St. Edith Stein Newsletter

March 2023

"To Have a Friend You Must Be a Friend"

Principal - K. Ferrao

Head Secretary - M. van Putten

Superintendent - Dr. M. Lewis

Trustee - B. Corbet

Parish: St. Josephine Bakhita

Pastor: Rev. M. Villanueva

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A Lenten Prayer

Good and gracious God,

You gifted us with your Son, Jesus

Through your will, he became human

He modeled humility and acceptance

And in a true act of your love

He gave his life up on the cross for humanity

Help us to follow his example

that we may be worthy to share in the Resurrection

We ask this through you son, Jesus

Our Lord and Savior


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A Message from the Principal

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023, marked the beginning of Lent. This year, Pope Francis is calling upon us to listen to Jesus’ teachings and the stories of our brothers and sisters in need. According to him we must focus on truth and love. Lent is a time to repent, ask for God’s forgiveness and serve others.

Thank you to parents that were able to support supervision of students at the Raptor's 905 game. Thank you also to the parents that volunteered to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday for all students. Pancakes were served to classes as they gathered in the foyer at various times in the morning. Everyone enjoyed the fluffy pancakes and hot chocolate. We are grateful to the Catholic School Council for organizing and funding this event.

Thank you to our Youth Faith Ambassadors. They promoted the virtue of Respect throughout the month of February, using morning announcements as a time to share examples of what respect looks like.

We are also grateful for our Eco Team. They continue to promote initiatives that will hopefully allow us to maintain our Platinum level for Eco Schools. Currently we are collecting batteries. Please use a piece of masking tape to cover the positive terminal of batteries to prevent

them from coming into contact with other terminals, metal objects or batteries. This could cause a short circuit or even a fire in some cases.

The Virtue for the month of March is "Kindness". To inspire doing acts of kindness we are having a 40 Days of Kindness challenge (see image below). Note, the challenge includes acts of kindness at home. If each one of us does a random act of kindness, maybe we can help bring about change in our community. We will be having our Easter food drive at the end of March. More information will be sent out after the break. The choir will be singing at a Lenten mass at the school Board office (40 Matheson Blvd. W.) on March 29th. The Mass begins at 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend the mass. Our Virtues assembly will be held on March 29th in the afternoon. Our school Lenten mass will be celebrated by Fr. Mark at 9:30 a.m. on March 31st. All are welcome to attend both of these celebrations.

We continue to pray for the victims and families of the war in Ukraine and the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. We also pray for those who work tirelessly to support refugees, those who are displaced and those who get trapped in the rubble of continued earthquakes. May the Spirit of God continue to provide all with the strength and hope to carry on their mission of mercy.

God bless,

K. Ferrao


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Recognizing Virtues and Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in Students

Below you will find the names of the students that best demonstrated the virtue of self control and the OCSGE "I have ideas; I make good choices". May their actions inspire others to demonstrate virtues and OCSGEs in action.
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Reporting Absences

Please report absences using the School Messenger. This system was implemented last year and can be accessed through their Toll-Free phone number: 1-844-435-3440.

If you are new to the school or have not set up School Messenger, please click on the following link:

This will take you to the school board website to find the information and videos you may need to set up the absence reporting system. Note please report absences by 9:00 a.m. After 9:00 am., please call the school at 905-824-5777.

Late to school?

Students need to arrive at school before the bell rings at 9:00 am. We have been having a number of students who are arriving late. Please help your child to be on time to school as lost minutes leads to lost learning .
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Trustee Brea Corbet's Newsletter

Click below to download Trustee Brea Corbet's newsletter.
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Daylight Savings Begins

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March Break Activities

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During March Break Riverwood Conservancy has some upcoming events which you may view using the following link:

Mississauga Public Libraries

- offer free in-person and virtual programs for all ages like book clubs, storytimes, social activities, crafts and more.

Our Eco Team's Challenge for All:

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Catholic School Council

We are grateful to the parents and guardians that volunteer their time to be on our Catholic School Council.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, April 24th @ 7:00 p.m. in the library. All parents and guardians of current students are welcome.

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Below you will find a pdf version of the above image. Download so that links are active.

Winter Weather

With the extreme cold weather, we ask that students dress appropriately i.e. hats, gloves, snowpants, boots, etc. When students are dressed warmly, they are better prepared to participate in outdoor activities during recess. In the colder weather, we receive requests to allow children to remain indoors when students have a cold, flu, etc. Please note that we cannot comply, as we neither have the facilities or the staff to supervise the students. On extremely cold days, when the wind chill factor lowers temperature considerably we will limit the amount of time that students spend outdoors. Dufferin-Peel C.D.S.B. Policy uses a wind chill factor of -25 C as the determining temperature for having students remain inside. We will monitor the weather conditions daily and make decisions based on weather conditions. Also please review with your child the importance of not throwing and kicking snow or ice as this can cause serious injures. As a school we continue to review winter safety such as the importance of leaving snow on the ground and not sliding on the ice. These rules are in place to keep everyone safe.

Lost and Found Items

We have a collection of mittens, snowpants, coats, hats, etc. in our lost and found box in the front foyer. If your child is missing anything, please encourage him/her to visit the lost and found and claim their belongings. You may also look through these items on February 16 (p.m.) and February 17 (during the day) when you come for interviews with your child's parent. We are hoping that items will be claimed by March 10th. Those that are not claimed will be donated to needy families.

Community Thrive Newsletter for March

Mental Health Resources for Students and Families

Kids Help Phone

• For children and youth between the ages of 5 and 20

• Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being

• Phone and online via web post or live chat

• Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

• Free, anonymous and confidential

Call: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868


• For people between the ages of 17-25

• For post-secondary students in Ontario

• Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being

• Free, confidential and anonymous helpline

• Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Call: 1-866-925-5454

Mental Health Helpline

• All ages

• Provides information about counselling services and supports in your community

• Listens, offers support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals

• Provides basic education about mental illness

Call: 1-866-531-2600

School Mental Health Ontario also has resources available for students, parents and families on their website at

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Allergies in the classroom

St. Edith Stein is an allergen aware school. There are pupils and staff in attendance who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods, such as dairy, egg, peanut and nut products. Exposure to even the smallest quantities can cause severe life threatening reactions. Anaphylaxis is a severe and life threatening allergic reaction. The most common allergen triggers are food, insect stings, medications, and latex. An anaphylactic reaction involves symptoms from two or more body systems. We at St. Edith Stein School would appreciate the cooperation of the entire school community by NOT sending any lunches or snacks that contain nut or nut byproducts which could potentially harm a pupil. Please make sure that all of your children’s caregivers are aware of the food restrictions. Please do NOT send food for birthdays or special occasions. We look forward to your co-operation in making this a safe year for all of our pupils.

Head Injuries

When a student receives an injury/bump to the head (however minor), it is a Board Policy that we inform parents. You will be contacted by phone, a phone message will be left at one of your contact numbers or a note will be left in your child’s agenda if you are unavailable. This is precautionary only and we ask that you check your child when they get home for any signs of a concussion or illness. Agenda’s should be checked by parents daily for this reason, as well as to check for any notes from the teacher or office. A copy of the concussion brochure is always available on our school website.

Student Accident Insurance

The Board takes every precaution to provide a safe learning environment for students, but accidents can and do happen. Some families have private accident insurance which is able to respond to costs arising from injuries. However, many families do not.

As required by the Education Act and the Ministry of Education, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board annually provides parents with information about cost-effective student accident insurance coverage via your child. Although enrollment is voluntary, the board strongly encourages parents to take advantage of the inexpensive insurance coverage, especially if their child/children participate in sports, excursions/field trips, or, if parents do not have dental insurance coverage.

Parents alone have the right to insure their children. An acknowledgment form(GF401) has been sent home with the accompanying brochure. Thank you for signing and returning the form (for participation in sports, etc.) indicating your awareness that the board does not provide insurance and that you have received the insurance brochure. It is a requirement for the participation in excursions and/or extra-curricular activities. Below you will also find a link to this brochure.

Accident Insurance Brochure

Click on link to access information regarding student accident insurance.

Important Dates


7- Rosary Apostolate

8- International Day of Women

9- In-school chess tournament

12- Daylight savings begins (clocks move ahead one hour)

13-17 - March Break

20 - Solemnity of St. Joseph

20- International Day of Happiness

20 - First day of Spring

21- World Down Syndrome Day & International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination

22 - World Water Day; Great Gulp; Big Crunch

24- In-school Earth Hour

25- Earth Hour (8:30-9:30 p.m.)

25- Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

29 - Choir @ Board office (a.m.); Virtues Assembly (p.m.)

30 - Mississauga North Family of Schools Chess Tournament

31 - School Lenten Mass @ 9:30 a.m. in the gym


2- Palm Sunday

6 - Holy Thursday; School Dental Screening (JK, SK, 2, 4, 6, 8)

7- Good Friday

10- Easter Monday

11- Rosary Apostolate

14 - Eastern rite Good Friday; Gr 3 @ Swim to Survive Session 1 (a.m.)

16 - Eastern rite Easter Sunday

17 & 18 - School Dental Screening (JK, SK, 2, 4, 6, 8)

21 - Virtues Assembly (p.m.); Gr 3 @ Swim to Survive session 2 (a.m.)

24 - Catholic School Council Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the library

28- Gr 3 @ Swim to Survive session 3 (a.m.)

30-May 5 - Catholic Education Week


1-5 - Catholic Education Week

4 - Staff meeting; CEW Liturgy

6 - Sacrament of First Communion @ 12 noon @ St. Josephine Bakhita Church

9 - Sacrament of Confirmation @ 6 p.m. @ St. Josephine Bakhita Church

22 - Victoria Day

26- Virtues Assembly


1 - Intermediate trip

8 - Year End Mass

12 - PA Day

21 - Virtues Assembly

22 - Grade 8 Graduation 6:30 p.m. in the gym

23 - Kindergarten Celebration of Learning (a.m.);

27 - reports go home

30 - last day of classes

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Don't Forget to Get yourself set up on School CashOnline as we are no longer able accept cash payment.

Please follow the link below to register online - it takes less than two minutes!

You will need your child’s name and date of birth. Use of student number is optional.

Should you encounter any difficulties, you can use the parent help desk at 1 (866) 961-1803 or the support link on the school cash online website.

PAY WITH: Credit Card or Debit Card

1. Create Your Profile:

Go to and click on "Get Started Today".

2. Confirm Your Email:

Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.

3. Add a Student

Click "Add Student" and fill in the required fields with your child’s details:

1. School Board name

2. Select a school

3. Legal First Name

4. Legal Last Name

5. Birth Date (Month/Day/Year)

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