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Communication Bulletin #6

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie~

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

A big thank you to our 2020-2021 Catholic School Council

We would like to acknowledge and thank our 2020-2021 Catholic School Council Members.

Teresa Aybar-Medrano – Chair

Cherish de la Cruz – Parish Rep

Angie Dunlop – Secretary

Rina Leitch – Parent Representative

Janet Coronel– Parent Representative

Angelica Cugini– Parent Representative

Alina Imbrogno– Parent Representative

Christine Kartick-Meghan– Parent Representative

Teaching Representative- Mrs. A Baker, Mrs. L Browne, Mr. Klutt, Mrs. Young, and Mr. Cerminara

Non-Teaching Representative- Mrs. C Sullivan

Community Representative – Mrs. S Carreiro

Our first meeting took place on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Our next meeting will take place on November 2nd at 7 p.m. All are welcome.  Please email Mrs. Melchionna for a link to the virtual meeting melchionnaan@hcdsb.org if you would like to attend. 

Looking Ahead…

Hallowe’en is around the corner! Trick or treating may look a little different this year, but at St. Gregory the Great, we would like to show our spirit. St. Gregory the Great will have a “Spooktacular Day” on October 30th. Students may choose to wear Orange and Black or a costume.  

Hallowe’en Costume Selection:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx

Hallowe’en Candy and Treats:

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at school. Thank you for your understanding.

Fundraising at St. Gregory the Great

St. Gregory the Great is a wonderful place to learn and grow.  Teachers, administrators and support staff work together to ensure the needs of each child are being met, with the goal of preparing students for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and contribution to society.  To aid in fulfilling this goal, we rely on our single major fundraiser, where 100% of your donation goes directly to programs and tools for your child.  Continuing to make St. Gregory the Great one of the top elementary schools in the province is a priority for us.

Any donation amount is welcome! Even the smallest donation makes a difference, and all donation amounts are confidential.

As the focus of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School is on developing the whole child, your participation enables us to focus on two main objectives:

  1. Support initiatives that enhance our children’s education and increase school pride
  2. Teach our children the value of investing in their school community and in their future

In the past years, your generous donations have allowed the school to fund many school initiatives across all grade levels. Your support has enabled our school to purchase technology, physical education equipment, materials for clubs, and other school initiatives. This year’s fundraiser will focus on purchasing technology for the school (for example: iPads and laptops), individual tool kits for students (for example: individual math kits), and outdoor kindergarten equipment for individual classrooms.

Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account:

  1. https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/
  2. At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”
  3. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Gregory the Great
  4. A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.


The deadline for donations is October 30th, 2020. Please donate today!  The link will remain open throughout the year as well.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School has flourished since its inception because of the tremendous support of teachers, principals, support staff and parents who, over the years, have contributed to making the educational experience both fun and rewarding.

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

Public Health Updates

Please click on the links for important updates for parents and guardians:

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Reopening-of-Schools

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Reopening-of-Schools#14238

https://halton.ca/getmedia/4678db75-c34f-41c7-90c0-e583c1cbcb34/HE-What-to-do-if-your-child-has-symptoms-COVID-19.aspx

Weekly Wellness Tip: Self Care Time!

Get outside, go for a walk, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. Spending time outside has numerous benefits for your body and mind and can improve your mood.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

Oct
12
Mon
Thanksgiving – NO SCHOOL
Oct 12 all day
Oct
30
Fri
Orange and Black/Halloween Costume Day
Oct 30 all day
Nov
1
Sun
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Nov
2
Mon
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
4
Wed
Loyola – Grade 8 Option Sheet Presentation
Nov 4 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Loyola – Grade 8 Virtual Visit
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Nov
11
Wed
Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Nov
12
Thu
Holy Trinity – Grade 8 Option Sheet Presentation
Nov 12 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Nov
19
Thu
Holy Trinity – Shield Spirit Session
Nov 19 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
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