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Communication Bulletin #3

Don’t worry about anything, instead pray for everything. Philippians 4: 6

A Big Thank You!

A big thank you to our parents, students and staff for working together to ensure a safe start to our school year.  What a great first full week back! We appreciated your patience with the change to our afterschool procedures.  

First Holy Communion Make up

For grade 2 students who have not connected with Mary Mother of God, please see the information from the Parish.

https://mmogp.ca/first-communion-make-up-dates

Family Information Packages

Family Information/Consent Forms and Verification information have come home with students. Please complete and return the Family Information and Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. We need to have up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency. Please note that the return date provided is incorrect.  All packages should be returned by Friday, September 25th, 2020. 

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  Please be aware that St. Gregory the Great School strives to be a NUT FREE environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Visitor Protocol 

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school.   All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.  Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.   We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.      

Reporting Absences

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and SafeArrival will enhance our existing student attendance procedure by making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

If a child is absent and the office has not been notified the SchoolMessenger system will begin automatic calls to you, if there is still no answer we are required by law to call the police.  

Please follow the St. Gregory Safe Arrival system.  The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line
  4. Learn more about how to report your child’s absence.   https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Pages/Report-Student-Absence.aspx

You can also check out FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Need to Contact your Child’s Teacher?

The staff of St. Gregory will be reaching out to parents in the next week. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher an appointment is necessary. The classroom teachers’ first responsibility is the teaching of the children during the regular school hours. Please leave a voice mail message for your child’s teacher and they will return your call in a timely manner ~ within 48 hours.

If you have a concern regarding your child, the first call needs to be directed to the classroom teacher. All our teachers have come to St. Gregory highly recommended and when it comes to your children, they are the ones best suited to listen to your concerns and determine the appropriate next steps. Please do them the courtesy of a phone call and/or meeting should a concern arise.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

Sep
30
Wed
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 30 all day
Oct
5
Mon
World Teacher Appreciation Day
Oct 5 @ 3:28 pm – 4:28 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
9
Fri
Thanksgiving Virtual Liturgy
Oct 9 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Oct
12
Mon
Thanksgiving – NO SCHOOL
Oct 12 all day
Oct
28
Wed
Catholic Council of Chairs – Virtual Meeting
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oct
30
Fri
Orange and Black/Halloween Costume Day
Oct 30 all day
Nov
2
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dec
7
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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