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IGNITING HOPE – Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 3 to May 8, 2020, we will be celebrating the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada.

Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well. The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.

Over the past couple of weeks our students have taken up the challenge to bring Hope, Love and Gratitude to Carleton Place.

Click to enjoy watching all the messages captured on this video ,

Keep an eye out around town for our posters, rocks and window paintings!

There will also be a Mass celebrated from Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa. this will be shared on Tuesday May 5 at 10 am.

Link to YouTube premiere: https://t.co/8lYvhjLK7z?amp=1

You can also join us for Mass on Wednesday May 6th at 10am, Live streamed from St Michael’s Basilica

Livestream – St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

 

 


Kindergarten to Grade 3 Registration – Available Online

Even though our building is closed  you can register online.

We are currently working on processing registrations and arranging classes for September.  If you have not completed the online registration yet, please fill in the form as soon as possible.  https://www.cdsbeo.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2018/05/Registration-Form-2019.pdf

If you are moving into the area and wish to speak to someone about St Gregory Catholic School please send an email with your contact information to StGregory.CarletonPlace@cdsbeo.on.ca or call and leave a message at 613-257-8468.   We will get back to you quickly to answer your questions.

 

 


Accessing RAZKids

Next week you may want to sign up for a RAZ Kids account.

This step by step guide should make is easy. Visit your classroom TEAMS site for the username and password in step 2.

If you have any difficulty please reach out to your teachers on teams or send a message to  StGregory.CarletonPlace@cdsbeo.on.ca and we will help you.

How to Access Raz-website


Update from Mrs Perrault

Dear Parents,

I am sure you have all heard the announcements and know that we will be all learning some new skills in the area of distance teaching and learning over the next few weeks.

Well-being and safety are our priority. As we plan, we are trying to balance the need for activities that will keep your kids learning and the realities of your individual situations.  As a staff we are working out the details.  Next week we will roll out activities and lessons. It might not be perfect but it is a start. (Watch for our WAG email on Sunday.)

Many of us are feeling stressed, alarmed and feeling somewhat frustrated by a situation we cannot control.  We are all working in ways that are unfamiliar, dealing with situations we never imagined. Our emotions bubble up in unexpected ways and our children are feeling this too.

In an attempt to find some calm in this storm I reached out to a psychologist, Dr Debrah MacNamara, whose expertise is young children and whose work I use daily.  I asked for some words of wisdom to share with all of you, grounded in psychology and solid reliable information.  She pointed me to Play.

PLAY is our release valve. Play is not work; true Play is not based in the real world.

Play is imagination, fun, silly jokes, karaoke. It is cooking, and painting, and singing and laughing. It is dancing and moving your body. It is gardening or running or writing or drawing. Play has no set goal or achievable end. It is just Play.

Play is where we all can process the emotions that keep bubbling up. Play is where we rest from the fears and find our way through this.

So, as we try to figure out what next week should look like, I encourage you to load up on play. Yes, you have realities and demands from your boss. Yes, you can have children do structured tasks to cover the reading, writing, math and science. We are getting things set up for these.  We encourage you to reach out to teachers for direction, guidance and to share the work the children are completing. Maintaining the connection, even virtually or over the phone is important.

Some of you are front line workers and you are working extra hours to bring safety to the rest of us, and for that we are grateful. Some of you are under tremendous financial and family stress (if we can help please reach out). Many of us are worried about the health of family members.

However, somewhere in the day we all need to play, especially our children. Play is where they can subconsciously express the emotions they are feeling, and begin to find rest. Go build a fort in the living room or paint a picture for the fridge.  Make a mud pie, build a tower, share a laugh or read a book together.

If you are not sure what play can look like here is a video https://www.cebm.ca/coronavirus  created to help parents deal with the demands of this current situation.

It is about the importance of play for children of all ages and the many ways you can bring this into their day. It is not flashy or slick, but it is full of many simple ideas that anyone can do.

I hope and pray that you all allow some PLAY to carry you through this time.

 

Paula

 


New Date for Kinder Open House

Kinder open house new date


Snow Days and Pizza

Please note as stated on the Pizza order on SCO – if we have a snow day that falls on a Pizza Lunch Day pizza is cancelled.  You will receive another pizza day at the end of the cycle.  If you choose to send your child to school on the snow day please ensure they have a lunch.  Thank you.

 


CP Canadians Jr A School Game Day

Carleton Place Canadians School days at the rink is fast approaching.  As with previous years, the school with the highest percentage of attendance to their CPC Jr A game at the CP rink will win $500.

The Carleton Place Canadians will be dropping into the school on Monday February 24th to deliver your game day vouchers and possibly meeting a few of the kids.

Please let the parents know that St Gregory’s game is:  Sunday March 1st at 3:00 pm

The students simply present the “admit one child voucher” at the ticket table to access the game.

We encourage the children to wear team or school colours and be ready to CHEER LOUD!!!  The players love it… the louder the better for them.


Kindergarten Registration Week – January 13-17, 2020!

       St Gregory Catholic Elementary School is now accepting new student registrations for September 2020! We invite parents to call the school to make an appointment to visit during Kindergarten Registration Week, which takes place January 13-17, or drop in during our Kindergarten Registration Open House on January 16, 5 – 6:30 pm. (If buses are cancelled on Jan 16th due to snow please note that the Open House will be rescheduled to Thursday, January 23rd, 5:00-6:30pm.)

Please visit the CDSBEO website registration page at http://bit.ly/CDSBEOKindergarten for information on how to register your child. We look forward to welcoming your child to Kindergarten!


Yard Improvements

We are continuing to make improvements on the play yard.  The side yard is now available to explore.  New paint on the pavement has added many new activities for students at recess time.  Now we have a new badminton net!  If you have any ideas please pass them along!


Photo Information

All students who had their pictures taken this week will be sent home with a proof (next week sometime) so you can see your child’s school picture.  You are then able to order by returning the form to the school or place your order online.  Instructions will be sent home with the proofs.  If you request a retake please note the date of retakes is October 11th.

 

 


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