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Week of September 20-24

“Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past but looks towards the future.”

~ Pope Francis

St. Matthew Parish Update

Thank you to Fr. Allen and Fr. Patrick for their prayers for our school communities as we return to school. We are looking forward to welcoming the parish team back to our schools when protocols permit.

A few reminders from the St. Matthew Parish:

Please be reminded that St. Matthew Parish asks that all communication and questions related to sacramental preparation and celebration pass directly from parents/caregivers to parish staff. The parish acts as the sole repository and communicator of information so as to avoid miscommunication and confusion.

Simple, easy-to-understand postcards went home this week for current Grade 2 and Grade 7 students, directing families to the dedicated webpages listed below

www.saintmatthew.ca/communion or www.saintmatthew.ca/confirmation

Everything needed to register and begin preparing for First Communion and Confirmation is there.

Most of those who deferred celebrations last year (current Grade 3 and Grade 8 students) have already rescheduled. Celebrations took place over the summer, and more are scheduled for late-September and early-October.

Parents/caregivers are expected to register online by visiting www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations.

Daily Self Screening

All staff and students must continue to self-screen every day before attending school. Any individuals who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ Please note that although proof of daily screening is no longer required by parents, we ask for you continued diligence in completing the screening daily.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Halton Region Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

· Fever and/or chills Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

· Cough or barking cough (croup) Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)

· Shortness of breath Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

· Decrease or loss of taste or smell Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

· Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:

· tests negative for COVID-19; OR

· are cleared by your local public health unit; OR

· are diagnosed with another illness

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

· they do not have a fever (without using medication)

· it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

· they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

· If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

· Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

· a doctor diagnosed them with another illness

· they do not have a fever (without using medication)

· it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

· they do not have a fever (without using medication)

· it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Have you completed your Family Information / Consent Forms?

Thank you to all of our families who have already completed the forms electronically. If you have not already done so please do so by following the link and steps below.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed at https://lf.hcdsb.org/Forms/parent_consents. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:
 

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Family Paint Night in Recognition of Orange Shirt Day

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Save the Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel. For more information, visit the HCDSB website.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

SAVE the DATE: Virtual Celebration of Learning (Curriculum Night)

We kindly request that you save the following date for our Celebration of Learning/Curriculum Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 30th between the hours of 6:30-7:30pm. More details will follow later this week.

Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health.

Terry Fox Walk

Our annual Terry Fox Walk will be on Wednesday, September 29th. While this year’s event might look a little different, the end result remains the same; to raise funds for cancer research. Let’s all use Terry’s message of hope and strength to inspire us during these challenging times.

It is our priority to maintain the safety of students and staff while supporting this wonderful cause. To help support safety measures in all schools, the Terry Fox Foundation has created an online fundraising page for our school as well as provide classroom/individual “Terry” activities. Here are some of the ways you can support your child for this year’s Terry Fox event:

1)Donate online at: www.terryfox.ca/StJohnPaulIIOakville

  • Click the link above to donate or search for our school name at terryfox.org
  • There is no minimum donation, every dollar counts!
  • Receipts are issued immediately to donors by email

2)Set up a student fundraising page

  • Students are encouraged to set up a page under their school name
  • Students can fundraise by sharing their link with family and friends
  • All student logins and links are private and secure

We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Terry Fox event.  This is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer as well as build school spirit. We hope you will join us as our school community works together in the fight against cancer. Thank you in advance for your support!

Catholic School Council-we would love to have you join us

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. 

Nomination forms will be emailed out upon request and will be posted on our school website.

Please note:  Should we receive less than 8 nominations and candidates satisfy the requirements outlined in the regulations, they will be acclaimed.

Nomination Forms Due:  Friday, September 24th

First Council Meeting:  Monday, October 4th at 6:00 pm.  

All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  The meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held virtually via Teams online. 

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12 – 2021-2022

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

· Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

· Meningococcal Disease

· Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311.

Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination Attached to your correspondence is a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination.

Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.

Additional Information

For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize

Arrival and Dismissal

Thank you to all of our families who have been following the arrival and dismissal procedures that have been outlined. We ask for your continued support and diligence in following these routines. We kindly ask that parents waiting by the fence in the morning and after school stay off the sidewalks so that students can get to and from the playground safely. Finally we ask that family pets stay home during drop off and pick up.

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, we continue to use the automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line


SafeArrival
enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on

Important Upcoming Dates

Oct
15
Fri
Pizza and Milk orders due today by midnight
Oct 15 all day
Oct
19
Tue
Pumpkin Cookie Day
Oct 19 all day
Oct
20
Wed
Grade 8 Grad Wear orders due
Oct 20 all day
Grade 8 Parent Info Night IB Program STA
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
21
Thu
Pita Pit Lunch
Oct 21 all day
Pumpkin Cookie Day
Oct 21 all day
Grade 8 Parent Info Night AP Program Holy Trinity
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oct
26
Tue
Pumpkin Cookie Day
Oct 26 all day
Oct
28
Thu
Pita Pit Lunch
Oct 28 all day
Pumpkin Cookie Day
Oct 28 all day
Grade 8 Parent Info Night Loyola
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oct
29
Fri
Halloween Dance a thon
Oct 29 all day

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