Key Details for Community BBQ and Open House THIS THURSDAY

WHEN: This Thursday, September 22nd. Staff will be at the BBQ, but they will also need to eat too :). In order to give all of our staff a meal break and give families with multiple children in different divisions, we wanted to share the Meal Schedule. Teachers and ECEs will be in their rooms from 5PM to 7PM except for the following times:

5:00 – 5:30 Grade 1, 2 and 3 (Both English and French Immersion)

5:30 – 6:00 Grade 4, 5, and 6

6:00 – 6:30 Grade 7 and 8

6:30 – 7:00 JK and SK Staff

WHAT will be there to Eat? We will have Burgers and Hotdogs, pop, juice, water and chips for FREE. We have also requested the caterer to bring in additional staff to make sure the line moves faster! We will also have an Ice Cream truck on site that you can purchase delicious dessert from.

WHAT will we be able to do? The teachers will have their classrooms open to visit and meet you. The staff will be circulating so you can connect with them as well as other families. We will have some yard equipment out for some fun as well as play on our new play structure. You might even want to try your hand at Gaga ball now that you have heard so much about it at home :).

There will also be booths set up from our community partners so you can make some connections with valuable services in our neighbourhood. We will also have former graduates supporting our students as they team up to apply fun temporary tattoos to any child that wants one. And if that wasn’t enough… Mrs. Sabumon will be reading stories and hosting activities in our library! Looking forward to all the great fun with our parents, students and their siblings.

HOW Much Will it Cost? The BBQ is FREE, but we are asking you to purchase your ice cream treats if your family feels like dessert. Also, we are hoping to make a big difference in our community by having everyone bring a Non-Perishable food item in for St. Vincent De Paul. It can be anything, but the pantry really benefits from items like Peanut Butter, Pancake mix, Syrup, Cereal and Kraft Dinner.


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FREE Pizza Day Next Week on Tuesday, September 27th…

We are changing pizza providers to maximize the value that pizza day fundraising brings to our community. In order for every student to get a chance to try the new pizza, we are going to make sure there is at least 1 piece available for each student. We are going to have extras of both Only Cheese and Turkey Pepperoni & Cheese so each student should have their choice. We will give the additional pizza to our intermediate and junior students after each class has had a choice. You will still need to pack a lunch for snacks and if your child can eat more than one slice, please pack additional food. This is completely FREE because wanted all of our students to be able to sample the pizza before the Cashonline closes for October’s orders. Thank you CSAC! Remember to get your orders completed in Cashonline! If you do NOT want your child to have pizza for any reason, please communicate with your child’s classroom teacher.


Community BBQs and Free Pizza Days would NOT be possible without the support of our parents on CSAC. CSAC stands for Catholic School Advisory Council aka Parent Council. They help our community use the fundraising money we raise to improve our school based on the needs that arise. They also share input and provide a voice for parents on things like the parking lot, student dress code or other challenging conversations that matter to our whole community. Whether it is sponsoring a community garden, supporting field trips, organizing community events or sharing thoughts and ideas with the principal, CSAC is open to all parents in the school. If you have any questions about being a part of this awesome group, please reach out to our Chair, Bree Almeida at . All current members will be in Black T-Shirts with CSAC on the back at our community BBQ. Our first meeting is September 27th at 6PM at the school. After that we will adjust the time, date and format (in person or virtual) to meet the needs of the group. We would love for you to be involved if you are able.

Toonies for Terry

Our annual Terry Fox Run will be happening on Friday, September 30th. More details to follow, but we invite you to donate to this worthy cause when it comes through to your Cash Online. Terry’s Marathon of Hope has resulted in so much life-changing research to be funded. Terry Fox is a Canadian hero and we honour his legacy by carrying on the race he began long ago. Join with us and donate if you are able.

This Week at a Glance:

Monday September 19th

  • Provincial Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Since the death of the Queen, there has been much discussion around the world, including here in Ontario, regarding fitting gestures in communities and schools to mark the passing of a Sovereign who has served the Commonwealth, and as Canada’s head of state, for seven decades. At the direction of the Ontario government, we will honour the Queen with a moment of silence at 1:00 pm after lunch recess. In our ongoing attempt to live our mission and be “a place for all” we hold space for both our continued action on Truth and Reconciliation, equity and inclusion, and a dignified recognition of the woman who so selflessly gave to our nation; our Queen.

Tuesday September 20th

  • Remember to complete all School Cash Online Forms

Wednesday September 21st

  • Defender Spirit Wear Day: Dress in Red, Black and Grey Or wear your Spirit Wear!

Thursday September 22nd

  • Community BBQ and Meet the Family Open House. Calling all Parents, Caregivers and Siblings to join our Defender family tonight from 5 to 7 PM.
  • Remember, the BBQ is FREE. We have an Ice Cream Truck coming that you can purchase Ice Cream Treats from and we are asking you to bring an Non-Perishable food item to support St. Vincent De Paul in their work to help those in need in our community.

Friday September 23rd

  • Foot Patroller Training at Rim Park

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday Sept 26 – Softball Tournament Today

Tuesday Sept 27 – First CSAC (Catholic School Advisory Council) Meeting at 6PM at Saint Peter. All are welcome!

Tuesday Sept 27 – Free Pizza Day. Giving everyone a chance to try our new provider GINOs!

Wednesday Sept 28 – Rowan’s Law Day for Concussion Awareness (Wear Purple)

Friday Sept 30 – Every Child Matters (Wear Orange)

Friday Sept 30 – Umbrella Assembly at 8:45 AM.

Friday Sept 30 – Terry Fox Run

Monday Oct 10 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday Oct 19– School Picture Day

Monday Oct 24 – P.A. Day No School

Monday Oct 31 – Happy Halloween

Sunday Nov 6 – ‘Fall back’ Daylight Savings Time Ends

Monday Nov 7 – Grade 7 Vaccinations from Public Health

Wednesday Nov 9 to Friday Nov 11 – Grade 8 Mount Mary Trip

Friday Nov 11 – Remembrance Day

Monday Nov 14 – Diabetes Awareness Day (Wear Blue)

Monday Nov 21 to 25 – Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Monday Nov 21  – Progress Reports Go Home

Thursday Nov 24 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Friday Dec 23 – Last Day of School before Winter Break

Saturday Dec 24 – Christmas Eve

Sunday Dec 25 – Christmas Day

Monday Dec 26 – Boxing Day

Sunday Jan 1 – New Year’s Day

Monday Jan 9 – First Day of School in 2023

Friday Jan 20 – P.A. Day

Thursday Feb 2 – Groundhog Day

Tuesday Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day

Friday Feb 17 – Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

Monday Feb 20 – Family Day Holiday

Tuesday Feb 21 – Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday Feb 22 – Ash Wednesday

March 13-17 – March Break

Sunday March 26 – Epilepsy Awareness Day (Wear Purple on Monday)

Friday March 31 – P.A. Day

Thursday April 6 – Holy Thursday

Friday April 7 – Good Friday

Monday April 10 – Easter Monday

Friday April 21 – P.A. Day

May 1-5 – Catholic Education Week

Sunday May 14 – Mother’s Day

Monday May 22 – Victoria Day

Friday June 2 – PA Day

Sunday June 18 – Father’s Day

Wednesday June 21 – National Indigenous People’s Day

Tuesday June 27 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

Thursday June 29 – Last Day of School