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Weekly Update: October 4-7, 2021

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

We had an eventful week — Thank you!

Thank you to all our families who participated in our Curriculum Night on Tuesday evening. We appreciate these opportunities to connect (even virtual ones!) and to showcase the work happening in our school. 

Thank you for supporting our Uniform Swap & Sale and a special shout out to the Council members for their time in running this event.  Please reach out to the school at any time for support with uniforms – we know that children outgrow items and we are happy to help! 

Thank you for celebrating Thursday’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day). Thank you, St. Timothy Staff, for facilitating many teachable moments and for continuing to keep the messaging alive through thoughtful, age-appropriate programming.

Thank you for your support and generosity this week regarding the Terry Fox Run.  The School Cash-on-line link remains open until midnight tonight.  Every bit helps and is appreciated!

Thank you to all parents / guardians for your continued efforts in completing your child’s Daily School Screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ BEFORE students come to school / YMCA.   A gentle reminder that supervision begins at 8:35 a.m. every day.  Students are not to enter the school (or portables) before that time as we cannot guarantee adequate supervision before 8:35.  Thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping everyone safe!

World Teacher’s Day – October 5th

On October 5, in recognition of World Teacher’s Day, we would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our staff at St. Timothy Catholic School for a tremendous start to another challenging year! We are all so appreciative for EVERYTHING YOU DO for our students, parents, and community at large!  On a personal note, Mrs. Toltl would like to thank you for your kind welcome and the support you have extended thus far.

Catholic School Council – First meeting October 5th

Our first (virtual) Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 5th. Thank you to all the parents who have put their names forward to represent our school community, this year! As always, all parents are welcome to attend. Please email Mrs. Davoren at Davorenj@hcdsb.org to request the TEAMS link.

Listed below are the members of the St. Timothy Catholic School Council for 2021-2022.  Specific roles will be determined at our first meeting and shared out in the Minutes.  Please note that our Agenda and Minutes will be posted in the School Council tab of our St. Timothy website.

Parent Representatives:

Casey, Whitney
Cheretas, Debbie
Curtis, Christine
Froom, Rob
Good, Danielle
Grasso, Maria
Guerrero, Laura
Lillicrop, Luke
McSkimming, Sabrina
O’Connor, Donna
Papagianis, Bill
Papagianis, Marysia
Plaumann, Maame
Storey, Jamie
Whyte, Alison

October 6th is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day!

On Wednesday October 6th, the students at St. Timothy School are invited and encouraged to wear something green in celebration of World Cerebral Palsy Day.  Cerebral Palsy, also known as CP, affects more than 17 million people worldwide.   We are excited to support our friends and those living with Cerebral Palsy to gain an awareness and embrace diversity.  Together we can make a difference.

A note about Spirit Days

Throughout the year, we will aim to acknowledge several Spirit Days in order to raise awareness around national events, or around particular challenges that St. Timothy students, families, and staff are facing.  Our hope or intent is to show support and to develop empathy.  However, it is important that our families never feel pressure to purchase new items, and never stress over a Spirit Day.  Please note that uniform is always appropriate and welcome.  On Spirit Days, students may choose to wear an accessory, a nail colour, a wrist band, or a ribbon, rather than an actual shirt.  The colour is merely an external show of support, but our student’s prayers, positive comments, kind interactions, almsgiving, and open hearts and minds are most deeply valued. 

Roots of Empathy program – we are seeking support!

The Roots of Empathy program is one of the evidence-based programs that our HCDSB CYC department has employed for many years in our schools to support students in developing interpersonal skills.  This year, we would like to implement the program with Junior students.  The program will likely begin virtually.  In order to run the program, we are in need of a parent and baby volunteer!  Kindly review the attached flyer:

and reach out to our Child & Youth Counselor (CYC), Mrs. Cadet, for further information. 

Unpredictable weather ahead!

The fall season brings beautiful colours, but some instability in weather. Dressing is layers is advisable.  Please note that students are welcome to bring and keep indoor shoes in their lockers. Parents are reminded to clearly label all uniform items and jackets with your child’s name so that we can return clothes back to the rightful owner. Due to COVID precautions, we cannot use our “Lost and Found” bin.

A reminder that our Contactless Fundraising Program with Mabel’s Labels is still underway. Through this program, 20% of all purchases will be given back to the St. Timothy’s School Community. These purchases will help to support and fund initiatives for our students. To participate in this great cause, go to campaigns.mabelslabels.comand search for ST. TIMOTHY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL (BURLINGTON) to make your purchases. We thank you in advance!

In addition to our Mabel’s Labels fundraiser, COBS Headon Forest will be supporting St. Timothy School this year.  Each time you purchase a product at COBS Headon Forest, mention that you’re “raising dough” for St. Timothy and the school will receive a 10% donation of the total sale at the end of the year.  More information about our “Dough Raiser” can be found here. Thank you kindly for considering the fundraising opportunities above in support of our joint efforts to benefit the students of St. Timothy.   We appreciate our local businesses and look forward to supporting them in turn.

P.A. Day & Thanksgiving Day

Please note that Friday, October 8 is a Professional Activity Day. Therefore, there is no school for students on this day and on Monday October 11, which is the Thanksgiving Holiday

St. Timothy Tips:

At a time when many of us are struggling to adapt to a new normal, practicing gratitude is more important than ever.  Showing gratitude has the following mental health benefits:

  1. Expressing gratitude can improve your mood. People who regularly express gratitude for the positive things in their life are shown to be happier overall, leading to lower rates of stress and depression.
  2. Showing gratitude can make you more optimistic. Studies show that those who express gratitude regularly appear to have a more positive outlook on life. 
  3. Sharing gratitude can improve social bonds. People have reported feeling more loved and more connected to others in their lives when they routinely practice gratitude or those around them practice gratitude.
  4. Practicing gratitude can improve your physical health. People who actively express gratitude tend to be more engaged in activities to take care of their physical health, like eating well and exercising. This leads to higher energy levels, better sleep and a stronger immune system, or the ability to fight off illness or infection.

Source: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens

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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