Monthly Archives: April 2020

Letter to Parents from the Ministry of Education

Gator Parents,

Please click on the letter attached penned by the Ministry of Education outlining information about the following:
  • Extension of closure to May 31, 2020
  • Standards for Instruction
  • Converting PA Days into instructional days for students
  • The partnership of Rogers Communication, Apple and the Government of Ontario for the Connected for Success Program and Connecting Families Initiative so students have access to devices and internet
  • Mental health services available

Minister Letter to the Parents v9 FINAL EN – April 28 2020

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #32 – Apr. 27 – May 1, 2020

 

News Release – School Closures Extended (May 31st) to Keep Students, Staff and Families Safe

ALL Students Will Still Be Able to Complete School Year

April 26, 2020 12:30 P.M.

Ministry of Education

TORONTO — Today, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19.

The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of the virus. The advice was to extend school closures for an additional period of time to permit updated modelling and data to inform next steps, given the government’s absolute commitment to safety.

“We will do whatever it takes to keep our students safe,” said Minister Lecce. “The government is taking a careful approach which provides our medical experts the time to review the modelling and make the best decision for the safety of our students and the future of learning.”

The government took immediate action to close schools in Ontario, the first in Canada to do so. The ministry continues to monitor the evolving situation and if necessary, the closure may be extended further to protect the health and safety of Ontario’s school communities.

At the same time the Ontario government is taking steps to ensure learning can continue. In March the province unveiled its Learn at Home portal. It offers all students high-quality resources, featuring 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 ensures core competencies and skills are reinforced.

At the end of March the Ministry of Education unveiled the second phase of Learn at Home to ensure the continuity of learning for students. This included providing clarity for parents, enhancing education supports and creating opportunities for educators to connect with students.

The government has also partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple to help meet the educational needs of students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. iPads are being purchased and distributed by Ontario school boards, pre-equipped with free Rogers LTE wireless data. Apple is providing on-going support in French and English to teachers, parents and students, with a collection of resources to support learning and working from home. To date, over 20,000 iPads have been sent to targeted families in need. The free Rogers wireless data will be available until the end of June.

“Regardless of what transpires over the coming weeks, Ontario’s students will be able to complete their school year with confidence,” added Minister Lecce. “In particular, for students in their final year, we are removing all impediments to ensure students graduate and pursue post-secondary education.”

Quick Facts

  • Should schools be permitted to reopen, school employees will have access as of May 29, 2020.
  • The Ministry of Education will move forward to replace the remainder of Professional Activity (PA) days and examination days with instructional time, as well as the introduction of an expanded summer learning program that will focus on credit recovery, supports for vulnerable students, and course upgrading. Boards are to find solutions at the local level in keeping with this direction while upholding collective agreement obligations.
  • Private schools, First Nation schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will remain closed until May 6, 2020, with certain exceptions for licenced care, under an emergency order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which only allows closures to be extended for 14 days at a time.
  • Through the Ontario Together web site, the province received more than 300 proposals from businesses, organizations and everyday Ontarians to provide solutions to remote learning while schools are closed during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Next steps will be shared soon.

Additional Resources

Canada is Stronger Together! 

What a fantastic Canadian Tribute to so many essential workers and health care workers who are on the front lines each and every day to help make such a BIG difference during this extremely challenging time for everyone! Along with our nation, OLOG extends our heartfelt THANKS for what YOU DO! It was wonderful to see such a considerable amount of gratitude communicated by so many Canadian Celebrities and Front Line Workers, as well as considerable funds raised for our much needed food banks on Sunday evening (April 26th) … WE GATORS are PROUD to be CANADIANS and understand why it is important to stand STRONGER TOGETHER! While this period of PHYSICAL ISOLATION is not easy, WE WILL DO OUR PART to keep all of CANADA and our families SAFE!

 

Has Your Child Connect ON-LINE with their Teacher? 

We will get through this together!

Google Classroom OR D2L

Week #5 of Phase 2, Teacher-led Learning at Home – We are here for you, Keep doing your part and Stay Connected with our Team each Week!

Dear Gator Parents,

Our AWESOME Gator Staff Team is doing all we can to make Teacher-led Learning work for our students!

Our goal is to reach out to those last few Gators to check into their Google Classroom or D2L Class, especially now that important distance online learning will continue thru to the end of May.

Over the next several days and weeks, our teachers will expose the students to key learning concepts and activities to help them continue their grade level learning at home during this time of distance on-line learning.

It is very important that our students check in with their teachers online via their Google Classroom or D2L Sites!

Please communicate with your teacher if you are experiencing any difficulties and we will do our best to help you out. Alternatively, call the school office at 519-745-3961 … as we will be retrieving all messages throughout the week.

A BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful TEACHERS, PARENTS and STUDENTS as we work together! We are stronger together and will get through this and continue our learning and strong sense of classroom and school community!

God Bless,

Mr. Dinner and the OLOG Gator Staff Team

Are You Moving?

moving-truck

If you are moving over the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible.  Next year’s enrolment numbers are frequently submitted to the Board so the number of classrooms required for OLOG can be determined.  Even though the office is currently closed, we are monitoring all incoming messages, so please call 519-745-3961 and leave us a message.

 

Gators, Be KIND and T.H.I.N.K. when you are Online!

Just a reminder Gators, as we presently spend significant amounts of time online while at home being safe during this period of physical isolation, T.H.I.N.K before you text or post!

We recently had Paul Davis in to speak to all of our students Gr. 4-8 and parents during a FREE and informative evening presentation … his message was in a word was, POWERFUL!

You are your choices and those choices on line determine your PERSONAL DIGITAL FOOTPRINT. Our online presence and/or personality profile is something that we create and is easily traceable! So as we reflect on our choices and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) … BE KIND and THINK before you text or engage with others online.

Parents, if a concern arises and you need somewhere to turn, please call the school office 519745-3961 and I will follow up with you and/or involve our Police Resource Officer (Constable Molnar) – thanks and be safe!

Mr. Dinner

 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

NOTE re COVID-19: ALL Dates may need to be cancelled or amended depending on Covid-19 Updates

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  • 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 Letter From WCDSB Director and School Board Chair

 

Good Morning Gator Families,

 

Please check out the letter below for an update on the ongoing COVID-19 School Closure. In it you will find important information on items such as Report Cards, Graduation and links to the initial survey results.

 

Letter to OLOG and WCDSB School Closure COVID 19 April 23 20

 

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Happy Earth Day Gators! Today and Everyday – Thanks for ALL You Do!

Prayer – Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is April 22 of every year. 

April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Days.

OLOG is proud to be a “SILVER Eco-School” whereby we continue to work together as a community to make being “Stewards of our Planet” a priority!

Our GATORS roll up their sleeves each day as demonstrated by our Eco-team students that help with our recycling at last recess every day and our students and parents who answer the call (i.e. sending in a mug from home for a cup of hot chocolate on a reward day, sending in plates and utensils on Pancake Day, trying to make Boomerang Lunches, etc.) throughout the year … Today and every day is about both treasuring and caring for this amazing sphere, our planet, mother earth!

Earth Day Prayer – If Only the Earth were a few feet in Diameter …

If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it. 

People would walk around it marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between. 

People would marvel at the bumps on it and the holes in it. They would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. 

The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball and at the creatures in the water. 

The people would declare the ball sacred because it was the only one, and they would protect it so it could not be hurt. 

The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to pray to it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how it could be. People would love it and defend it with their lives because they would somehow know that their lives could be nothing without it.

If only, the Earth was only a few feet in diameter.

Thank you for the gift of our Earth God, may we treasure it, take care of it and enjoy it’s many blessings as we go about today and every day … Amen.

eco-school silver

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Administrative Professionals Day – Thanks Mrs. Morey!

Hello Gator Nation,

 

Today, April 22nd is Administrative Professional Day.  Please join us in extending our heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Morey for all she does to support the Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Community. Mrs. Morey goes above and beyond daily to support our students, our staff and our families and her kindness and compassion are noticed and appreciated by everyone!

 

Thanks for all you do Mrs. Morey!

 

YOU help make Our Lady of Grace Catholic School such a special place to visit and learn!

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #31 – Apr. 20-24, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #31

Apr. 20 – Apr. 24, 2020

“Physical Isolation” Week #5

 

WONDERFUL NEWS! 

Stop The Presses …

OLOG is Awarded Grant of $14,o44.77 to Support Our New Playground!

Hold the Phone … Stop the Presses … OLOG just got word that our grant application was approved and we were awarded $14,044.77. Our WONDERFUL School Council has been working hard to make our NEW Naturalized Playground a reality for our students. This Project has been a little over 2 years in the making and involves 3 Phases. Each space will provide great playing options for all students in our school. As a community, we voted for a naturalized play structure design which will also look fantastic as it becomes built into our school property forest line adjacent to the school. The project is already underway and we know our Gators can hardly wait to get outside and play with friends at community playgrounds when it is safe to do so (Post-Covid-19). A special shout out to our Grant Writing Team: Jenn Pagett, Kelly Roberts and Angela Pagett and to all of our students and families for the fundraising efforts these past 2 years. More information will follow and we have other grants we are waiting to hear about as well. Congratulations Gator Nation! You DESERVE IT!

 

Did Your Child Connect ON-LINE with the Teacher? 

Week #3 of Phase 2, Teacher-led Learning at Home – We are here for you!

Dear Gator Parents,

We are off to a good start and are just trying to make sure those last few Gators check into their Google Classroom or D2L Class to get going.

Over the next several days and weeks, our teachers will expose the students to key learning concepts and activities to help them continue their grade level learning at home during this time of distance on-line learning.

It is very important that our students check in with their teachers online via their Google Classroom or D2L Sites!

Please communicate with your teacher if you are experiencing any difficulties and we will do our best to help you out. Alternatively, call the school office at 519-745-3961 … as we will be retrieving all messages throughout the week.

A BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful TEACHERS, PARENTS and STUDENTS as we work together!

We will get through this and continue our learning and strong sense of classroom and school community!

God Bless,

Mr. Dinner and the OLOG Gator Staff Team

 

Please watch this video if you need help accessing resources from WCDSB Learn at Home

Embedded video
https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/

Please watch this video if you need help accessing D2L or Google Classroom.

 

Families Can Receive $200.00 and $10.00 Internet

Families can receive $200.00 per child under the age of 12 or $250 for Special Education Needs Children under the age of 21 from the Ontario Government.

 

Information Link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families

 

Application Link: https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/FamilyAppWeb/public/index.xhtml

 

$9.95 internet for low income designated families who currently receive the maximum Canada Child Benefit:

 

https://www.connecting-families.ca/welcome
FAQ:https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/111.nsf/eng/h_00002.html

 

$9.95 internet for families living in CO-OP housing:
https://about.rogers.com/giving-back/connected-for-success/

 

List of residences covered:
https://about.rogers.com/stories/connected-for-success-partner-programs/

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing?  Survey Remains Open Until TUESDAY, APRIL 21st

Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@Home is going.

The tool we are using is called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups. This is why you are asked if you are a student, parent, staff member, administrator, or community member.

Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

Once you have shared your thoughts, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much you agree (5 Stars) or disagree (1 Star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.

You can return to the exchange as often as you like to *STAR* thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more that one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

The Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21, 2020.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to: wcdsbresearch@wcdsb.ca

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.

For younger children (Grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.

Thank you in advance for your participation in helping us make WCDSBLearn@Home a success!

NOTE re COVID-19: ALL Dates may need to be cancelled or amended depending on Covid-19 Updates

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  • May 3-9 – Catholic Education Week
  • May 11-15 – Safety Drill Week
  • May 13 – Jump Rope for Heart Day
  • May 18 – Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 21 – St. Mary’s 7Up (Grade 7) Day
  • May 28 – Welcome to Kindergarten Night (6-7:00 p.m.)
  • May 29 – PD Day – no school for students
  • June 4 & 5 – Humane Society Visits
  • 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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Umbrella Project Resources to Support our Gators

Umbrella Project Resources To Support Families

Please find attached a pdf with links to a video and podcast option of The Umbrella Project WCDSB webinar, Parenting Strategies to Support your Families’ Well-being through Uncertainty and Rainy Days. There are family activity ideas included on the pdf.

 

This is a great resource for families with practical ideas!

 

Umbrella Project Webinar

 

Take good care and be safe!
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We Want Your Feedback About WCDSBLearn@Home

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@Home is going.

The tool we are using is called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups. This is why you are asked if you are a student, parent, staff member, administrator, or community member.

Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

Once you have shared your thoughts, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much you agree (5 Stars) or disagree (1 Star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.

You can return to the exchange as often as you like to *STAR* thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more that one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

The Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21, 2020.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to: wcdsbresearch@wcdsb.ca

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.

For younger children (Grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.

Thank you in advance for your participation in helping us make WCDSBLearn@Home a success!

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #30 Apr. 13-Apr. 17, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #30

Apr. 13-Apr. 17, 2020

“Physical Isolation” Week #4

 

Is your child ON-LINE Yet?

Week #2 of Phase 2, Teacher-led Learning at Home 

Dear Gator Parents,

We had a good start last week during Week #1 of the Phase 2 of the Ministry Learn at Home model and this week is Week #2.

Our GOAL this week is to reach those remaining students who have not yet logged on to their Google Classroom or D2L school account. We want to work with our students and parents to make the most of some distance learning time each day at home. Please communicate with your teacher if you are experiencing any difficulties and we will do our best to help you out. Alternatively, call the school office at 519-745-3961 … as we will be retrieving all messages throughout the week.

Also, please click on the link below which helps explain how to access Teacher-led Learning from home.

Again, a BIG Thank you as well to our AWESOME Gator Staff for their hard work in preparing for this week – THANKS!

And for sure a BIG Thank You to YOU our parents and Gator Students for their resilience and flexibility as we work together to face this challenging time together – THANKS!

We will get through this and continue our learning and strong sense of classroom and school community!

God Bless,

Mr. Dinner and the OLOG Gator Staff Team

 

Please watch this video if you need help accessing resources from WCDSB Learn at Home

Embedded video
https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/

Please watch this video if you need help accessing D2L or Google Classroom.

 

Families Can Receive $200.00 and $10.00 Internet

Families can receive $200.00 per child under the age of 12 or $250 for Special Education Needs Children under the age of 21 from the Ontario Government.

 

Information Link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families

 

Application Link: https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/FamilyAppWeb/public/index.xhtml

 

$9.95 internet for low income designated families who currently receive the maximum Canada Child Benefit:

 

https://www.connecting-families.ca/welcome
FAQ:https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/111.nsf/eng/h_00002.html

 

$9.95 internet for families living in CO-OP housing:
https://about.rogers.com/giving-back/connected-for-success/

 

List of residences covered:
https://about.rogers.com/stories/connected-for-success-partner-programs/

NOTE re COVID-19: Dates may need to be cancelled or amended depending on new Covid-19 directives

  • May 3-9 – Catholic Education Week
  • May 11-15 – Safety Drill Week
  • May 13 – Jump Rope for Heart Day
  • May 18 – Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 21 – St. Mary’s 7Up (Grade 7) Day
  • May 28 – Welcome to Kindergarten Night (6-7:00 p.m.)
  • May 29 – PD Day – no school for students
  • June 4 & 5 – Humane Society Visits
  • 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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Easter Greetings – Good Friday Always Leads to the JOY of Easter Sunday!

Good Morning Gator Nation,

As we take time on this Good Friday morning to pause, pray and reflect on JESUS’ WAY OF THE CROSS and HIS TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE and LOVE for each one of us, we are reminded that even in our own personal “Good Friday Moments” (loss of work, financial strain, loss of a loved one, etc.) OR in global “Good Friday Moments” (hunger, the environment and of course, the Covid-19 Pandemic), that Easter Sunday, Resurrection, LOVE and our GOD will triumph in the end! Even a Global Pandemic can not stop Easter and all that it means for God’s People!

As Catholics, we believe that Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are 3 of the most important days of the year. Though we cannot celebrate together this year (praying the Stations of the Cross at school as led by our Intermediates or attending church for the Veneration of the Cross), we are still very much united in prayer and truth! Below is a link to a very meaningful virtual “Stations of the Cross” you  may wish to pray as a family. It is beautifully done with powerful reflections revealing to us what each station may call us to do to advance the Kingdom of God on earth. Then each station concludes with 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be, prayer.

 

 

The JOY of Easter comes from knowing that each of us is loved dearly, no matter what our past looks like. Toilet paper might run out. Sanitizer might not be on the shelf. Our favourite food items may be sold out also … BUT Grace, Hope, Forgiveness and Love are truly unlimited when it comes to our God!

We had a great first week of Distance On-line Learning and a very large number of our students are getting set up, started and/or are ready to go! Several families signed out chrome books and our awesome staff is working hard toward supporting students during this challenging time of distance learning and physical isolation. Learning is important but everything in perspective and a reminder that regardless of what got done during this first week online, please take time to reflect with your families upon the hope of the resurrection and the truth that God loves each of us dearly and that we will push through this “Good Friday Moment”  together toward a brighter “Easter Sunday” like day. We will continue to work together as a community to get through this challenging time of not not being together and learning together, knowing that one day very soon, our children will be back at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School!

Also, please note that below is a link to our WCDSB Prayer and Faith Resources. It is a great way to access resources that support faith moments as a family while at home and another way we can be connected as a larger faith community.

 

Continued Blessings and all the JOY OF EASTER to our Gator Families,

 

The Our Lady of Grace Staff Team

https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/pray-at-home/

 

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