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Week of November 8-12

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Indigenous Awareness Month

November is Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). Throughout the month of November and during this school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Days of Importance:

  • Treaties Recognition Week was celebrated last week to educate students about the importance of treaties and how they have helped to shape the province of Ontario.​
  • Inuit Day, November 7, 2021. On this day we recognize the cultures, histories, contemporary contexts and rich contributions of Inuit peoples in our community and across the country. 
  • National Indigenous Veterans Day, November 8, 2021.  This is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of Indigenous contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. 
  • Louis Riel Day, November 16, 2021. Louis Riel was a great Métis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870. ​

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News

From the Pastor’s Desk… By the grace of God and with no small amount of help from our parish volunteers and staff, we completed our “makeup” celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation this past Sunday. Taking a few days to catch our breath, Fr. Patrick and I were right back at it on Wednesday evening, hosting a ZOOM meeting with more than 200 Grade 7 students preparing for Confirmation next year. It was a refreshing change to prepare parents for an impending positive change in the pandemic restrictions we’ll face at these celebrations. It was also nice to debut a refreshed programme of sacramental preparation and a set of new resources. They seemed to resonate with the young people, and we’re looking forward to continuing the journey at meetings and retreats scheduled for the coming months. Grade 2 students will be here next week for in-person preparation for First Reconciliation…and some paper sheep-making. As part of our continued (and continuous) appeal for volunteers, we’d love to build a team of parishioners enthusiastic about working with young people to help with events like this. Reach out to myself or Fr. Patrick by phone, email or after Mass if you’re interested. We’d love to have you!

~ Father Allen

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I Have A Voice!

Throughout the month of November, we will focus on what it means to be an effective communicator.

Congratulations to our October medal winners; Zachary D, Ava Rose D, Livia L, Christina P, Jackson S, Brayden, Maeve, Lucas J, Sebastian P, Joy F, Tobe, Alex K, Kara B, Fabio W, Michael A, Gabriella R, Alexendra R, Justin M, Emma Dea C who displayed what it means to be a discerning believer who lives their life like Jesus did.

Remembrance Day

On Thursday, November 11, 2020 we will have our Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy at 10:40 am. Special thanks to Ms. Bryla and Mrs. Morrison’s classes for leading this special celebration.

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Parent/Teacher Interviews-Have you booked one yet?

“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 from November 3th at 9:00 am until November 15th at 11:00 pm.


1. Go to the St. John Paul II scheduling webpage at

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

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

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.

Poinsettia Fundraising - TERRA Greenhouses

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.

Cold Weather

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.

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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.

Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school:

Promoting Well Being

Returning to school after the summer break was an adjustment, even under normal circumstances. This year brings additional challenges and stress because of COVID-19. It’s important to acknowledge that returning to school felt quite different this year, whether it was returning to in-person learning, or remote learning. For more information on how to help support your child and/or children, you can check out the link copied below …

Important Upcoming Dates

Angel Tree donations due today
Dec 3 all day
Christmas Pajama Day
Dec 3 all day
Intramurals at lunch (Fletcher/ Hoover/Mesich
Dec 3 all day
Pizza Day
Dec 6 all day
Boys volleyball game vs SJOA @ SJP after school
Dec 7 all day
Family Paint Night 6:30 pm
Dec 7 all day
Terra Cotta Cookie Day
Dec 7 all day
Girls volleyball game vs SJOA @ SJP after school
Dec 8 all day
Boys volleyball game vs St. Bernadette @ SJP after school
Dec 9 all day
Terra Cotta Cookie Day
Dec 9 all day
Christmas Sweater Day
Dec 10 all day
Advent Liturgy
Dec 13 all day

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