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Communication Bulletin #7

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. ~Eckhart Tolle~

10th Annual HCCEF Evening with Bishop Crosby- Virtual Edition

The HCCEF Evening with Bishop Crosby is always such a wonderful gathering of the Halton Community. Although we will not be able to meet in person this year, we can still gather virtually as a community.

Highlights of the evening include:

  • A Reception with friends at your virtual “table”.
  • Musical Entertainment by HCDSB students
  • Recognition of Bishop Douglas Crosby’s 10th Anniversary of his installment as the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton
  • Keynote address by Bishop Crosby

We have seen a 375% increase in the number of HCDSB students helped from March to September compared to the same time last year. HCCEF programs are funding solely by our fundraising initiatives (i.e. events, donations, grants, corporate support).

We want to be able to continue to say “yes” to supporting low-income HCDSB students and their families with basic necessities, because education directly influences students’ life chances – and life outcomes. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. We need your help to do this.

Wednesday November 4, 2020 – 6:30-8:00pm

For information visit the HCCEF Event Page, email or call

Congratulations to our Grade 3 Students Celebrating their First Holy Communion

Throughout the month of October, our Grade 3 students will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at Mary Mother of God Parish. We wish them all the best and continue to pray for them and their families.

As you grow in your friendship with Jesus, may your words be gentle and may your touch be kind. May you hear the whispers of Love in your heart each day. May you see God in everyone you meet and may you always know that you are dearly loved!

First Holy Communion and Confirmation Information 2020-2021

Registration for grade 7 students to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and grade 2 students to receive their First Holy Communion/First Reconciliation at Mary Mother of God Parish is now open.

This year due to Covid-19, NO REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED OR COLLECTED THROUGH THE SCHOOLS. Parents must register their child directly with the parish using a digital form.

Visit to register for Confirmation or to register for First Holy Communion and for more information.

The Use of Technology at School

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone. If they do not have a cell phone, the teacher can call for the student using the classroom phone. Thank you for your help and support with this.

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. 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

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:

  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.

Wellness Tip:

Boost Your Wellbeing with a Dose of Gratitude: Acknowledging goodness in your daily life can boost happiness, improve self-esteem, enhance your wellbeing, help you deal with adversity and strengthen relationships.  Focus on the positives in your life. It’s the little things in your life that matter most. 

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

Orange and Black/Halloween Costume Day
Oct 30 all day
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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
Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Holy Trinity – Grade 8 Option Sheet Presentation
Nov 12 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Holy Trinity – Shield Spirit Session
Nov 19 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Catholic Council of Chairs – Virtual Meeting
Nov 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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