Happy Summer Break!
I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to our staff, parents and students for all their support, kindness and efforts this year at St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School. We wish you a relaxing and restful summer break. We hope you can spend time with your families as restrictions are lifted and rejuvenate. The SJPII CES staff look forward to seeing all our students in the new school year. Our office will open the week of August 30th. New families arriving are encouraged to register online over the summer. The first day of school for students in GRADES 1-8 is Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.
Congratulations Grade 8 Graduates
On Thursday, we celebrated our Grade 8 Graduates with a Curb Side Celebration at the school. Thank you to all the staff who joined us to celebrate our graduates on our special day. Many thanks to Mrs. Pirruccio and Ms. Babinger for all their hard work behind the scenes. We wish our graduates all the best as they move on to high school. Should you wish to view the graduation ceremony, please click on the link provided:
Thank you to Mrs. Babic and the Strategic Communications Department at the HCDSB for all their creativity and support producing the SJPII 2021 Graduation Ceremony.
Pick-up of Medical & Personal Student Belongings
Parents are asked to pick up student medical items and personal belongings on Monday as per the schedule attached. We will have three pick-up points at the school, and staff will be on site should you wish to say good-bye.
Return of School Materials & Borrowed Technology
Don’t forget that all borrowed devices, library books and student text books are to be returned on Monday during our curbside pickup of school materials. Bins will be clearly labelled and setup at three points around the school for you to drop off during school hours. Don’t forget chargers for any borrowed devices.
Thank you to our Kindergarten classes & Pastoral Animators for putting together our final year-end liturgy which we celebrated last week on Tuesday.
Saint Matthew Parish – From the Pastor’s Desk…
It was a pleasure to celebrate Mass for our graduates on Monday, even if we couldn’t all be together in person. The end of the school year is always a hectic time, and I’m sure it’s more so this year. Thank you all for your patience and flexibility. It’s our solemn hope around the parish that things will look substantially more normal in our pastoral plan next year, but even if they don’t, we’re all getting much better at scrambling together new and exciting ways of accomplishing things.
To get a head start on Sacramental Preparation, we ask parents to correspond directly and exclusively with the parish regarding these celebrations, we’ve prepared our online registration pages for the 2021/2022 Academic Year ahead of time. They’re linked to the homepage of our website (www.saintmatthew.ca) and it is simple for parents to find and use. Again, this coming year, the parish will not be accepting any paper forms (every parent must complete the online registration). Copied below, you’ll find the links to our easy-to-use registration pages. Parents with children currently in Grade 1 and Grade 6 are asked to view these forms. The more that register over the summer, the better situated we’ll be to communicate effectively in September. We’ll still certainly have a “registration drive” once school resumes in the Fall.
- First Reconciliation & First Communion (Grade 2 in September 2021) https://www.saintmatthew.ca/communion
- Confirmation (Grade 7 in September 2021) https://www.saintmatthew.ca/confirmation
Thanks again for all your help this year, and may God continue to bless and keep you!
~ Father Allen Varlaki
Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.
We wish all the best to those staff members who will be leaving SJPII Catholic School in June and thank them for their outstanding contributions to our school community:
- Mrs. Babic who is moving on to St. Dominic Catholic School in Burlington as Vice-Principal
- Ms. Campagnolo who is moving on to Canadian Martyrs in the fall
- Ms. Fiorillo who will be teaching Grade 3 at St Timothy next year
- Mme Genovese who will remain in the Virtual School
- Mrs. Habkirk who will be teaching a Grade1/2 at St. Elizabeth Seton
- Mrs. Mesich who will be joining Our Lady of Peace as a Junior and Intermediate Teacher
- Mme. Cooke, Mr. Garbos, Ms. Passarelli, Mr. Sengbusch, Mr. Xavier, Mrs. Ambrosio, Ms. Mc Leod, Mrs. Paul, Mr. Yar Adua & Ms. Wallis who will be moving on to new placements in the fall
- Mrs. Vavro will join the Our Lady of Victory Catholic School Community
- Ms. Dobson who joins the Kindergarten team at St. Scholastica
Thank you for serving our students and community so well! You will be missed!
September 2021 Opening Procedures: Tues. Sept. 7th, 2021
We know all our families and staff have many questions about what September will look like. Please know that staff at the HCDSB central office will be working all summer in preparing plans for our return in September in consultation with Public Health and the Ministry of Education. Please continue to monitor your emails from both the HCDSB and our school for up to date information.
Parents are asked to review the procedures for looking up their child’s class placement for September.
Please Note: All elementary student class placements will become live on Friday, September 3rd, 2021. Parents/guardians will need their child’s OEN number which can be located at the top of students report card to access their class placement.
Follow these steps to access this information:
- Click on school tab-school listing
- Click on Elementary school placement
- Enter OEN, click search
- Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed
GRADE 1 – 8 FIRST DAY SCHOOL PROCEDURES: Grade 1 – 2 students and parents are asked to proceed to the school playground where they will meet their teachers. Grade 3-8 students will enter their assigned door when they arrive at school. More information will follow in September.
KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will have a staggered entry and DO NOT begin school on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 as the Educator Teams will be taking part in interviews. Year Two (Senior Kindergarten) students begin on Thursday September 9th, 2021. A letter will be mailed out in early July to all Year One (Junior Kindergarten) students with information as to interview times and staggered entry dates.