Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Holy Week & Easter Wishes

Even though we must be apart during this very Holy time, the Staff wanted to reach out to the Stella Maris community to say 'hi' and bring Easter Greetings.

Stay safe everyone!
Happy Easter




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Holy Week & Easter Greetings

Even though we must be apart during this very Holy time, the Staff wanted to reach out to the Stella Maris community to say 'hi' and bring Easter Greetings.

Stay safe everyone!

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Saturday, 4 April 2020

Update - April 3

"Let's get comfortable being uncomfortable"

Hello Stella Maris Community,

I hope this communication finds you well and safe.

Below is a copy of the phone message that was sent out to all families within the WECDSB community.  We wanted to send it out again in a different way.  

Also, we completed the requests for a Chromebook this past Thursday, however, if anyone is still in need, please phone the school and leave a message.  

Stay safe & take care



Hello,


As you've most likely heard, the Minister of Education has announced that all publicly funded schools will remain closed to students until May 4th to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


This message is to inform you that we are launching our Continuity of Learning plan on Monday April 6th.


This plan has been developed to support student virtual learning until schools eventually re-open; it provides teaching and support staff with the electronic tools they need to continue educating your children, to the extent that it's possible, given the present circumstances.


We expect that most students who requested devices should have them by April 6. If your child still  doesn't have a device or internet access, please call your school's office and we will try to accommodate your needs. 


We have posted an update about what you can expect from your child's teacher in the coming days on our website. You can find it by going to wecdsb.on.ca, and selecting the COVID-19 tab, which can be found under the "about" menu item.


You can also find a link to the update on the board's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Just look for WECDSB.


In conclusion, we hope that all of our students and their families are observing social distancing protocols and all safety measures and are staying healthy and well.


During these extraordinary times, we encourage all of our students and their families to call upon our shared faith in God to carry us through to brighter days.



Thanks, and have a pleasant evening.


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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

COVID-19 Update

Hello everyone,

Most merciful and holy God

We come to You in our weakness

We come to You in our fear

We come to You with trust

For You alone are our hope


We place before You the disease present in our world

We turn to You in our time of need


Bring wisdom to doctors,

Give understanding to scientists

Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity

Bring healing to those that are ill

Protect those that are most at risk

Give comfort to those who need it

Stabilize our communities

Unite us in our compassion

Remove all fear from our hearts

Fill us with confidence on Your care

Jesus, we trust in you.

Amen



I hope this message finds you well.  There have been numerous changes over the course of the last week and changes seem to be happening daily and even by the hour.  Our Board has been working feverishly over the past week to organize and prepare for this school shut down.  We have been taking our lead from the various levels of government and medical professionals to work within the ever changing landscape.  

First, the Ministry has organized the establishment of the first phase of a new web portal to help students stay on top of their learning while schools are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

You can find the link to the new Learn at Home portal here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

 

We would encourage all of our students and their parents to rely on these high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, which were created by Ontario-certified educators.


While we believe this portal is a great way for students to stay connected with learning, we know that our teachers and staff who work directly with our students will have the most impact during this challenging time. That's why we are developing a comprehensive web-based strategy so that our students can continue learning, while our teachers continue to support them. You can expect to hear more about that strategy in the coming days.


I have been sharing numerous Tweets (@smstingrays) over the past few days.  This will be the most efficient way to get out information quickly.  Please share this with anyone and everyone.  


Please continue to be safe adhering to all of the social distancing & self isolation guidelines put out by the medical professionals.  We will be back to our normal routine soon.


Lastly, please bookmark the Board's Website for COVID-19 Updates







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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Lenten Project



On Ash Wednesday, we hear about how Christ taught his disciples how to do penance.  He focused on three traditional areas for penance in Jewish life. These are fasting, almsgiving and prayer.


Wednesday we will begin Lent by praying together as a school faith community.  Many people may be doing special fasting together as a family or according to their own private fasting goals.


Ms McGuire's Grade 4 class has taken on a Lenten project that involves helping the school faith community with almsgiving.  The charity we have chosen is one that has been near and dear to the hearts of people in this community for many years.  It is called UNITY IN CHRIST which is a Sudan Mission started by Father Nic to help very, very poor people in Sudan who desperately need our help.


The grade 4s have decorated bottles to give to each classroom to help collect money for your class donation.  Before we leave Mass, the grade 4s will give each teacher a bottle for collection. We will be have inspiring announcements to help all to remember and collect for this cause.  The grade 4s may also visit classrooms to see how you're doing and to hear your stories. At the end of the 40 days of Lent the grade 4s will collect the donations.


How can I make money for a donation?  Perhaps I can take on extra chores and donate the money I make.  Perhaps I want to donate the money I am saving to buy something for myself so that someone else might have breakfast.  Perhaps a family might take on a project that involves money for a donation. However you decide to make this work keep in mind that:


Our "spare change" can spare and change the lives of others.


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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Stella Maris Family Skate at Libro



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Family Skate





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