“Lent is a call to renew a commitment grown dull, perhaps, by a life more marked by routine than by reflection.” – Joan Chittister
Welcome to the last day of March, as we approach the month of April! We had a wonderful first week back from March break. It has been amazing to see the children finding new and old friends, and seeing smiles on faces again. With three quarters of the school year already behind us now, we praise and give thanks to God for blessing our school community with so many wonderful gifts to date.
Please refer to this week’s information and reminder updates below:
Thank you …
- The COVID-19 school and child care screening tool has been updated (March 21st) with new isolation requirements for household members. Please be sure to follow the instructions in the screening tool. Daily screening is important to keeping everyone healthy. Anyone in our community with any symptom should not enter the school. Thank you for your support and screening each day.
- For remembering to wear a mask in school for the first 14 days if you travelled internationally over the March Break in accordance with the federal travel guidelines.
- For continuing to show respect regarding personal choices about wearing masks.
- Grade 8 students and parents. We are happy to announce that this year, we will be having an in-person graduation mass and ceremony! The date is Monday , June 27rd, 2022. Details will follow in the coming weeks directly to parents/guardians of the graduates from the classroom teachers.
- Grade 7 and 8 students and parents – Please review letter from Public Health.Gr_7_and_8_Hepatitis_B__HPV_and_Meningococcal_catch_up_parent_letter_2022
- The fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd, 2022. Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world come together for Autism Awareness Day, to Light It Up Blue in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month, aiming to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world. Join us for World Autism Awareness Month to help us spread kindness and autism awareness by wearing a blue shirt on Friday, April 1st.
- Please let us know if you are moving or won’t be returning in September 2022. We are beginning preliminary planning for next year’s class sizes and the information is helpful with the planning process.
- Some students will want to start bringing their bicycles or scooters to school now that the nice weather has arrived (kinda). Please review the traffic safety rules with your child(ren) and ensure that the bike, scooter are in good working condition. Please ensure that your child wears his/her bicycle helmet. Also, please note any student choosing to travel to and from school on one of these devices will be required to walk the bike, scooter onto school property. For safety, bike, scooter racks are at the front of the school – please remind your child to lock his/her bike or scooter.
- EQAO Testing – Grade 3 and 6 – This year’s cohorts of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will participate in the Primary and Junior EQAO testing. The testing is based on the regular grade level curriculum expectations for reading, writing and mathematics. This is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning based on their respective grade level curriculum expectations. We will be forwarding our specific dates of testing for St. Luke once confirmed.
- CSAC – Catholic School Advisory Council – Parents EnGaged in Education School Council Newsletter March 2022 mar-22
Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information. Here is the link: http://www.wcdsb.ca.
March 27th – Fourth Sunday of Lent
Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord: Psalm 34
The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent remind us that God is always waiting for us to return to Him so we can receive the abundance of life he offers us. The first reading tells of how the Israelites celebrated Passover on the plains of Jericho. In the second reading, Paul tells us to be reconciled to God. And in the gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son, which is sometimes called the parable of the forgiving father. Take some time during this week to reflect on someone who may need your compassion, forgiveness and care.
More information and resources on how to celebrate the Lenten season as a family can be found on the Diocese of Hamilton’s website found here.
Taking Action Against Racism
Talking with our children regularly about racism and the harmful effects of racism and discrimination is a necessary first step to eradicating racism in our school community and in our society. These are important conversations for us to have in the classroom, but in order for children to truly incorporate these values as their own, these conversations must be happening at home as well. When parents stay silent about racism, kids can get the message that racism doesn’t matter or that it is someone else’s problem. To help put an end to racism, everyone has to take an active role, no matter who they are.
Here is a video that can help you begin the conversations at home with your children. https://youtu.be/dYnkJl3HDxM
Knowing where to start can be challenging for parents, but there are excellent resources that can be found online to help you. This article provides practical guidelines on how to begin having these conversations with your children depending on their age: Talking to Your Kids About Racism
Upcoming Dates To Note
Sat. April 2nd World Autism Day
Mon. April 4-11 CCAT Testing – Grade 4s.
Fri. April 8th Professional Development Day – no school for students
Tues. April 12th Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
April 19-22 CAT-4 Testing – Grade 7s
Have a wonderful week. Stay safe and be well. Remember to follow us on twitter @Lukes_Lightning to see all the great things happening at our school.
Rosemary J. Kavanagh
Principal St. Luke