Monthly Archives: June 2020

A message to our SVDP community

It is hard to believe the 2019-20 school year has come to an end. While it would be easy to focus on what we didn’t experience due to COVID, we have shared an incredible six months filled with many memorable events. Here are a few of the highlights from a school year gone by so quickly…

  • Fall Open House & Meet the Teacher
  • Terry Fox Run Day
  • Mount Mary
  • Dance A Thon
  • Special Olympics – Sponsor an Athlete Dance
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Bell Let’s Talk day
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Nutrition for Learning
  • Door monitors
  • Bus patrollers
  • Announcement helpers
  • Intramurals & PALS
  • Spirit Wear days
  • Volleyball/ Basketball/ Soccer/ 3 pitch
  • Christmas Concert & Plays
  • Christmas Breakfast
  • Shrove Tuesday
  • Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Virtual Catholic Education Week

It is true we missed out on a number of events this year due to COVID-19 and there is no denying this is disappointing. However, we saw this as an opportunity to be creative, and in some cases, we were able to celebrate in new, more profound ways. Our Grade 8 Graduation celebration is one such example. We are so proud of our Class of 2020 and thrilled we were able to celebrate our graduating class. This was a graduation ceremony we will never forget! We wish all our Grade 8 graduates the very best as they transition to high school next year.

We would like to take an opportunity to thank our St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School Advisory Council.  Your year long commitment to the betterment of St. Vincent de Paul CES is very much appreciated. Once again, CSAC had a very busy year providing support to our students. Rest assured, a number of our plans have been placed on “pause”, rather than cancelled, due to COVID-19; we plan to resume these school wide initiatives when it is safe to do so in 2020-21.

As we wrap up this school year, we bid farewell to a number of members in our St. Vincent de Paul community. To the students who are moving on to new schools in 2020-21, we wish you all the best as you meet new friends and make great memories. Ms. Green, Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Senger, Ms. Kelly, Ms. Leusink and Mrs. Freer have all finished their assignments with us at St. Vincent de Paul. We thank them for their commitment and contributions to our school. We know they will be a wonderful addition to the communities they join next year.

Mrs. Burke, Mrs. Mimee-Nugent and Mrs. Leclerc will be moving to new school communities and we wish them well. They have been a blessing to St. Vincent de Paul CES.  We wish all these staff members much health and happiness in their new adventures.

Please stay tuned to further NewsWire communications where we will welcome our new staff members for the 2020-21 school year.

To all members of our St. Vincent de Paul community: have a wonderful summer filled with good health, laughter, smiles, and memories to last a lifetime.

God Bless!

Erin Lemak         Richard Resendes

Principal              Vice Principal

Reminder: School Re-opening Survey

Good morning Tiger Families,

To help with planning for the fall, we are asking families to complete an online survey: School Re-Opening Survey June 2020 . The survey will remain open until June 30th  and we only require one survey to be completed per family. There are some translations available of the survey which are accessible at the top right of the page when you open the survey. We hope to gain some insights in to how families are feeling about school in the fall.

Thank you for taking time to complete the survey.

 

Survey – School Re-Opening Survey June 2020

June 23. 2020 ~ Fall Return to School Parent Survey

Good morning Tiger Families,

We hope that each of you had a good Father’s Day Weekend.  On Friday, there was an important announcement related to the province’s plan for re-opening schools. We have attached two letters – one from the Minister of Education and one from our Director of Education. Please take some time to review them both.

To help with planning for the fall, we are asking families to complete an online survey: School Re-Opening Survey June 2020 . The survey will remain open until June 30th  and we only require one survey to be completed per family. There are some translations available of the survey which are accessible at the top right of the page when you open the survey. We hope to gain some insights in to how families are feeling about school in the fall.

Thank you for taking time to complete the survey.

 

Survey – School Re-Opening Survey June 2020

Letters:

WCDSB Director’s Letter on School Re-Opening June 2020 M letter – Announcement EN

Ministry Announcement June 2020 EN

Reminder for Student Belongings Pick Up

Dear Families,

We hope and pray that our families are doing well during this time. Just a few reminders for Student Belongings Pick Up that is occurring on Monday, June 22 from 9:00-3:00, Tuesday, June 23 from 9:00-3:00, and Wednesday, June 24 from 9:00-11:00.

Please ensure you have signed up for a time by visiting:   https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/SVDP@wcdsbca.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/ .

As a reminder, it is essential that we follow the protocols listed below:

WCDSB, Provincial and Local Health Protocols:

  • Parents must complete the self-assessment tool prior to arrival: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
  • Only ONE parent/guardian and their child(ren) come to the school.
  • A limit of seven (7) families are to be on the blacktop at any given time. Please refrain from coming on to the property before your designated time slot and should you see 7 families already in the queue.
  • Masks and gloves are recommended if you have access to them.  The school will not provide them.
  • There will be no outdoor supervision and the playground is closed.
  • Any medication stored in the main office will also be available for pick-up at the same time.
  • Kindly understand this is not the time for prolonged conversations; please pick-up your child’s belongings in a timely fashion.
  • Given the limited number of families who can access the blacktop at one time we kindly request you leave the property promptly after receiving your child’s belongings. This helps us to process all families in a timely manner.
  • During designated pick-up days, staff may not be available for online learning.
  • If there are parents/guardians whose health leaves them vulnerable to COVID-19, arrangements can be made to have a separate pick-up date. Please make arrangements directly with Ms. Lemak and/or Mr. Resendes.
  • If there are parents/guardians who are frontline workers and cannot make the pick-up date(s), please contact Mrs. Lemak and/or Mr. Resendes directly to make alternate arrangements.
  • Anyone waiting for their designated time slot should be directed to line-up with appropriate physical distancing – spaced 2 metres apart. There will be pylons on the sidewalks.

When You Arrive at Your Scheduled Time:

  • You may use the school parking lot on Faial or walk if possible.
  • Please come to the gym doors, on the parking lot side.
  • There will be tables set up with school staff to assist you.
  • All belongings will be in the gym and staff will bring items out to you. There will be no access to the building or classrooms.
  • Report Cards will be available for pick up. After picking up your child(ren)’s belongings, please visit the Report Card table.
  • There will also be lost and found on the sidewalk. We ask that you follow our safety protocol and do not touch the items unless you are taking them with you.
  • Unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the final pick-up day, other than in very unique circumstances.
  • Please be prepared for any weather!  If it is raining – the gym doors will be propped open at the rear of the school where families will be invited in one at a time for belongings to be brought to you.
  • All school property must be returned on your scheduled visit including library books, text books or any other school owned item.  Don’t forget a team sports jersey if your child has one at home. You will place these on the table when you are checked in.
  • Washrooms are not available to families. There are no exceptions to this so please plan accordingly.

Chromebooks: 

Please note that you ONLY need to return a Chromebook (if you borrowed one from the school) IF you are NOT attending a school within Waterloo Catholic District School Board. If your child is attending Mons. Doyle or another Catholic elementary school within our board in September, you do NOT have to return the Chromebook at this time.

We understand there is a lot to follow, but our priority is your safety and the safety of our staff. We thank you for your support and understanding with this protocol.

Stay well,

Ms. Lemak and Mr. Resendes

Student Belongings PICK UP

June 10, 2020

Dear Families/Guardians,

We hope and pray that our families are doing well during this time. We would like to invite you to come to our school to pick up your child’s items. We ask that you please read this letter thoroughly so we can be sure all protocols are followed and we have a safe experience for all involved.

Please carefully review the following:

It is important that you sign up for a pick up time, due to the protocols set out for us by the Region of Waterloo Public Health. Your family will sign up for a block of time to come to the school for retrieval of all personal belongings. This process should take no longer than 10 minutes per family. Please join us at St. Vincent de Paul during the following time slots to pick up your child(ren)’s personal items as well as to drop off school property (e.g., library books, classroom books, textbooks, school jersey, etc.). We will also have Report Cards ready for pick up.

 

Date: Monday, June 22    9:00am – 3:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, June 23 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Date: Wednesday, June 24 9:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Please sign up for a time slot at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/SVDP@wcdsbca.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/ .

 

WCDSB, Provincial and Local Health Protocols:

  • Parents must complete the self-assessment tool prior to arrival: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
  • Only ONE parent/guardian and their child(ren) come to the school.
  • A limit of seven (7) families are to be on the blacktop at any given time. Please refrain from coming on to the property before your designated time slot and should you see 7 families already in the queue.
  • Masks and gloves are recommended if you have access to them.  The school will not provide them.
  • There will be no outdoor supervision and the playground is closed.
  • Any medication stored in the main office will also be available for pick-up at the same time.
  • Kindly understand this is not the time for prolonged conversations; please pick-up your child’s belongings in a timely fashion.
  • Given the limited number of families who can access the blacktop at one time we kindly request you leave the property promptly after receiving your child’s belongings. This helps us to process all families in a timely manner.
  • During designated pick-up days, staff may not be available for online learning.
  • If there are parents/guardians whose health leaves them vulnerable to COVID-19, arrangements can be made to have a separate pick-up date. Please make arrangements directly with Ms. Lemak and/or Mr. Resendes.
  • If there are parents/guardians who are frontline workers and cannot make the pick-up date(s), please contact Mrs. Lemak and/or Mr. Resendes directly to make alternate arrangements.
  • Anyone waiting for their designated time slot should be directed to line-up with appropriate physical distancing – spaced 2 metres apart. There will be pylons on the sidewalks.

 

When You Arrive at Your Scheduled Time:

  • You may use the school parking lot on Faial or walk if possible.
  • Please come to the gym doors, on the parking lot side.
  • There will be tables set up with school staff to assist you.
  • All belongings will be in the gym and staff will bring items out to you. There will be no access to the building or classrooms.
  • Report Cards will be available for pick up. After picking up your child(ren)’s belongings, please visit the Report Card table.
  • There will also be lost and found on the sidewalk. We ask that you follow our safety protocol and do not touch the items unless you are taking them with you.
  • Unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the final pick-up day, other than in very unique circumstances.
  • Please be prepared for any weather!  If it is raining – the gym doors will be propped open at the rear of the school where families will be invited in one at a time for belongings to be brought to you.
  • All school property must be returned on your scheduled visit including library books, text books or any other school owned item.  You will place these on the table when you are checked in.
  • Washrooms are not available to families. There are no exceptions to this so please plan accordingly.

 

Students moving schools and students in Grade 8 must return your Chromebook (if you borrowed one from the school). If you are returning to St. Vincent de Paul in September 2020 and you borrowed a Chromebook you do not need to return it at this time.

 

We understand there is a lot to follow, but our priority is your safety and the safety of our staff. We thank you for your support and understanding with this protocol.

 

Stay well,

Ms. Lemak and Mr. Resendes

 

June 10, 2020 – WCDSB Kindergarten Registration

Good Morning Tigers,

Kindergarten registration is still open!

Children born in 2016 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten.

Children born in 2015 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten.

Attached you will find information about how to register your child online and many other links to help answer any questions you may have.

Kindergarten – June 2020

June 5, 2020 – Kindergarten Registration is STILL OPEN!

Kindergarten Registration is STILL OPEN!

Sign up for School Today!!

Several years ago, the WCDSB 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, your school Principal will reach out to you to complete the required interview process – again – at an appropriate time in in the most appropriate manner, including via phone.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information

you need to start the registration process!