Gator Spirt Wear ON SALE Starting Today – Sept. 24-Oct. 8th – See Online Store

Attention Gator Nation,

We are so very proud of our students, staff and families and the Community that supports one another throughout the school year!

Great learning moments, sports team participation, clubs, and activities run all year long and our wonderful CSAC – Catholic School Advisory Committee, works hard to support and improve our school in lots of wonderful ways (i.e. Most Recently our NEW Naturalized Playground).

Wednesdays are Spirit Days at OLOG School – Below is a link to order affordable OLOG Gator Spirit Wear and our students and staff wear our Spirit Wear every Wednesday! Of course you can wear it anytime you want but we all definitely get decked out each Wednesday! – Thanks for helping us celebrate our #ologawesome School Spirit and OLOG School (aka “The SWAMP” and/or Home of the Gators)!

Our OLOG Gator Online Store will be OPEN from Sept. 24-Oct. 8th …

Delivery is Planned for late October … 

OLOG Gator Online Store:

https://ourladyofgracesw2021.itemorder.com/

 

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New Probable Covid-19 Positive Case – Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

Gator Parents and Guardians,

As indicated below in the information bulletin, this evening a new probable positive case of Covid-19 has been confirmed by Waterloo Region Public Health for Our Lady of Grace School.

A letter (see below) has been provided to our community that may address some of  your questions or concerns.

Please note that all staff and students directly related to this specific instance have been contacted by the school and later today by PH and that ALL other classrooms have been deemed safe to continue their in-school learning.

We truly appreciate your efforts to screen our students each day and for the extra effort and patience needed to attend school at this time. There may be some interruptions and challenges at times but we believe our efforts to be safe and at school, learning and working together, are worth it for the benefit of our students during this upcoming school year.

Again, please continue to screen our students each morning before deciding if they are well and can come to school – thanks and be safe!

Mr. Dinner

 

Information for Parents/Guardians

A case of COVID-19 has been identified at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. Public Health can provide you with additional information/language to include here related to the case(s), while respecting privacy. For example, if a cohort or multiple cohorts have been dismissed, etc. OLOG is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Children/Students, staff and the community.

 

What does this mean for Children/Students?

  • The school has dismissed the entire cohort(s) who had exposure to the COVID Case regardless of the vaccination status.
  • Public Health will work with the [setting description] to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Children/Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have been sent a letter by the OLOG School via School Messenger with specific information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • High risk contacts will be followed up via text and phone, to provide specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and self-monitor, as well as provide testing information and return to school guidance.
  • Children/Students who are low risk contacts (have NOT been identified as high risk  contacts) of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate and should self-monitor for symptoms
  • If additional cohorts must self-isolate or a school must close, you will be notified by the OLOG Staff Team. OLOG will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • Schools: The term cohort includes children/students and staff in the same class, children/students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

 

What is COVID-19?

·         COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, and loss of taste/smell. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms

 

What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?

  • Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily, cause more severe illness or the vaccine may not be as effective against.
  • In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.

 

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

 

APPENDIX: Posters and Factsheets

General Prevention

Self-isolating and monitoring

 

Testing

 

Masks/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Other

 

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Bus #140 Update – Our NEW Bus is a GO for Tonight!

Gator Parents,

We are so sorry for the confusion re our buses this morning!

 

I spoke with Transportation and they sorted out the error with Sharp Bus Lines and we are back on track!

 

This new bus will run tonight and all is set to go for the end of the day … students and families on this NEW BUS have been notified and received the letter below …

 

ALL other students and families remain on their regular buses (Bus #98, #99, and #147) …

 

Bus #140 parents, please see below as a reminder … thanks!

Bus Change #140 _LGR_NEW140_sept17

 

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Does Your Child Love to Act? Drama Opportunity for Friday, Sept. 24th

Attention Gator Parents,

Below is an opportunity for our Gators who love to act … all of the information and contact information also is noted below …

AUDITIONS for THE SECRET GARDEN

Dear Parent/Guardian,
This letter is to inform you that your child has the opportunity to audition for Youth Theatre Canada –
Kitchener’s upcoming Fall 2021 program, The Secret Garden! Auditions will be taking place exclusively
for Our Lady of Grace students on Friday, September 24th (7pm) at Artsbuild Studios.

FALL 2021 – The Secret Garden

Casting students in Grades 5-8.

No preparation or experience is required, but please wear comfortable clothing.
If asked to attend a callback audition, it will take place on Sat, Sept 25th (morning).
2019-20 production of The Little Prince – Photo by Fred Hunsberger
Youth Theatre Canada – Kitchener is a professional school for stage training and performance, providing
opportunities for students with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of experience. There is no cost
to audition. If selected to be a part of the program, there is a tuition fee (financial assistance provided
for interested families). As well, instructors will work with families to establish a carpool for students from
outside Kitchener-Waterloo.

Please complete this form and submit via email to YTC Outreach Coordinator and/or email … Katherine Matthews @ katherine.marina.matthews@gmail.com

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Rainy and Inclement Weather Reminders at OLOG

Good morning Gators,

 

Please make sure that you dress for the weather today, over next few days and all year long!

Proper outdoor footwear, jackets and umbrellas will help greatly over next few days.

If the rain starts coming down pretty hard, we will certainly be inside, but a light mist or sprinkling may start when the kids are already outside and we want them to be prepared.

Outside fresh air and movement breaks are key to our health and outside time during the pandemic is important too so we will always try to get out as best we can!

A change of clothes is also a good idea in your child’s backpack in case there is a tumble while outside.

 

Thanks Gators! Keep making good choices and dress for the weather as our seasons change!
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Gator Gazette – Week #3 – Week at a Glance – September 20-24th, 2021

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

4th Bus Added to Support Enrolment Growth at OLOG

Safety Matters – Bus Loading Zone is a NO PARKING ZONE

NOTE: Parking and Drop-off/Pick-up Safety does NOT occur directly in front of the school on Gracefield Crescent

A reminder that between 8:50 and 4:00, there is no stopping, dropping off or parking directly in front of the school on Gracefield Crescent.

Our buses were quite full and this 4th additional bus will help take pressure off each bus for sure. We are grateful to continue to work with STSWR Transportation as they help meet the needs of our growing school community – Thanks STSWR!

Again, a reminder that extra safety is needed each day and it is important for all parents to do their part re following our parking guidelines.

The diagram above shows “white arrows” wherein as long as you pay attention to the signs, parking on the right side of the street on the straight way, is permitted if absolutely necessary.

The safety of our student walkers and students boarding buses are critical and we know safety matters to you too! Consider walking together from or parking a short distance from the school on a nearby street and walking to the school together – this is healthy, safe and a great way to interact with your child to start and end the day!

Reminder #1: ALL students who live close enough to the school are able to walk.

Reminder #2: ALL students who live a further distance from the school are provided with transportation on one of our 4 BIG YELLOW BUSES directly to our front door and home again.

Reminder #3: So parents driving to the school are choosing to do so and must park a safe distance away from the school and then walk their child up to the school, such that we can be safe. We have many side streets near by and a short walk can be both a healthy and safe routine for your family each day.

Reminder #4: PARKING TICKETS – The City of Kitchener Parking Enforcement Officer Patrols Gracefield Crescent regularly and a parking ticket in front of the school is $80.00 – the amount of this fine speaks to how important this safety measure is directly in front of our school in the bus zone and student traffic zone … so remember to be safe and park in a city approved and safe place a distance from the school.

Again, Thanks for your understanding and support and we look forward to a wonderful first week of school with our gator students back at school!

 

Intermediate Boys & Girls Baseball Teams Get Started This Week

Return of WCDSB Athletics

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board and District 8 Athletic Association announced last week that the return of its interschool athletic programming will be effective September 20, 2021. Active participation in athletics has known health benefits, including physical fitness and mental wellness and provides social interaction which is necessary during a time of uncertainty for our students.

 

In order to offer the safest possible option for a return to sport, all student-athletes (born 2009 and earlier) and teacher-coaches who wish to participate in interschool athletics must show proof of full immunization against COVID-19 (two doses plus 14-day waiting period) OR provide negative rapid antigen test results to their school twice per week. This protocol will take effect Monday, September 20th when practices and tryouts are able to resume. While we are hopeful to get our OLOG Gators back to play and competition ~ but health and safety will always be our primary focus. Our Gator Staff Team and Coaches are working now to provide this opportunity.

More information to come as the year progresses but a BIG SHOUT OUT to Mr. Amorim, Madame Pajot, Mrs. Swatridge and Mrs. Loveday for coaching our Intermediate Boy’s and Girl’s Baseball Teams to start our year – THANKS! 

 

You can read the full announcement here: FINAL D8 Interschool Athletics COVID Announcement

 

Gator Spirit Wear – Goes on Sale This Week – via Online Store 

Gator Spirit Wear

Stay tuned for more information in a special “Gator Spirit Wear Newswire” that will be sent out this week …

A link will be provided and it is easy to order spirit wear to support our #ologawesome school spirit … more information to follow very soon! Again, its easy and affordable so lets all get caught wearing the GATOR!

Our GATORS ROCK! Terry Fox would be Proud!

Our #ologawesome Gators showed their support for our Cdn. Hero Terry Fox in our Fight Against Cancer this past Friday, Sept. 17th … lots of smiles and hard work! There is still time to donate if you wish to send in a donation or do so on School Cash Online … 

Our Gator Staff and Students had great fun working together to support all those family and community members who are fighting cancer … past, present and future.

A Twoonie Donation form was posted on School Cash Online this past week and we are still accepting donations if you send them in tomorrow.

A BIG THANKS goes out to Ms. Farrell and all of our Gator Staff and Students for putting forth such a great effort as we unite with others across the country to honour this Canadian Hero and the important work he started!

Again, our heartfelt THANKS for your kindness and generosity Gators and for rolling up the sleeves and tightening up the sneakers to lend a hand!

We are tallying our final numbers but pretty sure our Gators earned a “Freeze Reward” very soon – Great work Gator Nation!

 

Mandatory Screening & Operational Guidelines for our SAFE Return to School

We are very excited to have students return to OLOG for the September 2021-2022 school year. It is our hope to navigate this process of returning to school with positivity and faith. The AWESOME OLOG Staff are working hard to ensure the safe return for all, following the guidelines and policies outlined by our Board and Waterloo Region Public Health. This is a community-wide effort, so we need your help and assistance too!

 

To prepare for the new school year, WCDSB has shared their Operational Guidelines which provides the protocols, guidelines, and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year as well. The health and well-being of our students, families, and staff is our priority.

Student Daily Screening is HUGE! Keep on Keeping on Each Morning … 

Week #3 – We are no longer using the form but are definitely screening each morning – Keep Screening your children, each and every day, to decide if they should come to school … this practice is HUGE and is for the SAFETY of ALL

A Reminder parents and guardians, the BLUE Screening Form has now concluded as it was only intended to be used to teach this important routine during the first 2 weeks of school that must occur each day all year long … Our Gator Parents are doing great – please continue to perform daily screening of your child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

Please follow the directions of the assessment tool should you receive a “DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL.” message.

This link can be book marked and is easily found the moment you visit our School OLOG Website Home Page.

 

Blessed Sacrament News – Sacrament Make-up Dates from Last Year

This announcement is for our Current Gr. 3’s and Gr. 8’s who missed their date last year – Thanks Father Larry and Father Pavel!

Blessed Sacrament Church Kitchener

Attention Gr. 3 and Gr. 8 parents who already registered with the Blessed Sacrament Parish Office last year, please see the NEW Sacrament make-up dates for last years Gr.2’s and Gr. 7’s re ensuring we get to celebrate these wonderful milestones in their faith journey …

NOTE: All students currently in Gr. 2 and Gr. 7 during this 2021-2022 school year, will receive Sacramental Information soon as this is your big year to participate in these wonderful faith moments – stay tuned as more information will follow soon.

  • Current Gr. 3 Students – will receive Gr. 2 Sacrament of Reconciliation missed last year on – Wed., Oct. 20th @ 7 PM

  • Current Gr. 3 Students – will receive Gr. 2 Sacrament of First Holy Communion missed last year on  – Saturday, October 30th @ 3:00 PM

  • Current Gr. 8 Students – will receive Gr. 7 Sacrament of Reconciliation missed last year on  – Saturday, October 30th @ 1:00 PM

 

School Cash Online is NOW READY TO GO … Please take time this week to COMPLETE all Important School Start-up Forms

If you are NOT registered for School Cash Online please sign up NOW!

School Cash On Line

Not sure how to sign up or use School Cashonline? Not to worry, it is easy! Please see the instructions below …

School Cash Online Register and Login Instructions

There will also be mandatory school start-up forms posted in School Cash Online for you to complete.

  • These ensure participation in extra-curriculars with regard to parent consent, as well as helping the office stay up to date with all of the necessary information relating to your child and life at school.
  • We are collecting $3.00 to support the cost of an agenda for each student. Our amazing School Parent Council pays the remainder of the cost of this agenda as our fundraising always goes toward improving the opportunities for our students at OLOG School – Thanks Council!
  • Please sit down one evening during the first 1-2 weeks and complete all necessary forms so that we may have a super start to a successful year – thanks!

 

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, September 20th 

  • Is your child feeling great today? Remember to confirm on the OLOG Screening Form … just follow the prompts in the screening tool to check https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • Donations for Terry Fox still accepted today – School Cash Online (or send in to your child’s teacher)
  • NFL – Nutrition For Learning starts for our Gators – Thanks Mrs. Renda for helping us organize this wonderful breakfast program! Tuesday, September 21st  

Tuesday, September 21st 

  • First Day for NEW 4th Bus at OLOG – Bus #140 – Thanks STSWR Transportation Department! 
  • Intermediate Baseball Teams Continue practicing for outdoor tournament – Thanks Coaches! 
  • Covid-19 Screening – no form is used this week but our Gator Families Screen every day – Great!  
  • Proposed OLOG CSAC Meeting Postponed to next week … 

Wednesday, September 22nd    

  • Spirit Wear Day – get caught wearing your Gator Spirit Wear or our School Colours (Sky Blue) – Note: Spirit Wear will be on sale soon – stay tuned! 

Thursday, September 23rd  

  • Is your child feeling great today? Remember to follow the prompts in the screening tool to check https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ … and sign your Covid-19 Screening Form and send it back to school
  • Baseball Teams continue practice for tournaments next week … Go Gators! 

Friday, September 24th  

  • Birthday’s Called for this week – a special Happy Birthday to ALL Gator’s with a birthday this coming week!
  • Have a super weekend Gator Nation – stay safe and be well! 

 

Looking Beyond This Week …

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark These Dates In Your Calendar … 

  • Monday, Sept. 27th – Fire Drill Week – Our Gator Staff and Students will practice 3 Fire Drills – it is good to practice to be safe at home and at school!
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29th – NEW Proposed DATE – First CSAC Meeting – 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Sept. 30th – Orange Shirt Day – because “Every Child Matters!”
  • October 8 – PA Day
  • October 11 – Thanksgiving
  • November 18 – Progress Report Card Distribution
  • November 19 – PA Day
  • November 25 – Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
  • December 20 – Christmas Break Begins
  • January 3 – Back to School 2022
  • January 21- PA Day
  • February 17 -Term 1 Report Card Distribution
  • February 21 – Family Day
  • March 2 – Ash Wednesday
  • March 14-18 March Break
  • April 8 – PA Day
  • May 2-6 Catholic Education Week
  • June 3 – PA Day
  • June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
  • June 29 -Last Day of School
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Positive Covid-19 Case at OLOG School

Attention Gator Parents and Guardians,

As indicated below, a positive case of Covid-19 has been confirmed by Waterloo Region Public Health for Our Lady of Grace School.

A letter (see below) has been provided to our community that may address some of  your questions or concerns.

Please note that all staff and students directly related to this specific instance have been contacted by the school and later today by PH and that ALL other classrooms have been deemed safe to continue their in-school learning.

We truly appreciate your efforts to screen our students each day and for the extra effort and patience needed to attend school at this time. There may be some interruptions and challenges at times but we believe our efforts to be safe and at school, learning and working together, are worth it for the benefit of our students during this upcoming school year.

Again, thanks and be safe!

Mr. Dinner

 

Information for Parents/Guardians

A case of COVID-19 has been identified at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. Public Health can provide you with additional information/language to include here related to the case(s), while respecting privacy. For example, if a cohort or multiple cohorts have been dismissed, etc. OLOG is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Children/Students, staff and the community.

 

What does this mean for Children/Students?

  • The school has dismissed the entire cohort(s) who had exposure to the COVID Case regardless of the vaccination status.
  • Public Health will work with the [setting description] to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Children/Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have been sent a letter by the OLOG School via School Messenger with specific information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • High risk contacts will be followed up via text and phone, to provide specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and self-monitor, as well as provide testing information and return to school guidance.
  • Children/Students who are low risk contacts (have NOT been identified as high risk  contacts) of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate and should self-monitor for symptoms
  • If additional cohorts must self-isolate or a school must close, you will be notified by the OLOG Staff Team. OLOG will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • Schools: The term cohort includes children/students and staff in the same class, children/students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

 

What is COVID-19?

·         COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, and loss of taste/smell. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms

 

What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?

  • Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily, cause more severe illness or the vaccine may not be as effective against.
  • In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.

 

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

 

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Gator Gazette Week #2 – Week at a Glance – Sept. 13-17th, 2021

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

OLOG Joins our Cdn. Hero Terry Fox in our Fight Against Cancer – Sept. 17th 

Terry Fox 2

Our Gator Staff and Students are working together to support all those family and community members who are fighting cancer … past, present and future.

We are asking for a TWOONIE Donation per student/staff to support Terry and our united fight against cancer – a donation form will be posted on School Cash Online this week!

Ms. Farrell will be organizing this event to take place on Friday, September 17th (our Rain Date will be Thursday, Sept. 16th) and students will walk/run – at an age and fitness appropriate level (the goal is participation and action for a great cause) – such that we unite with others across the country to honour this Canadian Hero and the important work he started!

Thanks for your kindness and generosity Gators and for rolling up the sleeves and tightening up the sneakers to lend a hand!

 

Mandatory Screening & Operational Guidelines for our SAFE Return to School

We are very excited to have students return to OLOG for the September 2021-2022 school year. It is our hope to navigate this process of returning to school with positivity and faith. The AWESOME OLOG Staff are working hard to ensure the safe return for all, following the guidelines and policies outlined by our Board and Waterloo Region Public Health. This is a community-wide effort, so we need your help and assistance too!

 

 

To prepare for the new school year, WCDSB has shared their Operational Guidelines which provides the protocols, guidelines, and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year as well. The health and well-being of our students, families, and staff is our priority.

Student Daily Self Screening – Week #2 – Blue Screening Form Continues this week

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

Please follow the directions of the assessment tool should you receive a “DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL.” message.

This link can be book marked and is easily found the moment you visit our School OLOG Website Home Page.

Covid-19 Student Screening Sheet

Schools are being asked to confirm the screening for the first two weeks of the school year (through to September 17th).

The sheet is to be sent back and forth from school and home. Teachers will verify the screening each morning. Please remember to complete the screening each morning and confirm on the sheet provided and send to and from school for the first 2 weeks.

The goal is to establish this important safety measures in our families for the success of all at school and in our homes … and our Gator Parents did an AWESOME Job last week establishing this important daily routine … we continue this BLUE FORM confirmation sheet this week also – thanks for helping us ALL be safe!

 

Blessed Sacrament News – Sacrament Make-up Dates for our Current Gr. 3’s and Gr. 8’s who missed their date last year – Thanks Father Larry and Father Pavel!

Attention Gr. 3 and Gr. 8 parents who already registered with the Blessed Sacrament Parish Office last year, please see the NEW Sacrament make-up dates for last years Gr.2’s and Gr. 7’s re ensuring we get to celebrate these wonderful milestones in their faith journey …

  • Current Gr. 3 Students – will receive Gr. 2 Sacrament of Reconciliation missed last year on – Wed., Oct. 20th @ 7 PM

  • Current Gr. 3 Students – will receive Gr. 2 Sacrament of First Holy Communion missed last year on  – Saturday, October 30th @ 3:00 PM

  • Current Gr. 8 Students – will receive Gr. 7 Sacrament of Reconciliation missed last year on  – Saturday, October 30th @ 1:00 PM

 

Reminder: School Cash Online

Important School Start-up Forms for Parents to Complete

If you are NOT registered for School Cash Online please sign up NOW!

School Cash On Line

Not sure how to sign up or use School Cashonline? Not to worry, it is easy! Please see the instructions below …

School Cash Online Register and Login Instructions

There will also be mandatory school start-up forms posted in School Cash Online for you to complete.

  • These ensure participation in extra-curriculars with regard to parent consent, as well as helping the office stay up to date with all of the necessary information relating to your child and life at school.
  • We are collecting $3.00 to support the cost of an agenda for each student. Our amazing School Parent Council pays the remainder of the cost of this agenda as our fundraising always goes toward improving the opportunities for our students at OLOG School – Thanks Council!
  • Please sit down one evening during the first 1-2 weeks and complete all necessary forms so that we may have a super start to a successful year – thanks!

 

WCDSB Student Census – Student Voice Matters! Gr. 4-12

Please find attached information regarding the upcoming student census – this will allow all students in Graddes 4-8 an opportunity to share their voice as it relates to building better school communities in Ontario and the WCDSB. The survey is completely anonymous and students can complete as much of it as they feel comfortable in doing … again, it is about know how they feel during these challenging times so that we can support with their voice in mind – great!

Please see some information relating to the survey below and do not hesitate to contact the school or your teacher, if you have any concerns or questions … thanks!

Student-census-memo

 

 

CSAC: OLOG Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting #1 – Sept. 21st, 2021

The Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Advisory Council – CSAC (formerly OLOG School Council) is a group of volunteer parents, guardians, community members, teachers and administrators committed to making our school a great place to learn and grow! The council sees family involvement as one of its main priorities and is committed to welcoming parents into the Gator community by increasing communication, removing barriers, and creating opportunities to get involved! Meetings are from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and we will begin this year by holding them virtually via Teams Meetings. The initial meeting of the 2021/2022 council will be held  Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

If you would like to be a regularly participating member of the advisory council please complete the CSAC Member Form attached below and either email it to jeffrey.dinner@wcdsb.ca or send it in with your child to be handed in at the office … thanks for your consideration and support! Note: Parents can participate as “Members at Large” if they do not wish to hold a formal council position in their first year, please just indicated this on the form when you send it in … thanks!

CSAC – School Council Nomination Form

 

LUNCH Hour Reminders At OLOG School

Just a reminder that the LUNCH Hour can be a very busy time of day in all school communities. Students are given the first 20 min. to eat their lunch and then look forward to changing shoes, throwing on a hoody and getting outside to play with their friends.

We ask that students and parents continue to send lunches in back packs each morning – and minimize dropping off lunches at school in that often the student must come from a portable or another location in order to retrieve the lunch and then are rushed to return to class, eat and to get outside on time. A birthday or special instance may be an exception but regular visitors to the school during this time of Covid-19 Protocols and Screening for Symptoms is something everyone is trying to avoid re safety. As well, staff supervision and time at lunch is important to maintain safety.

The office may be temporarily closed at lunch – if I am needed to supervise outside. Just leave a message and your call will be returned after 1:00 PM. A SIGN is posted on the front door and if it is an emergency, just use the side walk adjacent to the parking lot and walk around to the fence, simply gesture to a staff adult supervisor and we will be happy to assist.

Finally, during this time of Covid-19 heightened safety, our older students are NOT permitted to head off property to MacDonald’s or restaurants on a regular basis – as their interaction with others can create potential safety risks and implies the need for another screening … again, on a birthday with a parent is a wonderful special occasion but we will need to refrain from all other instances so that we can maintain safety protocols at this time – please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns and thanks for your understanding and support!

And GOOD NEWS – PIZZA DAYS are RETURNING 1X per week – they will be starting soon and this is a super nice treat for the students (and families) re a FUN LUNCH one day per week – awesome! Make sure you are signed up on School Cash Online!

Important Safety Reminder – Bus Loading Zone

NOTE: Parking and Drop-off/Pick-up Safety does NOT occur directly in front of the school on Gracefield Crescent

A reminder that between 8:50 and 4:00, there is no stopping, dropping off or parking directly in front of the school on Gracefield Crescent.

The diagram above shows “white arrows” wherein as long as you pay attention to the signs, parking on the right side of the street on the straight way, is permitted if absolutely necessary.

The safety of our student walkers and students boarding buses are critical and we know safety matters to you too! Consider walking together from or parking a short distance from the school on a nearby street and walking to the school together – this is healthy, safe and a great way to interact with your child to start and end the day!

Reminder #1: ALL students who live close enough to the school are able to walk.

Reminder #2: ALL students who live a further distance from the school are provided with transportation on one of our 3 big yellow buses directly to our front door and home again.

Reminder #3: So parents driving to the school are choosing to do so and must park a safe distance away from the school and then walk their child up to the school, such that we can be safe.

Reminder #4: The City of Kitchener Parking Enforcement Officer Patrols Gracefield Crescent regularly and a parking ticket in front of the school is $80.00 – this speaks to how important this safety measure is directly in front of our school in the bus zone and student traffic zone … so remember to be safe and park in a city approved and safe place a distance from the school.

Thanks for your understanding and support and we look forward to a wonderful first week of school with our gator students back at school!

Mr. Dinner and the OLOG Staff Team

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, September 13th 

  • ALL Gators are at School Today FULL- TIME –  JK/SK’s to Gr. 8 – ALL are at school – AWESOME! 

Tuesday, September 14th 

  • Covid-19 Screening Form sent home with ALL Students this week 

Wednesday, September 15th   

  • Spirit Wear Day – get caught wearing your Gator Spirit Wear or our School Colours (Sky Blue) – Note: Spirit Wear will be on sale soon – stay tuned! 
  • Did you remember to sign your Covid-19 Screening Form and send it back to school? Please do this today and every morning for next 2 weeks – thanks!

Thursday, September 16th 

  • OLOG Terry Fox Divisional Walk/Run (Rain Date if Friday is an Inclement Weather Day)  
  • Is your child feeling great today? Remember to follow the prompts in the screening tool to check https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ … and sign your Covid-19 Screening Form and send it back to school

Friday, September 17th 

  • Birthday’s Called for this week – a special Happy Birthday to ALL Gator’s with a birthday this coming week!
  • Is your child feeling great today? Remember to confirm on the OLOG Screening Form … just follow the prompts in the screening tool to check https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • OLOG Terry Fox Divisional Walk/Run – Thanks Ms. Farrell for organizing this special event for our students and families to lend a hand to fight cancer!

 

Looking Beyond This Week …

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark These Dates In Your Calendar … 

  • Friday, Sept. 17th – Terry Fox Walk/Run at OLOG – Twoonies for Terry – Please bring a twoonie to support our collective Fight Against Cancer (possible rain date Thursday, September 16th)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21st – First CSAC Meeting – 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Monday, Sept. 27th – Fire Drill Week – Our Gator Staff and Students will practice 3 Fire Drills – it is good to practice to be safe at home and at school!
  • Sept. 30th – Orange Shirt Day – because “Every Child Matters!”
  • October 8 – PA Day
  • October 11 – Thanksgiving
  • November 18 – Progress Report Card Distribution
  • November 19 – PA Day
  • November 25 – Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
  • December 20 – Christmas Break Begins
  • January 3 – Back to School 2022
  • January 21- PA Day
  • February 17 -Term 1 Report Card Distribution
  • February 21 – Family Day
  • March 2 – Ash Wednesday
  • March 14-18 March Break
  • April 8 – PA Day
  • May 2-6 Catholic Education Week
  • June 3 – PA Day
  • June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
  • June 29 -Last Day of School 
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Great First Week! Daily Covid-19 Screening and Bus Update

Great First Week Gator Nation!

As we look to gather today on our very first Friday (TGIF) of this school year, we want to thank our #ologawesome students, parents, staff and bus drivers for a great first week! Lots of smiles were witnessed as were lots of great learning and friendship moments were experienced – GREAT! And this is just the beginning of more to come! We look forward to calling out our students with BIRTHDAYS since the start of September and presenting them with a special card and treat on this special day! This is a tradition we do each Friday for the birthdays in the school that week and we love to celebrate this special moment, alongside our families!

 

Reminder: Daily Covid-19 BLUE Screening Sheet Due at School Today 

Students and Staff Daily Self Screen – Don’t forget to send your child’s BLUE Screening Sheet in TODAY and Next Week

Parents and guardians have been doing great at performing daily screening with and for their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The BLUE SHEET is a mandatory protocol for the first 2 weeks of school to establish this important routine. Then it is to happen each day following such that if your child comes to school, our staff knows you have screened them for safety. Again, thanks for partnering with us to keep schools OPEN during this pandemic! And please follow the directions of the assessment tool should you receive a “DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL.” message.

REMINDER – The screening tool link can always be found on the HOMEPAGE of our OLOG Website. it is a blue line or bottom front and center at the top of our home page.

Covid-19 Student Screening Sheet

 

Bus Update – Bus #98, #99, and #147 – Thanks ALL!

A shout out to our wonderful BUS DRIVERS – THANKS! And as well to our students, parents and staff for what has been an action packed first week with lots of new registrations and students being added to our buses daily. Our Teachers are careful to assist students at home time and Mrs. Morey and I are working with Transportation to add students needing transportation each day. Finally, amazing Support Staff Team assists our students both in the morning and at the end of the day ensuring they are on the right bus for a safe trip home. Some much needed changes to seating plans are needed and as most if not all students will be added on by today, we can look at finalizing better bus seating plans going forward. Again, thanks for your patience and support and please let us know if there are any concerns or changes needed.

We thanks ALL in our community for remembering that … The BIG THREE ARE KEY!

  1. Masks

  2. Hand Hygiene

  3. Physical Distancing

We are so very proud of our OLOG Gator School Community and are excited as this new school year gets fully underway – continued blessings Gator Families and be safe!

 

Mr. Dinner and our wonderful OLOG Staff Team

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Gator Gazette – Week at a Glance – Week #1 – Sept. 6-10, 2021

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

Mandatory Screening and Return to School Safety

We are very excited to have students return to OLOG for the September 2021-2022 school year. It is our hope to navigate this process of returning to school with positivity and faith. The AWESOME OLOG Staff are working hard to ensure the safe return for all, following the guidelines and policies outlined by our Board and Waterloo Region Public Health. This is a community-wide effort, so we need your help and assistance too!

 

To prepare for the new school year, WCDSB has shared their Operational Guidelines which provides the protocols, guidelines, and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year as well. The health and well-being of our students, families, and staff is our priority.

Student and Staff – Daily Self Screening


Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

Please follow the directions of the assessment tool should you receive a “DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL.” message.

This link can be book marked and is easily found the moment you visit our School OLOG Website Home Page.

 

A WCDSB message will be sent to all student homes at 5:30 a.m. reminding parents to complete the screening process for their child – and a link to the screener will be also contained in the message.

Covid-19 Student Screening Sheet

Schools are being asked to confirm the screening for the first two weeks of the school year (through to September 17th).  Parents will be receiving a one-page orange sheet that has 8 days listed where they can sign that they have completed the screen for their child (covering September 8th to 17th).

The sheet is to be sent back and forth from school and home. Teachers will verify the screening each morning. Please remember to complete the screening each morning and confirm on the sheet provided and send to and from school for the first 2 weeks.

The goal is to establish this important safety measures in our families for the success of all at school and in our homes – thanks!

 

First Day of School Procedures – Welcome Back Gators!

Reminder – The “First Day of School” for our students is as follows”

  • The first day of school for Grades 1-8 will be on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.
  • The first day of school for SK’s is Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
  • JK Orientation is on Tuesday, September 7th and your child’s teacher will confirm an interview time. As JK is a “staggered entry” to help with a smooth transition to a full day of school, our JK’s will only come 1 more day that first week. See your teacher to know what is your child’s first full day

 

Classrooms Will Be Called Outside On The School Yard Blacktop on Day #1

Please see the diagram below to know where your child can meet his/her teacher. Please know that class lists continue to be tentative due to ongoing registrations and evolving enrolment. Staffing and classroom changes will be directed by the Board office. This process may occur during the first two weeks of school which may lead to classes being revised. Our staff takes great care in considering students’ needs when creating class placement! Our goal is to place a child where they will achieve the most success, both academically while trying to balance their social and emotional development. A balanced class reflects the diversity and needs of our school community and all of our students. In order to maintain the integrity of classroom cohorts, there will be no class change requests accepted. Thank you in advance for understanding, it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher. Working together as a home-school partnership will allow for a positive school start-up and all of our staff work hard to help your children SHINE!

Parents can say good bye to their children at the sidewalk or parents may remain a safe distance (grass areas) from all other students …

Please remember to “physically distant” and students can meet their teacher as per the diagram below:

  • Students in Gr. 1, Gr. 2 and Gr. 3 will meet on the hardtop in front of Portables 1 and 2, look for the orange cones and your Teacher
  • Students in Gr. 4, and Gr. 5 will meet on the hardtop in front of Portables 5 and 6, look for an orange cones and your Teacher
  • Students in Gr. 6, Gr. 7 and Gr. 8 will meet on the hardtop in front our Natural Playground Area (Tires and Climbing Ladder), look for orange cones and your Teacher

 

Tentative Class Placements are now available online on our School Cash Online. A reminder that registrations continue to happen and classrooms often experience changes in the first 1-2 weeks of the school year.

Thank you for supporting your child as they start this exciting new school year and our return back to school!

 

If you are NOT registered for School Cash Online please sign up NOW!

School Cash On Line

Not sure how to sign up or use School Cashonline? Not to worry, it is easy! Please see the instructions below …

 

School Cash Online Register and Login Instructions

Reminder: Important School Start-up Forms for Parents to Complete

There will also be mandatory school start-up forms posted in School Cash Online for you to complete.

  • These ensure participation in extra-curriculars with regard to parent consent, as well as helping the office stay up to date with all of the necessary information relating to your child and life at school.
  • We are collecting $3.00 to support the cost of an agenda for each student. Our amazing School Parent Council pays the remainder of the cost of this agenda as our fundraising always goes toward improving the opportunities for our students at OLOG School – Thanks Council!
  • Please sit down one evening during the first 1-2 weeks and complete all necessary forms so that we may have a super start to a successful year – thanks!

 

WCDSB Student Census Information

Please find attached information regarding the upcoming student census and virtual parent consultation sessions the WCDSB will be offering.

Student-census-memo

Attendance 

The school has a safe arrival program to ensure that all students are accounted for each day. Parents/Guardians are required to notify the school as soon as possible if a student will be absent. An answering machine is available outside of school hours too. Please phone the school at 519-745-3961 and leave a message providing: child’s name, teacher’s name, grade level, day(s) absent and reason for absence and if ill a description of ALL the symptoms they are experiencing. If the school does not know the reason for your child’s absence, a phone call will be made to you.  Please help us limit these calls by notifying us of your child’s absence.  The safe arrival program exists to ensure your child’s safety.

CSAC: OLOG Catholic School Advisory Council

 

The Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Advisory Council – CSAC (formerly OLOG School Council) is a group of volunteer parents, guardians, community members, teachers and administrators committed to making our school a great place to learn and grow! The council sees family involvement as one of its main priorities and is committed to welcoming parents into the Gator community by increasing communication, removing barriers, and creating opportunities to get involved! Meetings are from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and we will begin this year by holding them virtually via Teams Meetings. The initial meeting of the 2021/2022 council will be held  Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

If you would like to be a regularly participating member of the advisory council please complete the CSAC Member Form attached below and either email it to jeffrey.dinner@wcdsb.ca or send it in with your child to be handed in at the office … thanks for your consideration and support!

CSAC – School Council Nomination Form

No NUTS Please

We want to inform you that like all Ontario Schools, OLOG School is a nut-free school.

We have students who suffer from a life-threatening allergy to all peanuts and tree nuts, which causes a condition known as anaphylaxis. We ask for your cooperation in helping to keep these children safe by not sending your child to school with any food containing peanut products or traces of peanuts. Students who have severe allergies to such food substances are open to serious health risks when exposed to these substances in their environment or if it is shared with them. We realize this may pose a challenge for you when packing your child’s snacks and lunches. We appreciate your support and understanding of this potentially fatal allergy. Your understanding and cooperation will go a long way in helping us provide for the health needs of these children.

Bus Loading Zone – Parking and Drop-off/Pick-up Safety on Gracefield Crescent

A reminder that between 8:50 and 4:00, there is no stopping, dropping off or parking directly in front of the school on Gracefield Crescent.

The diagram above shows “white arrows” wherein as long as you pay attention to the signs, parking on the right side of the street on the straight way, is permitted if absolutely necessary.

The safety of our student walkers and students boarding buses are critical and we know safety matters to you too! Consider walking together from or parking a short distance from the school on a nearby street and walking to the school together – this is healthy, safe and a great way to interact with your child to start and end the day!

Reminder #1: ALL students who live close enough to the school are able to walk.

Reminder #2: ALL students who live a further distance from the school are provided with transportation on one of our 3 big yellow buses directly to our front door and home again.

Reminder #3: So parents driving to the school are choosing to do so and must park a safe distance away from the school and then walk their child up to the school, such that we can be safe.

Reminder #4: The City of Kitchener Parking Enforcement Officer Patrols Gracefield Crescent regularly and a parking ticket in front of the school is $80.00 – this speaks to how important this safety measure is directly in front of our school in the bus zone and student traffic zone … so remember to be safe and park in a city approved and safe place a distance from the school.

 

Thanks for your understanding and support and we look forward to a wonderful first week of school with our gator students back at school!

 

Mr. Dinner and the OLOG Staff Team

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE …  

Monday, September 6th 

  • HOLIDAY – Labor Day  

Tuesday, September 7th 

  • The First Day of school for ALL Grades 1-8 – Classrooms will be called outside on the back hardtop play area
  • JK Orientation Visit Day! Welcome NEW Gators!
  • SK students remain home today
  • Covid-19 Screening Form sent home with ALL Students this week 

Wednesday, September 8th   

  • The First Day of School for all SK students – Welcome Back SK’s!
  • JK Students are HOME today
  • Spirit Wear Day – get caught wearing your Gator Spirit Wear or our School Colours (Sky Blue) 
  • Did you remember to sign your Covid-19 Screening Form and send it back to school? Please do this today and every morning for next 2 weeks – thanks!

Thursday, September 9th 

  • Staggered Entry for half of our New JK’s
  • Is your child feeling great today? Remember to follow the prompts in the screening tool to check https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ … and sign your Covid-19 Screening Form and send it back to school

Friday, September 10th 

  • Staggered Entry for other half of our New JK’s
  • Birthday’s Called for this week – a special Happy Birthday to ALL Gator’s with a birthday between Sept. 1-10th 
  • Is your child feeling great today? Remember to confirm on the OLOG Screening Form … just follow the prompts in the screening tool to check https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

 

Looking Beyond This Week …

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark These Dates In Your Calendar … 

  • Friday, Sept. 17th – Terry Fox Walk/Run at OLOG – Twoonies for Terry – Please bring a twoonie to support our collective Fight Against Cancer (possible rain date Thursday, September 16th)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21st – First CSAC Meeting – 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Monday, Sept. 27th – Fire Drill Week – Our Gator Staff and Students will practice 3 Fire Drills – it is good to practice to be safe at home and at school!
  • Thursday, Sept. 30th – Orange Shirt Day – because “Every Child Matters!”

 

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