“I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day. My secret is very simple: I pray.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta
It is February already, which means Ash Wednesday is just around the corner. We hope that you can join us for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on Wednesday, February 14th. February 14th is also Valentine’s Day; to respect the meaning and reverence of Ash Wednesday, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 13th which is Shrove Tuesday. Our Student Leadership Club will be selling Candygrams and we encourage all staff and students to dress in pink, red and white that day. On Shrove Tuesday, the Knights of Columbus will be here with pancakes for all, served over the lunch hour. Please let us know if you are able to volunteer.
We continue to focus on our current Virtue of the Month FAITH, until Ash Wednesday. Teachers will be nominating students who regularly inspire others by their faith-filled words and actions and their daily practice to deepen their relationship with Jesus. We will not be having an assembly to distribute the FAITH certificates this month, due to the Ash Wednesday Liturgy, in which we are wanting the students to leave the gym in reverence and prayer after receiving the ashes. I will be visiting each class to distribute the FAITH certificates.
Our new Virtue of the Month starting on Feb. 15 is GRIT. GRIT is the ability to endure the difficulties of life with perseverance and resilience. It is the ability to find inner strength and power to come out on the other side of trials and obstacles. We need to pray for and practice GRIT in 2018. Jesus had GRIT. We are made in His Image, so we have it too! We just need to dig deep and find it! Even though his mission on earth was extremely hard, through prayer and perseverance, he made it to the resurrection and ascension into heaven. This was God’s will for Him. He had the GRIT necessary to do God’s will on earth.
We are so excited to welcome Janelle to St. Matthew School on Wednesday, Feb. 21st. She is a Christian singer/songwriter who has sung for the Pope, the Queen and all over the world with a message of God’s love and presence in our lives. I’m sure she will share her own personal stories of GRIT, where God gave her the strength to overcome obstacles in her life.
We look forward to opening our doors on Feb. 22nd for our Annual Open House! Several Grade 6 students will be visiting our school to learn about our JH Late and Early Immersion Programs. Please spread the news to family and friends to join us on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm (information evening for parents).
Wishing you a month filled with the love of God and His divine presence in our school and in your home.
Yours in Christ,
“Who is your inspiration? Whose voice do you listen to? Our answer must be Jesus.” Father Julian homily (Jan. 28/18)
Chers Parents/Guardians, January 1, 2018
Welcome to 2018! We hope you all enjoyed a restful Christmas break with family and friends. This is the time of year where everyone makes New Year Resolutions and creates plans for the upcoming year. As we have put our focus on deepening our prayer life this year, this scripture verse reminds us that although it is good to make plans, we need to include God in our plans and trust in the plans He has for each of us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Our 2018 prayer for this beautiful community is that we surrender to God’s plans and depend and lean on Him every step of the way. Just watch the miraculous things that will happen in our life, when we give Him permission to use us to do His will. “May your will be done” are the five most powerful words in the English language, when we give up power and control and trust in His will, the details of our lives and God’s plans for us, falls effortlessly into place.
We are all excited at St. Matthew School to enter this fresh new year together; another year to live, grow, learn and serve one another, what a blessing! May God renew our strength, guide our paths and use each of us to fulfill His plans in making this school and our world a better place.
May peace, gratitude and God’s divine presence continue to fill this school and your homes in 2018.
Yours in Christ,
Dec 1st, 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians of St.
Advent has now arrived, it is a powerful time of year when we are
invited to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. Pope Francis tells us
that “prayer is the first job of a community and it consists of listening to
the Word of God – the bread that gives us strength.” St. Matthew School has
been reading the Word of God, the Gospel of St. Matthew, over the intercom
every morning since September and will continue to do so throughout Advent. We
will also be opening the Chapel every lunch hour to pray the rosary, listen to
God’s voice in silence, give thanks and learn what Advent and Jesus’ birth is
We look forward to growing closer to Jesus through the four weeks
Week 1: Hope
Week 2: Love
Week 3: Joy
Week 4: Peace
Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift of all. Let us focus on being
His instruments of service to others during Advent. When we welcome him into
our hearts on Christmas Day, let us go forth and share this gift with others!
We hope you can join us for our Advent Elementary and JH Concert
on Thursday, Dec. 14th at 6:30pm. Our Elementary classes and JH Choir will be
singing, and our JH Band will be performing Christmas songs for you. We invite
all who are joining us that evening to make a loonie, a toonie or a
non-perishable food item donation to the Food Bank that evening, to help those
in need during the holidays.
On behalf of the entire staff of St. Matthew School, we wish you
all a blessed Christmas. As the three Wise Men followed the star that led to
our Saviour so many years ago, let us do the same and follow Christ every
minute, every hour and every day as we strive to be His hands and feet on
Yours in Christ,
Nov 1st, 2017
Welcome to the month of November! This month, it is so important to take the time to stop and reflect on Remembrance Day and pray for those who have sacrificed their lives for us, so that we all may live in peace. We invite you to join us for our Remembrance Day Liturgy on Thursday, November 9th at 10am.
It is a glimpse and blessing from heaven that we begin the month of November with our CSSD District Faith Day. All staff of CCSD will be enjoying the words of Bishop McGrattan, our faith leader and other guests on a day filled with prayer at the BMO Center. This special day reminds us all why we exist as a Catholic District; to permeate our Catholic Faith and be true, faithful witness of our Lord Jesus Christ, through everything we do in the walls of our schools. This beautiful day is exactly what all staff need to refresh and renew our energy and focus on bringing our students and their families closer to God as they learn in a faith-filled school environment.
November is the kick-off for our St. Matthew School-wide Fundraiser: “Purdy’s Chocolates”. Our 1st Fundraiser SPC Cards was a huge success in September and October, thank you for your generosity! One of our Quebec 2018 Fundraisers also begins in November with a bottle drive on Nov. 5th to raise funds for Gr. 9 French immersion students going to Quebec in the spring. We are blessed to have Mrs. Darichuk, our school council fundraising lead, who is organizing our 3 school fundraisers for the year. And another “thank you” to Gr. 9 French immersion parents for their involvement in Quebec 2018 fundraising.
Progress reports #1 is just around the corner. They will be sent home on Friday, November 24th. Junior High parents, we hope you have had the time to watch the Brightspace Video emailed to you and posted on our website, where you are able to see your child’s grades and homework. Elementary parents, we also hope you have been visiting your child’s teacher’s blog filled with great information, resources and homework to help you assist your child at home in their learning.
Gr. 1 and 2 parents: we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, Nov 2nd for our 1st Annual Gr. 1 and 2 Literacy and Numeracy Evening. You and your child will learn many ways to support reading and math skills at home.
As we sit in silence at 11am on November 11th, remembering the brave men and women who fought for and protected our country, let us also remember our Lord Jesus Christ, who sacrificed His life for us.
Yours in Christ,
Oct. 1, 2017
Bievenue/Welcome to October! The students and staff had a great month of September getting back into the swing of teaching and learning after summer holidays. Although we had a few homeroom organization and schedule changes, we modelled adaptability and resilience and got through the changes together. It was great to meet so many of you at the Welcome Back Picnic, September Parent/Teacher Conferences, Volunteer Orientation and School Council Meeting. Our final enrollment on September 29th was 589. St. Matthew School still feels like a small family where we live, learn and look out for one another and where God is in the center of all that we do.
October means Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving means a time to stop, look up and say thank you to God for all of our blessings. After all, every good thing in our lives comes from Him, “The Giver of all good things”. A grateful heart is a giving heart, therefore we invite all students to contribute to our annual Thanksgiving St. Vincent de Paul food drive to help those in need. If you are able to give, please send all non-perishable food to the school before Monday, Oct. 2nd. We hope you can join us for our Thanksgiving Liturgy on October 11th at 10am.
Check out our school website and October Newsletter for all the great teaching and learning activities in October and Elementary Blogs (on website) to stay informed on what’s happening in your child’s classroom. For Junior High parents, Brightspace will be up and running by mid-October.
Wishing you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving. May the community of St. Matthew (students, parents and staff) look up and say “thank you” not only on Thanksgiving morning, but each and every day this year.
Yours in Christ,
Mme Suzanne Kitt
“Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”