Monthly Archives: April 2020

Special Message from the Minister of Education

Hey Tiger Families,

On Sunday, April 26 2020, the Ontario Government announced that schools will remain closed under emergency order until at least May 31, 2020.

The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Today, the Minister of Education released a special message to parents. Please read the message linked below.

Minister letter to the parents v9 FINAL EN – April 28 2020

April 24, 2020 – Take-Home Device Support

Hey Tigers,

Please call the device support number below for issues such as connecting to the internet or hardware issues with WCDSB-owned devices.
Hours of support are 8AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday.
519-578-3677 Ext: 2316

Supporting Children After a Tragedy

As we are navigating through these unprecedented times we are now mourning after a senseless act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the province of Nova Scotia and everyone affected. Please see the resource below to help get through these difficult times.

Thank you Mrs. Bartlett and Mrs. Soares

On behalf of the students and staff at St. Vincent de Paul, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Bartlett and Mrs. Soares for everything that they do! Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

April 14, 2020 – WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@Home is going.

The tool we are using is called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups. This is why you are asked if you are a student, parent, staff member, administrator, or community member.

Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

Once you have shared your thoughts, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much you agree (5 Stars) or disagree (1 Star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.

You can return to the exchange as often as you like to *STAR* thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more that one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

The Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21, 2020.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to: wcdsbresearch@wcdsb.ca

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.

For younger children (Grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.

Thank you in advance for your participation in helping us make WCDSBLearn@Home a success!

April 9, 2020 – Stations of the Cross Video

Hey Tigers!

Today is Holy Thursday. Under normal circumstances, we would meet as a faith community to pray and reflect on Christ’s Passion through the Stations of the Cross. Since we were unable to assemble this year, the staff has put together a video on the Stations of the Cross as a way to pray it in your home as a family.

Stay safe and God bless Tigers.

 

Kindergarten Registration for September 2020 still open

Several years ago, we established a very easy-to-use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible.

 

Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020, are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible.

 

There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

 

For non-Catholic families wishing to register in a WCDSB elementary school, the school Principal will reach out to you to complete the required interview process – again – at an appropriate time in the most appropriate manner, including via phone.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process!

April 3, 2020 – Updated WCDSBLearn@Home Website

Hey Tigers,

Some updates we want to make you aware of.

Updated WCDSBLearn@Home Website

Beginning April 6th, what the Ministry of Education is calling “Phase 2” or “Educator-Led” Learning will commence at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Schools will continue to be closed but learning will continue — involving a combination of distance learning tools for students.

Please visit our special WCDSBLearn@Home website for information and resources complied to support the government’s plan.

The resources on this site can supplement and support Educator-led learning. You may not need all of these resources, but if you find yourself needing assistance with creating a positive learning environment for your children, we hope they can provide some assistance.

Under the Educator-led learning plan, the government has outlined the minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week, based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher. These expectations, for each teacher, include:

  • Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;
  • Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;
  • Grades seven to eight: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,
  • Grades nine to 12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

The WCDSBLearn@Home website will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please visit often.