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Friday Update - April 27, 2018


SMES Walkathon 2018

It's just around the corner!  Our annual Walkathon will be held this upcoming Friday, May 4 at Godwin Farm Park Please note the following key details about this event:

(1)  Students should come to school dressed in their St. Matthew's School gym strip (they will be given a special Walkathon t-shirt once they arrive at school).

(2)  The last day to hand in Walkathon forms to be counted for the weekly class pledge prize is Thursday, May 3!

(3)  All families/students should hand in their pledge forms and include all monies raised no later than Monday, May 9, 2018, in order to be eligible for Walkathon prizes.  Classes that have all forms handed in by this date will earn extra recess.

(4)  Don't forget our other great prizes:

• The class that brings in the most number of pledges will win a class party

• Families that bring in the most pledges will win a chance to have lunch         with Father Tran and Father Nixon

• First Prize (for the most pledge dollars raised):  a Chromebook!

• Second Prize (for the most number of pledges):  A Sphero!

• Third Prize (for the second most number of pledges):  a Gift Card pack!



Walkathon 2018

Lead Walker Volunteers Needed

With the change of venue for this year's Walkathon, Lead Walkers will be walking with student groups to-and-from Godwin Park.  All grades will be walking to the park, walking their designated number of rounds around the trail, and walking back to the school.  If you would like to be Lead Walker, please contact Josephine Copon at to sign up.  The deadline to sign up to be a Lead Walker is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Please specify the grade in which you would like to participate, and you will be provided with additional information.  There will be a debriefing for all Lead Walkers on the day of the event, so please meet in the school gym at 8:30am.  Thank you in advance for your participation!


Walkathon Spirit Week

Starting on Monday, April 30 and for the for the days leading up to the Walkathon we are going to have a Spirit Week.  Students will be encouraged to wear the following items on the following days (please note that students are also permitted to wear runners to class each day this week):

Monday, April 30, 2018 - Crazy Socks (with regular school uniform)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Crazy Socks and Glasses (with regular school uniform)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - Crazy Socks, Glasses and Crazy Hats (with regular school uniform)

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Crazy Socks, Glasses, Crazy Hats (with school Gym Strip)

Friday, May 4, 2018-  Gym Strip


PEC Elections 2018-2019

The nominating committee (Fr. Tien Tran, Bola Fagbamiye, Cheryl Andres and Tania Di Liello) invites all eligible persons to nominate candidates for the upcoming education committee elections for PEC 2018-2019. Deadline to submit nominations is May 1st , 2018.

There are 3 positions that we need to fill for a 2 year term. The election will be held after Sunday Masses on on May 26 (after anticipated Mass)  and May 27, 2018. Advance voting will be held on Friday May 25th from 4-5pm in the Jubilee Hall . 

For more details and information, please contact Bola Fagbamiye at 604-318-9175 or stop by the parish office. 


Spring Flower Fundraiser

All orders from the recent fundraiser can be picked up after school in the Fireside Room on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  Many thanks to all who brought in orders and contributed to raising funds for the school's outdoor play equipment.


Alpha at St. Matthew's

Everyone is invited!  Alpha is a parish tool for evangelization that runs sessions every Thursday evening from April 19th to June 28th and is based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. The same Alpha content is run all over the world by Christians of all traditions and provides a common expression of proclamation, service and witness. Millions of people have experienced Alpha in 112 languages in 169 countries around the globe.

Alpha takes people on a journey often leading to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It enables people to ask their questions, share ideas, build friendships and experience the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is often done in an informal setting that includes watching a well-produced video series, a meal, and some time for community.

Please click here to register for this dynamic, life-changing program! 

Child-minding is also available!


Neat Uniforms - Fit Day

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Please take note that representatives from our uniform supplier, Neat Uniforms, will be here on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to buy new sweaters, skirts, tunics, gym uniforms, etc.  They will be set up in Jubilee Hall.





Be a Part of a Great Night - Spring Dinner and Dance Souvenir Program!  Have your family photo of all occasions included in the 2018 event program!  This year, a St. Matthew's team is coordinating this initiative, and are calling all school families to participate. 

Submission deadline is May 4, 2018:

• Black & White: 1/2 page $60

• Full page $120

• Full page coloured: $250

You can also include your company/business advertisement and get some great exposure to our wider community.  Please contact Josephine Copon ( to reserve your spot in the Souvenir Program.  Thank you for supporting your Parish!


Summer STEAM Camp

This summer students have an opportunity to participate in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Camp at St. Matthew's from July 9 - 13, 2018.  Please click here, for more information about this exciting camp and registration information.  


Spring Presentation Photos

Please click here to link to photos from our recent Spring Concert!


April School Life

Please click here to view photos of your children during a recent recess break!


Thank you from

St. Vincent de Paul Society

We would like to thank all families for their generous donations during our Spring Presentation last week.  All food items went towards the St. Matthew's St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Here is an excerpt from a thank you letter sent by Eric Andres, director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

To all concerned:

We, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Matthew's, would like to thank you for your amazing contribution in stocking our pantry.  Be assured that all your food donations will go to those who reach out to us in their moments of need.  May God bless you all!


Pancake Breakfast 

Thank you to all who joined the school at the last Pancake Breakfast event; your support is greatly appreciated!  Stay tuned for the next breakfast date!