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Community Update: May 25, 2021

Happy Victoria Day!

We wish our school community a wonderful Victoria Day long weekend!  Classes resume on Tuesday May 25, 2021.

St. Matthew Parish PENTECOST PRAYER

This weekend, we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost, which concludes the Easter Season. We crown our joyful commemoration of the Lord’s Resurrection wondering at the birth of His Church, universal and imbued with God’s Spirit. It’s a fitting day to do something special, as many consider it the birthday of our faith community. On Pentecost last year, Pope Francis ended his homily with this beautiful prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Holy Spirit, memory of God, revive in us the memory of the gift received.

Free us from the paralysis of selfishness and awaken in us the desire to serve, to do good.

Even worse than this crisis is the tragedy of squandering it by closing in on ourselves.

Come, Holy Spirit: you are harmony; make us builders of unity.

You always give yourself; grant us the courage to go out of ourselves,

to love and help each other, in order to become one family.

Amen.

 Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.  https://www.saintmatthew.ca/   https://www.youtube.com/saintmatthewparishoakville

You’re Invited to a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools. 

Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details

The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel.

The information evening is open to all parents, students, and staff, and will feature a showcase with students and an opportunity to learn more about assistive technology devices and its impact on education.

Watch the session through this link on the day of the scheduled presentation. – You will see one of our very own @stbernhcdsb superstars!

Keynote Speaker ~ Carrie Anton

Keynote speaker Carrie Anton, gold medal Paralympian in Goalball, will speak to her experience in being one of Canada’s leading experts in assistive technology and accessibility. 

To learn more about Carrie Anton, please visit her website.

 SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY – YOUR OPINION COUNTS!

In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, we are writing to invite you to complete the School Climate Parent/Guardian Survey

About the Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey

School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified. 

Access the Survey Here! 

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/MZNKRVV  

Once you access the website, you will be asked for the following password: ParentSchoolClimate2021

The survey should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at: CollimoreL@hcdsb.org

Free Family Paint Nights

Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham.  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage. Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session. 

Promoting Well-Being – – Bike Safety

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it’s a low-cost way to get around, and it’s good for the planet. Cyclists have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

As recommended by Parachute Canada:

  • Always wear a helmet. Properly worn, it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule.
  • Be prepared. Know the rules of the road.
  • Check your ride. A fun and safe cycling experience starts with a properly equipped bicycle.
  • Be a role model. Set a good example and practice safety together.

The Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide has additional information on riding tips to keep you safe while cycling.

Gojmerac, AnnieCommunity Update: May 25, 2021