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School Update – October 18, 2021

“Believing talents can be developed allows people to fulfill their potential” ~ Carol Doweck

Everyday Counts

It is imperative that students attend school on a regular basis and on time.  Students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend consistently.  Please make sure to continue with your positive daily routines to ensure that all students arrive on time and ready to learn for the day.

Scare Hunger!

October 18th – October 29th, 2021

Our Social Justice Group-The Magic Makers are at it again.  The team is working together to help scare hunger out of our Community.  Starting Monday, October 18th until the end of the month we are asking that students bring in food donations.  All food donations will go to families in need in our community through the Kerr Street Mission.  Any canned, dried or boxed food would be greatly appreciated, especially soups and stock.  The most class donations will win a prize.  Helping our community, working together and having fun all at once.  We are Magic Makers!!

Introducing our Catholic School Council

We are pleased to introduce you to our 2021-2022 Catholic School Council.

  • Chair: Holy Dalal
  • Co-Chair: Barbara Queijo
  • OASPE/Parish Rep: Brian Dunn
  • Secretary: Claudia Kouno
  • Treasurer: Rocio Ponce
  • Members: Stacey Coscarella, Aprhodite Stavropoulos, Diane Couto, Mariela Galan, Jakub Ostaszewski, Susan Dufton, and Magdalena Llamas.

Pizza Lunches

Our first session for Pizza lunches will start on Thursday, November 11th until Thursday, March 10th.

We are excited to let you know that we will be offering pizza lunches. Each student slice will be delivered in an individual box in order to comply with our COVID protocols. All payments can be made online (School Cash Online) and are due October 29th.

Individual Education Plans

A reminder that all Individual Education Plans (IEP) will be sent home on Tuesday, October 19th. Please check your email for the reports. Please return the parent/guardian sheet.

Gr 8 Improv sessions

On Thursday, October 21st our Grade 8 students will be participating in Improv sessions from the Oakville Improv theatre. They will focus on improvised comedy – that’s where dialogue is invented on the spot, often from audience suggestions. We look forward to some fun.

Gr 2 First Reconciliation and First Communion

First Reconciliation and First Communion for students in grade 2 will take place at Mary Mother of God Church in May of 2022. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the sacrament, you MUST enroll them through the church. 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.

Gr 7 Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation for students in grade 7 will take place at Mary Mother of God Church in March of 2022. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the sacrament, you MUST enroll them through the church. 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.

Halloween Costumes: things to consider

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion, and empathy for all individuals. As students select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  1. Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  2. Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or rlegions?
  3. Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  4. Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  5. Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from ?

Please remember that this Halloween while in school, students still need to wear a face mask for COVID-19 purposes. If you have specific questions about the day or the costumes, please connect with your child’s teacher.

St. Marguerite Tips

Did you know that a growth mindset can dramatically improve a child’s academic performance and motivation to learn?  Our intelligence isn’t fixed, it can change.  It can get stronger or weaker depending on how much effort we are willing to apply.  One way to encourage a growth mindset is to tell your own stories about achievements that resulted from hard work.  Make sure to always praise the process and not just the results.  Try using some of these phrases: (a) I see that you have been trying so hard at…; (b) I like the way that you….; (c) I see that you are trying again, great thinking; and (d) the steps you took must have really helped you….

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