“I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” St. Dominic Savio
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.
Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education
OAPCE WEBINARS PRESENTS… “Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”
Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, have the flexibility and inner strength to bounce back when things are not going well. Adapting to new changes, bullying, and the uncertainties in this complex world we live in, are challenges which arise from the skills of resilience. Aligning with our theme,” Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”, join us on November 20th, as OAPCE presents two live webinars that will engage parents across the province and seek out good outcomes where problems were to be expected. Parents can register at – https://www.oapce.org/
Lunch Box Orders
Our Lunchbox program begins this week on Tuesday. Please remember if you are ordering from Lunchbox, all orders have to be completed by Sunday at noon! Any orders after this deadline will not be accepted.
Purdy’s Christmas Chocolate Campaign
We are so excited that we have surpassed our goal of $5000. Thank you so much to all the families who have ordered. If you have not placed your order yet, you only have a couple of days left. The deadline closes on Monday!
Remember, 25% of all orders will come back to the school to directly support students!
Order Deadline: Monday, November 22nd
Delivery to School: By Wednesday, December 8th
Take home: Friday, December 10th
Progress Reports and Parent/Teacher Interviews
Progress Reports will be sent home electronically by the HCDSB Board Office on Wednesday, November 24th. Please look for future communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.
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. If you were not able to access the email that was sent out by School Messenger, please check your child’s D2L page to access the instructions on how to set up your interview.
School Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair at school is now complete. However, families are still able to purchase items ending online at midnight tonight.
Items can be purchased online at: virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5158888. Items purchased online will ship for free and will be delivered to school in a sealed envelope November 22.
Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022
In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.
NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Keeping Christ in Christmas
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:
- Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
- Original song
- Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
- Short story or poem (up to 250 words)
Submissions Accepted Online ONLY – To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this year. Student work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page.
Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:
- Primary (K-3)
- Junior (4-6)
- Intermediate (7-8)
- Secondary (9-12)
Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries: December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: email@example.com or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!
A message from Halton Transportation Services
Courtesy Seats will be reinstated for the 2021-22 school year at a reduced capacity.
The capacity to accommodate courtesy requests will be reduced to accommodate potential remote learning and continued growth in the region. As per public health guidance, school bus capacity will be limited where possible to reduce risk of COVID exposure. Courtesy Seat applications will be available online at www.HaltonBus.ca until Friday, November 26th. Courtesy seat assignments for approved applications will be effective January 3rd, 2022.
All applicants will be notified by HSTS to check on the status using the BusPlanner Web parent portal upon completion of the review process. HSTS will provide each school with a list of applicants requesting their assistance to indicate students who require prioritization for any available seats. School Administrators will have the opportunity to review applications between November 29th and December 8th, with HSTS staff finalizing the requests from December 9th to the 24th.
Communication to families regarding application for courtesy seats had been sent out last week.
HSTS will be implementing a school bus internal camera pilot from November 29th, 2021 to February 25th, 2022. This pilot has been contemplated before the COVID pandemic, however, was put on hold. All of our school buses are equipped with interior cameras, and as part of the review by the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC), a pilot is required to be completed before the cameras can be turned on. This will impact 12 bus routes and 48 schools in total between the HDSB and HCDSB. This pilot will involve 19 HCDSB schools (5 secondary schools and 14 elementary schools). Additional information will be sent next week to the schools involved in the pilot.
Communication to families impacted by this pilot have been sent out this week.
Dressing for Winter Weather
With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside. Thank you for your support with this!
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.
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