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Weekly Update Nov. 1 to 6

All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors, an abundance of the reconciliation with you for which we earnestly long. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Halloween Update

On Friday, October 30th, 2020 staff and students dressed up and participated in our Halloween activities.  Students had the opportunity to dance in their classrooms and even outside during recess.  SJOA school spirit was at its finest.

Fundraising Update

Currently, we have raised approximately $2000.  Thanks to our parent community for their generosity! A reminder that it’s not too late to still donate. We are still accepting pledges up until 11:59 pm on Friday, November 6th!

HCDSB Donation System  (This system will close on Friday)

  1. Enter your donation amount
  2. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Joan of Arc
  3. Under “Tribute Information” please select “In honour of”
  4. Under “Honoree Name” indicate Student Name – Dance-a-Thon
  5. A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you

Fundscrip (Available to families all year) —

Virtual Family Fun Night

We are excited to announce that on Thursday, November 19th, we will be hosting our first-ever SJOA Virtual Family Trivia Night! Starting at 7:00pm, we will be playing 3 separate Kahoot games, each with unique themes.  Information will be emailed to families this week. 

Loyola Info Night

Attention all Grade 8 Parents.  Loyola will be hosting a virtual Parent information night on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 @ 6:30 pm.  Information can be found on the Loyola website @

Grade 3 Communion Dates

Reminder to all Grade 3 students and parents of your Communion date and times for the week of November 2nd to November 7th. Please visit the St. Matthew Parish website at

Mask Reminders

Just a gentle reminder to all parents and guardians that masks are required when entering school property (fence line, parking lot, building).  When waiting near the gates at the beginning of the day or at dismissal, please ensure that masks are worn until you enter your car off school property.  These safety measures are in place in accordance with Halton Public Health and SJOA/HCDSB COVID-19 return to school policy and procedure.  Remember we are all in this together!

Safe Arrival Program

It is essential that all absences are reported to the office in a timely manner. Please use the absence reporting email link, which can be found at the bottom of our homepage, to report your child’s absence. In some cases, numerous unsuccessful attempts are made when calling cell, work, home and emergency contact phone numbers. As per board procedures, Halton Regional Police must be called after many attempts have been made, to ensure student safety. Please continue to follow our established procedures around student safe arrival.

Self-Assessment Screening Tool

The Ontario government has released changes to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool used to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children.  Please use the October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children tool before leaving for school each day.  

Have a Great Week!

Upcoming Events:

All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Treaty Recognition Week
Nov 1 @ 1:00 am – Nov 6 @ 1:00 am
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm
Loyola Grade 8 Parent Information Evening
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please visit the Loyola website to access the Virtual Meeting

Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm
Inuit Day
Nov 6 all day
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm
Catholic School Council
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Angel Wish Tree
Nov 15 @ 7:00 am – Dec 4 @ 7:30 am
Anti Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 15 @ 7:00 am – Nov 21 @ 8:00 am
Louis Riel Day
Nov 16 all day
Virtual Author Visit— K-6
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
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