“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
Valentine Spirit Day- Feb. 13
To support the St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Matthew Church, students are encouraged to wear red, white or pink on Thursday, February 13th. A donation of $2 towards this charity is greatly appreciated. This will be a non-uniform day. Students are welcome to bring in their donations or payment can be made on school cash online. We kindly ask parents not to send in any food treats for Valentine’s Day as we have many children with anaphylactic allergies. The gift of friendship and love can be shown through cards and non-food thoughts.
PA Day & Family Day- Feb. 14 & Feb. 17
Friday, February 14th, is a Professional Development Day focused on our school Equity and Inclusion for school staff. Monday, February 17th, is Family Day. There is NO SCHOOL for students on BOTH days. We wish all our St. Mary Families a wonderful Family Day weekend surrounded by loved ones.
Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award.
The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).
Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020.
Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.
Our students continue to participate in rich learning, developing innovative minds in our newly created Innovation Hub. We are currently are collecting the following items to support learning: cloth material (fabric), Pringles cans, paper towel rolls, yarn, plastic and paper cups. We appreciate your support in contributing items to our Innovation Hub as needed. Please submit any donated items to your child’s classroom teacher.
If you did not have the opportunity to register your child for kindergarten during our advanced registration dates, we encourage all families to please register at the school in the next few weeks between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This will help us facilitate planning for the 2020-21 school year. Thank you for your co-operation and we look forward to welcoming all our new students!
Are You Moving?
If you are moving sometime between now and September, and as a result, your children will no longer be attending St. Mary School, please call the office ASAP to let us know. This information greatly affects the organization of our school for the upcoming year and the process has already begun.
Keeping Immunizations Up-to-Date
Halton Region reminds us of the importance of keeping our children’s immunizations up to date. For additional information and immunization guidelines please visit www.halton.ca ~ search: immunization information for families.
With Flu and Cold Season upon us it is important to minimize the spread of germs. If your children are sick, we kindly ask that you keep them child home from school until they are feeling better in order to reduce the spread of these unwanted germs. Common sense can go a long way toward staying healthy in school. In addition to frequent hand-washing, encourage your child to:
- Use hand sanitizer. Give your child hand sanitizer to use when hand-washing isn’t possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue — then toss it. If it isn’t possible to reach a tissue in time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her arm.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Remind your child that germs spread this way.
- Steer clear of colds. When possible, help or encourage your child to avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold.
Pancake Tuesday- Feb. 25
Save the date – On Tuesday, February 25th our school will continue our wonderful tradition of preparing pancakes for the entire school. It takes many volunteers to make this wonderful tradition come about. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to: stmaryCESvolunteers@gmail.com indicating your interest. Griddles, large bowls, spatulas, serving trays & extension cords are also needed for the day. If you are able volunteer these items for the day, please let us know.
March Break Basketball Camp- Mar.16-20
St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders are pleased to offer a Basketball for boys and girls ages 6-13 during March Break. Please see this flyer for more details and registration information.
Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/
St. Mary Tip
Top 5 Parenting Tips
- Give hugs and kisses and say “I love you.”
- Read stories and sing songs, especially before bedtime.
- Have conversations with your children.
- Praise your child’s accomplishments.
- Teach your child manners.
K. Dobbie & D. Comito