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Community Update: November 30, 2020

Out of Uniform Day this Monday November 30, 2020

Our Student Ambassadors representing the voice of our students have put together a plan to support optional dress out of uniform days and spirit days. The first day will be this Monday, November 30 , 2020.

Fall Donation Fundraiser

We would like to thank all of our families for supporting our donation fundraiser which will support our students here at St. Matthew. This year we have raised $ 9450.00!  We are extremely grateful and are looking forward to putting this money into good use this year for the following purchases: Playground Equipment for each class cohort, Phys-Ed Equipment, Technology, Math Manipulatives for each class cohort, Additional laptops/iPads, and New Indoor School Flags.

Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation Awards

As a Catholic Community, we are called to learn about and live out our faith.  Together in partnership with the home and church, our focus here at St. Matthew is on developing the whole child – mind, body and spirit – as we strive to promote experiences that infuse our faith and help students encounter God in every aspect of their daily lives. 

At the core of the Catholic school system is the unique framework for learners called the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, which are integrated into everything that we do at school.  These expectations are measured not only in knowledge and skills, but also in attitude, values and actions. As a school community we will learn more about these 7 expectations this year.

During the month of December , the staff and students of St. Matthew Catholic School will focus on learning more about being ‘A Discerning Believer’.  We will hear daily announcements and reminders about what this means and how we can grow in our understanding of this trait.

A Discerning Believer is someone who is :

formed in the Catholic Faith community and celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living. 

At the end of the month 2 students from each class will be chosen as recipient winners by their teachers for exemplifying this Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation.

Elementary Student Lockers

As the winter months are quickly approaching, here are a few reminders about locker use and protocols that will be in place this year:

  • Students can use lockers to store OUTERWEAR ONLY. 
  • Personal items such as backpacks, textbooks, writing tools, lunches, etc., will continue to be kept in the classroom at all times.
  • To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers.
  • Students are assigned an individual locker. Students are not to share a locker unless they live in the same household and are in the same class.
  • Physical distancing protocols are in place at each school to avoid congregating in the hallways.

Catholic School Council: Gift of Giving

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the love to those who need it most.”

This year the St. Matthew Catholic School Council in partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (St. Matthew Chapter) will be supporting those in our community in need. We have titled our community outreach as the ‘Gift of Giving’. To follow the Covid-19 protocols at St. Matthews, we needed to rethink how we celebrate the Christmas Season and how we give to those in need.

What is the Gift of Giving?

The ‘Gift of Giving’ will be replacing what would traditionally be the Angel Tree and the spirit of giving during the Shopping Spree. This year students will be learning about benevolence in the form of ‘almsgiving’ and how this act supports those in our community.

How to Donate:

There are two ways that your family can participate.

#1. You can either go to schoolcashonline.com and donate a monetary value gift

#2.  Send in Gift Cards that range in value from ($10 -$25) for Metro, Walmart, Presidents Choice, Dollarama or Shoppers Drug Mart.

When will this take place?

Our ‘Gift of Giving’ will begin on Monday, November 23rd 2020 and close on Wednesday December 2nd 2020. Cash online will be open for this entire period.

Keeping Christ in Christmas

A student from St. Matthew, Leticia Velasquez-Berrio, submitted artwork for the Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest last year that was chosen to be featured as one of the HCDSB Christmas cards this year. Congratulations Leticia we are proud of you!

Gojmerac, AnnieCommunity Update: November 30, 2020