Monthly Archives: April 2020

Take-Home Device Support

Please call the device support number below for issues such as connecting to the internet or hardware issues with WCDSB-owned devices.

Hours of support are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday -Friday

519-578-3677 EXT 2316

Lifetouch Spring Pictures Update

Dear Families,

If you would like to place an order for the Lifetouch school pictures that were taken earlier this year, go to mylifetouch.ca. Free shipping to your homes will be available until May 31, 2020, when you order on mylifetouch.ca with promo code SMILES. Locate your access credentials on your proof sheet if you have it or call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your credentials.

Thank you.

School Photos – Grad and Sibling Pictures

Dear Families,

 

We have been in contact with Lifetouch regarding this year’s Grade 8 Graduation, SK and Sibling school pictures.  As you know we haven’t been able to distribute proofs due to COVID-19 and recent school closures, but it’s not too late to order school pictures. Just call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your access credentials to place your order. Please use the specific Picture Day ID below when requesting your access code.

Gr 8 Grads – QX309200QP

SK Grads – QX329200QP

Siblings -QX659200QP

 

Thank you.

 

Bulldog Bulletin

Bulldog Bulletin – News and Updates for St. Kateri Parents

Learning Devices

During Teacher-led Distance Learning, we want to ensure all of our students are able to access and complete the learning tasks teachers are providing your children.   Our school has completed the deployment of learning devices (Chromebooks) to families who indicated they were in need of borrowing a device during school closure.  Please note the following options if you are considering purchasing or permanently obtaining a device for your child:

  • Lower Income Families may be eligible to receive a free device through Green Tech or RCT:
  • https://greentec.com/student-application/
  • http://rcto.ca/programs-rctech-outreach.asp
  • Parents can purchase a device through our board’s BYOD program
  • https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/elementary-programs/byod/
  • $200 Government Grant available for parents of children under 12
  • https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families

Thought Exchange

We are interested in learning about how WCDSB Learn@Home is going. Your participation in the Thought Exchange (link below) is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

WCDSB Pray@Home

The WCDSB Pray@Home portal is up and running via the WCDSB Learn@Home Please visit it to check out some of the resources available to your family there.

The Umbrella Project WCDSB Parent Webinar

Please see the attached flyer for details on the Umbrella Project’s Webinar for WCDSB parents.

UP-WCDSBWebinarWorksheet

FAQS

We appreciate that there are questions regarding assessment, evaluation or timelines for curriculum goals. Many of the answers to these questions can be found on the WCDSB Learn@Home page under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

 

Week 2 of Teacher-led Distance Learning – Student Expectations

Dear Parents,

Today sees the beginning of our second week of teacher-led distance learning.  Teachers, students and parents reported a good start to our new, temporary reality; however, as could be expected, there were some challenges too.  Please be sure to communicate with your child’s classroom teacher should any issues or questions arise.  We are committed to ensuring your children continue to receive grade specific, curriculum-based learning tasks, consistent with the Ministry of Education’s guidelines,  during this period of distance learning.  Your children will also receive feedback or assessment of their learning, from their classroom teachers, that will continue to move their learning forward.  Some parents have inquired whether distance learning is optional.  Please note that distance learning is NOT optional.  It is taking the place of regular classroom learning and the expectation is that all students will complete the learning tasks provided by their teachers.  Some parents have chosen to augment distance learning with resources such as those found on #STEAMDays , WCDSBLearn@Home, the Ministry’s Learn at Home website, or purchased resources/workbooks.  These are all great ideas, but please remember your child’s first learning priority must remain the school work provided by their teachers.

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter Season,

R. Kavanagh                                    D. Lynch

Vice Principal                                   Principal

Updated WCDSBLearn@Home Website

Beginning April 6th, what the Ministry of Education is calling “Phase 2” or “Educator-Led” Learning will commence at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Schools will continue to be closed but learning will continue — involving a combination of distance learning tools for students.

Please visit our special WCDSBLearn@Home website for information and resources complied to support the government’s plan.

The resources on this site can supplement and support Educator-led learning. You may not need all of these resources, but if you find yourself needing assistance with creating a positive learning environment for your children, we hope they can provide some assistance.

Under the Educator-led learning plan, the government has outlined the minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week, based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher. These expectations, for each teacher, include:

  • Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;
  • Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;
  • Grades seven to eight: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,
  • Grades nine to 12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

The WCDSBLearn@Home website will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please visit often.

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