2022-23 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. Both Federal and Provincial governments recognize the importance of Black History Month. 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. Regardless of the demographics of your school community, Black History is a conversation we must all be present to as it is everyone’s history. We invite you to explore the following our Black History Month resources to deepen your understanding of the contributions of Black Canadians both past and present. For Staff: Check out the Equitable and Inclusive Education SharePoint to find additional resources for Black History Month in February and beyond.
February - Psychology Month
February is Psychology Month. Please follow DPCDSB's Psychology Department on Twitter at @PsychDPCDSB to learn more about school psychology's practices, considerations and supports for teachers and parents during virtual learning, and tips for how to keep students safe and healthy online.
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. Visit mississauga.ca/schoolroutes to access custom maps to plan a safe and active route to school. For more information about road safety, visit: mississauga.ca/roadsafety.
February 7 & 9 - Extended French Program Information Sessions
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will hold two online public information sessions on February 7 and 9 for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their children in the DPCDSB Extended French Program for the 2023-2024 school year. The information sessions will provide an overview of the Extended French Program and application process. Information Sessions: Brampton, Caledon & Dufferin Region, Tuesday, February 7, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m., Microsoft Teams Live Meeting #1 Link, Mississauga Region, Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m., Microsoft Teams Live Meeting #2 Link. For more information, visit the Extended French webpage.
February 11 - Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes honours the mystery and beauty of the Immaculate Conception.
February 11 – World Day of the Sick
“I was sick and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36) An observance started by St. Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses and for their caregivers. It is a day that highlights the healing ministry of the Church. This day coincides with the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes and as well as recognizes the great efforts of doctors, nurses, health care institutions and pastoral care givers to restore health to those afflicted with illness and disease.
February 11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science (U.N.) (International)
February 15 - March 1 - Extended French Program Registration
Any student who is eligible to attend a Dufferin-Peel Catholic school and who is presently a Grade 4 student is invited to apply for the Extended French (EF) program for Grade 5 in September 2023. The Extended French program starts in Grade 5 with 50% of the program taught in French at the elementary level. Applications for the 2023-2024 Grade 5 Extended French program will open on February 15, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. and will close on March 1, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Extended French webpage.
February 17 –
Elementary P.A. Day
February 20 - Family Day (No School)
February 21- Shrove Tuesday (Catholic)
February 22 - Pink
Bullying is a major problem in schools,
workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the
year, it is important to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise
funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem. More
February 22 – Ash Wednesday
“Rend your hearts and not your clothing.” (Joel 2.13) Ash Wednesday is the official beginning of our Church Season of Lent. Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. As our Lenten observances remind us, Ash Wednesday in the Roman Rite is "a universal day of fasting and abstinence from meat." Lent is a time to discipline ourselves and to intentionally refrain from our indulgences or things we are too dependent on. We also recognize Lent as a time for works of mercy, of service to those who are in need of our care, love and charity. Let us continue to commit ourselves to the work for the needs of our church, the world and members of our community encountering various challenges around us.
February 26 – 1st Sunday of Lent
March 1 - Mississauga South Family of Schools Public Speaking Competition
All Junior and Intermediate students (Grades 4-8) in the Mississauga South Family of Schools are invited to participate in the MS Family of Schools Public Speaking Competition. Students from Grades 4-8 are invited to speak passionately about a topic of their choice. The competition takes place on Wednesday, March 1 at St. Gerard School. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the competition begins at 9:15 a.m. ending at noon. All participants receive a certificate of participation and medals are awarded to the top three finishers. Good luck to all students in the Mississauga South Family of Schools! Location: St. Gerard School, 1300 McBride Ave, Mississauga. SNOW DATE: Wednesday, March 8.
March 4 – Catholic Teachers Guild of Toronto Lenten Retreat: A Spirituality for Catholic Teachers
In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Toronto's St. Monica Institute and the Toronto Catholic Teachers' Guild, with a special invitation to all Catholic educators, homeschoolers, and friends of Catholic education. Presenter: Deacon Doug McManaman. In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Toronto's St. Monica Institute and the Toronto Catholic Teachers' Guild, with a special invitation to all Catholic educators, homeschoolers, and friends of Catholic education. All events are hosted at St. Augustine's Seminary from 9:30 am (registration starts at 9:00 am) to 3:00 pm and include Mass in the Seminary chapel and lunch. Online participation via Zoom will also be offered. Cost: $50 in person, $20 online. Registration: www.staugustines.on.ca/events. Lenten Retreat Poster
March 6 - Black Mental Health Day
March 8 - DPCDSB Secondary Skills Event
Mark your calendars for this year’s Secondary Skills event to be held at Father Michael Goetz SS on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Successful student competitors will move onto the provincial event on May 1 and 2. Location: Father Michael Goetz C.S.S., 330 Central Parkway West, Mississauga. For more information, contact Alda Nunes, Consultant - Experiential Learning, OYAP and Technological Education, at 905-890-0708 ext. 24516 or Irene Mota, Coordinator - Student Success, Grades 7-12 at 905-890-0708 ext. 24525.
March 24 - Brampton West Chess Tournament
Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School will be hosting the Brampton West Chess Tournament on Friday, March 24. Schools that are interested in entering the tournament, please email Jiries Nimer at Jiries.email@example.com with the following information by February 17: name of school and divisions entering. 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 Catholic Elementary School, 62 Heatherdale Dr., Brampton.
April 13 - Brampton West Family of Schools Ball Hockey Tournament
Guardian Angels C.E.S. is hosting a Brampton West Family of Schools Ball Hockey Tournament on April 13 in the school's parking lot. Location: 62 Heatherdale Dr., Brampton. Interested schools can contact Melissa.Daddabbo@dpcdsb.org if interested in putting in a team.
April 14 - P.A. Day for St. Sofia C.E.S. Only
April 19-21 - St. Roch Players presents Newsies!
St. Roch's The Roch Players Present Disney's Newsies on April 19, 20, 21! Tickets on sale at the school starting March 21. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Come on out and enjoy this high energy family friendly musical. Location: St. Roch C.S.S., 200 Valleyway Dr., Brampton. For more information, call 905-456-8543.
April 30 - May 5 - Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week 2023 will be held April 30-May 5, 2023. The theme is We are Many, We are One
. 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 11 - National March for Life
May 27 – Triple D-iamonds Softball Tournament is Back!
Save-the-date of May 27 for the DP Staff Softball Tournament (12 team tournament). Please express interest to Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org once you have confirmed interest from a minimum of 12 staff members. Open to Elementary and Secondary Staff Teams. Details and costs to follow.
May 31 - Red Shirt Day
Red Shirt Day (of Action for AccessAbility and Inclusion) is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red in schools, workplaces and spaces everywhere in order to create a visible display of solidarity: to show their support for persons and families who are living with disabilities, celebrate the achievements of people living with disabilities, and to pledge their commitment to help create a fully accessible and inclusive society that honours and values the contributions of people of all abilities in all aspects of life in Canada. More Information.
June 12 – Elementary P.A. Day
June 20, 21, 22, 23, 26 - Semester 2 Secondary Examination Days
June 27 - Secondary Examination Review Day
August 26 – STOPR First Time Rider Safety Program
On August 26, Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR) welcomes all Kindergarten students and elementary age siblings to its First Time Rider Safety Program. This one-hour safety session will introduce children to school buses prior to the first day of school. Sessions will run between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm at six locations across Peel Region. Parents/Guardians can book their session online on the STOPR website starting late-spring. For more information, visit the First Time Rider Safety Program webpage on the STOPR website and the First Time Rider Safety Program Booklet.