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Community Update: November 22, 2021

Final results of our fall fundraising initiatives: thank you for your support!

Our final total from our Fall Donation Fundraiser was $10,180.00 – a tremendous result! Thank you to our families for donating – every donation is appreciated! As previously communicated in our Weekly Updates, the funds will be used towards:

  • classroom technology
  • class presentations by special guest speakers
  • materials to enhance program delivery (especially in Science and Physical Education)
  • materials to support Extra-Curricular activities (examples include Games Club, LEGO Club, Student Ambassador events) 

Reminders for Kiss and Ride Safety

We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation in maintaining a safe Kiss and Ride for our students. The reminders below have been in place and are enforced to ensure all students are safe.

§  Kiss n Ride begins at 8:25 and ends at 8:40.

§  Please do not get out of your car in the Kiss N Ride lot.

§  Please do not pass another vehicle in the Kiss N Ride lot. Please follow traffic flow, even if your child(ren) have been let out.

§  Please do not park in the Kiss N Ride lot. If you wish to walk your child(ren) to the school, parking is available at the Church.

§  There is NO left turn from the Kiss N Ride lot onto Nottinghill Gate. Please make a right turn only when leaving. Illegal left turns cause considerable back up in the Kiss N Ride lot & this puts our children in danger.

If you want to volunteer for Kiss N Ride please contact the main office. 

Thank you to our Catholic School Council members for their support.

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Building Social Responsibility

The Saidat Show Live is excited for this opportunity to work with your students through a special live virtual presentation called,

“Exercising Social Responsibility.” This hour virtual assembly with Grades 4-8 will give students creative and impactful ways to create 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.

Promoting Well-Being – Kindness is Contagious!

Acts of kindness help students engage in more compassionate ways with each other and appreciate the value of helping others. Through acts of kindness, students can build more positive relationships with their classmates. Check out some ideas offered by the experts at School Mental Health Ontario!

Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education

OAPCE WEBINARS PRESENTS… “Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”

Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, have the flexibility and inner strength to bounce back when things are not going well.  Adapting to new changes, bullying, and the uncertainties in this complex world we live in, are challenges which arise from the skills of resilience. Aligning with our theme,” Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”, join us on November 20th, as OAPCE presents two live webinars that will engage parents across the province and seek out good outcomes where problems were to be expected.  Parents can register at –

Progress Reports

“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 sent home electronically by the HCDS Board Office on Wednesday, November 24th. Please look for future communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News – From the Pastor’s Desk…

This weekend we begin celebrating First Reconciliation with Grade 2 students in our parish, and thanks to an amazing (and growing) team of volunteers, our preparation meetings last week went off without a hitch. Children and their parents glued cotton onto sheep-shaped nametags they decorated, and they also got a chance to learn about God’s love by way of the story of Cecil, the Lost Sheep. It was one of the most “normal” things to happen in our church since the beginning of the pandemic. A little bit loud, a little bit messy, a little bit chaotic, but beautiful throughout. Though we were all masked and (mostly) distant, the excitement was palpable. We know the Christian faith is struggling to keep people engaged in an increasingly distracted and distracting world. Many worry about the future of Christian communities. It’s important to focus on and be thankful for signs of life where we see them. For our parish, that often means considering the experiences of faith being had by our young people, of which we have many. God’s Spirit is hard at work in all of them!

~ Father Allen Varlaki

Follow St. Matthew Catholic Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish! There are four ways to connect to the parish:

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLY

To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.

For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.

Deadline for Entries: December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?

If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  

We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

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: 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 or that of the conference: Distribution will begin the week of December 6, 2021.

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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