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February - Black History Month
Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: "Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past." This was inspired by the theme of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). As Canadians and, more importantly, as a Catholic Community, we are called to live in solidarity. Solidarity requires that we learn from, and about our brothers and sisters in Christ. We invite you to explore the following resources to deepen your understanding of the contributions of Black Canadians both past and present. For more information and resources, visit Black History Month.

February - Black Futures Speakers Series 2021: Nurturing Hope
Each February, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board organizes the Black Futures Symposium as a forum for secondary students to learn, celebrate and embrace the past, present and future contributions of Black communities in Canada. Due to the pandemic protocols, this year's symposium will look different than previous years. The symposium will be a speakers series in which staff will be able to select a variety of pre-recorded sessions that they can use with their students. The speakers series will take place during Quad 3 and 4. This year's Black Futures Symposium theme is “Nurturing Hope”, inspired by the 2021 Catholic Education Week theme. Through this theme, our aim is that DPCDSB students will have an opportunity to gather in Christ’s presence in an atmosphere of trust and equality, to share and learn from the lived experiences of Black Canadians. The speaker's series seeks to nurture an understanding of hope, to value and affirm the lived experiences of Black Canadians and to reject the sin of racism. The speakers series seeks to call all people, especially our students, to be united in a mission of compassion, and love for one another. The speakers series is designed to commemorate the values of racial, social and economic justice, and harmony encompassed by the mission of Christ and envisioned by our Holy Father Pope Francis. Through individual presentations moderated by our Student Senate, this series serves to inform and empower all participants. Students will have an opportunity to hear from some of the GTA’s relevant educators, thinkers and cultural figures who contribute to the vibrancy of the Black community in Canada. The speakers will share their personal stories and insights on anti-Black racism, Black identity and its intersections, education, politics, mental health and well-being, constructs of beauty, social justice and activism, Black Canadian history and other timely topics. Speakers will cover a variety of subject areas and teachers will have access to these pre-recorded interviews throughout the year and will be able to embed the videos into their curriculum. The speakers series will be recorded throughout Quad 3 & 4 and will be made available to schools periodically. Details will be provided through the System Weekly Update and through the DPCDSB Program Equitable and Inclusive Education Department SharePoint. By learning about and celebrating the contributions of Black Canadians, we hope to inspire students and staff to continue to develop their social and critical consciousness while promoting social justice and living in Solidarity with one another.

February - Psychology Month
Please check board emails and follow DPCDSB’s Psychology Department on Twitter at @PsychDPCDSB to learn more about school psychology practices and considerations during COVID-19, supports for teachers and parents during virtual learning, and tips for how to keep students safe and healthy online.

February 21 - International Mother Language Day

February 23 - When the Saints Go Marching In!” Celebrating the History of Africans in the Americas Webinars
The DPCDSB Equity and Inclusive Education Department will be hosting special webinars for Grade 7 and 8 classes with Father Tony Ricard. When we examine the Faith History of North America, we can easily see the contributions by people of African Descent. Join us for an interactive celebration focusing on the joyful journey of the Black Community. Using funny stories, spiritual songs and testimonies of faith, Fr. Tony Ricard, from the Archdiocese of New Orleans and his students from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans will share with us the presence of God as seen through the History of Africans in the Americas.
Date: Tuesday February 23, 2021. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration:  For more information, contact

February 24 - Pink Shirt Day
Pink Shirt Day encourages everyone to practice kindness and wear pink on February 24 to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying.

February 25 - Parent Engagement Evening: Peel Public Health COVID-19 Update and Canadian Blood Services Presentation
The Central Committee for Catholic School Councils is proud to present a parent engagement event on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for all to attend.  CCCSC will welcome Dr. Monica Hau from Peel Public Health, who will provide parents/guardians with a Peel COVID-19 update, followed by a presentation by the Canadian Blood Services.  Please see the flyer attached for details and the Zoom link to participate in this event.  
Please click the link to join the webinar. Passcode: HkKFN2 or dial 647-558-0588 or 1-855-703-8985 (Toll Free) Webinar ID:  998 0498 0217 

March 3 - The Peel Catholic Teachers Guild 2nd Virtual Retreat 
In collaboration with the Father John Huber, we will be exploring the theme of "Lenten Leadership and the Role of the Catholic Teacher". All Employees are welcome to attend. Time: 5:30 p.m. Where: Zoom Meeting. Please contact Karla Cinapri by emailing for registration. Retreat Flyer
March 8-11 - Peel Mock Trial Tournament
Registration for the Peel Mock Trial Tournament will be launched by the Ontario Justice Education Network on January 11, 2021 at 8:00 am for the first 20 schools from Peel, Dufferin-Peel and Private Schools in the region. The trials will take place AFTER SCHOOL from 4-6:30 pm. The preliminary rounds will be held on March 8, 9, 10, 11, 2021. The Top 4 schools will compete in the virtual semi-finals and finals on April 7 and 8, 2021. The case R v Kim is also available on the OJEN website and additional materials. The cost of registration is $25.00.

April 2 - Good Friday

April 5 - Easter Monday

April 12-16 - School Break

April 30 - St. Sofia C.E.S. PA Day
For a complete list of PA Days, visit the School Year Calendar webpage.

May 2-7 - Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week 2021 will be held May 2-7, 2021. Theme: Nurturing Hope #CEW2021 #NurturingHope. ​​For more information about Catholic Education Week and to access OCSTA Resources, visit the OCSTA website. ​

May 5 - Virtual Catholic Education Week Mass
His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will celebrate the Catholic Education Week Mass on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Students, families, board staff, trustees, and the broader Catholic community are invited to participate "virtually" in this celebration of the Eucharist. More information to follow.

May 24 - Victoria Day

June 7 - Elementary PA Day
For a complete list of PA Days, visit the School Year Calendar webpage

June 25, 28, 29 - Secondary PA Days
For a complete list of PA Days, visit the School Year Calendar webpage


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