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Communication Bulletin – October 21, 2019

We are not called by God to do extraordinary things,
but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.
~ Jean Vanier ~

A big THANK YOU to all our amazing Parent and Student Volunteers for their help with our Fuel for Kids Community Fundraiser. And, we are truly thankful for all our St. Gregory Families who come out to support the event. Despite the cold weather we had a great time building community!

Special thank you to our community partner Carrie from HFFT who came out to share the blender bike and talk to families about the wonderful benefits of the breakfast cart program.

Catholic School Council:

Our first Catholic School Council meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. We look forward to the commissioning of our new Catholic School Council members on Wednesday evening. All parents and/or guardians are welcome to attend any Catholic School Council meeting.

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!

The slogan for the fall fair is Arctic Adventure: Snow Much to Read! You’ll find hundreds of quality books at our Scholastic Book Fair, with a wide assortment for all reading levels.

Students have received a flyer highlighting some of the new and popular titles available for purchase at the fair. Upon their first visit to the fair, they will be able to make a wish list to bring home to share with you, then return for a second visit to make their purchase.

The flyer also contains a special ballot for a draw sponsored by Scholastic. The prize is $50 in books – $25 for the winning student to spend at the fair AND $25 for their teacher to spend as well!

A Family Night will be held Thursday, October 24th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. so that parents, guardians, and relatives have an opportunity to visit the Fair.

Don’t forget to mark the Book Fair dates on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you during the Scholastic Book Fair.

Book Fair dates:          

Tuesday, October 22nd to Friday, October 25th  9 to 11:50 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Family Night: Thursday, October 24th 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Saint Gregory the Great School Learning Commons

Payment can be made by cash, Visa, MasterCard, ApplePay, or cheque made payable to the school.

Hallowe’en Dance-a-thon:

On Thursday, October 31st, 2019, our Kindergarten – Gr. 8 students will be participating in our Halloween Dance-A-Thon to be held in the gymnasium. This day will provide everyone with the opportunity to dance, exercise, have fun and raise money to support our student activities.

Thank you for your support and the efforts made to sponsor our Dance-A-Thon. Our Board policy states that no child should go door-to-door soliciting pledges. Students should ask family and friends to support their efforts with a pledge of funds. Student safety should always be a prime consideration. Preference is for donations using the HCDSB Donation Button below School Cash Online; however, cheques are acceptable. (Cheques payable to St. Gregory the Great School). NO CASH PLEASE. Pledge sheets are due this Friday, October 25th, 2019.

Donations can be made directly on the St. Gregory Web Page or by clicking on the link below.

https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/269/6/false/true?fundDestination=ST.%20GREGORY%20THE%20GREAT

The top 100 students have received fidget spinners and there are still more to be given away! Looking forward to this “Spookacular Event!” This day will be a Civvies Day.

Hallowe’en Candy and Treats:

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at school, especially those that are not labeled as being peanut/tree nut free.  Thank you for your understanding.

Hallowe’en Costume Selection:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx

Civvies Days:

We are pleased to announce the introduction of St. Gregory the Great’s monthly “Civvies and Spirit Day” fundraising initiative using our School Cashonline payment system.    There will be 10 Civvies Days during our 2019-2020 school year.

Families are asked to contribute $20 for the entire school year to support the many charities and social justice initiatives that we, as a school community, support. These charities will include our Halton Food for Thought Breakfast Program, Angel Fund, HCCEF to name just a few.   Students and parents will be given advance notice of the Civvies Days through school announcements and our Communication Bulletin.

CRUNCH TIME IS COMING!

The GREAT BIG CRUNCH initiative returns as a MONTH-LONG FOCUS on healthy and local eating with the culminating in one amazing GREAT BIG CRUNCH on Thursday, October 24th.  The goal this year is to engage 70,000 students from 100 participating schools across Halton! Check out our Twitter page on October 24th as we “Crunch Together!”

Waste Reduction Week:

The week of October 21-25, 2019 marks Waste Reduction Week across Canada.  Schools can generate a lot of waste.  A recent study estimated that public high schools generate 16 kilograms of waste per student per week, and with approximately 5 million elementary and high school students in Canada, that’s 80,000 tonnes of garbage a week!  Here at St. Gregory the Great, we would like to do our part and lessen our carbon footprint.  Therefore, next week we are asking that students pack lunches and snacks with no throw away garbage. That means no wrappers, ziploc bags, straws etc.  Please have students bring their lunches and snacks in reusable containers and bring a reusable water bottle.  We can do it St. Gregory!  Let’s show that we really care about our planet by bringing in trash less lunches and snacks!”

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great
Oct
21
Mon
Federal Elections – St. Gregory Host Site
Oct 21 all day
Oct
22
Tue
Scholastic Book Fair
Oct 22 – Oct 25 all day
Scholastic Book Fair @ Learning Commons
Oct 22 – Oct 25 all day
Oct
23
Wed
Catholic School Council Meeting #1 @ Learning Commons
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
24
Thu
Pizza Lunch
Oct 24 all day
Scholastic Book Fair – Family Night @ Learning Commons
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct
25
Fri
School Confessions
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
30
Wed
Grade 7 – Camp Brebeuf Trip
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all day
Oct
31
Thu
Hallowe’en Parade and Dance
Oct 31 all day
Pizza Lunch
Oct 31 all day
Elementary Vice-PrincipalCommunication Bulletin – October 21, 2019