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Communication Bulletin #20

Remote Learning Extended at HCDSB:

On January 20, 2021, Ontario school boards received a memo from the Minister of Education that provided an update on the period of school closure and teacher-led remote learning. The memo indicated that in-person learning will resume next week in schools that fall within 1 of 7 public health units listed in the memo. 

Halton Region was not on this list, and therefore HCDSB schools will remain closed for in-person learning until further notice.  

The Ministry has not provided a date when our Halton schools are expected to reopen for full in-person instruction.  

What we know at this time:

  • Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until further notice
  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules. 
  • The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until schools re-open for in-person learning.
  • Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
  • Child care centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.  
  • All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED until in-person learning resumes.

Updates & Additional Information 
HCDSB will continue to share any new updates from the Ministry as they become available, in the following ways:

Confirmation Update:

The Diocese of Hamilton has communicated that all Confirmation Masses through the end of March are to be postponed. We will be awaiting news from Public Health before make up dates can be rescheduled. We will keep you informed as soon as we receive any updates. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Frey at Mary Mother of God Parish: youth.mmogp@bellnet.ca

Immunization Clinics Available by Appointment in January & February:

For students currently in Grade 7 or 8 attending Oakville schools in the Halton Catholic District School Board, Halton Region Public Health has shared information about immunization clinics and how to keep up-to-date with school-based vaccines

Important Information
Public Health will be offering immunization catch-up clinics by appointment only for Grade 7 and 8 students who have missed their vaccines. Appointments are available in January and February for students attending school in Oakville. 

To learn more about immunizations, visit halton.ca/immunize or call 311.

Please review the following letter from Halton Region Public Health for more details and to book an appointment for your child:

Teacher Absences:

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in D2L.

Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.  

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Advanced New Registrations for 2021-2022 School Year:

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. We will be Planning for the 2021-2022 school year and encourage all families intending to register new children at St. Gregory the Great (including Kindergarten registrations) to follow the link for more information on registration:  https://elem.hcdsb.org/stgregory/2021/01/update-advanced-kindergarten-registration/

Online registrations are now open. In-person registrations (bringing in your documents) will take place once schools re-open.  Please direct questions regarding registration to our school.

Uniforms:

We are pleased to announce that McCarthy Uniforms is our official school uniform provider. Many of you may be familiar with the reputation for quality and the time-tested McCarthy tradition that will provide our families with exceptional uniform products. In addition to a superior quality garment, this new partnership with also provide our families with more flexibility when ordering, improved availability, and reduced costs.

We encourage you to register to be notified of school uniform details, updates on your shopping options, and access to sales throughout the year.

In addition to a custom website built specifically for our school, two retail stores will be available in the Halton Region. These school uniform retail spaces are being launched for the first time in Canada to maximize health, safety, and the customer experience. Both stores are located in SmartCentres for more convenience including ample parking and the ability to do other errands in the same complex. They’re both over 7000 square feet of space to ensure safe physical distancing measures are in place, in addition to multiple formats to shop including self-serve and 1:1 appointments. The stores will also feature integrated technology to allow for curbside pickup, order & ship, and more. And they’ll feature a made-in-Canada section featuring domestically manufactured navy and white options.

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, January 28:

St. Gregory will be joining in the conversation around mental health to help break the stigma and create a positive change. This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because now more than ever, mental health matters. Staff and students will be participating in activities and conversations next week to increase their knowledge and awareness on mental health and learn healthy coping skills to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

Weekly Wellness:

When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening.  That’s where the power is. 

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
12
Fri
Paint the Town Red Day / Local Love Day
Feb 12 all day
Feb
14
Sun
Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 all day
Feb
15
Mon
Family Day – Schools are Closed
Feb 15 all day
Feb
17
Wed
Ash Wednesday
Feb 17 all day
Feb
24
Wed
Pink Shirt Day
Feb 24 all day

Wear a pink shirt with your uniform bottoms.

Report Card and Communication of Learning Distribution
Feb 24 all day
Catholic Council of Chairs – Oakville
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mar
25
Thu
Confirmation
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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