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Community Update: June 21, 2021

Happy Father’s Day

Wishing all of our wonderful Fathers and Father figures a Happy Father’s Day!  Thank you for all that you do for your children each and every day.  May all the love you give to others come back to you always!

Graduation Update

The 2021 St. Matthew graduation will take place on Wednesday June 23, 2021.  Parents have been made aware of the virtual process we will following this year.

Some additional reminders:

  • Monday June 21 – St. Ignatius of Loyola Family of Schools Graduation Mass and Blessing Father Allen will celebrate mass live on the St. Matthew parish YouTube channel at 9:00 am. Please plan to join us remotely as we offer our prayers for all graduating students in our Loyola family. Here is the link https://youtu.be/lgueCsCkQuA
  • Tuesday June 22 –  We invite all graduates and their families to participate beginning at 10:00 am for the St. Matthew Virtual Graduation Liturgy. Teams Links to follow through your child’s Virtual Learning Platform and Classroom teacher.
  • Graduation Ceremony at the School Wednesday June 23 Graduation Day 9:45 am – 2:00 pm Curbside Diploma Pickup
  • Pre-Recorded Virtual Graduation Ceremony

A video link for the ceremony video presentation will be provided on the evening of June 23rd to ensure all individuals/families can access this in an equitable manner. It will be sent at 6:00pm

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Report Cards – June 23 2021

Once again, in light of health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, all student report cards will be delivered electronically.  Elementary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed directly to parents and guardians on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

As you know, on March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the current phase of job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards.

In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  

Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, please contact their teacher directly. Please find staff email addresses on the Staff Directory Page on our website.

End of School Year Procedures:

Student Belongings, Technology/Textbook Drop Off & Medication Pick Up

Thank you in advance for all your support as we finish this school year.

We are designating Monday, June 21– Tuesday, June 22nd as pick-up days for student belongings. If for some reason you are not able to come to the school on these days, please let us know and contact the main office.

There are a small number of our students that have left items here at school in student lockers and desks.  We have packed all these student items into bags for easy pick up. As families have been coming to the school, we have been giving these items to them.

Not all students have left items at school, therefore classroom teachers will be given a list of students that have personal belongings here at school. Classroom teachers will connect with families this week if your child has items to pick up.

We are inviting all families that have been contacted by their teacher to come to the school Monday June 21 and Tuesday June 22, between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM to pick up their children’s belongings.

Medication Pick Up

If we currently hold medication for your child, please note that it must be picked up by June 22nd, 2021.  Attached to your child’s medication will be a ‘Student Plan of Care’ from this past year.  The information on these forms will need to be reviewed, updated, and returned during the week of August 30th, 2021.  

Returning Technology & Textbooks/School Items

If you have any school/board technology, or textbooks to be returned, we will be designating Monday, June 28th as the drop off date between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM . If you are going to be away before then, and have items to return to the school, please call the office to arrange an early drop off. More information about this day will be forwarded to families soon.

RETURN OF DEVICES – REMOTE LEARNING & SPECIAL EDUCATION

If you were assigned a device during this last remote learning session or if you have a device as a virtual learning this year the device can be returned to school at the following times:

  1. During the pick-up dates ( June 21 & June 22)
  2. Monday June 28 – (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

We ask that the device/ charger you received be returned to the office. Thank you to Mrs. Stollberg and Mrs. Boisvert for your support with the return of this equipment.

End of Year Liturgy

Thank you to the leadership of Madame Campese our school Pastoral Animator for our school wide Year End liturgy. Classroom Teachers will be participating with their students on Friday June 25th. This is our last synchronous day.

Halton Food for Thought – Support Available for Families

We would like to make you aware of the support available to all families during these uncertain times through Halton Food for Thought and their partnership with Food for Kids. Please see the information below and note the link to access the website.

The Healthy Student Snack Bag program is open to all HDSB and HCDSB students and student families. There is no registration required – families are encouraged to go to the HFFT website Halton Food For Thought for dates, times, and locations to pick up the bags.

Oakville Public Library

Create Connections in your community – OPL is here to help Summer Reading Challenge 2021 Celebrate Your Community We are celebrating the Oakville community this summer by showcasing local authors, partnering with community organizations for programs, and buying all prizes locally. Celebrate our community by joining the Summer Reading Challenge. Challenge your family and friends this summer. The more time you spend reading and earning badges the more entries you earn to win prizes (and bragging rights!). To register for the Summer Reading Challenge and a chance to win cool prizes visit Summer Reading Challenge. Also, OPL has put together an amazing summer lineup of both virtual and outdoor partnership programs to bring Oakville together safely for connection and learning. To register for programs visit opl.ca/programs.

HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: http://bit.ly/StratPlanSurvey2021. The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23 rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to research@hcdsb.org.

SAINT Matthew ParishFrom the Pastor’s Desk…

Sunday, June 20 is the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God’s power is on full display in this selection of readings. His ability to order all things according to his will is mighty indeed, but it’s the storm that gives us the perspective needed to see that. The stormy periods of our lives, then, are not total losses. If we pay careful attention and allow the Spirit to enlighten us, we notice in them the hand of God reaching out to us, sustaining us, calming the whirlwind. We advance the cause of building trust in the Lord more in times of trial than in those of tranquility; it’s a fact. The Christian doesn’t hearken to be put to the test, but when we are, we use those experiences to occasion more confidence in the God who loves us.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.  

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