Monthly Archives: March 2020

Information Bulletin – Schools to Remain CLOSED until May 4th

Dear Gator Parents and Students,

 

As many of you are already aware, Premier Doug Ford held a Press Conference this afternoon. During this conference, he shared that schools would continue to be closed until Monday, May 4th. Please see the attached letter from our school board director, Loretta Notten, and Bill Conway, Chair of the Board, regarding this announcement.

Letter-to-Parents-School-Closure-COVID-19-Mar31-20

We are hoping to have more information for you in the next little while, so please keep checking the school and board websites as this information will also be posted there.

 

We hope you are staying safe and healthy.

 

God Bless,

 

The OLOG School Staff Team

 

 

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Nutrition For Learning Truck at OLOG School Today 10:30-10:50 AM

Gator Parents,

If you feel like taking your children for a walk this morning and to have a snack and visit the school, today is a great day as the NFL Truck will be here in the swamp! The AWESOME Nutrition For Learning Team will stop by Our Lady of Grace School at 10:30 AM. Take good care and be safe! We miss you Gators!

Note: The link below will provide you with more information and you are welcome to stop into any school as per the scheduled visit times below … and the website posts its school visit routes daily or for the week – again, AWESOME! People Helping People!

 

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #28 – Mar. 30-April 3, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #28

Mar. 30-April 3, 2020

“Physical Isolation” Week #2

 

Looking at this week … 

Dear Gator Parents,

There is no substitute for seeing the children at school and learning in the classroom and we all miss them dearly! But with the said, we know that Staying Safe is The #1 Priority right now and so as this period of “Physical Isolation” continues, we will move from Phase 1 of Learning at Home to Phase 2, which is set to start next week (Mon., April 6th, 2020).

And as Dr. Seuss reminds us above, we can still engage our children in some learning in wonderful ways at home and we appreciate your support and collaboration as we try to implement the Ministry and Boards initiatives that is aimed at supporting our students during these tough times – thanks parents and thanks teachers!

It can be understated that while these are indeed difficult times, we must continue to be thankful for all we have and continue to count our blessings … for they are many! Below you will find some information items related to our community united in prayer on TWITTER, Pizza Refunds, Sacramental Preparation Planning from Blessed Sacrament, etc.

NOTE: As per earlier communications and noted again below – the focus during Phase 1 of Learning at Home (March 23-April 5) involve activating our children in a small number of learning challenges or activities per day using the 2 central resources afforded to us at this time … 1.Learn at Home Portal, and 2. Our WCDSB #STEAMDays.

 

Mental Health and Well-Being 

Please find attached a wonderful Ministry Link to support ALL in our community should they find themselves anxious or depressed during these challenging times. We are here to support you and each other!

Mental Health Tip Sheet for School Administrators_Leading a Mentally Healthy School Through COVID-19_March 26

https://smho-smso.ca/

Resurrection Eggs – Gator’s United in Prayer over Twitter 

We are united in prayer, as an entire school faith community, via all classrooms reflecting on and praying about Jesus’ Way of the Cross and its importance to us. A different coloured egg and symbol our reflected upon each day as we mark our Journey toward Easter and the Resurrection of our Lord. Check out our Twitter each day or go to our school website to access our Twitter (see link below) so that we may be united electronically via social media to be mindful of Jesus’ tremendous LOVE for US ALL! Stay tuned @OLOGGators … Thanks Mrs. Galvao for leading our community in prayer!

 

PIZZA REFUND INFORMATION 

Due to the school closure, we will be electronically refunding all pizza orders that may have been purchased for dates that get missed while we are at home in “Physical Isolation.”

 

Blessed Sacrament News and Sacramental Updates

Blessed Sacrament Churchstations-of-the-cross-2

Spiritual information, support materials and online masses are available online in a number of locations. Just visit the board website, Blessed Sacrament Parish or the Hamilton Diocese Website for materials or supports that may be needed.

We thank Father Larry for reaching out to us and we have been notified that all Sacramental Planning and Dates are postponed and new dates can not be set until we are through this crisis. Parents when more information is available, we will communicated it to you ASAP. Also know that plans are being made so that we may come together at Easter, even if on-line – stay tuned and Thanks!

LEARN AT HOME Distance Learning Framework

Phase 1 (March 23-April 5, 2020)

This is an unprecedented time for us as a staff and as a school, as a board and as a province there is a great deal to consider as we try to move to teacher-led distance learning for the foreseeable future. All levels are aware that there is much to consider and many variables at play – equity being just one of many. Over the next two weeks we will be working with staff towards teacher-led distance learning. At the end of the two weeks we hope to have a more formal understanding of the expectations for teacher-led learning and assessment from the Ministry of Education. 

As directed by the Ministry and School Boards, we are providing you with the 2 key resources offered to support at this time. You will find them helpful so that our students may participate in some great learning moments and/or challenges over these next 2 weeks. As stated, a more formal plan is being worked on at the Ministry Level to begin Monday, April 6th and beyond – known as Phase 2 of the Learn at Home model. Please understand that you are not expected to engage your child in all of the activities provided below but rather set aside a little time each day to use these resources as you see fit and as we create new routines in our households during this time of “physical isolation.” Again, the 2 key resources provided at this time are directly linked below: #STEAMDays AND Learn at Home.

 

1. WCDSB STEAM DAYS (WCDSB #STEAMDays

2.  LEARN AT HOME (Ministry Learning Poral)

Additionally, included are the fact sheets about COVID-19 in different languages for our newcomers is also available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html

Stay Safe and God Bless!

Our Lady of Grace Gator Staff Team

 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … NOTE: Dates may need to be cancelled or amended depending on new Covid-19 directives

  • April 9 – Stations of the Cross (gym)
  • April 10 – Good Friday (no school)
  • April 13 – Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 14-21 – CAT4 Testing for Grade 7 students
  • April 20 – Immunizations for Grade 7’s
  • April 23 – Easter Mass – 10:15 at Blessed Sacrament Church
  • April 25 – First Communion – 1:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
  • May 1 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off Assembly
  • May 3-9 – Catholic Education Week
  • May 6 – Folk Dance Festival @ the Aud at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 11-15 – Safety Drill Week
  • May 13 – Jump Rope for Heart Day
  • May 18 – Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 19-June 1 – EQAO Testing
  • May 21 – St. Mary’s 7Up (Grade 7) Day
  • May 27 – Track and Field Meet at St. Benedict H.S. (Gr. 4-8)
  • May 28 – Welcome to Kindergarten Night (6-7:00 p.m.)
  • May 29 – PD Day – no school for students
  • May 30 – Confirmation – 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
  • June 4 & 5 – Humane Society Visits
  • June 9 – Regional Track Meet at University Stadium
  • June 12 – National Aboriginal Day Assembly – Gym
  • June 18 – Closing Mass
  • June 22 – Graduation Mass
  • June 23 – Report Cards go home today
  • June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation
  • June 26 – Last Day of School – regular dismissal
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Introducing – WCDSBLearn @ Home

WCDSBLearn @ Home

https://www.wcdsb.ca/introducing-wcdsblearn-home/

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

As you may be aware, on March 20th the Ontario government launched the Learn at Home online portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.

Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content.

High school content was designed with a focus on STEAM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

In conjunction with this important initiative, our staff continue to work very hard creating a plan to ensure that your child is connected to local learning opportunities on an ongoing basis as we navigate our way through these very challenging times.

If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by your child’s teacher to check in, explain what to expect in coming weeks and discuss any specific learning or resource needs. We look forward to moving to teacher-initiated learning beginning on Monday, April 6.

To assist in that process, we have developed our own WCDSBLearn @ Home website.

In coming days we will be adding resources and information to help keep the learning process moving forward – including a link to all of the outstanding resources and ideas that were provided during #STEAMDays, as well as some important mental health and well being information.

The site will be updated regularly, as new resources become available.  But starting April 6th you child will have regular Teacher-led learning coming directly to them.  We are using the time to ensure we have equity of access and consistency in terms of how we are moving forward during these exceptional times.

We also want to again acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students. We are truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

Finally – we encourage you to continue closely following any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.

Please remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: Gator Parent Survey – PLEASE COMPLETE ASAP!

IMPORTANT REMINDER

GATOR PARENT SURVEY – Please complete ASAP 

So far we have have 156 responses from our 245 wonderful families at Our Lady of Grace School

This means we only have 89 more families to go …

Please complete ASAP so that we are ready for Phase 2 of Learning at Home (see below)

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Gator Technology Access Survey …

We want ALL of our students to have access to technology at home so that they may participate in the learning going forward and the Ministry and School Boards are working on a plan to try to make this happen … Please complete the following survey to help us ensure our students have access to TECHNOLOGY AT HOME – Our Sincere Thanks! 

Survey Link:

 

https://forms.gle/m9HG9QSLDjKUigiq6

 

AT HOME Student Learning Framework … during “Physical Isolation”

This is an unprecedented time for us as a staff and as a school, as a board and as a province there is a great deal to consider as we try to move to teacher-led distance learning for the foreseeable future. All levels are aware that there is much to consider and many variables at play – equity being just one of many. Over the next two weeks we will be working with staff towards teacher-led distance learning. At the end of the two weeks we hope to have a more formal understanding of the expectations for teacher-led learning and assessment from the Ministry of Education. 

As directed by the Ministry and School Boards, during these 2 weeks (Phase 1) we are providing you with the 2 key resources offered to support at this time. You will find them helpful so that our students may participate in some great learning moments and/or challenges over these next 2 weeks. As stated, a more formal plan (Phase 2) is being worked on at the Ministry Level to begin April 6th and beyond. Please understand that you are not expected to engage your child in all of the activities provided below but rather set aside a little time each day to use these resources as you see fit and as we create new routines in our households during this time of “physical isolation.” Again, the 2 key resources provided at this time are directly linked below: #STEAMDays AND Learn at Home. Please remember to respond to our survey above (1 response from each family) so that we are ready for Phase 2 in each of our family’s households – thanks!

 

WCDSB STEAM DAYS                   LEARN AT HOME

 

Additionally, I have included the fact sheets about COVID-19 in different languages for our newcomers is also available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html

Stay Safe and God Bless!

Our Lady of Grace Gator Staff Team

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IMPORTANT OLOG GATOR PARENT SURVEY – Please complete ASAP

IMPORTANT GATOR PARENT SURVEY – Please complete ASAP

 

Just a quick note to say we are all thinking of your families during this difficult time and we are hoping all of you are keeping well and safe.  A special thank you to all of our super courageous health care providers as well as all those who are working in essential services right now to keep our families and communities going during these challenging times, Thanks!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Gator Technology Access Survey …

We want ALL of our students to have access to technology at home so that they may participate in the learning going forward and the Ministry and School Boards are working on a plan to try to make this happen … Please complete the following survey to help us ensure our students have access to TECHNOLOGY AT HOME – Our Sincere Thanks! 

Survey Link:

 

https://forms.gle/m9HG9QSLDjKUigiq6

 

AT HOME Student Learning Framework … during “Physical Isolation”

This is an unprecedented time for us as a staff and as a school, as a board and as a province there is a great deal to consider as we try to move to teacher-led distance learning for the foreseeable future. All levels are aware that there is much to consider and many variables at play – equity being just one of many. Over the next two weeks we will be working with staff towards teacher-led distance learning. At the end of the two weeks we hope to have a more formal understanding of the expectations for teacher-led learning and assessment from the Ministry of Education. 

As directed by the Ministry and School Boards, we are providing you with the 2 key resources offered to support at this time. You will find them helpful so that our students may participate in some great learning moments and/or challenges over these next 2 weeks. As stated, a more formal plan is being worked on at the Ministry Level to begin April 6th and beyond. Please understand that you are not expected to engage your child in all of the activities provided below but rather set aside a little time each day to use these resources as you see fit and as we create new routines in our households during this time of “physical isolation.” Again, the 2 key resources provided at this time are directly linked below: #STEAMDays AND Learn at Home.

 

WCDSB STEAM DAYS                   LEARN AT HOME

 

Additionally, I have included the fact sheets about COVID-19 in different languages for our newcomers is also available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html

Stay Safe and God Bless!

Our Lady of Grace Gator Staff Team

 

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Letter From Our Director and Chair of the Board

Letter From Our Director and Chair of the Board

Good Morning Gator Families,

 

Please see the attached letter from our Loretta Notten (Director of Education) and Bill Conway (Chair of the Board).

 

Letter-from-Director-and-Chair-of-the-Board-March-23-2020

 

And a little reminder from Winnie the Pooh to stay home and stay safe! We miss you Gators and hope to see you very soon!

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Gator Gab – Week #27 – March 23-27, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #27

Mar. 23 – 27, 2020 – School Closures – Week #1

Much has happened over the March Break and we want to keep everyone up to date by sharing many news items below. Some are being resent as are key to moving forward and as more information is sent my way, I will send out further Newswires in a timely manner. Usually we try to keep to 1 per week, but things seem to be changing almost daily, so we will keep our Gator Nation informed via regular updates coming your way.

Below is a peek at some events and important information items to be mindful of during Week #1 of school closures …

The Week Ahead … An Update

Dear Gator Families,
This is an unprecedented time and we are all in uncharted waters. However, we are a people of hope and we will get through this with GRACE!

Though we do not return from March Break physically together, we are united in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing. Like our students, our staff is struggling being away from the wonderful children we serve each day! We are a strong Gator community who looks out for each other and it is challenging for all in so many ways. Our students know how much we care and I am certain it is equally challenging, if not more difficult, for our children who have formed connections in the classroom and hallways with peers and staff. Not to mention the fact that routines are completely off right now and new routines are needing to be formed! But we will lean on our faith and each other and get through this and very soon … we will once again be learning and laughing together and our classrooms and hallways will be filled with the buzz of our student’s voices, their proud learning accomplishments and our steadfast positive Gator energy!

Below are some great reflections that help us be mindful to count our blessings and to see the silver lining, even in the toughest of circumstances …

IMPORTANT NEWS ITEMS – Follow us on TWITTER

Twitter

Lots of important information is shared to benefit our community and the global community via Twitter: from the government, our WCDSB Team of Educators, the Pope, News Media Updates, Educational Programming ideas for students, etc. 

Please stay informed and follow Gator Nation on Twitter as we will send out many needed information items via @OLOGGators

 

PIZZA REFUND INFORMATION

Ordering information, via School Cash Online (https://schoolcashonline.com/), is up and running for pizza orders for April.  Please ensure your orders are placed prior to the deadline which is Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 

Due to the school closure, our first pizza day for April will be on Thursday, April 9th — if you have not yet placed your order, please do NOT order pizza for April 2nd and for those of you who have already placed orders for April 2nd, you will receive a refund for whatever amount was paid for that day.

Due to the school closure, we will also be refunding pizza orders made for March 26th.

Pizza Ordering for April is still OPEN now and closes tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th at Midnight. Given the uncertainty of these times, we understand if you decide NOT to order. But just know that if you do go ahead and order for April and we are not in school for any April Pizza Day, you will be given a full electronic refund for each date missed. Thanks for your patience!

Resurrection Eggs – Our Gator’s United in Prayer over Twitter

We had hoped to be united in prayer, as an entire school faith community, via all classrooms reflecting on and praying about Jesus’ Way of the Cross and its importance to us when we returned from the March Break … BUT as we are we are practicing social isolation so as to be safe, Mrs. Galvao and Mr. Dinner are going to use TWITTER to share a different coloured egg and symbol each day so as to mark our Journey toward Easter and the Resurrection of our Lord. This will start tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th. Accordingly, check out our Twitter each day or go to our school website to access our Twitter (see link below) so that we may be united electronically via social media to be mindful of Jesus’ tremendous LOVE for US ALL! Stay tuned @OLOGGators 

 

Letter From the Ministry of Education (March 22nd)

Attached below is a letter from Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, regarding the state of education in these unprecedented times. Please read and we will make sure to keep everyone up to date with whatever information needs to be forwarded on.

 

Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020

Province Launches First Phase of the Learn at Home Portal (March 20)

TORONTO — Today, Premier Doug Ford joined Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education to launch the first phase of Learn at Home and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

 

“As a father myself, I know parents always want the best for their children, and I also know from speaking to parents that many are concerned that their child is going to fall behind while schools are closed during this difficult period,” said Premier Ford. “To support families and students, our government has developed a one-stop spot for at-home learning. It doesn’t replace school, but offers a great alternative as we approach the end of March Break.”

 

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French. Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content. High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

 

“The Learn at Home initiative will help mitigate ‘learning loss’ during this period of uncertainty,” said Minister Lecce. “Our plan will provide interactive teacher-led math supports to keep students learning and empower all students to learn key skills with an emphasis on STEM education, while also arming parents with resources to support them as their kids learn at home.”

 

“By offering new at-home educational resources, the province is further supporting Ontario’s families as they help contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health. “Each and every Ontarian has a role to play in flattening the curve. Our government is providing families with the support they need so that they can continue to contribute to our shared goal of protecting the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians, including our young students.”

 

“TVO is proud to be part of this important initiative by the Ministry of Education.” said Jennifer Hinshelwood, TVO’s Acting Chief Operating Officer. “TVO’s suite of digital learning products are designed to engage young minds in learning – a mission that seems doubly important at times like this when many of our traditional learning environments are not accessible.”

 

The at-home activities offered by Learn at Home provide quick and easy access to some of Ontario’s best online kindergarten to grade 12 learning resources produced by Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Educators. As part of the government’s commitment to planning for every scenario, the province is working closely with education stakeholders to develop a plan for scaling and building additional online learning programs.

 

“In these uncertain times, we are proud as a public agency to join the Ministry of Education’s efforts in supporting families and students,” said Eric Minoli, TFO’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our online Apprendre à la maison program will help ensure continuity in education for Francophone and Francophile parents. TFO will be offering daily activities which will be accessible at all times on our IDELLO.ORG platform, BOUKILI.CA and our TV channel. TFO will remain a proud partner of all families through a tailored program of fun, high-quality educational activities and conten t, all of which will be aligned with the curriculum of Ontario.”

 

QUICK FACTS
  • For students who do not have access to a computer, work is underway, in conjunction with school boards, to provide the necessary technology to everyone who needs it.
  • TVO Kids offers educational programing throughout the day for school-aged children. Check out their broadcast schedule here to know what is on and when.
  • Bilingual materials on Learn at Home will continue to be added on a regular basis to provide new and compelling content throughout this period. Other learning programs, such as Ontario’s Virtual Learning Environment, are being further developed to provide enhanced learning options.
  • Mathify provides real-time homework help led by OCT educators for students between grades 6-10, six days a week, including weekdays from 9AM ET – 9PM ET. The Government worked in concert with TVO to expand Mathify beyond the existing grades 7-10, to now include grade six.
  • Eurêka! is another online learning support program that helps students in French language schools from grades 1 to 12 with their school work and their learning.
  • Ontario public schools will be closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020 in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Similarly, private schools and licensed child care centres will also be closed until April 5, 2020.
  • EQAO assessments for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled, including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy test. The literacy requirement for students graduating in the 2019-20 school year has also been waived.
The Ministry of Education is working with TVO and TFO to roll-out robust education programming on their broadcast channels, with a phased-in approach commencing next week. This iterative process will ensure that Ontario students and families have additional mediums available for engaging with high-quality, made-in-Ontario education resources that support a continuity of learning for students.

EQAO Cancelled & WCDSB Launches #STEAMDAYS to invite and support student learning …

To access these great S.T.E.A.M. Ideas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) – follow us on TWITTER and/or search #STEAMDays 

Please be aware that the Minister of Education has provided direction to cancel all Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments for the 2019-20 school year. The Minister has also directed that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) be waived as a graduation requirement, as set out in Section 6 of Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016, for students who are otherwise able to graduate in the 2019-20 school year. These changes provide the conditions to enable students to fulfill graduation requirements in our current context.

 

The government and WCDSB remain committed to ensuring learning will continue for our students. The Ministry and WCDSB will be posting online learning resources, and we encourage you to stay tuned for more about this resource and other distance learning supports and opportunities.

 

At WCDSB we are also launching #STEAMDays – a fun and interactive way to keep the learning happening at home as we work our way through the unprecedented COVID-19 shutdown.

 

Please view the VIDEO to learn more.

 

In times like these, it is vital for one and all to come together – and #STEAMDays will provide a convenient platform for parents and educators alike to share ideas, resources and fun ways to keep the learning process going.

 

As ideas are shared, we will gather some of them and post via our website: www.wcdsb.ca/STEAMDays

 

Please visit on social media via:

 

Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire #STEAMDays

 

Facebook: @wcdsb #STEAMDays

 

Instagram: @waterloocdsb #STEAMDays

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … NOTE: Dates may need to be cancelled or amended depending on new Covid-19 directives

  • April 9 – Stations of the Cross (gym)
  • April 10 – Good Friday (no school)
  • April 13 – Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 14-21 – CAT4 Testing for Grade 7 students
  • April 20 – Immunizations for Grade 7’s
  • April 23 – Easter Mass – 10:15 at Blessed Sacrament Church
  • April 25 – First Communion – 1:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
  • May 1 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off Assembly
  • May 3-9 – Catholic Education Week
  • May 6 – Folk Dance Festival @ the Aud at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 11-15 – Safety Drill Week
  • May 13 – Jump Rope for Heart Day
  • May 18 – Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 19-June 1 – EQAO Testing
  • May 21 – St. Mary’s 7Up (Grade 7) Day
  • May 27 – Track and Field Meet at St. Benedict H.S. (Gr. 4-8)
  • May 28 – Welcome to Kindergarten Night (6-7:00 p.m.)
  • May 29 – PD Day – no school for students
  • May 30 – Confirmation – 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
  • June 4 & 5 – Humane Society Visits
  • June 9 – Regional Track Meet at University Stadium
  • June 12 – National Aboriginal Day Assembly – Gym
  • June 18 – Closing Mass
  • June 22 – Graduation Mass
  • June 23 – Report Cards go home today
  • June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation
  • June 26 – Last Day of School – regular dismissal
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IMPORTANT – Parent Letter from the Ministry of Education

Parent Letter from the Ministry of Education

Good Evening Gator Nation,

 

Attached below is a letter from Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, regarding the state of education in these unprecedented times. Please read and we will make sure to keep everyone up to date with whatever information needs to be forwarded on.

 

Minister-Letter-to-Parents-EN-March-22-2020

Please stay safe – wash your hands, maintain physical distance from others and hold tight to your family. Stay in touch with others on the phone and online and let them know you care. While these are indeed very challenging times, there are also some blessings and the time to draw our family members and loved ones close is just one of the many blessings … as is the courage and commitment demonstrated by the countless Healthcare Workers in Ontario and around the world – an inspiration to us all and we are so very grateful! We will press on together drawing strength from Our Holy Father and each other, knowing that together, we will get through this!

 

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Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home

 

News Release

Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home

March 20, 2020

Province Launches First Phase of the Learn at Home Portal

TORONTO — Today, Premier Doug Ford joined Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education to launch the first phase of Learn at Home and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

“As a father myself, I know parents always want the best for their children, and I also know from speaking to parents that many are concerned that their child is going to fall behind while schools are closed during this difficult period,” said Premier Ford. “To support families and students, our government has developed a one-stop spot for at-home learning. It doesn’t replace school, but offers a great alternative as we approach the end of March Break.”

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French. Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content. High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

“The Learn at Home initiative will help mitigate ‘learning loss’ during this period of uncertainty,” said Minister Lecce. “Our plan will provide interactive teacher-led math supports to keep students learning and empower all students to learn key skills with an emphasis on STEM education, while also arming parents with resources to support them as their kids learn at home.”

“By offering new at-home educational resources, the province is further supporting Ontario’s families as they help contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health. “Each and every Ontarian has a role to play in flattening the curve. Our government is providing families with the support they need so that they can continue to contribute to our shared goal of protecting the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians, including our young students.”

“TVO is proud to be part of this important initiative by the Ministry of Education.” said Jennifer Hinshelwood, TVO’s Acting Chief Operating Officer. “TVO’s suite of digital learning products are designed to engage young minds in learning – a mission that seems doubly important at times like this when many of our traditional learning environments are not accessible.”

The at-home activities offered by Learn at Home provide quick and easy access to some of Ontario’s best online kindergarten to grade 12 learning resources produced by Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Educators. As part of the government’s commitment to planning for every scenario, the province is working closely with education stakeholders to develop a plan for scaling and building additional online learning programs.

“In these uncertain times, we are proud as a public agency to join the Ministry of Education’s efforts in supporting families and students,” said Eric Minoli, TFO’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our online Apprendre à la maison program will help ensure continuity in education for Francophone and Francophile parents. TFO will be offering daily activities which will be accessible at all times on our IDELLO.ORG platform, BOUKILI.CA and our TV channel. TFO will remain a proud partner of all families through a tailored program of fun, high-quality educational activities and conten t, all of which will be aligned with the curriculum of Ontario.”

 

 

QUICK FACTS

  • For students who do not have access to a computer, work is underway, in conjunction with school boards, to provide the necessary technology to everyone who needs it.
  • TVO Kids offers educational programing throughout the day for school-aged children. Check out their broadcast schedule here to know what is on and when.
  • Bilingual materials on Learn at Home will continue to be added on a regular basis to provide new and compelling content throughout this period. Other learning programs, such as Ontario’s Virtual Learning Environment, are being further developed to provide enhanced learning options.
  • Mathify provides real-time homework help led by OCT educators for students between grades 6-10, six days a week, including weekdays from 9AM ET – 9PM ET. The Government worked in concert with TVO to expand Mathify beyond the existing grades 7-10, to now include grade six.
  • Eurêka! is another online learning support program that helps students in French language schools from grades 1 to 12 with their school work and their learning.
  • Ontario public schools will be closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020 in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Similarly, private schools and licensed child care centres will also be closed until April 5, 2020.
  • EQAO assessments for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled, including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy test. The literacy requirement for students graduating in the 2019-20 school year has also been waived.
  • The Ministry of Education is working with TVO and TFO to roll-out robust education programming on their broadcast channels, with a phased-in approach commencing next week. This iterative process will ensure that Ontario students and families have additional mediums available for engaging with high-quality, made-in-Ontario education resources that support a continuity of learning for students.

 

 

 

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