Monday, 31 March 2014

Parent Workshop

On Saturday, April 12, the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board's Parent Involvement Committee invites you to a free workshop entitled, "Steps To Raising Healthier, Happier Children". This event is open to parents and children ages 5 and up and will take place at Torino Banquet Hall in Tecumseh from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm. A continental breakfast, healthy lunch and childcare will be provided. For more information and to pre-register, please visit  You must pre-register for this event prior to April 8. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, 28 March 2014

"We Need To Talk"

March 31, 2014
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We write to you today, not as Director and Chairperson, but as a father of two daughters and a grandfather; and as a mother of four sons and a grandmother...we need to talk.
Keeping our children safe is no longer limited to the neighbourhood, the playground and the classroom. Today, the biggest potential threat to the safety and well being of our children is digital technology and the Internet. The inappropriate use of technology has the potential to have a life-altering impact on those entrusted to our care.
Like you, we know that the first priority of all parents is to keep our sons and daughters safe. We, at the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, share that belief and we embrace that responsibility. Every child has the right to a safe and caring learning environment where they can interact with their peers, teachers and other significant adults in a healthy, supportive and Christ-centered environment.
Our concerns have led to the formation of a "We Need to Talk" Parent Series. Each Monday during the month of April, you will receive a newsletter highlighting specific areas of internet safety. The intent of the newsletter is to provide you, as parents and guardians, with key information that you can use on a daily basis to assist us in doing all we can to make internet use a safe and useful tool for learning.
During Education Week, May 5-9, 2014, we will reinforce the message by implementing the "We Need to Talk" Student Series which will focus on Cyber Bullying, Sexting and Profile Protection. Students in Grades 4-8 will take part in a system wide, three-part series on internet safety. The material covered in the Student Series will also be made available to you for sharing via your school website, your parish and through the Board's website at
This letter is just a beginning; an effort to begin a conversation and articulate a plan. We are offering you the tools to sit down with your children and say, "We Need To Talk". Let us engage them with love and respect. In so doing, we will promote self-confidence and self-respect. These are the two critical components to the well being of our children. We trust that you will agree and that you will join us in this most important venture.

Paul A. Picard                  Barbara Holland
Director of Education                   Chairperson of the Board

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Upcoming April Events

Upcoming April Events:

Wednesday April 2nd:  Blue Shirt Day for Autism Awareness

Wednesday April 16th:  Parent Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Thursday April 17th:  Stations of the Cross 9:00 a.m.

Friday April 18th:  Good Friday
Monday April 21st:  Easter Monday

Wednesday April 23rd:  Secretary's Day!
Wednesday April 23rd:  Badminton Tournament

Friday April 25th:   Easter Mass 9:00 a.m.

Chocolate Bar Fundraiser Reminder

Chocolate Bar Fundraiser Ends:  Monday March 31st
Thanks to all for your support!

Locks cut for Angel Hair

Brooklyn D, in 2G collected $1,050 to be donated to Cancer Society of Windsor, along with her hair, which she cut and donated to A Child's Voice Foundation's Angel Hair for Kids program.  The program provides wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged Canadian children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment.  We are so proud of Brooklyn!  

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sports Files...

Congratulations to Michael H. from 5P!  He has been featured in SportsXpress Magazine for his talent in gymnastics.  Michael is an inspiring gymnast and what he has achieved for his age thus far is outstanding.  We are so proud of you Michael!

Calling all 2 & 3 Year Olds!

Windsor Essex County Children & Youth Planning Committee

Calling all 2 & 3 Year Olds!


Get questions about child development answered.
Find out about services.
Connect with service providers.

* Developmental Screening
* Dental Screening
* Hearing Consultation
* Vision Information
* Behaviour Consultation
* Nutrition Screening
* Speech Consultation

Interpreters may be available!
Free Nutritious snacks will be available!
Supervised children's activities will be available!

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Mill Street Elementary School
134 Mill Street, Leamington

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Windsor Water World
400 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
H.J. Lassaline Catholic School
3145 Wildwood Dr. Windsor

For further information, call 211.  *Siblings Welcome!

presentation and discussion on…

You're invited to a presentation and discussion on…
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and More
Monday, April 14, 2014 6:45 p.m. - Registration; 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. - Presentation

Essex County Civic Centre
Room C
360 Fairview Ave., Essex

Cathy Geml
Associate Director of Education,
Student Achievement K -12
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Lynn McLaughlin
Superintendent of Special Education Programs and Services
Greater Essex County District School Board

PRE-REGISTER by April 10th On-line at:
Or, register by phone at:
Windsor Essex Family Network
Cost for those who Pre-register is $5.00 payable at the door.
Registrations received after April 10th will be $10.00 payable at the door.

Windsor Essex
Topics to be covered include:
What is an IEP?
Reasons for developing an IEP?
Who is part of the IEP team?
Identifying needs and strengths
Setting goals: What are alternate goals vs. curriculum board goals?
Roles and Responsibilities
What is an IPRC?
Ministry Standards
Questions and answers throughout the evening

Why Come?
This presentation will provide an understanding of the importance of your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) . . . and more.
Information will be presented by experienced and knowledgeable educators. There will be time for questions and answers.
Participants will receive an information package specific to their school board to take home.

Windsor Essex Family Network
& the Enhancing Family Support for Education Group
Many thanks for the support and to the volunteers for this evening from:
Children First, Family Respite Services, John McGivney Children's Centre,
Community Living Windsor, and Windsor Essex Family Network
"Families Helping Families in Partnership"

Monday, 17 March 2014


Thursday, March 20th, 2014 from 5-7pm Location: Giovanni Caboto Club - 2175 Parent Ave.
Admission is free!

Certified Substance Abuse Counsellors/Windsor Police
Presentation will cover:
  • Educating participants on drug use and its effects
  • Discussion on signs and symptoms of addiction
  • Speakers:
  • Jennifer Forfitt – New Beginnings
  • Dan D'Alessandro – New Beginnings
  • Stacey Yannacopoulos – New Beginnings    
  • Constable Todd Pearce – Windsor Police
  • Please contact Jennifer Forfitt at or 519-971-0973 ext 108 to register for the forum.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Eye See Eye Learn

Did you know that 60% of children with literacy
challenges have an undiagnosed vision problem?
Good eyesight is crucial in early learning, but vision issues aren't
always easily detected and are often misintepreted as a behavioural
or learning problem. Here are three less obvious signs that may
indicate a child in your class suffers from a vision issue:
1) Loses interest quickly in schoolwork or becomes irritiable
with close work.
2) Has difficulty copying from the blackboard.
3) Has poor printing skills.
An Eye-Opener for Teachers
Ever wondered what it's like for a child trying to learn with a vision impairment?
Watch a short video of four teachers and their eye-opening experience.
The only way to ensure good eyesight is through an eye exam. Be sure to advise all parents to
have their children's eyes tested by a Doctor of Optometry. It's covered under OHIP for every
child with a valid Health Card up until age 19.
Junior Kindergarten children are eligible for one free pair of glasses with their annual OHIP eye
exam, if prescribed, through participating Doctors of Optometry. (Offer available until June 30,
2014.) Parents can learn more about the program and find a participating Doctor of Optometry

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Sacred Heart School Fundraiser

Sacred Heart needs your support.  We're kicking off our annual fundraiser on March 17th.  We need to raise $8000 for computer software, field trips and for indoor and outdoor athletic equipment.  This year, we are selling WORLD'S FINEST NUT-FREE CHOC BOX an assortment of 30 items; they sell for $2.00 each, taxes included.

* Each student must return with the permission slip signed and how many boxes they want to sell before receiving any chocolate.
* Put student's name, grade and teacher's name on money envelope.
* Students will receive one box at a time.
* Make cheques payable to Sacred Heart School - CSC
* Do not allow children to sell by going door-to-door alone, focus your efforts on family, friends and people you know at work.

MARCH 17th - Fundraiser Begins
MARCH 31st - Fundraiser Ends
Students have 2 weeks to SELL, SELL and SELL!

Please return forms to Sacred Heart School by March 5th.  Chocolate bars will go home on March 17th, 2014.

*For every box of chocolates sold students will receive 3 tickets to put into the prize of their choice.  Prizes included gift cards, toys, sports equipment, and various gift baskets.
*The top two selling families will each win a Cineplex Family Night Out gift pack.
* Top selling classes will get to share a 5lb chocolate bar.  1 for JK to grade 3 and 1 for grades 4 to 8.

Thank you for helping our students reach their full potential at Sacred Heart School.

Thank You!

Special thank you to our Parent Advisory Committee and Parent Volunteers for our Yummy Pancakes!