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Community Update November 15,2021

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Thank you to Ms. Donovan and the Grade 6 class for organizing our beautiful Remembrance Day Liturgy.

Thank you to our intermediate students for all their support of our Student Ambassador program.

Thank you to all who have contributed to our Donation Campaign – we have raised close to $10,000 ensuring we can support STEAM, curriculum and technology upgrades for our students this school year. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!

Thank you to our Lunchbox Subcommittee for getting all the items needed to start our food program.

Thank you Mrs. Guerin, Ms. Donovan, Mrs. Goncalves, Ms. Betlej for support with intramural & interschool volleyball start up.

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News – WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

Pope Francis has declared November 14th, 2021 the fifth World Day of the Poor, a day in which we are encouraged to consider those less fortunate than ourselves and to give generously what we can.

As stated by Pope Francis in his address this year, “The poor are not people ‘outside’ our communities, but brothers and sisters whose sufferings we should share, in an effort to alleviate their difficulties and marginalization, restore their lost dignity and ensure their necessary social inclusion.”

We are slowly seeing the light at the end of the very long tunnel of this pandemic. As we emerge into better times, let us not forget those whose struggles continue. According to the Food Banks Canada latest report, “low and stagnant incomes, rising food costs, and an unrelenting housing market driving up market rents across the country have created a level of need not seen since the aftermath of the 2008 recession.” Sadly, one third of food bank users are children (Hunger Count 2021: A Tale of Two Trends).

In the coming weeks, the SSVP invites you to consider your own good fortune and how this good fortune allows you to assist persons in need. We hope that you will consider donating and volunteering not just in honour of the World Day of the Poor, but year-round to help your friends and neighbours in need.

To make a donation, volunteer, or learn more contact us at ssvpsaintmatthew@gmail.com or leave a message at (905) 825-0219 press 2. To make an online donation directly to our conference, visit our donation portal at https://www.ssvpsaintmatthew.org/Donate.asp. Cash and cheque donations addressed to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St Matthew may be dropped off in the parish office.

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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.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Saint Matthew Conference – Christmas Angel Tree Program

We ask, if you are able, to contribute towards our Christmas Angel Tree program.  We are requesting cash/cheque donations that we can use to purchase grocery and gift cards in bulk at a discount.  Cheques can be made out to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St Matthew.  There is also an online donation portal that you may access on our website: https://www.ssvpsaintmatthew.org/Donate.asp. Should you wish to purchase a grocery/gift card yourself, we require $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart, and $10 gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and Tim Hortons. Envelopes can be dropped off in the office up until December 3, 2021, at the church office and there is also a locked drop box outside both entrances of the church that can be used as well. Please address the envelopes to SSVP – Saint Matthew.  Should anyone have questions, they can be directed to Jennifer Monte at jenmonte6@gmail.com or that of the conference: ssvpsaintmatthew@gmail.com Distribution will begin the week of December 6, 2021.

For more information please read the attached letter:

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week ( Peace Week)

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed a resolution to recognize the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The purpose of the week is to promote safe schools, increase awareness of what constitutes bullying and address the impact it can have on the overall school environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 15th– 19th, 2021 – Ontario students, school staff, and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on our student’s learning and well-being.

By participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, schools will be focusing on positive change, the well-being of our school community, and promoting a safer learning environment for all.

On Friday November 19th, 2021, St Matthew students are encouraged to wear a blue shirt and uniform bottoms to help raise awareness and “Freeze out Bullying”!

Our students will also participate with “The Saidat Show” with learning around “Exercising Social Responsibility.” The hope is to remind students that they are creative and their impact in creating a positive learning environment for everyone. 

“When we realize that our actions and choices create the world we live in, we can then begin to find ways to get along and stand up for others.” -Saidat.

Lunchbox Program

We are happy to share that Lunchbox by SchoolCash Online will be offered at our school for the 2021/2022 school year! Lunchbox is a convenient, online ordering platform featuring local vendors. An ordering calendar has been coordinated for the school community and can be found on your SchoolCash Online. Please see below details from the company.

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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. Please review the email sent directly to families to book your time with our school staff.

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