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Weekly Update Mar. 15 to Mar. 19

Loving Father, I am filled with joy as I move toward Easter and the promised reconciliation with you. Teach me to follow the example of your Son.  Help me to live each day as he did, turning hatred to love and conflict to peace. I await the new life with eagerness, faith, and deep gratitude. May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Lenten Food Drive

In keeping with the forty-day Lenten season of Almsgiving, our school will be holding a food drive to support those less fortunate than us within our community. Our Food Drive will look a bit different this year. Due to COVID, no food donations will be brought into the school, instead laundry baskets will be left outside the front of the school the Week of March 15 for parents to drop off donations. Item that are needed most are: canned fruit of any type, fruit cups, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, green peas), canned tomato products (whole peeled tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce), canned fish (especially salmon and sardines) and shampoo. Thank you for your continued support to this worthwhile cause.

Kahoot Family Night

Tuesday, March 16th@ 7:00pm.  The Microsoft Teams link will be sent on Tuesday afternoon.  Looking forward to virtually seeing everyone.

Purdy’s Chocolate

Thank you to all the families who have ordered.  We sold over $6,000 in Purdy’s Chocolate! SJOA will receive 25% of the total profit, for a donation amount of $1,600!  Thank you for your continued support.  Emails will be sent out in the coming week with pick-up details.   

St. Patrick’s Day

Come to school on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 wearing green.  On this day we celebrate the life of St. Patrick along with Irish culture.  Let’s show school spirit this Wednesday and wear as much green as possible. 

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

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 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.

St. Matthew Parish

Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.  https://www.saintmatthew.ca/   

https://www.youtube.com/saintmatthewparishoakville

Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool

The COVID-19 School Screening Tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until:

  •  they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR
  •  they receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR 
  •  it has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of Friday, February 19th, 2021.

Masks

Students in Grades K – 8 are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including hallways and during classes, as well as on school vehicles.  Students will be required to wear masks outdoors during recesses where multiple classes are outside together.  Students will continue to remain in their class cohorts while outside at recess and to maintain physical distancing from each other.  As students will be wearing masks outside at recess, they will be asked to bring additional masks to school if their mask gets wet, damaged, or soiled at recess.  For students who do not have an extra mask, they can approach staff for an extra mask when needed.  Staff will provide daily opportunities for mask breaks (i.e., DPA activities outdoors with one cohort at a time and students can maintain physical distancing) with considerations made for appropriate mask storage and hand hygiene.

Self-Screening Tool

All staff and students are required to complete the daily screening prior to attending school.  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Congregating

A gentle reminder to parents and students not to congregate before and after school.  Students are reminded to return directly home after school. 

Parents

A 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!

Stay Healthy and Safe!

Mr. N. Laratta

Upcoming Events:

Mar
15
Mon
FOOD DRIVE
Mar 15 – Mar 19 all day
In keeping with the forty-day Lenten season of Almsgiving, our school will be holding a food drive to support those less fortunate than us within our community. Our Food Drive will look a bit different this year. Due to COVID, no food donations will be brought into the school, instead, laundry baskets will be left outside the front of the school the week of March 15 for parents to drop off donations. Items that needed most are: canned fruit of any type, fruit cups, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, green peas), canned tomato products (whole peeled tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce), canned fish (especially salmon and sardines) and shampoo. Thank you for your continued support of this worthwhile cause.
Mar
16
Tue
KAHOOT Family Night — Details to Follow
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
17
Wed
St. Patrick’s Day — Spirit Day
Mar 17 all day

WEAR GREEN

Mar
24
Wed
World Down Syndrome Day — Rock Your Socks Civvies Day
Mar 24 all day
Parent Information Meeting for Students with Special Education Needs Entering Kindergarten
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The meeting will be facilitated by Special Education staff, where they will share information about their individual roles, and supports and services offered by HCDSB. Parents/guardians will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Special Education staff, and learn more about the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Parents/guardians who have already registered their child for Kindergarten will be sent a link to the meeting via email from their child’s school. If you have not yet registered for Kindergarten, please contact the school for the meeting link.

For more information on the Special Education Program at HCDSB, please visit the HCDSB website.

 

Mar
26
Fri
Civvies Day and Hat Day
Mar 26 all day
Mar
29
Mon
GRAD PHOTO DAY
Mar 29 all day
Purdy’s Chocolate Delivery Days
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – Apr 1 @ 2:30 pm
Apr
2
Fri
Good Friday
Apr 2 all day
Apr
4
Sun
Easter Sunday
Apr 4 all day
Apr
5
Mon
Easter Monday
Apr 5 all day
Apr
6
Tue
World Autism Day — Civvies Day — Wear Blue
Apr 6 all day
Apr
12
Mon
April/Spring Break
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – Apr 16 @ 11:45 pm
Apr
19
Mon
Transition to Remote Learning — No Synchronous or Asynchronous Instruction
Apr 19 all day
Tech Pick-up
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Laratta, NickWeekly Update Mar. 15 to Mar. 19