Letter to Parents regarding Re-Opening

Please read the following letter regarding the re -opening of school.

School Building Re-Opening Update to WCDSB Parents Feb 04 21



Mandatory Masking

Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear masks or face coverings, unless an approved exemption form has been received:


  • in schools, including in hallways and during classes
  • on school transportation
  • outdoors, where physical distance cannot be maintained


Students in kindergarten are also required to wear non-medical or cloth masks in indoor spaces, including school transportation.


Mandatory Self-Screening of Students & Staff

Students and staff need to check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 school and child care screening

Enhanced On-site Screening

Schools will conduct daily on-site confirmation of self-screening for secondary students, staff and visitors – either before entering the school, or at the start of the school day.

Secondary students

As of February 10, all secondary students must confirm their COVID-19 self-screening result daily.

Teachers and staff

As of January 25, all school staff must confirm their COVID-19 self-screening result daily.

Visitors to Schools

Non-essential visitors, including parents, are not allowed in schools. Only essential visitors are allowed to enter schools. Essential visitors include people who:


  • ensure school safety, such as through inspections by the fire marshal’s office or by public health
  • provide school-based health services to students
  • are parents (properly masked), dropping off extended day students


Bulldog Bulletin – Week of February 1, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of February 1, 2021

February is Black History Month

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.  The theme for 2021 is The Future is Now.

For more information please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html


Virtual Learning – Keep up the Good Work!

Keep up the great work, Bulldogs!  Stay in the routine of logging into your Google Classroom every morning at 8:25 and every afternoon at 12:10.  Be sure to stay fully engaged in the lessons your teachers are providing live (synchronous) and always do your best when completing your school work and assignments.  We will likely hear by the end of this week when the government feels it is safe to return to face to face learning.  In the meantime, hang in there…you can do it!


This Week is Pet Week at WCDSB

February 1 to 5 2021 is #WCDSBPetWeek in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools.

Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets, and how their pets are helping them cope with COVID-19.

If your family doesn’t have a real pet, please feel free to create a “virtual” pet and share that …. or share a favorite stuffy.

We are all #InThisTogether – and everyone can play!!

Remember to use the hashtag #WCDSBPetWeek when you share.

And then check out www.wcdsb.ca/wcdsbpetweek frequently as all the posts are gathered!!


Kindergarten Registration – February 2nd

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is taking place Tuesday, February 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Registration will be in person at the school, by appointment only.  Please call the school and book your time with Mrs. Lane or Mrs. Sowa – 519-895-1716


JK/Year 1 Kindergarten – Born in 2017

SK/Year 2 Kindergarten – Born in 2016


Ontario’s Support for Learners Program – Parents of School-Aged Children Provided with $200 – Deadline is February 8th

Don’t forget…the Ontario Government’s ‘Support for Learners’ program  https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners  provides parents of children JK-Gr. 12 with $200 that can be used to purchase a learning device (Chromebook) or other learning materials.  Deadline is Feb. 8th


Waterloo Region’s Winter Walk to School Day – Wednesday, February 10th

It looks like we will still be learning remotely on February 10th, the date our region selected for Winter Walk to School Day.  Therefore, we would like to encourage all of our students to go for a big walk with their family on the 10th anyways!  The whole idea is for kids, and their families, to get outside, be active, and enjoy winter in Canada!


Term 1 Report Cards – Distribution Date: Friday, February 19th

Parents – Term 1 Report Cards will either be sent home with students (if we are all back at school) or mailed home (if we are still learning remotely) on Friday, February 19th.


Bell Time Changes for the 2021-2022 School Year

After consultation with our school community, the board has confirmed St. Kateri’s bell times will move ahead by 10 minutes in September.

Our new bell times will be the following:

8:35 a.m. – Opening Bell

9:45-10:00 – Recess

11:20-12:20 – Lunch

1:40-1:55 – Recess

3:05 – Dismissal


Looking Ahead…


February 1-5 – WCDSB Pet Week!

February 2 – St. Kateri Kindergarten Registration

February 10 – Winter Walk to School Day – Family Walk Day

February 15 – Family Day (schools are closed)

February 17 – Ash Wednesday

February 18 – Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

March 15-19 – March Break

April 2 – Good Friday (schools are closed)

April 4 – Happy Easter!

April 5 – Easter Monday (schools are closed)

May 24 – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

June 4 – PA Day (no school for students)

June 28 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

June 29 – Last Day of the 2020-2021 School Year

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