July 31st, 2020

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July 30, 2020

Minister of Education, The Honourable Stephen Lecce, MPP’s Letter to Parents regarding School Opening in September 2020

July 8, 2020

2020 Return to School Parent Survey:

Planning for September is well underway at the BGCDSB in consultation with Grey-Bruce Public Health and the Ministry of Education. We understand that families are enjoying their summer holidays but are also looking for information to make decisions regarding September. We further appreciate that much can change before September, so we know that this information you provide may change as we near the start of the 2020/2021 school year.

To guide us during this time of planning we would ask that you please answer the questions on our survey which can be accessed with the link below.

Parent Survey (Sorry you may have to control click to open survey in a new tab)

Thank you in advance for the valuable information you provide. Please stay well and stay safe this summer.

July 3, 2020

Messages for Families:

Responsibilities of All Staff, Students, and Families Prior to Visiting School/Site

Prior to accessing a school/site you must conduct a self-assessment for COVID-19 and:

  1. Have not been outside of Canada within the last 14 days from the date of entry to the school
  2. Be symptom-free of respiratory illness
  3. Have not cared for or had known contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms (fever, new cough, difficulty breathing).

If any of the conditions apply then you MUST NOT visit the school/site. Other arrangements must be made so please contact your School Principal to discuss and appoint a designate that meets the above criteria.

Secondary Classrooms (Grades 9-12)

Only students with lockers may enter secondary schools. It is not a requirement, but one parent/guardian may attend with the student.

Upon entry to the school each student will be provided with a box or bag to gather belongings. Please do not bring in any bags/containers/boxes from home.

Students/Parents are encouraged to wear a face mask or face covering while inside the building. BGCDSB will NOT be able to provide Students/Parents with face masks or face coverings.

Reminder to Students/Parents to bring their locker combination. Locks may need to be cut off by an authorized Board employee if the students/parents cannot remember combination.

Students and families can call the school at 519-376-4728 and leave a message or email the school at smhs@bgcdsb.org

Students/parents will not be permitted to access the main office or any other area of the school other than the lockers.

Other items (i.e. personal instruments, art work, science projects, medications, etc.) will be assembled for pickup and will be placed in a location that can be easily retrieved during scheduled pick up times.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through this process.

Chaplain’s message: Prayer for an End to Violence

Monday, June 8th 2020

Hello St. Mary’s Students and Families,

We have been praying that all of you are safe and healthy. We miss seeing our students at school and praying with them each day.

Based on the recent and ongoing actions happening in the US, we would like to share a few thoughts with you today, beginning with a Bible passage:

A reading from the Gospel according to Mark.

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all commandments?”  Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  The second is this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.  There is no other commandment greater than these.”

We learn from this passage that to love God we must also love our neighbour. We cannot be faithful to the first without being faithful to the second.

As the aftermath of George Floyd’s death continues to unfold, we are rightfully focussed once again on our unresolved discussion of race, racial prejudices and race-induced violence.  Although this tragedy occurred in America, we know there is still work to be done on racial equality in Canada.  At St. Mary’s, where our motto is “Bound by Respect, Bound by Acceptance and Bound by Faith“ we promote inclusivity and honour the value of diversity.  We will continue, as a faith community, to work towards ensuring that our students are learning in an environment that reflects Jesus’s teaching to “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Let’s pray together.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Dear Lord,

As disciples of Jesus, help us to spread Your word.  Give us the courage to teach like Jesus, spreading messages of love, peace, kindness, gentleness and generosity.  Jesus taught that we are to love our neighbour like ourselves, and illustrated this in his Good Samaritan parable, and yet thousands of years later we are still dealing with the hurtful issues of racial profiling, discrimination and violence.  Help us to end the violence, Lord. We want our students to grow up in a world that does not see skin colour, and does not judge others based on appearances.  Give us the tools to help mend the racial divisions in our world so that we can work toward building Your Kingdom here on Earth.

We pray this in Jesus’s name.  

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Stay safe and well everyone.

God bless you,

Ms. Skiba

School Chaplain