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Communication Bulletin – November 25, 2019


Dove Tree:

Advent is a time of preparation for the Christmas season. This year we will continue to help others to prepare their Christmas celebrations by collecting gift cards to support those in our Parish boundary, through the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The SVVP Angel Tree at Mary Mother of God serves over 90 families and 160 children in need within our parish boundary. The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectation we are focusing on for December is being A Discerning Believer. A Discerning Believer develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity, and the common good.

A Christmas tree has been placed in the Learning Commons where students will be able to hang ornaments to symbolize each gift they give. We are asking for gift card donations for Wal-Mart or Superstore. If you can contribute, your child may select one or more envelopes to take home. We ask that you purchase a gift card for that particular store and return it to school in that same envelope, at which point your child will be given an ornament to placed on the St. Gregory the Great Dove Tree.

Although $25 is the recommended amount, we will accept any amount. If you are giving more than $25, please do so in $25 increments. St Gregory will gratefully receive the Dove Tree donations from Monday, December 2nd to Monday, December 9th.

We are asking families to add a special daily prayer of protection for all of the families SSVP serves: Mother of Jesus, be their protector and defender against all that is harmful or evil. Bring their needs before our Father, that they may be surrounded by God’s Holy Angels, and give them the grace to conquer every danger and overcome all that would threaten their health and well-being. Amen.

Thank you for making “The Dove Tree” a successful part of our school’s Advent preparations. It is a beautiful occasion for our children to learn about the gifts of sharing and generosity

Halton Food For Thought:

In partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT), our school provides our students with nutritious food and encourages healthy eating habits in our community via the Student Nutrition Program. The program is led by parent volunteers and is offered free of charge to all students.

At St. Gregory the Great, we offer a breakfast cart program on Thursday mornings that includes a minimum of three food groups, one always being a fresh fruit and/or vegetable as well as a milk alternative.

We always welcome your donations to keep the Student Nutrition Program running at our school. Donations can be made through the link provided:  HFFT Donation

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at our school through the HFFT Student Nutrition Program, please contact us at the main office.

To learn more about HFFT Student Nutrition Programs, visit their website.

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 – 2:30 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.

Christmas Ticket Letter

Each class will also be participating in our School Musical. Please click on the link below to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for their Class involvement: Class Costumes

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the main office.

Looking forward to seeing you at The Best Christmas Present Ever!

Kindergarten Advent Concert:

The Kindergarten Classes would like to invite you to their Advent Concert on Friday, December 13, 2019. Please see the show times below. We are looking forward to this special event. NO TICKET PURCHASES NECESSARY FOR THE FDK CONCERTS!

10:15 a.m.  Foderaro/Fedoryshyn, Couture/Alves, Bramley/Dragolli

2:00 p.m.  Chaves/Smith, Smith/Burrell, Kennedy/Martins

Civvies Days:

A reminder that the “Civvies and Spirit Day” fundraising initiative using our School Cashonline payment system is still available.    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.

Next Friday, November 29, 2019 St. Gregory will “Paint the Town Red!” Students are encouraged to wear red and all donations from Civvies day will go towards The United Way!

Staffing Update:

We are blessed at St. Gregory the Great to have amazing staff and students. We welcome new staff to our team:

Ms. Filipowich to Grade 1 (LTO) – Mrs. Novakovich

Ms. Andrade Grade 2 (LTO) – Mrs. Baker

Mrs. Crawford to Grade 3 (LTO) – for Mrs. Turchyn who is the teacher in our Structured Teaching Class

Ms. Stoute to our Primary Team – Mrs. Watts

Ms. Coral Educational Assistant

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

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
Advent Liturgy
Dec 2 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oakville Speaker Series at Loyola on Transitions to Post-Secondary @ Loyola High School
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Christmas Musical Performance
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Twilight Mass – Mary Mother of God.
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MASS WITH GRANDPARENTS: Grandparents are our guests of honor during this special Advent Mass. Help decorate our Jesse Tree, join us for a holiday sing-a-long, treats and a special Grandparents PHOTO BOOTH. Tuesday, Dec 10 at 7pm at Mary Mother of God.

Advent Mass @ St. Gregory School
Dec 12 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am


Elementary Vice-PrincipalCommunication Bulletin – November 25, 2019