Catholic Education Wk. & Children’s Mental Health Wk. (May 2 – 7, 2021)

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

Each year, the “Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week.” This year, Catholic Education Week will be celebrated from May 2 – 7. This years’ theme, ‘Nurturing Hope’ builds on last year’s theme and calls for us to reflect on what nurturing hope means to each one of us. The theme also calls us to reflect on the many ways that we can nurture hope in others.

Children’s Mental Health Week is also Next Week 🙂

Furthermore, next week we also embrace Children’s Mental Health Week at our school. Teachers will be focussing on engaging in wellness activities while promoting a positive mindset. Some of the themes include: Mental Health During Covid, Making Social Connections, Coping with Overwhelming Feelings and Self-Care. For parent resources, please click on attached document.

St. John XXIII CES is so very proud to celebrate both Catholic Education Week and Children’s Mental Health Week through prayer and special activities throughout the week. We hope this helps to strengthen our faith in our greater learning community. We will begin our week in prayer through a school wide virtual liturgy. The remainder of the week will also consist of an interactive Wellness/Nature Presentation and an inspirational assembly that focuses on Hope and Perseverance. The latter will be presented by special guest speakers Babarinde Williams and Loretta Penny. Please find attached a highlight of the themes and activities we will be celebrating as a school community, and be sure to make note of some recommendations of supplemental activities that can take place at home.

Lastly, we will continue with our annual CEW Food Drive at our school. Please note that you are welcome to drop off non-perishable food supplies beginning Monday, May 3rd to Thursday, May 6th from  8:00 am – 3:00 pm. We thank the Markham Food Bank for their ongoing community partnership!

We thank you for your continued support and commitment to Catholic Education, as we attempt to nurture hope in our students and one another.

Yours in Catholic Education,

C. D’Agostini, Principal

CMH Week Parent Info (Elementary+Intermediate)

SJXXIII CEW Activities and Schedule (Parents)