)

Each student will also have the option to enjoy a nut-free “Pumpkin Sugar Cookie” from Terra Cotta Cookies. We would respectfully request no outside food treats. Non-food treats such as pencils or stickers should be brought in ahead of time (by Wednesday please) so that teachers can organize and distribute on the 29th. Our day will end with a school wide raffle complete with prizes! We are looking forward to creating those special school memories and to wonderful photo opportunities!

Fall Donation Fundraiser time!

As noted in our previous Weekly Update, the link to our Fall Donation is open and will be until November 5th. For further details, please review the attached:

We are thrilled to report that we have already raised nearly $1000.00!  Thank you to all families who have already donated.

Last year, nearly $6,000 was raised through this fundraiser. We are hoping that we can meet or surpass this goal, however we appreciate that each of our families may have different financial circumstances. ANY donation amount is welcome! Even the smallest donation makes a difference, and all donation amounts are confidential. Please consider sharing the link with extended family who may wish to contribute.

Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account: 

1. https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

2. At the top right-hand corner, click on items, then select “Make a Donation”

3. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School.

Please note that tax receipts are issued for donations of $25 or more. 

Equity and Inclusion Education: Hallowe’en Costume selection

We look forward to celebrating Hallowe’en with our students on October 29th, 2021. A gentle reminder that students will not be allowed to bring any props that resemble weapons or wear costume face coverings. All students should be wearing their face masks, as directed by Public Health and our Board.

Halloween is a great time to have fun with costumes. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume. The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume. Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

We thank you in advance for helping us to maintain and promote a welcoming school environment for all.

St. Timothy Tips:

Promoting Well-Being: Taking Care of your Mental Health

Find someone you trust, such as family, friends, coaches, or teachers, and tell them how you feel. It is important to be open about your feelings. Make time to take care of yourself, take breaks and do fun and relaxing things. It can be helpful to try to treat yourself the way you would treat a friend. What would you tell or suggest to a friend who was feeling the same way as you?

If you are having trouble with high levels of stress, worries or sadness, talk to your medical team about helping you find someone who can help. This can be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or another mental health professional. There are people who specialize in helping children and teens living with a chronic condition.  (Source: https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/)

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl/ Susan Jack
Principal/Vice Principal

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