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Weekly Update- November 9- 13, 2020

“They gave their tomorrow so we could have our today….Lest We Forget”

Remembrance Day Service- Nov. 11th

We will have a Virtual Remembrance Day service on Wednesday, November 11th at 10:30 AM. We will be handing out poppies to all students and staff to wear as we celebrate and honour those that gave their lives so that we can live in freedom today. 

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

Each morning, you must use the updated Daily School 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 our school.

The school board will continue to communicate regularly with public health and we will update you as we receive new information.  Halton Public Health have also updated their Return to School and Child Care Protocol for Individuals for COVID-19 Symptoms, and you can review that information in the flow chart attached below.

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French Immersion Online Registration Process

The online registration process for the 2021-2022 school year will take place in November, similar to the online registration timeline and process that took place last school year. The first step in registering is to complete the online registration form. This form will be available for 2 weeks, beginning Monday, November 9, 2020 and ending on Friday, November 20, 2020.

The link to the online registration will be available on the home page of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period. Please note that you will require your child’s OEN to complete the online registration form.

Angel Tree- Nov. 30th

As we approach the beginning of the Season of Advent, our parish representatives have invited us to participate in their community outreach project, The St. Matthew Angel Tree. In partnership with  St. Vincent de Paul at St. Matthew’s Parish, the students at St. Mary Catholic School will have the opportunity to act as Christmas angels to those less fortunate by donating gift cards in $25.00 denominations for on of the following: Wal-Mart, Metro, President’s Choice, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Dollarama, Tim Horton’s and Sobey’s/FreshCo. These gift cards will be used to purchase winter clothing and groceries to assist those less fortunate. This project will serve as our only Christmas charitable outreach for the season.  Alternatively, there is also an online donation portal that you may choose to access: https://www.ssvpsaintmatthew.org/Donate.asp. We kindly ask that all gift cards are sent into school by November 30th.

Fundraising Update

Many thanks to all our families for their contributions to date. Through your generosity, we have been able to raise $6, 675 so far. This will greatly benefit our students in continuing to support their learning and achievement. Our primary focus this year is to enhance technology by purchasing Ipads, Laptops and Smartboards. In previous years, our traditional Halloween Dance-a-thon has raised approximately $22, 000.  Our goal is to try our best to raise the equivalent amount this year.

To aid in fulfilling this goal, we rely on our major fundraiser, where 100% of your donation goes directly to programs and tools for your child. Continuing to make St. Mary one of the top elementary schools in the province is a priority for us.

Any donation amount is welcome! Even the smallest donation makes a difference, and all donation amounts are confidential.

As the focus of St. Mary Catholic School is on developing the whole child, your participation enables us to focus on two main objectives:

  1. Support initiatives that enhance our children’s education and increase school pride
  2. Teach our children the value of investing in their school community and in their future

In the past years, your generous donations have allowed the school to fund many school initiatives across all grade levels. Your support has enabled our school to purchase technology, physical education equipment, materials for clubs, and other school initiatives. This year’s fundraiser will focus on purchasing technology for the school (for example: IPads, Laptops, Smartboards), and Virtual Assemblies for our students that will focus on well-being and new educational experiences or needs that may arise during this uncertain year.

         Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account:

  1. http://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/
  2. At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”
  3. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Mary
  4. A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.

Donations made before December 1, 2020 will allow us to plan activities and purchase materials for the school year; however, all donations will gladly be received throughout the year and the link will remain open. Thank you in advance for your contribution!

St. Mary Tips

Remember…our children are watching us. They are watching how we respond and manage our own stress. Let’s practise our own self-care so our children will learn and develop their own healthy strategies as well.

K. Dobbie & D. Comito

Principal/Vice Principal

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