Parents – earlier today, @WRPS Today advised our school be placed in a ‘hold and secure’ due to a police investigation in the neighbourhood that didn’t involve the school. The hold and secure has now been lifted and everyone at St. Kateri is safe.
The potential one day strike announced by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will not affect WCDSB elementary and secondary schools. Our school will be open as usual on Wednesday and running on a normal schedule.
You are invited to attend St. Kateri Catholic Elementary School’s Annual Christmas Concert
Date: Thursday, December 19
Location: School Gym
Order of Performances: Oldest grades to youngest
8:45-9:35 – Gr. 8, 7, 6, 5 (beginning with Gr. 8s and in descending order)
9:35-10:00 – Intermission (Recess)
10:00-11:10 – Gr. 4, 3, 2, 1, Kindergarten
Once again our beautiful tree is up in the front foyer of our school. Christmas is a magical time of year and as the Christmas holidays draw closer, we would like to do what we can to help families in need of support this Christmas. Let’s make this a memorable Christmas and light up the faces of children in our parish on Christmas Day.
In the next few days our tree will be transformed from a plain tree to a magical angel tree. Students are invited to come and pick a paper angel from the tree and purchase a gift for a child. The gifts will be brought to St. Aloysius Parish where they will be distributed.
We will raise our Angel Tree on Friday November 22th. Please bring unwrapped gifts to the library by Friday December 13th as the donated gifts will be delivered to St Aloysius Parish later that afternoon.
Your Angel Tree Representative,
Bulldog Bulletin #4
December School Newsletter
November in Review:
Progress Report Cards went home Nov. 5 – we have asked students, with the help of their parents and teachers, to set learning goals and an action plan for Term 1.
On Nov. 6th, our Gr. 8s visited St. Mary’s High School and got a taste of high school life
Parent & Teacher Conferences took place the afternoon and evening of Nov. 7th
Father Venil from St. Aloysius Parish was here and celebrated All Souls & All Saints Mass on Nov. 12th.
All students participated in Bus Evacuation Training on Nov. 14th
On Nov. 20th our Gr. 6-8 students attended a Laurier Golden Hawks Hockey Game.
On Nov. 22nd our Student Council launched our newly developed Charter of Respect at a school-wide assembly.
On Nov. 26th our Girls’ Basketball Team competed in the WCDSB Regional Tournament and looked to defend their title. They fell a little short, losing in the ‘A Finals’ game. Congrats on a super season!
Parents of children in Grade 8 were invited to attend Gr. 8 Parent Night @ St. Mary’s HS – Nov. 28th @ 7 p.m.
We conducted our first of two mandated School Lockdown Drills the morning of Nov. 29th
Coming Up in December:
December 5 – Advent & Christmas Mass in our school gym @ 10:00 a.m. As always, parents and family members are welcome to join us!
5 – D Team Volleyball Tournament hosted by St. Kateri (p.m.). This tournament is for Gr. 6 and 7 boys on our Development Volleyball team.
6 – PA Day. Staff will be participating in Spiritual Development and Well-Being Workshops
10 – Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public (school community); however, agenda items must be approved ahead of time.
13- School-wide Games Afternoon (for fundraising more than $9000 school-wide). Students are invited to bring their favorite, Catholic Elementary School Appropriate Board Games and Video Games today.
13 – Final Day for Angel Tree gift donations
18 – Christmas Concert Rehearsal – for students and staff (a.m.)
19 – Christmas Concert for Parents (Beginning @ 8:45 a.m. and starting with Gr. 8 classes). Parents – parking is very limited at our school. Please park only in designated parking spots or on one of the side streets. We will send a tentative schedule out closer to the date.
20 – Red, White and Green Day. Students and Staff are encouraged to show their Christmas Spirit on the last day before the Holidays!
Our Dance-a-thon Fundraiser was a huge success!!! Thank you so much for your generous contributions!!!
We are very excited to announce that we raised $9 350.00!!!!!
We are very proud to announce our top fundraisers,
- The child who raised the most in the WHOLE school is Rheanna M in Mrs. Fundak’s Grade 5 class. She will receive a Chromebook!
- The child who raised the most in JK-3 was Bryan S in Mrs. Mehes’ Grade 3 class, and the child in grades 4-8 was Christian M in Mrs. Gruber’s Grade 4 class! They will each receive a $100 gift card.
- The whole school met many of our goals!!
At $3000: Wacky Hair/Spirit Day, this will occur in late May
At $6000: Extra Long Recess – this will happen in the spring when the nice weather has returned!
At $9000: Afternoon of Board Games and Video Games, this day will be scheduled before Christmas break in December
Way to go Bulldogs!!!
Visitor Parking at St. Kateri CES
When you are visiting our school, please note the new 🚫 Parking/Bus Zone signs along the sidewalk in front of the school. Visitors are now permitted to 🅿️ in the designated spots in the far lane in front of the school, except before school (drop off) and after school (pick up).
Bulldog Bulletin #3
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School
November School Newsletter
October in Review:
Umbrella Project Focus of the Month – Empathy
Thank you to Mrs. Vreeswyk, our Umbrella Project Team, and all our families for organizing and donating to our Winter Coat Drive! The Salvation Army was very appreciative of our school’s donation and assured us the coats would go to good use this fall and winter.
Social Media Presentation for Intermediate Students – Thank you to our School Resource Officer, Constable Molnar, who led an informative workshop on Responsible Use of Social Media for our Gr. 7 and 8 students.
Our New Foosball Tables Arrived! – Thank you to our CSAC and our fundraising efforts last year which helped us purchase two new, high quality foosball tables! The tables, along with our ping pong tables, will be open for use during indoor recesses.
Bulldogs Sports Update:
Our Co-ed Flag Football Team went undefeated in the WCDSB Tournament on Oct. 18th @ RIM Park in Waterloo! Great skill and sportsmanship were on full display by our players. And, thank you for giving your time to coach the team, Mr. Martins and Mr. Jakub!
Head Coach, Ms. Filipovic, and our WCDSB Defending Champion Girls’ B-Ball Team, is off to a great start with a current record of 3 wins without a loss.
Head Coach Ms. Brown has guided the Boys’ V-Ball team to a record of 2 wins and 1 loss, early in the season. Let’s go Bulldogs!
Our Annual Interview-a-Palooza took place on Oct. 29th. This is the process we use to schedule Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, taking place Nov. 7th this year. Parents – a slip with your interview time(s) will be included with your oldest child’s Progress Report Card that goes home Nov. 5th.
This year’s Halloween Dance-a-thon was a great success! Our students had tons of fun during their time in the dance and we are close to our goal of $10 000.00! We will share the exact total once all donations have been tallied.
Thank you to our Catholic School Advisory Council, parent volunteers, and students for your fundraising efforts! The money raised this year will go towards bringing in a guest speaker, booking a play for the primary division, funding the installation of a new jumbo screen in our gym, purchasing resources that will support our Umbrella Project, bring a Ninja Warrior Course to our gym, provide bussing to our school’s track and field meet, and offset costs for Shrove/Pancake Tuesday!
Christmas Concert – Date and Format – Thursday, December 19th (a.m.)
We will be holding a Christmas Concert here at school once again this year! More specific details will be shared as we get closer to the date; however, for those of you wishing to update your calendars, our matinee performance will take place the morning of Thursday, December 19th. This year we are going to ‘reverse the order’ of performances and begin with our Gr. 8s and end with our Kindergarten classes.
Coming Up in November
The final day for Gr. 4 LTO Teacher, Ms. Bell is Nov. 1. We would like to thank her for the awesome job she has done during her time at St. Kateri and we wish her all the best as she begins a full-time position at St. Daniel CES. In the next breath we are excited to welcome back The Amazing Mrs. Mask on Nov. 4!
Be on the lookout for your child’s Progress Report Card – we send them home Nov. 5
On Nov. 6th, our Gr. 8s visit St. Mary’s to get a taste of high school life
Parent & Teacher Conferences take place the afternoon and evening of Nov. 7th
Father Venil from St. Aloysius Parish will be here to celebrate All Souls & All Saints Mass on Nov. 12th @ 12:30 p.m. As always, parents are welcome to join us!
All students will take part in Bus Evacuation Training on Nov. 14th
Don’t forget … Nov. 15th is a PA Day
On Nov. 20th our Gr. 6-8 students will be attending a Laurier Golden Hawks Hockey Game!
On Nov. 22nd St. Kateri will launch our newly developed Charter of Respect. The assembly is scheduled for 12:15 and will be led by Student Council.
Parents of children in Grade 8 – you are invited to attend Gr. 8 Parent Night @ St. Mary’s HS – Nov. 28th @ 7 p.m.
Parents – please note that we will be conducting our first of two mandated School Lockdown Drills the morning of Nov. 29th
On November 29th @ 10:00 a.m. – the WLU Team Up Concussion Presentation for Gr. 4-8 students will take place in our gym
Tomorrow is our Dance-a-thon!!
There will be an opportunity for kids to purchase treats while dancing.
Slap Bracelets $1
Bouncy Balls $1
Halloween Rings $1
Already made up bags $5
Mini chocolate bars 3/$1
Ring pops $1
Sour keys 2/$1
Donations are still being accepted!! please send in cash donations tomorrow or cash online is still available
Hey Kids and Parents – Only two more sleeps until our Spooktacular Halloween Dance-a-thon! Please keep your fundraising efforts going! Remember…only appropriate (non-gory) costumes are allowed! Parents are welcome to ‘pop in’ but are reminded the Dance-a-thon is not an open house event.