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Communication Bulletin – April 9, 2020

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8

Prayer Meditation for Good Friday:

My Most Glorious and Suffering Lord, it is Your Hour.  It is the Hour by which You conquered sin and death.  It is the Hour for which You came into this world, taking on flesh so as to offer Your precious life for the salvation of the world.

May I be with You, dear Lord, in these moments of suffering and death.  May I, like Your Mother, John and Mary Magdalene, stand at the foot of the Cross, gazing upon the perfect Gift of Love.

My suffering Lord, may I see in Your Cross the most perfect act ever known in this world.  May I see Love in its most pure form.  May my eyes and soul look beyond the blood and pain and see Your Divine Heart, pouring forth Mercy upon me and upon the whole world. Today I kneel in silent adoration of You, my God.  I sit quietly, beholding the great mystery of our faith.  I behold God, beaten, bruised, mocked, tortured and killed.  But in this act, I see all grace and Mercy flowing from Your wounded Heart.  Bathe the world in Your Mercy, dear Lord.  Cover us with Your grace and draw us to new life through Your death.  I love You, dear Lord.  I love You with all my heart.  Jesus, I trust in You

Message from Mary Mother of God Parish – Holy Week

As you know, the Ministry of Education announced that schools will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4th, 2020. While our school remains closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important for you to know that student learning will continue to take place.

This week we moved to teacher-led distance learning for all our students.

What is Teacher-led Distance Learning?

Distance learning is learning that takes place outside of a traditional classroom setting. While some of the instruction may be conducted online, students will not be expected to be on a device for all their learning. Our goal is to encourage students to read, communicate and engage in learning experiences.

It may look different for each class, but in general, distance learning:

  • is flexible and can be done at any point during the day
  • does not always require online access
  • requires minimal parent/guardian support

Hours of Work and Focus on Learning

The Ministry of Education has provided the following guidelines for hours of work and focus of learning.

Kindergarten-Grade 3 – 5 hours of work per student, per week – Focus of learning: literacy and math

Grades 4-6 – 5 hours of work per student, per week – Focus of learning: literacy and math, science and social studies

Grades 7-8 – 10 hours of work per student, per week – Focus of learning: core math, literacy, science and social studies

Hours refers to the approximate amount of time your child would spend on the work assigned by teachers. This does not mean the amount of time your child should be online or in front of a screen. Your child’s teacher may engage with students in a variety of ways. As a Catholic school, our focus will also include Religion and Family Life, and our teachers will continue to integrate our faith and Gospel values in all subject areas.

Assessment at the Elementary school level, your child’s teacher will use formative assessment to gather evidence of how he or she is progressing in their learning. Your child’s teacher will provide feedback on his or her progress, and he or she will receive a final report card.

The Days and Weeks Ahead

Our teachers and educators have been busy preparing a plan for distance learning that will work for their classes and they are excited to connect with students again this week through distance instruction. We know that the learning experience will feel different for students, families and educators alike. As with anything new, the transition will bring its challenges, but please know that our teachers and educators are working hard, and we are all doing all we can to keep meeting the needs of our students.  Our goal is for all students to successfully complete this school year. You have our commitment and assurances that we will continue to find innovative ways to create conditions that support the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of our students.

Communication

Now more than ever the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns around their learning. All our teacher emails are listed on our website under Contacts > Staff Directory.

Having Trouble Logging in Multiple Children on D2L?

In households where multiple children need to log into D2L on one device, there are options that will allow two or more students to be logged in to their class portals at the same time. This will help reduce the number of sign-ins needed and make accessing D2L classes easier and faster for students. 

For detailed instructions, visit the HCDSB Learn at Home website and access the following page: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/d2l/

Moving?

If you are aware that you will not be returning to St. Gregory the Great in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at class organization.

Cash Online Updates

Presently, Board Staff are working together to provide refunds for Pizza Orders and trips ~ Please stay tuned for more details regarding this. Thank you for your patience regarding this.

Mental Health Support

With all the media coverage on COVID-19 surrounding our children daily, many may have difficulty coping. Please click on the link for some resources families may want to use with their children.

Sacramental Cancellation: Please note that an email went out to our Grade 2 Families regarding the cancellation of our First Communion celebration scheduled for April 26, 2020. Please know that future arrangements will be made at a later date to reschedule these celebrations. Click on the link for more information.

HCDSD Play Areas CLOSED

A Message from our Partners at Lunchbox:

Due to the school closures, Lunchbox Orders will be cancelling all deliveries scheduled April 6 – May 1. Orders placed during this time period will be cancelled and a credit will be applied to your Lunchbox Orders account. Please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team with all inquiries at info@lunchboxorders.com.  Parents who wish to receive a refund should contact LBO directly.  Their customer service team is available to assist as they do not store credit card details.

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Elementary Vice-PrincipalCommunication Bulletin – April 9, 2020