Monthly Archives: September 2019

Gator Gab – Week #5 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2019

OLOG – Week at a Glance – Week #5 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2019

Below is a peak at some great moments from this past week and important information items … followed by a brief look at our Week ahead

Thanks for such a wonderful Opening School Year Mass Father Navid, students and visitors! We are a community, Called to Belong!

AWESOME EFFORT GATORS as we worked together as a community to support the work that one of our true Canadian Heroes started … namely our collective fight to support those with cancer and one day, defeat it!  

ORANGE SHIRT DAY ON MON. SEPT. 30TH – Reminding us that “Every Child Matters”

Orange Shirt Day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

 

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students.

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Begins This Week – Tues., Oct. 1st

Once again we will be holding our Thanksgiving Food Drive as is who we are to help those in need in our community. It will begin on October 1 and run through to Thanksgiving. Please consider giving generously to support this worthwhile initiative and remember to have a conversation with your child(ren) about all of the blessings in their lives. We are truly blessed and these food donations go a long way to help our SVDP Food Bank at Blessed Sacrament Church. Again, thanks for your kindness, compassion and generosity!

“Umbrella Project” comes to OLOG – Kick-off October 4th – EMPATHY

The Umbrella Project is a wonderful new program that teaches our students strategies to be resilient in life. Yes, a little rain falls in all of our lives and when we have an umbrella (a set of strategies and life skills) to pop open to protect us from the rain, we endure and move through these bad weather moments, with greater ease and resilence. Our Gators will be learning about these Umbrella traights this year (Year 1 of 2) and our staff is excited to journey with them as we learn together. We will have an “Umbrella Project Kick-off Assembly on Friday, October 4th at 9:15 AM. The first theme or character trait we will explore for the Umbrella Project for the month of October is Empathy. This is defined as the ability to share and understand the feelings of another. This is an important skill for students to develop. Please see the attached article on how to help your child(ren) develop empathy.

 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_foster_empathy_in_kids

 

VOLUNTEERS Wanted – Strong Start – Last Call … 

Our Lady of Grace is looking for volunteers for our Strong Start reading program. Working one on one with primary students, volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. Training sessions are running from mid-September to the end of October. For more information, please contact Ms. Metcalfe at allison.metcalfe@wcdsb.ca or 519-745-3961 ext. 456.

Immunization Information for our JK/SK Students

The Region of Waterloo Public Health has asked us to distribute the attached information to families of all JK & SK students.  Please click on the attached link to view.  https://wcdsbca.sharepoint.com/Lists/Administrator Announcements/Attachments/1147/Welcome_to_Kindergarten_Infographic_FINAL_ACCESS.PDF

Being GOOD at Mathematics starts with an ATTITUDE – Yes I Can!  Parents, try these fun math routines at home to help develop a “positive math attitude”

 

Is that 16oz. can of tomatoes a better bargain than the 12oz. can?  You make dozens of calculations in your daily life, from balancing a checkbook to figuring how long it will take to drive to a cross-town soccer game.  That’s math at work.

 

As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it wasn’t your best subject.  Here are Tips for Parents on how:

 

Be positive about math.  Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math.  Don’t stress either your own fear of math or how difficult math is or how much you admire anyone who can do math.  Remember, everyone can and does use math all the time.

 

Show your kids math at work in their world.  Get your kids used to math by thinking out loud when making calculations.  Then, let your children work out some real-life puzzles themselves. For example:
  • Let them measure when you bake.
  • Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on the side of the house to the garden.
  • Let your child figure out how many miles you’ll be driving on your next trip by using the information on a map.
  • Sort silverware by knives, forks, and spoons.  Sort cards by suit or numbers.
Make math a game.  Math games are fun and inexpensive.  They are a wonderful way to get your kids to enjoy working with numbers, as well as improve their number skills.  Here are a few suggestions:
  • Many games that we take for granted are excellent math lessons.  “Go Fish” teaches counting and grouping in sets. Games that use play money teach how to make change.  Board games that use dice teach addition and counting. Backgammon teaches addition, subtraction, and strategy.
  • Beans, stones, or marbles can be used to play number games.  Let your child develop his or her own games by sorting beans into different sizes or types, setting up the rules for a counting game, or using different types of pasta to make a picture.
  • Give your children a geometry lesson by letting them create a collage of circles, squares, and triangles.  Challenge them to come up with as many different shapes as they can using only triangles.
  • Play store with the items in your cupboard.
  • A pan of water and some jars or cups of different sizes will amuse a child for hours while teaching capacity and volume.

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 30th

  • ORANGE SHIRT DAY – Wear ORANGE on Monday Gators – we take time to celebrate our Canadian Heritage, our indigenous peoples and all children in our school community – today serves to Remind us that “Every Child Matters”

Tuesday, October 1st

  • Gr. 1 Skating at RIM starts today 
  • MADD Canada Presentation (AM) – Intermediate Students
  • Food Bank Presentations – for Juniors
  • Gator Food Drive – begins today
  • NEW Gator Spirit Wear Ordering Starts – if you are new and want some super cool Gator Spirit Wear, our online ordering begins this week – stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 2nd

  • John Howard Society Visits – partnering with us to build positive relationships and stop bullying
  • Gator Spirit Day!  Get caught wearing your school colours/spirit wear today!

Thursday, October 3rd

  • PIZZA LUNCH Today – for those students who ordered through School Cash Online
  • John Howard Society Visits – partnering with us to build positive relationships and stop bullying

Friday, October 4th

  • Umbrella Project Kick-off Assembly 9:15 AM in the GYM 
  • Medical Plans of Care Due – For our students: Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, etc.

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • October – during October, our popular “School Council Pepperette Fundraiser” takes place
  • October 7 – St. Mary’s Gr. 8 LINK Visit
  • October 8-10 – Safety Drills Continue: Lockdown, Hold and Secure and Tornado Drills
  • October 8 – Parent Confirmation Meeting (Gr. 7s) – 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament
  • October 10 – Parent First Communion Meeting (Gr. 2s) – 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament
  • October 10 – School Parent Council Pepperette Fundraiser Letter goes home and begins
  • October 14 – Thanksgiving Holiday – no school
  • October 17 – Gator Food Drive ENDS
  • October 22 – Immunizations for Gr. 7s
  • October 23 – Picture Day
  • October 23 – Orders DUE Today – for School Parent Council Pepperette Fundraiser
  • October 25 – PD Day
  • October 29th – School Council Meeting in the Library 6:30 PM

 

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Newswire: Important Message Regarding Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

 

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

 

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

 

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.
 

Where to Find Important Updates:

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:
  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.
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Terry Fox Run/Walk – REMINDER: Happening Tomorrow!

Terry Fox Run/Walk – Thursday, September 26th

The students and staff of Our Lady of Grace will be participating in the Terry Fox run/walk on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 1 pm.  As a community we will honour Terry’s memory and support cancer research by tracking how many times we circle the course on our property. Should it rain on the 26th, the walk will be held on Friday, September 27th, 2019.  For millions worldwide, Terry Fox is the face of cancer research.  To date, more than $700 million has been raised in support of Terry’s cause.  The school’s goal is to raise $600.00 and this will be accomplished when each student donates a minimum donation of a toonie.  All money is due by Thursday, September 26th, 2019.  Should we meet our goal, Mr. Dinner will buy each student a freezie to be enjoyed at a future date (TBA).

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause!

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Gator Gab – Week #4 – Sept. 23-27, 2019

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #4 – Sept. 23-27, 2019

Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

This Past Week was such an Exciting Week to Look Back On … Thanks Parents and Students! 

Parents, thanks for making our Meet the Teacher/Staff Night such a HUGE Success! The school was full and lots of pizza and cookies were enjoyed and as well lots of fellowship and Book Fair excitement was in the air … and most especially, was the wonderful opportunity for us to all meet and make some connections that will help assist our students toward being successful all year long. The lines of communication are always open and we appreciate your support and collaboration as we help our students learn and grow and make our school community the best it can be – what an awesome night – we are proud of our students and school community – thanks!

Some other super highlights below, include some of our We Day Team students attending the We Day Concert and representing the Gators in Toronto and our Junior Co-ed Soccer Team winning the WCDSB Soccer Championship for their Tournament – in both instances, our Gators were such wonderful “Ambassadors of Grace!”

This Week coming up is FIRE DRILL Safety Week

Each term we conduct a number of safety drills to ensure we are prepared in the event of a real emergency. Please speak with your children about the importance of full participation in a safety drill. It is always best to be preapred and to have a safety plan for any and all emergencies – both in the home and at school! Schools are mandated to hold 6 Fire Drills over the course of each school year. Our hope is that it should not be a surprise to any of us, and if your child experiences anxiety please remind them that the drills will be taking place throughout the week. Weather permitting, we will hold 3 drills this coming week and then 3 drills again in the Spring. This may be a great time to talk about your fire safety plan in your home too – thanks for your support parents!

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Coming Soon – Begins October 1st

Once again we will be holding our Thanksgiving Food Drive as is who we are to help those in need in our community. It will begin on October 1 and run through to Thanksgiving. Please consider giving generously to support this worthwhile initiative and remember to have a conversation with your child(ren) about all of the blessings in their lives. We are truly blessed and these food donations go a long way to help our SVDP Food Bank at Blessed Sacrament Church. Again, thanks for your kindness, compassion and generosity!

Terry Fox Run/Walk – Thursday, September 26th

The students and staff of Our Lady of Grace will be participating in the Terry Fox run/walk on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 1 pm.  As a community we will honour Terry’s memory and support cancer research by tracking how many times we circle the course on our property. Should it rain on the 26th, the walk will be held on Friday, September 27th, 2019.  For millions worldwide, Terry Fox is the face of cancer research.  To date, more than $700 million has been raised in support of Terry’s cause.  The school’s goal is to raise $600.00 and this will be accomplished when each student donates a minimum donation of a toonie.  All money is due by Thursday, September 26th, 2019.  Should we meet our goal, Mr. Dinner will buy each student a freezie to be enjoyed at a future date (TBA).

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause!

Pizza Thursdays starting in October … the FINAL Date to Order is this Tuesday, Sept. 24th 

Great News!  School Council is once again offering Pizza Day Thursdays for this school year starting in October!  The price per slice is $1.75 and we will continue to order our pizzas from Little Caesar’s Pizza this year as it falls within Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s nutrition guidelines for healthy eating.  In keeping with our eco-school status, we will be continuing with online ordering only.  Payments and ordering must be made via School Cash Online (https://www.schoolcashonline.com/)

As in previous years, orders will be on a month to month basis and October’s ordering information has been already been sent out via School Cash Online.  October’s orders are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.  After this time, online ordering for October’s pizza days will not be available.

If your child is absent on a pizza day, please make arrangements for it to be picked up.  Pizza will not be held overnight and we cannot issue refunds.  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a delicious school year eating Little Caesar’s pizza!

Rowan’s Law – Wear Purple on Sept. 25th – Lets Show our Support for Concussion Awareness 

Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches. Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety

Please Consider joining our AWESOME Gator Catholic School Advisory Council for 2019-20

Parents … are you interested in participating on our awesome 2019-2020 CSAC – Catholic Schools Advisory Council? If YES, please see attached School Council Nomination Form. Please print and complete the form (see blue link below) and send it in with your child OR call the school office and we will note your intention to be at our meetings for this year. Our first 2019-20 CSAC Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 PM. Thanks for considering to share your time and energy to benefit our students and school community!

School Council Nomination Form – OLOG Gators 2019-20

VOLUNTEERS Wanted – Strong Start

Our Lady of Grace is looking for volunteers for our Strong Start reading program. Working one on one with primary students, volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. Training sessions are running from mid-September to the end of October. For more information, please contact Ms. Metcalfe at allison.metcalfe@wcdsb.ca or 519-745-3961 ext. 456.

Called to Belong – Parent Retreat Opportunity – Wednesday, October 9th @ 7-9 PM

Attention Parents, there is a wonderful retreat opportunity for our parents on Wednesday, October 9th at St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr., Kitchener, ON) from 7-9 PM Our WCDSB Pastoral Plan celebrates this year’s theme wherein, We Are Called to Belong.” The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 23rd

  • Fire Drill Week 3 drills this week

Tuesday, September 24th

  • Intermediate Boy’s and Girl’s 3 Pitch Baseball Tournaments (PM) 
  • Our Nutrition For Learning (NFL) Breakfast Program – available for ALL of our – tentatively begins today

Wednesday, September 25th

  • Rowan’s Law Day – Lets WEAR PURPLE Today to SHOW OUR SUPPORT for Concussion Awareness
  • Note: New Spirit Wear Orders come out in October – Great T-shirts starting as low as $10.00

Thursday, September 26th

  • Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM – Note: Our Rain Date if needed is Fri., Sept. 27th – PM

Friday, September 27th

  • Opening 2019-20 School Year Mass in our GYM @ 10:45 AM 
  • Terry Fox Rain Date PM (if needed)
  • Intermeidate 3 Pitch Rain Date PM (if needed)

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • October 1 – MADD Presents to our Intermediate Students
  • October 7 – St. Mary’s Gr. 8 LINK Visit
  • October 8 – Parent Confirmation Meeting (Gr. 7s) – 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament
  • October 10 – Parent First Communion Meeting (Gr. 2s) – 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament
  • October 14 – Thanksgiving Holiday – no school
  • October 22 – Immunizations for Gr. 7s
  • October 23 – Picture Day
  • October 25 – PD Day
  • October 29th – School Council Meeting in the Library 6:30 PM
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Reminder – PD Day tomorrow – Both the the School and the Extended Care Program is Closed on Friday

Reminder – PD Day tomorrow – Both the the School and the Extended Care Program is Closed

Just a reminder – we have a PD Day tomorrow and both the the School and the Extended Care Program is closed on Friday, September 20th, 2019.

 

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Gator Meet the Teacher and Staff Night is TONIGHT – See you soon!

Our Gator Family FREE PIZZA Night is TONIGHT from 5:30-6:00 … and then stop into your child’s Classroom to Meet the Teacher/Staff  from 6:00-7:00 PM – Hope to see you soon!

We hope you can join us tonight (Tuesday, September 17th) for our annual Meet the Teacher/Staff Night. Our AWESOME School Council will have FREE FOOD available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA, water, cookie – 5:30-6:00 PM) and then Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members. Hope to see you soon!

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Gator Gab – Week #3 – Sept. 16-20, 2019

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #3 – Sept. 16-20, 2019

Proud of our wonderful community partners – Thanks for visiting our students Kitchener Fire Department and Constable Molnar!

Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

Meet the Teacher Night 6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 17th … and Family FREE PIZZA Night 5:30-6:00 – just complete the Cash Online Form for your oldest child and we will see you there!

Please join us this Tuesday, September 17th for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. Our AWESOME School Council will have food available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA – approx. 5:30-6:00 PM) and then Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members.  **In order to make the appropriate food preparations, we ask you to complete the form sent out via School Cash Online to confirm the number of people who will be attending that evening.  Please complete by tonight (Sunday the 15th) at midnight!  **For families with more than one child, please ONLY COMPLETE FOR THE OLDEST CHILD**

Pizza Thursdays for students is starting in October … our first one will be Thursday, October 3rd 

Great News!  School Council is once again offering Pizza Day Thursdays for this school year starting in October!  The price per slice is $1.75 and we will continue to order our pizzas from Little Caesar’s Pizza this year as it falls within Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s nutrition guidelines for healthy eating.  In keeping with our eco-school status, we will be continuing with online ordering only.  Payments and ordering must be made via School Cash Online (https://www.schoolcashonline.com/)

As in previous years, orders will be on a month to month basis and October’s ordering information has been already been sent out via School Cash Online.  October’s orders are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.  After this time, online ordering for October’s pizza days will not be available.

If your child is absent on a pizza day, please make arrangements for it to be picked up.  Pizza will not be held overnight and we cannot issue refunds.  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a delicious school year eating Little Caesar’s pizza!

Please Consider joining our AWESOME Gator Catholic School Advisory Council for 2019-20

Parents … are you interested in participating on our awesome 2019-2020 CSAC – Catholic Schools Advisory Council? If YES, please see attached School Council Nomination Form. Please print and complete the form (see blue link below) and send it in with your child OR call the school office and we will note your intention to be at our meetings for this year. Our first 2019-20 CSAC Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 PM. Thanks for considering to share your time and energy to benefit our students and school community!

School Council Nomination Form – OLOG Gators 2019-20

News From the Library Learning Commons

Our Lady of Grace’s Library Learning Commons is all set up and ready to start off the new school year!

To get things rolling, we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair from Monday September 16th to Wednesday September 18th . The book fair will be running during ”Meet the Teacher” night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so be sure to stop in and check out all the items available. All items purchased at the book fair raise funds for new books for our library. Hope to see you there!

Each class will be coming into the library for their first regular visit at the end of September. A few brief items to note:

  • all classes have one scheduled library period a week
  • students are responsible for the books they sign out; therefore, if a book is lost or damaged students will be required to pay a replacement fine of $5.00 for a paperback book or $10.00 for a hardcover
  • Primary students may keep their book for one week and Junior/Intermediate students may keep their books for two weeks. Books can be renewed if the student is still reading them after that time.

 Remember: Reading is a great way for you and your child to spend quality time together; encourage your child to share their library books with you so you can enjoy them together.

Extended Day News – Our wonderful Extended Day Program is closed on this Friday’s PA Day

We have a PA Day coming up this Friday, September 20th.  Please note that there is NO SCHOOL for students on this day AND our Extended Day is also CLOSED in order that our ECEs are able to collaborate and professionally develop with our kindergarten teachers.

VOLUNTEERS Wanted – Strong Start

Our Lady of Grace is looking for volunteers for our Strong Start reading program. Working one on one with primary students, volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. Training sessions are running from mid-September to the end of October. For more information, please contact Ms. Metcalfe at allison.metcalfe@wcdsb.ca or 519-745-3961 ext. 456.

Nutrition for Learning – Tim Horton’s Smile Cookies

In Kitchener / Waterloo Nutrition for learning shares the proceeds of smile cookie with KidsAbility.  In Cambridge and the townships Nutrition for Learning receives 100% of the proceeds. We just wanted to take a moment to let you know that once again Nutrition for Learning is the charity of choice for our local Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign!

We are proud of our NFL Program (Nutrition For Learning) as it is wonderful that each and every child in our school can have something for breakfast every day if they are hungry in the morning – AWESOME! Thanks Mrs. Manley and to all of our Student Helpers who make this program run so smoothly! And thanks ALL for spreading the word about the Smile Cookies Program and all the amazing support you provide Nutrition for Learning. Thanks Tim Hortons!

Called to Belong – Parent Retreat Opportunity – Wednesday, October 9th @ 7-9 PM

Attention Parents, there is a wonderful retreat opportunity for our parents on Wednesday, October 9th at St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr., Kitchener, ON) from 7-9 PM Our WCDSB Pastoral Plan celebrates this year’s theme wherein, We Are Called to Belong.” The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 16th

  • Book Fair – starts today (September 16th – 18th)

Tuesday, September 17th

  • Meet the Teacher Night – FREE Family Pizza 5:30-6:00 PM in the GYM … followed by our Meet the Teacher evening – 6:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 18th

  • Jr. Soccer Tournament (PM) – RIM Park – GO Soccer Gators! Thanks Coach Renda and Coach Farrell
  • Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit (New Spirit Wear Orders coming soon!)

Thursday, September 19th

  • WE Day in Toronto – We are proud of our students We Team – Thanks Ms. Pagett and Ms. Carvahlo! 

Friday, September 20th

  • PD DayNo school for students today and NO Extended Day Care Today – Our Extended Care Program is CLOSED today to support participation in our PD

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • September 23 – Fire Drill Week – 3 Drills to run between Sept. 23-27th
  • September 26, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM (Rain Date (Fri., Sept. 27th – PM)
  • October 1 – MADD Presents to our Intermediate Students
  • October 23 – Picture Day
  • October 25 – PD Day
  • October 29th – School Council Meeting in the Library 6:30 PM
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Gator Gab – Week #2 – September 9-13, 2019

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #2 – Sept. 9-13, 2019

Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

Great First Week of School!

What an action packed first week of school! There were many NEW Gator Registrations and our school continues to celebrate its diversity and growth!

Our Gator Staff and Students were excited to get the 2019-20 school year underway and even the Kitchener Fire Department stopped by to say hello – great! Teachers and students learned important routines in their classrooms, within the larger school and as well, as it relates to travelling to and from school safely whether on the bus or walking. We also had our wonderful new JK’s orientation this first week and  it was nice to have them transition in slowly to get more familiar with a full day at school. All of our JK/SK’s will be full time students this coming week starting Monday and for the rest of the year. It was wonderful to watch many new friendships develop this past week and we look forward to journeying together as a school community united in working toward helping our students thrive!

VTRA Fair Notice Form – Violence Threat Risk Assessment

Violence Threat Risk Assessment Fair_Notice_Pamphlet_2010

Parents, Please see attached link to the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Fair Notice and Process Brochure. If ever there is a threat of violence or a violent act in one of our schools, there is a protocol that helps support all involved and insure the safety of all students in the community moving forward. Our School Social Worker and WCDSB Team are also supports. The attached brochure outlines key steps that the school and board undertake to ensure support and safety for all. Please contact the school should you have any further questions or concerns.

Meet the Teacher Night – Tuesday, Sept. 17th

Please join us on Tuesday, September 17th for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. Our AWESOME School Council is working on finalizing plans but we plan on having food available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA – approx. 5:00-6:00 PM) and then  Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members. More information will follow shorty …

News From the Library Learning Commons

Our Lady of Grace’s Library Learning Commons is all set up and ready to start off the new school year!

To get things rolling, we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair from Monday September 16th to Wednesday September 18th . The book fair will be running during ”Meet the Teacher” night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so be sure to stop in and check out all the items available. All items purchased at the book fair raise funds for new books for our library. Hope to see you there!

Each class will be coming into the library for their first regular visit at the end of September. A few brief items to note:

  • all classes have one scheduled library period a week
  • students are responsible for the books they sign out; therefore, if a book is lost or damaged students will be required to pay a replacement fine of $5.00 for a paperback book or $10.00 for a hardcover
  • Primary students may keep their book for one week and Junior/Intermediate students may keep their books for two weeks. Books can be renewed if the student is still reading them after that time.

 Remember: Reading is a great way for you and your child to spend quality time together; encourage your child to share their library books with you so you can enjoy them together.

VOLUNTEERS Wanted – Strong Start

Our Lady of Grace is looking for volunteers for our Strong Start reading program. Working one on one with primary students, volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. Training sessions are running from mid-September to the end of October. For more information, please contact Ms. Metcalfe at allison.metcalfe@wcdsb.ca or 519-745-3961 ext. 456.

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 9th

  • ALL STUDENT’s “Start Up Forms” DUE Today – Please ensure that the Student Verification Form (hard copy sent home in envelope) is completed and returned by today and all forms on School Cash Online are completed.  (School Cash Online at: https://www.schoolcashonline.com/)

Tuesday, September 10th

  • School Council Meeting – 6:30 in the Library (to CLOSE last years’ events/planning)

Wednesday, September 11th

  • Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit (New Spirit Wear Orders coming soon!)

Thursday, September 12th

  • School Council Nomination Form sent out today – for parents interested in joining this new school year’s Parent Council

Friday, September 13th

  • Gator Community Spirit-Meter Song – Our Gators are about “filling each other’s buckets” – one kind act at a time – way to go!

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • September 16-18, 2019 – Book Fair
  • September 17, 2019 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:00 – 7:00 pm … More information to follow …
  • September 18, 2019 – Jr. Soccer tournament
  • September 19, 2019 – WE Day in Toronto
  • September 20, 2019 – PD Day
  • September 23 – Fire Drill Week – 3 Drills to run between Sept. 23-27th
  • September 26, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM (Rain Date (Fri., Sept. 27th – PM)
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Gator Gab – Week #1 – Sept. 2-6, 2019

Gator Gab – Our First Week at a Glance – Week #1 – Sept. 2-6, 2019

Welcome Back Gators! Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

Welcome back Gators to a new year of learning together!  We have had a wonderful summer filled with great weather and hopefully the chance to re-energize and rest for the upcoming school year!  This first week of school is one that will be filled with lots of laughter, smiles and love … and we can’t forget new learning! Students will be engaged in various activities including lots of team building exercises that will have the students learning their new class routines, bonding with their classmates and setting the foundation for a memorable 2019-20 school year!

Welcome to New and Returning Staff Team Members:

We welcome many new Gators here to Our Lady of Grace School, both as the year ended with new JK Registrations and as well, these past 2 weeks as students from around the world, in several grades, selected Our Lady of Grace as their new school – AWESOME!  We are confident they will feel welcome and loved. In addition to new students, we would like to welcome the following new staff members to our school community: Mrs. Davey (JK/SK Teacher) and Mrs. Michaelides (RECE), Mrs. Poulin (Primary Planning Time), Mrs. Pagett (Gr. 5/6), Mr. Sullivan (Gr. 4/5) and Mr. Murray (CYCW). We are also welcome back: Mr. Hoover (Gr. 2/3), Mrs. Farrell (Gr. 3/4), Mrs. DaSilva and Mrs. Panunto (Gr. 1/2)

Stay Connected to What is Happening at OLOG – Communication is important to us!

  1. Sign up for Newswire at our school website – the link is https://newswire.wcdsb.ca/OurLadyGrace.html and allows you to receive monthly newsletters, updates from Council, reminders about what is happening at the school (e.g., hot lunch days, pizza days, spirit wear deadlines, etc.). Signing up is EASY!  Enter your email and you will receive a confirmation that you are connected!

  1. Register for School Cash Online at http://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com. There are many updates, permissions forms and opportunities for you to pay online securely with a credit card or an e-cheque. If you are hesitant about paying online, we would ask that you register to receive the updates and information.  We are shooting for 100% participation! CASH is also accepted for any school events.

  1. Follow us on Twitter! @OLOGGators

We often post pictures or news items “in the moment” or as soon as possible – to keep you up to date with what is happening in and around our school community!  We have an AWESOME COMMUNITY and we want to share great moments as they happen.

Important Safety Reminders – Bus Safety Loading Zone and Safe Schools Measures 

The Front of our School is a NO Parking BUS ZONE – All of our students who are NOT on a bus, live close enough to the school to walk. If you feel the need to drive your child, please ensure you do so in the designated area on Gracefield Crescent… this is the 2 long sections of Gracefield on either side of the bend or our Safety Bus Loading and Unloading Zone. Do not round the bend to temporarily park, drop off or pick up as this is a high safety zone as indicated by the NO Parking Signs and tickets issued. If you are walking your child to/from school, kindly use the path that runs along the Kindergarten area and avoid walking through the parking lot.  Dogs, even on a leash, are not permitted on the school yard. Please wait a short distance from the school and meet your child if you are walking your dog. Below are some other key safety measures needed to ensure the safety of our students is a priority at OLOG School. Thanks for your understanding and support!

  • VOLUNTEERS IN THE SCHOOL: We welcome and encourage volunteers in our school. As a Catholic school system, we value the additional expertise and the positive school/community partnerships fostered by volunteers. Our school requires a police record check every year for regular volunteers. See the office for a letter to assist with the cost.
  • SCHOOL AGENDAS: All students from Grades 1-8 have or will receive a Student Agenda. The cost of the agendas are $3.00 per agenda. The student agenda enables the student to learn valuable organizational skills and it is often used as an important communication tool between parents and teacher. It also contains our School Handbook, Dress Code, Code of Conduct and other important information. Please review the school handbook pages at the front of you child’s student agenda so that we can work together to promote a positive and safe school environment for all. Parents are asked to review this first section in the planner with their child(ren).
  • PICKING UP STUDENTS EARLY: If you are picking up your child early from school, please ensure there is a note in your child’s agenda. The office will page the child for you and you can meet them in the office area. Adults picking up children MUST sign them out of the office.
  • SAFE AND SECURE SCHOOLS: To ensure the safety and well being of all students, visitors, parents, guardians and others MUST report to the main office and obtain a Visitor’s ID Badge if you wish to proceed beyond the main office. A pass can be obtained by signing in at the office. Remember, parents and visitors, etc. are NOT permitted to be on the school yard during recess and lunch breaks. Please report to the office.
  • PEANUT AND NUT FREE ENVIRONMENT: We have students and staff who suffer from anaphylaxis. We ask that you DO NOT send any food items that contain peanuts or nut products to school OR any peanut butter substitute. While there are products that look like peanut butter, smell and taste like peanut butter but are not made of peanuts or nuts, we ask that you DO NOT send these products to school. We are not able to differentiate between real and “fake” peanut butter therefore are not allowed at school.
  • YARD SUPERVISION: We will continue to have supervision on the yard at 8:40 am. Students are welcome to arrive to school anytime AFTER supervision begins in the morning. Again, the safety of your children is our prime concern.
  • SAFE ARRIVAL: The school has a “Safe Arrival Program” in cooperation with parents to ensure the safety of students. It is important that a parent/guardian telephone the school (519-745-3961) whenever their child will be late for or absent from class.  The answering machine is available 24/7.  If we are unaware why the child is not at school, we will contact the parent / guardian at home and/or work. We will also try the 3rd Contact you have indicated for your child. If we are still unable to reach an adult to confirm that the child is safe, we will  need to call the police to get their assistance re ensuring the safety of our students.
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOOD TO SCHOOL – WE CAN NOT SERVE IT TO YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM: In consideration of our parent’s wishes (making the decisions with regard to what their child consumes at school without surprises) and in concert with The WCDSB Anaphylaxis and Nutritional Safety Guidelines, we are not able to hand out food in your child’s classroom that is dropped off at the school. We do something special for each child on their birthday and know you will do something special at home. Thanks for your support of this important safety measure. If you have any questions, please contact the office or your child’s teacher.

Meet the Teacher Night – Tuesday, Sept. 17th

Please join us on Tuesday, September 17th for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. Our AWESOME School Council is working on finalizing plans but we plan on having food available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA – approx. 5:00-6:00 PM) and then  Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members. More information will follow shorty …

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 2nd

  • Labour Day – No School Today

Tuesday, September 3rd

  • First Day of School for 2019/20 School Year: WELCOME!  Watch for School Start Up Forms being sent electronically today via School Cash Online.  Forms must be completed by September 9th — Please log in/register to School Cash Online at: https://www.schoolcashonline.com/.  For instructions on setting up a new account, please see attached link: SCO Registration Instructions
  • Bus Assembly for busing students 3 PM – to ensure a smooth first day home

Wednesday, September 4th

  • Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit (New Spirit Wear Orders coming soon!)

Thursday, September 5th

  • Bus Patrol Meeting First Recess

Friday, September 6th

  • All On-line Consent and Important Start Up Forms are due Monday – please attend to these forms on the weekend if not completed already

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • September 9, 2019 – School Start Up Forms due today
  • September 10, 2019 – School Council Meeting to CLOSE last years events/planning – 6:30 pm in the Library
  • September 17, 2019 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:00 – 7:00 pm … More information to follow …
  • September 19, 2019 – WE Day in Toronto
  • September 20, 2019 – PD Day
  • September 23 – Fire Drill Week – 3 Drills to run between Sept. 23-27th
  • September 26, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM (Rain Date (Fri., Sept. 27th – PM)
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