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Week of October 25-29

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/saintmtoakvilleT witter – @saintmtoakville   YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Af1hB7O-VS5PB1gYvTJhA From the Pastor’s Desk… Welcome Aboard! We’re pleased to welcome Cathie Orlanski to our parish staff

Week of October 18-22

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   From the Pastor’s Desk…   For the first time in many weeks, this weekend included only ordinary things. Weekend Masses, confessions, a wedding, but no celebrations of Confirmation or Baptism

Week of October 11-15

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

Week of October 4-8

Terry Fox Walk We joined schools across Canada by holding our Terry Fox Walk last week. The morning began with a lovely liturgy followed by all of our staff and students ‘dipping their toe’ into the Atlantic Ocean and then travelling across Canada as Terry did on his Marathon on Hope to raise funds for

Week of September 27-October 1

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

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day ~ September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be

Week of September 20-24

“Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past but looks towards the future.” ~ Pope Francis St. Matthew Parish Update Thank you to Fr. Allen and Fr. Patrick for their prayers for our school communities as we return to school. We are looking

Week of September 13-17

THANK YOU! A BIG shout out to our community~ what INCREDIBLE TEAMWORK! We are blessed to live, love and learn in this special community! Thank you to our students for your smiles, laughter and excitement as we begin a new school year! Our students did a fabulous job of learning our new routines and protocols,

Smile Cookies to Support Oakville Students!

From September 13 – 19, all Smile Cookie purchases made at Tim Hortons locations in Oakville will directly support Food4Kids Halton! Food4Kids Halton currently supports more than 850 children in Halton by providing nutritious foods to ensure that children have access to healthy foods over the weekend and during the summer months. Smile Cookie purchases can be made

Class Lists

Class Lists Available Friday, September 3rd

We are currently finalizing elementary class placements and making adjustments based on new registrations that have come in over the summer. Final placements will be available on Friday, September 3rd after 3:00 p.m.   Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will

Return to School Plan

Returning to School for the 2021-2022 Year

The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 is now available for review on the HCDSB website: https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/ The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 provides the protocols, guidelines and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year.  This plan was developed in consultation with Halton

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe & Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Week of June 28

Happy Summer Break! I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to our staff, parents and students for all their support, kindness and efforts this year at St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School. We wish you a relaxing and restful summer break. We hope you can spend time with your families as restrictions are lifted and rejuvenate. The SJPII CES staff look forward to seeing all our students in the new school year. Our office will open

Week of June 21-25

Happy Father’s Day to all our SJPII dads, grandfathers, uncles and father figures! Enjoy your day. St. Matthew Parish – From the Pastor’s Desk… Sunday, June 20 is the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God’s power is on full display in this selection of readings. His ability to order all things according to his will

Week of June 14-18

Pride Awareness Day-June 14 As you know, June is the designated Pride Month in Canada, and throughout this month, we are joining the schools in our district in raising awareness, and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.

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Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) to Host Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June. CPIC is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.  CPIC provides an opportunity for Catholic School Council members to network,

Monitoring Survey

How Are We Doing? HCDSB Seeking Input on Year 5 of the Strategic Plan

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.  Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021 provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love. On Sunday, a family was intentionally struck by a driver in his motor vehicle as they were walking along their neighbourhood in London, Ontario. They were targeted because of their Islamic faith.

Week of June 7-11

Sunday, June 6 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Everything about the weekend’s liturgy points us to the mysterious gift from on high that stands at the very centre of our faith: the Eucharist. Christians the world around have longed for a return to our celebrations of this sacrament,

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program.

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system.  Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses

Week of May 31-June 4

St. Matthew Parish Sunday May 30 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Deuteronomist behind the First Reading is marvelling at a reality that awestruck the faithful of ancient Israel: that God was willing to draw close to his people, to address and commune with them directly. He had always seemed too important,

We Are All Wonderfully Made

HCDSB Celebrates Pride Month

June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and

Week of May 24-28

St. Matthew Parish – Pentecost Prayer This weekend, we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost, which concludes the Easter Season. We crown our joyful commemoration of the Lord’s Resurrection wondering at the birth of His Church, universal and imbued with God’s Spirit. It’s a fitting day to do something special, as many consider it the birthday

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fifth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past few months, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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Join us for a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!

HCDSB is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools.  Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel. The information evening is open to all parents, students, and

Week of May 17-21

St. Matthew Parish – From the Pastor’s Desk… Sunday, May 16 is the Ascension of the Lord.  St. Luke begins the Acts of the Apostles by reflecting that “in the first book” he wrote about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ himself. The book he’s referring to is the Gospel that bears his name,

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

Welcome to our new families joining St. John Paul II in September! Please find below our Virtual Kindergarten Orientation presentation. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the school.

Week of May 10-14

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers, Grandmothers, and Mother Figures. “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Education Week Thank you to all our families who took part in our week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic

Staff Appreciation Day ~ May 7, 2021

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 7, 2021! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 5700+ employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

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Journeying Together ~ Annual Walk with Jesus

A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby. Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ! A Message from Father Con O’Mahony 

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to Host Speaker Series

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series to discuss inclusivity and diversity, and how to better support children with additional needs. SEAC’s mandate is to make recommendations to the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in matters affecting the establishment and development of Special Education programs and services

Catholic Education Nurturing Hope: May 2 - May 7, 2021

Nurturing Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 2 to May 7, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to inspire students to cultivate their faith; so that they may prosper in hope by our

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HCDSB Participates in Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.  The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week. Daily Mental Health Themes The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week: Monday: Naming Our Emotions

Week of May 3-7

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 2 – May 7. The theme for Catholic

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

Student Awards of Excellence

HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Ethan Bettencourt who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Ethan Ethan is a responsible, polite, respectful,

Week of April 26-30

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15) Looking Ahead-2021/2022 Student Class Placement We are starting to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. In preparation for this, teachers will be working

Week of April 19-23

Technology Requests for Remote Learning As a follow up to the email you received earlier from HCDSB, we are writing to provide the link to the online request form for elementary students who require technology, equipment, or access to internet to participate in remote learning beginning on Tuesday, April 20th.  Please note that this form is intended for elementary school students

Provincial Announcement: All Schools Moving to Remote Learning After Spring Break

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here.  According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent is required from parents or guardians.   Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to: All students and their families All school staff and their household members All Child Care

Week of April 5-9

He is risen! Let a shout of joy go out to the magnification of God’s glory throughout all of the universe! Our Lenten sacrifices, small and insufficient as they may have been, have all been a participation in the suffering of Christ so that, by faith in His action, we might share in the resurrection.

Week of March 29-April 2

Holy Week This week is Holy Week, a most sacred time of year. We commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. The season of Lent, the season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end. It begins with Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry

Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change. For the health and safety

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day – Wednesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 is School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! On School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, let’s show our gratitude for the people that ensure active and safe travel for students and families to and from our schools. Here are some ways we can show our appreciation year-round: Guard signals you to stop; all cyclists

Week of March 22-26

Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements  The guidance received from the Ministry of Education includes:  1.    Changes to the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.  2.    Updates to the self-isolation requirements for household members.  1. Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool  The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms

Week of March 15-19

Final Request to Change Learning Environment is now open If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form. Important notes before you complete the online form:  You are asked to submit a separate form for each child.  You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on

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