Wishing all of our St. John Paul II families a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. We are grateful for all of you and pray for your good health and happiness. A reminder that Monday is a holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone after a restful long weekend on Tuesday.
Catholic School Council
On Monday, October 4th we held our first Catholic School Council meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. We are blessed with a group of very dedicated and hard-working council members to represent our parent community and act in the best interest of our entire school community! The following parents and staff are members of this year’s Catholic School Council:
- Olga Leon (Co-Chair)
- Ayesha D’Souza (Co-Chair)
- Meaghan Britten (Secretary)
- Karyn Poad (Treasurer)
- Tanya Moschella (CPIC Representative)
- Tope Olomu (OAPCE Representative)
- Mladen Stegic (Community Representative)
- Laura Flynn (Parish Representative)
- Diane Tassone
- Judy Bedernjak
- Lauri Pilozzi (Teacher Representative)
- Patricia Doherty (Teacher Representative)
- Mary Pirruccio (Non Teacher Representative)
Please visit the council tab on the school website for meeting dates, agendas, and minutes.
St. Matthew Catholic Parish News
Follow St. Matthew Catholic Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish! There are four ways to connect to the parish:
- Website – https://www.saintmatthew.ca/
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/saintmtoakville
- Twitter – @saintmtoakville
- YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Af1hB7O-VS5PB1gYvTJhA
Please be reminded that the selection of dates for our current programme of Sacramental Preparation (Gr. 2 and Gr. 7) began online this past Saturday, October 2. Spaces are still plentiful; register online if you missed it.
We will be hosting our annual Halloween Dance-a-thon on Friday, October 29th as our major fundraiser this year. Staff and students are invited to wear their costumes and we will be dancing in the gym in our classroom cohorts! As an incentive this year for students to gather pledges, we will continue offering raffle prizes. If you have a prize to donate, please contact the school. As always, student safety is our priority and no children should be soliciting door to door. Please refer to the information package emailed to families on October 7 for more details.
Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations
We will continue to focus on the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations in our work with your children throughout this school year. Each month we will pay special attention to one expectation and how it is evidenced in our relationships with family and friends, in our St. John Paul II school community, and in the larger communities of Oakville and the world. Our focus for the month of October is on being ‘A Discerning Believer’. We will focus on the following ways that students can demonstrate this expectation and encourage you to be mindful of them at home as well.
I AM A BELIEVER
- I believe that God is an awesome God.
- I believe and have faith in God.
- I believe that God is always with us.
- I believe that we can talk to God anytime and anywhere, through prayer.
- I believe in the stories of the Bible.
- I believe in the stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
- I believe in the Church community, celebrating Mass, and the seven sacraments.
- I believe in forgiveness
- Because I am a believer, I will live my life like Jesus.
The St. John Paul II Library Indigo Fundraiser is now here! 🎉🎈 📗
Effective immediately, all online Indigo gift cards purchased through our school FlipGive link below will give back up to 20% into our Library Learning Commons! Other purchases are options that give back up to 3%. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, birthdays and more…Indigo has something to put a smile on everybody’s face, even under a mask!
It’s simple, save this link to make all purchases https://indigo.flipgive.com/f/1515674
Click on the “Shop Now’ button and you will be able to complete your shopping trip.
Save our school FlipGive link to make your purchases this entire school year so you can spend either online or in-person.
Thank you for supporting the love of reading and learning!
Mrs. L. Sousa
Lunch and Milk Programs
Beginning this month, we will be begin to offer the following lunch programs.
Pita Pit-Thursdays-begins October 14
Pizza Day-Mondays-begins October 25
Milk Program every day begins October 25
Please note that Pizza and Milk are now posted on School Cash Online for your optional purchase.
Ordering information for Pita Pit is attached below. Please note that orders for pita are due by midnight tonight.
Promoting Well Being
In our ever-changing world, the use of technology is continuously expanding. It influences every area of our lives, from our ability to communicate with loved ones to accessing information at our fingertips. Unfortunately, we have also seen the negative effects of technology on mental health and well-being, and this has had a significant impact on our children and youth. For more information on how to better help/support your child/children manage digital technology, you can check out the resource created by School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO), the link is copied below.