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Update December 3, 2021

Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES community and our School Ambassadors for donating, collecting and organizing the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St. Matthew Conference Toiletry Drive and thank you to Mrs. Stephenson and Mrs. Monte for arranging the pickup of the items!

Thank you to Celina A. and Mme Pare for organizing the Craft Club for grade 3 students – more info to follow!

Thank you to Meagan L., Victoria L. and Ms. Lemon for a great first session of the ASL Club!

Thank you to Ms. Lemon and Mrs. Boss for a successful first Pita Pit Day!

Thank you to our amazing Pizza & Cookie Day crew!

Thank you to Mrs. Galvan for organizing the Mitten Tree Initiative – donations will be collected on Monday December 6 – National Mitten Day – see below for more details!

Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb students and staff for celebrating each person’s uniqueness with “Wear Your Favourite Colour” Spirit Day today!

Thank you to Ms. Fernandes, Mrs. Casciaro, Ms. Cvetkovic for all their work on the Christmas Concert and to each class and staff member for their preparations of songs and dance for this virtual masterpiece! We will be emailing a link to families before the Christmas Break.

Thank you to our Student Ambassadors will be organizing a Food Drive with donation for Fare Share Food Bank Oakville (https://oakvillefoodbank.com) – non-perishable food donations will be collected – see below for a list of needed items.

EARLY DISMISSAL – Friday December 17th is an Early Dismissal Day – the school day ends at 2:05 pm.

National Mitten Tree Day – December 6th, 2021

Please join us in giving the gift of warmth beginning Monday December 6th.  We invite you to participate by sending a pair of new mittens or socks with your child to be hung on our tree beginning December 6th. All donations will be delivered to The Catholic Children’s Aid Society in time for Christmas!

Fare Share Food Bank Oakville

Our school will be hosting a food drive for Fare Share Food Bank Oakville starting Monday, December 6 to Friday, December 10.  Right now, the food bank is in need of the following items:

  • Canned Goods: stews/chili, fruit, peas, corn, tomatoes, soup, tuna
  • Dry Goods: rice, instant coffee, pasta, crackers, jam, oatmeal, tea
  • Kids Snacks: nut free cereal bars, pudding, fruit cups
  • Baby Items: bottles or pouches of meat, fruit, vegetables, A+ Enfamil (yellow label) Formula, baby biscuits

NOT NEEDED at this time: pancake mix, maple syrup, peanut butter, protein beans (kidney, black lentils, chickpeas), mac and cheese

Thank you very much!  Your kindness and generosity will provide hope and happiness to many families this Christmas season.

St. Matthew Catholic Parish NewsFrom the Pastor’s Desk…

Our Advent journey, as a Christian people, is always meant to be one of hope, but this year it feels a little easier to get on the bandwagon. In the weeks before we celebrate the Nativity, we turn ourselves to the task of cultivating expectation: that the Lord will come at the end of time to complete the process of redeeming and restoring Creation; that his light gradually fills, redeems, and restores our own lives as we turn to him; and that the more we live, as a people, the radical love that is his Gospel, the better the world around us becomes. With parish life—and life in society at large—inching closer to normal, our lived experience may help us with this age-old task. Listen carefully to the ancient prophecies read at Mass throughout the season, our own proclamations in the world are meant to be similarly stirring in their hopefulness. Christians are often characterized as preachers of doom and gloom, sometimes deservedly so. It bears repeating that it was never meant to be this way. If we, who live with God as our friend, cannot enunciate the peace and trustworthiness of his promises, who will? It’s not to say we’re without crosses and challenges, but we can’t allow bearing them to separate us from our most pressing vocation: proclaiming the Gospel.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

Follow St. Matthew Catholic Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish! There are four ways to connect to the parish:

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program.

Indigenous Art Family Paint Night

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

Save the Date! Big Spirit Moon Paint Night Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel: Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

Apply to the HCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds.

The HCDSB Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

About the HREAC

The HREAC will assist the board in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

HREAC Membership Requirements

  • Lived experience and/or strong understanding of human rights, equity and inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, homophobia and systemic discrimination in education and the community at large. 
  • keen commitment to dismantling systemic barriers to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. 
  • Available to attend 3-4 meetings per year, over a 2-year term.

 Apply Now!

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an online application through the HREAC Membership Application Form, which will remain open until December 31, 2021.

Apply to the HREAC

All applications will be reviewed by the Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee. Successful candidates will be notified by January 14, 2022. 

For more information about the HREAC membership, click here.

Promoting Well-Being – Take 15 minutes just for you

15 minutes for your spiritual health…

Spiritual wellness is about connecting with what is meaningful to you in a way that lightens or enriches your spirit.

“Research shows that spirituality is linked with physical well-being, and spiritual wellness can bring comfort and lend strength for handling life’s challenges,” says Tara McKendrick, CEO of CMHA Niagara. “Try exploring radical self-compassion, perhaps through learning simple meditation techniques that provide your mind a rest from doing.”

Other ways to enhance your spiritual wellness include:

  • Spend time in nature. Studies show it has a powerful positive effect on mind and body and that even spending 15 minutes per day outdoors in nature can be beneficial.
  • Indulge your creativity. Creativity can be an effective tool for enhancing our spiritual growth and help us to express our emotions. Try painting, drawing, writing, poetry, knitting, or practicing a musical instrument.
  • Practice gratitude. Write down three things that you are grateful for and why. Or take the time reach out to people that you love and tell them you appreciate them.

~ https://ontario.cmha.ca/take-15-minutes-just-for-you/

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend – the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Dec
3
Fri
“Wear Your Favourite Colour” Civvies Day
Dec 3 all day
Dec
6
Mon
Fare Share Food Bank Oakville – Food Drive
Dec 6 – Dec 10 all day
National Mitten Tree Day
Dec 6 all day
Dec
7
Tue
UNLEARN – Intermediate Students
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Dec
9
Thu
MADD Presentation “Wrong Turn” – Intermediate Students
Dec 9 all day
Dec
10
Fri
MADD Presentation “Wrong Turn” – Intermediate Students
Dec 10 all day
Dec
13
Mon
Winter Wonderland – Blue and White Day
Dec 13 all day
Dec
14
Tue
Christmas Red / Green / White Day
Dec 14 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate December 3, 2021