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Gator Gab – Week #3 – Sept. 16-20, 2019

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #3 – Sept. 16-20, 2019

Proud of our wonderful community partners – Thanks for visiting our students Kitchener Fire Department and Constable Molnar!

Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

Meet the Teacher Night 6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 17th … and Family FREE PIZZA Night 5:30-6:00 – just complete the Cash Online Form for your oldest child and we will see you there!

Please join us this Tuesday, September 17th for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. Our AWESOME School Council will have food available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA – approx. 5:30-6:00 PM) and then Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members.  **In order to make the appropriate food preparations, we ask you to complete the form sent out via School Cash Online to confirm the number of people who will be attending that evening.  Please complete by tonight (Sunday the 15th) at midnight!  **For families with more than one child, please ONLY COMPLETE FOR THE OLDEST CHILD**

Pizza Thursdays for students is starting in October … our first one will be Thursday, October 3rd 

Great News!  School Council is once again offering Pizza Day Thursdays for this school year starting in October!  The price per slice is $1.75 and we will continue to order our pizzas from Little Caesar’s Pizza this year as it falls within Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s nutrition guidelines for healthy eating.  In keeping with our eco-school status, we will be continuing with online ordering only.  Payments and ordering must be made via School Cash Online (https://www.schoolcashonline.com/)

As in previous years, orders will be on a month to month basis and October’s ordering information has been already been sent out via School Cash Online.  October’s orders are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.  After this time, online ordering for October’s pizza days will not be available.

If your child is absent on a pizza day, please make arrangements for it to be picked up.  Pizza will not be held overnight and we cannot issue refunds.  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a delicious school year eating Little Caesar’s pizza!

Please Consider joining our AWESOME Gator Catholic School Advisory Council for 2019-20

Parents … are you interested in participating on our awesome 2019-2020 CSAC – Catholic Schools Advisory Council? If YES, please see attached School Council Nomination Form. Please print and complete the form (see blue link below) and send it in with your child OR call the school office and we will note your intention to be at our meetings for this year. Our first 2019-20 CSAC Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 PM. Thanks for considering to share your time and energy to benefit our students and school community!

School Council Nomination Form – OLOG Gators 2019-20

News From the Library Learning Commons

Our Lady of Grace’s Library Learning Commons is all set up and ready to start off the new school year!

To get things rolling, we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair from Monday September 16th to Wednesday September 18th . The book fair will be running during ”Meet the Teacher” night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so be sure to stop in and check out all the items available. All items purchased at the book fair raise funds for new books for our library. Hope to see you there!

Each class will be coming into the library for their first regular visit at the end of September. A few brief items to note:

  • all classes have one scheduled library period a week
  • students are responsible for the books they sign out; therefore, if a book is lost or damaged students will be required to pay a replacement fine of $5.00 for a paperback book or $10.00 for a hardcover
  • Primary students may keep their book for one week and Junior/Intermediate students may keep their books for two weeks. Books can be renewed if the student is still reading them after that time.

 Remember: Reading is a great way for you and your child to spend quality time together; encourage your child to share their library books with you so you can enjoy them together.

Extended Day News – Our wonderful Extended Day Program is closed on this Friday’s PA Day

We have a PA Day coming up this Friday, September 20th.  Please note that there is NO SCHOOL for students on this day AND our Extended Day is also CLOSED in order that our ECEs are able to collaborate and professionally develop with our kindergarten teachers.

VOLUNTEERS Wanted – Strong Start

Our Lady of Grace is looking for volunteers for our Strong Start reading program. Working one on one with primary students, volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. Training sessions are running from mid-September to the end of October. For more information, please contact Ms. Metcalfe at allison.metcalfe@wcdsb.ca or 519-745-3961 ext. 456.

Nutrition for Learning – Tim Horton’s Smile Cookies

In Kitchener / Waterloo Nutrition for learning shares the proceeds of smile cookie with KidsAbility.  In Cambridge and the townships Nutrition for Learning receives 100% of the proceeds. We just wanted to take a moment to let you know that once again Nutrition for Learning is the charity of choice for our local Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign!

We are proud of our NFL Program (Nutrition For Learning) as it is wonderful that each and every child in our school can have something for breakfast every day if they are hungry in the morning – AWESOME! Thanks Mrs. Manley and to all of our Student Helpers who make this program run so smoothly! And thanks ALL for spreading the word about the Smile Cookies Program and all the amazing support you provide Nutrition for Learning. Thanks Tim Hortons!

Called to Belong – Parent Retreat Opportunity – Wednesday, October 9th @ 7-9 PM

Attention Parents, there is a wonderful retreat opportunity for our parents on Wednesday, October 9th at St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr., Kitchener, ON) from 7-9 PM Our WCDSB Pastoral Plan celebrates this year’s theme wherein, We Are Called to Belong.” The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 16th

  • Book Fair – starts today (September 16th – 18th)

Tuesday, September 17th

  • Meet the Teacher Night – FREE Family Pizza 5:30-6:00 PM in the GYM … followed by our Meet the Teacher evening – 6:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 18th

  • Jr. Soccer Tournament (PM) – RIM Park – GO Soccer Gators! Thanks Coach Renda and Coach Farrell
  • Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit (New Spirit Wear Orders coming soon!)

Thursday, September 19th

  • WE Day in Toronto – We are proud of our students We Team – Thanks Ms. Pagett and Ms. Carvahlo! 

Friday, September 20th

  • PD DayNo school for students today and NO Extended Day Care Today – Our Extended Care Program is CLOSED today to support participation in our PD

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • September 23 – Fire Drill Week – 3 Drills to run between Sept. 23-27th
  • September 26, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM (Rain Date (Fri., Sept. 27th – PM)
  • October 1 – MADD Presents to our Intermediate Students
  • October 23 – Picture Day
  • October 25 – PD Day
  • October 29th – School Council Meeting in the Library 6:30 PM
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Gator Gab – Week #2 – September 9-13, 2019

Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #2 – Sept. 9-13, 2019

Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

Great First Week of School!

What an action packed first week of school! There were many NEW Gator Registrations and our school continues to celebrate its diversity and growth!

Our Gator Staff and Students were excited to get the 2019-20 school year underway and even the Kitchener Fire Department stopped by to say hello – great! Teachers and students learned important routines in their classrooms, within the larger school and as well, as it relates to travelling to and from school safely whether on the bus or walking. We also had our wonderful new JK’s orientation this first week and  it was nice to have them transition in slowly to get more familiar with a full day at school. All of our JK/SK’s will be full time students this coming week starting Monday and for the rest of the year. It was wonderful to watch many new friendships develop this past week and we look forward to journeying together as a school community united in working toward helping our students thrive!

VTRA Fair Notice Form – Violence Threat Risk Assessment

Violence Threat Risk Assessment Fair_Notice_Pamphlet_2010

Parents, Please see attached link to the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Fair Notice and Process Brochure. If ever there is a threat of violence or a violent act in one of our schools, there is a protocol that helps support all involved and insure the safety of all students in the community moving forward. Our School Social Worker and WCDSB Team are also supports. The attached brochure outlines key steps that the school and board undertake to ensure support and safety for all. Please contact the school should you have any further questions or concerns.

Meet the Teacher Night – Tuesday, Sept. 17th

Please join us on Tuesday, September 17th for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. Our AWESOME School Council is working on finalizing plans but we plan on having food available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA – approx. 5:00-6:00 PM) and then  Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members. More information will follow shorty …

News From the Library Learning Commons

Our Lady of Grace’s Library Learning Commons is all set up and ready to start off the new school year!

To get things rolling, we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair from Monday September 16th to Wednesday September 18th . The book fair will be running during ”Meet the Teacher” night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so be sure to stop in and check out all the items available. All items purchased at the book fair raise funds for new books for our library. Hope to see you there!

Each class will be coming into the library for their first regular visit at the end of September. A few brief items to note:

  • all classes have one scheduled library period a week
  • students are responsible for the books they sign out; therefore, if a book is lost or damaged students will be required to pay a replacement fine of $5.00 for a paperback book or $10.00 for a hardcover
  • Primary students may keep their book for one week and Junior/Intermediate students may keep their books for two weeks. Books can be renewed if the student is still reading them after that time.

 Remember: Reading is a great way for you and your child to spend quality time together; encourage your child to share their library books with you so you can enjoy them together.

VOLUNTEERS Wanted – Strong Start

Our Lady of Grace is looking for volunteers for our Strong Start reading program. Working one on one with primary students, volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. Training sessions are running from mid-September to the end of October. For more information, please contact Ms. Metcalfe at allison.metcalfe@wcdsb.ca or 519-745-3961 ext. 456.

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 9th

  • ALL STUDENT’s “Start Up Forms” DUE Today – Please ensure that the Student Verification Form (hard copy sent home in envelope) is completed and returned by today and all forms on School Cash Online are completed.  (School Cash Online at: https://www.schoolcashonline.com/)

Tuesday, September 10th

  • School Council Meeting – 6:30 in the Library (to CLOSE last years’ events/planning)

Wednesday, September 11th

  • Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit (New Spirit Wear Orders coming soon!)

Thursday, September 12th

  • School Council Nomination Form sent out today – for parents interested in joining this new school year’s Parent Council

Friday, September 13th

  • Gator Community Spirit-Meter Song – Our Gators are about “filling each other’s buckets” – one kind act at a time – way to go!

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • September 16-18, 2019 – Book Fair
  • September 17, 2019 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:00 – 7:00 pm … More information to follow …
  • September 18, 2019 – Jr. Soccer tournament
  • September 19, 2019 – WE Day in Toronto
  • September 20, 2019 – PD Day
  • September 23 – Fire Drill Week – 3 Drills to run between Sept. 23-27th
  • September 26, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM (Rain Date (Fri., Sept. 27th – PM)
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Gator Gab – Week #1 – Sept. 2-6, 2019

Gator Gab – Our First Week at a Glance – Week #1 – Sept. 2-6, 2019

Welcome Back Gators! Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

Welcome back Gators to a new year of learning together!  We have had a wonderful summer filled with great weather and hopefully the chance to re-energize and rest for the upcoming school year!  This first week of school is one that will be filled with lots of laughter, smiles and love … and we can’t forget new learning! Students will be engaged in various activities including lots of team building exercises that will have the students learning their new class routines, bonding with their classmates and setting the foundation for a memorable 2019-20 school year!

Welcome to New and Returning Staff Team Members:

We welcome many new Gators here to Our Lady of Grace School, both as the year ended with new JK Registrations and as well, these past 2 weeks as students from around the world, in several grades, selected Our Lady of Grace as their new school – AWESOME!  We are confident they will feel welcome and loved. In addition to new students, we would like to welcome the following new staff members to our school community: Mrs. Davey (JK/SK Teacher) and Mrs. Michaelides (RECE), Mrs. Poulin (Primary Planning Time), Mrs. Pagett (Gr. 5/6), Mr. Sullivan (Gr. 4/5) and Mr. Murray (CYCW). We are also welcome back: Mr. Hoover (Gr. 2/3), Mrs. Farrell (Gr. 3/4), Mrs. DaSilva and Mrs. Panunto (Gr. 1/2)

Stay Connected to What is Happening at OLOG – Communication is important to us!

  1. Sign up for Newswire at our school website – the link is https://newswire.wcdsb.ca/OurLadyGrace.html and allows you to receive monthly newsletters, updates from Council, reminders about what is happening at the school (e.g., hot lunch days, pizza days, spirit wear deadlines, etc.). Signing up is EASY!  Enter your email and you will receive a confirmation that you are connected!

  1. Register for School Cash Online at http://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com. There are many updates, permissions forms and opportunities for you to pay online securely with a credit card or an e-cheque. If you are hesitant about paying online, we would ask that you register to receive the updates and information.  We are shooting for 100% participation! CASH is also accepted for any school events.

  1. Follow us on Twitter! @OLOGGators

We often post pictures or news items “in the moment” or as soon as possible – to keep you up to date with what is happening in and around our school community!  We have an AWESOME COMMUNITY and we want to share great moments as they happen.

Important Safety Reminders – Bus Safety Loading Zone and Safe Schools Measures 

The Front of our School is a NO Parking BUS ZONE – All of our students who are NOT on a bus, live close enough to the school to walk. If you feel the need to drive your child, please ensure you do so in the designated area on Gracefield Crescent… this is the 2 long sections of Gracefield on either side of the bend or our Safety Bus Loading and Unloading Zone. Do not round the bend to temporarily park, drop off or pick up as this is a high safety zone as indicated by the NO Parking Signs and tickets issued. If you are walking your child to/from school, kindly use the path that runs along the Kindergarten area and avoid walking through the parking lot.  Dogs, even on a leash, are not permitted on the school yard. Please wait a short distance from the school and meet your child if you are walking your dog. Below are some other key safety measures needed to ensure the safety of our students is a priority at OLOG School. Thanks for your understanding and support!

  • VOLUNTEERS IN THE SCHOOL: We welcome and encourage volunteers in our school. As a Catholic school system, we value the additional expertise and the positive school/community partnerships fostered by volunteers. Our school requires a police record check every year for regular volunteers. See the office for a letter to assist with the cost.
  • SCHOOL AGENDAS: All students from Grades 1-8 have or will receive a Student Agenda. The cost of the agendas are $3.00 per agenda. The student agenda enables the student to learn valuable organizational skills and it is often used as an important communication tool between parents and teacher. It also contains our School Handbook, Dress Code, Code of Conduct and other important information. Please review the school handbook pages at the front of you child’s student agenda so that we can work together to promote a positive and safe school environment for all. Parents are asked to review this first section in the planner with their child(ren).
  • PICKING UP STUDENTS EARLY: If you are picking up your child early from school, please ensure there is a note in your child’s agenda. The office will page the child for you and you can meet them in the office area. Adults picking up children MUST sign them out of the office.
  • SAFE AND SECURE SCHOOLS: To ensure the safety and well being of all students, visitors, parents, guardians and others MUST report to the main office and obtain a Visitor’s ID Badge if you wish to proceed beyond the main office. A pass can be obtained by signing in at the office. Remember, parents and visitors, etc. are NOT permitted to be on the school yard during recess and lunch breaks. Please report to the office.
  • PEANUT AND NUT FREE ENVIRONMENT: We have students and staff who suffer from anaphylaxis. We ask that you DO NOT send any food items that contain peanuts or nut products to school OR any peanut butter substitute. While there are products that look like peanut butter, smell and taste like peanut butter but are not made of peanuts or nuts, we ask that you DO NOT send these products to school. We are not able to differentiate between real and “fake” peanut butter therefore are not allowed at school.
  • YARD SUPERVISION: We will continue to have supervision on the yard at 8:40 am. Students are welcome to arrive to school anytime AFTER supervision begins in the morning. Again, the safety of your children is our prime concern.
  • SAFE ARRIVAL: The school has a “Safe Arrival Program” in cooperation with parents to ensure the safety of students. It is important that a parent/guardian telephone the school (519-745-3961) whenever their child will be late for or absent from class.  The answering machine is available 24/7.  If we are unaware why the child is not at school, we will contact the parent / guardian at home and/or work. We will also try the 3rd Contact you have indicated for your child. If we are still unable to reach an adult to confirm that the child is safe, we will  need to call the police to get their assistance re ensuring the safety of our students.
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOOD TO SCHOOL – WE CAN NOT SERVE IT TO YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM: In consideration of our parent’s wishes (making the decisions with regard to what their child consumes at school without surprises) and in concert with The WCDSB Anaphylaxis and Nutritional Safety Guidelines, we are not able to hand out food in your child’s classroom that is dropped off at the school. We do something special for each child on their birthday and know you will do something special at home. Thanks for your support of this important safety measure. If you have any questions, please contact the office or your child’s teacher.

Meet the Teacher Night – Tuesday, Sept. 17th

Please join us on Tuesday, September 17th for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. Our AWESOME School Council is working on finalizing plans but we plan on having food available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA – approx. 5:00-6:00 PM) and then  Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members. More information will follow shorty …

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, September 2nd

  • Labour Day – No School Today

Tuesday, September 3rd

  • First Day of School for 2019/20 School Year: WELCOME!  Watch for School Start Up Forms being sent electronically today via School Cash Online.  Forms must be completed by September 9th — Please log in/register to School Cash Online at: https://www.schoolcashonline.com/.  For instructions on setting up a new account, please see attached link: SCO Registration Instructions
  • Bus Assembly for busing students 3 PM – to ensure a smooth first day home

Wednesday, September 4th

  • Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit (New Spirit Wear Orders coming soon!)

Thursday, September 5th

  • Bus Patrol Meeting First Recess

Friday, September 6th

  • All On-line Consent and Important Start Up Forms are due Monday – please attend to these forms on the weekend if not completed already

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar

  • September 9, 2019 – School Start Up Forms due today
  • September 10, 2019 – School Council Meeting to CLOSE last years events/planning – 6:30 pm in the Library
  • September 17, 2019 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:00 – 7:00 pm … More information to follow …
  • September 19, 2019 – WE Day in Toronto
  • September 20, 2019 – PD Day
  • September 23 – Fire Drill Week – 3 Drills to run between Sept. 23-27th
  • September 26, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM (Rain Date (Fri., Sept. 27th – PM)
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Gator Gab – Week #40 – June 24-28, 2019

Gator Gab – Our Final Week at a Glance – Week #40 – June 24-28, 2019

The countdown to SUMMER 2019 is on – we are in our last week Gators! Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …

Spirit-meter Movie Reward Day was GREAT!

Just a quick shout out and thanks to our many parent and family volunteers for joining us on our Spirit-meter Movie Reward Day on Friday – THANKS! As well to our fantastic staff who helped ensure such a great experience for all, with a special thanks going out to Mrs. Manley for coordinating this special event – thanks! Finally to our super students … your kindness to each other throughout the year and being “Ambassadors of Grace” continually and on this movie day too, was super! Again, thanks ALL!

Our Gator Staff is AWESOME! Thank you to ALL Staff and to our Departing Staff! 

As the 2018-19 school year comes to a close and we reflect on our wonderful year and all of the amazing learning and events experience by our students, we take this time to extend a BIG Thanks to our AWESOME Gator Staff Team. Thanks for all you do for the benefit of our wonderful students and school community! We as well want to thanks those LTO Teachers who joined us for this year who will be moving on to other schools for next year. Thank you for sharing your talents and energy to make such a positive difference at OLOG: Thanks Mrs. Panunto, Mrs. Farrell, Ms. Sammut, Ms. Fronchack, Mrs. Gorloff, Mr. Drakes and Mr. Hoover! As well, we extend a very special thanks to 2 of our teachers who have made such a positive difference in our Gator Community for many years … We extend our heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Patte and Mrs. Korvemaker for the countless contributions they have made at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School over the years and wish them continued blessings and best wishes as they begin a new challenge and a new chapter in their teaching careers. You will be missed!

EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …

Monday, June 24th

  • NFL Helpers Pizza lunch
  • Graduation Mass at Blessed Sacrament for all Gr. 8’s @ 1:00
  • Grace Cup 2019 Begins

Tuesday, June 25th

  • Grace Cup 2019
  • Choir Pizza Lunch
  • Term 2 Report Cards Go Home Today

Wednesday, June 26th

  • Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit
  • Grace Cup 2019
  • Grade 8 Graduation – @ 6:00 in our Gym – Congratulations Grade 8’s

Thursday, June 27th

  • Pizza Day Today!  LAST pizza day for all students who placed an online order for June

Friday, June 28th

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – regular dismissal time.

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … 

  • September 3, 2019 – First Day Back to School for 2019/20 School Year
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