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Community Update: January 3, 2022

“At the beginning of the New Year, I wish everyone peace, which is the synthesis of all that is good.”

~ Pope Francis

Welcome Back to our staff and St Matthew students on January 5 to a New Year filled with hope and promise!

Thank you to our community for taking precautions and following Public Health Guidelines over the holidays and keeping your loved ones safe!

Thank you to our families for ensuring that you complete and confirm the daily screening for your child upon their return to school starting on January 5 and until further notice!

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News NEW YEAR’S PRAYER OF BLESSING

As we mark the beginning of a new year, it’s important, as people of faith, to spend some time seeking God’s blessing. Resolutions are a helpful, but prayer is indispensable. Consider using the prayer below with your families as a fitting way to start 2022:

God, thank you for a new year.

May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate.

We know that you are always ready to forgive us.

Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires.

Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do.

Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

We ask this, and all things through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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COVID-19 Safety Measures:

  • The province will be updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
  • The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January.  These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.
  • Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travellers from outside Canada for more information.  

*Please continue to monitor your emails for updates from the school and the Board.

UPDATED COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning. We are asking all parents to confirm screening by initialing the log each day ~ please see the tracking sheet in your child’s agenda. This needs to be completed by a parent daily until further notice as per the Ministry of Education Update: Return to School – January 2022. Thank you for your support and patience!

Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation – Focus on the month:

Self-Directed Responsible, Lifelong Learner

This month our students will be focusing on developing the traits of a ‘Self-Directed Responsible, Lifelong Learner’ who: develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.

  • Demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self respect for the dignity and welfare of others.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability.
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership.

Dressing for Winter!

  • Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather

  • As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Promoting Well-Being – Take 15-minutes just for you

“Working on our emotional health is just as important as taking care of our physical well-being,” says Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario.

Having good emotional health is a fundamental aspect of fostering resilience. Keep in mind that having good emotional health does not mean you are free from negative emotions. It’s about having the skills and resources to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life. Here are some ways to tend to your emotional well-being:

Write out your feelings. When we put our feelings into words, we are actively constructing and making meaning of our emotions. Without words for emotions, our feelings might seem unclear to us. Naming and writing about our emotions helps to ease anxiety and decreases our anger or fear response.

Acknowledge your grief. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to everyone experiencing a wave of losses: economic, social, physical and emotional. It’s important to take the time to acknowledge and mourn these losses. For more information on this topic, check out our resource on loss and grief during the pandemic.

Do something small that brings you joy. Take a photo, bake a treat, spend some time in the garden. Whatever works for you and is a healthy way to cope.

~https://ontario.cmha.ca/take-15-minutes-just-for-you/

Gojmerac, AnnieCommunity Update: January 3, 2022