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Gator Gab – Week at at Glance – Week #39 – June 21-25, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

A Shout Out to ALL Dads, Happy Father’s Day!

Fathers in Our Lives

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.

Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail.
We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways–both big and small–they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.

For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.
In Your Holy name, O God, we pray.

Amen.

Congratulations New JK’s, SK Graduates and Gr. 8 Grads!

It was special on Friday to get to meet our NEW JK Gators! To say they are excited about coming to school next year is an understatment LOL! One little fellow wore his back pack just to do a practice run – very cool!

We are also so very proud of ALL of our #ologawesome students for their resilience and efforts during this challenging 2020-2021 school year!

We took some time on Friday afternoon to start our Grade 8’s Graduation Festivities by delivering signs to them for the lawn, window or balcony – this awesome group of ladies and gentleman are the OLOG Graduating Class of 2021 – You are FANTASTIC and we know you will accomplish great things at St. Mary’s High School and on into the future!

As well, on Friday afternoon, we took a moment to honour our much smaller Gators, our SK Graduates who have completed the Kindergarten Program and are headed for the big leagues, Grade 1.

We know they too are ready for this next important step in their schooling!

Continued blessings and best wishes to ALL of our #GatorStrong students, future students and Grads!

Reminder: Our Official Grade 8 Grad Procession Ceremony takes place this week, Wednesday, June 23rd (6-8 PM).

Congratulations Gr. 8’s! Graduates and Families have a time slot to visit the school for a Special Grad Procession Ceremony (the Rain Date is Thursday, June 24th)

 

Year End OUTDOOR Teacher Visits, Report Card Distribution and ALL Chromebooks Returned – Mark Your Calendar – Monday, June 28th

Final Student-Teacher Visits – We LOVE Our Students! And Report Cards Handed Out …

As per a previous communication from our director, we will end the school year with a much needed student visit such that our wonderful staff and #ologawesome students can close out the year by saying hello again and also a goodbye for now. These relationships are so very important and it will be wonderful to see them back at OLOG!

As per our director’s recent letter, the last day of Synchronous Online Learning will be Thursday, June 24th.

The students will have asynchronous learning available for them during the last 3 days of the school year to allow for the collection of chromebooks and  and distribution of report cards and other important year end procedures.

ALL Chromebooks and Library Books Returned on Monday, June 28th

See Alpha Family Visit Schedule

Monday, June 28th is OLOG Visit Day as we respectfully ask parents to adhere to the schedule below and the following protocols to keep all SAFE:

  • Covid-19 Screening before you come – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • maintain physical distancing 1-2 Meters
  • also please wear a mask in case you are near another family while you wait your turn

And like last year we will follow an Alpha Family Visit Schedule and meet our Teachers and Staff at their Exterior Classroom Door or Portable Door.

OLOG Alpha Family Student End of Year Visit, Drop-off and Pick-up Schedule:

 

Drop-in Time: Monday, June 28th, 2021 Family Last Name by Alpha
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. A – D
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. E – H
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. I – L
12:00-1:00 LUNCH LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. M – Q
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. R – V
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. W – Z
NOTE

  • Please do your best to visit during the time slot provided
  • We will also be accepting chromebook Drop-offs on the last day of school, if necessary, Tuesday, June 29th and ALL Report Cards NOT picked up will be mailed.

 

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples Day 

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/indigenous-peoples-day.html

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day – Please take a moment to honour our Indegenouis Brothers and Sisters by learning more about the beauty of their culture and how it contributes to our Canadian National Identity and rich heritage – Awesome!
  • Just 4 days to go – keep up your hard work and learning online Gators – we are proud of your efforts and resilience! 
  • Remember – Attendance Matters – finish this year strong Gators by checking in with your teachers each day – GREAT! 

Tuesday, June 22nd

  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, June 23rd   

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day – Rock your School Spirit Wear online or our school colours (Sky Blue)
  • Grade 8 Graduation Evening – Congratulations Gr. 8’s! Graduates and Families have a time slot to visit the school for a Special Grad Procession Ceremony (the Rain Date is Thursday, June 24th)

Thursday, June 24th 

  • Last Day of Synchronous School – or Online Learning – Asynchronous Learning Activities will be posted – the official last day of school is June 29th 

Friday, June 25th  

  • Asynchronous Learning Today and the next 3 school days – June 25th, June 28th & June 29th 

 

Looking Beyond This Week …

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Thursday, June 24th – Last Teacher Synchronous Learning Day of School
  • Friday, June 25th – 1st Asynchronous Learning Day
  • Monday, June 28th – Outdoor Alpha Family Chromebooks, Library Book Drop-off, Report Cards, and Teacher Visit – please see Family Alpha Schedule above
  • Tuesday, June 29th – LAST day of Asynchronous School – Last Day for ALL Chromebooks, charge chords, library books dropped off at the school
By |2021-06-20T17:06:18-04:00June 20th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Gator Gab – Week at at Glance – Week #39 – June 21-25, 2021

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #38 – June 14-18, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

Congratulations Gr. 8 and SK Graduates!

We are so very proud of ALL of our #ologawesome students for their resilience and efforts during this challenging 2020-2021 school year! We take a moment to honour our wonderful Grade 8’s who represent the OLOG Graduating Class of 2021 – You are FANTASTIC and we know you will accomplish great things at St. Mary’s High School and on into the future! As well, we take a moment to honour some much smaller Gators, our SK Graduates who have completed the Kindergarten Program and are headed for the big leagues, Grade 1. We know they too are ready for this next important step in their schooling! Continued blessings and best wishes to ALL of our #GatorStrong Grads!

Some Key Dates are as follows:

  • Friday, June 18th (AM) – New JK Welcome To Kindergarten Learning Kit Pick-up and Meet their Teacher Teams
  • Friday, June 18th (PM) – SK Graduation  – Congratulations SK’s! Each Classroom has a designated time and will receive their diploma’s in front of the school
  • Wednesday, June 23rd (Evening) – Grade 8 Graduation – Congratulations Gr. 8’s! Graduates and Families have a time slot to visit the school for a Special Grad Procession Ceremony (the Rain Date is Thursday, June 24th)

Year End Teacher Visits, Report Card Distribution and ALL Chromebooks Returned

Final Student-Teacher Visits – We LOVE Our Students! And Report Cards Handed Out …

As per a previous communication from our director, we will end the school year with a much needed student visit such that our wonderful staff and #ologawesome students can close out the year by saying hello again and also a goodbye for now. These relationships are so very important and it will be wonderful to see them back at OLOG!

As per our director’s recent letter, the last day of Synchronous Online Learning will be Thursday, June 24th.

The students will have asynchronous learning available for them during the last 3 days of the school year to allow for the collection of chromebooks and  and distribution of report cards and other important year end procedures.

ALL Chromebooks and Library Books Returned on Monday, June 28th

Monday, June 28th is OLOG Visit, Report Card & Return Day

See Alpha Family Visit Schedule

Monday, June 28th is OLOG Visit Day as we respectfully ask parents to adhere to the schedule below so that we can be safe and maintain physical distancing.

Please also wear a mask when you come to the school.

And like last year we will follow an Alpha Family Visit Schedule and meet our Teachers and Staff at their Exterior Classroom Door or Portable Door.

OLOG Student End of Year Visit, Drop-off and Pick-up Schedule:

 

Drop-in Time: Monday, June 28th, 2021 Family Last Name by Alpha
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. A – D
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. E – H
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. I – L
12:00-1:00 LUNCH LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. M – Q
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. R – V
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. W – Z
NOTE

  • Please do your best to visit during the time slot provided.
  • We will also be accepting chromebook Drop-offs on the last day of school, if necessary, Tuesday, June 29th and ALL Report Cards NOT picked up will be mailed.

 

 

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, June 14th 

  • Stay SAFE Gator Nation and keep up your hard work and learning online – we are proud of your efforts and resilience! 
  • Remember – Attendance Matters – finish this year strong Gators by checking in with your teachers each day – GREAT! 

Tuesday, June 15th

  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, June 16th   

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day – Rock your School Spirit Wear online or our school colours (Sky Blue)
  • Final School Council Meeting and Virtual Social Visit 6:30 PM – On behalf of our students, staff and parent community, we wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to the wonderful members of our OLOG CSAC (Catholic School Advisory Committee). We have a great group of dedicated and hard working parents whose time and energy support benefit our students in a vast number of ways – THANKS!  

Thursday, June 17th 

  • Tomorrow we get to meet our NEW JK’s – AWESOME! 

Friday, June 18th  

  • New JK Welcome To Kindergarten Learning Kit Pick-up and Meet their Teacher Teams (AM)
  • SK Graduation (PM) – Congratulations SK’s! Each Classroom has a designated time and will receive their diploma’s in front of the school
  • Grade 8 Graduation Sign Delivery – Staff Car Rally set to go to Visit and Honour our Gr. 8 Graduates – Congratulations Gr. 8’s!

 

Looking Beyond This Week …

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Last Day of Synchronous Online Learning – Thursday, June 24th
  • Chromebook Drop-off, Report Cards, and Teacher Visit – Monday, June 28th – see Family Alpha Schedule above
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th) – Last Day for ALL Chromebooks dropped off at the school
By |2021-06-14T13:33:31-04:00June 14th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #38 – June 14-18, 2021

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #37 – June 7-11, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

Proud to Raise the Pride Flag … But Also A Time of Great Sadness, Mourning and Prayer – Our Flags remain at Half-Mast Remembering the 215 Indigenous Children

On June 1st, Our Lady of Grace School and all schools in the WCDSB raised our Pride Flag. The flag-raising is part of our commitment to creating a nurturing, safe and inclusive learning environment where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.

You will have also noticed that our flags were at half mast for 215 hours (until June 9th @ 10 AM) to signify that we stand in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. With great sadness, we continue to remember, mourn and pray and we stand with ALL in our community and we commit to doing better – each and every day!

June is National Indigenous Peoples Month

In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month 2021 to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. We are proud of our rich Canadian Heritage and our Indigenous People are a proud part of our nation’s story and identity! Please visit the link below to learn more …

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1559226684295/1559226709198

Summer Learning Registration

Registration is still OPEN!

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning.  In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade.

ALL Elementary, Secondary and Adult Learning options can be found here: www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning

News From Blessed Sacrament Church – Sacraments this year will be booked for the Fall of 2021 

Blessed Sacrament Church Kitchener

Church buildings will continue to be closed to public Masses until at least July. That being said, First Confessions, First Communions, and Confirmations for this school year will have to take place in the fall of 2021.  This comes highly recommended from Bishop Crosby.

 

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, June 7th 

  • Stay SAFE Gator Nation and keep up your hard work and learning online – we are proud of your efforts and resilience! 
  • Remember – Attendance Matters – finish this year strong Gatorsy by checking in with your teachers each day – GREAT! 

Tuesday, June 8th

  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, June 9th   

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day – Rock your School Spirit Wear online or our school colours (Sky Blue)

Thursday, June 10th 

  • Stay tuned for more information JK Parents – Your WTK Student Learning Kits will be picked up at the school next week

Friday, June 11th  

  • Fun Friday – Colours of the Rainbow Day – get decked out in lots of bright colours today Gator Nation! 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
By |2021-06-06T20:56:31-04:00June 6th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #37 – June 7-11, 2021

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #36 – May 31 – June 4, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

NEXT YEAR – Final Transition Survey – OPEN May 31st- June 3rd 

This Survey is ONLY for Parent’s wishing to select St. Isidore Virtual Online Learning for the 2021-2022 School Year 

As mentioned in March and even more so now, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  We are working on staffing and budget, and we must make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, we are now asking ALL families to confirm if they have a desire for online learning for their child(ren).   Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice.   You do not need to complete the survey if you want your child to go to OLOG School next year. Accordingly, if you do not complete the survey – we will understand that you want your child to return to face-to-face learning.

THIS WEEKMay 31st through June 3rd – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for the full school year, from September through June.  If you register for St. Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

 

Welcome to Kindergarten Virtual New JK Orientation Meeting June 3rd 6-7 PM

This Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00 pm, families of our students who will be starting Junior Kindergarten in September have been invited to a virtual Welcome to Kindergarten presentation.  This year’s Early Years Team will present and parents will  learn about the Kindergarten program.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end. If you have a child starting kindergarten and did NOT receive the invitation to this event via your email, please call the school so we can make sure you have it.  We look forward to seeing all of our new little Gator Students very soon virtually and then again in September!

Summer Learning Registration

Registration is still OPEN!

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning.  In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade.

ALL Elementary, Secondary and Adult Learning options can be found here: www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning

 

News From Blessed Sacrament Church – Sacraments this year will be booked for the Fall of 2021 

Blessed Sacrament Church Kitchener

Church buildings will continue to be closed to public Masses until at least July. That being said, First Confessions, First Communions, and Confirmations for this school year will have to take place in the fall of 2021.  This comes highly recommended from Bishop Crosby.

 

Umbrella Project June Theme – Mastery

Umbrella Project pic

Mastery is a great way to wrap up the year because it requires us to use many of the skills we have learned over the year. Mastery is our ability to work towards excelling at something – our craft, our relationships, our jobs and many others. The early stages of mastery require many of our Umbrella Skills to push through the boredom, fear, impatience and other difficult emotions of the learning journey. Over time, we build strength and confidence and are able to accomplish great things.

 

Help your child discover their natural inclinations and curiosities!

 

The best masters start with a deep interest and curiosity in the area they are working towards mastering. The journey to mastery requires time, patience and overcoming obstacles so this interest (see intrinsic motivation skill tips) is paramount in persevering through the learning process. You may have a vision for your child but if this doesn’t align with their personal interests it is unlikely that they will go on to master this path while building their well-being.  Trying to master something you don’t care about is arduous, requires lots of willpower and depletes our energy and happiness.  When you start with your childs’ natural interests, they are much more likely to engage with the process of learning and mastering their chosen activity. Start by helping your child notice the subjects they are most engaged in and the problems they most want to solve.  ~ Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, May 31st 

  • St. Isidore Virtual Learning Survey for 2021-2022 School YearSurvey OPENS today and is available until June 3rd!
  • NOTE: You only need to participate in the survey if you want your child to remain home next year and to participate in online learning at St. Isidore Virtual School
  • Stay SAFE Gator Nation and keep up your hard work and learning online – we are proud of your efforts and resilience! 

Tuesday, June 1st

  • PRIDE Flag Raised at OLOG and WCDSB Schools 
  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, June 2nd   

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day – Rock your School Spirit Wear online or our school colours (Sky Blue)

Thursday, June 3rd 

  • Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night – 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • St. Isidore Virtual Learning Survey CLOSES TODAY

Friday, June 4th  

no school today

  •    PD Day – No school for students today

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
By |2021-05-30T16:32:35-04:00May 30th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #36 – May 31 – June 4, 2021

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #35 – May 24-28, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

Welcome to Kindergarten Virtual New JK Orientation Meeting June 3rd 6-7 PM

On Thursday, June 3rd at 6:00 pm, families of our students who will be starting Junior Kindergarten in September have been invited to a virtual Welcome to Kindergarten presentation.  This year’s Early Years Team will present and parents will  learn about the Kindergarten program.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end. If you have a child starting kindergarten and did NOT receive the invitation to this event via your email, please call the school so we can make sure you have it.  We look forward to seeing all of our new little Gator Students very soon virtually and then again in September!

Summer Learning Registration

Registration is now OPEN!

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning.  In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade.

ALL Elementary, Secondary and Adult Learning options can be found here: www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning

 

NEXT YEAR – Final Transition Survey – June 1st-3rd – For Parent’s wishing to select St. Isidore Virtual Online Learning for the Next School Year 

In-school learning and virtual learning will be offered next year. A survey will be posted June 1-3rd and ONLY those PARENTS wanting to choose VIRTUAL LEARNING need to complete the survey to indicate their preference. All other student will remain registered at their home school and no response is needed to the survey if you plan to send your child to school next year.

Again, this survey for families interested in virtual learning ONLY will be available on the board website (www.wcdsb.ca) from June 1st to the 3rd only.

If you decide to enroll in virtual learning there will be no opportunity to move back into in-school learning during the 2021-2022 school year.

More information and a reminder of the survey for those wishing to respond will be communicated closer to this date.

 

Youth Impact Survey

Youth in Waterloo Region between the ages 9 and 18 have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Impact Survey. The Youth Impact Survey was developed in partnership with young people in Waterloo Region and asks well-being questions on a variety of topics. This 20-30 minute survey is totally voluntary and anonymous. Youth who fill it out will receive volunteer hours and a chance to win prizes and the data collected will help inform future experiences for children and youth in Waterloo Region. To learn more about the survey, please click here.

 

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, May 24th 

  • Victoria Day Holiday – No school today!

Tuesday, May 25th

  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, May 26th   

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day – Rock your School Spirit Wear online or our school colours (Sky Blue)

Thursday, May 27th 

  • Stay SAFE Gator Nation and keep up your hard work and learning online – we are proud of your efforts and resilience! 

Friday, May 28th  

  •    Fun Friday – Stuffed Animal or Cuddly Day – Colour House Points Theme Day

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • WTK – Welcome To Kindergarten – NEW JK Orientation Virtual Parent Meeting from 6-7 PM (June 3rd)
  • PD Day – NO SCHOOL (June 4th)
  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
By |2021-05-24T18:51:42-04:00May 24th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #35 – May 24-28, 2021

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #34 – May 17-21, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

Summer Learning Registration

Registration is now OPEN!

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning.  In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade.

ALL Elementary, Secondary and Adult Learning options can be found here: www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning

Canadian Innovation Week

This is the 4th annual Canadian Innovation Week. As a school community, we will take time each day this week to look at achievements or innovation within our nation and hope to inspire the next generation of innovators.

 

NEXT YEAR – Final Transition Survey – June 1st-3rd – For Parent’s wishing to select St. Isidore or Virtual Online Learning for the Next School Year 

In-school learning and virtual learning will be offered next year.

A survey for families interested in virtual learning ONLY will be available on the board website (www.wcdsb.ca) from June 1st to the 3rd only.

If you decide to enroll in virtual learning there will be no opportunity to move back into in-school learning during the 2021-2022 school year.

More information and a reminder of the survey for those wishing to respond will be communicated closer to this date.

 

Youth Impact Survey

Youth in Waterloo Region between the ages 9 and 18 have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Impact Survey. The Youth Impact Survey was developed in partnership with young people in Waterloo Region and asks well-being questions on a variety of topics. This 20-30 minute survey is totally voluntary and anonymous. Youth who fill it out will receive volunteer hours and a chance to win prizes and the data collected will help inform future experiences for children and youth in Waterloo Region. To learn more about the survey, please click here.

 

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, May 17th 

  • Canadian Innovation Week – it is great to be an innovator in spirt!
  • Keep up the Great Work Gators! Attendance is Important as you are continue to learn and connect with your classmates and teacher! Be Safe!

Tuesday, May 18th

  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, May 19th   

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day – Rock your School Spirit Wear online or our school colours (Sky Blue)

Thursday, May 20th 

  • Stay SAFE Gator Nation!

Friday, May 21st  

  • Grade 8 Virtual Mt. Mary Retreat Day – Thanks Chaplain Sarah!   

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Victoria Day (May 24th) – NO SCHOOL
  • WTK – Welcome To Kindergarten – NEW JK Orientation Virtual Parent Meeting from 6-7 PM (June 3rd)
  • PD Day (June 4th)
  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
By |2021-05-16T17:03:38-04:00May 16th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #34 – May 17-21, 2021

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #33 – May 10-14, 2022

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing you a very special day! Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for all you do today and every day! Continued blessings and best wishes!

Moms, Print this special Mother’s Day Coupon and redeem at any time – Thanks!

There is but one and only one,
Whose love will fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
With constant fond endeavor.

There is but one and only one
On earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done
When God gave us a Mother.

– Author Unknown

Celebrating our Special Gift! What a special week we had! 

We truly celebrate our GIFT of Catholic Education and our ability to be a community that prays together, talks about our faith and can share our experiences of God working miracles in our lives.

So many special faith moments were highlighted this past week and it was evident that the spirit of #WCDSBNurturingHope was alive and well!

We even participated with some other schools in a CEW Sign War of positive sign messaging so that we could use our wonderful school signs as a medium for the message of love and faith – so proud of Gator Nation and all other schools in the WCDSB!

Again, a HUGE Thanks goes out to our Gator Staff for the wonderful ways they help our students come to know and develop their relationship with God!

#WCDSBNurturingHope

Catholic Education Week – Nurturing Hope (wcdsb.ca)

Beacons of Hope – St. Mary’s Family of Schools Winners 

Congratulations to Nahom!

The #ologawesome ! We are so proud of you and thank you for the positive leadership, kindness and faith filled example you bring to the OLOG Catholic School Community each day!

Best wishes as you continue to be a light, a beacon of hope, for others!

 

May Umbrella Project: INTEGRITY

Umbrella Project pic

This month we are excited to be focusing our energy on Integrity. Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match that set of positive values. If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’, when the things that we say and do match up with what we value. Having integrity means that we can feel good about our choices all throughout life. It helps to bring the other Umbrella Skills together as well.

Here is is a short video from Dr. Jen about Integrity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBDSI3nH8zY

 

NEXT YEAR – Final Transition Survey – June 1st-3rd – For Parent’s wishing to select St. Isidore or Virtual Online Learning for the Next School Year 

In-school learning and virtual learning will be offered next year.

A survey for families interested in virtual learning ONLY will be available on the board website (www.wcdsb.ca) from June 1st to the 3rd only.

If you decide to enroll in virtual learning there will be no opportunity to move back into in-school learning during the 2021-2022 school year.

More information and a reminder of the survey for those wishing to respond will be communicated closer to this date.

 

May is Asian Heritage Month 

Our Lady of Grace School is proud of our rich racial diversity and what a blessing it is to have a school community with students and families from all over the world. This month we take time to celebrate Asian Heritage Month and pay tribute to the wonderful things Asian culture has contributed to our collective Canadian Culture – Thanks!

Asian Heritage Month – May

 

Extended Care Program for Next Year 2021-22

As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year….

Extended-Day-Program-flyer-April-16-2021-draft

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board assesses the viability of the Extended Day Program at all schools every year.  A program is determined viable when there is sufficient parental interest. Parents demonstrate their interest by pre-registering for the Extended Day Program between January and April. Parents will be notified in or around May if the Extended Day Program will be offered at their school. Once a location has been determined viable, registration is ongoing, and children may enroll throughout the school year.

 Please Pre-Register now to show your interest in having/keeping the Extended Day Program at your school!

To view the Extended Day Parent Handbook, click here

 Email extended.day@wcdsb.ca

Telephone: 519-578-3660

 

Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser

Friends & Family Sale!

School Council continues to support our Mabel’s Labels fundraiser!  If you are interested, please have a look at their website: https://mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/fundraising/support/

If placing an order, please be sure to select “Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School (Kitchener)” so that our school will receive the appropriate credit. Our school does receive a small commission from our orders so again, if labels are something you need, it will help our school also – Thank you for your support!

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, May 10th 

  • Keep up the Great Work Gators! Attendance is Important as you are continue to learn and connect with your classmates and teacher! Be Safe!

Tuesday, May 11th

  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, May 12th   

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day – Rock your School Spirit Wear online or our school colours (Sky Blue)
  • Virtual CSAC Meeting – Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting @ 6:30 PM

Thursday, May 13th 

  • Stay SAFE Gator Nation!

Friday, May 14th  

  • Fun Friday Colour House Spirit Day – BEACH PARTY DAY – Keep ROCKING that great school spirit while we are VIRTUAL! 

Saturday, May 15th

  • NOTE: Important Reminder – the Sacraments for our OLOG Students at Blessed Sacrament Church are CANCELLED Today re the Provincial Lockdown 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Grade 2 Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Cancelled at this time – May 15th @ 1:00 PM – a new date will be offered when things OPEN)
  • Grade 7 Sacrament of Confirmation (Cancelled at this time – May 15th @ 3:00 PM – a new date will be offered when things OPEN)
  • Victoria Day (May 24th) – NO SCHOOL
  • WTK – Welcome To Kindergarten – NEW JK Orientation Virtual Parent Meeting from 6-7 PM (June 3rd)
  • PD Day (June 4th)
  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #32 – May 3-7, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

Catholic Education Week – May 2-7th – Celebrating our Special Gift!

This week is Catholic Education Week and Canadian Mental Health Week.

We truly celebrate our GIFT of Catholic Education and our ability to be a community that prays together, talks about our faith and can share our experiences of God working miracles in our lives. A number of themes (as highlighted below) and special faith moments will be highlighted this week as we journey together during May 2-7th, 2021. The THEME for this year is, “Nurturing Hope,” and how wonderful it is that we connect around the theme of HOPE as we journey through this most challenging year. We even participated with some other schools to start a positive sign challenge such that we use our wonderful school signs as a medium for the message of love and faith – stay tuned Gator Nation!

Catholic Education Week Themes:

Monday – Preparing The Earth

Tuesday – Sowing Seeds of Gratitude

Wednesday – Cultivating Relationships

Thursday – Harvesting New Fruit

Friday – Marveling in Wonder

 

#WCDSBNurturingHope

Catholic Education Week – Nurturing Hope (wcdsb.ca)

Mental Health Week and April Showers Bring May Flowers 

This week is also Mental Health Week.  We will embed our wellbeing learning into our day along with our Catholic Education Week prayers and activities. Canadians have been honouring mental health week for 70 years as a way to celebrate, protect and promote mental health. Please visit the Canadian Mental Health Website or our WCDSB Website for great links and resources to support our students, families and community! Remember what we learned a short time ago on Bell Lets Talk Day –  it is very cool to talk about our mental health with someone who cares and to seek help to feel better, just as we would would if our physical health needed care or attention. Thanks for looking out for each other!

 

 

Virtual Learning Continues – Stay Connected – Week #3

Keep Up The GREAT Work Gator Nation! 

Thank you for your support also parents! We know that juggling family schedules to make everything work so our students can connect and learn on line is a great challenge too and we appreciate all you do!

Take good care Gator Nation! #wegotthis

Mr. Dinner

 

Extended Care Program for Next Year 2021-22

As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year….

Extended-Day-Program-flyer-April-16-2021-draft

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board assesses the viability of the Extended Day Program at all schools every year.  A program is determined viable when there is sufficient parental interest. Parents demonstrate their interest by pre-registering for the Extended Day Program between January and April. Parents will be notified in or around May if the Extended Day Program will be offered at their school. Once a location has been determined viable, registration is ongoing, and children may enroll throughout the school year.

 Please Pre-Register now to show your interest in having/keeping the Extended Day Program at your school!

To view the Extended Day Parent Handbook, click here

 Email extended.day@wcdsb.ca

Telephone: 519-578-3660

Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser

Friends & Family Sale!

School Council continues to support our Mabel’s Labels fundraiser!  If you are interested, please have a look at their website: https://mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/fundraising/support/

If placing an order, please be sure to select “Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School (Kitchener)” so that our school will receive the appropriate credit. Our school does receive a small commission from our orders so again, if labels are something you need, it will help our school also – Thank you for your support!

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  Catholic Education Week and Canadian Mental Health Week #WCDSBNurturingHope #wegotthis

Monday, May 3rd 

  • Catholic Education Week Theme Day #1- Preparing The Earth

Tuesday, May 4th

  • Catholic Education Week Theme Day #2 – Sowing Seeds of Gratitude
  • REMINDER – Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, May 5th   

  • Catholic Education Week Theme Day #3 – Cultivating Relationships 
  • OLOG Anti-Racism Club Meets Virtually – A wonderful guest speaker joins our club today  – Welcome Minister Bardish Chagger!

Thursday, May 6th 

  • Catholic Education Week Theme Day #4 – Harvesting New Fruit 
  • Stay SAFE Gator Nation!

Friday, May 7th  

  • Catholic Education Week Theme Day #5 – Marveling at Wonder 
  • Colour House Spirit Day – Funky Hair Day – Keep ROCKING that great school spirit while we are VIRTUAL! 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Virtual CSAC Meeting – Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting (May 12th @ 6:30 PM)
  • Grade 2 Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Cancelled at this time – May 15th @ 1:00 PM – a new date will be offered when things OPEN)
  • Grade 7 Sacrament of Confirmation (Cancelled at this time – May 15th @ 3:00 PM – a new date will be offered when things OPEN)
  • Victoria Day (May 24th)
  • WTK – Welcome To Kindergarten – NEW JK Orientation Virtual Parent Meeting from 6-7 PM (June 3rd)
  • PD Day (June 4th)
  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #30 – April 19-23, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

 

Return to Virtual Learning – Begins April 19th

 

Parents,

As we have learned through the news media, this coming week will be a return to virtual online learning so as to keep our students and families safe. Below are some points that will help remind us of what this week coming up will look like.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your classroom teacher via your child’s Google Classroom or contact the main office.

 

Monday will operate like a “snow day.”  Teachers will post some work for students to engage in on their Google Classrooms by 10 AM.  Students will be required to login, access the work, complete it and submit it back to the Google platform as required.  Students will engage “asynchronously,” on Monday (April 19th) meaning that the work is provided, but the teacher is not available.

 

On Tuesday (April 20th), teachers will work synchronously with students.  This means that they will have a Google Meet with students for a significant portion of the day.  This does NOT mean that students are to be online all day.  They will be live with their teachers virtually for a lesson or some new learning, and then the students will complete an activity related to the teaching. Just like in the classroom, when students are able to complete a task independently, they may be away from the computer as we do not want students online all day where possible. Our classroom teachers will guide our students this week to best understand how to utilize synchronous and asynchronous teaching blocks to achieve success.

 

Finally, we hope that this does not last for the remainder of the year and that we get to return to in-school learning before too long! That said, we are resilient and our awesome staff continue to be dedicated to the learning and well-being of our children and know that connecting to their teacher and seeing their friends and classmates each day on line, is HUGE re getting through this challenging time of self-isolation as best we can. Thank you for your support also parents! We know that juggling family schedules to make everything work is a challenge too and we appreciate all you do! And thank you Mrs. Weinhardt for helping get so many chrome books out to our families to support both virtual learning and connecting!

 

Be well Gator Nation! #wegotthis

 

Mr. Dinner

 

FREE Virtual Guest Speaker – ALL St. Mary’s Family of Schools

When: Thursday, April 22nd @ 6:30 PM 

Where: Online – Zoom Meeting 

Topic: Overcome Your Overwhelm 

Please join us virtually for the informative and practical parent workshop:  OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

***Presented by Susan Crawford of Meraki Inspired: Coaching & Consultation (www.merakiinspired.com)

 Workshop: OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

Description: We are living in unprecedented times and the impact of the global pandemic has hit parents hard! Now more than ever, we are expected to juggle the demands of work and home while managing the collective impact of grief, uncertainty and fear on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. This workshop will help parents identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and provide practical strategies using self-compassion, emotional intelligence and resilience to help you cope and show up powerfully for yourself and others, even during difficult times.

Date and Time: APRIL 22nd @ 6:30 pm

Registration: open until April 21st at noon

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Reminder – for Updates regarding Blessed Sacrament Church – please check out their website for the latest updates – thanks!

http://www.blessed-sacrament.ca/

Monday, April 19th 

  • Virtual Learning Begins – Asynchronous Day – Learning Activities posted by 10:00 AM for the students to work on throughout the day

Tuesday, April 20th

  • Virtual Learning Continues – Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Day – Follows OLOG Normal Bell times, recesses, Lunch and Asynchronous Breaks
  • Attendance will be taken just like in-school – first thing in the morning shortly after 9:10 – and again – after lunch, shortly after 12:55 PM

Wednesday, April 21st  

  • OLOG Anti-Racism Club Meets Virtually At Lunch 12:15-12:55 – More information to follow as we hope to keep this wonderful club going during our block of virtual learning – stay tuned students!
  • Huron-Brigadoon Boundary Review Committee Meeting – Virtual 6-8 PM 

Thursday, April 22nd

  • St. Mary’s Family of Schools – Virtual FREE Guest Speaker – 6:30 PM – details to register are above … see you there! 

Friday, April 23rd 

  • You did it Gator Nation – our first Virtual Week back from the April Break is in the books! #wegotthis 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • FREE Virtual Guest Speaker – St. Mary’s Family of Schools (April 22nd)
  • Grade 2 Sacrament of First Reconciliation (NEW Date is April 27th @ 7:00 PM)
  • Grade 2 Sacrament of First Holy Communion (May 15th @ 1:00 PM)
  • Grade 7 Sacrament of Confirmation (May 15th @ 3:00 PM)
  • Victoria Day (May 24th)
  • PD Day (June 4th)
  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #29 – April 5-9, 2021

Below are some important Information Items followed by a Sneak Peak at our Week ahead…

EASTER – HE HAS RISEN!

“They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24:2-3

Easter is a time of celebration! Easter Sunday marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Triduum. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and ultimately the triumph of good!

Wishing you a JOYous Easter and Spring!

Continued blessings and best wishes!

 

Grade 7 Immunization Program Update

Update on School Program vaccination program

  • Due to the current COVID-19 vaccine roll out, the Grade 7 school program immunization program for the 2020/2021 cohort will be further delayed. Details about resumption of clinical services will be provided before the end of the school year.
  • School program catch up immunizations for the 2019/2020 cohort of Grade 7 students have been paused with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine in December. Completion of this cohort will occur later in 2021.
  • School program vaccines are also available through local health care providers. Parents/students are able to access immunization records and submit immunization information via ICON. Parents can access ICON on the Public Health website. Students without a health card or those needing assistance can call Public Health at 519-575-4400 ext.5001.
  • Details regarding the school year immunizations are also posted on the Public Health website (https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/school-immunization.aspx).

 

Spring Break STEAM Training Camp Sessions

We are very excited to announce that we’ve partnered with LAUNCH Waterloo to offer FREE programming for your students during their April Break! These Spring Break STEAM Training Camp Sessions with special guests and at-home activities, allow your students to collect STEAM badges and fill up their very own STEAM playbook.

  • FREE
  • April 12-16, 2021
  • Ideal for Grades 3-8
  • Online Sessions 10am and 2pm daily

Find out more and register today at www.launchwaterloo.ca

 

Lent OLOG 2021 – Stations of the Cross Virtual Presentation on Holy Thursday, April 1st – Thanks Mr. Amorim’s Gr. 7’s for your Faith Leadership!

FREE Virtual Guest Speaker – ALL St. Mary’s Family of Schools

When: Thursday, April 22nd @ 6:30 PM 

Where: Online – Zoom Meeting 

Topic: Overcome Your Overwhelm 

Please join us virtually for the informative and practical parent workshop:  OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

***Presented by Susan Crawford of Meraki Inspired: Coaching & Consultation (www.merakiinspired.com)

 Workshop: OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

Description: We are living in unprecedented times and the impact of the global pandemic has hit parents hard! Now more than ever, we are expected to juggle the demands of work and home while managing the collective impact of grief, uncertainty and fear on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. This workshop will help parents identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and provide practical strategies using self-compassion, emotional intelligence and resilience to help you cope and show up powerfully for yourself and others, even during difficult times.

Date and Time: APRIL 22nd @ 6:30 pm

Registration: open until April 21st at noon

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, April 5th 

  • Easter Monday – Holiday

Tuesday, April 6th

Wednesday, April 7th  

  • Gator Spirit Wear Day and Light it up Blue For Autism – Get caught Wearing lots of BLUE Gator Nation 
  • OLOG Anti-Racism Club Meets Virtually At Lunch 12:15-12:55
  • OLOG CSAC Meeting Tonight Cancelled and Postponed – A New Date and Time to follow … Thanks!

Thursday, April 8th

Friday, April 9th 

  • Fun Friday Colour House Day – Ties, Bows and Suspenders!
  • Gator Community Spirit-meter Song – #kindnessmatters – Keep filling each other’s buckets!
  • This week’s Gator Birthdays announced – Happy Birthday!

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • Garde 2 Sacrament of First Reconciliation Date Change (NEW Date is April 27th @ 7:00 PM)
  • NEW March Break Date (April 12-16th)
  • FREE Virtual Guest Speaker – St. Mary’s Family of Schools (April 22nd)
  • Grade 2 Sacrament of First Holy Communion (May 15th @ 1:00 PM)
  • Grade 7 Sacrament of Confirmation (May 15th @ 3:00 PM)
  • Victoria Day (May 24th)
  • PD Day (June 4th)
  • Grade 8 Graduation (June 23rd)
  • Term 2 Reports Go Home (June 28th)
  • LAST day of School (Tuesday, June 29th)
By |2021-04-06T18:37:16-04:00April 5th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #29 – April 5-9, 2021
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