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

 

Week #2 of Remote Online Learning 

Dear Gator Community,

“There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s some one fighting with you.”

St. Teresa of Calcutta

As we begin Week #2 of virtual learning, we would like to acknowledge the hard work of our Gator Staff Team re their efforts to pivot quickly such that they remain connected to their students, creating an engaging learning environment, where the students can keep in touch with their classmates also – #ologawesome! We also want to do a shout out to our resilient and hard working families!

Our students are so very hard-working and their dedication, flexibility and energy in learning remotely, continues to be wonderful. Finally, thank you to our parents and guardians whose dining rooms, kitchens, basements, closets and more, have now become learning spaces or classrooms. Thank you for inviting us (virtually) into your homes and for your collaboration toward making 2022 a great year for learning! Our tentative return date is this coming Monday, Jan. 17th and we hope to be back together again, very soon!

At this time, it is important to remember to be compassionate with yourself and others and to just do your best – it is all anyone can ask of you and you, and given these very challenging times, you are doing great! Please continue to treat yourself with kindness, grace and patience. This too shall pass and we will get through this tough time together! Should you need anything at all we are always just an email or phone call away. During Remote Online Learning, the students will be challenged in many wonderful ways, using online tools, links and maybe objects from home.

The 2 types of online learning that are utilized include both synchronous and asynchronous learning and a brief definition is as follows: 

  • What is asynchronous learning? This is learning that is not delivered in real-time. Asynchronous learning also allows for the learning to happen on your own schedule. The teacher will post learning content and activities to be completed.  Asynchronous learning may also involve students watching pre-recorded and/or videos as part of the lesson and completing assigned tasks.
  • What is synchronous learning: This is learning that happens in real-time. Synchronous learning involves the teacher interacting ‘live’ in a virtual place AND at a set time using text, video, or voice communication (i.e., via Google Meet or Microsoft Teams). Synchronous learning time enables educators/staff to instruct and connect with students in both whole class and small group settings.

Thanks, take care and be safe!

Mr. Dinner and the OLOG Staff Team

 

During Remote Virtual Learning – Attendance Matters – Call Anytime 24/7

Our Phone Number is 519-745-3961

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning.  Parents/Guardians are required to notify the school as soon as possible if their child will be absent for whatever reason.

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 or result of the school screener.

If the school does not know the reason for your child’s absence, as per Ministry Guidelines noted above, contact must be made with the parent to support participation and safety. Please help us limit these calls by notifying us of your child’s absence.  If you have any questions, please call the school.

NOTE: When students are absent, they can check on their Google Classroom Site for their learning for that school day to keep on pace with their classroom.

 

Supporting Mental Health 

Keeping our kids mentally healthy is a priority! Parents just a note to check out this great resource that supports both schools and families as we consciouisly make decision to make our students and family’s mental health a priority in our daily routines – especially during the challenging times brought on by the pandemic. We often use a resources from School Mental Health Ontario in our classrooms. One common exercise we promote is to practise our breathing. Practising deep breathing several times a day can help to increase alertness and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. It can also help to enhance positive feelings, promote positive behaviour, and provide a sense of calm. It is important to exercise our brains just like we do for our bodies.

 

Why Breathing Exercises?

 

Hand Tracing Exercise

 

Our upcoming WEEK-at-a-GLANCE:

Monday, January 10th 

  • Remote learning continues this week – please remember that attendance is taken like it is for regular school – please call the office if your child is going to be absent.
  • Chromebook – If your child still needs a Chromebook, please call the school and we will prepare one for your child to pick up – Thanks Mrs. Weinhardt, Mrs. McClennan and Mrs. Ryan!

Tuesday, January 11th 

  • Remote learning continues this week – please remember that attendance is taken like it is for regular school – please call the office if your child is going to be absent.

Wednesday, January 12th 

  • Online Spirit Wear Day – Get caught wearing your Gator Spirit Wear or our School Colours (Sky Blue) – Earn Points for your Squad: Hands, Feet, Eyes and Ears – Teachers will be able to TALLY Points while we are online – Don’t Forget to Rock our School Spirit Wear Gator Nation 

Thursday, January 13th  

  • PIZZA Days are CANCELLED for ALL Students during our Remote Learning Time – Note: Families will be refunded through Cash Online for any Thursday Pizza Days missed while we are not at school – more information to follow re January’s Pizza Days as we know more about our return to school date …
  • Blessed Sacrament Church – Is your child in Gr. 2 or Gr. 7 and you are wanting to register them for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation (Gr. 7) … then just CALL Blessed Sacrament Church for more information (519) 742-5061 

Friday, January 14th 

  • Grad Photo Day for Gr. 8’s and SK’s is POSTPONED – a NEW Date will be communicated as soon as we are able to safely return to school … stay tuned!
  • Birthdays – Our Teachers will take time to highlight the birthdays for students in their classrooms this week – Happy Birthday Gators and we will have these students visit the office when we return to in-school learning 
  • Online Hat Day – Spirit-Day – Alright Gator’s – dig into your closets and find all of your cool and funky hats – or your favourite sports teams – and rock some HATS on Friday for some fun and points … let’s she which team will pull ahead!

Looking Beyond This Week …

Reminder-clipart

Please Mark These Dates In Your Calendar … 

  • January 14th – POSTPONED – Grad Photo Day – Gr. 8’s and SK’s – Stay tuned for a new date …
  • 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