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“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Dear Parents,

We appreciate all your patience and support these past 2 weeks during remote learning.  Staff, students, and parents did an amazing job and now we look forward to transitioning back into the school.  Thank you parents for helping in this process!

New Screening Tool and Daily Attestation

For any staff and students entering the school building, please be advised that the Government of Ontario daily self-screening has been UPDATED as of Wednesday, January 12th – please use this new updated tool before entering the building

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

This screening tool is more accurate than the one that you would have used previously.

We thank you in your ongoing support in keeping staff and students safe.

Once you have completed the screening for your child, all parents will need to confirm screening for each child by using the attached tracking sheet.

This confirmation will need to be completed by a parent daily until further notice. Please note this is a directive from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario Ministry of Health.

If you are not able to print off the attestation form, please write a note (with your signature) to your child’s teacher indicating they have passed the screening and are able to attend school.  We appreciate your support with this.

Kindergarten Registration

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?

To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September 2022, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2022. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2022.

To learn more about the registration process, please follow the link below.

Register your Child for Kindergarten

Important Notes for Families Requesting a Change to the Virtual School

The online form closes tonight!

Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families. Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities to request a change to learning environment for elementary students. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th. The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  

  • If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.  
  • Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year. 

The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March BreakThe requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.

Request to Change Learning Environment

If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. 

If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.

Important notes before you complete the online form:

  • Please submit a separate form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.

COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE
This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Next Steps
Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.

  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022.  

For the week of January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather is upon us.  Please note: Students will be outside for all regular outdoor activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.  Students should come prepared to school with winter jackets, boots, hats, scarves and gloves.

Family Literacy Day – January 27th – How Are You Celebrating?

This year’s Family Literacy Day theme is Learning in the Great Outdoors.  Spending time in nature provides many benefits, not just for bodies, but for minds too. This year get outside and exercise both your mind and body together as a family. You can make outdoor time fun family learning time all while enjoying the wonders of Canada’s Great Outdoors! To learn more about Family Literacy Day, visit FamilyLiteracyDay.ca

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

Lunch Box Orders

Lunch program will resume delivery the week of January 17 as per the regular schedule.

Just a reminder, if you pre-ordered during the closure, a credit has been applied to your account.  To ensure delivery this week, online orders must be complete by noon on Sunday.

Pizza Orders

Pizza days will continue this week as well.  Since 2 dates were cancelled during the closure, those dates will be made up later in the school year.  Those 2 dates will be communicated to you once they have been scheduled.

Virtual Family Paint Night – Grandmother Moon

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel: Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

Follow us on Twitter: @StGregoryhcdsb, 1,100 followers and counting!

Thank you for your support and patience.

D. Attardo        D. Fitzpatrick

Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

Jan
14
Fri
Lunchbox – Harvey’s
Jan 14 @ 11:55 am – 12:55 pm
Jan
17
Mon
Boys Volleyball – Game @ St. Dominic
Jan 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jan
18
Tue
Lunchbox – Subway
Jan 18 @ 11:55 am – 12:55 pm
Girls Volleyball – Game @ St. Joan of Arc
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
HCDSB Virtual Family Paint Night
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jan
19
Wed
Pizza Day Wednesday
Jan 19 @ 11:55 am – 12:55 pm
Boys Volleyball – Home Game vs. St. Mary
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jan
20
Thu
Lunchbox – Swiss Chalet
Jan 20 @ 11:55 am – 12:55 pm
Girls Volleyball – Game @ St. Dominic
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jan
21
Fri
Lunchbox – Harvey’s
Jan 21 @ 11:55 am – 12:55 pm
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