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Early October Update
Published on Oct 4, 2018 11:18

Good Morning Everyone....

Here are some updates and information as we head toward Thanksgiving weekend:

* We are looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at our open house. It begins at 5:00 pm and ends at 7:00 pm. There will be additional parking at the back of the school. Should be a good night as we gather as a community.

* Our next school Mass will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18. As a result of the Municipal elections, our gymnasium will be unavailable for five days (Oct. 17 - 21 inclusive). As a result, we will bus our students to Holy Spirit Church for a 10:30 am Mass on Oct. 18. It's always great to celebrate Mass at our parish. Please know that you are welcome to join us.

* Our first Catholic School Community Council meeting will be held here at the school in our library on Thursday, Oct. 11 beginning at 6:00 pm. We will be establishing our council positions for this school year. Please join us.

* Our first hot dog day will occur on Oct. 25. Order forms are coming home today. All proceeds from the sale will go in support of a refugee family from Iraq new to Simcoe county.

* Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 5 will be "Orange Shirt" day here at CAT. Here is an overview of its' significance:

We wish to acknowledge Orange Shirt Day.  It’s a special day to remind everyone - all students - that they matter! Orange shirt Day started 5 years ago (2013) in a school in British Columbia and continues to expand in schools across Canada.  

It’s a story shared by Phyllis Wastad who is now a grandmother.  As a child she went to residential school. They were different from our schools today. On her first day, her new orange t-shirt was taken from her and never returned. It made her feel sad - and like she didn’t matter.   

As she began sharing her story, it inspired others to action - and as a result, Sept. 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day - as a way to affirm a commitment to well-being, self-esteem and to ensure that everyone knows they matter! This Friday, Oct. 5, all our students are invited to talk about what makes them “feel like you matter” and different ways to honour Orange Shirt Day. * The Barrie City Fire Department was here on Oct. 2 to view one of our fire drills. They were very impressed with the discipline of our students and the direction our staff gave them during the drill. We appreciate their support in our commitment to "Emergency Preparedness." Our school performs 6 fire drills, 2 (or more) "Lockdown drills", Severe Weather and other safety related drills per school year. Please give me a call if you would like to discuss any of our safety plans. We have much to be thankful for here at St. Catherine of Siena and as Canadians. Our behalf of our staff, I would like to wish each of our families a joyful Thanksgiving weekend with your family and friends. Rich