Monthly Archives: March 2020

Prayer for Pandemic

The following Prayer was jointly developed by Archbishop Terrance Prendergast and Rabbi Bulka, two religious leaders in the Ottawa region. It has gained much support from many other religious communities as well. It is asked that the prayer be said at 3:00 today as a sign of our common prayer but the prayer can be said anytime during the current crisis.

O God,

We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;

We know we are in a war against COVID – 19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:

We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;

That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time;

We commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;

We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;

We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;

We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine;

We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us;

We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;

We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.

We pray for the well-being of all our life savers; For those who are not well, that they recover fully;

For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.

We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,

And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.

We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers.

We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.

Amen.

At Home Learning Framework

St. Kateri CES – A Message from Your Admin Team

Dear Parents and Students

As you are well aware, this is an unprecedented time for us as a staff, and as a school as a board.   We pray everyone in our school community is healthy as we continue coming to terms with our current reality.  There is a great deal to consider as we begin to move to teacher-led distance learning for the foreseeable future.  Our conversations with the board’s senior admin team as well as our St. Kateri team has been about ‘the art of possible’.  Wednesday morning, our school staff took part in a video conference call meeting and discussed how learning will take place moving forward for the students at St. Kateri.  This plan is aligned with direction provided by both the Ministry of Education and WCDSB.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your child(ren)’s teachers or you can contact one of us.

1. By the end of this week, your child(ren)’s classroom teacher will have connected with you – by phone call, email or your child’s google classroom account. Please let your child’s teacher know if internet access or a learning device is required for your children to access At Home Learning.

2. For the next week and a half, you and your child are encouraged to use WCDSB Steam Days or refer to the Ministry’s  Learn at Home  platform on a daily basis to increase their knowledge/understanding of subjects and apply their thinking to grade appropriate learning tasks.

3. Beginning April 6th, Classroom Teachers will provide their students with curriculum based learning activities each school day using the platform they communicated with you this week.   French and Planning Time Teachers will forward assignments to Classroom Teachers, so parents/students have one point of contact.

Please continue to monitor our school’s website, Newswire and Twitter for updates.

Sincerely,

Rosemary Kavanagh  (rosemary.kavanagh@wcdsb.ca)              Dave Lynch (david.lynch@wcdsb.ca)

Vice Principal                                                                                       Principal

IMPORTANT – WCDSB Public Communication re COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations

March 13, 2020

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/title.html), the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

 

  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/)  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

 

Grade 7 Confirmation

Confirmation scheduled for March 25th  has been postponed.  The new date is to be determined.

2020-2021 Budget Survey

Please take a moment and answer the following questions regarding the 2020-2021 Budget survey.

 

  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?
  1. 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?