As a staff, we would like to thank all our families for their support during the school closure and for their patience and collaboration throughout Distance Learning. We know parents are working tremendously hard trying to support their child’s learning while balancing their own careers and working from home. We want you to know what a great job you are doing and that we are here to support you and your children. We are all in this together!
We would like to further thank you for your continued patience as we work together with Public Health, The Ministry of Education and the HCDSB to devise a plan in which access to the building will be permitted to retrieve student belongings. Please continue to monitor your email for further instructions.
Extension of School Closure
On Tuesday, May 19, the Ministry of Education announced that it is extending the school closure period for all students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While it saddens us deeply to know that we will not be returning to finish off the school year together face-to-face, we understand that this decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Teacher-led Distance Learning will continue via our virtual platforms for the remainder of the school year. Our Director of Education, Mr. Pat Daly stated in his email to parents on Friday evening, “Our focus since the beginning of this period of extended school closure has been to keep the health and well-being of our students, families and staff at the forefront, while providing continuity of learning for our students that is flexible and accessible. During this time, many of our teachers have explored a variety of teaching strategies and formats to engage students in distance learning.” Our staff will continue to work diligently to engage our students in meaningful learning for the next five weeks.
Praying the Rosary
Pope Francis calls all Catholics to pray the Rosary Daily in the Month of May. Please find the following link on our school website to support your family with this request: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpatrick/2020/04/praying-the-rosary/
Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students
The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be offering Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 6 – July 17, 2020 (Session 1) and July 20 – July 31, 2020 (Session 2).
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. All Session 1 and Session 2 classes will be offered in a distance (e-learning) format this summer.
NOTE: Teachers will be committed to providing an engaging educational experience and interactive lessons in a virtual format to review the past school year, in preparation for next year. Educators will provide live and/or pre-recorded lessons for all students.
For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs
This two-week summer program is designed for students who would benefit from additional practice and assistance to ease their transition into Grade 7, 8 & 9. Students will participate in engaging lessons to meet their individual needs and learning styles.
Students can be initially engaged in reading by focusing on their comprehension and enjoyment of a given story, poem, blog, or news report. Fundamentally, balanced literacy revolves around two primary strands, are a reading strand and a writing strand, each of which mirrors the other. Engaging lessons will be provided to ensure all students’ needs and learning styles are met.
New this year ~ online registration is available for Session 1 and 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning
The online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020.
Spirit Day – “Stuffed Animal Day” – Friday, May 29th
Students are encouraged to share photos of them participating is online learning with their favorite “Stuffies”. Feel free to show off your most beloved stuffed animals and fuzzy friends. Families are asked to post their photos on Twitter and to tag @stgabrielhcdsb @hcdsb #TogetherApartHCDSB. As a school, St. Gabriel CES is dedicated to having a Spirit Day every Friday for the duration of the school year!
We would like to remind our students and families of the policies around the acceptable use of personal electronic devices. Catholic School Codes of Conduct continue to be important in our Distance Learning Environment. As students continue to work in virtual classrooms, it is important to remind children about the norms and expectations for online communication. They may be used for texting or chatting with friends on social media, but how they interact in the online school setting will be different. Thank you for your continued partnership during this time.
Due to school closures, we will be providing parents with a different option for the Spring Kindergarten Parent Orientation. Our FDK Team has developed an Orientation presentation that will be shared with all incoming Year 1 families this week by email.
Are you planning on moving before the end of this school year or in the summertime? If yes, please email our school secretary, Mrs. Mulligan at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so that we can update our information and prepare for September 2020.
Promoting Well-Being – Bike Safety
Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it’s a low-cost way to get around, and it’s good for the planet. Cyclists have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.
Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.
As recommended by Parachute Canada:
- Always wear a helmet. Properly worn, it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule.
- Be prepared. Know the rules of the road.
- Check your ride. A fun and safe cycling experience starts with a properly equipped bicycle.
- Be a role model. Set a good example and practice safety together.
The Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide has additional information on riding tips to keep you safe while cycling.
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