Monthly Archives: November 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 30, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 30, 2020

 

Advent 

This week marks a very special time in the Catholic calendar – when we prepare for the coming of Jesus.  We will be celebrating the first week of Advent (HOPE) this morning virtually.  A live broadcast of our liturgy, led by Mrs. Mehes’ Gr. 3 class, will be shown in every classroom at 10:00 a.m.

 

COVID School Screening Reminder:

Please continue to go through the screening tool with your child(ren) before each school day: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ The link can also be found at the top of our school website. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep our school community safe!

 

Bulldog Tuesdays Reminder:

Tuesdays are St. Kateri Bulldog SPIRIT DAYS.  All staff and students are encouraged to show their SPIRIT by wearing their spirit wear OR blue, yellow and whiteOur new Bulldog merch arrived last week!

St. Aloysius Parish Christmas Hamper Program

A reminder that this Friday, December 4th is the final day to donate to the St. Aloysius Parish Christmas Hamper Program.  Donations can be made through School Cash Online (please do not send cash to the school with your child).  If your family could benefit from receiving a hamper this Christmas season, please contact the St. Aloysius Parish.

 

Flannel/Plaid Shirt Day – Friday, December 4th

This Friday we are encouraging all students and faculty to break out their flannel or plaid shirts!  Winter is just around the corner, after all!

 

Looking Ahead…

December 7th – Second Week of Advent Liturgy (PEACE)

December 14th – Third Week of Advent Liturgy (JOY)

December 18th – Fourth Week of Advent Liturgy (LOVE)

Red, Green and White Day

Merry Christmas!

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 23, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 23, 2020

School Visitors – Including Parents

Parents – with our region now in the ‘Red Zone’, please note the procedures for dropping off students late or picking students up during the school day we are asking everyone to follow.  This notice has been placed on our front entrance doors as a reminder.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Parents and Visitors

  • Please ring the bell and wait for instructions from the office.  Please do not enter the building unless directed to do so.
  • Students being dropped off late will be directed to come to the office without a parent accompanying them.
  • Parents picking up children from school – please wait outside the building for your child.

Bus Cancellation/School Closure

Parents – this information was shared by the WCDSB last week, but as a reminder, schools will be closed this year when inclement weather causes transportation (buses) to be canceled.  Learning will still takes place on these days and by 10:00 a.m. teachers will post learning tasks for the day on Google Classroom as well as be available for instruction, guidance and help during our regular school hours.

School Picture Day

A reminder that School Picture Day is tomorrow – November 25th.  Individual photos will be taken – unfortunately, class/group pictures are not possible due to safety reasons.

Lifetouch Photography’s safety protocols have been approved by our school board.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher Phone Interviews have been scheduled this week.  We ask that parents connect with their child’s teacher should they require an alternate time.  Interviews have been scheduled for 10 minutes.

Virtual Lockdown Drill

Each year, schools in Ontario are required to conduct two Lockdown Drills.  Our first scheduled drill is Friday morning.  Teachers will explain and review, in age appropriate language, the reasons why we practice Lockdown Drills.  Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kavanagh or Mr. Lynch.

 

Bulldog Bulletin – Progress Report Cards

Bulldog Bulletin – Progress Report Cards

Dear Parents,

Your child’s Progress Report Cards will be distributed and sent home today. Teachers have, or will be, contacting you to schedule phone interviews, the majority of which will take place next week.  If you would like to schedule an interview with your child’s French, Planning Time or one of our Special Education Teachers, please contact them using their board email.

 

New to progress reports and reporting this year is the following statement: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. As a result, the rate of progress described on this report card may differ from previous years due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on student learning. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress throughout the term.”

Also new this year – please use the comment section (bottom portion of page 2) to set goals with your child for the remainder of Term 1; however please do not return the form to the school.

We will ask parents to return the report card envelope for Term 1 (beginning of February) but ask you to please recycle or reuse the Progress Report Card envelope that is coming home today.

Bulldog Bulletin – Important Recess News

Dear Parents,

An announcement was made at the end of the day today reminding students of our recess rules that are in place to keep your children safe.  We have also made the decision to temporarily not allow soccer balls at recess due to students not adhering to safety protocols.  Please consider taking a few minutes tonight to discuss the following reminders with your children:

  • Students must stay within the boundaries of their designated yard/field – this is to ensure students are socializing with children their own age and to keep cohorts of students together to the extent possible
  • Students – especially students in Gr. 5-8– must stay in bounds on their designated fields.  Some students have been socializing just out of bounds, inside the tree-line on the Gr. 5-8 field.  We need to make sure staff members on supervision can see the students in their area of responsibility at all times.
  • Students must stay at least 1m apart.  With the rise in COVID-19 cases in our region, we want to make sure students are abiding by Public Health’s guidelines both in class and at recess.  Supervisors continue providing students with physical distancing reminders throughout the day; however, some students are ignoring these reminders at recess.
  • Soccer balls have been temporarily banned from St. Kateri.  Even after daily reminders of our soccer protocols at recess (e.g., no games, only the owner of the ball can touch it with their hands), students are not following the rules.  We will consider reinstating soccer next week with the hope students will do a much better job adhering to our board’s protocols when it comes to soccer at recess.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the school and ask to speak to Mr. Lynch.

 

Thank you.

Transforming Communities During Anti-Bullying Week

Transforming Communities During Anti-Bullying Week
Hello WCDSB students and families! This week we celebrate Transforming Communities During Anti-Bullying Week. Our schools and Board messaging this week will focus on connectedness, resiliency, advocacy as well as bullying – and look at the transformational ways we are Gathered to Become a stronger WCDSB community.

 

Your first challenge question is, “What three myths do you know about bullying?”
Respond on social media with the hashtag #becomingWCDSB or send an email to becoming@wcdsb.ca. Complete the consent form on our Transforming Communities website and maybe we’ll use your myths in our digital e-magazine!

 

Find out more at https://www.wcdsb.ca/becomingwcdsb/.
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Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 16, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 16, 2020

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 16-20

Our school board’s Pastoral Plan theme for the year, Gathered to Become, will also serve as our theme for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, as we highlight ways we can combat bullying in our school community the week of November 16th.  Each day will have a specific focus:

Monday – “Becoming Aware”

Tuesday – “Becoming Creative”

Wednesday – “Becoming Connected”

Thursday – “Becoming an Advocate, Becoming Resilient”

Friday – “Becoming Community”

 

Looking Ahead…

Friday, November 20th

  • Progress Report Cards go home
  • HAT DAY @ St. Kateri – students are encouraged to wear their fav hat!

 

Monday, November 23

  • Please mark your calendars – there will be no school on Monday, November 23rd due to a rare Monday PA Day

 

Week of November 24-27

Parent-Teacher phone call conferences will take place this week

 

School Picture Day (Individual Photos Only) – Wednesday, November 25th

  • Information and order forms have been sent home
  • Please note – safety protocols our photographer, Life Touch, will be in place

 

St. Aloysius Parish 2020 Christmas Hamper Program

St. Aloysius Parish 2020 Christmas Hamper Program

 

The St. Kateri Catholic Elementary School Community will be both supporting and promoting the St. Aloysius Parish Christmas Hamper Program again this year.  Our support of the program this year will be in place of our Angel Tree Program which we will not be running due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

 

  • If your family is in a position to make a financial contribution to the program, you can do so by using ‘School Cash Online’ (please do not send cash to the school with your children).

 

  • If your family would benefit from the support of the Christmas Hamper Program this year, please print off and complete the attached form.  We ask that forms be submitted to the parish office or school office by Friday December 4th.  Please contact the school if you would like a hardcopy (paper copy) of the form.

 

Should you have any questions about the program, please contact Kate McDougall or Bridget Andrews at St. Aloysius Parish (519-893-1220) or Dave Lynch at St. Kateri (519-895-1716)

 

St Aloysius Food Pantry page

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 9, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 9, 2020

Staffing Update

Welcome to St. Kateri, Ms. Tiffany Jardim!  Ms. Jardim will the Long Term Occasional (LTO) teacher replacing Mrs. DaSilva for the remainder of the school year.

Baby News!

Congratulations to Mrs. DaSilva and her husband on the birth of their first child – daughter Lennon!

Congratulations to Mr. Moustakas and his wife who recently welcomed their sixth child – daughter Maria!

Remembrance Day Liturgy

Our school community will hold a special virtual Remembrance Day liturgy this Wednesday, November 11th. Remembrance Day is a special day where we as observe a moment of silence to honour the courage, valour and sacrifice the heroes who have served – and continue to serve – Canada during times of war and conflict.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 16-20

Our school board’s Pastoral Plan theme for the year, Gathered to Become, will also serve as our theme for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, as we highlight ways we can combat bullying in our school community the week of November 16th.  Each day will have a specific focus:

Monday – “Becoming Aware”

Tuesday – “Becoming Creative”

Wednesday – “Becoming Connected”

Thursday – “Becoming an Advocate, Becoming Resilient”

Friday – “Becoming Community”

Looking Ahead…

Friday, November 20th

  • Progress Report Cards go home
  • HAT DAY @ St. Kateri – students are encouraged to wear their fav hat!

Monday, November 23

  • Please mark your calendars – there will be no school on Monday, November 23rd due to a rare Monday PA Day

Week of November 24-27

Parent-Teacher phone call conferences will take place this week – the week after Progress Report Cards go home

School Picture Day (Individual Photos Only) – Wednesday, November 25th

  • Information and order forms will be sent home this week.
  • Please see the safety protocols our photographer, Life Touch, will have in place (attachment)

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Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 2, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of November 2, 2020

St. Kateri Bulldog Mask Lanyards

As we begin to transition to some colder weather, we will be providing students with mask lanyards.  This will eliminate the need for students to remove their masks and leave them at their desks before going outside for recess.

 

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 16-20

Our school board’s Pastoral Plan theme for the year, Gathered to Become, will also serve as our theme for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, as we highlight ways we can combat bullying in our school community the week of November 16th.  Each day will have a specific focus:

Monday – “Becoming Aware”

Tuesday – “Becoming Creative”

Wednesday – “Becoming Connected”

Thursday – “Becoming an Advocate, Becoming Resilient”

Friday – “Becoming Community”

 

The Umbrella Project – November Theme: Grit

St. Kateri Catholic School Advisory Committee Members 2020-2021 School Year

We are pleased to introduce our CSAC Members for this school year.  Minutes from our meetings are posted on our school website under ‘School Council’ https://stkateri.wcdsb.ca/school-council/

 

Shawna Kulla (Parent) – Co-Chair

Renee Kraft (Parent) – Co-Chair

Alaine Goodacre (Parent) – Treasurer

Giuliana Rodrigues (Parent) – Secretary

Amber Huiser (Parent)

Mat MacDonald (Parent)

Honorata Doterman (Parent)

Zofia Kaczmarski (Parent)

Beth Robertson (Parent)

Katie Townsend (Parent)

Kola Ijassan (Parent)

Theresa Combe (Parent)

Aaron Weinstein (Parent)

Monica Carlin (Parent)

Nancy Conti (Parent)

Sileola Ogunlaja (Parent)

Brook Groothuis (Community Member)

Luisa Malleck (Staff Rep – ECE)

Carla Fundak (Staff Rep – Teacher)

Rosemary Kavanagh (Vice Principal)

Dave Lynch (Principal)

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