Catholic Education Week / Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Each year, in May, we celebrate Catholic Education Week. This year, Catholic Education Week is scheduled for the week of Sunday, May 5 to Friday, May 10, across the Province of Ontario. The 2019 Theme for Catholic Education Week is “Living as Joyful Disciples”, inspired by three resources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exsultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. The Catholic Education Week theme is very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ through the discernment of their vocational pathways.

Catholic Education Week is also Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. This week is devoted to educating students about mental Student Club issues and decreasing the stigma. Under the leadership of Ms. Malta and our school’s Health and Wellness Committee, throughout the week, students will participate in a number of activities, designed to help students build healthy relationships; feel connected; and have fun through prayer, meditation, conversation, physical activity and healthy eating. This week, we ask each student, if possible, to donate a loonie or toonie in support of the #lunchbagBT program. Donations collected will be used to purchase lunch items, snacks and water to make “lunches” for the less fortunate. During the week, each classroom, will watch a video created by BT’s Mental Health and Wellness Student Club.

Catholic Education Week “School” Highlights:

Monday – Our Media Team will air a report on the ways in which students and staff, at BT, live as Joyful Disciples. They will show the beautiful work created by students and the events that take place in and around the school that focus on our lives as faith-filled Catholics. The report will be released to classroom teachers on Monday, May 6, to view with their students.  “Meditation Monday”: School wide guided meditation over the P.A. at 10:00 a.m. Students are encouraged to wear something green, in their civvies day attire, as the colour green is the colour for mental health.

Tuesday – BT commemorates The York Catholic District School Board’s 50th Anniversary. “Talking Tuesday”: School wide guided meditation over the P.A. at 2:00 p.m. Students will be taking time, out of their day, to: make a new friend; ask how somebody is doing; share a funny joke and/or socialize with peers and friends.

Wednesday – BT welcomes Amy Tepperman. Amy Tepperman will provide our Grades 1—3 classes with the workshop “Moving EDGEucation”. This workshop is designed around the concept of Mathematics in Motion and is a holistic approach designed to increase Physical Activity and Physical Literacy; Targets Creative Problem Solving Strategies; and Stresses Decision Making and Social Emotional Learning Skills (i.e., Confidence, Self Awareness, Healthy Peer Interaction and Positive Community). Thank-you to Mr. Porcelli for organizing this wonderful opportunity for our students.  “Walking Wednesday”: School wide guided meditation over the P.A. at 10:00 a.m. Weather permitting, classes will schedule a time, to spend in the outdoor (i.e., go for a walk; play a game; spend some time in the Peace Garden). Grades 1 – 3 will riding their scooter during their gym class. Members of the Health and Wellness Club will be in the Primary Yard, during lunch recess, to play with our primary students. Club members will wear green so that they are visible to staff and students.

Thursday – “Outreach Thursday”: School wide guided meditation over the P.A. at 2:00 p.m. The Mental Health and Wellness Club will attend the FDK gym classes, getting students to move to the beat of the music and JUST DANCE! All classes are encouraged to talk about positive mental health (i.e. what does positive mental health look like? Feel like?, sound like?). During lunch recess, members of the Health and Wellness Club will be in the Primary Yard interacting with students. Club members will wear green so that they are visible to staff and students. “You’re the Chef Program” after school culinary program from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thank-you to Mr. Porcelli for facilitating the program and to our BT staff, Ms. Bevacqua, Ms. Del Nibletto and Ms. Innamorato, for their helping hands!

Friday – Month of Mary Mass celebrated at St. David’s Parish, at 9:30 a.m. FDK classes will celebrate the Month of Mary with a prayer service, in their classroom and/or school Peace Garden, praying the Hail Mary and saying the rosary. “Feel-Good Friday”: School wide guided meditation at 2:00 p.m. over the P.A. Today, each class will create, record and post a class pledge to promote and remind us about the importance of good mental health. Students will sign their class pledge. Each class pledge will be decorated with a Butterfly, a symbol of HOPE.

During Catholic Education Week, the Grade 3 classes: Ms. Perna, Ms. Simone, Ms. Tullio, Ms. Urdanetta and Ms. Varano are participating in STEM week. Each day, each class will participate in a specific STEM challenge: making and wearing sandals; building a bridge; designing a Lego maze; constructing a parachute and ozobots/spheros. Thank-you to Ms. Tullio for organizing the Grade 3 STEM week.