Happy New Year to All of our Families,

With the coming of the Epiphany the season of Advent ends but not without the full realization of "Emanuel."  As Catholics we understand that Emanuel means "God is with us" and as a Catholic School it is our challenge to always help our spirits to keep that feeling of God's presence alive!  The new calendar year is a fresh start for the spirit of our whole community. 

We have so many blessings to be grateful for and first in that list is our children.  During the month of January so many faith-centered activities are planned for our schools.  The rosary program continues, giving our students a deeper understanding of our foundational prayers.  Our Mass to celebrate the new year is scheduled for January 15th at 9:15 AM.  The mass will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and our hosts will be Mrs. Looby and Mrs. Timmermans 4/5 class -please join us! 

Congratulations to our Applause Award winners for 2015: Rachel V. and Zach M.  Both students have been selected based on their consistent Christian leadership and their virtuous service to our school community.  Rachel and Zach will be honoured at the HPCDSB Applause Awards being held on February 3rd in Stratford.  The light of Christ is bright!

As this term comes to an end parents will be interested to note that report cards will be coming home on February 13th.  Unlike the progress report from first term, this report will chronicle the academic progress of your child since September.  Please make sure you take the time to review this report and meet with your child's teacher if you need to have clarification or more ideas about home support for academic growth.  Please note, January 29th is a professional development day for teachers to dedicate time to the assessment process.  Please look for more newsletter items and photos of our December highlights on our school website: http://stcolumban-dublin.hpcdsb.edu.on.ca/

Lastly, thanks for your patience in the last few days as Huron-Perth winter weather has made traveling difficult.  As always, we try to post any cancellations quickly on CJCS, CKNX, our school website and on the school Twitter Feed.  We are blessed with a caring network of professionals who value the safety of our students - for these individuals we give thanks.

Have a wonder-filled January,

Mr. John McCarroll

Principal, St. Patrick's & St. Columban Schools





"The best gift we can give to any child is to make that child feel wanted, loved and cared for because that child is the greatest gift of God." Mother Teresa