Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #37
June 1 – 5, 2020
Prayer for Racial Healing in the World
Our Gator students and families have experienced a great deal of news media, social media and such sad images as it relates to such terrible acts and racial unrest in the world at this time. Our hearts are broken at the death of George Floyd, it simply should not have happened and we keep him, his family and all throughout the world in our prayers as we strive to make the world an inclusive and safe place for all! We still have much work to do such that we bring our lightness to the dark, wherever and whenever we find it, so that through our collective efforts, this will happen no more!
God of justice,
In your wisdom you create all people in your image, without
Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity,
beauty, and worth of every human being.
Open our minds to understand that all your children are
brothers and sisters in the same human family.
Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and
speech which demean others.
Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial
discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change.
Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices
and to right the wrongs of history.
And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds,
build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace
and equality for all in our communities.
In Jesus’ name we pray…
AWESOME – Our NEW Gator Playground has been completed!
Thank You OLOG School Council (CSAC), Students, Parents and Grants!
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the OLOG Catholic School Advisory Committee (CSAC) for so much hard work over these past 2 years toward making our NEW Naturalized Playground a reality for our students and school community! We are a small but MIGHTY school and through our dedication, hard work and fundraising efforts over these past 2 years (Pepperrettes and Dance-a-thons) we raised considerable funds to make this project a reality – GREAT! It is important to do a shout out to the wonderful work done by our Grant Writing Team as well (Jennifer Pagett, Angela Pagett and Kelly Roberts) whereby a number of Grants were applied for and awarded to our amazing school! We are still receiving Grant Approvals and a more detailed report will be shared with our community as we end our school year – again, THANKS GATOR NATION! There is now a NEW play section for all ages of Gators and we look forward to seeing them out their climbing and playing very soon!
Happy Dance Video Challenge Update – Lots of Gator Happy Dances being sent in, you got this Gators!
Gator Challenge: Amidst the challenges of Covid-19, Are you developing the Umbrella Project skill of Being Optimistic? Are you choosing to be Happy? We showed you our Happy Dance, now lets see what you got!
Our AWESOME Gator Staff does their, “Happy Dance!” … see below
Check this VIDEO LINK and then accept the Happy Dance Challenge!
Our Gator Staff is OPTIMISTIC – And despite these challenging times and missing our students, whenever we think of them, meet weekly as a staff to work together on their behalf or interact with them during distance online learning, we smile and are very HAPPY!
This reminded us of our schools commitment toward developing resilience as we continue to participate in The Umbrella Project that got started this year … We are mindful that we can develop resilience by working on a number of important life skills that make our “Personal Umbrellas” quite strong!
A new umbrella skill is outlined each month and the Umbrella Skill for the month of June is “Healthy Lifestyle”
Our Gators are Connected ON-LINE with their Teachers!
Week #9 of Phase 2, Teacher-led Learning at Home – We are here for you! So keep doing your part and “Stay Connected” with your Teacher each Week! Our AWESOME Gator Staff Team is doing all we can to make Teacher-led Learning work for our students!
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!
Below is just a sample of some great learning happening at HOME during last week – Keep up the Great Work Gators!
Some of the Important Questions We Have All Been Wondering…
Will there be a Gr. 8 Graduation this year?
|YES, we our proud of the OLOG Gator Graduating Class of 2020 for so many reasons and their resilience through Covid-19 is just one example! Our Grade 8 Teachers have formed a Graduation Committee and a number of staff are pitching in to help out! A Team is already hard at work planning several surprises and working to keep this year’s graduation experience both memorable and meaningful. As expected, some safety protocols will need to be in place and it will look different for sure, but will be very cool all the same! A detailed letter and plan will be going out by email to all grade 8 parents with the details. Check your inbox very soon. It is going to be a very special month for our grade 8 students! Stay Tuned!|
When can I gather up my child’s belongings and their Term #2 Report Card?
|As soon as the Ministry of Education announced that we are continuing Distance Education for the remainder of the year, this question has been coming up. It is completely reasonable for all of us to want to know when and how this will take place right away. However, our board protocols for gathering materials need to be developed based on Ministry of Health guidance and then our specific site-based process is developed. We are still finalizing plans, but will ensure that everyone is kept safe and physically distant throughout the process. Our hope is that we can do this the final week in June so that families will only need to visit the school once to pick up both their belongings and their final report cards. More information will follow to communicate the specifics of a safe plan for pick-up …|
What Will Next Year Look Like?
|It is our sincere hope to have our Gator students back at OLOG School and our entire team is eager to implement whatever safety measures we need to in order to make our school experience be in the classroom and ‘in-person’ again! The Ministry of Education is still developing the requirements from which our board and our individual schools will use to operate safely in the Fall. This is a good thing as we want the plan to be thoughtful and inclusive of all our students. As soon as we know the plan, we will share that with our Gator School Community.|
Getting Ready for Kindergarten Next Year – check out our OLOG School Website Link Below
New Registering Parents, please visit our OLOG Website for important Information and related Links. Normally we host a WTK (Welcome to Kindergarten) Parent Information Night in our school gym. But as we continue to navigate being safe and communicating with our parent community in the best ways possible, our website has been updated with a short video and related links helping parents receive all of the information needed as they prepare our littlest Gators for their first day/week/month of school in JK (Junior Kindergarten)
Just visit our website and a great deal of valuable information is shared with you there – we look forward to meeting and celebrating our newest Gators in September of 2020!
And remember, if you still need to Register for JK, please do so online at the following link so we can be prepared for your child’s arrival!
Attention OLOG Bus Patrollers – Thanks for ALL You Do!
Our Bus Patrollers at Our Lady of Grace are VERY appreciated! They all work hard to ensure safety on our buses! To show their appreciation, the CAA is organizing a Virtual Jam Party … Please see below letter for details on a virtual event being held to celebrate the work you do – Thanks Gator Bus Patrols!
WHAT: CAA Patroller Jam:
A Year-end Celebration
Co-hosted by Sarah and Boneless. You might recognize them from ‘The 45’ online dance video or from TV. Sarah is best known for her role as Liberty on Degrassi: The Next Generation and famed DJ MeTime. Dwayne ‘Boneless’ Gulston – from So You Think You Can Dance Canada fame – lends his experience with choreographing dance troops and working with youth, to our exciting celebration!
Wednesday, June 17th, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
WHERE: In your own home, via the internet.
Don’t worry we can’t see you – you’ll only be able to see us.
HOW: You can participate before and during the event.
BEFORE THE EVENT … Let us know you’re coming.
If you’re able to, click here to let us know that you’re coming! Everyone that RSVPs gets entered into a draw to win one of three prize-packs during the party! There’s space here to share your music requests and your questions for our hosts, as well.
You’ll also get an automatic email reminder 24-hours ahead of time, so you won’t miss it.
DAY OF THE EVENT
Just join in!
If you forgot to RSVP, no worries! After making sure your parents/guardians are okay with your participation, click here to join the live event on Wednesday, June 17 at 4 p.m. Take part in the live chat, interactive games, and other activities.
Use #CAASSP on either Instagram or Twitter (be sure to use a social media account that you have permission and access to use) the same day and post videos and pictures to share it with your friends and family. Some of these will be selected to show up during the event. *