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Weekly Update – September 30th – October 4th

2019-2020 Major School Fundraiser:

We will launch our major school fundraiser for this year in the upcoming week. Our goal is to have 100% participation by all families as opposed to a suggested donation amount. The funds raised go directly to supporting our students in many ways. Please help to continue the great programs and events that have happened in previous years. More information will be sent this week.

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 encouraged to wear an orange accessory (t-shirt, socks, hat, hair accessories, etc,) with their school uniform Tomorrow (September 30th).

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. We went out in big numbers this past Thursday to display our support for this outstanding cause and for a true Canadian hero. We are still looking for donations as a community as we are about $1000 short of our goal.

If you choose to do so, please donate online (our personal St. Matthew page) by clicking on the following link: St. Matthew Donations. 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!

Fire, Lockdown, Bomb Threat Drills:

In accordance with the Ontario Fire Code, the Police/School Board Protocol and the Safe Schools provisions of the Education Act, St. Matthew School conducts 6 fire drills, 2 lockdown drills and 2 bomb drills every year.  We have already been practicing these drills as of last week and will be continuing to do so over the next few weeks.


On September 25, 2019, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the 2018-2019 Provincial Assessment Reports for each school and school board in Ontario.

The Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) EQAO assessments in reading, writing and mathematics took place last school year during May and June.

Our school results are now available online. To learn more about EQAO assessments and view our school results, visit:

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

Volunteering at the School- We are always welcoming parents/family members to help volunteer at the school. Please note that all volunteers must have a valid criminal record check (vulnerable sector screening) in the office. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

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.

Your Partners,

M. Simon and V. Chininea

Upcoming Events:

Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
1st Catholic School Council Meeting @ School Library
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm
Gr. 8 Liturgy
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am
Dental Screening – JK/SK & Gr. 2
Oct 8 all day
P.A. Day
Oct 11 all day
Thanksgiving Monday – No School
Oct 14 all day
Bus Safety Presentations
Oct 15 @ 9:15 am
Gr. 7 Camp Muskoka Parent Information Night
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm
Gr. 7 Liturgy (Time TBD)
Oct 16 all day
Holy Trinity AP Information Night
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – September 30th – October 4th