“Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi
Remote Learning Continues
The Ministry has announced that schools will not re-open for in-person learning for the rest of the current school year. We will continue with remote learning until June 29th which is our last school day before summer break. We truly appreciate your support in working together to ensure a successful end of year for our students!
Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast Day- June 11th
This week we recognize the Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 11th, 2021. Families are encouraged to consider praying this Novena to the Sacred Heart at home. https://iceont.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Novena-To-Sacred-Heart-of-Jesus-ICE.pdf
First Communion & Confirmation
Registration began last Sunday at St. Matthew Church for upcoming celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation in our parish. Preparation for these sacraments has remained ongoing throughout pandemic lockdowns and restrictions. Communication with families has been constant, and we’ve offered a variety of options. Many will proceed with celebrations in July and August (spaces are still available), while others will wait for alternate dates in the Fall. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.
Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel. · https://www.saintmatthew.ca/ · https://www.youtube.com/saintmatthewparishoakville
Graduation for our Grade 8 Students
Plans to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2021 are underway. Graduation details will be finalized shortly. Please save the following dates:
- Thursday, June 24th @ 6:30pm for our Virtual Graduation Liturgy and Ceremony.
- Friday, June 25th we will have Graduation Curb-side Pick-Up during the school day.
Grade 8 parents should continue to look for emails with updated information. We pray for our Graduates as we prepare to celebrate them and all their accomplishments.
Free Family Paint Night-June 9th
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country and in our HCDSB community.
Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art. All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.
This session will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.
- Wednesday June 9th, 2021 @ 6 pm
Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions and provide encouragement. He has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session.
For more information on Indigenous History Month, and to see what’s happening across our board, please visit the HCDSB website.
Filipino Heritage Month
June is an important month for the Filipino community. Every year on June 12th, the Filipino community around the world celebrates Philippines Independence Day. Filipino Heritage Month in Ontario will provide all Ontarians, both today and in future generations, with an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich heritage and histories of the Filipino Canadian community. It will also give Ontarians an opportunity to reflect on the roles and contributions of Filipino Ontarians in communities across the province.
School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold
Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered and the Board will communicate any changes.
As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year.
For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/
Beginning Monday, May 31st, Halton youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination, booking appointments 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 by the end of August. Appointments for the Youth Vaccination Program will be available at Halton COVID-19 vaccination community clinic locations administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
NOTE: Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton:
- Read the letter from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region.
- Review the Child & Youth COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
- Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year – June 11
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 2021-2022 school year.
You may recall that in March we reached out to all parents and guardians with children attending an HCDSB Catholic Elementary School to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information was gathered early to help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning. Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we told you that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision
Specifically, we are asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:
1. Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR
At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.
Complete the Online Form Now to Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School
Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.
Some important notes before you complete this online form:
- If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
- If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
- An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the information flyer below for signing up any students in grade 6-8 for summer school. Information was sent to parents earlier, and a reminder email will be forthcoming from the Board.
If your child(ren) will not be returning to St. Mary in September, please email Mrs. DaSilva at DaSilvaO@hcdsb.org to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information is helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year. We appreciate your help and support.
St. Mary Tips
We thank you for your continued attention to crucial Public Health Measures at this critical point in the fight against COVID-19.
We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.
K. Dobbie & S. MacLeod