Family Tiger Update for Week of May 17th

Dear Tiger Families,

We hope you and your family continue to do well and enjoyed the sun and warmer weather this weekend brought!  With the uncertainty of a return date to face-to-face learning, we want to say that we are so proud of all of our students who continue to persevere and attend their Google Classrooms each and every day and submit their work for assessment purposes.  It is so important that your child attends and completes the work as this will be used for report cards.  Attending class through Google Meets also allows your child to stay connected to their peers.  Our staff are doing their very best to make classes fun and are going on Virtual field trips and other fun activities!  We understand that online can be challenging so if there is anything that we can do to make it easier to help your child stay connected and to continue the learning, please let us know.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school!

 

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are looking forward to welcoming our newest members to our Tiger family this Thursday!  If your child is starting Kindergarten (Year 1 or new to Year 2 Kindergarten), it is still not too late to register!  You can register your child online or call the school.  We will virtually see all of our new Kindergarten Tigers this Thursday, May 20th!

 

Youth Impact Survey

Youth in Waterloo Region between the ages 9 and 18 have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Impact Survey. The Youth Impact Survey was developed in partnership with young people in Waterloo Region and asks well-being questions on a variety of topics. This 20-30 minute survey is totally voluntary and anonymous. Youth who fill it out will receive volunteer hours and a chance to win prizes and the data collected will help inform future experiences for children and youth in Waterloo Region. To learn more about the survey, please click here.

 

Canadian Innovation Week

This is the 4th annual Canadian Innovation Week. As a school community, we will take time this week to look at achievements or innovations within our nation and hope to inspire the next generation of innovators.

Summer Learning Registration Now Open!

Registration is now OPEN!

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning.  In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support, and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade.

ALL Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Learning options can be found here: www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning

 

Summer Learning Registration NOW OPEN!

Summer LearningRegistration is NOW OPEN!

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary students and secondary that will ignite, support and challenge students towards success and preparation for the next grade.

All Elementary, Secondary, & Adult Learning options can be found here – www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning

Program Flyers

HeadStart to Grade 9

Summer Boost – SK – 8

Summer Expedition – “A Discovery Lens” – Grades 6 -8

Summer Reading Program – Grades 1 -2

Summer Fun with Language – JK – 8

Tiger Family Update Week of May 10th

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and mother figures!   May God continue to bless you!!

 

 

Last week we celebrated Catholic Education Week and it was also a week where our school experienced a journey of transformation with the Gathered to Become Butterfly.   You will see from the picture above the butterfly and chrysalis that were so beautifully displayed in our Chapel.  At home and as a way to celebrate Catholic Education Week and Becoming Butterfly, our students were busy reflecting on what it means to let go and let God in and how the butterfly is a symbol of HOPE and endurance.  Our Junior and Intermediate Grades also participated in a virtual assembly on the Saint John’s Bible.  Thanks, Tigers for all your great questions and participation in the virtual meeting!  You may have also noticed that SVdP has engaged in a friendly sign game with other schools in our Board as a way to have fun and spread some positivity!   Here are some pictures from last week and once again Tigers…. THANK YOU for all your work!

 

Beacon of Hope:

The SVDP community is grateful for our very own beacon of hope, Logan Viana.   Throughout these trying times, Logan has been a constant light for us at our school. There is not a staff member or student who does not smile when Logan’s name is mentioned. He is SVDP’s very own rainbow.  Logan, thank you for shining your light for us. Congratulations!!!!

Monsignor Doyle Beacons of Hope

St. Isidore: Final Survey Coming Soon for the 2021-2022 School Year

A final survey for those families who are interested in remote/virtual learning for the 2021-2022 school year will be available beginning June 1st to June 3rd.  Only those families who are interested in registering at St. Isidore need to complete the survey.   Please keep in mind that if you choose to register your child at St. Isidore, there will be no opportunity to switch to face-to-learning.   The commitment to register at St. Isidore is for the full school year.  More information to follow as we get closer to the date.

 

Tigers, have a great week!  Continue to work hard and stay connected!  See you tomorrow at 9:00 am!!

Tiger Family Update Week of May 3

Dear Tiger Families,

It is going to be a busy and exciting week in our Google Classrooms!  We are feeling very grateful to be able to provide our students with the experience of the “Becoming Butterfly”.   Although we will not be able to see the chrysalis and butterfly in person, our students will be engaged in various activities in their Google classroom so that they can virtually experience “Becoming Butterfly”.    Next week also marks Catholic Education Week and the theme is Nurturing Hope inspired by Isaiah 40:31: “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” Hosting the butterfly fits in so well with Catholic Education as the butterfly is a symbol of resurrection, endurance, change, and HOPE! 

Here is a short video from Bishop Crosby introducing Catholic Education Week

 

Help us celebrate Catholic Education and Becoming Butterfly by making your very own butterfly at home!  You can use paper, coffee filters, cut outs of your hand print, etc..!  See below for some ideas but the sky is the limit! When you have finished making your butterfly, take a picture and send it to your teacher or to Mrs. Sica (tammy.sica@wcdsb.ca) or Mr. Resendes so that we can tweet it out!  Tigers, we can’t wait to see what you create!

 

This week is also Mental Health Week.  We will embed our wellbeing learning into our day along with our Catholic Education Week prayers and activities.  Please visit the Canadian Mental Health Website or our WCDSB Website (WCDSB Mental Health and Well Being/) for great links and resources.  Thanks for looking out for each other!

May PartipACTION

There are more FREE family events coming up in May, from Virtual visits with the KPL to Paint Nights to Finding Your Way Back to Being Positive with Nancy Revie.

Sign up here – https://forms.office.com/r/PHPy94F1dj

Family ParticipACTION Poster

 

Waterloo Catholic District School Board  Extended Day Programs!

As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year….

As stated in our Parent Handbook,

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board assesses the viability of the Extended Day Program at all schools every year.  A program is determined viable when there is sufficient parental interest. Parents demonstrate their interest by pre-registering for the Extended Day Program between January and April. Parents will be notified in or around May if the Extended Day Program will be offered at their school. Once a location has been determined viable, registration is ongoing, and children may enroll throughout the school year.

Please Pre-Register now to show your interest in having/keeping the Extended Day Program at your school!

To view the Extended Day Parent Handbook, click here

Email extended.day@wcdsb.ca

Telephone: 519-578-3660

 

Tiger Family Update: Week of April 26, 2021

Dear Tiger Families

Our first week back to remote learning last week was a success thanks to YOU!  THANK YOU to our awesome students and families for all of your patience and support and thank you to the amazing staff at SVdP for all of their work to continue to make learning fun and engaging. While we know it is not the same, it is so great to be able to see our student’s faces and to continue to connect, share stories, and of course, continue with our studies!   Tigers, we are so proud of you!  Remember, we are here to help, and should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Just a reminder that students must join their Google Classroom at 9:00 and immediately following their lunch for attendance.  If your child will be absent, please call the school.

 

Virtual Learning Tips and Expectations:  We understand that parents/guardians are valuable partners in their child’s education. As we are navigating in a virtual learning environment, we recognize that although the expectations are similar, they may not be identical to those in a physical school setting.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • When cameras are on, consider using the ‘blur background’ feature.
  • Please remember that appropriate clothing is required just as it is in a physical school.
  • Behaviour is expected to resemble that which would be deemed acceptable in school (e.g., sitting up,
    raising a hand when wanting to share)
  • We know that all of our families are doing their very best to have their children connect to their virtual classrooms and complete the work that is provided.  When required, parents may act as a support.  In order to honor the student learning journey, please allow your child to experience productive struggle by allowing them to do the thinking and completing their work independently.  Generally speaking, parents/guardians should not appear on camera or speak directly to the teacher or class during the synchronous learning times.
  • We understand that we are not in normal times and although we are required to take attendance, we realize that exceptions need to be made.  Please continue to communicate with us so that we can work together to figure out how to best support your family and your child’s learning.

Extended Day Programs!

 As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year….

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board assesses the viability of the Extended Day Program at all schools every year.  A program is determined viable when there is sufficient parental interest. Parents demonstrate their interest by pre-registering for the Extended Day Program between January and April. Parents will be notified in or around May if the Extended Day Program will be offered at their school. Once a location has been determined viable, registration is ongoing, and children may enroll throughout the school year.

 Please Pre-Register now to show your interest in having/keeping the Extended Day Program at your school!

To view the Extended Day Parent Handbook, click here   Email extended.day@wcdsb.ca    Telephone: 519-578-3660

Tiger Spirit Days Continue!

Even though we are not physically together, we still want to ‘see’ you ROAR every Wednesday!  Don’t forget to wear your Tiger spirit wear or green, yellow and black every Wednesday!

 

Catholic Education Week and Gathered To Become: May 2- 7th

We are feeling very grateful to be able to provide our students with the experience of “Becoming a Butterfly” and to celebrate Catholic Education Week from May 2- 7th.  Our Board’s Pastoral Theme for this year is Gathered to Become, and the WCDSB chrysalis and butterfly symbolize that theme of beautiful TRANSFORMATION or BECOMING!  This same week is also when we celebrate Catholic Education Week and the ongoing gift of publicly-funded Catholic education.  This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope” which could not be more fitting.  Stay tuned for more information on how our school community will celebrate our transformation and continue to nurture hope!

 

 

 

Return to Remote Learning: Week of April 19th

Welcome back Tigers!  We hope that everyone had an enjoyable ‘Spring Break’.  As announced by the Premier of Ontario this past Monday, the return to school for this coming week will be remote.  Tigers, we have done this before and we know we can do this again!

Monday, April 19th ~ Asynchronous Learning Day

This will be our first day ‘back to school’ and students will be engaged in asynchronous (offline) learning. This day will be like our adapted learning ‘Snow Days’. Teachers will post work on their Google Classroom by 10:00am for students to complete during the day.

Tuesday, April 20th ~ Synchronous Learning Begins

We will proceed with our regular school bell times. Teachers will post their class schedule and attendance will be taken both in the morning and in the afternoon. A reminder that synchronous teaching and learning does not mean that teachers and students are in front of the camera for the entire day. Instead, synchronous learning involves some time for a lesson and then even some possible asynchronous work for the students with the teacher being available for questions from students (either through email or an open meeting link) and to work/meet with small groups.

We extend our sincere gratitude to you – again – for your continued support and we recognize that you are also doing your best to adapt to these periods of transition.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if needed.  We are here to help!

 

 

Letter from Director: Pivot to Remote Learning April 19th

   April 12th, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances.  No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school after the April Break will be remote.  That is, on April 19th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin their continued learning virtually.  The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution.  Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe.  Our protocols have served us well and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community.  We have also seen an increase in the variants and they are proving more concerning.  Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder of April will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.

We do not yet have a firm return date for in person learning but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Once we have a firm return date for in person learning we will be in touch.

Just before we left for the break, out of an abundance of caution, we did make a “best efforts” attempt to send home Chromebooks with all those students for whom we had a prior request through our comprehensive survey.  If there are outstanding orders that were missed, they will be deployed upon our return on April 19th.   Schools and Extended Day programs currently remain closed and unavailable to staff, students and parents.  All school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions and updates as of April 19th, 2021.

The move to remote learning will be similar to January.  The school day will follow the bell times of your individual school and if not already received, you/your student will be given a clear indication of the daily schedule your child is to follow through your local school.  The first day back, April 19th,  will look a little different – we will treat it similar to a snow day where work will be posted to the class site.  Students will work independently.  This is to allow our staff to prepare their virtual lessons and we will start full synchronous days on Tuesday April 20th.   This will apply to St Isidore as well.

Thank you for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.  This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large.  During the April Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/   and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please let your school principal know upon their return on April 19th, 2021.

I will also take this opportunity to once again point out that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.  Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in faith.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether  #WeGotThis

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

 

April Break Letter from Director Loretta Notten

April 8th, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community

I sincerely hope this email finds you well and having enjoyed a safe and hope-filled Easter weekend.  Today I am writing to you with some updates as we prepare for our much anticipated April Break.  It is absolutely essential that we follow the guidance of Public Health and the province in order to ensure a safe return to learning by all.

As you know the province is now in a province-wide shutdown.  For you and your family during the break, this mean only socializing within your own home, taking advantage of testing opportunities, screening everyday for symptoms and staying home if you or anyone in your family feels at all ill.  Please take this very seriously as part of our collective responsibility to each other.

As of the writing of this letter, we are expecting to be back to in-person learning on April 19th.  That said, we know the landscape continues to evolve so we will send students home with Chromebooks for those who require them.  Similarly, we encourage students to take home personal belongings so school cleaning can be facilitated.  We will certainly be in communication if anything changes about our status for return on April 19th, 2021.

Yesterday we were able to communicate that a small portion of our staff, specifically our special education staff can begin vaccination.  This is a hopeful sign and it has energized us for the journey forward.   This is a critical time.  The end is in sight, but we must do our utmost to follow all guidance at this critical time so that we can have a safe, happy and healthy return to school for all.

Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

Sincerely,

 

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

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