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Communication Bulletin – November 18, 2019

                    Dear Young People, Jesus wants to be your friend, and wants you to spread the joy                                                       of his friendship everywhere. Pope Francis

Bullying Awareness Week

During the week of November 17 – 23, Halton Catholic schools join school boards across Ontario to recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (Ontario Ministry of Education Link) each year, to develop awareness and understanding of the factors that contribute to a safe, inclusive, caring and accepting school climate. Building a positive and inclusive school climate is a necessary condition for student success. Thank you to Mrs. Bromley and our school DREAM Team for organizing the activities and announcements during this week. We will have A TOUCH OF BLUE DAY on Thursday November 21, 2019 to promote healthy relationships!

Wear a touch of blue in addition to your uniform to show your support in raising awareness around bully prevention and promote healthy relationships. Some examples include, hair accessories, scarves, socks, nail polish, jewelry. Be creative!  The colour blue was chosen because in many cultures it is viewed as bringing calm, peace, importance, and confidence. For more information please visit our board website. Bullying Prevention and Awareness

You can assist your children by reviewing with them:

  • If you see someone being bullied or you’re being bullied, talk to a trusted adult about it.
  • When someone is being bullied, in person or online, stand up for them so that they know that they don’t deserve to be bullied.
  • Don’t encourage bullying by participating in bullying-like behaviour….  See the Problem, Be the Solution!


Progress Reports for Grade 1-8 and Kindergarten Communication of Learning:  Initial Observations will be shared on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  The opportunity to schedule an interview with your child’s classroom teacher will close on Monday, November 18th at 11:00 pm.  Please ensure that you take a moment to book an interview time to discuss your child’s progress.  Interviews will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 4:15 pm to 8:30 pm, and Friday, November 22, 2019 from 9:15 am to 2:30 pm.

The St. Gregory WE Schools team will be holding a fundraiser to support the pillar of Health in Kenya, as the team’s global initiative for its commitment to the year-long ME to WE program. On November 21, during parent-teacher interview night, our WE Team students will be selling Rafikis, beaded bracelets handmade by the Mamas in Kenya, who receive a fair wage for their work. Ten different types of bracelets will be available for purchase at a cost of $10 each. They make wonderful Christmas presents, while supporting an important cause! The WE team thanks you in advance for your support!


With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board will once again be running its Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 8 through December 2, 2019.  Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas, and highlight in their individual submissions how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas.  You can learn more about this opportunity here: Keeping Christ in Christmas

Eric Walters  

We are thrilled to let you know that award-winning Canadian author Eric Walters will visit St. Gregory the Great school on Thursday, November 21, for a full-day of presentations to students. Mr. Walters, a former social work, teacher, and member of the Order of Canada, has written more than 100 books, from picture books to young adult novels, including Run, Camp X, We all fall down, Shaken, My name is Blessing, Today is the day, the Rule of Three trilogy and so many more! He is also the co-founder, with his wife Anita, of the Creation of Hope orphanage in Kenya. For more information about Eric Walters, please visit

Christmas Musical Information can be found by clicking the link: 

The Best Christmas Present Ever


Parish – Home – School Connection:  

Please see the link to Mary Mother of God’s Christmas Pageant Information: Christmas pageant invite 2019

Christmas Market at St. John Paul II School 

Next Saturday, November 23rd, St. John Paul II’s Catholic School Council will be hosting their annual Christmas Market at St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School and they are extending the invitation to the St. Gregory community. All of the money raised by the event will be donated to the Angel Tree program at St. Matthews Parish. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please click on the link below: Christmas Market Flyer 2019   2019 Christmas market vendor form

Parents/Guardians are asked to check and ensure that you are accurately receiving all email communication from the school and board.  We have been made aware this week that some email communication may have been inadvertently directed to the junk mail folder of some email clients.

Looking ahead…

Wear a “Touch of Blue Day” this coming Thursday, November 21, 2019

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

Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 20 all day
Eric Walters Author Visit
Nov 21 all day
Parent-Teacher Interviews
Nov 21 all day
Wear a Touch of Blue Day – Bullying Prevention and Awareness
Nov 21 all day

Wear a touch of blue in addition to your uniform to show your support in raising awareness around bully prevention and promote healthy relationships. Some examples include, hair accessories, scarves, socks, nail polish, jewelry. Be creative!

Oakville Speaker Series at Holy Trinity on Social Media @ Holy Trinity High School
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
PA Day – Parent-Teacher Interviews
Nov 22 all day
Grade 8 – Ottawa Information Night @ Learning Commons
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oakville Speaker Series at St. Thomas Aquinas on Vaping & Cannabis Use
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
“Paint the Town Red” for United Way-Civvies Day
Nov 29 all day
First Reconciliation @ Mary Mother of God Parish
Nov 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm




Elementary Vice-PrincipalCommunication Bulletin – November 18, 2019