St. Matthew Catholic Parish Information – POSTPONED CELEBRATIONS
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 celebration due to the pandemic. All families are expected to complete the registration and dates election 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.
Terry Fox Walk-Wednesday September 29-Red Day
Our school will be proudly take part in our 16th Terry Fox School Run on Wednesday, September 29th. While this year’s event will still look different from previous years, we are excited to share that we have developed creative ways for all of our staff and students to take part. We hope that we can continue to show the great strength and resiliency of our school community with your support of one of our greatest Canadian heroes, Terry Fox. Let’s all use Terry’s message of hope and strength to inspire us during these challenging times.
The Terry Fox Foundation has created an online fundraising page for our school as well as provide student/classroom “Terry” activities. Here are some of the ways you can support your child for this year’s Terry Fox event:
- Donate online at: http://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
- Help your child set up a student fundraising page
- Upload personal photos, videos and messages to share with friends and family
- All student logins and links are private and secure
- Support your child’s “Try Like Terry” Challenge
- Help your child select a goal and fun activity to support their fundraising efforts
- Share your activity on social media and tag others to join
We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Terry Fox event. This is our opportunity to “Try Like Terry” and go the distance for this year’s event. Please join us to support cancer research while building incredible school spirit for all of our students. Thank you in advance for your support!
Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.
In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.
Orange Shirt Day -Thursday, September 30
On Thursday, September 30th, 2021 Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.
We look forward to observing Orange Shirt Day with our students with an Orange Shirt Day.
This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.
Each class will take time on that day to reflect on, and discuss, the significance of the “Orange Shirt” by participating in a school-wide activity!
Understanding and acknowledging our shared history is a vital part of working towards a better future!
Virtual Celebration of Learning (Curriculum Night) -Thursday Sept. 30th
Our Celebration of Learning/Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, September 30th between the hours of 6:30-7:30pm.
Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health. Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation from their child’s teacher, followed by a Q & A format.
- 6:30 pm Session #1 Presentation followed by a Q & A
- 7:00 pm Session #2 Presentation followed by a Q & A
Picture Day is postponed at this time – we will update you as soon as a date is confirmed.
Promoting Well Being
“How can you improve children’s mental health? Parents can nurture a child’s mental health by building a close relationship with them, providing structure and boundaries, fostering independence, encouraging social connections, teaching healthy habits and modeling positive behavior. Below you can find a resource put together by School Mental Health Ontario that can help you support a mentally healthy back to school for your child.”
School Mental Health Ontario has many great resources for parents, please open the link below