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

Provincial Stay-At-Home Order and Schools

Dear Tiger Families,

As you are aware, a province-wide stay-at-home order was issued today by our provincial government.  This order does not affect our schools and as such, we will continue to remain open this week.  However, in the event that we do need to pivot to online learning after the April break (April 12-16), we will begin to make preparations by sending home your child’s personal belongings (e.g. shoes, water bottles, clothes, etc.) and some learning materials over the next two days just as we did prior to the Christmas break.

If you requested a school chromebook to use during remote learning in January, we will once again prepare one for your child and send it with them this Friday.  If your technology needs have changed, please email your child’s teacher or call the office by the end of the day tomorrow Thursday, April 8th, so that we can have it ready for your child to take home on Friday.

Please note that we are just sending this material home this week out of an abundance of caution so that we are ready to respond to online learning in the event a new direction is announced by Public Health during our April Break. We know these are very difficult and challenging times and we truly do appreciate your support.

Take good care and we will continue to share information and keep you up to date!

 

 

Tiger Family Update Week of April 5, 2021

Dear Tiger Families,

Happy Easter!  On behalf of all the staff, we hope that you had a most joyous and blessed Easter.  As we acknowledge and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this Easter weekend, let’s rely on our faith and the Easter theme of renewal to give us hope and optimism that we will come out of this challenging time with a renewed outlook and appreciation for each other, our school community and well-being.

Let’s great ready to show our spirit with ‘APRIL MADNESS”!  See below for a list of all of our spirit days this week as we look forward to spring break!   Come on Tigers, we got this!!

 

THANK YOU!

We are so proud of our students, staff, and parents who continue to show such resiliency and positivity, Our students are doing such an amazing job with wearing their masks and physical distancing as best they can while still enjoying being with their friends, playing games, and of course learning!  We are so proud of you Tigers!  Our wonderful staff continues to go above and beyond to care for our students each and every day and we are so fortunate for all that they do!  Staff, you are an awesome team! And finally, we are so thankful for our parents as we know that our success is only possible with your support. We know this has been challenging for you as well and we are so grateful for your continued efforts in daily COVID screening as well as helping with our messages and procedures at school.   We have come so far and hard to believe that we are already in April and we know we could not have done it without you!  WE GOT THIS TIGERS!

 

WATER BOTTLES

Please make sure to send a refillable water bottle to school with your child each day, labeled with their name.  Due to COVID protocols, our water fountains are closed but students are able to fill their own water bottles at our filling stations. 

 

 

 

 

April ParticipACTION

There is still time to register for many of the activities that are being offered this month.  Please see the list of events that are being offered in the link below.  These events are free for WCDSB families.  Attend a session and be entered to receive a $75 restaurant gift card. Details on sign-up form!

April PRO Grant activities

 

 

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