April 22nd Update

posted Apr 26, 2020, 3:56 PM by Roisin Philippe

April 22nd

Hello Parents and Guardians

The weather this week has been quite the reminder that we live in Canada. I hope you have been able to take advantage of the sunny hours to get outside for some much needed Vitamin D. 

The news has been very heavy this past week, with the tragedy in Nova Scotia. We continue to pray for those families as they try and make sense of what has happened and must grieve in a very restrictive way. May they find strength in each other and rebuild their community once more to be a place where they feel safe. 

We continue to listen to our Chief Medical Officer regarding our role during this pandemic, to physically distance ourselves and respect the guidelines when we do have to leave our homes for our basic necessities. I can’t say this often enough, please do not feel that your children need to complete all or even any of the work that is being provided by the teachers. This work is being provided so that those of you who want it, have it. Once we return to school, we will meet the children where they are at. Please know that the most important thing is for you and your family to remain healthy. We know this is not ideal and that it would be much better if the children were in school. We feel the same way. Many of us have our own children at home or other family that we are looking after. We understand what you are going through. Someday soon we will all be back together and we will appreciate that more than ever!

Today is Office Administrator Appreciation Day! We want to recognize Angela Gagliano, Manon Gosselin and Dawn Butler for all their hard work for our St George staff and families! We know that you join us in thanking them for all that they do each and every day!

Tomorrow, April 23rd, is the feast of St George. Normally we would have a mass with Msgr Hans and the teachers would have prepared various activities with the students, but these are not normal times. So, not to miss out on the fun of celebrating our wonderful Namesake, we have prepared 2 activities to mark this day along with a message from Msgr Hans. We are also encouraging our staff and students to wear their St George colours tomorrow!

  1. Message from Msgr Hans LINK 

  2. A short quiz: LINK: Feast of St George Quiz to see how well the students (and yourselves) know our St George

  3. Share your creativity! The dragon represents evil and St George was trying to protect us from evil. The legend says he slayed a dragon to protect a child (from being sacrificed). 

A British Historian Ian Mortimer used these words to describe St George: “St. George stands for the courage to face adversity in order to defend the innocent. The triumph of good over evil, through courage. …The king who adopted him might be almost forgotten today, but for centuries Saint George represented the idea of courageous leadership and, with it, the unifying popular will to be governed well and protected.”

Please add a picture of your own drawing or writing to this folder: Feast of St George 2020 to celebrate this day. Here are some ideas to help get you started:

  • Picture of St George

  • Writing words that describe St George

  • You, showing kindness like St George did

  • You, being courageous like St George

  • Prayer for St George

  • Use your imagination!!

We will compile all of the pictures and share them with the community! Please put your name somewhere on the front if you wish for others to know it was drawn by you! Follow us on Twitter @StGeorgeOCSB as we may post some of your creations over the next few days. 

Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has shared the following Safety Poster and Writing Competition

Lastly, we have another story for you! Mrs Shurb has recorded herself reading another story for the students::

Oh The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You!

We continue to pray for all of you and wish for a return to our normal routine soon. Take care and give your kids a hug from all of us!!