“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward
When Should I Keep My Child Home?
Each morning, you must use the Daily School Screening Tool with your child(ren). You will be asked to monitor any of the following symptoms:
- Fever and/or chills
- New or worsening cough (not related to other known causes/conditions)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to other known causes such as asthma)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose (not related to other known causes such as seasonal allergies)
- Decrease or loss of sense of smell or taste
- Headache that’s unusual or long-lasting
- Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise (not related to other known causes such as insomnia, anemia)
As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure all protocols are in place and followed in each of our schools.
Masks are required for ALL on school property for pick-up and drop-offs. Thank you to the parents and guardians who continue to follow our mask expectations and model to our students the importance of social distancing. By working together, we create a safe environment for our staff, students, and our community. We need your continued support to avoid any lingering or social gatherings during both entry and dismissal times.
Family Information Packages
Thank you for completing and returning family information packages and updated student verification forms. If you have not already done so, please return your forms to the classroom teacher as soon as possible.
World Teachers’ Day- Oct. 5
In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind. Learn more here: World Teachers’ Day. Thank you to our dedicated teachers at St. Mary School!
Parents of Gr. 2, 3 & 7 students preparing to celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation at St. Matthew Church must register their child at www.saintmatthew.ca/sacramentalprep. You will find clear and easy-to-follow step by step instructions for registering your child to participate this year. Please note that all paper registrations forms must be returned directly to St. Matthew Parish Office.
School Council Meeting – Oct. 5th
We will have our first Council Meeting on Monday, October 5th virtually through Microsoft TEAMs at 6:30 PM. Parents who submitted and/or received a nomination have been notified of their position on council. A link to the online meeting will be emailed to members before the meeting. Should parents who are not on council want to attend the meeting, you can request the link by contacting the office.
Reminder: No Pets on School Property
Pets are not permitted on school grounds at any time with the exception of official service animals and handlers by prior arrangement with the Principal or Vice Principal. School grounds include all sidewalks around the school and playground spaces. We thank everyone for your cooperation in this regard.
Appropriate Outdoor Wear
With the fall weather upon us, please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Physical Education classes continue to take place outside, along with our Outdoor Learning Periods.
Wishing the St. Mary School Community a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. We are grateful for all your support and trust throughout the year. A reminder there is No School on Monday October 12th.
St. Mary Tips
The impact that spending time in nature has on our Mental Health
“A walk in nature walks the soul back home” Mary Davis
Nature is undoubtedly the best healer. Spending time in nature awakens our senses and provides clarity. Studies have proved that people who have a close connection to the landscapes are happier from the inside – they indulge themselves in positive thinking and have better coping mechanisms than others.
A strong human-nature relationship means emotional balance, more focus, solution-oriented thinking, and an overall resilient approach to life.
K. Dobbie & D. Comito