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Community Update: November 29, 2021

Advent Family Prayer God of Love, Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us. He is a sign of your love. Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent, As we wait and prepare for his coming. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Saviour. Mitten Tree- Catholic School Council

HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities 2021

Students and staff from the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 29 – December 3, 2021). HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities next week to raise awareness, and support the rights and

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program 5-11 year olds

COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds

Calling all Halton Heroes! First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine

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

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2021

November 21-27, 2021 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario, and HCDSB will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all,

Apply to the HCDSB 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

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

Lunchbox Program

Dear St. Matthew families, Please open the attached letter for ordering instructions for the new Lunchbox program.

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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

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Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its 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

Student Census 2022

Coming Soon! February 28, 2022 The Student Census 2022 will be implemented February 28 and April 4, 2022 (inclusive). All students will be invited to complete the Student Census on a voluntary basis, as follows: Kindergarten – Grade 8To be completed by parents and guardians Why is it important to collect identify-based information? Identity-based data

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Community Update: November 1, 2021

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop Thank you to for your fundraising donations. Currently, we have raised just over $3000 to support our students. A gentle reminder that we ask families to donate by Friday November 5th. Thank you to our Catholic School Council subcommittee on special lunch days

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Community Update: October 25, 2021

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them. Thank you to our Early Childhood Educators for all the wonderful work they do each and every day in support of our Kindergarten

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Community Update: October 18

Let us never forget to pray for each other. Prayer is our greatest strength. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to the Catholic School Council fundraising initiative – please look for the separate email that was sent on the “Fundraising Donation Campaign”  Thank you to the Catholic School Council lunch program subcommittee – we are researching

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Community Update: October 12, 2021

 Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward Thanksgiving Day Monday October 11 is the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving Day. Reminder about Lunch and Snacks We have several children in our school who live with

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Community Update: October 4, 2021

It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to our students & staff for the conversations for “Orange Shirt Day” & for your reflections and

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Community Update: September 27, 2021

~  “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

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day ~ September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be

Community Update: September 20, 2021

“Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past but looks towards the future.” ~ Pope Francis Thank you to our entire community for a FABULOUS WEEK! Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring a smooth transition during our first full week

Community Update: September 13, 2021

“Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone.” ~ Pope Francis First Week Back! A BIG thank you to our community~ what INCREDIBLE TEAMWORK! We are blessed to live and learn in this special community! Thank you to our students for your smiles,

Smile Cookies to Support Oakville Students!

From September 13 – 19, all Smile Cookie purchases made at Tim Hortons locations in Oakville will directly support Food4Kids Halton! Food4Kids Halton currently supports more than 850 children in Halton by providing nutritious foods to ensure that children have access to healthy foods over the weekend and during the summer months. Smile Cookie purchases can be made

Community Update-Opening Procedures September 7, 2021

“The love of Christ, welcomed with an open heart, changes us, transforms us, and makes us able to love.” ~Pope Francis Please review the following information to prepare for your child’s first day of school in Grades 1-8 on Tuesday September 7th or Wednesday September 8th. First Day of School Procedures 2021 Daily Screening for

Class Lists

Class Lists Available Friday, September 3rd

We are currently finalizing elementary class placements and making adjustments based on new registrations that have come in over the summer. Final placements will be available on Friday, September 3rd after 3:00 p.m.   Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will

Return to School Plan

Returning to School for the 2021-2022 Year

The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 is now available for review on the HCDSB website: https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/ The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 provides the protocols, guidelines and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year.  This plan was developed in consultation with Halton

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe & Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Community Update: June 21, 2021

Happy Father’s Day Wishing all of our wonderful Fathers and Father figures a Happy Father’s Day!  Thank you for all that you do for your children each and every day.  May all the love you give to others come back to you always! Graduation Update The 2021 St. Matthew graduation will take place on Wednesday

Community Update: June 14, 2021

Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. Psalm 139:14 God, you created us in your image and likeness. We have our dignity in you. We are yours. May we ever be aware of our infinite value. May we delight in how awesomely, wondrously we are made and never hide our light but, place

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Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) to Host Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June. CPIC is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.  CPIC provides an opportunity for Catholic School Council members to network,

Monitoring Survey

How Are We Doing? HCDSB Seeking Input on Year 5 of the Strategic Plan

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.  Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021 provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love. On Sunday, a family was intentionally struck by a driver in his motor vehicle as they were walking along their neighbourhood in London, Ontario. They were targeted because of their Islamic faith.

Community Update: June 7, 2021

This week the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will remain closed for in-person learning for the rest of the school year. See the Press Release here. The news that schools will remain closed until the end of June will likely raise a number of questions regarding access to schools to pick

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for

Community Update: May 31 2021

June has arrived and throughout the month, we will join schools in our district in raising awareness and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  HCDSB Rainbow Day We will begin our month of June with Rainbow Day

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program.

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system.  Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses

We Are All Wonderfully Made

HCDSB Celebrates Pride Month

June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and

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Community Update: May 25, 2021

Happy Victoria Day! We wish our school community a wonderful Victoria Day long weekend!  Classes resume on Tuesday May 25, 2021. St. Matthew Parish – PENTECOST PRAYER This weekend, we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost, which concludes the Easter Season. We crown our joyful commemoration of the Lord’s Resurrection wondering at the birth of His

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fifth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past few months, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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Join us for a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!

HCDSB is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools.  Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel. The information evening is open to all parents, students, and

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Community Update: May 17 2021

It has been a beautiful week with warmer weather, sunshine and many blossoms! I hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy the spring weather! Please be sure to check your emails for correspondence from the HCDSB Communications Department this week: Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey 2021-2022 International Languages Registration Special Education Advisory Committee

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

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Community Update May 10, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers, Grandmothers, and Mother Figures. “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Thank you to our students, parents and our staff for your continued efforts during this period of remote learning. Thank you to our families for your efforts

Staff Appreciation Day ~ May 7, 2021

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 7, 2021! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 5700+ employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

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Journeying Together ~ Annual Walk with Jesus

A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby. Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ! A Message from Father Con O’Mahony 

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to Host Speaker Series

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series to discuss inclusivity and diversity, and how to better support children with additional needs. SEAC’s mandate is to make recommendations to the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in matters affecting the establishment and development of Special Education programs and services

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Community Update: May 3 , 2021

Catholic Education Week 2021 The 2021 theme for Catholic Education Week is “Nurturing Hope”. During this week, all HCDSB schools will participate in activities that encourage each school community and the public to celebrate this year’s theme and to discover what Catholic Education means for each of us. Throughout this week, our students will be involved

Catholic Education Nurturing Hope: May 2 - May 7, 2021

Nurturing Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 2 to May 7, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to inspire students to cultivate their faith; so that they may prosper in hope by our

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HCDSB Participates in Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.  The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week. Daily Mental Health Themes The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week: Monday: Naming Our Emotions

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

Student Awards of Excellence

HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Alessia Baruzzi who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Alessia Alessia is a well-rounded student, who positively impacts her learning environment

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