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Gator Gab – Week #37 – June 1-5, 2020

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
exception.
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…

Amen.

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!

 

https://bit.ly/GatorHappyDanceChallenge

 

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!

Umbrella Project pic

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…

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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!

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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! 

WHEN: 

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. *

 

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Thanks for your patience and support through these challenging times Gator Families! Have a great week, take care and be safe! 

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Welcome to Kindergarten – News and Updates – WTK Night Cancelled and Virtual Links/Resources Provided

Welcome New JK Parents – as a result of Covid-19 and making safety our collective priority, all events, bookings and gatherings in Waterloo Region and WCDSB have been CANCELLED.

Please NOTE that our OLOG Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) Parent Information Night set for this week, Thursday, May 28th is CANCELLED … We apologize as know it is wonderful to meet you and the information presented during this evening is very important!

For now the WCDSB and OLOG school are working together to help parents who are “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” … to this end, please check out our OLOG School Website Link Below

Normally we host a WTK (Welcome to Kindergarten) Parent Information Night in our school gym for parents/students entering school for the first time.  We had originally planned that night for Thursday, May 28th, however, due to the current circumstances, we have had to cancel this in-person information session.  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)

Please visit our school website and a great deal of valuable information is shared with you there – simply Google, Our Lady of Grace School Kitchener and then scroll to the bottom of our home page and add your email address into the Newswire field provided, you will get a confirmation email and then you are signed up for weekly updates and important information bulletins – we look forward to meeting and celebrating our newest Gators in September of 2020! Take good care and be safe!

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!

 

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #36 – May 25-29, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #36

May 25 – 29, 2020

 

Our Awesome OLOG Staff issues a Happy Dance Video Challenge to Gator Nation!

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!

 

https://bit.ly/GatorHappyDanceChallenge

 

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!

Umbrella Project pic

A new umbrella skill is outlined each month and the Umbrella Skill for the month of May is “OPTIMISM.” We are learning that being optimistic is a choice and is a skill we can develop and work on … rain falls in all of our lives at times, and just like Covid-19, our Gator Community can remain both RESILIENT and OPTIMISTIC! To show it, our Gator Staff Team took the time to be optimistic, to count our blessings (our relationships with our Gator Students and each other) and to be truly HAPPY! It inspired us to just, DANCE!

Accept the “Happy Dance Challenge!”

Alright Gators, your turn to show your OPTIMISM and HAPPY VIBE … show us your “Happy Dance!” Simply take a video of you breaking out a few fun dance moves and send it to your teacher through your WCDSB Google Classroom or D2L … Way to go Gators! Cant wait to see your Happy Dance!

 

Our Gators are Connected ON-LINE with their Teachers!

Week #8  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!

Our Mascot, Gladdy Gator, misses our staff and students so much that it decided to go for a walk about town and is on the loose in K-W looking to say hello and making surprise visits at several Gator Staff Homes thus far … Keep your eyes peeled Gators as we just never never know where Gladdy Gator may turn up next?  

This #ologawesome primary Gator followed a chocolate bar wrapper recipe to practice following instructions, measuring ingredients and becoming a master baker – and he didn’t forget the best part, becoming a dessert taste tester!

Who doesn’t love music? This #ologawesome Kindergarten student embraces the drums and all things percussion and plays quite a tune! Thanks for the fun assignment Mrs. Poulin!

One of our awesome primary students used her creativity to design a chocolate bar wrappers as part of a Media Literacy Distance Online Learning Project – very cool!

 

 

Getting Ready for Kindergarten – check out our OLOG School Wesite 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 PARENTS: LOOKING BEYOND THIS WEEK –  MORE INFORMATION IS COMING RELATED TO … Retrieval of Personal Items, Final Report Card Distribution, Graduation, etc. 

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All School Principals are in contact with the Board Office and their respective school staff teams this week about making plans for families to pick up personal items that may have been left behind, as well as other matters that we hope to handle with safety, efficiency and grace, given the  challenges we all face as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic and bringing an end to our 2019-2020 School Year. Please stay tuned to our OLOG Newswire for more information to follow …

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Thanks for your patience and support Gator Families!

Have a great week, take care and be safe! 

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #35 – May 18-22, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #35

May 18 – 22, 2020

 

REMINDER: OLOG Introducing School Messenger Communicate

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is about to launch a new automated broadcast system that will improve communication between home and school. The system uses telephone and email to notify parents and staff of important events and emergency school information. The system we are using is called School Messenger Communicate, it will be used to augment and not replace other communication methods currently in place (such as our school newsletters).

Over the course of the school year, we will be calling using this new automated system to keep you informed about significant events at Our Lady of Grace in a timely manner. This system can also be used to inform parents about important school events, dates, information items and any emergency situations that may occur.

Please rest assured that your personal information and contact numbers will be strictly secure and you will not receive any unauthorized messages.

If you have caller ID, it will display WCDSB or the school’s phone number.

 

Have You Found Your HAPPY PLACE?

Our Gator Staff is OPTIMISTIC – Taking time to be HAPPY and develop our Umbrella Skill for May – OPTIMISM, Staying Positive and Choosing to be Happy!

Umbrella Project pic

This month we are taking on a skill that will help us look on the bright side, even when winter oversteps its seasonal timelines. That skill is “Realistic Optimism” and we can sure use lots of OPTIMISM in the world right now!

How will realistic optimism help my child? We often hear sayings about looking on the bright side of life. Turns out that looking on the bright side can actually improve your child’s mental and physical health. Mix that with helping them have a realistic look at the obstacles they may face, and you have a strategy for success.

Our Staff Team is super Optimistic and we miss our Gator Students BIG TIME!

And when we meet each week and think of them, we smile and are truly HAPPY knowing that one day soon, we will be together!

Some positive and Happy Energy is coming your way very soon! Stay tuned! And BE HAPPY! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

 

 

Our Gators are Connected ON-LINE with their Teachers!

Week #7  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!

Our Gr. 6 students accept the air plane challenge and develop designs that demonstrate various flight properties and greater flight success – Can we design and build it? Yes, we can!

One of our wonderful Primary students demonstrates her ability to show  analogue time – very cool!

Mrs. Weinstein’s Virtual and Interactive Classroom is great FUN for her students while they participate in Distance Online Learning – Potatoes and Gravy visit too! 

The students in Gr. 3 filled Mr. Dinner’s Bucket with some very kind words – thanks Gators! 

Our wonderful Gr.5/6 students write letters of thanks to front line health care workers (#ourheroeswearscrubs) and a Paramedic takes the time to write them back – so grateful and so very cool! 

 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

NOTE re COVID-19: ALL Dates may need to be cancelled or amended depending on Covid-19 Updates from Waterloo Region Public Health and WCDSB

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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

Have a great week Gator Families!

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #34 – May 11-15, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #34

May 11 – 15, 2020

 

Happy Mother’s Day 2020!

Happy Mothers Day

To ALL MOTHERS on this very special day: our Gator student’s moms, school volunteers, school council, our staff who are mothers and to all Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers in our School Community, this poem and prayer is for you … We want to extend our heartfelt thanks for the tremendous LOVE and GRACE you share to make the Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Community, the special place that it is, for our children and for all who visit – THANKS!

We truly treasure the GIFT of  MOMS and Catholic Education and it is fitting on this special day and throughout the month of MAY, that we take time to remember the tremendous love of MARY, our school’s namesake, who answered God’s call and purpose for her life, to be such a loving MOTHER to JESUS, she truly was and is, OUR LADY OF GRACE!

Mother’s Day Prayer ….

A MOTHER’S LOVE

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ONLY A MOTHER’S LOVE
CAN UNDERSTAND OUR TEARS,
CAN SOOTHE OUR DISAPPOINTS
AND CALM ALL OF OUR FEARS.
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ONLY A MOTHER’S LOVE
CAN SHARE THE JOY WE FEEL
WHEN SOMETHING WE’VE DREAMED ABOUT
QUITE SUDDENLY IS REAL.
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ONLY A MOTHER’S FAITH
CAN HELP US ON LIFE’S WAY
AND INSPIRE IN US THE CONFIDENCE
WE NEED FROM DAY TO DAY.
FOR A MOTHER’S HEART AND A MOTHER’S FAITH
AND A MOTHER’S STEADFAST LOVE
WERE FASHIONED BY THE ANGELS
AND SENT FROM GOD ABOVE.

AMEN

… AND WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE MOMS … there is a SPECIAL GIFT for you today so please click on the link as you enjoy this very special day …

https://bit.ly/3dB0JC7

https://www.wcdsb.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/05/WCDSB-Coupon-Book.pdf?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mothers+day+gift

Happy Mother’s Day! 

 

Introducing School Messenger Communicate

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is about to launch a new automated broadcast system that will improve communication between home and school. The system uses telephone and email to notify parents and staff of important events and emergency school information. The system we are using is called School Messenger Communicate, it will be used to augment and not replace other communication methods currently in place (such as our school newsletters).

Over the course of the school year, we will be calling using this new automated system to keep you informed about significant events at Our Lady of Grace in a timely manner. This system can also be used to inform parents about important school events, dates, information items and any emergency situations that may occur.

Please rest assured that your personal information and contact numbers will be strictly secure and you will not receive any unauthorized messages.

If you have caller ID, it will display WCDSB or the school’s phone number.

 

Umbrella Project Skill for May – OPTIMISM

Umbrella Project pic

This month we are taking on a skill that will help us look on the bright side, even when winter oversteps its seasonal timelines. That skill is “Realistic Optimism” and we can sure use lots of OPTIMISM in the world right now!

How will realistic optimism help my child?

We often hear sayings about looking on the bright side of life. Turns out that looking on the bright side can actually improve your child’s mental and physical health. Mix that with helping them have a realistic look at the obstacles they may face, and you have a strategy for success. Achieving goals can be challenging and a negative outlook can defeat children before they even get started. Learning to be realistically optimistic will help your child link their dreams to the steps they will need to take to achieve them and help them take on life with a positive attitude.

Please check out this link for more great ideas and resources …

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We are grateful to partner with The Umbrella Project in an effort to teach our Gators not only Optimism, but as well a number of life skills that can be learned, developed and practices for all in our community, such that we have a strong umbrella when moments of rain arise in our life (the Covid-19 Pandemic is just one example). And, when this happens, we are prepared (our internal umbrella is strong), and get through it more readily, knowing that we can count on our strength, God’s strength and that the sun will shine again very soon!

 

Our Gators are Connected and ON-LINE with their Teachers … And we will get through this together!

Week #6 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!

Our kindergartens were given the challenge to make a lighthouse and then reflect on how they can be a lighthouse of HOPE for others – great!

One of our wonderful Primary students showed his thinking by using a number line to do subtraction – very cool!

Our students celebrated Catholic Education Week by sharing HOPE and our FAITH in many creative ways – super talented Gators! 

 

We Asked, You Answered! Thanks for Your ThoughtExchange Feedback!!

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020 we asked our #WCDSBAwesome community this very important question:

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

And the response was extraordinary!

The tool we used is called ThoughtExchange. Here’s how it worked:

1. Specifically, respondents were asked to answer the question:

As you consider Waterloo Catholic’s response toward learning at home, what questions or concerns do you have?

2. Once respondents shared their thoughts, they had the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much they agreed (5 *STARS*) or disagreed (1 *STAR*). This rating system allowed the school board to identify the key areas of success, while also flagging the areas of greatest concern

Between April 14 and April 21, 2020 a total of 1,925 respondents provided 1,635 thoughts – which generated 36,941 *STAR* ratings.

So, what did we learn?

At the highest level – it is clear that our community values the work our teachers and system have done.  There were a number of comments acknowledging the efforts of teachers to connect and to ensure the well being and engagement of students.

There were three key points of further feedback.

First, the need for connection remains high.  There is a desire for engagement between educator and family, between students and their peers, as well as a desire to have some “live” engagement.

Secondly, there is a concern about issues connected to equity – which invites us to be very thoughtful in providing choice and multiple entry points for students.

Finally, there were many comments related to learning tasks — with a desire for consistent expectations and routine as educators engage their students.

For more information, please visit our board website and/or click on this link … https://bit.ly/3boeIcO

 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

NOTE re COVID-19: ALL Dates may need to be cancelled or amended depending on Covid-19 Updates from Waterloo Region Public Health and WCDSB

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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

Have a great week Gator Families!

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Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #33 – May 4-8, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #33

May 4 – 8, 2020

 

Catholic Education Week May 4-8, 2020 

Catholic Education Week 2020 – Theme: Igniting Hope

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, “Igniting Hope,” reminds us that publicly funded Catholic education is a call to service. We have a shared responsibility within Catholic education to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ into the lives of our students/ your children. The theme of “Igniting Hope” reminds us, as educators, that it is our privilege to serve families who support Catholic education in the province of Ontario and we are Ignited in Hope as it relates to this calling but as well the calling to search for HOPE in all corners of our world and personal lives! Below are some great links to develop this theme and celebrate the gift of Catholic Education throughout this coming week most especially but as well, each and every day!

Continued blessings Gator Families!

 

As well, there are some great resources available on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website. You can find them at the following WCDSB Link

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

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

 

Our Gators are Connected and ON-LINE with their Teachers … And we will get through this together!

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!

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 – Keep up the Great Work Gators!

This Primary student is showing his teacher he completely understands how to use non-standard units of measure – great!

Our wonderful Kindergarten students wrote letters to say thanks for the visit to the Seniors Home earlier in the year – very cool!

 

Our Intermediates create a NEWS SHOW to communicate information about Covid-19 and the cancellation of a field trip – high tech!

Are You Moving?

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If you are moving over the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible.  Next year’s enrollment 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 (519)745-3961 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 from Waterloo Region Public Health and WCDSB

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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

Have a great week Gator Families!

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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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Gator Gab – Week #29 – April 6-10, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #29

Apr. 6-Apr. 10, 2020

“Physical Isolation” Week #3

 

Looking at this week … Phase 2 Begins … Teacher-led Learning at Home 

Dear Gator Parents,

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Monday, April 6th, begins Phase 2 of the Ministry Learn at Home model. During this Covid-19 pandemic and necessary period of physical isolation (for the safety of all), we will begin Teacher-led Learning Online. Please find a helpful video below; to assist if you are learning how to access your child’s Classroom Google or D2L page.  Each teacher will be providing learning opportunities via their classroom site.

This website:  https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/ is for the board’s additional resources and learning opportunities (see below).

Please communicate with your teacher if you are experiencing any difficulties and we will do our best to help you out.

A HUGE shout out to our board IT Team who cleaned and prepped our equipment and Mrs. McClennan and Mrs. Poulin who assisted as we signed out Chrome Books to families on Friday to support learning during this block of time … THANKS!

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 Thanks to our parents and students for their resilience and flexibility as we work together to face this challenging time together – THANKS! We will get through this and continue or 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.

 

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

  • April 10 – Good Friday
  • April 13 – Easter Monday
  • 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
  • May 30 – Confirmation – 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
  • 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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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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Gator Gab – Week #26 – Mar. 9-13, 2020

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #26

Mar. 9 – 13, 2020

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

 

News from Blessed Sacrament Church 

Blessed Sacrament Church

At Blessed Sacrament, we have some options for any children (or family members) that miss out.

1. Each Saturday through the year from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon there is Confession in the church.

2. We have a Lenten Penance Service on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

Visit the Parish Website for more news and events at http://www.blessed-sacrament.ca/

Lenten Season 2020 

Preparation for Lent – Try Praying the Rosary as a Family

What can you do to prepare your family for Jesus’ Death and Resurrection? Busted Halo is a great resource that is online that can be utilized to help explain Lent to your children. One way to prepare is to Pray the Rosary. Please click on the link below to access. We are excited to be Praying as a School Community using our Resurrection Eggs to reflect on Jesus’ Way of the Cross and this will begin just after the March Break and end during Holy Week as we approach the splendor of Easter.

 

Praying the Rosary

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) Subscription Service

Bus

STSWR has a service available that you register for which will send you any current bus notifications.  The subscription service allows users to receive delays and cancellations to the registered email address. Please follow the following link to register for this service. It will walk you through the signup process.

 

 Sign up for the subscription service.

 

Parent Support page:  https://www.stswr.ca/parents/

March Umbrella Project Skill – KINDNESS

The Umbrella Project Theme for March is Kindness … #kindnessmatters

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of March is Kindness. At our Student of the Month Assembly, we watched a video that helped show our Dragons that power of Kindness. Watch it with your child(ren) and have a discussion with them about its meaning.

 

Kindness Boomerang Video

 

Information Item – Kitchener Girl’s Softball Registrations

It is great when our Gators develop their talents with regard to academics, athletics, hobbies, the arts, learning an insturment, etc. Please see attached link for details regarding Kitchener Minor Girls Softball Association if you feel this may be a great fit for your daughter …

KMGSA

 

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …  

Monday, March 9th 

  • Homework Club after school for Intermediate Students

Tuesday, March 10th

  • ISPA Suspension Lists Updated for OLOG from Waterloo Region Public Health  

Wednesday, March 11th 

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

Thursday, March 12th

  • Pizza Day – for those students who placed a March pizza order.
  • Homework Club after school for Intermediate Students

Friday, March 13th

  • OLOG St. Patrick’s Day – Wear GREEN as everyone is a little Irish on St. Paddy’s Day 
  • Gator Community Spirit-meter Song – #kindnessmatters 

 

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK

Please Mark these dates in your calendar … 

  • March 16-20 – March Break
  • April 3 – PD Day – no school for students
  • 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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