Dear Family:

Dear Family:
As the partnership between home, church, and school is valued and important, this letter is written to inform
you that our Grade One classes will begin lessons as part of our Family Life program that will provide
additional opportunities for students to practice a range of life skills. Within this context, students will also
be learning about different kinds of touch. The purpose of this research-based program called I Matter! is
to build and strengthen the skills and abilities that lessen children’s vulnerability to abusive situations.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in their document “Breach of Trust - Breach of Faith” speak
specifically to the role of the Catholic school in teaching children about child abuse prevention within the
context of curricula that addresses the broader subject of human sexuality and life values.
The I Matter! unit consists of supplementary lessons which will be presented by your child’s teacher. The
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is implementing this program in Grade One beginning 20132014. The material will be taught in an age-appropriate manner within the context of the “Fully Alive”
Family Life program and the Ministry of Education’s Health curriculum expectations. Using a series of
children’s picture books, the basic concepts covered are:
making choices
different kinds of touch
how and where to get help
Recognizing that you, the parents and/or guardians, are the primary educators of your child(ren), you are
always encouraged to discuss the learning in the classroom with your child(ren).
If you would like to learn more, we invite you to attend an information session regarding this program.
Kindly make alternate arrangements for care of your child(ren) on that evening if you plan to attend.
Monday, November 18, 2013.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Catholic Education Centre, ROOM 301
40 Matheson Boulevard West
Mississauga, ON L5R 1C5
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the school. Thank you for your continued
support of your child’s education.
T. De Vellis Carino
St. Gertrude School