As we prepare to begin Lent, perhaps after a hearty dinner of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, may we take time for extra prayer, particularly the Stations of the Cross, and various penances to overcome our weaknesses and to atone for our sins.
Pancake Tuesday – Rescheduled for Monday, February 24th
On Monday, February 24, 2020, the Catholic Parent Council of St. Gregory School will be serving pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday. We will be purchasing products and taking the precautions associated with allergies in our school. Thank you to our Pancake Day volunteers. We are in need of parent volunteers, if you can help us out we would love to have you! Please come to the main office by 8:30 a.m.
Come to the Table – Lenten Initiative
St Gregory School will be taking part in the Come to the Table Family Challenge for Lent, in partnership with the Mary Mother of God Parish. Come to the Table is an initiative whereby families are encouraged to pledge to commit to having technology-free meals as a family. The guidelines are simple… and fun!
- No electronics (including TV) during the meal.
- Say grace before the meal.
- No discussing discipline or chores, like who forgot to take out the garbage or didn’t do their homework.
- No one is excused until the whole family has been at the table for 20 minutes.
- The family meal can be any meal of the day, not just dinner.
In summary, families are encouraged to take 20 minutes to come together for a technology-free meal, 20 times over the period of Lent. Make it 20 meals for 20 mins in 2020! Be sure to follow us @StGregoryHCDSB as well as @gregory_we, where our school’s WE Team and Dream Team will be sharing fun conversation starters, different versions of Grace to be said as a family, and more over the period of Lent. Please see the attachments for more information on this 20 in 2020 Lenten Initiative.
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Please join us at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th as our Grade 1 students lead us in our Ash Wednesday Celebration.
Public Speaking and Grade 3 Poetry Recital
The St. Gregory Public Speaking Festival will take place on Thursday, February 27th in our school gym at 1:30 pm. Parents and family members are invited to come and enjoy the fine examples of student excellence in oratory skills. We welcome our grade 3 poetry participants during the judge’s deliberation portion of the afternoon. Can’t wait to hear these future public speakers!
Tour for Humanity
Our Grade 6-8 students will engage in interactive presentations through TOUR FOR HUMANITY classrooms. Classes will participate in human rights and dignity seminars with age appropriate content that addresses historical human rights atrocities such as Residential Schools, Japanese internment camps, and the Holocaust. The Tour for Humanity interactive classroom bus will be set up on our school property on February 28th.
As a reminder, supervision begins at 9:00 am. For the safety of your children, we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. Please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are on the schoolyard when the bell rings. If your child(ren) walk to school, please encourage them to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell. For safety, children arriving late for school must first report to the office. We encourage them to arrive on time and line with their class at 9:10 am.
Lunch Time Supervisors Needed
We are currently looking for anyone interested in becoming a lunch time supervisor. Supervisors work Monday to Friday from 11:55 -12:55 p.m. If you are interested and have a Criminal Record Check dated within the last six months, please contact us at the main office.
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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great
Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend our Ash Wednesday Liturgy to be held in the gym at 2 pm