Remote Readiness – Chromebook Requests for Students and Virtual Learning Schedules Important Information for Parents of St. Kateri CES Students

Dear St. Kateri Parents,

We truly hope you all had a most Joyous Christmas and would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

On December 21st the provincial government announced all elementary students in Ontario would start the new year learning virtually/remotely – January 4-8, with a return to face-to-face learning on January 11th.

Expectations for teaching and learning compared to the spring are different, when face-to-face (synchronous learning) was limited and we did not necessarily follow our school bell times.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be providing you and your child with a daily or weekly timetable that will obviously be more detailed, but look similar from a bell time standpoint to the samples provide here:

Kindergarten Sample Schedule (actual timetable will be shared by classroom teacher)

8:25-9:35

Attendance, Prayer, Opening Community Building and Curriculum – all students

Virtual Synchronous

9:35-9:50

Break

9:50-10:20

Year 1 – Away from the screen (asynchronous play-based learning prompt)

Year 2 – Kindergarten in class synchronous session

10:20-10:35

Break

10:35-11:10

Year 1 – Kindergarten in class synchronous session)

Year 2 – Away from the screen (asynchronous play-based learning prompt)

11:10-12:10

Lunch

12:10-1:00

Curriculum – all students synchronous session

1:00 – 1:30

Religion Curriculum/Community Building/Wellness

1:30-1:45

Break

1:45-2:55

Asynchronous learning

Grades 1 – 8 Sample Schedule (actual timetable will be shared by classroom teacher)

8:25-9:35

Attendance, Prayer, Opening Community Building and Curriculum – all students

Virtual Synchronous

9:35-9:50

Break

9:50-10:30

Curriculum

Synchronous

10:30-11:10

Curriculum

Synchronous

11:10-12:10

Lunch

12:10-12:50

Curriculum

Synchronous

12:50-1:30

Curriculum

Synchronous

1:30-1:45

Break

1:45-2:55

Asynchronous learning

Chromebook Loan to Students Plan

If your child has access to their own learning device at home, we ask that you do not request to borrow a Chromebook from the school.  If your child(ren) does/do require a Chromebook during our remote learning phase, parents are asked to follow these instructions:

  • Email principal Dave Lynch david.lynch@wcdsb.ca by Saturday, January 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
  • Please include your child’s name (first and last), grade and classroom teacher’s name in the email
  • Chromebooks will be ready to pick up at the school by parents on Monday, January 4th between 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Parents picking up Chromebooks are asked to pull up to the main doors of the school and remain in their vehicle (drive thru style)
  • A staff member will record the Chromebook number being loaned and bring it to the vehicle
  • If parents are not able to come to the school Monday between 1:00-4:30 p.m., please indicate a time that does suite your schedule in your email to Mr. Lynch

Important Reminder…

Parents – if you are considering purchasing a device for your child, we would like to remind you of the provincial government’s ‘Support for Learners Program’ (details were shared in our Dec. 7th Bulldog Bulletin).  The deadline to apply has been extended until February 8th.

 

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Ontario’s Support for Learners Program:

The Ontario government’s Support for Learners Programs provides financial support for all parents for the 2020-2021 school year.

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

 

$200 for each child up to age 12

$250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

 

Parents can go to   https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners   to apply for the one-time financial support.  The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.  Support for Learners funding is intended to directly support parents with providing children with key educational resources like technology during these unprecedented times. 

An Important Announcement from the Minister of Education

Parents – please note:

A memo from the Minister of Education is asking both students and staff to take home any materials that they may require for remote learning before they leave school for the holiday period so that we can continue to be ready for all scenarios.

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of December 14, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of December 14, 2020

Well…here we are, Bulldog Families…the week before Christmas Break!  We would like to thank our parent community for all of your support as, together, we have worked hard since September to provide your children with a safe, engaging learning environment.  This week we give special thanks as we wait in joyful hope for the birth of Jesus!

Wishing you all a wonderful week and a joy-filled Christmas!

 

This Week – Celebrating the Third and Fourth Weeks of Advent – JOY and LOVE

Thank you to Ms. Filipovic’s Gr. 8 class who has prepared an amazing Third Week of Advent liturgy for our school – JOY!  With this being the final week of school before Christmas Break, we will also celebrate the Fourth Week of Advent –  LOVE – on Friday.  Ms. Esposto’s Gr. 2s will be leading that virtual school-wide liturgy.

 

December 14th – Third Week of Advent Liturgy (JOY) – led by Ms. Filipovic and Mr. Wagner’s Gr. 8 classes

December 18th – Fourth Week of Advent Liturgy (LOVE) – led by Ms. Esposto’s Gr. 2 class

Red, Green and White Day – wear your Christmas colours today!  Santa hats, reindeer antlers, Christmas

sweaters, socks that say, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’…Red, Green or White – everything goes!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  We will see everyone back January 4th.

 

Looking Ahead…

January 4th – Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

January 22nd – PA Day (no school for students)

February 3rd – Winter Walk to School Day

February 15th – Family Day (schools closed)

February 17th – Ash Wednesday

February 18th – Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

Bus Safety

 

Important Message Regarding Bus Safety from Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)

School bus safety and evacuation training is a critical piece in ensuring students are provided with the essential knowledge and tools to ride the bus safely. Students need to be familiar with school bus safety procedures in case of an emergency, either as a means of transportation to and from school, or on school field trips. Please note Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region are making further changes due to the pandemic. To reduce the impact on in-class learning time, transportation is sharing this bus safety video click here with you and your child for at home viewing.

Bus Safety Videos

  1. Guide to School Bus Safety Rules JK to Grade 3
  2. Guide to School Bus Safety Rules Grade 4 to Grade 8
  3. Special Needs OASBO Transportation Evacuation Video

Please take time to explore the resources provided.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we wish everyone a safe school year.

 

Take care,

  1. Lynch and R. Kavanagh

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of December 7, 2020

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of December 7, 2020

Second Week of Advent – PEACE

Thank you to Ms. Fundak and Ms. Walker’s Gr. 5 classes, who will be leading our Second Week of Advent Liturgy today.  The theme for this week is Peace.

 

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 white

 

Mental Health & Well-Being

Our board’s Mental Health and Well-Being site provides families with information on how to support your children during these challenging times.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb/

Ontario’s Support for Learners Program

 

The Ontario government’s Support for Learners Program provides financial support to parents for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:
  • $200 for each child up to age 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 years with special needs
Parents can go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners to apply for the one-time financial support. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Support for Learners funding is intended to directly support parents with providing children and youth with key educational resources like workbooks, school supplies, technology and developmental resources during these unprecedented times.

 

Looking Ahead…

December 14th – Third Week of Advent Liturgy (JOY) – led by Ms. Filipovic’s Gr. 7 class

December 18th – Fourth Week of Advent Liturgy (LOVE) – led by Ms. Esposto’s Gr. 2 class

Red, Green and White Day – wear your Christmas colours today!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  We will see everyone back January 4th.

 

WCDSB Health and Well Being Supports

Parents – Our school board has created 2 short (1 min) videos to help Parents and Students learn about how to access support during this challenging time.
Parent version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nybgiTQV638&feature=youtu.be
Youth version:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDgqx35g9q8&feature=youtu.be
For a direct link to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Site on our board’s webpage click here:  https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb/

 

Weather Impacted Learning Day, All Buses Cancelled, All Schools Closed

  • Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board are cancelled.
  • All WCDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB Learning @ Home for resources.
  • All Extended Day Childcare Programs are CLOSED.
  • All programs and services offered by St. Louis Continuing Education and Adult and Learning Centre are cancelled.

Students will be provided with asynchronous student work by 10 am, as each classroom teacher has a Google Classroom or D2L site. Normal bell times will be followed to allow students to contact their teacher through the LMS or email.

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