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Parents can report absences electronically using their preferred email program and this address: AbsentGOUL@ocdsb.ca

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Hours 7:55 - 2:25
Block 1 7:55-9:55
Break 9:55-10:40
Block 2 10:40-12:20
Break 12:20-1:05
Block 3 1:05-2:25

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NEW AND RETURNING GREYHOUNDS:  Hover over and click on the various images in the photo above to enter our virtual school.
A welcome video and Parent Information can be found here: Welcome to GMS  
Read a letter from Mrs Eddy and Mrs Kondric: WELCOME LETTER
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DAILY COVID SELF-ASSESSMENT:  EVERY student must complete the COVID SELF ASSESSMENT before leaving home each day. This will be key in keeping the virus out of the school. Please take the time to thoroughly review the screening tool with your child each morning, and if they are exhibiting any symptoms, keep them home.


***UPDATED TRANSPORTATION PLAN ***  Click here to view and print a copy of the new plan, starting SEPTEMBER 21.

STUDENT HANDBOOK:  This year, our Student Handbook is a virtual one. Please take some time over the weekend to review it with your child. Once you have reviewed it with them, please have them complete the link here.

TERRY FOX 2020:  This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and Goulbourn Middle School is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes. Please join us and support this important cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/GoulbournMSStittsville. Students can set up their own fundraising page under our school name and share their link with friends and family: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Together, we can all make a difference! Our campaign will run from September 21-October 9.

MASKS:  Please review with your child the importance of wearing their mask and keep a safe distance from other people. We will be very firm about ensuring students follow these expectations. All students coming to school at GMS will be expected to wear a mask while at school. It is very important that your children understand this is an expectation for everyone. In order for exceptions to be made, a note from their doctor must be provided indicating the reason for the necessary exemption. We understand that this will be difficult for the students to get used to. With 2 weeks before we start school, it might be a good idea to have your children start practicing wearing their masks. This is important in the work we are doing to minimize the risks for students and staff at GMS.

CLASS CHANGE REQUESTS:  We are not able to accommodate any class changes at this time. Our classes are all very full, and any movement between classes has a ripple effect in many ways. We have tried to ensure we followed the recommendations of our feeder schools for our new students, and for our returning students, teachers from last year were consulted regarding any changes we had to make over the past two weeks. 

INFORMATION GATHERING:  All families are asked to complete the following electronic forms (Media Release and Acceptable Use of Technology). There are also two paper forms to fill out (Emergency Closure and Voluntary School Fee) which were sent home last week. Please complete the forms before September 24

BORROWED CHROMEBOOKS AND HOTSPOTS:  
If you borrowed school technology through the Learn at Home phase (March to June), please send these back to school on your child’s first day, charger included. We ask that you package up any borrowed technology carefully and that you identify the name of the school from where the item was borrowed so that we can ensure they are returned to the appropriate school’s inventory. All borrowed equipment was scanned according to its respective asset tag/ serial number before leaving any OCDSB school so we will make sure returned items are sent back to our feeder schools, or to any school within our system as needed.

 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  You can find the list of recommended supplies here. Please note that all items should be labelled and must fit inside the students desk. Items will not be shared between students. Cubbies and lockers will not be available for students to store their belongings. Additionally, a labelled water bottle will be required as water fountains will not be used for drinking purposes. As much as possible, learning will take place outside, so please prepare to dress your child for the weather. 

ORANGE SHIRT DAY:  Each year, GMS students participate in Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of Indian residential schools, honour them, and show a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. We encourage all of our GMS students to wear an orange shirt to support this important movement.

IMMUNIZATIONS: 
Those students who were supposed to receive their immunizations in the Spring at school can book a time with Ottawa Public Health to get those completed. The information can be found here.

STUDENT BELONGINGS:  For students who were not able to pick up their belongings in June, we packed them up, labelled the bags and stored them safely for the summer. Students should have all received their bag from their new homeroom teacher.  For Grade 8 students, who are now in grade 9, who were not able to come in, we have also packed up any locker belongings and stored those away until we get direction on pick up protocol We have put your composite photo, your Leaving Certificate and your T-Shirt with them.

HOT LUNCH REFUNDS:  With the donations of the refunds, we are able to donate a total of $2800.00 to the food banks in Richmond and Stittsville. The money will be split between the 2 food banks and cheques will be sent to them directly. Thank you so much for your donations. It is truly appreciated! 

VIRTUAL LIBRARY: Mrs. Judd has spent the past several weeks creating a website for families to access a wide variety of online resources. Please take a moment to check it out: Virtual Library

GMS T-SHIRTS: Purchase your very own for $20.00 ea. See sizes in the office

Grey GMS logo tshirt

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