“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
Due to your generous support of our Angel Tree, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Matthew Church was able to help over 400 people, distributing over $33,000 in gift cards to our neighbor in need. Thank you for being partners in social justice.
Review Routines and Expectations
We had the opportunity to hold our Grade 1- 8 Code of Conduct assemblies on Wednesday, January 8th and reviewed with the students the routines and expectations of St. Mary School so that everyone feels safe, included and successful. Please discuss with your child about the positive messages that were shared.
School Council Meeting- Jan 13
We will have our next Council Meeting on Monday, January 13th in the library at 6:30 PM. All parents are welcome to attend these meetings.
We are now gathering December photos for our 2019-2020 yearbook. If you would like to contribute photos of school events and field trips, please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and put the classroom teacher’s name on the subject line. Thank you in advance, for your photos.
Advanced New Registrations for 2020-2021 School Year
To facilitate planning for the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage all families intending to register new children at St. Mary School (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guideline posted on the front page of our website: New Registrations Please plan to come to the school on Tuesday, January 21st or Wednesday, January 22nd between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to complete your child’s registration. The School Board also sent an email to parents earlier this week with instructions on the registration process.
Gr.7 Confirmation Retreat- Jan. 19
Our Gr.7 students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to attend the Confirmation retreat with one parent on Sunday, January 19 from 5-7pm at St. Matthew Church. Please note that Confirmation Sponsors are not required to attend the retreat.
Gr.6, 7 & 8 Ignite Program- Jan. 28
We are thrilled to offer this lunch time program-K4K Ignite Leadership Program. This program will take place starting on Tuesday, January 28 from Noon- 1 p.m. It will run for 5 consecutive weeks. The cost is $85 per child.
This program promotes mentorship and leadership development. Topics include: How the characteristics of a leader will build an impenetrable personal brand, anti-bullying strategies, social media and how it can affect your reputation and so much more. This program is recommended for all Gr.6-8 children. Please see the registration form for more details.
Family S.T.E.M Night- Jan. 30
Parent Council presents a new and energizing fun Family S.T.E.M. Night – Coming Thursday January 30th, 2020!! Please complete the registration form and return to your child’s teacher by January 24. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Parking Lot Safety
Everyone’s patience and co-operation are needed in the parking lot while dropping off and picking up your children. A reminder that the North Parking lot is a Kiss-and-Ride, while the South Parking lot is NOT a Kiss-and-Ride. When using the South Parking lot, caregivers are to park in the appropriate spaces, and come to the gate to pick up children. Once the parking spaces are filled, caregivers must find alternative parking and walk up to the school to retrieve children. Please do not block cars in or use the handicapped parking spaces illegally. Thank you to those who continue to use our parking lots properly by following the posted and painted signs and the suggestions from the school and for modelling Catholic Faith behaviour with regards to any incidences or concerns that may occur.
Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/
St. Mary Tip
Colder days in January can mean more time indoors, a perfect time to connect as a family. Board games, puzzles, reading, movie night, baking or cooking a meal together – these are all great ways to interact and learn about each other. The more time we spend with each other, the greater the connection we feel for the other. Children need to feel they are valued and nothing speaks to their hearts more compared to time spent together!
K. Dobbie & D. Comito