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Community Update: October 26 2020


“Opportunities for kindness surround each of us on a day-to-day basis.” ~ Kindness Boomerang

Kindness Boomerang

As part of our morning video announcements and virtual community building, we will be focusing on what we can do to make our world a better place. Just like a Boomerang goes out and comes back, so do our acts of kindness. We will be sharing inspirational quotes and the power of paying kind actions forward. Our hope is that this year we will take a special moments to practice; kindness in relationships, kindness with ourselves, kindness with nature and kindness in simple daily acts.

Curriculum Night

We hope that all our families enjoyed our first Virtual Curriculum Night which took place this past Thursday. We are very proud of all the new modes of communication that we are engaging in while supporting and maintaining our positive relationships. Together we are stronger for the students of St. Matthew.

Fundraising Donation Campaign

St. Matthew School is a wonderful place to learn and grow.  Teachers, administrators and support staff work together to ensure the needs of each child are being met, with the goal of preparing students for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and contribution to society.  To aid in fulfilling this goal, we rely on our single major fundraiser, where 100% of your donation goes directly to programs and tools for your child.  Continuing to make St. Matthew 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. Matthew 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 for the school: playground equipment for each classroom cohort, math manipulatives for each classroom cohort, additional physical education equipment for each classroom cohort, additional iPads and laptops, and new indoor school flags.

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

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


The deadline for donations is November 2nd, 2020. Please donate today!  The link will remain open throughout the year as well.

St. Matthew School has flourished because of the tremendous support of teachers, administrators, support staff and parents who, over the years, have contributed to making the educational experience both fun and rewarding. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Halton Food for Thought

More than ever, Halton students need access to nutritious food to fuel a full day of learning. 

As such, I am happy to inform you that starting in October, Halton Food for Thought will provide Grab and Go Healthy Food Boxes to our school. This will provide students with access to a nutritious snack to help keep them focused throughout the day.

When we feed students at school, we are offering them their best chance for success.  We want students to reach their full potential and lead healthy, active lives.

Key information:

  • Starting in October, Halton Food for Thought will provide schools with Grab & Go Healthy Food Boxes containing pre-packaged, non-perishable food items for example granola bars and apple sauce.
  • Boxes will contain enough bulk snacks for 1 classroom for 1 month.
  • In accordance with ministry guidelines teachers can distribute snacks from the Grab and Go Healthy Food Box as needed. This is not a self-serve model for students.
  • Halton Food for Thought programs are free of charge to all students

Parental support/volunteer

Packing over 5600 food boxes for schools each month is a huge undertaking.

If you are interested in supporting the program financially (any amount is appreciated) donations can be made directly on the Halton food for thought website.

If you would like to volunteer or have a connection to a local business that could help support the Grab and Go Healthy Food Boxes please contact info@haltonfoodforthought.com

Together we #FeedTheirFuture!

Looking Ahead

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Hallowe’en is around the corner! Trick or treating may look a little different this year, but at St. Matthew, we would like to show our spirit. Students may choose to wear Orange and Black or a costume.  

Hallowe’en Costume Selection:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx

Hallowe’en Candy and Treats

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at school. Thank you for your understanding.

Gojmerac, AnnieCommunity Update: October 26 2020