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“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.”  St. Gianna Molla

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.

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.

The No Hate In Halton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. Our students will be promoting this during various activities through the day, sharing the message that we believe that there should be #NoHateInHalton and that Halton region is diverse & that is what makes it beautiful and vibrant.  Check out our Twitter handle @StGregoryHCDSB for some examples of work.

Hot Lunch Orders

Stay tuned for further information regarding hot lunches at St. Gregory.  An email will be sent out by the school on Tuesday with further information regarding days, vendors, prices, and how to pay for your order.

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 could 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

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Thursday November 11, 2021 we will participate in a Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:50 am. Thank you to our Grade 7s for preparing the liturgy.  All students will receive a poppy in the morning.  Donations brought into the school on Thursday are welcome.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students virtually during the evening of Thursday November 25, 2021, and during the day on Friday November 26, 2021.  This year you will once again be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. More information on booking your interview will be sent home to families in a school messenger email.

Grade 8 Parents!

We have sent quite a bit of information through email to you regarding Grade 9 for your child, please check your email and/or clutter for this information.  Some information is time sensitive.

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 – Retake

Today was our school picture day.  For anyone who was absent today or requires a re-take, our re-take day is scheduled for Friday, December 10th for our students in Grades K-8.  All pictures will be individual photos at this time. Our photographer will follow our public health protocols to help keep our students safe.

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 and your favourite beverage 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.

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.

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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