Monthly Archives: February 2020

Reminder – Buses Cancelled – BUS STUDENTS NEED TO BE PICKED UP AT 3:40 PM TODAY

Parents,

Thanks for monitoring our local radio stations and/or our board website (see below – this link can be found at the top right hand corner of the the Home Page – Delays and Cancellations) for updates on school transportation cancellations and school closures during Inclement Weather Days!

Just a Reminder that if you drove your child into school, that the buses are cancelled for the full day and you will need to arrange for transportation at home time.

Please be sure to pick up your child by 3:40 PM

Thanks and have a great weekend!

 

 

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WCDSB Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

 

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

 

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on March 5.

 

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:

 

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 —  they are:
  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.
All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

 

All WCDSB Extended Day Programs will be OPEN for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

 

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

 

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

 

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.
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Gator Gab – Week #24 – Feb. 24-28, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #24

Feb. 24 – 28, 2020

Below is a peek at some events and important information items followed by our Week ahead …

 

Pancake Tuesday – Shrove Tuesday – Please send a plate and fork

Please send a plastic plate and fork with your child on Tuesday morning this week. This will help us continue our goal of reducing waste and being stewards of our planet. All of our students will enjoy some pancakes for breakfast on Tuesday morning. In accordance with our Catholic Faith Tradition, Shrove Tuesday is a day where we enjoy treats and sweets to prior to our entering into the solemnity of the Lenten Season whereupon we give up certain things to show a greater love and commitment to God. Please send a normal lunch with your child in that this pancake treat will be a great snack but may not be enough for them to last the whole day. Thanks Gator Parent Council and Volunteers for making this OLOG tradition possibly through your pancake making efforts and sharing of your time!

 

Ash Wednesday – Marks the beginning of the Lenten Season 2020 

LENT 2020 – Ash Wednesday Liturgy on Wednesday morning @ 9:30 in the GYMkick off the special season of LENT 2020

Lent is an extremely important time of the liturgical year as it affords us time to prepare and reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It is through His way of the cross, death and resurrection that we are saved.

This time of year has us focus on three important themes:

  1. Prayer and Penance (i.e. Praying in new and vibrant ways, participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, etc.),
  2. Fasting (i.e. eating less at times) and Abstinence (i.e. not eating certain foods, not eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, turning off the TV and devoting this time to a more important goal to be closer to God, etc.) and
  3. Almsgiving – looking ways to give to others around us who are in need that we may have not noticed before (i.e. helping out those less fortunate through financial support or items needed, giving up something that costs and donating that amount to the poor, etc.)

More information will follow as we explore these 3 Themes through our churches (Blessed Sacrament Parish) and within our families and the Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Community. For instance, we will be beginning the Lenten Resurrection Eggs Prayer Program so that we may pray together as a school community in such a way that we better understand the significance and tremendous love poured out to us in Jesus’ Way of the Cross. As well, during Holy Week, an Intermediate Presentation of the Stations of the Cross will permit us to pray the way of the Cross as a Faith Community, sorrowful but renewed in spirit and inspired by such great LOVE! More information will follow as we journey through Lent and thanks parents for the many ways you make the solemnity of the Lenten Season come alive (i.e. explore the 3 Lenten themes) in your home!

 

PIZZA ORDERING for March Pizza Days – Still OPEN but Closes this week on Tuesday @ 11:59 PM

Ordering information, via School Cash Online (https://schoolcashonline.com/), is still available for pizza orders for March.  Please ensure your orders are placed prior to the deadline which is Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Dance-a-thon News – Together, we raised $5794.40 – Awesome Work Gator Nation!

Our Gator Dance-a-thon final numbers are in and what a success it was! Our deepest thanks to ALL Gator Students and Families for your support and fundraising efforts! WOW – we were able to raise $5,794.40!  Way to go Gators! As well, a BIG THANKS to Jenn Pagett, Cathie McClennan and all Gator School Council Members who assisted with various tasks (Prize Basket Wrapping, counting money and helping students complete their raffle tickets, etc.) as your help made this successful event take shape! It is exciting to know that our NEW PLATGROUND is tentatively booked to be installed during the March Break (weather permitting). This is very exciting as our Gators will enjoy their new play area as early as this Spring – very cool!

 

Reminders – Parking Safety and Be Kind to Our Neighbours

Important Reminder Parents … Student Safety is always our top priority! Gracefield Crescent, directly in front of the school, is aschool safety zone”.  To accommodate our many “BIG” buses as well as several Smaller Specialty Buses and Taxis that enter and drop off directly in front of the school, there is NO stopping, dropping off or picking up in front of the school. As well, our parking lot and access lane continues to be a busy hub for our special needs students and will remain closed to public parking before, during and after school. Our By Law Officer visits the school regularly and while safety is our main concern, we also caution parents that a ticket can be as much as $80.00.

Also, occasionally the school gets a call that one of our parents has parked in front of a drive way of one of our wonderful school neighbours. Please Be Kind to our Neighbours and do not park such that you are blocking drive way entrances #kindnessmatters Thanks!

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …  

Monday, February 24th 

  • STRIKE DAY is CANCELLED – Schools are OPEN Today – GREAT! 

Tuesday, February 25th

  • Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day at OLOG in the GYM (AM) – Thanks Parent Council and Volunteers! Please send in a plastic plate and fork with your son/daughter to help us be eco-friendly.
  • Last day to order pizza for March (via School Cash Online) – closes just before Midnight tonight

Wednesday, February 26th 

  • School Spirit Day – wear your school spirit wear or school colours
  • Popcorn Sales – being sold at lunch today. Cost: $1.25/bag – please bring exact change 
  • Ash Wednesday – Lent 2020 Begins – School Ash Wednesday Liturgy 9:30 AM in the GYM – Welcome!
  • Pink Shirt Day – Show your support to STOP Bullying 

Thursday, February 27th

  • Remember Gators – Keep Working on those Umbrella Skills … have you thought about your PURPOSE? Or, what inspires you?

Friday, February 28th

  • Gator Community Spirit-meter Song – #kindnessmatters 
  • Girls’ Volleyball Tournament at St. Benedict – CANCELLED – Rescheduled to March 4th

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • March 4 – Girl’s Volleyball Tournament here at OLOG – after school
  • March 6 – Grade 3 trip to Shades Mill
  • March 12 – Boys’ Basketball Tournament at St. Mary’s – PM (this date may change)
  • March 16-20 – March Break
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IMPORTANT NOTICE – OECTA Strike Cancelled – All WCDSB Schools Open on Monday February 24

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has cancelled rotating strikes scheduled for next week.

As a result, all WCDSB SCHOOLS and St. Louis campuses will be OPEN and running on their regular schedules on Monday, February 24, 2020.

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All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools CLOSED on Monday, February 24, 2020

WCDSB Labour Updates

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB Extended Day Programs will be OPEN for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

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Special Reminder about Tonight – Paul Davis – Social Media Safety Presentation 6:30-8:00 PM

Hope to see you tonight in our Gator GYM beginning at 6:30 PM 

Looking forward to our Social Media Paul Davis Presentation tonight @ 6:30 PM! Lots of powerful tips to make such a difference in the lives of our students and families!

Thanks OLOG Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC) for arranging this #ologawesome PRO Grant opportunity for our community! 

See you there!

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Gator Gab – Week #23 – Feb. 17-21, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #23

Feb. 17 – 21, 2020

Below is a peek at some events and important information items followed by our Week ahead …

OLOG Gator Eco-Team News

eco-school silver

Our world is changing quickly for the worse when it comes to the environment so we have to try our hardest to change it for the greater good. So here are some helpful tips to save our environment.

Tip 1: Make sure to rinse out containers ( i.e. yogurt cups, apple sauce cups, cans, jars, etc.) because KW will not accept contaminated items and that means more garbage in landfills.

Tip 2: Make sure to recycle the correct items in the right bins:

Blue Bin:

  • Glass, bottles, jars, and metal or aluminum cans, etc.
  • Make sure to reuse or recycle plastic bags in the blue bins. Even ziplock bags – you may think that they should go into the garbage but most plastic bags can be recycled. Just put all of them into one big bag and KW will accept them. Check out this link to find some ways to reuse plastic bags!

60+ Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags | Being Frugal – Going Green …

Paper Bin:

  • Newspapers, flyers, magazines, shredded paper, gift wrap, and soft/hard book covers

Green Bin:

  • Fruit/vegetable scraps, meat, shellfish, fish products, pasta, bread, cereal, dairy products, eggshells, coffee grounds, filters, tea bags, tissue, napkins, paper towels, and pencil shavings.

Tip 3: Plant a small garden in your front or back yard to save native species and preserve them from extinction.

Tip 4: Don’t throw dead batteries in the garbage. Send them to school and we will give them to Staples. They will help recycle them the proper way.

Tip 5: To help clean the ocean so you and the sea life can swim happier, check out this link:

4ocean Bracelet | Made From Recycled Materials | Remove …

PIZZA ORDERING for March – NOW OPEN

Ordering information, via School Cash Online (https://schoolcashonline.com/) , is now up and running for pizza orders for March.  Please ensure your orders are placed prior to the deadline which is Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

February is Black History Month

We are extremely proud of our rich multi-cultural heritage, both at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School and as a Canadian Nation! This month reminds us to celebrate the wonderful contributions made by many black members of our community such that our country has proudly become a source of strength, inspiration and peace – that have become the hallmarks that make us great today and in the future. The theme for Black History Month this year is, “Going Forward, Guided by the Past.” Thanks for helping us honour our countries rich African heritage!

 

WANTED – NEW JK’s FOR NEXT YEAR – NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

JK Kindergarten Registration for September 2020 

 

Please CALL the OLOG School Office to make an Appointment 519-745-3961.

To learn more about registering, below are some key links and information items …

~~ Parents can access the Online Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing either Kindergarten RegistrationElementary Registration or Secondary Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found on each page under the “Registration Options”

 

~~ Children born in 2016 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten (JK).

 

~~ Children born in 2015 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten (SK).

 

~~ When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian.

 

~~ If you are non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policyOur secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.

 

~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2020-21 will be web-posted in April, 2020. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.

 

~~ For information about French Immersion programs in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, please click here: French Immersion Registration Information.

The Date is almost here … Don’t Miss it!  Tues., February 18th at OLOG in the GYM @ 6:30 PM – FREE for ALL

Internationally Renowned Social Media & Internet Safety Speaker Paul Davis visits OLOG 

Paul Davis is an internationally renowned speaker on what our students and parents need to know about life on the internet as we strive to be safe.  He will speak to many important safety concerns that face our students as they navigate this electronic world.  Topics will include: protecting the amount of information you post about yourself, cyber-bullying, avoiding dangers on the internet, etc.  Please mark your calendar and join us.

SPECIAL OLOG PRESENTATION: Internationally renowned GUEST SPEAKER – PAUL DAVIS

NO COST: FREE for ALL

TOPIC: Social Media and Internet Cyber-Safety … for our Students and our Parents

WHEN: Tuesday, February 18th from 6:30-8:00

WHERE: Our Lady of Grace School – in our GYM

WHO: ALL Students and Parents are WELCOME

FREE BABYSITTING AVAILABLE: For Younger Children

FREE REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED … SEE YOU THERE!

 

Parking Safety Reminders – Be Kind to Our Neighbours

Important Reminder Parents … Student Safety is always our top priority! Gracefield Crescent, directly in front of the school, is aschool safety zone”.  To accommodate our many “BIG” buses as well as several Smaller Specialty Buses and Taxis that enter and drop off directly in front of the school, there is NO stopping, dropping off or picking up in front of the school. As well, our parking lot and access lane continues to be a busy hub for our special needs students and will remain closed to public parking before, during and after school. Our By Law Officer visits the school regularly and while safety is our main concern, we also caution parents that a ticket can be as much as $80.00.

Also, occasionally the school gets a call that one of our parents has parked in front of a drive way of one of our wonderful school neighbours. Please Be Kind to our Neighbours and do not park such that you are blocking drive way entrances #kindnessmatters Thanks!

Country Hills Community Centre News

See attached flyer regarding a Family Day – Movie Event being held on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Smallfoot Movie Event

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …  

Monday, February 17th 

  • Family Day HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL TODAY — Have a wonderful day with your family!

Tuesday, February 18th

  • Social Media Safety Assembly – Paul Davis Speaks to our Gr. 4-8 Students in the GYM (PM) 
  • FREE International Guest Speaker in OLOG GYM @ 6:30 PM – Social Media Safety – Paul Davis –  previously seem on Ted Talks, CBC, etc. (see above for more details)

Wednesday, February 19th 

  • School Spirit Day – wear your school spirit wear or school colours
  • Popcorn Sales – being sold at lunch today. Cost: $1.25/bag – please bring exact change 
  • Shades Mill Trip – Room 7

Thursday, February 20th

  • Gator Community Spirit-meter Song – #kindnessmatters 

Friday, February 21st

no School on friday

  • STRIKE DAY – ALL Schools in Ontario are CLOSED

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • February 25 – Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day at OLOG in the GYM (AM) – Thanks Parent Council and Volunteers!
  • February 25 – Last day to order pizza for March (via School Cash Online)
  • February 26 – Ash Wednesday – Lent 2020 Begins …
  • February 26 – Pink Shirt Day
  • February 28 – Girls’ Volleyball Tournament at St. Benedict – PM (this date may change re JOB Action)
  • March 6 – Grade 3 trip to Shades Mill
  • March 12 – Boys’ Basketball Tournament at St. Mary’s – PM (this date may change re JOB Action)
  • March 16-20 – March Break
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All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Friday, February 21, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 21.

All programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 21 —  with the exception of Personal Support Worker programs, which will run on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB Extended Day Programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for only those students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

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IMPORTANT Gator Information Bulletin – Revised

Valentine’s Day Reminder – Wear RED, WHITE or PINK tomorrow and bring your best DANCE MOVES for our Dance-a-thon

Valentines Day

A few important reminders as we recognize Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Students are encouraged to wear the colours Red, Pink, and/or White for Valentine’s Day. Also, please remember that students are more than welcome to bring Valentine’s to give to their fellow classmates. If your child chooses to do so, please encourage them to ensure they have a Valentine for each of their classmates. Lastly, parents are reminded that we are not permitted to randomly serve food items to our students and we must not accept food items sent to school for this purpose.  As previously communicated, all homemade baked goods or store purchased treats are not permitted at school to minimize the risk for students with allergic and anaphylactic needs. For safety, and as it relates to the Anaphylaxis and Nutritional Board Policies, we support our parent’s wishes to know about and decide what their children are eating during their time at school. Thanks for your understanding re this important matter!

Valentine’s Day has roots in our Catholic Faith Tradition and St. Valentine is someone you may want to learn more about!

Please see the link below that touches on how he served God and why some of our Valentine’s Day traditions today, may have gotten their origins from this wonderful person and Saint.

We are certainly looking forward to a GREAT DAY in the SWAMP tomorrow!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdKZepHMFWE

Term #1 Report Cards GO HOME Today 

Please take a moment to look at your child’s report card and dialogue with them about their successes or strengths (subjects they did well in) and as well, those subjects or areas where some goal setting and next steps are needed. Also note their Learning Skills and Work Habits … is there areas to work on related to organization or initiative? Term #2 is just beginning and is a fresh start in all subjects and it would be wonderful to see our students working hard to succeed and grow in their learning – thanks for your support!

Job Action – See Report Card Letter re Changes

WCDSB Labour Updates

Our Gator Staff is AWESOME and we understand and support all during this challenging time! Please see attached letter that speaks to some of the job action changes to the report card during this 1st Term Report Card.

Report Card Letter – Term 1 – Job Action

 

FREE Event – Please Check your Cash-online Account to Confirm Gator Guest Speaker Night – Next Week in our GATOR GYM …

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 pm

Paul Davis Photo

School Cash On Line

Parents,

Please check your Cash-online Account to confirm if you are able to attend this special event in our GYM next week.

https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

We look forward to our very special evening here at OLOG School and extend our thanks to our wonderful School Parent Council for helping to coordinate this night through a ministry PRO Grant – Thanks OLOG Council!

Paul Davis is an internationally renowned speaker and expert re the topic of Social Media, Internet Safety and best practice parenting tips as we support our kids and teenagers who go online. We adults will learn many great things for living on line also (i.e. passwords, privacy, etc.).

This event is definitely one you will not want to miss! We hope to see you there!

 

 

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Expanded OECTA Job Action – Week of February 10, 2020

Information Bulletin: Expanded OECTA Job Action – Beginning the Week of February 10, 2020

WCDSB Labour Updates

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools are open and running on their normal schedules during the week of February 10, 2020.

However, as part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that in the absence of a negotiated collective agreement, they are expanding their previously announced list of activities no longer being performed by teachers. The new list takes effect on February 11, 2020.

Below you will find the full list.

OECTA – JobActionFAQs_11Feb20

This message is also available on the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/expanded-oecta-job-action-week-of-february-10-2020/

In practical terms, this means that because schools will not be able to assign teachers any additional supervision or “on-call duties” where they back-fill for another teacher, any activity that typically requires a supply teacher or back-fill in the local school will be cancelled. This is a necessary step to help maximize the number of supply teachers available to cover classes board wide.

One of the impacts of implementing this contingency plan is that sports events and field trips may need to be cancelled. Some events will proceed as planned if they do not generate the need for a supply teacher.

If there are fees associated with a cancelled field trip or event, they will be reimbursed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times, and we continue to remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

 

 

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