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February Newsletter February 13
Open House at St. Matthew CSS
Friday, February 1st, 2019 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
St. Joseph CSS Open House
6:30 p.m.
February 18
Family Day – No School

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Dear Families:

During the month of January, staff and students at Bishop Macdonell Catholic
School lived the Board theme “Be Holy, Joy Springs from a Loving Heart” by helping
those in need in our school community, and by leading by example!

February promises to be a busy month with many scheduled activities. This month
our students will participate in a Winter Carnival.

Report cards will be sent home on Monday, February 25th and you are invited to
call the school to make an appointment to meet your child’s teacher.

Please continue to promote our Board theme “Be Holy, Joy Springs from a Loving
Heart” in all that you do in the school community. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact the school.

Yours in Catholic Education,

Walter MacDonald

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Sacraments and Baptism

If your child has not been baptized or has had any of their Sacraments, and you are
interested in your child having them completed, please contact the school. The
students currently in grade 2 will be receiving their sacraments this spring.

Pink Shirt Day - Unite Against Bullying

On Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 we will Unite Against Bullying by wearing pink!

Child Appointments

In order not to interrupt your child’s learning, it is important that you schedule your
child’s appointments after school hours. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Celebrating Black History Month Be a Math Role Model

You are an important part to your
Black History Month has been celebrated by various groups in Canada since the 1950s. child’s success in math. It’s true! Your
The February celebration was officially proclaimed by the City of Toronto in 1979, encouragement, interest, and positive
largely due to the efforts of the Ontario Black History Society. It is now recognized attitudes about math can go a long way
nationally following an unanimously adopted motion in the House of Commons in 1995. to helping your child.

Black History Month is an opportunity for Canadians to recognize the significant Myths & Facts about Learning Math
contributions the Black community has made to the life of Canada in education,
There are a lot of misconceptions
medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics, and human
about math ability floating around.
Let’s get those out of the way.

Above all, Black History Month is an opportunity for Canadians to understand the role Myth: Math
the Black community has played in our history, a role that has been too often forgotten ability is a gift.
in our history books. Some people
have the “math
Mental Health gene” and others
just don’t.
February - Building your Child/Youth’s Resiliency and Positive Mental Health:
Fact: There is no such thing as a math
Have you ever wondered why some people are particularly good at dealing with ups
gene. Everyone can succeed in math.
and downs and seem to go through life with a positive attitude? There are many
In fact, more than ability, a positive
reasons why people approach life the way they do, but those who are good at coping
with challenges have something in common: resiliency. attitude towards mathematics makes
deep learning possible.
Resiliency is not one specific thing, but a combination of skills and positive attributes
that people gain from their life experiences and relationships. These attributes help
them solve problems, cope with challenges and bounce back from disappointments.

Obviously, resiliency is something we want our children to develop and maintain. In
life, things go wrong and we sometimes experience big changes. Being able to deal
with those setbacks and transitions is a key factor in positive mental health, as well as
school, career and relationship success.

There are four key areas that our school board has recognized as crucial in building
resilient students: developing caring relationships, fostering the establishment of

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realistic an achievable expectations, encouraging meaningful engagement of children and youth, and promoting their choice of
healthy responses when challenges or difficulties arise.

Healthy Smiles Ontario Provides Free Dental Care for Eligible Children

Children aged 17 and under can access free routine dental care if they are eligible, through this government program designed
for lower-income families in need of support.

The program provides access to regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the cost of treatment including check-ups,
cleaning, cavity fillings, x-rays, scaling, tooth extraction and urgent or emergency dental care for severe toothaches.

Eligible children’s families must live in Ontario and have household income that meets the program’s eligibility requirements.
Parents can enroll their children in the program online or by mail.

For more information about Healthy Smiles Ontario, contact the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120. Visit our website

Keep an Eye on Your Child’s Vision!

School-age children use their eyes throughout the day to learn and play. To ensure their success at school, children must use
different visual skills together, so they can see clearly and understand what’s being taught in the classroom.

The process of learning relies heavily on a child’s vision, which is why many vision problems are only noticeable when a child
starts school. Symptoms of a vision problem include:
 Headaches or irritability
 Covering or rubbing of the eyes
 Tilting of the head or unusual posture
 Using a finger to maintain place while reading
 Skipping or confusing words when reading

The symptoms mentioned above may reveal your child suffers from a condition such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia
(farsightedness), astigmatism (distorted vision at all distances), or a disorder of binocular vision (how the two eyes work

If you believe your child has a vision problem, book an eye exam with an optometrist. Ensure your child performs to their fullest
potential by booking them a full optometric eye exam at six months, before starting kindergarten, and once every school year.
OHIP covers an annual comprehensive eye exam for children up to 19 years old.

For more information about your child’s eye health, call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120.

Board-Wide Dress Up/Dress Down Day

This year, money collected at Bishop Macdonell through the Hat Day will go to the Sandy Lake First Nation Community in North
Western Ontario.

February 9-17 and February 17-24, two groups totaling 62 travelers will visit Guatemala where they will assist the One by One
organization as they improve the lives of children living in poverty. In early June 2019, 13 travelers will experience life in Sandy Lake
First nation.

We ask that each child wear a hat/crazy hat to support this very worthwhile campaign on Friday, February 22, 2019. We ask that
students and staff who participate in this event donate a loonie for the opportunity of dressing up or down.

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