Kindness is Contagious!
Bullying prevention and awareness week is November the 12th to November the 19th. Every year, HCDSB participates in National Bullying awareness week.
By participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention week, our schools will be affecting positive change in student learning, achievement, and well-being by promoting a safer learning environment, which is essential to their success.
Bullying prevention and intervention promotes the development of healthy relationships. The goal is to help ensure that all students have healthy, safe, respectful, and caring relationships with everyone in their lives. Students who foster these types of relationships will be less likely to bully others, more likely to support students who are bullied, and better able to reach their educational goals.
Preventing bullying and creating a safe and accepting school climate is something we strive to achieve every single day in our school community! For more information about bullying and bullying awareness and prevention, you can visit the link copied below…
St. Matthew Catholic Parish News – World Day of the Poor
Pope Francis has declared November 14th, 2021 the fifth World Day of the Poor, a day in which we are encouraged to consider those less fortunate than ourselves and to give generously what we can.
As stated by Pope Francis in his address this year, “The poor are not people ‘outside’ our communities, but brothers and sisters whose sufferings we should share, in an effort to alleviate their difficulties and marginalization, restore their lost dignity and ensure their necessary social inclusion.”
We are slowly seeing the light at the end of the very long tunnel of this pandemic. As we emerge into better times, let us not forget those whose struggles continue. According to the Food Banks Canada latest report, “low and stagnant incomes, rising food costs, and an unrelenting housing market driving up market rents across the country have created a level of need not seen since the aftermath of the 2008 recession.” Sadly, one third of food bank users are children (Hunger Count 2021: A Tale of Two Trends).
In the coming weeks, the SSVP invites you to consider your own good fortune and how this good fortune allows you to assist persons in need. We hope that you will consider donating and volunteering not just in honour of the World Day of the Poor, but year-round to help your friends and neighbours in need.
To make a donation, volunteer, or learn more contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (905) 825-0219 press 2. To make an online donation directly to our conference, visit our donation portal at https://www.ssvpsaintmatthew.org/Donate.asp. Cash and cheque donations addressed to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St Matthew may be dropped off in the parish office.
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
I Have A Voice!
Throughout the month of November, we will focus on what it means to be an effective communicator.
Parent/Teacher Interviews-Bookings close tomorrow at 11pm
“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.
We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 25th from 3:30 – 8:00 pm and Friday, November 26th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions printed further down the page.
As per the HCDSB Return to School Plan and Covid-19 restrictions, interviews will be held virtually via a Teams meeting or can be conducted by phone.
You will be able to make appointments until November 15th at 11:00 pm.
1. Go to the St. John Paul II scheduling webpage at https://stjp.parentinterview.com
2. Enter the Parent Code (printed below) and click “Sign In”
Please make a note of your Confirmation #
3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”
4. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment
5. Indicate whether you prefer an online interview or a phone interview. Please provide the necessary contact information based on your preference.
6. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to meet to have your meeting
7. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet
8. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)
9. Print out, email or copy down your schedule and bring it with you
The Parent Code for this term is
Do not share this code with anyone outside your school community
Please note that if you have a child in Grade 7 and 8, please book an interview time with your child’s homeroom teacher and FSL, ESL or SERT if necessary. If you would like to speak with their rotary teachers, please contact them directly to arrange an alternate time.
Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on “Delete” beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule.
If you misplace your schedule, you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time. If you need help using the service, please email email@example.com
If you do not have access to the internet at home or in the workplace, please call parentInterview toll-free at 1-866-810-0076, and someone will be happy to make your appointments with you.
Poinsettia Fundraiser-orders due November 19th
Just a reminder to place your order for poinsettias and festive arrangements from Terra Greenhouses to decorate your home or offer as gifts. Please see the attached flyer for details. If you wish to make a purchase, you may do so until November 19th via School Cash Online. We will facilitate a curbside pick-up for families on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 from 3:30-5:30 pm at the front bus loop.
Save the Date: Our Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!
Our school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from November 22-26.
The Scholastic Book Fair is a fantastic way to continue to give our students access to the books they want to read. We are so happy that our students can interact with the Fair at our school, and choose their next favourite book!
For parents, family and friends who cannot enter the school, we’re excited that you will still be able to shop our Virtual Book Fair Extension on our Book Fair dates, and select the books that inspire your readers from the comfort of home.
All purchases benefit our school and earn Rewards that can be redeemed
for books and Education Resources for our school
Library Learning Commons.
When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s
Virtual Book Fair Extension site using this link:
Before our Fair begins, click the link to:
- SAVE it to your browser
- WATCH videos of popular new titles
- PREVIEW our Featured Books
Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Book Fair!
The No Hate In Halton Campaign
The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. Our intermediate students will be promoting this during our Morning Announcements, sharing the message that we believe that there should be #NoHateInHalton and that Halton region is diverse & that is what makes it beautiful and vibrant.
As the cold weather begins, please ensure that your child is dressed for all types of weather so that they can comfortably enjoy outdoor recess and physical education classes.
Daily Self Screening for all students is required
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. 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.
Promoting Well Being
Anxiety 101: What You and Your Child Need to Know About Anxiety
- Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It alerts us to threats, protects us from danger and helps us reach important goals. For example, it is normal to feel anxious when encountering a bear on a hike, or before taking an important exam.
- Anxiety is not dangerous. Although anxiety feels uncomfortable, it is temporary and will eventually decrease. The sensations we experience in an anxious situation are designed to alert and activate us. They are normal and part of our body’s natural response mechanism. Our body is smart enough to know when to “amp up” and when to “calm down.”
- Anxiety is adaptive. Anxiety helps us prepare for real danger, such as crossing a busy street. It can also help us perform at our best and motivate us to study for an exam or practice for a big game. When we experience anxiety, it triggers our “fight-flight-freeze” response, and prepares our body to react. For instance, our heart beats faster to pump blood to our muscles, so we have the energy to run away or fight off danger. Without it, we would not survive. We need some anxiety.
- Anxiety is part of life. Trying to eliminate anxiety from your child’s life is almost impossible, and even if it were possible, we are not sure you will have created a life worth living for your child. As a result, this website has been designed to provide you and your child with information, tools, resources, and more, to help your child become an expert on coping with anxiety. Since anxiety is everywhere, one of the greatest gifts you can give your anxious child or teen is the confidence and skill to tolerate anxiety whenever it occurs, and to continue living his/her life anyway!
- Anxiety can become a problem. Small doses of anxiety in certain situations are useful. However, when your child is worrying much of the time, avoiding fun activities, or refusing to go to school because s/he is scared or worried, anxiety has become a problem. Think of anxiety like fog: if it covers everything, makes it hard to see, stops you from doing what you usually do, and generally gets in the way, then it has likely become a problem.
For more information on how to explain anxiety to your child, see “How to talk to your Child about Anxiety”