2021-22 School Year Calendar
October: A Marian Month
The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. It was instituted to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful. That is why Pope Francis has invited all the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary every day in October.
Roman Catholics traditionally observe the month of the Holy Rosary, with special acts of devotion in honour of the Blessed Mother including the holding of prayer vigils, novenas, and the praying of the holy rosary in parish communities.
Marian devotees make it a point to pray the holy rosary as often if not every day as a way of expressing gratitude to the Holy Mother for her maternal love, protection, and intercession. At this time of crisis, the Holy Father Pope Francis has called for the praying of the healing rosary for the world for an end to the pandemic as well as for a special devotion to the Blessed Mother.
If you do not currently make it a practice to pray the Rosary, perhaps this month, you could take some time out of your day to pray it. In this month dedicated to the Rosary, take some time to entrust to Christ, through Mary, your most difficult problems.
Please use the following Litany of Mary of Nazareth to celebrate and honour our Blessed Mother.
Please use the attached How to Pray the Rosary card, provided by the Knights of Columbus.
October/November 2021 - DPCDSB Secondary School Information Sessions
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) will hold a series of VIRTUAL information sessions for Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians interested in enrolling in a DPCDSB secondary school for the 2022-23 school year. The information sessions will provide parents and guardians with an overview of the programs and services offered at Dufferin-Peel Catholic secondary schools and will provide Grade 8 students with an opportunity to take a virtual tour of the school and hear from current students about the transition into high school. Link to: 2021 Secondary School Information Session Schedule. To register for the 2022-23 school year, please visit the DPCDSB Online Registration webpage. For more information about the information sessions, parents/guardians should contact their local secondary school directly.
October is Canadian Library Month!
All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more. Annual Theme: One card, one million possibilities. (via Ontario Library Association)
Related Events: School Library Day - October 25 and Canadian Library Workers Day – October 15.
October - Islamic Heritage Month
Muslims have been contributing to all aspects of Ontario’s prosperity and diverse heritage for generations. Islamic history and culture encompass a broad range of individual and collective experiences, as well as important contributions to literature, math, science, art, and history.
October - Latin American Heritage Month
Latin American Heritage Month is the perfect time for Canadians to learn a little more about the long and rich history of the Latin American community in Canada and the inspiring role it has played—and continues to play—in our society.
October 27 - Dress Purple Day (October is Child Abuse Prevention Month)
Every October, Children's Aid Societies across Ontario raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families through the provincial Dress Purple Day campaign. The campaign is more important than ever, since the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stressors for families, and in some cases has increased the risk for the well-being and safety of children and youth. This year, Dress Purple Day will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. To acknowledge Child Abuse Prevention Month, please consider wearing purple on October 27, 2021. For more information, please connect with Chief Social Worker - Pina Grosso at ext. 24336 and refer to link: http://www.oacas.org/dresspurpleday/
November 3 - Take Our Kids to Work Day
The Learning Partnership (TLP) is excited to share that Take Our Kids to Work 2021 will take place on November 3. This year, our Board will be promoting virtual activities only. A wide range of exciting new virtual opportunities are available for educators to use in their classes! The TOKTWD virtual event is suitable for students in Grades 6-11
4 Ways for Educators to Get Students Involved:
• Watch 20 minute kick-off cornerstone event at 9:10 AM on November 3rd (which will also be available after as a recording for use in your curriculum)
• Participate in 20 minute breakout virtual sessions with students – session descriptors below
• Support student career exploration all year long with resources and recorded sessions
• Join the conversation online via #KidsToWork
Register via The Learning Partnership website. For more information, contact Irene.Mota@dpcdsb.org, Student Success Coordinator, at ext. 24525 or Jessica Shearer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 1-5 - Treaties Recognition Week
In 2016, Ontario passed legislation declaring the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. This annual event honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships. By learning more about our collective treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture these relationships. Each year, students learn why treaties matter to all Ontarians. Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers visit classrooms for Living Library events and video stories are shared in schools across the province. More Information
November 12 - Elementary & Secondary PA Day
December 20-31 - Christmas Break