“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces,
never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
That’s the beauty of being alive. We can always start all over again.”
~St. Bernadette Soubirous
Thank you to all our amazing students, staff, and families for all your support as we switched to Teacher-led Remote Learning last week. Online learning will continue this week for at least 5 school days.
Thank you to Mrs. Spoto, Ms. Carey, Mrs. Mulligan, and Mrs. Richardson for all their work in preparing devices and problem-solving tech issues – we appreciate all of your support!
Thank you to our SERT’s Mrs. Innes, Mrs. Goodman, and Mrs. Kelly for all of your support in facilitating device distribution and helping with many resource pickups.
Reporting students’ absences: Although we have made the switch to Teacher-led Remote Learning, we are still mandated by the ministry to continue tracking students’ attendance. If your child is away, please promptly report the absence through the Safe Arrival Program. If your child is away for multiple days, please connect with your child’s teacher to ensure that there is a plan for missed work.
Planning on switching your child’s learning environment (from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period)
Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families. Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities to request a change to learning environment for elementary students. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th. The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FAMILIES REQUESTING A CHANGE TO THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL:
- If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.
- Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year.
The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March Break. The requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.
Request to Change Learning Environment
If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.
Important notes before you complete the online form:
- Please submit a separate form for each child.
- You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
- This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.
COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE
This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.
Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.
- Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
- The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th.
- If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.
Health and Physical Education Parent/Guardian Remote Learning Information and Checklist: Please check out the checklist for Health and Physical education for your children before and while they participate virtually. The link can be found below.
Food/Milk Programs Update
Lunchbox Orders – We were scheduled to have Subway delivered on Tuesday, January 4th, and Boston Pizza on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022. We have received communication from Lunchbox that parents who have orders placed will receive a credit for their cancelled orders. An email notification will be sent to parents when the cancellation is complete, and the credit is applied to their account.
Pizza Days at St. Gabriel CES – Pizza Lunches were scheduled for Wednesday, January 5th, and Wednesday, January 12th, 2022. Those days will be postponed and added on to the end of Term 1 pizza orders. In other words, students that ordered pizza will have 2 additional weeks of pizza when we return to in-person learning.
Milk Orders – Similarly to Pizza above, all Milk missed Milk days will be added to the end of Term 1 orders. Students will receive 10 additional days of milk orders before Term 2 orders begin.
Should the need arise for virtual learning to continue beyond January 17th, we will continue to make the same compensations to families mentioned above for lunch/milk days.
Parish Updates – Grade 7 Confirmation
Parents of students in Grade 7 are asked to save the date of Saturday, April 30th, 2022 for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The tentative time is 10:00 am at St. Gabriel Parish.
Catholic School Council – Meeting #3
The St. Gabriel Catholic School Parent Council will meet virtually this coming Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 pm via Microsoft Teams. Meetings are open to parents. Contact the school if you wish to attend.
Winter is here!
When we return to in-person learning, please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.
Cobs Bread – Raise Some Dough Fundraiser
Throughout the school year families at St. Gabriel CES will have the chance to raise funds that will be donated directly back to school.
How does it work?
- Each time the families of St. Gabriel CES purchase a product at COBS Bread Maple Mews and they mention they’re raising dough for St. Gabriel, our staff will process a 10% donation of the total sale back to your school.
- The donations to the school will be presented at an agreed upon time. Running totals can be provided after each school term to let families know how much has been raised.
Families are asked to participate in this fundraiser by purchasing items at the Maple Mews COBS location situated at 1235 Fairview St, Burlington, ON L7S 2K9. Upon purchasing baked goods at this COBS location, kindly mention St. Gabriel and 10% of your purchase will be donated to our school!
We look forward to this continued local community partnership!
MindUp Update – Grade 1-3
The students in Grades 1-3 will be starting lesson six, Mindful Smelling. During the lesson, your child will learn about Dopamine, one of the neurotransmitters which plays a role in producing and regulating positive feelings such as pleasure, hopefulness, optimism, and interest. When your child/children have sufficient levels of dopamine “feel-good” neurotransmitter in their brain they are more able to maintain motivation, delay gratification, and feel rewarded and content. Dopamine effects the brain’s ability to create positive feelings necessary to concentrate, pay attention, remember, and keep trying all things critical to their learning. During this lesson they will be practicing focussing on new senses. This will broaden their ability to observe, enjoy their experiences, give them the opportunity to be fully engaging in what they’re doing while strengthening their self-awareness and self-control. Ask your child/children about the smells that they like and dislike.
Promoting Well-Being: How to support your child’s mental health through the pandemic
During these changing and challenging times, you may be worried about your child or teen’s mental health and well-being, especially as the pandemic persists over time. Many children and youth have struggled to adjust to the many changes that have happened over the past two years, as a result of COVID-19. So, you may notice that from time to time your child or teen may seem worried, sad, lonely, or unsettled. They may be confused or angry that usual activities continue to be disrupted or they may be disappointed to miss something that they were looking forward to for a long time. Many students are concerned that they have missed important schoolwork and feel nervous about what will happen this school year. All of these feelings are to be expected at this uncertain time.
And we know that some students and families/caregivers have experienced significant hardship and loss throughout the pandemic. Perhaps your child or teen has had more to carry than others, and you wonder if they are okay.
How can you help your child or teen to maintain good mental health as the pandemic evolves? How will you know if your child or teen is experiencing a mental health problem that requires more support? Please see here for important supports and answers to your questions. If you or your child need help please reach out to the school, Kids Help Phone or ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids)
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