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Weekly Update Mar. 22nd to Mar. 26th

God, thank you for Spring and the hope of warmer, longer, brighter days.
Thank you for the coming of growth and life and birth.
Thank you that things are coming awake in the world.
Now we ask that you bring into reality all that belongs in this season. Your word says that we will have obligations, and hope, and joy, and health, and loving relationships here and now in this life.
We ask that what belongs in this season would become actual in our practical lives.
We hope in you and in your promises.

Lenten Food Drive

Thank you once again SJOA for your generous donations! Yet again, we had an overwhelming number of non-perishable items brought in over the week.  These items will be sent to the Kerr St. Missionary to help those in need during the Easter Season.

Purdy’s Chocolate Pick-up Details

The Purdy’s orders are on route and should arrive this week.  Once all the items are quarantined and sorted parents will have the opportunity to come to the school to pick up the items.  Pick up will be from Monday, March 29th to Thursday April 1st between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm.  A link will be sent out this week to sign up for a pick-up time. 

World Down Syndrome Day

On Wednesday, March 24th our school will be recognizing World Down Syndrome Day. On this full civvies’ day, we encourage students to wear brightly coloured, mismatched socks/outfits in support of people with Down Syndrome and their families. We ask that you please make a small donation using School Cash Online. The money we raise at SJOA will be donated to Halton Down Syndrome Association.  Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Hat and Civvies Days

On Friday, March 26th, students are encouraged to come to school in full civvies and wear their favourite hat all day.   Looking forward to seeing all those LEAFS hats!

St. Matthew Parish

Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.

Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool

The COVID-19 School Screening Tool 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.


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.


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


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!

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, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:

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. 

Stay Healthy and Safe!

Mr. N. Laratta

Upcoming Events:

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.


Civvies Day and Hat Day
Mar 26 all day
Mar 29 all day
Purdy’s Chocolate Delivery Days
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – Apr 1 @ 2:30 pm
Good Friday
Apr 2 all day
Easter Sunday
Apr 4 all day
Easter Monday
Apr 5 all day
World Autism Day — Civvies Day — Wear Blue
Apr 6 all day
April/Spring Break
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – Apr 16 @ 11:45 pm
Transition to Remote Learning — No Synchronous or Asynchronous Instruction
Apr 19 all day
Tech Pick-up
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Remote Learning
Apr 20 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
Apr 21 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Remote Learning
Apr 22 @ 8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Laratta, NickWeekly Update Mar. 22nd to Mar. 26th