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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2023-24 School Year Calendar 

April Virtue of the Month: Love 
Love is not just an emotion it is also a decision. Love involves a deliberate choice to give and to serve others even though the service may go unnoticed and unappreciated.

April:
Sikh Heritage Month (National)
Parkinson Awareness Month (National)
World Autism Month (National)

April 22 – Earth Day 

April 23 - DPCDSB Board Meeting​ 

April 23 - The Arts in M.E. Family of Schools Event
The Mississauga East Family of Schools is excited to relaunch the The Arts in M.E. Family of Schools Event this Spring! The event will take place on Tuesday, April 23 and will be hosted at Father Michael Goetz Secondary School. The students from the Planning for Independence Programs at Father Michael Goetz Secondary, John Cabot Secondary, Philip Pocock Secondary, along with the Philip Pocock NM Communications students and the Needs Moderate/Severe Classes at Queen of Heaven Elementary and St. Vincent de Paul Elementary will come together with their peer mentors to celebrate the gift of friendships and their love of the arts! For more information please contact Tanya Veselinovic – Special Education Consultant for the Mississauga East Family of Schools Ext. 24283​. 

April 24 - DPCDSB Public Budget Information Webcast at 6:30 p.m.​


April 24 - Transition Advisory Committee’s Central Resource Fair 
The Transition Advisory Committee (TAC) will be hosting a Central Resource Fair for secondary school students with a developmental or intellectual disability and their caregivers. The resource fair will be held at Applewood Acres Secondary School on Tuesday April 24, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this event. Please refer to the flyer for more information.​ 

April 25 – Feast of St. Mark
The author of the earliest and shortest gospel, Mark was a member of the first Christian community in Jerusalem. 

April 25 - International Girls in ICT Day 

April 28 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 28 – National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

May Virtue of the Month: Acceptance
Acceptance is the ability to respect the dignity and rights of all persons, even those whose beliefs and behaviours differ from our own. Everyone should strive to love and respect their neighbour, as they love and respect themselves.

May is:

Asian Heritage Month (National)
Community Living Month in Ontario (Provincial)
Canadian Jewish Heritage Month (National)
South Asian Heritage Month (National)
Speech and Hearing Month (National)
National Vision Health Month (National)
Polish Heritage Month (Provincial)

May is the Month of Mary: Mother of God
The Church's tradition in many places dedicates the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary. During this time, Catholics try to keep the Mother of God more present in their hearts, with a love shown in affectionate devotion to our Lady. ​

May 1 – Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker - International Workers’ Day
International workers’ Day is celebrated in many countries. This day can be a day to recognize the value of human work, defend the dignity of working people, encourage all to be responsible in their work, and celebrate the role that human work has in God’s plan for creation. Ordo 2023-2024

May 2 – St. Alphonsa C.E.S. hosts Brampton West Ball Hockey Tournament
St. Alphonsa Catholic Elementary School is hosting the Brampton West Ball Hockey tournament on May 2 (Rain Date: May 3).  This is an outdoor tournament.  Brampton West schools please contact Melissa.Pouw@dpcdsb.org if interested.  First 12 teams will be accepted. 

May 3 - PA Day for St. Sofia C.E.S. 

May 3 – The Feast of St. Philip and St. James
Philip and James were apostles of Jesus. Living with Christ, May 2024

May 4 - Pascha (Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches)
Tonight, the Eastern Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, who follow the Julian (“old”) calendar begin their Easter celebration.

May 5 – Sixth Sunday of Easter 

May 5-10 - Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week 2024 will be held May 5-10, 2024. The theme is We are Called to Love.  Catholic Education Week begins on a Sunday to highlight the partnership that remains the foundation of Catholic education between our Catholic schools and local Catholic parishes. For more information about Catholic Education Week and to access OCSTA Resources, visit the OCSTA website.

May 6-10 - Mental Health Week
​May 6-10, 2024​ is Mental Health Week. During this week, all DPCDSB students and schools are invited to participate in a series of wellness activities.  The Well-Being department will provide a selection of wellness activities and resources that may be embedded in everyday lessons and school activities. One day of this week can be designated as a wellness day.  Schools have the discretion to choose which day/period this will be.  The focus of the day will be “Wellness for Success”.  This day will provide an opportunity to ‘pause’ and focus on catching up, reviewing, and resetting goals.  At the local level, schools can choose from a variety of suggested activities on a slide deck provided by the Well-Being and Safe Schools staff. For more information contact: Shenelle Bernier – Mental Health Liaison, ext. 24523 or Paula Callender – Coordinator, Well-Being, Safe and Inclusive Schools, ext. 24371.

May 9 - The Shining Stars Special Olympic Event
This year marks the 13th Anniversary of The Shining Stars Special Olympic Event, hosted by DPCDSB's Mississauga North Family of Schools.  The event will take place on Thursday, May 9 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School.  Opening ceremonies start at 10:00 a.m.  Students from St. Aloysius Gonzaga will lead relay races, an obstacle course, a bean bag toss, and other Special Olympic activities. There will be more than 60 participating students who will be put into teams and all participants will receive a ribbon, a t-shirt, and a medal. There will also be more than 30 intermediate volunteers from various schools who will also help lead the activities. For more information, contact Ana Tomazic at ana.tomazic@dpcdsb.org


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ay 9 - St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Elementary School’s 50th Anniversary
Come celebrate 50 years of Catholic education. Thursday, May 9, 5:00pm Liturgy and Celebration, followed by an Open House. Location: 2266 Council Ring Road, Mississauga. For more information, call 905-820-5115. Event Flyer 

May 10 - First Annual Catholic Education Week Quiz Bowl
Each participating school will send a team of five students from Grade 6 and up who will work together to compete against other schools in a trivia competition. Questions will be selected randomly from all subject areas of the curriculum, as well as general knowledge and current events. Location: St. Isaac Jogues C.E.S., 300 Great Lakes Dr., Brampton. **Registration is full. Please email to be put on the wait list​.**​ For more information, email john.covello@dpcdsb.org​.

May 11 – Robert F. Hall C.S.S. Community Wellness Event:  "Mindfulness Morning with Mom"
Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School is pleased to offer its first annual Community Wellness Event, Mindfulness Morning with Mom on Saturday May 11, from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.  Saturday May 11 marks the end of Catholic Education Week and celebrates Mother's Day weekend. The goal of this event is to build healthy relationships and promote wellness in the community.  This event will take place at Robert F. Hall C.S.S., 6500 Old Church Road, Caledon East, ON. Robert F. Hall students and students in Grades 7 and 8 from RFH feeder schools, are invited to register for the event with a caring adult of their choice.  This event will feature six Wellness Workshops. Each duo (Caring Adult and Student in Grade 7-12) will select and participate in three 25-minute Wellness Workshops followed by a nutritious, light lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The cost to register is $20/duo (Caring adult and Student in Grade 7-12) and can be made through School Cash Online.  All proceeds from the event will cover the cost of a small sway bag for each participant and lunch.  Register early - spots are limited!  For more information, email josephine.marcolla@dpcdsb.org.

May 12 – Ascension of the Lord
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)


May 12 - World Communications Day
Catholics are invited to reflect upon the media of social communication and how these influence our lives. The media can promote values that lead to a more fully human society. The Church’s ministry is twofold, the media can be used to help promote the Gospel. At the same time, as receivers of the materials presented by the media, the faithful have a duty to support and promote worthwhile presentations on media and reject those which promote values contrary to spiritual growth. Ordo 2023-2024

May 12 - Canada Health Day
This day reminds us that health and healing are essential aspects of our baptismal vocation. We are called to take responsibility for our personal health: to prevent illness and to seek a healthy lifestyle. Good health concerns the physical, emotional, and social and spiritual health of our communities, respect for God’s creatures and the nurturing of the whole earth. Ordo 2023-2024

May 13 – Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima
This title was given to the Blessed Virgin Mary after she appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Living with Christ, May 2024

May 13-19 - National Family & Life Week
“[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13.7)
As a Catholic school community, the Dufferin-Peel CDSB affirms the sacred character of human life. ‘National Family and Life Week’ is an opportunity to celebrate this. All life is sacred and we are called to serve and to love one another. Respect for life means that all human beings have value and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect from the eldest to the youngest; from those who are strong and healthy to those who are vulnerable because of illness or disabilities; and from those who can speak for themselves to those who cannot. As a Catholic community, we will celebrate this call as we work together to nurture and empower our students and one another to stand up for those who are most vulnerable. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) extends an invitation to families, parishes, dioceses, and faith communities to celebrate together the Annual ‘National Family and Life Week’, this year being celebrated from May 13 – May 19, 2024. National Family & Life Week (NFLW), is an invitation to the faithful in Canada to celebrate the joy and beauty of family and life by seeking out new and creative ways to live out this call in our daily lives. The theme for this year is “Love hopes all things,” which is taken from Saint Paul’s hymn on love in 1 Corinthians 13.7: “[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  This description of love is also at the heart of Pope Francis’s reflection on the dynamics of spousal and family love in the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.  Love is at the heart of familial relationships and our families are a communion of love in Christ. The family has been called to be a community of life and love, where a relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ, is fostered and becomes a source and witness of hope for the whole world.  We are “guardians of life” when we love one another within our families, as well as in wider society when we show kindness toward and care for the vulnerable and marginalized. During the week of May 13-19, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will invite staff and students to celebrate the sacred character of human life as lived out in family life through the various resources provided by the CCCB’s Office for Family and Life. Resources and links to resources will be made available to schools prior to that week thus enabling schools to prepare for the week.​

May 14 –The Feast of St. Matthias
St. Matthias was chosen after the resurrection to replace Judas.


May 15 & 16 - Adult Faith Formation for All Series: Faith in Action (Volunteer Opportunity) – Closing Session for 2023-2024
This year's theme, We Are Called to Love, offers unique sessions that include a liturgy and talk with incredible presenters, and sessions are open to all DPCDSB employees.  This year, the closing session of the Adult Faith Formation for All Series is Faith in Action, which gives staff an opportunity to serve as volunteers.  We invite all staff across DPCDSB to participate in one of three sessions offered. 

​May 15 – Faith In Action Volunteer Opportunity at REgeneration (Brampton)
Staff are invited to serve as volunteers, donating a small amount of time to show acts of kindness towards others on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.  Time: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm. This event will be held at Regeneration (253 Queen Street East, Brampton L6W 2B8).  Register on: Professional Learning - Section # 22530.

May 16 - Faith In Action Volunteer Opportunity at The Open Door (Mississauga)
Staff are invited to serve as volunteers, donating a small amount of time to show acts of kindness towards others on Thursday, May 16, 2024.  Time: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm. This event will be held at The Open Door (100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga L5B 2C9).  Register on: Professional Learning - Section # 22531.

May 16 – Faith In Action Volunteer Opportunity at the Orangeville Food Bank (Orangeville)
Staff are invited to serve as volunteers, donating a small amount of time to show acts of kindness towards others on Thursday, May 16, 2024.  Time: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm. This event will be held at The Orangeville Food Bank (3 Commerce Road, Orangeville L9W 3X5).  Register on: Professional Learning - Section # 22532.

May 18 – Vigil of Pentecost
There shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7.38)


May 19 - Pentecost Sunday
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages. (Acts 2:4)

May 20 - Memorial of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Woman here is your son. Here is your mother. (John 19: 25-27)

May 23 - St. Monica Catholic Elementary School’s 25th Anniversary
Come celebrate 25 years of Catholic education. Thursday, May 23 – 5:30 pm Barbeque, 6:30 pm Walk Down Memory Lane, 7:00 pm Liturgy and Celebration. Location: 60 Sterritt Drive, Brampton. For more information, call 905-454-6346.  Event Flyer 

May 24 – World Day of Prayer for the Church in China
In May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI asked that May 24 be observed as a Day of Prayer for the Church in China. He chose this day since it is the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Help of Christians, venerated at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. Ordo 2023-2024

May 26 – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28: 19-20)

May 28 - DPCDSB Board Meeting​ 

May 29 – Canadian Martyrs C.E.S. 50th Anniversary Celebration
All CMART alumni, current & former staff members, and all community members are welcome to come and celebrate 50 years of Catholic Education at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School (1185 Mississauga Valley Blvd., ​​Mississauga). Celebrations begin with Mass at 6:00 p.m. followed by an Open House from 7-8 pm. For more information, please contact the school at canadianmartyrscatholicelementaryinfo@dpcdsb.org.

May 31 – The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)


June Virtue of the Month: Fairness
Fairness is the ability to be open-minded and act in a just and fair way. Fairness allows us to treat others with mercy and compassion - to feel and act with and for another person.

June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June is:
National Indigenous History Month (Provincial)
Pride Month (National)
Filipino Heritage Month (National)
Italian Heritage Month (National)
Portuguese Heritage Month (National)
Brain Injury Awareness Month (National)
Deafblind Awareness Month (Provincial)
Seniors' Month (Provincial) ​  

June 1 – Triple D-iamonds Softball Tournament is Back
Save-the-date of June 1 for the DP Staff Softball Tournament (12 team tournament).  Please express interest to Melissa.Pouw@dpcdsb.org​ once you have confirmed interest from a minimum of 12 staff members. Open to Elementary and Secondary Staff Teams. Location: Duggan Park, Brampton.  More information to follow.​

June 10 - PA Day for Elementary Schools

June 18 - DPCDSB Board Meeting​ 

​June 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 - Secondary Examination Days

June 26, 27, 28 - ​PA Day for Secondary Schools​



  





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