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Important News and Updates from Canadian Martyrs

Good Morning Crusaders!

We wanted to share some information with you as things are changing rapidly and we want to keep you informed.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Stay Safe!  Stay Healthy!

  • We are doing our best to ensure that Chromebooks are available to each family that require one, as we move to teacher-led distance learning, the week of April 6, 2020. Our goal is to set a time to get the Chromebooks to you sometime this coming week.
  • Welcome to Kindergarten Night for new SK students and all JK students registered and planning to start in September, will be postponed until we can solidify a date. We will let you know when this happens.
  • The opportunity to receive Sacraments through the Church is on hold for now. Any questions about receiving sacraments can be directed to the Church.  When we return and we are in contact with the Church about this, we will let you know.
  • All school trips currently booked for this year are cancelled. When we return, we will look to reschedule if possible.  This includes the Intermediate Blue Jay Day Trip, Camp Brebeuf, any remaining Safety Village excursions, etc.  If you have questions about any field trips, please feel free to reach out and ask.
  • Pizza Day Money for the third term and Popcorn money for the third term are being refunded to you via School Cash Online.

Please stay tuned to Newswire for any school updates, and to the local news for any updates from the Government, Minister of Education or Minister of Health.  Things are changing rapidly and we will do our best to keep you informed.

As always, take care of yourselves and reach out others in a safe manner.  We are isolated, but we are in this together!

Stay Strong Crusaders!

By |2020-03-29T13:02:54-04:00March 29th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Important News and Updates from Canadian Martyrs

Day 5 of At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Hey everyone!
How do you feel?  We are at the end of the first week of “At Home” learning.  I hope that during this week you have found some time to intentionally be kind to others in your home.  It is a great time to come together as a family and discover what it is that makes each of us happy.

Let’s reflect on this week:

We started in the SNOW on Monday…remember?  Our learning goals were to play some games with cards or dice with a family member.  Building on TOGETHERNESS and BONDING.

On Tuesday, the weather was nicer and we included a scavenger hunt to engage in with your family!  Hopefully this got you all outside for some fresh air and TOGETHER time!  There were also several electronic resources for you check out – hopefully you had some time!

On Wednesday we “took a break”, checked our own PERSPECTIVE, and had some additional time to work towards exploring the electronic resources.

Thursday was a day to touch base with your classroom teacher – have you been able to do that yet?  We have been working on being isolated, but not feeling isolated.  We are in this TOGETHER!

Today, I would give you a challenge that maybe could have come earlier.  These are unprecedented times and we are living HISTORY.  Today, I would suggest that you start a journal of some kind.  What I visualize is a book of writing – but I am old…maybe you could use technology, a blog, a series of short video’s – whatever works for you.  Talk about the “what”: What is happening?  What are you doing to keep busy?  What are you hearing about all of this?  Talk about the “how?”  How are you feeling?  How are you coping?  How are you reaching out?  This will make an absolutely priceless keepsake in a few years and it will be something that you enjoy reading when you are as old as Mr. Spitzig!

Enjoy the first Friday of the “At Home Learning”.  A lot is happening and a lot is changing.  Stay Safe!  Stay Healthy!  Remember to email me anytime if you have a concern – we are all here for you!  Take care Crusaders!  Isolated TOGETHER!

By |2020-03-27T09:00:43-04:00March 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Day 5 of At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Day 4 of our At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Good morning all!
We have been blessed with another day of sun and it is so important to spend some time outside.  It is good for the soul and good for our health.

Today, I wanted to send you a reflection that came my way.  It takes this crisis that we are all living through TOGETHER, and let’s us know what these trying times can actually remind us of a lot:

  1. It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to.
  2. It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another.
  3. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
  4. It is reminding us of how precious our health is.
  5. It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet paper.
  6. It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need – food, water and medicine – as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.
  7. It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild and strengthen our family unit.
  8. It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do.  Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.
  9. It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.
  10. It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

Today’s task is to try to touch base with your classroom teacher.  They have all reached out to you using either Google Classroom, Email, or a phone call.  We want to let you know that we are still here and that we are here for you!  We want to let you know that since this seems like it will be going on longer, that we will be doing some “distance learning” soon – and we look forward to that!  We want to see if you have any needs at this point and see what we can do to help.

Please reach out to your classroom teacher or to me.  Please check on a neighbour (from a distance of course).  Please help to make sure that our “isolation” is a physical distance and NOT a feeling.

Isolated, but TOGETHER.

Take care.  Have a great day!

By |2020-03-26T08:28:35-04:00March 26th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Day 4 of our At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Day 3 of our At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Hey Crusaders!

Today there is a bit of a break.  Yesterday was a lot of resources and activities, so we wanted to give you another day to work on them!  Please know that you can contact me directly via email anytime if you have questions or would like to get any additional resources.  Your teachers will be reaching out soon!  Please make time to communicate with them when they do!  We miss you!

Have a great day Crusaders!  Take care of each other!

Take a look below – I am not implying that you are homeschooling at all, but hopefully this snippet from a Homeschooling Mom provides a little perspective.  See you tomorrow!

By |2020-03-25T09:58:29-04:00March 25th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Day 3 of our At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Day 2 of our At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Hello all,

As we enter the second day of our at-home and away from school learning, I wanted you all to know that the entire staff at Canadian Martyrs is really missing the personal connection that we would normally have with each of you – kids and parents.  We realize that we need to stay safe and do what is prudent, but we really miss the opportunity to gather as a group, interact, pray, teach and learn.  We will get there Crusaders!  Stay strong and healthy!

Today, I wanted to offer just two things.

  1. An activity for each of you, and,
  2. A Scavenger Hunt

Day 2 – At Home Learning

Please see the documents attached and remember if you take a walk today, practice social distancing, but also kindness – wave to a neighbour, say “Hello”, share a smile…Have a great day Crusaders!

Also, check out the following resources for you!

Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is our Religion Program and is available to you all at home if you have access.  It offers some great stories, prayers and other resources that you and your family might find helpful.

Audible Stories – free Audible stories for kids, available in multiple languages!

#STEAMDays on our board website –  is a great resource to use if you are looking to find activties.

The COVID-19 page on our board website – is a great spot for the most up to date information on our current situation.

I can not stress to you all enough that what we send home (and today seems like a lot) is meant to HELP and not meant to apply STRESS or ANXIETY.  None of the activities that are sent home are “homework”.  None of them will be “assessed” or “marked”.  Instead, they are meant to help you with some simple learning opportunities, and most importantly some sense of “normal” during this challenging time.  Stay safe, stay healthy and make sure that the first thing you do each day is check in with someone!  We are social creatures and we need each other!

Take care Crusaders!  We sincerely hope to see you soon!

By |2020-03-24T09:48:21-04:00March 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Day 2 of our At Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Day 1 of our At-Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

Hey Crusaders!

Today is officially Day 1 of our At-Home Learning across the province.  That’s right, Day 1!

Please remember the seriousness of the COVID-19 Virus and make sure that you are self-isolating if you have traveled, wash your hands A LOT, practice social distancing (i.e., stay 2 meters away from others at all times) and if you are sick, stay home to prevent the spread.  Yesterday, you were challenged to make a poster to remind us all about the best practices!  If you had time to do that, PLEASE take a picture of it, and post it to twitter using @Cdn_Martyrs.  I am looking forward to seeing some of them!

Today, let’s continue focusing on reaching out to others!  Remember John’s verse 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  Reach out to someone today that may be feeling especially isolated or anxious during this time.  Sometimes talking to others about their stress helps them…and us!

It is a snowy day outside and people might feel even more isolated looking out the window today!  If you are in the Primary division, write a short sentence or letter and draw a picture of SUMMER!  That will make someone smile!  Junior division, write a letter to a friend asking them how they are doing and what they have been doing to spend their time – tell them about what you have been doing.  Intermediates, write a letter to a friend or to your teacher about something that will make them smile!  Please take a picture of your letters and post them to our twitter account using @Cdn_Martyrs, and then deliver them to your friends house – don’t go in, just drop it in their mailbox.

Take some time to play a math game with cards or dice.  Try the game called “Close Call”.  Deal 4 cards to you and to a partner (as many can play as you want), and from those 4 cards, create 2, 2-digit numbers.  The goal is to get your numbers to add to as close to 100 as possible.  For example, if you get a 7,4,3,6, you could make 74 and 36 which would add to 110.  Not bad, but will your partner get closer?  Give it a try!

Don’t forget to check out our Board website for the latest on STEAM Days – a pretty cool initiative to share resources – if you are looking for them.  You can also check out the information page about COVID-19 to get the latest updates.

Remember Crusaders…be safe, practice healthy habits, and reach out to others during this time of isolation.  Sometimes a friend reaching out is the best part of our day!

Take care Crusaders!  Talk to you tomorrow!

By |2020-03-23T08:57:11-04:00March 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Day 1 of our At-Home Learning at Canadian Martyrs

A Letter from the Minister of Education…

Hey Crusaders!

Please find attached a lengthy letter from the Minister of Education – Stephen Lecce – about the most current state of our COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020

Minister Letter to Parents – FR – March 22 2020

It is a long one, so the highlights are below:

  • Our top priority in Ontario is to keep people safe
  • All schools in Ontario, which are publicly funded are closed until April 6, 2020
  • Many people, including children are very anxious about this virus, which likely comes from a place of uncertainty – talk to them about the facts
  • There is an online portal to use in order to access a wide variety of educational resources found at
  • Preparations are being made in the case that schools need to be closed longer than April 6, 2020 (i.e., continuing coursework and credit accumulation, leveraging tools to promote student learning, etc.)
  • No graduating student will have their ability to graduate impacted by the two-week closure and COVID-19 developments
  • All standardized assessments have been cancelled for this year (i.e., EQAO for Grade 3, 6 and 9, CCAT for Grade 4, CAT-4 for Grade 7, OSSLT for Grade 10)
  • Schools are able to access funding to provide a “deep clean” of the building
  • If you have traveled it is vital that you are self-isolating for 14 days upon your return
  • If you think you have the coronavirus, you can take the self-assessment test on to help determine how to seek further care
  • As information changes and develops, we will keep you informed

Take care Crusaders!  Stay Healthy!

By |2020-03-23T08:24:18-04:00March 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on A Letter from the Minister of Education…

To Reduce your Stress Crusaders – We have some tips…

Hey Crusaders!

The entire staff at Canadian Martyrs is hopeful that you are all staying healthy and doing your part in stopping the spread of this unprecedented virus.  We also understand that there are a lot of resources and links, social media posts and “tasks” for your children to do over the course of the next 2 weeks.

Please know that it is our plan to send you all some activities that you can engage in should you choose to do so.  At the same time we understand that it can be a source of stress having to read about, prepare for and execute lessons and learning when you have so many other things going on.  Even as I type this, I am trying to keep 2 of my children busy at the same time.  😉

Please stay tuned to Newswire over the course of the next couple of weeks for some simple, interactive and INDEPENDENT activities that your children can engage in so that they are continuing to learn, and so that you are able to find time to take care of yourself.

Also, please feel free to totally ignore all of these tasks if you feel that you have others in mind.  None of what is presented to you is a “must”, but instead is meant to help engage your children in educational activities.

Stay healthy Crusaders!

Today’s tasks:

  1. Take 5 minutes today to say a prayer for someone.  A lot of people are feeling high levels of stress and anxiety given our current state. We can not gather as Catholics on Sunday as we are normally accustomed to, but we can all still say a prayer!
  2. Call a friend and check in on them.  Ask them how they are doing?  Ask them how they are feeling?  Tell them to make sure they are registered for Newswire so they can receive these cool tasks!
  3. Flyer Challenge:  Make a colourful and informative flyer about how to “Stop the Spread”.  You can talk about hand-washing, covering your mouth with your arm when you sneeze, washing commonly touched surfaces, etc.  Make it informative, and remember to bring it to school when we come back.

That’s it Crusaders!  Have a great Sunday!

By |2020-03-22T10:12:48-04:00March 22nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on To Reduce your Stress Crusaders – We have some tips…

March Break 2020…Stay Healthy Crusaders!

Hello Crusaders!

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 Owl Daycare at St. Nicholas will be closed.

At Canadian Martyrs, we are aware of a number of activities that have been planned for the two week period that classrooms are closed and others that are scheduled to occur after April 6.  Those activities and field trips that can be re-booked, will be and we will communicate that with all of you when we have the details.  We would ask that you monitor our Newswire account following the March Break, as we will post updates there.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

Have a safe and happy break Crusaders!  We look forward to seeing all of you on April 6th!

Stay healthy!

By |2020-03-13T14:56:51-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on March Break 2020…Stay Healthy Crusaders!