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Optional Student Insurance Available

Optional Student Insurance: The Halton Catholic District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Since accidents can happen, and some injuries result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans, as a

Daily Screening Tool

A self-assessment must be completed by all staff and essential visitor prior to entering the school. 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. If a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact

Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

To help ease the transition for our students, and ensure a safe and healthy return for all, the first day of school will be delayed, and we will be implementing a gradual (staggered) return to class for our elementary students, beginning Wednesday, September 9th. All students in Grades 1-8 will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

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Webinar: Preparing for a Safe and 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

Return to School Plan & Survey Now OPEN

The Return to School Plan is now available for review on HCDSB’s Return to School website: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-ReturntoSchool. Please note that information and updates will continue to be added to this website as they become available.  Parents may also find it helpful to review the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school. NEW UPDATE: At the Special Board Meeting held

Ministry of Education Releases Guide for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that all elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will return to school in September, 2020.  This means in-class instruction with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Multiple strategies will be employed to ensure our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, including: Self screening  Adapted school

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Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Return to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback

In preparation for the return to school, we are taking into consideration what the current COVID-19 situation may look like in September by planning for all potential scenarios.  As we await further direction from the Ministry of Education, we are seeking parent feedback about some of the options we are considering.  Let Us Know What

Elementary Report Card Access – Email Service Currently DOWN

Elementary report cards are being sent now through email. SchoolMessenger is DOWN across Canada – parents who try to access the report card will receive an error message. SchoolMessenger is working to fix this issue. If you are not able to open your child’s report card, please try again later. Thank you for your patience

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Weekly Update – June 22nd (Final Week)

Pick-up of Student Belongings/Drop-off of Burrowed Items – Wednesday, June 24th: Early last week, we sent home a detailed letter, outlining the information and steps to select a time to pick your child(ren)’s belongings (from locker & desks). Belongings will be packed together by family so parents only have one pick-up as you drive up

Student Belongings Pick-Up and Borrowed Items Drop-off

St. Matthew – Access to School for Personal Belongings & to Drop Off Borrowed Items As noted in previous communications, a protocol has now been established to allow temporary access to our school for families to retrieve any personal belongings that may have been left in the school during the school closure period, and to return any

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!

Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food. From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take

Locations – Student Belongings Pick-Up & Drop Off of Borrowed Items (June 24th)

Please ensure you have signed up for an appointment time using the special link and code provided. FAMILY LAST NAME: A-D STATION 3 – FRONT DRIVEWAY MAP: FAMILY LAST NAME: E-L STATION 1 – KISS & RIDEMAP: FAMILY LAST NAME: M-R STATION 4 – FRONT DRIVEWAYMAP: FAMILY LAST NAME: S-Z STATION 2 – KISS &

We Want Feedback from Our Community – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

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 shape us as a school

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Weekly update June 15th – 19th

Graduation – Class of 2020! Congratulations to our Graduation Class of 2020! We look forward to our graduation events taking place this Friday, June 19th. This graduating class has contributed in many ways over the past several years to the life of St. Matthew School. We wish all our graduates continued success as they embrace their goals and

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Weekly Update – June 8th – 12th

We reflect on the past couple of weeks, witnessing the events taking place in the U.S., with sadness. This morning, we are hoping that we can all pause together and say a special prayer for unity, keeping in mind those who have been deeply affected by recent events, as well as those who encounter forms

Silence is Not an Option

Like many of you, I was both saddened and outraged to learn of the situation in Minnesota last week that resulted in the death of George Floyd.  We have all read the reports on social media in disbelief as the disturbing details began to emerge, and with heavy hearts we have watched the outcry that

Celebrating Filipino, Italian & Portuguese Heritage Month

June is Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Heritage Month in Canada. This month is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural life of our country. Canada is home to many people of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese descent. These communities add to the

National AccessAbility Week – May 31 – June 6, 2020

May 31 to June 6, 2020 is National AccessAbility Week in Canada.​ National AccessAbility Week​ is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities. This week, we also recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that work to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. At the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB),

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Weekly Update – June 1st – 5th

Friday, June 5th – Please note that this Friday is no longer a designated P.A. Day and students can continue with their learning tasks/connecting with staff. Parent Access to Student Belongings: As we mentioned last week, a plan to allow parents an opportunity to pick up student belongings is currently being developed. More information will

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Weekly Update – May 25th – 29th

Distance Learning – Moving Forward: While schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, teacher-led distance instruction will continue in our virtual classrooms.  During this time, many of our teachers have explored a variety of teaching strategies and formats to engage students in distance learning. All of our teachers/educators have been working hard to

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until the End of the School Year

On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the school year. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

Kindergarten Parent Orientation for New Students – September 2020

Welcome to St. Matthew! We are so excited to meet all of you and your children in September! Unfortunately, due to the school closures and other public health measures, we are unable to reschedule our orientation at the school. Please see below to view and read more about what to expect as your daughter/son enters

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Weekly Update – May 18th – May 22nd

Happy Victoria Day Weekend to Everyone!!! We hope you can relax and spend quality time with each other! Please note that no lessons/learning tasks will be posted on Monday, May 18th. Summer School Programs (Grades 6, 7 & 8): Summer school programs are being offered through a Distance Learning (e-learning) format for students who have

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 Emma Braho who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Emma Emma is a student who exemplifies excellence in

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Weekly Update – May 11th – 15th

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms! We hope you have a relaxing day! Staff Appreciation Day: In case you missed our message last week, Friday was Halton Catholic District School Board Staff Appreciation Day. We took that opportunity to extend a big thank you to our AMAZING STAFF at St. Matthew Catholic School! We are

Staff Appreciation Day – May 8, 2020

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 8, 2020! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 4800 employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

Online K-12 Registration Available Now!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12! Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online. How Do I Register? Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. If you have never

Mental Health Week 2020 ~ Practicing Self-Care

May 4-10, 2020 is the designated Mental Health Week in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is joining organizations across the country to raise awareness about mental health. While supporting mental health is always a priority for us, this year Mental Health Week takes on a special significance in light of the current COVID-19

Igniting Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 3 to May 8, 2020, 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 Igniting Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to spread

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Weekly Update – May 4th – 8th

Catholic Education Week – May 3 to May 8 Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 –

You’re Invited to OAPCE’s Virtual Parent Summit!

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is holding a Virtual Parent Summit on Saturday, May 9, 2020! The event will engage the community, advocate, and enhance Catholic Education in Ontario. Guest speakers include Sara Westbrook, Robert Gallo, Paul Davis and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. All parents with children attending a Catholic school in Ontario are welcome to participate

All Schools Will Remain CLOSED Until At Least May 31, 2020

On April 26th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until at least May 31, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of

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Weekly Update – April 27th-May 1st

Distance Learning: We would like to thank our staff and parents for your continuous support over the past few weeks. We recognize these are difficult times and balancing life at home can be challenging. Please have your children do the best they can with their distance learning, as we know this will help to keep

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Weekly Update – April 20th-24th

Parent Resources: Please see the Learning from Home link from our homepage for various resources regarding learning at home and other supports available to parents and families. In case you missed the email from the board last week, they also released a Distance Learning Plan, which includes details of your child’s programming during the COVID

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Weekly Update – April 13th – 17th

Helping to Feed Children in Halton: Please see the attached letter update from Halton Food for Thought. They have partnered with other organizations to help provide food for children in our region. They are accepting donations as well if you are interested in supporting this great cause. Please see below. Update on Distance Learning: Last

An Easter Message from the Chair of our Board

To Our HCDSB family,  As Catholics, Holy Week is a marked time of renewal and hope, typically pronounced by the physical church as a visible social institution where our clergy are able to tend to us. During these unprecedented times of a pandemic which has led to schools and churches being closed, social distancing, isolation from family, friends and co-workers, our priests are having to find new ways to connect so that we may

Holy Week at Home

Families are invited to participate in the rituals and spirit of Holy Week at home. View the following Holy Week at Home resources for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

Part 1 of Kindergarten Registration Available Online!

Although schools are closed, we are still accepting Kindergarten registrations online! When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2020, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2020. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December

Access to Student Learning Platforms

At HCDSB, we support the use of the following online learning platforms:  D2L Google for Education Microsoft Office 365​​ Your child’s teacher will use one of the above platforms to provide instruction. Visit the website links above to access your child’s online learning and for more information about each platform. If your child needs assistance

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School Update – April 5th

Prayer for Holy Week Christ our God, your love is poured out in death for our sake. Hold us in your embrace as we wait for Easter’s dawn. Comfort us with the promise that no power on earth, not even death itself, can separate us from your love; and strengthen us to wait until you

Support for Mental Health & Well -Being During COVID-19 Closures

The measures in place to slow the spread of COVID – 19 has changed the way of life for everyone. We recognize this is not easy and this time of isolation may be impacting the overall well-being of someone in your family or yourself. Please know that you can contact us if you require any

Televised Sunday Mass with Bishop Crosby

Each week, the Diocese of Hamilton will be televising Sunday Mass live from the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Tune in live each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on Cable 14 or watch the rerun at 1:00 p.m. on CHCH TV. For more information about televised Masses, and to see a list of online Mass

Updated: Food & Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most. Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register. For more information about additional food services and

All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until Friday, May 1, 2020

On March 31st, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until Friday, May 1, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In light of this

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