“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
~ St. Teresa of Calcutta
Arrival and Dismissal Safety Routines
Parents, we thank you for supporting safe arrival and dismissal. As per public health guidelines, we ask for your co-operation in leaving once your child has entered the school yard. Congregation on school grounds is not permitted. Sidewalks, walkways and entrances (i.e., kinder and back yard) to gates should be clear which allows all children to safely enter the premises. This supports our supervisors in monitoring site safety.
If students are arriving late and/or midway through the day then they must go to the front office. Parents can accompany their child to the front door; however, please note that you may not enter the building without pre-approved permission or “essential visitor status”. All individuals entering HCDSB school sites are subject to contact tracing and attestation of completion of the Ontario School Screener.
As of Monday, September 20, 2021 students are no longer required to present evidence of completing the self-screening process. However, 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.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool
The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Virtual Curriculum Night
Our annual Curriculum Night is Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will take place virtually this year. Families will be able to meet their child’s teacher, learn more about classroom routines and procedures, and explore the curriculum your child will learn this year.
Our event will be organized using our class Brightspace D2L courses and MS Teams meetings. Details will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.
St. Matthew Parish Update:
Thank you to Fr. Allen and Fr. Patrick for their prayers for our school communities as we return to school. We are looking forward to welcoming the parish team back to our schools when protocols permit.
A few reminders from the St. Matthew Parish:
- Please be reminded that St. Matthew Parish asks that all communication and questions related to sacramental preparation and celebration pass directly from parents/caregivers to parish staff.
- A simple, easy-to-understand postcards went home this week for current Grade 2 and Grade 7 students, directing families to the dedicated webpages listed below.
Orange Shirt Day
The focus of our 2021-2022 Pastoral Plan is Truth and Reconciliation. Calls to Action #62-65 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission specifically detail the process of reconciliation through education. On September 30 will we observe Orange Shirt Day with our students. Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. Our classroom teachers are building an understanding with our students about the Indigenous Grandfather Teaching of Truth along with, in an age appropriate way, impact of the Residential School system on Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
If possible, students are encouraged to wear orange articles of clothing on this day, however, please note that this is not a spirit day. We ask students to wear orange as a sign of support for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.
Family Paint Night
Families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.
The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
As this event does conflict with our school’s Curriculum Night, the live event will be archived on the Grandmother’s Voice Youtube Channel for families to access at a later date. For more information, visit the HCDSB website.
Family Information and Consent Form
Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.
Important Notes Before Completing the Form:
- If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
- Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
- You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
- Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
- The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.
If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to email@example.com
As per the Halton Catholic District School Board’s Reopening Plan, along with guidance and directives from Halton Region Public Health, St. Teresa of Calcutta School continues to implement enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols throughout the school day. These include:
- All high-touch points* will be disinfected twice daily or when visibly dirty.
- Disinfectant wipes and no-touch disinfectant spray will be provided in the classroom and library for disinfection of high-touch items in the classroom throughout the day.
- Staff rooms will be cleaned daily in the evenings. Disinfectant wipes or no-touch disinfectant spray will be provided for intraday disinfection, as required.
- The gymnasium and any shared equipment will be disinfected between each class using the space.
- Hand hygiene and disinfection station resources will be inspected daily and restocked as needed.
*High-touch points include doorknobs, light switches, push plates, panic bars, handrails, elevator buttons, faucet handles, flush handles, stall latches, product dispensers, paper towel dispensers, benches and bottle fillers.
Catholic School Council
Nominations for Catholic School Council are due Thursday September 23rd at 4 pm. Please see our website for more information on the process. Forms can be sent via your child to the main office or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heath and safety protocols around school photographs continue to be developed between our school board and Halton Region Public Health. As such, our school photograph day, scheduled for September 29, 2021 is still tentative.
School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12 – 2021-2022
The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.
Halton Region Public Health will be offering theschool-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.
The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Meningococcal Disease
- Hepatitis B
Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.
Book an Appointment
To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311.
Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.
Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination
Attached to your correspondence is a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination.
Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.
For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize