We hope everyone had a safe and restful Easter weekend. Today is Easter Monday, which is also called the Monday of the Angel because we recall the meeting of the angel with the women who arrived at Jesus’s tomb (see Mt 28:1-15). The angel said to them: “I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen (vv. 5-6). This week marks the end of Holy Week and the beginning of Eastertide (the period of 50 days, spanning from Easter to Pentecost Sunday).

THANK YOU! – We would like to thank you for the generosity of our community for the Tiny Homes Lenten Project! Donations are being accepted through Schools Cash Online and are being matched by our awesome School Council up to $3,000 for the building of two tiny homes for the homeless community! Donation opportunities end today (Monday, April 5th).

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS – Thank you for your understanding as we have stricter Public Health protocols in place due to COVID-19. If a student is sick, siblings must stay at home as well. If a student experiences COVID-19-like symptoms at school, the student and siblings need to go home. Students can return to school after:

  • they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, or 
  • they receive an alternative diagnosis by a healthcare professional, or 
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better. 

We are not trained medical professionals and we act on the Public Health protocols in place in our schools, following the PH School Screening Tool.

MASKS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY – A gentle reminder to parents to please wear masks when dropping off or picking up your children as we are the best examples for our students. At this time, only parents who are dropping off or picking up kindergarten students are allowed on school property.

INDOOR SHOES AND WATER BOTTLES – Now that we are in spring, we are back to using indoor and outdoor shoes in order to keep our classrooms free of dirt and allergens. Students are also becoming quite thirsty after running around outside. Our water fountains are closed but our refilling stations are open for refilling water bottles. With this, we kindly ask that your child has clean indoor shoes and a reusable water bottle at school.


Monday, April 5

  • No school


Tuesday, April 6

  • Complete COVID-19 Screening before leaving for school
  • Students back to school
  • Wear blue to show your support of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2)
  • 6:30 pm – CSAC Meeting


Wednesday, April 7


Thursday, April 8

  • Complete COVID-19 Screening before leaving for school
  • First Communion Meeting 7pm (Information below)


Friday, April 9


Coming Up:

April 12 – 16 – April Break (formerly known as March Break)

Family ParticipACTION – April Activities

Brought to you by the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) & Ministry of Ontario PRO grants

Sign up details for all activities (from yoga, cooking, mindfulness and library learning) in the attached flyer.

April PRO Grant activities

Kindergarten Registration Now Open! – Click here to register

First Communion Information

For all those families who have registered for the celebration of First Communion at St. Anthony Daniel Parish this year, Father Tim & Sarah have scheduled the next First Communion Meeting for Thursday, April 8 @ 7PM.

Again, this meeting will be on Zoom & YouTube:

YouTube Link 

Zoom Link 

First Communion Resources can be found HERE

As always, please reach out to Sarah : smounstevenbertling@hamiltondiocese.com with any questions or concerns.

Umbrella Project ~ April Theme: Intrinsic Motivation

This month at the Umbrella Project we are excited to be focusing our energy on Intrinsic Motivation. Intrinsic Motivation is motivation that comes from inside you instead of from external rewards like money or grades. It’s the pleasure you get from doing something because it is interesting, challenging and absorbing.

When we are intrinsically motivated we do activities simply for enjoyment, and we don’t worry as much about the reward at the end. Failing to hit the goals, marks or achievements we are hoping for can be tough, especially when the outcome was the only thing we cared about. When we enjoy the process, it takes some of the stress off the end result and makes us feel happier overall. In fact, being intrinsically motivated increases our wellbeing and our success at the end of the day.

Use proximal, self-directed goals to build intrinsic motivation

Building intrinsic motivation is about helping our children find enjoyment and reward in the process of achieving their goals.  It’s a great way to protect their well-being, even if the end outcome isn’t what they had hoped for.  You can use goal setting to help your child build this important skill by encouraging them to set proximal, self-directed goals. Our skill from last month, autonomy, is the skill that helps our children make self-directed decisions so this tip is continuing to make use of autonomy to build intrinsic motivation.

Proximal means that the goal being set is close to where they currently are.  It’s the next small step needed to get to a bigger goal.  Proximal goals have been shown to help students progress rapidly and achieve higher levels of mastery and interest in areas that they previously experienced disinterest or significant deficits.  It improves their self-efficacy and perceived competence by breaking the task into smaller and more manageable tasks.

Self-directed means that our children are choosing the steps in the process for themselves instead of having us tell them what to do next. This autonomy allows children to make their own path to success, improves their enjoyment of the process and highlights how all of the umbrella skills work to build and support each other into the strongest umbrella of protection for our children. The autonomy our children build will help them set these proximal, self-directed goals that in turn, build their intrinsic motivation.

I describe proximal, self-directed goals in this 3 minute video  

Chat soon, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more? Here are a few more short and sweet videos from Dr. Jen. 

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