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Community Update: September 27, 2021

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 “Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.”

Kailash Satyarthi

Thank you to our students and staff for your continued efforts we stressed the importance of Code of Conduct and Safety this week!

Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a mask when they enter the school yard each morning!

Thank you to our parents for ensuring that their child has all the belongings that they will need for the day prior to coming to school (lunches, water bottles, snacks & clothing)!

Photo Day is postponed at this time – we will update you as soon as a date is confirmed.

Friday October 8 – PA Day – Staff will be taking part in Faith Day activities.

Monday October 11 – Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school on Thanksgiving Day.

We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving.

St. Matthew Catholic Parish Information – POSTPONED CELEBRATIONS

Final preparation and review meetings were held this week for families of those children who prepared for First Communion and Confirmation last year but opted to defer celebration due to the pandemic. All families are expected to complete the registration and date selection process outlined in the many communications sent out by the pastoral team. Recordings of the meetings, as well as all the pertinent information, can be found on our website. Visit: www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations. Thank you to Father Allen, Father Patrick, Mde. Campese and her Grade 8 students for celebrating our opening liturgy. It was to honour the feast day of St. Matthew and the start of our school year.

Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

Kiss and Ride Morning Routines

Thank you for all your support in the use of the Kiss and Ride in the Kindergarten area of the school.  Staff members will be supporting the safe use of this area. Staff will not be able to open doors for students. A gentle reminder that parents must remain in their cars and students will exit the vehicle on the right side and make their way to their entry doors. If your child is not able to open the door, please consider parking at the church and walking over.  We will be monitoring this closely to ensure that all safety precautions are taking place.

Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell.  Students only on the playground please making their way to their classrooms. Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip.  Thank you parents for your support.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day-Orange Shirt

On Thursday, September 30th, 2021 Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.

We look forward to observing Orange Shirt Day with our students with an Orange Shirt Civvies Day – please ensure dress code is followed.

This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

Catholic School Council 2021-2022

A very special thank you to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council:

Norela Avila

Peter Bertrand

Stefania Capelo

Tricia Dantes

Inka Ellenbrand

Stephanie Galvan

Linamaria Garcia

Luis Iratchet

Susana Matany-de-Figarella

Maria Sousa

Titsa Starogiannis

Lauren Wallis

Annie Gojmerac (Principal)

Christine Stollberg (Teacher Representative)

Franca Parsons (Non-Teaching Representative)

Our first council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 4th @6:30pm via Microsoft Teams. All parents are welcome to attend. A link will be emailed out on the day of the meeting our members and if you are interested in attending as a parent please reach out to the office.

Social Emotional Learning Update – Mind UP

St. Matthew is excited to announce that all classes will be taking part in a social-emotional learning and mindfulness curriculum program called MindUP ™ during this school year. MindUP ™ is an evidence-based curriculum that fosters mindful awareness and self-regulation; enhances empathy, optimism and well-being; and promotes kindness and positive relationships. (see https://mindup.org/). We will begin this program October 12th, 2021. More information to come as we get closer to the official launch of the MindUP program here at St. Matthew Catholic elementary school.

Promoting Well-Being – 5 Ways to Wellbeing

  1. Be Active: Physical activity improves your fitness level and can enhance your mental wellbeing.
  2. Connect: Having strong, healthy relationships can improve your sense of belonging and connectedness. 
  3. Give Back: Helping, sharing and just generally being nice to others promotes a sense of self-worth, strengthens community and helps you maintain a positive attitude.
  4. Learn: Learning something can increase your confidence and can also be a lot of fun. 
  5. Take Notice: Being mindful of your surroundings and your experiences enhances self-knowledge and self-understanding which contribute to fostering positive mental health. 

~ https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/health/health-promotion/mental-health/5wayswellbeing

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

Police Update

Please see below information shared by Constable Frank Trasmundi our Elementary School Liaison Officer regarding Bikes in our Region. Bike Registry – Halton Regional Police Service (haltonpolice.ca)

Gojmerac, AnnieCommunity Update: September 27, 2021