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Weekly Update Jan 18 to 22

Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to You. Allow Your healing hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your wisdom, that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need and help me to lead others to You by my example. Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently this life which You have created, now and forever.

Amen

VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK AT SJOA

Monday, January 18 – Mismatch Monday (Wear mismatched clothes and socks)

Tuesday, January 19 – Toque Tuesday (Wear your favourite toque all day)

Wednesday, January 20 – Wacky Wednesday (don’t brush your hair or crazy style, wear bright colours or crazy glasses, etc.)

Thursday, January 21 – Jersey Thursday (What’s your favourite sports team? Go Leafs Go!)

Friday, January 22 – Pajama Friday

Grade 7 Confirmation

St. Joan of Arc Confirmation dates were scheduled for January 27, 28, and 29, 2021 have been postponed.  At this time, the Church will not be able to reschedule until sometime in the Spring/Summer this year as this will depend on COVID restrictions.  Please continue to visit the St. Matthew Parish Website at  www.saintmatthew.ca for additional resources for Confirmation.  Go to the tab on the top right-hand corner of the page entitled “Sacramental Prep”.

Register your Child for Kindergarten
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as
they interact with one another.

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?
To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31st, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31st, 2021.

For more information on how to register your child:  Register Your Child

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

School Uniform Provider Change
The contract with our current school uniform supplier, ISW (InSchoolwear Inc.) will soon expire. In accordance with our purchasing policy guidelines, our Board undertook a Request for Proposal (RFP) process this year to select a uniform provider to serve parents and students for the next three-year term.  The contract was awarded to McCarthy Uniforms, which will be the sole uniform supplier for HCDSB schools commencing February 1st, 2021.

Halton Resources for Families

https://www.halton.ca/Repository/Where-to-Get-Help-in-Halton

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.  

Stay Healthy and Safe

Upcoming Events:

Jan
17
Sun
Virtual Spirit Week Begins
Jan 17 all day
Jan
18
Mon
Mismatch Monday
Jan 18 all day
Remote Learning Week 3
Jan 18 @ 8:45 am – Jan 22 @ 8:45 am
Jan
19
Tue
Toque Tuesday
Jan 19 all day
Jan
20
Wed
Wacky Wednesday
Jan 20 all day
Jan
21
Thu
Jersey Thursday
Jan 21 all day
Jan
22
Fri
Pajama Friday
Jan 22 all day
Jan
25
Mon
Remote Learning — Week 4
Jan 25 @ 8:45 am – Jan 29 @ 8:45 am
Schools Remain Closed — Remote Learning Continues
Jan 25 @ 8:45 am
Jan
27
Wed
United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan 27 all day
Celebration of Confirmation — Postponed @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
28
Thu
Bell Let’s Talk Day — Dress in Blue
Jan 28 all day
Celebration of Confirmation — Postponed @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
29
Fri
Celebration of Confirmation — Postponed @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm
Feb
1
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting — 6:30pm -8:00pm
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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