NEWSWIRE: All Athletic Events & Championships Cancelled

To Our School Community Students, Parents & Volunteers:

With the closure of schools due to the COVID-19, the difficult decision has been made to cancel all elementary athletic events and District 8 Championships for the remainder of the school year.

Many academic program heads and educational leaders have been working diligently to create remote learning opportunities and resources for students to learn from home while we all adjust to the current physical distancing environment, and when students do return to the classroom, learning will remain the primary focus. With academics as the ultimate priority, the athletic programs typically offered will be cancelled for the remainder of the school year. A list of planned events and championships being cancelled has been provided below.

Elementary Athletic Events:

  • Folk Dance Festivals
  • Ultimate Frisbee Festival
  • School Track & Field Meets
  • Intermediate Soccer Tournaments
  • Cross Country Meets
  • Regional Track & Field Meets
  • Junior 3-Pitch Tournaments

District 8 Championships:

  • Track & Field Championships
  • Boys & Girls Soccer Championships
  • Boys and Girls Slo-Pitch Championships
  • Ultimate Championship

Due to the open-endedness of school closures, the hope is that some level of physically active intramural programming can be introduced at a school level when students return to school.

The hope is that everyone will remain safe and healthy as we navigate these uncertain times together.

2020-2021 Budget Survey – Request for Completion by Parents/Community Stakeholders

Please find attached the link to the 2020-2021 budget survey.  The survey uses a tool called Thought Exchange to collect open ended thoughts/opinions on specific topics. There is also the ability to rate Thoughts of other participants. Participant names are not shown. This should take about 10 minutes or less to complete.  This tool also has Google Translate available should stakeholders require a different language option.

There are 2 Thought Exchanges that you can participate in. You can choose to participate in one or both since they are not linked but are asking for feedback on 2 different questions.

 

The survey will be open until March 27th, 2020.  The survey results will be made available after they have been presented to the Board’s Budget Advisory Committee.

  1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?
  1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?

 

The Board values input from stakeholders and your feedback helps ensure that budgets are aligned according to the Board, school and stakeholder needs. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to the survey.

Eco-School Challenges Continuing

Participate in campaigns and take action from home

https://ecoschools.ca/news/news-and-stories/

Hey there, Hawks – if you take part in any of these challenges, please post to Twitter or let your classroom teacher know!  We are still earning points towards Eco-Schools certifications – think green!  Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing tips and suggestions on how you can participate in EcoSchools initiatives at home, like National GOOS Paper Day, The Great Gulp, and more!   Even if you miss the actual date, don’t worry, go ahead and set up a ‘virtual’ gathering to bring awareness to these great causes (ex. Challenge a friend by phone or online to the creation of an artwork from their paper recycling bin and see whose is the most colourful or set up a time to have everyone in your house drink a glass of water to raise awareness of this valuable resource).  If you are already out in the yard gardening, trimming or planting, please post pics to Twitter or let your classroom teacher know so we can record this for certification.

 

NEWSWIRE: Letter from the Board of Trustees & Director of Education

The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Bill Conway, and the Director of Education, Loretta Notten, would like for all parents/care givers to read the following communication:

Letter to Parents School Closure COVID 19 Mar23 20

While we are in the process of “gearing up”, we would remind parents that WCDSB has launched #STEAMDays, a fun and interactive way to be connected to activities that have a daily focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics.  Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website “Learn at Home”  and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

Online Learning Resource: “STEAM” Days

Each day of the week will be dedicated to sharing fun questions, finding great answers and learning subject specific home activities. Let’s challenge each other and have fun as we work our way through some STEAM related activities and questions. Post your questions, answers or fun home activities on social media and use #STEAMDays to share with the community.

We will be pulling in content from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to this web page each day. You can also search #STEAMDays on each app to see the latest posts from everyone participating.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/steamdays/

Click this link and keep scrolling down the page to see the interesting learning taking place today!

Mondays – Science

Tuesdays – Technology

Wednesdays – English

Thursdays – Arts

Fridays – Mathematics

NEWSWIRE: Letter to Parents from the Ministry of Education

Please open the following attachment for the latest communication from our Minister of Education, The Honourable Stephen Lecce:

Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020

The online portal, which is available at <ontario.ca/learnathome>, enables students at every grade level to continue learning while away from school.  These resources are developed by Ontario educators, and resources for all grades are informed by leading instructional guidance:

http://ontario.ca/learnathome

Further resources to support learning at home will be shared in the coming days.  We will continue to update our news postings as more information becomes available.

School Photo Update: COVID-19| Ontario School Closure Information

Parents, if you have questions about your child’s photo day dates and/or orders with Edge Imaging, please see below.

In response to the COVID-19 Ontario public school closure, and following suit with many companies in Ontario, Edge Imaging is putting a plan in place to prioritize and safeguard the health and safety of our valued staff, school partners, and customers. In line with best practices, effective Monday, March 16, Edge will reduce to essential staff.

Photo Orders:

Customer orders will continue to be fulfilled, however there may be slight delays due to the reduction in staff.  Orders that were meant to be delivered to our school will still be sent once we’re back open. Orders that are meant to be shipped directly to your home are still being sent but you should expect a delay of at least two weeks given the reduction of staff.

Photo Day Dates:

Photo day dates that were scheduled to occur before April 6 will be rescheduled.  School photos at St. Gregory’s for SK Graduation, Grade 8 Graduation & Siblings for April 1st have been cancelled.  We will be sure to announce the new schedule for these photos to be taken.  So far, the First Holy Communion photo date of April 25th will still remain as scheduled. If you’re unsure of any dates, you can always verify at edgeimaging.ca/photoday.

Please contact Edge Imaging directly with any questions through their phone line (1-888-416-3343) or email (customercare@edgeimaging.ca); the more details you provide – full name, portrait codes, school codes, and student number – the more efficiently Edge will be able to assist you.

On behalf of Edge Imaging, thank you for your understanding during this evolving situation.

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