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Week of December 13-17

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Today marks the third week of Advent; we keep our eyes on Jesus and the JOY that we anticipate feeling when we celebrate His birth. JOY isn’t an emotion that comes and goes. Joy is something that comes from within, that we can draw from even when times are challenging or sad. We are joyful knowing that Jesus loves us and is always beside us! The Advent wreath reminds us to celebrate our faith and to practice it deliberately. Our faith is nothing short of a gift, instilled in us by a loving God and nutured by other people who loved us enough to share their faith with us.

We will celebrate the third week of Advent as a school community on Monday with a virtual liturgy prepared by our Grade 8 classes.

Each day of Advent, we invite our school community to participate in our Advent intention. Please see the calendar below:

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News – Farewell to Father Patrick…

Many thanks to Fr. Patrick, who has been ministering here since the summer months. With his reassignment to St. Benedict Parish, Milton coming closer and closer, we certainly wish him well as a community and assure him of our prayers. Fr. Patrick jumped eagerly into the role of Associate Pastor here, and has proven himself a devoted, capable, and generous priest. Any community that receives him will be blessed indeed. He’ll be with us for one more weekend, giving us all an opportunity to express our gratitude, but moving day is December 13.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

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Family Christmas Kahoot Night-Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm

Please join us for our Family Christmas Kahoot Night on Thursday night at 7 pm. We are looking forward to having a fun filled night of Christmas Trivia with our school community. Please see the attached flyer for more information

Rapid Antigen Screening Kit 

During the week of December 13th – 17th, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

Student Verification Forms online-Have you completed yours?

The Halton Catholic District School Board has transitioned our Student Information System to a new platform through PowerSchool.  We are pleased to announce the new online Verification Form process for the current process.  This process replaces the paper forms sent home at the beginning of each school year.  You received an email through School Messenger on Tuesday, December 7th , to review your child/ren’s Verification Form.  In addition, if your child has a Student Medical Plan of care, please ensure that you complete or review all medical screens.

Upcoming Joy Days

Staff and students are invited to participate in our upcoming JOY days:

Friday December 17th – Dress Like an Elf Day

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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:

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Early Dismissal Friday at 1:45 pm

On Friday December 17th, students will be dismissed at 1:45 pm. Parents are reminded to make arrangements accordingly.

Winter is here!

Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website ( during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program.

Promoting Well-Being

Outdoor winter safety: Staying safe during winter activities

By SickKids staff

Information for parents on helping kids stay safe while skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or tobogganing.

Key points

  • Check the weather forecast before going out for a day’s activity.
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature and the activity you will be doing.
  • Use well-maintained, well-fitting equipment, including the appropriate safety helmet for your activity.
  • Keep activities suited to children’s age and abilities and stay alert for hazards.

For more information see the entire article at –

Important Upcoming Dates

Family Paint Night 6-8 pm
Jan 18 all day
Code of Conduct Assembly-Primary
Jan 20 all day
New Year Liturgy presented by our Grade 7 Students
Jan 20 all day
Code of Conduct Assembly-Jr/Int
Jan 21 all day
Pizza Day
Jan 21 all day
Bell Lat’s Talk Day
Jan 26 all day
Holocaust Memorial Day
Jan 27 all day
Gr. 8 Grad Photos
Mar 1 all day
Grade 7 Confirmation 9 am & 11 am
Mar 5 all day
Grade 7 Confirmation 4 pm
Mar 20 all day
Grade 7 Confirmation 7 pm
Mar 23 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting 6 pm
Apr 4 all day

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