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Welcome to Week 5 (Oct 2-6)


As we head in October, we celebrate the virtue of Gratitude.  As we say goodbye to September, we can be grateful for having had an opportunity to enjoy some fantastic weather and great school opening events.

Teresa Santorsola will be off for the month and Nelson Garcia will be Acting Head Custodian. Welcome, Nelson!

Meanwhile, we also recognize several essential staff members in our community in October. On Monday, October 2nd we recognize National Custodial Workers’ Day. We are grateful to our custodial and maintenance staff for their dedication to maintaining our buildings throughout the school year, and their hard work during the summer months to ensure that our schools, classrooms and playgrounds are ready for September. On Thursday, October 5th, World Teachers’ Day we acknowledge our educators who inspire and encourage our students to succeed to the best of their abilities. We thank them for their continued commitment to student achievement and well-being. Finally, Wednesday, October 25th has been set aside as Early Childhood Educators’ and Childcare Workers’ Appreciation Day. These staff members play a key role in the early growth and development of our youngest students, nurturing and guiding them in the earliest stages of their education. We are thankful for their devotion to the children entrusted to us, and for their partnership in the delivery of our early learning and care programs. At Mary Ward CSS we believe that we all are “educators” of the students we encounter. We will celebrate World Educators’ Day together on Oct 5th!​

Thank you for all you do! 


Reminders for the week:


  • Photo Re-take Day is Monday.  Please encourage students to go to the back Stage area in the cafeteria between 9-11am to get their photo taken if they have missed the original photo day. 
  • Lockdown Drill is on October 5 in the morning. Please review the procedure with your students ahead of time.
  • Just a reminder that we have a number of excursions going on this week including the Niagara Falls Trip as well as the Sandbanks Camping Trip where students will be out of the building for a number of days.  A reminder also to TA’s to please speak to your TA Buddy or another Department colleague when considering coverage for your TA check in’s while you are on an excursion. We are entering a busy time for fall sports so please consult the on-line sports calendar for the complete list of sports games!


This Week’s Schedule:


Monday, October 2 – Day 10 – Unit 2 Suggested Target Date

  • Photo Re-take Day – K. Wong
  • Sandbanks Camping Trip – Gr. 12 - Kennedy
  • Lunch & Learn - Office Conference Room
  • Grade 8 Visit – R. Wong out PM
  • Youth Ministry Presentation – Torossian out PM


Tuesday, October 3 – Day 1

  • CHC2P1 Trip (Spadina House) – McAndrew/Coleman
  • Grade 8 Visit – Tsang-Lee out PM
  • Sandbanks Camping Trip – Gr. 12 - Kennedy


Wednesday, October 4 – Day 2

  • Sandbanks Camping Trip – Gr. 12 - Kennedy
  • Grade 8 Visit – R. Wong out
  • Meet the TA Night – 7 p.m. in Caf.
  • Student Success Regional Meeting - Library
  • Gender Justice Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at lunch in chapel


Thursday, October 5 – Day 3

  • Gr. 9 Geography Trip to Niagara Falls – Zidar, Schwan, Walker, Waud
  • Lockdown Drill in the morning
  • Grade 8 Visit – R. Wong out PM
  • Powell to Yearbook Training


Friday, October 6 – PA Day – Staff Retreat at St. Bonaventure’s Parish Hall


Sports/Clubs (home games noted):

  • Oct 2, Monday - Ultimate Frisbee Game vs. St. Michael/St. Joseph
  • Oct 3, Tuesday, 3-6pm - Gr. 9 Girls'/Boys' Flag Football Exhibition Game vs. Libermann




  • Zidar, Mak, Candiotto, Tsang-Lee, Coleman & OASIS teacher and student teams who organized a fun-filled welcoming for our Gr. 9 students!   We are hugely appreciative for the teacher volunteers who supervised Thursday afternoon, evening and on Friday and a big thank you to our staff back at Ward who helped enable these OASIS activities to take place. 
  • Thanks to English, Math, and Science department colleagues for putting together fun activities for the Grade 9 students. The constellation skid for English, the data collection for tongue twisters and hula-hoop jumping exercises, and the build your oxygen bohr diagram with candies activities were engaging learning experiences which also encouraged team work! It was a fun time for all!

  • Special thanks to all colleagues from the Religion Department who spent the evening at school and also whole day at Camp Robinhood putting together a beautiful religion component for the students and helping out at camp! The Van Gogh Starry Night painting project was amazing! We look forward to seeing the time lapse video of its production!​

  • Mak, Dabbagh, Ireland and Malott for their leadership in putting on a fantastic opening liturgy on Thursday.  Father Michael Lehman was great as usual and the students were incredible.  Thanks for all of your hard work!
  • Len, Kirk & the Tech Crew for their assistance in the set up and take down of the opening liturgy equipment.  You and your team make this challenging work look very easy.  Thank you!
  • Dabbagh, Comier, & the choir for their beautiful instrumental music and voices at the liturgy.

  • Thanks to TA committee and John Notten for their creativity in the TA flag initiative, and all TAs for their support in rolling the initiative out! The parade of the flags at the liturgy marks the beginning of a great tradition for years to come !
  • Lena, SAC and Staff Assistants for organizing our BBQ and various activities.  Your students worked hard to pull off such a large event so close to the start of the school year.  Thanks for your leadership. 
  • A big thank you to all TA’s for encouraging good attendance for Thursday’s Mass and for encouraging great participation in SAC activities


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 TA Tip(s) of the week



On Wednesday, October 4th we will be having our annual Meet the TA Night. Although it is usually the practice for TAs to invite the parents/guardians of their grade 9 and new students, we suggest inviting all of your TA parents/guardians. This is a great opportunity (especially for those TAs that are new to the school, or returning from a leave) to connect/reconnect with all of your advisee's parents/guardians. Also, inviting parents/guardians by phone adds a personal touch and reinforces our dedication to fostering a great  communicative relationship. 


Have a great week, everyone!