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Communication Bulletin #11

Bully Awareness and Prevention Week Nov 15th-21st

Next week St. Gregory will be participating in Bully Awareness and Prevention Week with the focus on building positive and inclusive classroom relationships. As a school and community our goal is to help ensure that we all have healthy, safe, respectful and caring relationships with the people is our lives. Friday November 20th students are invited to participate in Blue Shirt Day to show that our school promotes healthy relationships.

COVID-19 Protocol Reminders

Each morning at St. Gregory the Great school, we remind students of our Health and Safety Protocols. Kindly review these important health and safety reminders with your child(ren).

  • Remembering to do a self- assessment every morning before coming to school with parental assistance
  • Wearing a mask properly
  • Using hand sanitizer
  • Maintaining Physical Distancing – Respecting others personal space and remembering to play games where we are always keeping our hands and feet to ourselves.
  • Staying in your zone with our cohort/class

Parent-Teacher Interviews

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 26th from 4:00 – 8:30 pm and Friday, November 27th from 9:15 am – 2:30 pm. This term, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. Please refer to the email sent out with our school code.

You will be able to make appointments from November 6th at 8:00 am until November 23rd at 11:00 pm.

Parent – Teacher Interview Tips

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. St. Gregory the Great and our parent community have something in common: We both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each party can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–Teacher Interviews are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers.

Here are some tips on ways that you can make the most of parent-teacher interview so that everyone benefits, especially your child.

  1. Interviews are a two-way conversation. Like all good conversations, parent–teacher interviews are best when both parties talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.
  2. Keep the emphasis of the conversation on learning. Good parent–teacher interviews focus on how well the child is doing in school. They also talk about how the child can do even better. To get ready for the conversation, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the interview. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.  Think about ways you would like to be further involved in your child’s learning so that you can discuss them with the teacher.
  3. Discuss opportunities and challenges for your child. Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

Adapted from: Harvard Family Research Project – www.hfrp.org

First Holy Communion and Confirmation Registrations:

A friendly reminder to families with children in Grades 2 and/or 7 who will make their First Holy Communion and Confirmation this school year.  Online registrations for the sacraments will be closing on November 21st.  Please register as soon as possible.

First Holy Communion Registration https://www.mmogp.ca/first-eucharist

Confirmation Registration https://www.mmogp.ca/confirmation

Peace Light from Bethlehem

This year, our Youth Group will be bringing the PEACE LIGHT FROM BETHLEHEM to Halton Region. The Peace Light is a flame that originated in the grotto of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem where it has burned uninterrupted for more than 1,000 years. Each year it is passed around the world, not unlike the Olympic torch. Everyone is welcome to light a flame from the Peace Light to bring home and enjoy, and  share with others.
The Peace Light will be available to the public to light a flame on Saturday, December 12th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at KelyNack Stables: 6391 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON L7M 0P7 (approx. 20 minutes from Mary Mother of God Parish). For more information please visit: https://mmogp.ca/peace-light-from-bethlehem

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celsius, so make sure your children have dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website: www.HCDSB.org.

Mask Fundraiser

We love to see School Spirit.  A reminder that St. Gregory the Great student custom face masks are available through school cash online.  

Students can “Stay Safe and Show School Spirit” with a custom SGG Face Mask.

-one size fits all, with adjustable ear straps

-reusable, washable

-two-piece double ply design

500 masks to be sold, first come first serve!

$10 per mask available through school cash online.

Weekly Wellness Tip

We spend too much time planning, stressing, problem solving, daydreaming and thinking negative thoughts. Incorporating mindfulness into your daily life can help you slow down, pay attention, notice things in a busy world and gain appreciation. Mindfulness is linked to lower stress levels, better moods and helps improve memory, concentration and sleep. 

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

Feb
1
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
5
Fri
P.A. Day – No School for Students
Feb 5 all day
Feb
15
Mon
Family Day – Schools are Closed
Feb 15 all day
Feb
24
Wed
Catholic Council of Chairs – Oakville
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mar
15
Mon
March Break
Mar 15 – Mar 19 all day
Apr
12
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May
19
Wed
Catholic School Council Meeting
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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