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Weekly Update – September 20th – 24th, 2021

The Greatest gift you can give your children is not your own riches, but revealing to them their own. Max Lucado

Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a mask when they enter the school yard each morning!

Thank you to our students for following our protocols both inside and outside the building ~ you have been doing an AWESOME JOB!

Thank you to our AMAZING staff for their positive energy that they bring every day! 

SAVE the DATE: Virtual Curriculum Night

We kindly request that you save the following date for our Curriculum Night, which will be held on Wednesday, September 29th between the hours of 6:30-7:30pm.

Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health. Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation from their child’s teacher, followed by a Q & A format. Teams links will be sent out by teachers and/or School Messenger.

  • 6:30-6:40 pm              Administrators’ Address
  • 6:45-7:05 pm              Session #1 10-minute Presentation / 10-minute Q & A
  • 7:10-7:30 pm             Session #2 10-minute Presentation / 10-minute Q & A

Kiss & Ride

We appreciate that the end of the day at St. Mary is quite busy with dismissal.  We ask for your patience in order to ensure that everyone is picked up safely.  Our staff is on duty to manage all of the activity at the end of the day and kindness goes a long way. 

St. Matthew Parish Update:

Thank you to Fr. Allen and Fr. Patrick for their prayers for our school communities as we return to school.  We are looking forward to welcoming the parish team back to our schools when protocols permit.

A few reminders from the St. Matthew Parish:

  • Please be reminded that St. Matthew Parish asks that all communication and questions related to sacramental preparation and celebration pass directly from parents/caregivers to parish staff.
  • The parish acts as the sole repository and communicator of information so as to avoid miscommunication and confusion.
  • A simple, easy-to-understand postcards went home this week for current Grade 2 and Grade 7 students, directing families to the dedicated webpages listed below.
  • www.saintmatthew.ca/communion
  • www.saintmatthew.ca/confirmation
  • Everything needed to register and begin preparing for First Communion and Confirmation is there.
  • Most of those who deferred celebrations last year (current Grade 3 and Grade 8 students) have already rescheduled. Celebrations took place over the summer, and more are scheduled for late-September and early-October. Parents/caregivers are expected to register online by visiting www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations.

Daily Self Screening

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Halton Region Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

  • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
  • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
  • are diagnosed with another illness

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19
  • If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:
  • Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health


If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  Please be aware that St. Mary School strives to be a nut aware environment. We have students with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Family Consent Forms

This year family consent forms are being filled out electronically for each child enrolled in our school.  Parents are asked to complete the online form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Physical Education Forms

Please fill out & return the paper copy of the Elementary physical education Information forms that were sent out last week.  Thank you

Family Paint Night Wednesday in Recognition of Orange Shirt Day 

This virtual family paint night is being hosted in recognition of Orange Shirt Day. For more information, please see the board website here: https://www.hcdsb.org/2021/09/family-paint-night-in-recognition-of-orange-shirt-day/

Code of Conduct Assemblies    

This week Mr. Sneyd and Mrs. MacIntyre held divisional virtual code of conduct assemblies with our students.  The students were reminded of the St. Mary expectations for safety and learning.

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12 – 2021-2022

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering theschool-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination
Attached to your correspondence is a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination.

Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.

Additional Information

For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize

Sneyd, RoryWeekly Update – September 20th – 24th, 2021