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Communication Bulletin #8

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?~
Micah 6:8

It has been great to welcome back our students who have returned from the Virtual School. Please know we will greatly miss our students who are transitioning from in-person to virtual school ~ you are ALL a very special part of our community!  Sending prayers and good wishes to all our St. Gregory the Great Families.

Daily Self-Screening

  • A self-assessment must be completed by all staff and essential visitor prior to entering the school. ​
  • Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving for school, using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. ​
  • If a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​

UPDATE: On September 16, 2020, the Ontario Government released a new COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools.

All staff and parents (or students 18 years of age and up) are asked to complete this new self-assessment tool for schools each day.

What to Do If Your Child Has COVID-19 Like Symptoms
When a child is sick with new or worsening COVID-19 like symptoms, parents and guardians must follow one of the following three options:

Have your child tested for COVID-19 and keep them home to self-isolate until the test results are revealed; test results will indicate the next steps.

OR

If your child has an alternative diagnosis provided by a health care provider, they may return to school once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.

OR

Keep your child home to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. They may return to school after the 14-day period once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.

The updated screening tool offers a more comprehensive checklist of the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

The online COVID-19 Screening Tool October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children

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 Questionshttps://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Documents/SchoolMessenger%20Student%20Attendance%20Management%20System%20-%20FAQ.pdf

Parking Lot Reminders

  • Before School- Drop off students in the ‘Kiss & Ride’ loop in the West Lot ** ‘Kiss and Ride’ will be available for morning drop off ONLY.  Parents should stay in their vehicle.  Staff members are stationed to help guide your children on the sidewalk to the playground.  If your child requires assistance to exit the vehicle, we ask parents to help their child(ren) AM ONLY
  • Kindergarten drop off operates in the same order in the designated Kindergarten area.
  • No idle parking. Follow the loop around – drop and go.
  • If you are not using the ‘Kiss & Ride’ loop, please park in a designated parking spot on the West Side ONLY, and walk along the sidewalk to the playground entrance.
  • The EAST lot is for buses only.  Please do not drop off, pick up, or park in the EAST lot.
  • The front of the school is NOT a drop-off zone.
  • Respect accessible/handicap parking spaces. Accessible parking, including the access aisle, are for members of our community or visitors with a disability or health condition. Parking in an accessible spot, even if it’s just for a minute, is not permitted.
  • Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.  
  • Designated entry and exit doors for your child’s class (cohort) have been established  
  • Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.  
  • For dismissalKiss and Ride” will not be available after school. Parents must park their car and pick up their child(ren) at their designated area (see map)
  • If you park, one parent should approach the fence to pick up child(ren) and then exit promptly.

General Safety Reminders:

  • Exercise Caution! Children and parents are crossing the parking lot at all times during drop-off and pick-up times. Please drive slowly and avoid distractions, such as cell phone use, in our school zone to ensure the safety of all.
  • Be Courteous and Respectful! Please remember that our staff and volunteers are there to help students get in and out of school safely. Yelling, swearing, and actions or comments that are threatening and/or derogatory towards staff, volunteers, students and other parents are NOT acceptable. Remember that our children learn from our examples – so let’s set the right ones.

Hallowe’en!

Hallowe’en is almost here! 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 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!

Fall Virtual Scholastic Book Fair 

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! 

To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together. 

 So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from November 2 to 13, online!

 When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5150754

 Before our Fair begins, click the link to: 

  • SAVE it to your browser 
  • WATCH videos of popular new titles 
  • PREVIEW our Featured Books 

     Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair! 

Virtual Open House

Over the past few years at St. Gregory, our community has enjoyed hosting a Community Building Event and has enjoyed hosting an Open House on Curriculum Night where our students can take their parents on a tour of their classrooms and share their learning routines. It saddens us that we cannot have parents and guardians in the school this year to show you all the wonderful things happening in our classrooms.

For that reason, we have decided to provide you with a “Virtual Open House”. Presentations will be uploaded to your child’s D2L on October 27th, 2020. An online Form will be linked to the presentation. Our classroom teachers have been busy creating presentations to showcase their classrooms and share their learning routines and programming information with you.

October 29th from 5-6:30 p.m. be designated for staff to respond to the questions posed from the online Form. This can be done though a telephone call, email or Teams meeting.

The evening will begin with a prayer and welcome by Ms. Attardo and Mrs. Melchionna.

Weekly Wellness Tip:

Enjoy the little things in life. Gratitude creates a ripple effect of happiness. Gratitude is a powerful contagion that can be transferred to others. How can you incorporate gratitude into your daily life? Try writing in a gratitude journal at the end of each day. Create a family grateful jar or sharing what you are grateful for at dinner with your family.  Take a walk or drive and notice the goodness around you.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

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
Nov
25
Wed
Catholic Council of Chairs – Virtual Meeting
Nov 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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