Bulldog Bulletin – September 28, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – September 28, 2020

Terry Fox Run/Walk

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.  Unfortunately, we are not able to hold a school-wide event as in years past; however, we feel it is important for our school community to remember Terry’s legacy and what he set out to achieve, as well as support cancer research.

To that end, each of our twenty-three classes will be taking part in their own class Terry Fox run/walk the week of September 28th.

St. Kateri will be collecting donations using SchoolCashOnline (if you haven’t already done so, please sign up at http://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/ ).  Donations will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is this Wednesday, September 30. Orange shirts will be worn across Ontario in recognition and memory of all the Indigenous children whose culture, language, and freedom were lost, oppressed or challenged. For more information https://orangeshirtday.org/about-us.html

First Communion – Sunday, October 4th @ 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

It is happening a few months later than originally scheduled, but we send our prayers and best wishes to our Grade 3 students who are celebrating the sacrament of First Communion at St. Aloysius Parish this Sunday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.

Recess Safety at St. Kateri 

The following practices are in place to keep students and staff safe during recess at our school.  Please remind your children it is important to physically distance from others during recess – a time when most students are staff are able to experience much needed ‘mask-relief’.

  • Daily reminders on our Google Announcements to physically distance from each other
  • Designated areas of the yard for different grades
  • WCDSB Phase 2 Recess Plan – designated basketball hoops for Grades 4-8
  • One basketball per student
  • Max. two students per hoop
  • Soccer – can only pass the ball – no games
  • Individual equipment only (e.g., skipping rope)


Terry Fox Run/Walk @ St. Kateri

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.  Unfortunately, we are not able to hold a school-wide event as in years past;

however, we feel it is important for our school community to remember Terry’s legacy and what he set out to achieve, as well as support cancer research.

To that end, each of our twenty three classes will be taking part in their own class Terry Fox run/walk the week of September 28th.

St. Kateri will be collecting donations using SchoolCashOnline (please do not send money with your child to school) and will forward the funds to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Families Requesting a Change in Mode of Learning – September 24-28

Parents are able to request a change in their child’s mode of learning during the window of September 24 (9:00 a.m.) – September 28 (6:00 p.m.).  An online form will be available on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s website (www.wcdsb.ca) for those wishing to change.  Students will transition to their new learning environment, in-person or distance learning, on October 13th. In the meantime, we encourage our families to have their child continue to attend their in-person program or engage with their child’s classroom’s virtual learning environment.  If you wish your child to remain in their current mode of learning, please do not complete a form.  Please see the chart below listing the ‘Opportunity to Change’ dates and deadlines.

Opportunity to Change Date the Change of Class would Take Effect Window Opens to request a change  Deadline for

Requesting Change


Approximately One Month into School Year

October 13, 2020 (day after Thanksgiving) September 24th

9 a.m.

September 28th, 2020    6 p.m.

Following Progress Reporting Period

November 23, 2020 November 4th

9 a.m.

November 06, 2020     6 p.m.

Following Distribution of First Provincial Report Card

February 16, 2021 (day after Family Day Holiday) January 27th

9 a.m.

January 29, 2021

6 p.m. 

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of September 21, 2020

St. Kateri to St. Isidore OR St. Isidore to St. Kateri

Moving from In-Person to Virtual/Online Learning OR Virtual/Online Learning to In-Person

Parents, please mark your calendars – there will be a strict four day window to request a change to your child’s learning environment.

September 24th – September 28th

Details on the process will be shared in the coming days and the change will take effect October 13th.


Daily Self-Assessment for Students, Staff and Parents Entering the School Building

A reminder that everyone must screen for COVID-19 every day before coming to school.
Please see COVID-19 school screening to complete your daily assessment


Meet the Teacher 

Parents – our Meet the Teacher and School BBQ Night was scheduled to take place this week.  Unfortunately, we are unable to invite families into the building as in years past so will not be holding this event this year.  Your child’s teacher has already connected with you either by email or with a phone call as well through opening week communications.  Please know that we encourage you to stay involved in your child’s learning and welcome you to touch base with a phone call if you have any questions or concerns.  We appreciate your understanding on this matter.

Bulldog Spirit Days


We celebrate being a part of the Bulldog Family every Tuesday.  Staff and students are encouraged to wear their Bulldog gear and show their school spirit!  If your child doesn’t have any spirit wear, our online store will be opening soon!

Recess Phase 2’ at all WCDSB Elementary Schools Beginning Monday, September 21st

Dear Students and Parents,


Please be advised that beginning Monday, September 21st, all WCDSB schools will enter ‘Recess Phase 2’.


What this means:

  • Students can bring a piece of individual equipment from home for use in school yard (e.g., skipping rope, basketball or soccer ball)
  • Restrictions around use of equipment:


E.g., a soccer ball may be kicked back and forth between students within the same cohort, but no hands may be used and no soccer games can be played at this time – students must still maintain physical distancing

E.g., basketball – one ball per student – one hoop per two students – each student has their own ball

  • Equipment must be stored in a bag from home (e.g, backpack)
  • Students sanitize appropriately, before & after recess



Operational Guidelines for Parents

Operational Guidelines for Parents

Protocols for WCDSB Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Parents and guardians are asked to ensure that any child in their care completes the self-assessment checklist before sending them to school. https://covid19checkup.ca/ Parents should notify the principal if their child does not pass screening.
  • Parents are valued members of school communities but given the many increased steps that are being taken to minimize contacts in our school buildings, parents should refrain from entering the school unless they have prior approval to do so.
  • Parents who have worked traditionally as volunteers will find those roles reduced, again to minimize the number of contacts in our school buildings.
  • All parents who do have permission to enter the building should always wear a medical grade mask when entering the building and must sign in and follow all protocols regarding physical distancing and hand hygiene.
  • All parents who enter a school building must have completed the self-assessment checklist before entering the school building. (Parents should self-isolate and seek testing if indicated).  If parents do not pass the screening, they should notify the school Admin Assistant.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL Nominations 2020-2021

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES




Studies have shown that students whose parents/guardians are involved in their education do better in school.


Parents/guardians can be involved in many ways:


  • Do you ask your child what he/she did at school? You’re involved!
  • Do you help your child with his/her homework? You’re involved!
  • Do you read to your child? You’re involved!


Another great way to get involved is to let your name stand for our Catholic School Advisory Council.

School Councils were created to enhance students’ learning through the cooperative efforts of parents, students, staff members and others in the community. Your School Council is an advisory body of volunteers who work together to provide ideas and opinions to help the Principal, and sometimes the School Board, make St. Kateri Catholic Elementary School a better place for your children to learn. The School Council provides a forum for discussing educational issues. It also provides a way to get information to parents/guardians, receive feedback from them, and present ideas and concerns to the school and the School Board. Meetings will be held either virtually (online) using Microsoft Teams or in the school’s Learning Commons (Library)  on selected Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., with our first meeting taking place virtually on Tuesday, September 15th


Meeting Dates: Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Jan. 12, Feb. 16, Apr. 13


If you like to be a parent representative on our Catholic School Council for the 2020-2021 school year, please call the school (519-895-1716) by Monday, September 14th and ask to speak with Mr. Lynch.



Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school.




Mr. D. Lynch




Drop off and Pick up Procedures for St. Kateri CES

Please make note of the following information and adhere to our school drop off and pick up procedures that are in place to keep your children safe.

We encourage students in Gr. 4 – 8 who live within 1.6 km of the school (0.8 km for JK – Gr. 3 students) to walk to school.  Those who live further than 1.6 km (0.8 km JK – Gr. 3) are eligible for bussing.

Drop Off (8:10-8:25 a.m.)

Parents who choose to drive their children to school are asked to either:

  1. “Drive to Five” (BEST OPTION) – Drop your child off a block or two away from the school (5 min. walk).  You will avoid navigating and contributing to the congestion in front of the school (bus loading zone) and the walk will do your child good – they will be that much more alert to begin their day!  Black Walnut Drive (beside Carlyle Park), Perin Place, Vintage Cres or Nathaniel Cres are all good options.
  2. Use the school’s driveway (SECOND BEST OPTION) – Pull into the school driveway and drop your children off in front of the school in front of or behind the school bus zone.  In order to keep traffic moving and keep the bus zone free from traffic, parents who choose to pull into the school driveway may not get out of their vehicles and children may only exit the vehicle from the passenger side.   Please do not stop or park in our Visitor Parking spots or in the center through lane, which is a Fire Route.  St. Kateri parents are also not eligible to park in the daycare parking lot or school parking lot.

Pick Up (2:30-2:55)

Parents choosing to pick up children at the end of the school day cannot do so using our school driveway as it needs to remain free of traffic for our six school busses.   The lane on the right is reserved for buses and the Visitor Parking spots are not designed to be safe for end of day pick up.  Parents are also not able to use the Daycare parking lot, which is reserved parking.  At the end of the school day, parents are required to park on a side street and have their children cross safely at the cross walk in front of the school.  Please park on one of the side streets and help your children walk safely to your parked car.

The City of Kitchener works closely with all schools to ensure the streets around them are safe for students, parents and others in the community.  Please keep these City of Kitchener bylaws in mind if you choose to drive your children to school.

Parking is not permitted:

  • Within 1.5 metres of a driveway
  • Within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
  • Within 9 metres of an intersection
  • In a bike lane
  • In a school bus loading zone

Note: Please also be aware of all the no parking/no stopping areas around our school.

Each year, the city receives complaints about drivers in school zones. Here are some of the practices to avoid:

  • Stopping or Parking in a restricted zone
  • Blocking a driveway when you park your car
  • Travelling too quickly
  • Making U-turns
  • Parking in a driveway without the homeowner’s permission


Please be respectful of residents who live on streets around our school.

By-law Enforcement staff regularly patrol school areas to help keep everyone safe by watching for infractions.

By working together, we can ensure St. Kateri continues to be a safe, nurturing, and engaging school where your children will meet with success.  Thank you in advance for your understanding, cooperation and support.

Please feel free to contact us at the school should you have any questions or concerns.


Child Sick at School Procedures

September 7, 2020

Dear Bulldog Parents/Guardians;


We wanted to share with you in a very clear and concise manner, the process we have in place for children who are at school and develop symptoms or who let us know that they are not feeling well.


1. The classroom teacher will contact the office and the student will come down.


2. A staff member from the office will escort the student to our isolation room where we will discuss how they are feeling and gain insight as to what their symptoms might be.


3. If they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (which in some cases can mirror other illnesses), we will be contacting parents to come and pick up the child immediately. Parents, please have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” in place in case your child needs to be picked up during the day.


4. The parent will be notified about their child and with permission, the student’s temperature will be taken with our contactless thermometer.


5. When you come to pick up your child, we will be speaking to you about the symptoms that we noted and we will in most cases encourage you to take them for a COVID-19 test. You also have the option of, and we will encourage you to, take them to a Healthcare Professional (e.g. family doctor, nurse practitioner, walk-in clinic, etc.)


Once you have a Healthcare Professional examine your child and determine that it is NOT COVID related, the child may return to school 24 hours after the symptoms subside. Please note that this likely would not be the next day of school.


If the Healthcare Professional determines that it is in fact COVID-19, you need to notify the school immediately. We will take the necessary steps to contact Public Health and work to inform the others, so that they can get tested as well.


If you choose to not seek the advice of a Healthcare Professional, we would ask that you have them self-isolate for 14 days to ensure that no additional symptoms emerge. They are more than welcome to return to school after that time. This is the process that we will follow in an effort to keep everyone at St. Kateri and in our greater community, safe and healthy.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.




D. Lynch   R. Kavanagh


Day Before School/First Day of School Information

We are so very looking forward to seeing our St. Kateri students this week!

Parents – if you have a child in Gr. 3-8 and you have not heard from their teacher re. class placement, they will be emailing or calling you Tuesday, September 8th.  Due to the number of students attending St. Isidore (online school) to begin the school year, we were required to reorganize many of our classes late last week.  We appreciate your patience and understanding on this matter.  Don’t forget to wear a mask, keep your distance and arrive on your designated staggered start date (Tues – Gr. 1 & 2, Wed – Gr. 1-4, Thurs – Gr. 1-6, Fri – Gr. 1-8).

Here’s a sneak peek at what we have done to try and ensure the safest learning environment possible for our students:

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