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Dear Parents,

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.

We would like to wish all our students and their families a Happy Halloween!  Please stay safe this weekend while you and your children enjoy some “trick or treating” fun.

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 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

Thank you to those families who purchased cookies for Halloween.  This was a huge success as we sold almost 500 cookies!  We look forward to selling cookies again at Christmas.

Individual Pizza Pizza Slices

Pizza orders for first term closed yesterday.  Pizza delivery will begin on Wednesday, November 3rd.  Thank you to those families who purchased pizza for this term.

Purdy’s Christmas Chocolate Campaign

We are so excited to share with you this fundraising opportunity.

Our school has partnered with Purdy’s Chocolatier to provide an opportunity for our families to purchase Christmas themed chocolate. Purdy’s chocolates are crafted in Canada with premium-quality ingredients and 100% sustainable cocoa.

25% of all orders will come back to the school to directly support students!

You should have received an email earlier this week with instructions on how to create an account and order Christmas chocolate.

Order Deadline: Monday, November 22nd

Delivery to School: By Wednesday, December 8th

Take home: Friday, December 10th

Parish News

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: mmog.sacraments@gmail.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 – Save the Date

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.

East Parking Lot Safety

We are noticing many parents and students walking through the parking lot on the East side of the school.  For everyone’s safety please use the designated sidewalk to get your child to the door safely.  We do have many buses coming in and out of the parking lot for before school entry.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

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:

  • 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.

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

•            Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;

•            Mingle masks

•            Mesh masks

•            Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

Lunch Protocols

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 in early November 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

Fitzpatrick, DavidCommunication Bulletin