A Prayer for Palm Sunday
Jesus, Lord of Life, show us how to live.
When we are afraid, angry, sad or rejected,
teach us to live deeply into the difficult experiences,
that we might find meaning and purpose.
Holy Week – Sunday, March 28th to Saturday, April 3rd
Today is Palm Sunday. On this day we learn about Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem where he is greeted by a crowd of people laying palm branches at his feet.
Purdy’s Chocolate Pick-up Details
The Purdy’s orders have arrived and are ready for distribution this week. Pick-up will be from Monday, March 29th to Thursday April 1st between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. If you have not already done so, please use the following link to sign up for a pickup time. https://forms.gle/uEwRU8ZTzH4d6kpf8
St. Matthew Parish
Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel. https://www.saintmatthew.ca/
Dates to Remember:
Monday, March 29th — Grade 8 Grad Photos
Friday, April 2nd — Good Friday (No School)
Sunday, April 4th — Easter Sunday
Monday, April 5th — Easter Monday (No School)
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.
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
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.
All staff and students are required to complete the daily screening prior to attending school. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
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
Stay Healthy and Safe!
Mr. N. Laratta