Newsletter Term 2 June 2020
Hello Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Community Members –
The end of the school year is upon us and Summer has begun! Our Staff have been busy ensuring all of the personal belongings of our Students are ready for pick up per the pre-arranged appointments with Classroom Teachers. Please follow the directions that were shared by your Classroom Teacher.
Prior to coming to the school for pick up, the family members who will be attending must complete the COVID-19 self-assessment quiz located at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. Access will be denied to anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or for anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Our Staff worked tirelessly to bring innovative and creative programming to our Students during the past 3 months and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Their skills with technology and the teamwork behind the scenes flourished to support Student learning – look for some fun ‘Minute-To-Win-It” challenges being posted this week! Many Staff were involved in continued opportunities for Professional Development and directly applied that learning in real time to help our Students succeed. Each Spring, our Staff celebrate each other’s accomplishments with nominations for outstanding dedication to their role. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Melissa Kent, our Child and Youth Care Worker for her unwavering commitment to supporting Student growth – congratulations on being this year’s recipient of the Staff Recognition Award!
Our Staff would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Parents, Guardians and Friends who also extended their technology skills to support Student learning day after day – Thank You! We appreciated the opportunity for this teamwork, and we hope you have a well-deserved break to simply enjoy the Summer with your Family. We wish you wellness.
In the meantime, if you have a child in Grades 6, 7 or 8 and you would like to keep their skills development going, please note: St. Louis still has space available in the remote learning Summer Expedition program! Literacy and numeracy gap filling for students going into Grade 7, 8 and 9. Registration Deadline has been extended to June 26 at 4:00pm
It is with gratitude that I say ‘so long’ as Principal of the St. Gregory CES. It has been a tremendously successful three years and I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity to work alongside such a focused staff to build the vision of Student Success from JK to Grade 8. “Thank You” for your support and your trust over the years, I remain appreciative of the many accolades, well-wishes and gifts I have received along the way. There will forever be a very special place in my heart for this community. We would like to extend a warm St. Gregory welcome to the newly appointed Principal, Mr. Bryan Cinti! @CanadaTogether #CalledToBelong #WCDSBAwesome
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is looking for parent input on a School Re-opening Survey that is available through to June 30th. On Friday June 19th, the Premier and Minister of Education released Ontario’s plan for re-opening schools.
There are still three possible scenarios for next year – a decision that they will make provincially, later in the summer (likely early August). Briefly –
- Scenario 1 is a return to conventional, regular classroom instruction, with enhanced health and safety requirements;
- Scenario 2 is a continuation of enhanced remote learning, with some live and synchronous online instruction; and
- Scenario 3 is an adapted return that limits the number of students in a given classroom to 15 students at any given time and includes some blended virtual learning.
Understanding that the decision will be informed by the advice of Chief Medical Officer of Health, medical professionals, and regional public health, and that in all cases, the health, safety and well-being of staff and students will be central to the decision made, please complete the attached survey. While not fully binding – we will use the results to assist in our planning for the fall. The information shared in this form will be kept confidential.
New to the neighbourhood? We are accepting registrations online for all grades JK-8!
Newly registered for Kindergarten?
We would like to welcome our newly registered JK students – in addition to the online information on our school web page, we have a gift for each of you! Our Staff look forward to getting to know each of you and beginning your education journey. Thank you for choosing St. Greg’s!
Our Grade 8 Grads were ‘virtually’ celebrated during their commencement this past Wednesday, June 24th @ 6:00pm. I’m sure you will agree that this was an extra-special opportunity to acknowledge the perseverance of these tech-savvy Students – Well done Hawks! & Congratulations! Be sure to check out the Grad Banners around the neighbourhood advertising their accomplishments! Thank you to Miss Holland for your leadership in creating the web page celebration, coordinating each of the videos and messages and putting together the ‘celebration’ gift bags – they look beautiful! We wish each of our graduates all the best as they take this next step into their future pathways – we will miss you!
Our SK students are also being acknowledged with certificates of accomplishment that have been included for pick up with their personal belongings. We are very proud of your dedication in beginning the development of your Ontario Catholic Graduate Skills – Way to Go! Thank you to Miss Weisbrod, Mrs. Tavares, Mrs. Rodgers, Miss Quartarone & Miss DiLoreto for tending to the ‘celebration’ gift bags – outstanding teamwork! Our Staff are looking forward to seeing your leadership skills continue as you enter into Grade 1 this September. Are you excited?
Edge Imaging will be rebooking Photos for SK, Grade 8 & Siblings once a local facility re-opens to safely host these events. Once a venue is secured, notifications will be sent out to our families. Special ‘Thanks!’ to Edge Imaging for their ‘loot’ we added to the Grade 8 & SK celebration gift bags – we appreciate the partnership!
His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, has been in touch with our parish community to announce that all Sacraments have been cancelled. Once we have heard further news, we will post updated information.
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church still has cloth face masks for sale at a cost of $5.00 each.
Available Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Please knock on the office door for admittance into the building. Please wash the masks once you get them home and continue to wash them as they are used. Thank you to all who have supported St. Gregory with the purchase of the masks.
Fr. Malcolm was so excited to finally have his hair cut, like many of you, and now feels like himself again! He used the service of Nancy Cherri, a local hairstylist who was able to come to the parish to provide this service which made him feel safer. You can find her ad in the back of the bulletin.
2020 Eco-schools Certification Update
Thank you to Mrs. Sarabura and her team of students who helped for our school community to qualify for eco-schools certification again this year! Way to go! Usually, our school qualifies as ‘silver’ recognition, however, this year, since we were ‘paused’ and did not finish our eco-activities, our efforts were recognized with a ‘special seal’ that will be on our school plaque for 2020-2021.
Healthy Schools Update
It has been a few weeks now that as a global village, and certainly within Canadian society, we have been reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement. We have been called in profound ways to reflect on our own communities – both the larger community in which we live and on our own board and school communities.
On June 21st we celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day which honours the history, contributions and diversity of Indigenous Peoples. Gratitude to @WCDSBFNMI for continuing to weave the braid of unity, educate, inform.
Happy Father’s Day!
On June 21st we also celebrated Father’s Day which honours the legacy of the Father’s in our lives.
By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
The Umbrella Project Update
This Month’s Skill: Healthy Lifestyle
When our physical bodies have what they need to function at their best, it is much easier to hold up our Umbrellas! When we’re hungry, tired, or haven’t had enough exercise, our brains don’t work as well, making it more difficult to practice all the other skills of wellbeing. Even people with the strongest coping skills can’t use them as well when they aren’t feeding their brains properly. Making the choice to establish healthy lifestyle behaviours (such as eating well, sleeping enough, and exercising regularly) has been shown to reduce stress, elevate mood, improve immune system function, and make learning easier.
All of the food that was in our School has now been donated back to Nutrition for Learning for use with their neighbourhood food trucks and at the Cambridge Food Bank. We would like to thank all of our Parent Volunteers, and in particular Julie Silva for her leadership with the team in organizing/providing nutritious snacks for our Students for the majority of the school year. We invite parents to contact the school in September if you would like to be a part of this team.
Although we have not formally restarted our roles with the OLG at the Cambridge Bingo Center, volunteer certifications (online) are continuing. Our school directly benefits at about $750 per month from this Charity, which is integral to providing supports to building a Healthy School. If you think you would like to help out by volunteering in any capacity for the school to be able to continue this and other worthy fundraising, please contact us in September.