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Community November 8, 2021

We too can be saints in our family, in our neighborhood, wherever we live and work. Be a person who listens to what people need, communicating not only to grieve or tell others about your own problems. Listen in order to intercede and help out.” ~ Pope Francis

ST. MATTHEW’S OUTREACH COMMITTEE

FOOD AND WINTER CLOTHES DRIVE                                                                                                              

To continue supporting our community, we will be having a  Winter Clothes Drive.  This year we will dedicate a morning to collect by the curbside items for our community outreach. During the morning of Wednesday November 17th 2021 members of our outreach committee will be outside between 8:25 and 9:00 am, in the front doors area of the school.  Our volunteers will take the donations immediately after this time to support our families in need.

This year we will be collecting shoes, socks, hats, mittens, scarfs warm clothing and winter coats for kids and adults.  These items will be donated to a local charity- Safetynet Oakville. Please ensure that all clothing items are clean and in good condition. We appreciate all the work of our Catholic School Council Outreach committee.

LUNCHBOX PROGRAM

This year we are happy to announce that our lunch programs will resume with Lunchbox being the provider approved by our Catholic School Council.  Thank you St. Matthew Catholic School Council Subcommittee for all your hard work behind the scenes getting everything together. Ordering will begin the week of November 9th 2021 and food deliveries will begin the week of November 22.

St. Matthew December Shopping Spree will return!

The Shopping Spree will take place on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students.  A separate email has been sent to the community with information.  Orders will be completed through Cash Online which will open from Monday, November 1st and will close Sunday, November 14th. As in past tradition, Grade 7 and 8 students will have an opportunity to shop once all the other classes have finished.  Cash only for those students at $4.00 per gift.

Progress Report Interviews

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports will be coming home on Wednesday November 24th. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students virtually during the evening of Thursday November 25, 2021, and during the day on Friday November 26, 2021.  This year you will once again be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. More information on booking your interview will be sent home to families in a school messenger email.  Please follow the instructions that will be sent in a separate email on Tuesday November 9th 2021.

Courtesy Seats

Courtesy Seats will be reinstated for the 2021-22 school year at a reduced capacity.

The capacity to accommodate courtesy requests will be reduced to accommodate potential remote learning and continued growth in the region. As per public health guidance, school bus capacity will be limited where possible to reduce risk of COVID exposure. Courtesy Seat applications will be available online at  www.HaltonBus.ca from Monday, November 8th until Friday, November 26th. Courtesy seat assignments for approved applications will be effective January 3rd, 2022.

Loyola Update- Grade 8 Students

Parents for more information check out the Grade 8 Parent Night Presentation at https://secondary.hcdsb.org/loyola/news/2021/10/grade-8-information-night/ This past week we welcomed representatives from Loyola to speak with our students and staff about transitions.

We Are All Treaty People

As part of Ontario’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. The goal of this week is to promote public education and awareness about the history and importance of treaties and treaty relationships. As a school, we acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory through our daily announcements. 

Remembrance Day Celebration

On Thursday November 11, 2021 we will participate in a Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:45 am. Thank you to the leadership of our Grade 6 students and Ms. Donovan in leading us in our Remembrance Day Liturgy and Observance.

Poppy Donations

In the days leading up to November 11, Poppies can be seen in every corner of this great country. This show of support and display of remembrance would not be possible without the efforts of thousands of Legionnaires who volunteer to distribute Poppies to the community through schools, community organizations and local businesses. We are so grateful for their efforts, and for the support of the many partners, local and national, who welcome Legion volunteers and Poppy boxes into their locations.   St. Matthew will have poppies in the front foyer by donation for those students/staff that are interested and our younger students will receive a poppy sticker.

 Halton Food for Thought

 A big thank you to our Catholic School Council parents and Halton Food for Thought for providing and organizing our Healthy Food Boxes for when children forget or run out of snacks. We are grateful to have healthy individually wrapped snacks to share with our students.

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News

From the Pastor’s Desk… By the grace of God and with no small amount of help from our parish volunteers and staff, we completed our “makeup” celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation this past Sunday. Taking a few days to catch our breath, Fr. Patrick and I were right back at it on Wednesday evening, hosting a ZOOM meeting with more than 200 Grade 7 students preparing for Confirmation next year. It was a refreshing change to prepare parents for an impending positive change in the pandemic restrictions we’ll face at these celebrations. It was also nice to debut a refreshed programme of sacramental preparation and a set of new resources. They seemed to resonate with the young people, and we’re looking forward to continuing the journey at meetings and retreats scheduled for the coming months. Grade 2 students will be here next week for in-person preparation for First Reconciliation…and some paper sheep-making. As part of our continued (and continuous) appeal for volunteers, we’d love to build a team of parishioners enthusiastic about working with young people to help with events like this. Reach out to myself or Fr. Patrick by phone, email or after Mass if you’re interested. We’d love to have you!

~ Father Allen

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The No Hate In Halton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. Our intermediate students will be promoting this during our Morning Announcements, sharing the message that we believe that there should be #NoHateInHalton and that Halton region is diverse & that is what makes it beautiful and vibrant.

The Use of Technology at School

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone from the main office. However, we kindly ask that parents / guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

Mental Health Update – Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Parents to try at Home:

School Mental Health Ontario has put together a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Check out the link copied below for access to these fun activities! 

Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Home –This is a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Download a PDF file with all activities. Manage stress How children cope with stress varies depending on their age and abilities.

Gojmerac, AnnieCommunity November 8, 2021