Thank you for another wonderful week at St. Gregory. Thank you to all families for following our COVID protocols on the school property. Together, we will continue to keep one another safe.
Daily Self Screening
All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.
- Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
Parents will no longer be required to provide Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Screening for their child, however, the daily self-screening will need to be completed each day. Any child that experiences symptoms while at school, will be required to be picked up.
Terra Cotta Cookies
We will be selling Pumpkin Shaped Terra Cotta Cookies continuing this week on School Cash Online. Cookies are $2 each and will be handed out to your child on Thursday, October 28th. Terra Cotta Cookies are peanut and nut free.
Individual Pizza Pizza Slices
If you have not had the opportunity to do so already, please visit School Cash Online to order your pizza slices for Term 1. Orders close on October 28th. Pizza delivery will begin on Wednesday, November 3rd.
Please visit Mary Mother of God Catholic Church – Oakville, Ontario (mmogp.ca) for Parish information
2022 FIRST COMMUNION/CONFIRMATION: First Reconciliation and First Communion for students in grade 2 and the Sacrament of Confirmation for students in grade 7 will take place at Mary Mother of God Church in May of 2022 and March of 2022, respectively. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the sacraments, you MUST enroll them through the Church. Our school is happy to assist with the preparation for the sacraments, but it is the Church that administers the sacraments. The church has its own process for enrollment which can be found here: www.mmogp.ca/first-eucharist or www.mmogp.ca/confirmation
Please communicate DIRECTLY with Debbie Frey, the Sacramental Coordinator at Mary Mother of God at this email address: email@example.com with any questions, concerns, or special requests.
We are proud to work closely with our friends at Mary Mother of God to make this important time in your child’s life meaningful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist as well.
School Pictures – November 5th
We have booked school pictures for Friday, November 5th for our students in Grades K-8. We will only be taking individual photos at this time. Our photographer will follow our public health protocols to help keep our students safe.
Halloween Sprit Day – Friday, October 29th
Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students and staff select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.
The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:
• Is my costume making fun or offensive towards 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 it darker or 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?
All students are welcome to wear costumes. Students may decide not to wear a costume. Anyone choosing not to wear a costume may decide to wear orange and black as an alternative.
Health and Safety Protocols
The Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Health, Safety, and Operational Guidance plan provides the baseline for school boards and local public health officials to develop a specific plan for the school board.
With this plan as a foundation, some of the protocols that are in place to begin the school year include:
- COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. Parents must provide proof to their child’s teacher that the assessment was completed.
- All students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Halton Catholic District School Board are required to wear a properly fitted non-medical or cloth mask during classes and while in the hallways. Masks may be removed during outdoor learning time. We appreciate your assistance with helping us with this protocol!
- All classes will continue to remain in their classroom cohort and assigned a specific zone on the playground during recesses and lunch.
This school year we will continue to limit visitor access to our school to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. We are hopeful that we will be able to revisit and once again and have our valued volunteers back in our school building. If you are interested in being a volunteer please note that a police check with vulnerable sector screening is required. If you have not submitted one to the school, you can reach out to Halton Police Services online or in person.
All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.
Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.
For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods.
Parents have already started to order for the pizza lunch program. We are looking looking at beginning the Lunchbox program as well. Please look out for the email coming out shortly regarding Lunchbox orders (dates, vendors, and cost).
As we are limiting visitors to our school, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day. This includes vendors such as Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, etc. Parents and guardians are asked to provide their children with lunch and snacks in the morning before students enter the school building.
Considerations for lunch preparations:
• Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.
• Sharing food items will not be permitted.
• Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students. All water fountains will continue to be closed. Bottle filling stations will be available for all students and staff to use.
If Your Child Feels Unwell at School
It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school. Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated isolation room where they will be cared for and supervised until a parent or guardian can pick them up. Any student who enters our Isolation room will be sent home with a letter indicating the necessary steps to take before re-entering school.
It is very important that we have current contact information for all our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.
Thank you for your support and patience, we look forward to seeing your child back at school next week.
D. Attardo D. Fitzpatrick