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Friday Update - December 7, 2018


Please note the following important dates: 

• Monday, December 10, 2018 - Grade 3 attends 8:00 am Mass

• Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Grade 4 attends 8:00 am Mass

• Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Non-Uniform Day - Ugly Sweater (bring a loonie or toonie for Chalice Charities)

• Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Grade 5 attends 8:00 am Mass

• Friday, December 14, 2018 - Grades 6 and 7 attend 8:00 am Mass

• Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Parish Christmas Concert 7:00 pm

• Sunday, December 16, 2018 - Pancake Breakfast after the morning Masses

• Monday, December 17, 2018 - Grades 3 and 4 attend 8:00 am Morning Mass

• Monday, December 17, 2018 - Grade 6 Pizza Fundraising Lunch

• Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - Head Checks

• Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Grades 5, 6, 7 attend 8:00 am Morning Mass

• Thursday, December 20, 2018 - St. Matthew's Elementary Christmas Concert:  1:30 pm and 7:00 pm shows

• Friday, December 21, 2018

•      School Mass - 9:00 am     

•      Last day of school before Christmas Break - School ends at 12:15 pm



     This is a reminder to please be sure to notify the school office if your child is going to be arriving at school late or if they are going to be away  due to being sick or on vacation.  The government does send  auditors to the school to  review the students attendance and they do ask to see notes regarding the students absence.    You can e-mail Ms. Rossi at: or  leave a message for her on the school office voice mail 604-589-7545, whenever your child is going to be away.  Thank you.


Ski Field Trip Permission Forms

A friendly reminder from Mr. Durante:  students from Grades 5, 6 or 7 interested in attending the Ski Field Trip in February 2019 please make sure to hand in your forms as soon as possible!  Those students who have lost or misplaced a form please contact Mr. Durante for an additional one.  Thank you.

Tax Receipts

     We now head into the last month of the year and the office is preparing to work on tax receipts.  If you have moved since June 30, 2018 kindly e-mail Ms. Rossi at: with your new address.  It is very important that when we prepare the receipts, we have your correct address. Thank you. 


Gym Bags for Sale

Does your child need a gym bag to keep their shoes, PE shorts and t-shirt all in one place?  Gym bags can be bought through our Athletic Director/PE teacher:  Mr. Durante.  They will be sold for $4.00 each.  If your child needs one please contact him at  Thank you!


School Christmas Concert

On Thursday, December 20, 2018 we will have our annual school Christmas Concert.  Students and staff are now busily preparing and practising in order to bring Christmas joy to all!  Shows will be at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm.  Admission will be by donation of one of the following items for Father Tran's Medical Mission to Vietnam in February:

• A small toy (stuffed animal, lego set, card game, portable board game) OR

• Medicine (for example, pain relievers like Advil, Tylenol, etc.)



Application Info for NEW Families  September 2019

Parishioners who are considering having their child(ren) attend St. Matthew's Elementary School for September 2019 please note that application forms will be ready for pick up at the school office beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and will be due back January 15, 2019.   If you have any questions please contact the school office at: or 604-589-7545.


Tree of Generosity

The Garden of Gethsemani Cemetery had a ceremony on November 25 to mark the completion of the plaza area of their Jesus and the Children’s Memorial Garden.

 A few years back, St. Matthew's School families participated in a Tree of Generosity initiative and donated money which went towards supporting this initiative.  St. Matthew's Elementary School has been included on the Donor Wall, as a result of Tree of Generosity initiative back in 2015 (see pictures below).