World Teachers’ Day – Tuesday, October 5th
The Theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teachers’ day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thank you SJOA Staff!
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Thanksgiving food this weekend. It was a great success. Thank you SJOA for your continued generosity.
Thanksgiving Treat Day — Terra Cotta Cookies
A reminder that this Thursday, October 7th, will be Terra Cotta Cookie treat day at SJOA. Also, this year SJOA will be offering Terra Cotta cookies twice a week beginning on October 12th. Parents will have the option to purchase cookies and/or juice as an added snack on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All orders need to be completed through School Cash Online using the following link, https://www.schoolcashonline.com/
PA DAy – FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 2021
On Friday, October 8 staff will be participating in Faith Day. There is no school for students on Friday October 8, 2021.
Monday, October 11 is the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school on Thanksgiving Day.
We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving long weekend.
Catholic School Council Meeting
Our first Catholic School Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 4 at 6:30 pm via Microsoft Teams
Mental Health Resources
How to support a Mentally Healthy return to school
Parish information and Sacraments
Father Allen has updated our website with information outlining easy-to-follow steps for parents for online registration. Please access the parish website www.saintmatthew.ca to register your child for the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. The direct links are:
www.saintmatthew.ca/communion (Grade 2 Students)
www.saintmatthew.ca/confirmation (Grade 7 Students)
www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations (Grade 3 & Grade 8 Students)
Final preparation and review meetings were held this week for families of those children who prepared for First Communion and Confirmation last year but opted to defer the celebration due to the pandemic. All families are expected to complete the registration and date selection process outlined in the many communications sent out by our pastoral team. Recordings of the meetings, as well as all the pertinent information, can be found on our website. Visit: www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations. We begin celebrating liturgies next week, and they’ll continue until just before November.
Use of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the measures we will have in place in our schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
PPE is protective clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. PPE can include gloves, masks, face shields, gowns, safety shoes, etc.
Wearing of Masks at School
- Medical masks will be worn by all teachers and other school staff.
- All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school.
What happens if your child feels unwell at school?
It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school. Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s ‘isolation room’ and we will contact the parent or guardian to come and pick them up. It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information. You could call our main office or email our Secretary, Mrs. Freeze, at email@example.com.
School Messenger App – Absence Reporting
Downloading and using the School Messenger App is the FASTEST and EASIEST way to report your child’s absence to the school. If you have not downloaded this app already, we ask that all parents please do this before the start of this school year. The instructions can be found by clicking on the following link https://bit.ly/2FdKOOd
Staff and students are encouraged to dress up.