“Advent is a time of waiting for our Lord, who will visit us all in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for Him!” Pope Francis
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 welcome Ms. Sonja Luke to St. Gregory the Great school. Ms. Luke will be our new Office Assistant in the office working alongside Mrs. Commisso.
Good luck to our boys and girls Volleyball teams who will play an exhibition game on Wednesday, December 1st against St. Marguerite. Go GIANTS!
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.
Picture Re-Take Day
Any students who wish to have their pictures re-taken or missed the first date, picture re-take day will take place on Friday, December 10th.
Christmas Theme Days
With picture re-take taking place on December 10th, we have to adjust the date for our 3rd Theme Day. Christmas Clothing Day will now take place on Thursday, December 9th. Also, on December 9th we will celebrate JOY DAY. Students will be participating in Joy Activities in their classroom on this day.
Lunch Box Orders
Our Lunchbox program began this past week. 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.
Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council
Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds.
The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations.
The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB.
Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form.
Peacemakers Food Drive
As we prepare for the season of Advent, our Grade 2 classes have organized the Peacemakers Food Drive as we continue to explore our Focus on Faith Theme: Promotion of Peace. We are asking each class to collect non-perishable food to help those in need.
Most needed items: rice, crackers, jam, oatmeal, nut free cereal bars, pudding/fruit cups, canned soups, baby food pouches, canned vegetables, canned fish, tea.
We will be collecting donations: Monday, November 22nd – December 6th.
All donations will be given to the Fare Share Food Bank this Advent season.
Thank you for helping us be Peacemakers and help those in need!
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
Mary Mother of God Church is hosting four wonderful events for families during Advent and Christmas that you don’t want to miss!
1. THE PEACELIGHT FROM BETHLEHEM: The Peacelight, which was lit from the grotto where Jesus was born in Bethlehem will be burning at MMoG throughout Advent. Families will be welcome after all the Masses the weekend of December 18 and 19 to receive a candle with Peacelight and bring it home for Christmas.
2. GRANDPARENTS MASS: Our December Mass with Grandparents is back on December 9th at 7:00 pm. Children and grandparents attend together and will both receive candles with the Peacelight to bring home and share with others. We also invite attendees to send us their favorite photo with their grandparents and we’ll show them on our screens during Mass. Seating is limited. Eventbrite tickets are required. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/advent-mass-with-grandparents-and-receive-the-peacelight-from-bethlehem-tickets-204735668897
3. BLESSING OF BABY JESUS: Bring baby Jesus from your nativity scene at home and Fr. Jerry will bless him before you put him in the manger of Christmas Eve. The blessing will take place during all Masses on December 18 and 19.
4. CHRISTMAS EVE MASS FOR KIDS: 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve, we invite all children to be a part of our Christmas procession. Dress up as your favorite character from the nativity (an angel, a shepherd, St. Joseph, etc.). You will process into the church with Father Jerry and surround the manger scene on the altar while Father Jerry blesses it. This is our most popular Mass of the year. Eventbrite tickets will be available on Nov. 25, get your tickets by visiting www.mmogp.ca.
All Covid safety protocols including masks and social distancing are in place. For more information email Debbie Frey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit the parish website at www.mmogp.ca for our Christmas Mass schedule.
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 ONLYTo 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.
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.
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