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Friday Update:  January 31, 2020


Please note the following important dates:

• Friday, January 31TODAY - Last Day to Sign Up for Celebration of Learning  Evening

• Wednesday, February 5 - Crazy Hair Day (rescheduled because of Snow Day)  Bring a loonie or toonie for Agape Ministries

• Friday, February 7 - Celebration of Learning Evening 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (come for your scheduled time)

• Sunday, February 9 - School Choir sings at the 10:30 am Mass; Catholic Schools' Week Beings

• Sunday, February 9 - Pancake Breakfast after the 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses

• Monday, February 10 - Fundraising Lunch (for those who ordered)

• Thursday, February 13NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

• Friday, February 14NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day


Immunization Message:  Fraser Health

Parents, please click here to link to an important letter sent from Fraser Health regarding your child's immunization records.  Thank you.


Basketball Skills Camp

Kids:  you have a GREAT opportunity to participate in an awesome 4 week basketball skills camp held at St. Matthew's gym!  The camp will be held for kids in Kindergarten through Grade 7 once a week in the evenings on Mondays, starting Monday, March 23 (during Spring Break) and ending on Monday, April 20, 2020.  The camp will be hosted by DD Nation and partial proceeds from this camp will go to St. Matthew's School.  Permission forms will go home next week.   There are limited spaces available for this popular camp so make sure you sign up right away!  Please go to for more information or follow on Instagram:  @ddnation_basketball   Thank you!


Donation Appeal

Most families will have heard about the recent volcanic eruptions in the Philippines and the effects on the people of this region.  A relief effort has been organized by St. Matthew's Sports Group and they are accepting lightly used clothing and shoes (no winter clothes please) or monetary donations to aid those affected.  Donations will be accepted on Saturday, February 15 in the school gym between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  Shipments will be sent the following week.  Thank you in advance for considering this request.  


Tax Receipts

Please note that tax receipts went home with your children earlier this week.  Please make sure to check their backpacks to ensure you received your receipt.  Contact the office if you have any questions:  604-589-7545 or  Thank you!


Celebration of Learning

Friday, February 7, 2020

This year on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm we will hold a Celebration of Learning evening.  Here are the particulars:

• Families will sign up for a 20 minute time slot using the OnVolunteer system

• During this 20 minutes your child will take you to their classroom where a display of their learning will be evident.  Students will also show what they have been learning in PHE (gym class) and Music

• After your session with your child you and your child are asked to visit all other classrooms!  Once your family has visited a classroom your family will receive a "stamp" in your very own Celebration of Learning Passport!

• Get stamps from every classroom and receive a special treat before heading home that evening

• Signing up for a time slot on OnVolunteer will be made available on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm.  Families have until TODAY:  Friday, January 31, 2020 to sign up. If you do not sign up for a time slot then one will be assigned for you.


Look under the "People Needed" Section and find "Celebration of Learning Grade .... Sign Up" and sign up for a time slot for your child's grade.

Please note that we still have a regular day of school from 8:45 am - 2:55 pm.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Welsh at:  604-589-7545 or 


Annual General Meeting 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

St. Matthew's Elementary's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the school gym.  Please note that at this meeting:

• a brief summary of the school year thus far will be reviewed; the tuition fee for 2020-2021 will be explained

• this meeting will also feature an hour VIDEO on the topic:  screen time and your children

• re-registration packages will be handed out

Light refreshments and coffee will be available and the evening will finish at approximately 7:30 pm.

As per school policy, this is a meeting that at least  one parent must  attend.  Those families who do not attend the meeting will have to call the office to set up a time to meet with Miss Welsh before receiving their re-registration package.

Please note that this is a meeting for parents and we respectfully ask that alternate arrangements are made for childcare.


Save Your Empty Beverage Containers!

Save Your Empty Beverage Containers and donate to the Grade 6 Class!
The Grade 6 class are continuing to raise funds for their future Grade 7 Outdoor Education Camp in September 2020.  You can support them by donating your empty beverage container deposits.  Doing so is fast and convenient; it only takes a couple of minutes and you will be contributing towards a truly memorable experience for our future Grade 7s.  Take your empty containers to any bottle depot that offers the Return-it Express service and return them under the school’s account.  The account is registered under the phone number 604-589-7545.  For more information on the Return-it Express program including locations and instructions, please visit

Thank you!



It has been brought to the school's attention that some families are not following guidelines around safe parking.  In particular, several cars have been:

• parking in front of the Holy Cross School Buses (near the cafeteria) and,

• parking in front of the garbage cans (again near the Holy Cross cafeteria)

Please do not park in these areas as it blocks access and it is not safe.  

We have also been told that people are taking bags of garbage and placing it in the Holy Cross garbage bins.  This is not permitted. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Farewell Mrs. Sisk

Mrs. Sisk, our Grade 7 teacher is now on maternity leave.  She and her husband are eagerly anticipating the birth of their daughter in February!  Exciting times for the Sisk household!   Mrs. Natalie Lake will take over for Mrs. Sisk during her maternity leave.  We are very pleased to have Mrs. Lake join our St. Matthew's school community.