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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Guest Speaker- Ann Douglas

Bestselling Author, Ann Douglas, Coming to St. Kateri

Parents – Please Mark Your Calendars and Plan to Attend

Tuesday, May 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.


The St. Kateri Catholic School Council is pleased to host bestselling parenting author, Ann Douglas, on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in our Learning Commons (Library).  Ann’s presentation will be centered on her most recent book, Parenting Through the Storm: Handling the Highs, the Lows, and Everything In-Between.  Light refreshments and fellowship will take place from 6:00-6:30 and Ann’s presentation will follow.

About Ann:

“I believe that writers can change the world. We have the power to tell stories and share ideas that can fuel social change. It’s both an extraordinary privilege and a daunting responsibility.”

— Ann Douglas

I am the author of a number of bestselling books about pregnancy and parenting (including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books) and a magazine writer and content creator who specializes in writing about parenting and health. My most recent book is Parenting Through the Storm: Handling the Highs, the Lows, and Everything In-Between, a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. I am frequently invited to speak at health, education, and parenting conferences about the issues raised in my books and at conferences for writers.


Lock Down Drill

The staff and students participated in our second lock down drill today.  Everyone did great!  Way to go Bulldogs!

Good Things for The Environment

Are you doing good things for the Earth? Every little action counts.  Have someone take pictures of you doing something for the environment, print it and bring it in to Mrs. Schneider.  She will scan your pictures and they will be shown to the school during our Earth Day Celebration.  Bring in your pictures before April 15.

Kindergarten Registration

St. Kateri Kindergarten Registration

If you are looking for a quality, faith-based education, have a child born in 2014 or 2015, live in our catchment area, and have not yet registered your child for Kindergarten,

please contact Mrs. Sowa or Mrs. Waechter at 519-895-1716 to begin the process.

Early registration helps us with staffing and planning for the upcoming school year, so please don’t delay!

April Newsletter

April School Newsletter

St. Kateri Catholic Elementary School

Dear St. Kateri Catholic School Community,

Welcome back from what was hopefully a safe and restful March Break for your family.

April is an important month in our Catholic community as we remember and celebrate the Life, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We would like to once again thank all the parents, students and teachers for making our first ever Family Math Night such a success.  About 350 parents and students attended the evening and learned more about our school’s Math focus, Proportional Reasoning.  Special thanks to our Catholic School Council who, through our Parent Involvement Committee Grant, purchased four Chromebooks as Door Prizes that evening.

We also want to take this opportunity to congratulate our Gr. 7 students who made the Sacrament of Confirmation at a beautiful Mass and Ceremony at St. Aloysius Parish on March 8th.  Special thank you to Bishop Crosby, who officiated the ceremony, as well as Father Roshan and Father Jerome for the continued guidance and leadership they provide our school community.

April is a busy month here at St. Kateri. In addition to the great learning that takes place every day, here are some highlights:

April 11 – Easter Mass @ 10:00 a.m. in the school gym (families welcome)

April 13 – PA Day

April 15 – 1:00 p.m. First Communion for Gr. 2s at St. Aloysius Parish

April 17 – St. Kateri Feast Day

April 20 – Earth Day Celebration – Assembly @ 8:45 a.m. in the gym   – Guest Speaker, Tom Miceli, in the afternoon

April 23-25 – Gr. 4s write the Canadian Cognitive Ability Test

April 25 – Happy Admin Assistant Day to Mrs. Sowa and Mrs. Waechter!   AND    Spring Walk to School Day in Waterloo Region

April 26 – P.J. Day

April 30 – Jillian Jiggs (Primary) and Tree Boy (Junior) Performances in the gym – thank you Catholic School Council!

April 30-May 2 – Gr. 7s write the Canadian Achievement Test

Please be sure to check out our school website on a regular basis ( and sign up to follow us on Newswire and Twitter, if you haven’t already done so.

Have a Blessed Easter!

Yours in Christ,

Mr. R. Setler                                    Mr. D. Lynch

Vice-Principal                                   Principal

Important Information for Parents of Grade 4 and Grade 7 Students

The Canadian Cognitive Achievement Test (CCAT) will be administered to the Grade 4 students April 23—25.   Information for the CCAT will identify student learning strengths and needs and will be extremely useful for future programming.

Our Grade 7 students will write the Canadian Achievement Test, 4th Edition (CAT-4) April 30-May 2.  The CAT-4 is a test that assesses the essential learning outcomes of the following basic skill areas: reading, language, spelling, and mathematics. The CA4 evaluates how well students perform in comparison to other students across the district, region, or in Canada as a whole.

Please endeavour to have your child at school, on time during testing days and avoid scheduling appointments on these dates, if possible.

Class Placements for 2018-2019 School Year

Later this Spring, our teaching staff will begin the process of generating class lists for the 2018-2019 school year.  This process takes a great deal of time as we endeavour to place each student in a learning environment where they will achieve success.  Considerations when making class lists include: gender balance in the class, student learning strengths, student learning needs, and peer groups.

We are asking parents to not make requests for specific teachers and trust the staff will do their best with making decisions on class placements for all students.  Should parents have any questions or would like to discuss an exceptional situation, please contact Mr. Lynch or Mr. Setler.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Knowledgehook Communication to Your School Community (New WCDSB Green Tool)

Knowledgehook, is now a Board approved “Green Tool” which ensures student information is stored in a secure manner.  This online, interactive math resource will support student learning in grades 3-8. Knowledgehook will provide additional math support and instruction for learning both in the classroom and also for differentiated home-practice. If you have any questions or concerns about this program please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.

2018-2019 Budget

Please find attached the link to the 2018-19 budget survey.  The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.  The Board values input from stakeholders and your feedback helps ensure that budgets are aligned according to the Board, school and stakeholder needs.

The survey will be open until March 26th, 2018.  The survey results will be made available after they have been presented to the Board’s Budget Advisory Committee.

Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to the survey.

Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up soon! On April 20th, our school will be celebrating our amazing Earth and all its goodness.  Some of the students have been practising their songs for “Rap for Nature”.  This week, we are having practise auditions.  After Easter, we will have the actual auditions.  The six best acts/songs, according to our judges, will move on and perform in the gym in the morning of our celebration.  We have invited Tom Miceli to present to the Junior and Intermediate divisions in the afternoon. This should be a memorable day for all.   Earth Day is a reminder that we need to continue to be conscientious consumers and to continue to do everything we can to preserve what we have been given by God.  Nature is a gift and we need to show our appreciation through action.  Thank you for your continued support with the Boomerang lunches.  Putting our foodstuff in the green bins diverts a lot of garbage and makes new soil. Yay!

Fit Bit April 2018

From Seed to Table!

Gardening is a fun, hands-on activity that teaches children where food comes from and is a great family activity. Growing food can help foster healthy eating habits and attitudes as children are often willing to eat fresh vegetables and fruit that they have grown.

Include children in all stages of the gardening process. They can plant the seeds, water and feed the plant, pick the produce, and help to prepare a meal.

Growing a Cherry Tomato Plant


  • A package of cherry tomato seeds
  • A small pot, seed tray, clean yogurt container, egg shell, or newspaper folded into a container shape
  • A spoon or small hand-held shovel
  • Seed starting soil
  • Fertilizer
  • An outdoor pot


  1. Start planting in April, unless the seed package says to start at a different time.
  2. Fill the pot with the seed starting soil and level out the top.
  3. Place the seed on top and cover with a small layer of soil. Water the seed.
  4. Place in a warm and sunny place.
  5. As the plant grows, remember to water and use fertilizer. (Read the directions on the seed bottle or box for frequency and guidance.)
  6. Transfer the seedling into an outdoor pot and place it outside after the last frost (June). For the first few days outdoors, keep the plant in a shadier spot away from the wind.

Caprese Salad Skewers

Makes 15-20 skewers


  • 15-30 cherry tomatoes picked from plant
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 container reduced-fat bocconcini mozzarella cheese (20% M.F.)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package of small skewers

Place one cherry tomato, bocconcini and basil leaf onto a skewer.

Once all skewers are complete, place on a plate and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar.