Tiger Family Update for Week of March 29th

Dear Tiger Families,

Today, we celebrate Palm Sunday and this week we begin a very special week in our faith, Holy Week.   It is a time when we celebrate in a special way the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We remember Jesus’ actions, reflect on the messages, and recommit to living as Jesus’ disciples in the world today.  Here is a link from Father Joseph which explains Palm Sunday and how each of us can welcome Jesus:  Lent: Week 6 Reflection.

At school, our students will participate in a Reconciliation liturgy led by the students in Mrs. Ianni-Murphy, Mrs. Huisman, and Mrs. Leandres’ class, and the Stations of the Cross led by students in Ms. DiGravio, Ms. Kelly, and Miss Leclair’s class.

Congratulations to our Grade 2 Students:

Congratulations to our Grade 2 students who received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Saturday at St. Ambrose Church!  Special thanks to Fr. Gary Schlack, Fr. Czarny, Barbara, Ms. Santos, Ms. Schwab, and Mrs. Purdy for their help and support in preparing for this very special day!


Lenten Food Drive!

The last day to support the food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Ambrose is this Wednesday, March 31st!  Please send in your items with your child and help make a difference!


Tiger Spirit Wear Day Every Wednesday!

Show your strong Tiger spirit by wearing your spirit wear or black and yellow this Wednesday and every Wednesday!!


Autism Awareness Day: Light It Up Blue!

We will be celebrating Autism Awareness Day this Thursday, April 1st by wearing blue in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them.



April Madness!

We had so much with March Madness that we will be celebrating APRIL MADNESS right before our spring break!  Have a look at the theme days below and get ready to show your spirit!



Do You Have a Child Getting Ready for Kindergarten?

 Please join the 1000 books before kindergarten program at the Idea Exchange!  Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler and/or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten.  See the link for more details.  Please also make sure that you have registered your child for Kindergarten for September 2021!



Update on  Grade 7 School Program Vaccination Program

  • Due to the current COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the Grade 7 school program immunization program for the 2020/2021 cohort will be further delayed. Details about the resumption of clinical services will be provided before the end of the school year.
  • School program catch-up immunizations for the 2019/2020 cohort of Grade 7 students have been paused with the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in December. Completion of this cohort will occur later in 2021.
  • School program vaccines are also available through local health care providers. Parents/students are able to access immunization records and submit immunization information via ICON. Parents can access ICON on the Public Health website. Students without a health card or those needing assistance can call Public Health at 519-575-4400 ext.5001.
  • Details regarding the school year immunizations are also posted on the Public Health website (https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/school-immunization.aspx).

Week of March 22 -26, 2021

It is spring and what better way to begin the new season with a weekend full of sunshine and warmer temperatures!  We hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy some time outdoors.    On behalf of all the staff we wanted to thank you for all of your help this past week with March Madness!  It was so great to see the students dressed up for the various theme days and it certainly did make for a fun and enjoyable week!  Make sure to check out our Twitter page (@svdpTigers) for pictures!  Our school continues to participate in the #SpringitforwardSVDP campaign and it has been so wonderful to see our students perform so many kind deeds to their friends and staff and to acknowledge all the blessings and people in their lives who make such a difference on our ‘Shout Out Wall.”  Way to go Tigers and know that it is because of YOU that our school ROARS with joy, kindness, and of course fun!

What’s Happening This Week…..

We want to get the world talking about World Down Syndrome Day! How can you help? By wearing lots of socks! But not just any socks… wear brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock, even 3 socks!!  Let’s go Tigers…..get out your socks tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd.





Lenten Food Drive March 22- March 31st!

St. Vincent de Paul will be hosting another Food Drive on behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Ambrose
Parish starting tomorrow.  To help kick off this initiative, we will be celebrating”Super Fan Day” on Wednesday the 24th.  Students and staff will be invited to wear their favourite team colours or clothing (hats, jerseys, etc.) in exchange for a donation to the food bank.  This is also our regular “Tiger Spirit” day, so they are welcome to wear our school colours\clothing as well.  Please see the letter linked below for more information.  Thanks so much for your support Tigers.

Spring Food Drive 2021


Catholic Schools Advisory Committee:

The parent Catholic Schools Advisory Committee (CSAC) meets this Wednesday, March 24th at 6:00 pm.  Meetings are held virtually this year.


Family Winter ParticipACTION – March Activities

Brought to you by the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) & Ministry of Ontario PRO grants

Sign up details for all activities (from yoga, cooking, mindfulness and library learning) in the attached flyer.




Grade 2 First Reconciliation: Saturday, March 27th

This Saturday, March 27, our Grade 2 students will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Ambrose Church and Jesus’ gift of forgiveness.   In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus comforts us and He strengthens us on our journey.  Congratulations Grade 2s!  May God continue to bless and guide you!


Closes at 6pm Today – WCDSB Transition Form to Remote Learning for 2021-2022 Survey

NOTE: If you do not wish to commit to Virtual Learning,
you are not required to complete the form.
The form is available until March 19th @ 6 p.m. 
Purpose of the Collection?
Under Sections 8.1(1)(3), 169.1(c), and 266.3(3) of the Education Act, and in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [MFIPPA] (section 28(2)), the Ministry of Education requires that the Waterloo Catholic District School Board allow for students to change their method of delivery between conventional and virtual settings.
How will the results be used? 
This information will be used by the Board to document requests made by families to select their intended method of delivery to Virtual Learning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Individual results of this collection will be shared with your child’s school administrator and classroom teacher confidentially to accommodate all requests.  As well, results will be combined to create anonymous Board level reports for the Ministry of Education as per the reporting requirements in PPM164. Records will be retained in accordance with the board’s records retention schedule and disposed of accordingly. Access to the results will be restricted for the purposes of planning and will be stored on secure servers.
One survey is required per student where a commitment to Virtual Learning is being made. 
NOTE: All students are assumed to be committed to face-to-face learning unless this form is completed.
  • If you have questions about the personal information being collected, please contact the WCDSB Privacy Officer at Stuart.Bailey@wcdsb.ca.
  • If you need assistance completing the form, please contact your child’s school during regular business hours.

Link to Form is Here

If this link does not work, then go to wcdsb.ca and you will find the link on the main page in the rotating banner.

Lenten Food Drive!

Dear Parents/Guardians:

St. Vincent de Paul will be hosting another Food Drive on behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Ambrose
Parish. This year, with the economic strains that have been placed upon our community during the pandemic, the
Food Bank is being accessed by more people & families in our community than ever before.  We are once again asking for your support with regard to this initiative. Our Food Drive will run from Monday, March 22nd, 2021- Wednesday, March 31st, 2021.

We would like to kick off our food drive with a fun TIGER SPIRIT DAY! On Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 , we will
be hosting “SUPER FAN DAY”. Students are invited to wear their favourite sports team attire (hats, jerseys, socks, scarves, shirts etc) in exchange for bringing in one item for the food drive! If they don’t have any “official” team wear, your child can show support for their favourite team by wearing the team’s colours, or by wearing our school spirit wear!! Of course, the food donations are not limited to this day only. We welcome as many donations as you would like to share with the people of our community!

The Food Bank has advised that they are especially low on the following items:
● canned tuna, salmon, sardines
● canned meat (ham, turkey, chicken and luncheon meat)
● pasta (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti and sidekicks)
● jars of baby food
● pasta sauce
● rice
● cans of beans in sauce
● jam, honey and peanut butter, other sandwich spreads
● pancake mix & pancake syrup
● fruit juices such as apple & tomato
● Hamburger Helper
● cereal-especially Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes

***Please be advised that the Food Bank cannot accept expired food***

It is important to note that our school will be taking the utmost precautions with cleanliness and sanitation as the
donations come in. All food will be stored in a central location for over 72 hours, where it will not be handled by any
of the students.

If you are able to assist in this worthy cause, please send your item(s) to school with your child by Wednesday, March 31st. What a great way to practice almsgiving during this lenten season!

Thank you,
The Student Leadership Team

Survey for Virtual Learning for Next School Year Opens Today!

2021-2022 Transition to Virtual School Survey

Please complete the following survey for any family that wishes to choose virtual learning for next school year. The choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June, there will not be transition periods during the year.

Realizing that the landscape continues to change, we will confirm your choice with you in June (through one final survey open to all), but we will be seeking your interest now, so we can determine the demand for the virtual option.  If you register for St. Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

Survey Date: March 15th @ 9 a.m. to March 19th @ 6 p.m.

Survey Link: https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2oaynXLdeB6dQZo

The link will also be available at https://www.wcdsb.ca.

If you are unsure about the difference between VIRTUAL and REGULAR school, please visit: https://www.wcdsb.ca/plan-for-re-opening-schools/#models

Spring Reminder: Extra Clothes

Now with the weather getting warmer, the ice and snow are pretty much melted.  We know our students are looking forward to getting back onto the field.  However, our field has some real muddy spots right now and despite staff asking students to stay away from them, students are sometimes attracted to what they are asked to stay away from.  Please be sure to have your child come with boots and an extra change of clothing just in case they get splashed with mud or should slip on the mud while running around.  It will save you an extra trip to the school to drop off clothes should an accident happen.   Thanks and enjoy your day!

Week of March 15 Updates

Hello Tiger Families,

We hope that you had some time to enjoy the sun this weekend!  It was another great week at SVdP where students remembered International Women’s Day, continued to prepare for Lent, and spread kindness and positivity throughout our amazing school!  Have a look at some of the thigns we did this week and remember to follow us on Twitter (@svdptiger) for more.



March Madness is this Week!

Tigers, get ready for a fun, spirit-filled week!  Each day is a different theme so start planning today and show your TIGER spirit!!!  Follow us on Twitter @svdptiger for pictures!


SVdP Spirit Wear

Every Wednesday will be spirit wear day at SVdP where staff and students can wear their Tiger hoodies or tshirts or green, yellow and black.  There is still time to order your spirit wear and there are many options to choose from.  Take a look at the website where you can see all the items and place your order:


The deadline for orders is Wednesday, March 17th and all orders and payment must be made online!  Orders will be packaged individually and delivered to the school approximately 3 weeks after the deadline.


Budget Survey 2021-2022

Please find below the link to the 2021-2022 budget survey. The survey uses a tool called Thought Exchange to collect open ended thoughts/opinions on specific topics. There is also the ability to rate Thoughts of other participants. Participant names are not shown. This should take about 10 minutes or less to complete. This tool also has Google Translate available should stakeholders require a different language option.

There are 2 Thought Exchanges that you can participate in. You can choose to participate in one or both since they are not linked but are asking for feedback on 2 different questions.
The survey will be open until March 26th, 2021. The survey results will be made available after they have been presented to the Board’s Budget Advisory Committee.
1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?
2. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?
The Board values input from stakeholders and your feedback helps ensure that budgets are aligned according to the Board, school and stakeholder needs. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to the survey.


At Idea Exchange, they are more than just books! Consider borrowing one of the unusual items, such as a pedometer or power-saving toolkit, from our collection. Check out their unusual stuff to borrow page.  


WLU Mama Aki Mother Earth Online Camp

Wilfrid Laurier – Faculty of Science and Office of Indigenous Initiatives presents Mama Aki Mother Earth Online Camp for students in grades 7 & 8. These free sessions are available every Tuesday from June 8 to July 20. There are only 20 spots available and registration deadline is March 31.  Please see the flyer below.

LAURIER Mama Aki Indigenous Science Outreach





Letter from Director of Education: Updates & Looking to Next Year

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

Today we sit on the one year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic and tomorrow will mark one year since we were told we were going to have an extended March Break, that ultimately became our first lockdown.  A great deal has happened since then and as a community it is my sincere hope that as you look back on this past year, there are some moments of hope and joy that you can identify.   There can be absolutely no denying that the year has brought hardship and challenges to virtually everyone, but they have not been felt equally.  Some of us will have suffered more than others, will have been impacted more than others, and some will have truly struggled to find the path forward.

My hope would be that as you reflect on this past year, you are able to pray an offering of gratitude for the family and friends who have helped you through and that your faith has been a constant source of consolation.  I have prayed in gratitude for our staff who have been a rock of resilience, continually rising to the challenge to meet and serve the needs of our community and our students.  I also pray in appreciation for the many parents and students who have journeyed with us and placed their faith in us, as we did our best to find the best path forward.

As mentioned – with today being the one year anniversary of the official start of the pandemic, I choose to hope and pray that today marks an official start to some return to normalcy.  We know vaccine roll-out has begun and that by this coming fall things should look different – while perhaps not a full return to normal.  We know for schools that our year will likely begin somewhat similar to this year but as the potential for vaccines for children also rolls out, by mid-year we may be in a reality, in our schools, that is closer to what we remember.

In education our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is underway now.  We are working on staffing and budget, and need to make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, next week – March 15th through March 19th – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June.  Realizing that the landscape continues to change, we will confirm your choice with you in June (through one final survey open to all), but we will be seeking your interest now, so we can determine the demand for the virtual option.  If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn.  We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students, when all things are equal.  Please give this decision careful consideration.  We will confirm with you again in June as mentioned, but we do need to know now if you believe this is an option you are seriously considering.

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 reach out to your local school principal.

I will continue to remind all community members 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.

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together and day by day we will make it through.  It has been a year unlike any other, but I hope that for you, like me, faith has been a source of comfort and hope.  We are journeying now through Lent to the Easter Season.  How fortunate are we to know the hope, promise and new life that is awaiting us, and how that will be reflected in the spring months ahead.  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 




Loretta Notten

Director of Education


Make Tonight Pizza Night!!

Don’t forget to make tonight PIZZA night and help support our school! Order online and use the code CARE at any Cambridge, Kitchener, and Paris Domino’s locations.  For every pizza ordered from Dominos, using the code CARE, we will receive $5.00 for our school!



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