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Weekly Update – September 23rd – 27th

Non-uniform Day – We will begin with our non-uniform days (typically the final Friday of each month) this Friday, September 27th. Please check our calendar moving forward for non-uniform and special spirit days.

Orange Shirt Day – Orange Shirt Day is a growing movement of reconciliation, and legacy of the 2013 St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event, held in Williams Lake, B.C.  It grew out of a former student’s account of having her brand-new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school.  Wearing an Orange Shirt is meant to recognize the harm done to residential school students, and show a commitment to the principle that every child matters.

A date in September was chosen because it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Students are welcome to wear an orange accessory (t-shirt, socks, hat, hair accessories, etc,) with their school uniform on Monday, September 30th.

Hot Lunch Programs:

  • Pizza Program – Our Pizza program will begin on Thursday, October 3rd. The Cash Online link has been opened to begin submitting orders (Due date for submitting orders is today – September 22nd, before midnight). If you have any questions or concerns about ordering, please call or visit our office. Please click here for all ordering details: Pizza Day Letter – 2019-2020
  • Kidssentials –  If you are interested in ordering this hot lunch option, please see this notice for important ordering information Kidssentials – St. Matthew Sept. 2019. The first day of service will be tomorrow (September 23rd) for those who ordered.

Lunch Time Routines – We respectfully ask all parents to confirm lunchtime routines with your children. In the event that your child will occasionally leave for lunch (to go home or other), we ask that a note/message in the agenda or other be forwarded to their classroom teachers.  It is essential that we know that you have given your children permission to leave the school property and where they are going on particular days where the regular routine may change. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Volunteering at the School- Thank you to those parents who were able to join us last Friday for our Volunteer event. If you were not able to make it, you can call the office for more details on how to volunteer at the school. Please note that all volunteers must have a valid criminal record check (vulnerable sector screening) in the office.

Terry Fox Walk 2019:

As a St. Matthew Catholic School Community, we are very proud to once again, support the Terry Fox organization. Terry Fox often said that it was the youth who would carry forth his efforts and work towards a world without cancer. Millions of students across Canada take part in the Terry Fox School Run every year raising funds for cancer research, making it one of the largest fundraising events in Canadian history and one of the largest displays of solidarity this planet has ever seen! By participating you will help share Terry’s example of courage, strength, and hope. The school walk is on Thursday, September 26th, (weather permitting).

If you choose to do so, please donate online by clicking on the link below. Our goal is to surpass the $3389.05 we raised last year. As a fun incentive, if we raise $1500, a teacher will get a pie in the face at the end of our next RAD assembly, if we raise $3000, our VP, Mr. Simon, will also get a pie in the face. If we raise more than last year, Mr. Chininea, Mr. Simon and a teacher will all get hit with a pie in the face!

Let’s have some fun, raise money to end cancer, and get walking to honour Terry Fox, a Canadian hero! Please click HERE to view our school’s donation page.

Gr. 8 Important Dates/High School Events – Grade 8 Parents, please click HERE to view important dates and high school transition events.

Dental Screenings – Halton Region Health Department will be in to complete dental screenings with students in JK, SK and grade 2 on Tuesday, October 8th. If you have a child in these grades, please click HERE for more information.

Dogs/Pets on School Property – A gentle reminder to all parents that pets are not permitted on any part of our school property, which includes for events (sports, after school play, school bbq, etc.). Thank you for your cooperation.

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) – HSTS welcomes all parents to join follow them on Twitter (@haltonschoolbus). On their feed, you will find bus safety tips & events, bus loading zone expectations, service reminders, inclement weather cancellations and more.

Your Partners,

M. Simon and V. Chininea

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