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Communication Bulletin – October 28, 2019

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. John 4:7

All Saints Day – Nov 1st, All Souls Day – Nov 2nd

A big THANK YOU!

For being respectful of our parking lot expectations and working with us to ensure the safety of our students. To all our families for their support with our Book Fair. Our Arctic Adventure: Snow Much to Read event was a success! Thank you to our Catholic School Council members who came out to our commissioning ceremony. All parents and/or guardians are welcome to attend any Catholic School Council meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Our next meeting will take place on Monday, November 4th, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Learning Commons.

Hallowe’en Dance- a-thon:

Thank you to our families for their generous donations so far! There is still time to donate so that your children can be eligible for our awesome prizes.

We are HALF WAY TOWARDS REACHING OUR HALLOWE’EN DANCE-A-THON GOAL! Students who have returned pledge forms have received fidget spinners. On Tuesday we will hold an “Early Bird Draw.” Students who have returned their forms will have a chance to win a gift card in the Early Bird Draw. Due to the number of students that will be participating in our Dance-a-Thon this year, we will not be able to accommodate parents/visitors. We will be sure to post several tweets throughout the day!

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

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

Christmas Musical:

The Christmas season is fast approaching! This year at St. Gregory the Great, we are thrilled to be bringing to you the Christmas Musical, The Best Christmas Present Ever, featuring our talent students in Grades 1, 2, and 3. Everyone is working hard on their songs and dances in preparation for our show and cannot wait to perform for you.

The Christmas Musical performance will be on

Tuesday, December 10th at 1:30 p.m.

In order to offset the costs involved with a large production, we will be charging $10.00/ticket for the musical. Tickets can be purchased on School Cash Online. YOUR SCHOOL CASH ONLINE RECEIPT WILL BE YOUR TICKET TO THE MUSICAL. PLEASE PRINT YOUR RECEIPT AND BRING IT WITH YOU TO THE SHOW. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, November 29th. Tickets will be availbale through School Cash Online Soon! For more information please click on the link below.

Christmas Ticket Letter

Looking ahead… “Paint the Town Red” for United Way-Civvies Day will take place on Friday, November 29, 2019. Wear as much red as you can!

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great
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
Nov
1
Fri
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Picture Retake and Sibling Photo day
Nov 1 – Nov 2 all day
Nov
4
Mon
Optional French Programming Registration
Nov 4 – Nov 15 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting @ Learning Commons
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
6
Wed
An Evening with Bishop Crosby
Nov 6 all day
Grade 8 at Highschool Day
Nov 6 all day
Take your child to Work Day – Grade 9 ONLY
Nov 6 all day
Elementary Vice-PrincipalCommunication Bulletin – October 28, 2019