We have received the detailed protocol for parents to access the school to retrieve their child’s belongings.
In reviewing what is at the school I realize that students took most of their belongings home. Typically, the only thing left in the classrooms are their indoor shoes. A few students have a pencil case they forgot in their desk. Our Kindergarten students have a bag with their spare clothing in their cubby.
We are not sending students’ work at this time.
I expect many of you may choose to leave the items until we return in the fall. This is perfectly acceptable and will hopefully be a much less restrictive process at that time.
If you wish to access the school to retrieve student personal belongings you must:
STEP 1 – Reply by email to StGregory.CarletonPlace@cdsbeo.on.ca by Wednesday, June 3 at noon.
- In the reply indicate you want to access the child’s belongings. Please list the names of all children and their homeroom teacher.
- Once we see how many people want to access the school we will create a schedule and notify you of your pick up time. I anticipate it will be either June 9 or 10 between 8 am and 5 pm. We will email your exact time later in the week.
STEP 2 – Before entering the school you must:
- complete the Ministry of Health on-line self-assessment tool and have received a negative assessment AND are symptom free at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.
- verbally attest that you have not travelled in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone who has travelled in the past 14 days.
- not have been in contact with someone in the past 14 days who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is suspected to have COVID-19, or who has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath)
When you arrive you will:
- Remain in your car until your appointed time
- Follow the outlined path at the front of the school
- Maintain 2 meter distance from others
- Bring your own pen to sign in and out
- Bring your own Bag if needed
- You will have a maximum of 10 minutes to retrieve items
- Principal or custodian will escort you to the classroom if required.
- Use of washrooms, drinking fountains are not permitted
- Avoid touching surfaces
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance
Please understand that these procedures are required by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and we cannot make exceptions.
Please understand that should you decide to leave the belonging at school,we will keep the shoes and personal belongings until we return in the fall and they can be sent home at that time. This includes Grade 3’s moving to St Mary.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!