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Community Update: September 20, 2021

“Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past but looks towards the future.”

~ Pope Francis

Thank you to our entire community for a FABULOUS WEEK!

Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring a smooth transition during our first full week back.

Thank you to our students for following our protocols both inside and outside the building ~ you have been doing an AWESOME JOB!

Thank you to our AMAZING staff for thinking outside the box to ensure our students have a great sense of community & belonging! 

SAVE the DATE: Virtual Celebration of Learning (Curriculum Night)

We kindly request that you save the following date for our Virtual Curriculum Night, which will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd between the hours of 6:30-7:30pm.

Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health. Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation(TEAMS) from their child’s teacher, followed an opportunity for questions. This year we will run 2 sessions(presentation with time for questions) for our parents:

  • Session #1 – 6:30-6:55pm
  • Session #2 – 7:00-7:25pm

More information and links will be send to you from your child’s teachers about connecting for this important event.

St. Matthew Parish Update:

Thank you to Fr. Allen and Fr. Patrick for their prayers for our school communities as we return to school.  We are looking forward to welcoming the parish team back to our schools when protocols permit.

A few reminders from the St. Matthew Parish:

  • Please be reminded that St. Matthew Parish asks that all communication and questions related to sacramental preparation and celebration pass directly from parents/caregivers to parish staff.
  • The parish acts as the sole repository and communicator of information so as to avoid miscommunication and confusion.
  • A simple, easy-to-understand postcards went home this week for current Grade 2 and Grade 7 students, directing families to the dedicated webpages listed below.
  • www.saintmatthew.ca/communion
  • www.saintmatthew.ca/confirmation
  • Most of those who deferred celebrations last year (current Grade 3 and Grade 8 students) have already rescheduled. Celebrations took place over the summer, and more are scheduled for late-September and early-October. Parents/caregivers are expected to register online by visiting www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations.

Daily Self Screening:

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Halton Region Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

  • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
  • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
  • are diagnosed with another illness

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19
  • If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:
  • Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Elementary School Liaison Officer Visit

St. Matthew would like to welcome Constable Frank Trasmundi to our school this week to visit with our Grade 5-8 students.  The purpose of the visit is to support our Safe schools mandate and liaise with our staff and students.

Uniform Reminders

The standard dress code at St. Matthew Catholic School is our school uniform provided by McCarthy Uniforms. Please note that uniform items provided by previous supplier ISW are still acceptable.

  1. McCarthy Uniforms tops/sweaters with school logo are to be worn daily.
  2.  Navy blue bottoms (pants/tunics/skorts/walking shorts) are to be worn daily.   ** Please note – it is not required to purchase bottoms from McCarthy Uniforms.  Bottoms are acceptable if they are navy and adhere to uniform guidelines.
  3. Shorts and skirts must cover down to mid-thigh (arms- length). Pants are to be worn at the waist.  Undergarments should not be visible.
  4. Closed-toe shoes are required. Running shoes cannot leave black marks in the gym.
  5. Socks are to be a solid navy, black or white
  6. Physical education clothing should provide appropriate coverage for comfortable, modest and safe movement during activities. Clothing which is either too loose or too tight is not recommended
  7. Caps/hats/hoods are not to be worn indoors.

On approved non-uniform days students are expected to be neatly and appropriately dressed. It is expected that a certain level of dress be maintained particularly in the intermediate and later junior grades. The following are guidelines for student dress at St. Matthew School for approved non-uniform days!

  1. Halter tops, tops with “spaghetti” straps, muscle shirts and ragged jeans are not acceptable. All shirts must come to the shoulder and cover the midriff.
  2. Shorts and skirts must cover down to mid-thigh (arms-length). Pants are to be worn at the waist.  Undergarments should not be visible.
  3. Clothing with discriminatory slogans, profane or improper language will not be allowed. Caps, hats and hoods are not to be worn in the school building.

Catholic School Council Nominations

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. 

Please see here the nomination package to be completed electronically.

St-Matthew-School-Council-Nomination-FormDownload

If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on our school website. This year, if required, elections for our 2021/2022 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

  • Nomination Forms Due: Thursday September 23th
  • Profiles Due (if required): Monday September 27th
  • Council Elections (if needed): Thursday September 30th
  • First Council Meeting:  Monday October 4th at 6:30 pm

Meetings will be held “virtually” (using Teams). Dates & times will be posted on our school web page.  All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and will be held virtually via Teams online. 

School Agendas

This year our school has purchased Agendas for all our students in Grade 1-8.  This was able to happen by using some of our fundraising money from last year. Thank you to all of our community who continues to support our students and school. More information about this current year Fundraising will be coming shortly.

Terry Fox Event- St Matthew

Terry Fox represented the best that Canadians have to offer. He was an example of courage, humility, determination, and perseverance. From a young age, he exemplified these attributes that made him an inspiration for not only Canada, but the entire world. That is why our St. Matthew school community feels so privileged to be participating once again in the Terry Fox school walk on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021. Students are encouraged to participate in our spirit day and wear RED shirts for Terry or a Terry Fox shirt to help create awareness and support this incredible cause.  

Our school will be donating to the Terry Fox foundation, but if you would like to make a further donation please click on the link and donate directly to our school webpage. 

https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=946454&langPref=en-CA

Gojmerac, AnnieCommunity Update: September 20, 2021