2023-24 School Year Calendar
February Virtue of the Month is Respect
Respect is seeing the goodness in others. It helps us to see others as God sees them, to accept them as they are, and to treat them with dignity.
February - National Inclusive Education Month
February - Black History Month
February is Black History Month and is acknowledged widely as a month devoted to the celebration of Black stories, contributions and achievements. During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada a culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous country. As a Catholic community, we are called to live in solidarity. Solidarity requires that we learn from, and about our families in Christ. We invite you to explore the resources on our Black History Month webpage to deepen your understanding of the contributions of Black Canadians both past and present.
February - Psychology Month
February is Psychology Month. Psychology staff at the DPCDSB help students thrive every day by supporting their learning, behaviour and mental health. In honour of our students, families and educator teams, the psychology department will showcase selected resources in the System Weekly Update.
February is Winter Walk Month – Stay Active and Walk to School
February is Winter Walk Month. This month, we’re encouraging students and their families to walk to school or their bus stop. If you’re driving, consider parking your car five minutes from the school and walking the rest of the way. Walking to school has benefits like, boosting your mood, being good for your mental and physical health, helping to make school zones safer and reducing your carbon emissions. For more information, visit the Region of Peel website.
February 27 - DPCDSB Board Meeting
February 28 - Pink Shirt Day
February 29 - Black Excellence: February and Forever a celebration of Black Joy, Unity, Strength, and Community (Loyola C.S.S.)
Loyola C.S.S. presents Black Excellence: February and Forever a celebration of Black Joy, Unity, Strength, and Community in support of the Hospital for Sick Kids Cancer Care. Admission: $5.00 at the door. Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Odette.Cornwall@dpcdsb.org.
March - Irish Heritage Month, Persian Heritage Month, Hellenic Heritage Month
March 1 – World Day of Prayer
“Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action” is the motto of the World Day of Prayer movement. The World Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Friday of March. It is an invitation for Christians to pray together ecumenically for the concerns of our world, our country, and community. It is sponsored by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada and its international counterparts around the world. For more information visit: Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada.
March 3 - Third Sunday of Lent
March 4 - Black Mental Health Day (March 4-10 - Black Mental Health Week)
March 4-10 - Social Work Week
March 4 to 10 is Social Work Week in Ontario, and across Canada, March is National Social Work Month. This March, we invite you to learn more about how #SocialWorkOpensDoors for people across Ontario, and join us in celebrating this essential work. Social Workers and Mental Health Support Workers support students and families in our Catholic school communities. Social Workers have a key focus on promoting positive attendance. Further information on promoting positive attendance is available on the Support Services Portal Site.
March 6 - DPCDSB Annual Secondary Skilled Trades and Technological Competition
Mark your calendars for this year's Secondary Skills event which will be held at Father Michael Goetz C.S.S. on March 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Successful student competitors will move forward to represent DPCDSB at the provincial event on May 6 and 7 at the Toronto Congress Centre. More information to follow.
March 8 – International Women’s Day
March 10 – Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 15 - International Day to Combat Islamophobia
17 – St. Patrick (Memorial)
March 17 – Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 17 – Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP)
The Bishops of Canada have reserved the Season of Lent for a collection to assist the Global South. Normally this collection is held on the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Founded and mandated in 1967 by the Bishops of Canada, and a member of Caritas International network of Catholic agencies, the Canadian Catholic Organization for the Development of Peace financially supports development and aid projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as informs Canadian Catholics on international social justice questions.
March 18 - Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches who follow the Julian calendar begin their Lenten observance of Lent
March 19 - DPCDSB Board Meeting
March 19 - DPCDSB Annual Elementary Skilled Trades and Technological Competition
Grades 4 - 8 students will be competing at Father Daniel Zanon on March 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Successful student competitors will move forward to represent DPCDSB at the provincial event on May 6 at the Toronto Congress Centre. More information to follow.
March 19 – SOLEMNITY of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Principal Patron of Canada and declared Patron of the Universal Church in 1870
“But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:20)
March 19 - Auditions for Iona C.S.S. Regional Arts Dance Program
Iona Catholic Secondary School will be holding auditions for the Regional Arts Dance Program on Tuesday March 19, 2024. You do not have to have competitive dance background experience in order to audition. Please email email@example.com for audition packages and information.
March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination
March 24-30 – Holy Week
Holy Week is the week which precedes the great Feast of the resurrection on Easter Sunday: it includes the last days of Lent and the beginning of the Easter Triduum. During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem.
March 24 – Passion (Palm) Sunday
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! (Psalm 118.26)
March 28 to March 31 – The Sacred Paschal Triduum
Through his Paschal Mystery, the Lord Jesus redeemed the human race and gave perfect glory to the Father. The Easter Triduum is the celebration of the suffering, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and is the high point of the Liturgical Year. The Easter Solemnity is to the year what Sunday is to the week.
March 28 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday)
If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. (John 13.14)
March 29 – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Good Friday)
[Jesus] said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) The Church of God fasts today and tomorrow to honour the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare to share more deeply in the joy of his resurrection. Good Friday is a universal day of fasting and abstinence from meat. “Fasting” (i.e., the consumption of one full meal or two partial meals with no "snacks" in between) applies to those between the ages of 18 - 59. “Abstinence” is the avoidance of all meat on this day (most specifically for those who are 14 years of age and older).
March 30 – The Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Vigil)
Jesus said to the disciples, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:10)
March 31 - The Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday)
According to the Scripture: Jesus must rise from the dead. (John 20:9)
April 2 - World Autism Day
There are so many fun ways to Celebrate The Spectrum on World Autism Day across Ontario! Find out how to get involved leading up to April 2, 2024, and throughout the month of April.
April 5 - Brampton West Chess Tournament
Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School will be hosting the Brampton West Chess Tournament on Friday, April 5, 2024. Schools that are interested in entering the tournament, please email the name of school and divisions entering to Jiries.firstname.lastname@example.org. Each school can register 3 teams (1 per division). Each team will consist of 6 players (5 players with 1 alternate for a total of 6 players). The tournament will begin at 9:00 am and end by 2:00 pm. Please arrive by 8:30 am-8:50 am. Students are required to bring their own lunch. Location: Guardian Angels C.E.S., 62 Heatherdale Dr., Brampton. Please respond by Tuesday, March 26th, 2024 to: Jiries.email@example.com
April 8 - PA Day (ALL Schools)
April 13 – St. Vincent de Paul C.E.S. Spring Has Sprung Market
Please join St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School as they host their second annual "Spring Has Sprung Market” on Saturday April 13 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School at 665 Willowbank Trail, Mississauga from 10 am to 2 pm. Home décor, olive oils, jewelry, baked goods, personalized bags, stationery, greeting cards, mirror decals, personalized gifts, environmentally friendly products, spring wreaths, silicone baby products and lanyards and much more. Free entry. Raffle prizes and children’s activities and more! For more information, contact Loretta Antilope at ext. 60800 or 905-848-5397.
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 - Transition Advisory Committee’s Central Resource Fairs
The Transition Advisory Committee (TAC) will be hosting two Central Resource Fairs for secondary school students with a developmental or intellectual disability and their caregivers. The first resource fair will be held at St. Marguerite d’Youville C.S.S. on Wednesday. November 8, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for the Dufferin, Caledon, Brampton area. The second resource fair will be held at Applewood Acres Secondary School on Tuesday April 24, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for the Mississauga area. Registration is not required for these events. Please refer to the flyer for more information.
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.
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.