St. Kateri Vaccination Letter

St-Kateri

Dear Parents,

 

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is helping youth between the ages of 12 and 17 and family members they live with (who do not have their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine) get the vaccine.

Getting youth the vaccine is important to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer when we return to school in-person.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can now pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Youth and family members they live with will be able to book a time for their first dose between June 7th and June 20thYouth must be 12 years old at the time of their appointment. It is likely that youth will be able to get their second dose quicker than other people so they will have both their shots before the 2021 school year. At this time, family members cannot get their second dose quicker unless they are part of another eligible priority group.

What vaccine will be given?

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years of age and older. See the resources below for more information.

How to pre-register?

Click here to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Please select “youth 12-17 years of age” as the priority group
  • Complete the form with the youth’s personal information, family members do not need to complete a form.
  • When the youth gets their booking code, family members in the same house can use the same booking code to book a time for their first dose.

If you need help filling out the form, please watch the video about how to fill out the form, or ask someone you trust to help you. If you need extra support call 519-575-4400, support is available in over 200 languages. Deaf and hard of hearing (TTY): 519-575-4608.

You will get your booking code in the way you asked to get it when you filled out the form. Please check your JUNK/SPAM folder in your email regularly.

When you get your booking code, please book your time slot as soon as you can. If family members have already pre-registered with Region of Waterloo Public Health, they can make an appointment with the same booking code their youth received and delete any booking code they get later.

Where can youth get their shot?

Youth need to book a time at a clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine. Please select one of the clinics below when booking an appointment:

  • Cambridge Pinebush, Cambridge
  • Health Sciences Campus, Kitchener
  • The Boardwalk, Waterloo
  • Wellesley Clinic, Wellesley
  • New Vision FHT, Kitchener

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Map to see where the clinics are.

Youth should bring their health card on the day of their appointment. If they do not have a health card, please bring another piece of identification that confirms who they are and has a number/code on it. To learn more about what to do before and after your appointment visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Waterloo Region page.

 

The [insert name of Board or school] encourages all who are eligible to pre-register to receive their vaccine. When possible, and to best support your child(ren) with their learning, please be mindful of school hours. However, if you are only able to book an appointment during the school day, please do so. This is an important opportunity to prioritize the health of all in our community.

 

Thanks for your continued support in keeping our community safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Ms. R. Kavanagh                     Mr. D. Lynch

Vice Principal                          Principal

 

 

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 24, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 24, 2021

The St. Kateri Welcome to Kindergarten Night Virtual Orientation Session is Tonight – Tuesday, May 25th @ 6:00 p.m. on Microsoft Teams

Invitations have been sent to the parents of our new Kindergarten students starting in September.  If you didn’t receive an invitation, please give us a call at the school (519-895-1716) and we will make sure you’re on the list of invitees! We are looking forward to ‘seeing’ everyone tonight at 6:00 p.m. on our Microsoft Teams virtual meeting!  When you join the meeting, a reminder to please turn off both your camera and microphone.

 

Join the St. Kateri RELAY for LIFE Team

Canadian Cancer Society Fundraiser

 

Every school in the St. Mary’s FOS has agreed to put together a team to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life this year.  We would like to invite our St. Kateri families to join our fundraising team and participate in the Relay for Life!  Some of our classes will participate in a virtual Relay for Life the week of June 7th, and we would like to invite and encourage the greater St. Kateri Community to participate on the actual event scheduled for Saturday, June 12th.  If your family is in a position to make a donation please do so here Relay For Life at WCDSB (Waterloo Catholic District School Board): Team List – Relay For Life (cancer.ca)  under the team name St. Kateri, of course

Here is some information about the Canadian Cancer Society and Relay for Life:

WHY WE RELAY

Relay is more than a fundraiser. It unites a collective of Canadians who are a force-for-life in the face of cancer. It’s a chance for participants of all ages to come together and celebrate the survivors in our communities, who send a powerful message of hope for those living with the disease. It’s a place to honour and remember those currently battling cancer, those who have beaten cancer and  those we’ve lost to cancer.

Wherever your Relay takes place, you’ll be joining thousands of people across the country who have shown up for their communities. With your help, we can prove that together, we are bigger than cancer.

 

With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we all know someone whose life has been changed by this disease.  But each day, our friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues prove to us that while cancer can change everything, it doesn’t have to define who you are.  At the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, we show the people we love that life is bigger than your diagnosis – that no matter where you live, you don’t have to face cancer alone. 

CELEBRATE CANCER SURVIVORS

If you are a cancer survivor, cancer-free or living with the disease, we want to celebrate you and the hope that you provide to your community. When you sign up as a survivor for Relay For Life, you will be honoured during the first lap of Relay — the Survivors’ Victory Lap.

REMEMBER THOSE WE’VE LOST

Whether you Relay for a parent, child, grandparent, or friend, luminaries are a powerful symbol that our loved ones are always in our hearts. The Luminary Ceremony at Relay For Life allows us to honour and remember those we love, every step of the way.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Signing up for Relay helps us fund groundbreaking research, provide the largest cancer support system in the country and shape health policies to make living with cancer easier. With your help, we can continue to help those affected by cancer live their lives as fully as possible.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and shape health policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.

 

Relay For Life at WCDSB (Waterloo Catholic District School Board): Team List – Relay For Life (cancer.ca) – click on the link then scroll down until you find ‘St. Kateri’ if you would like to join our team and make a donation

 

Registering for St. Isidore Virtual Catholic School for the 2021-2022 School Year – June 1-3 Only

Registration for St. Isidore Virtual Catholic School for the 2021-2022 school year is taking place June 1-3.  If you would like to formally register your children for St. Isidore Virtual Catholic School, please visit www.wcdsb.ca  and complete the online registration form during the registration window, June 1-3.  Unlike this school year, registration for St. Isidore will be for the entire school year – there will not be opportunities to change learning modalities (i.e., move back to St. Kateri from St. Isidore or move to St. Isidore from St. Kateri) throughout the year.  A survey was sent out in March to give the board an idea of the number of students who might attend St. Isidore; however, parents will need to complete the online form June 1-3 to register for the upcoming school year.

 

Summer Learning Opportunities Offered by Waterloo Catholic DSB

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning.  In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support and challenge student toward success and preparation for the next grade.

Visit https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/ to find the programs listed by date and grade that best suit your child’s needs.

 

Don’t forget…St. Kateri’s Bell Times Are Changing in September

Our start time will be 10 minutes later next year, so please make note of the following bell times:

8:35 a.m. – Entry

9:45-10:00 a.m. – Recess

11:20-11:40 a.m. – Lunch

11:40-12:20 – Recess

1:40-1:55 p.m. – Recess

3:05 p.m. Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

May 24 – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

May 25 – Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night for parents of children starting JK in September

June 4 – PA Day (no school for students)

June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony

June 28 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

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

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 17, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 17, 2021

 

Join the St. Kateri RELAY for LIFE Team

Canadian Cancer Society Fundraiser

Every school in the St. Mary’s FOS has agreed to put together a team to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life this year.  We would like to invite our St. Kateri families to join our fundraising team and participate in the Relay for Life!  Some of our classes will participate in a virtual Relay for Life the week of June 7th, and we would like to invite and encourage the greater St. Kateri Community to participate on the actual event scheduled for Saturday, June 12th.  If your family is in a position to make a donation please do so here Relay For Life at WCDSB (Waterloo Catholic District School Board): Team List – Relay For Life (cancer.ca)  under the team name St. Kateri, of course

 

Here is some information about the Canadian Cancer Society and Relay for Life:

 

WHY WE RELAY

Relay is more than a fundraiser. It unites a collective of Canadians who are a force-for-life in the face of cancer. It’s a chance for participants of all ages to come together and celebrate the survivors in our communities, who send a powerful message of hope for those living with the disease. It’s a place to honour and remember those currently battling cancer, those who have beaten cancer and  those we’ve lost to cancer.

Wherever your Relay takes place, you’ll be joining thousands of people across the country who have shown up for their communities. With your help, we can prove that together, we are bigger than cancer.

 

With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we all know someone whose life has been changed by this disease.  But each day, our friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues prove to us that while cancer can change everything, it doesn’t have to define who you are.  At the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, we show the people we love that life is bigger than your diagnosis – that no matter where you live, you don’t have to face cancer alone. 

 

CELEBRATE CANCER SURVIVORS

If you are a cancer survivor, cancer-free or living with the disease, we want to celebrate you and the hope that you provide to your community. When you sign up as a survivor for Relay For Life, you will be honoured during the first lap of Relay — the Survivors’ Victory Lap.

REMEMBER THOSE WE’VE LOST

Whether you Relay for a parent, child, grandparent, or friend, luminaries are a powerful symbol that our loved ones are always in our hearts. The Luminary Ceremony at Relay For Life allows us to honour and remember those we love, every step of the way.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Signing up for Relay helps us fund groundbreaking research, provide the largest cancer support system in the country and shape health policies to make living with cancer easier. With your help, we can continue to help those affected by cancer live their lives as fully as possible.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and shape health policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.

 

Relay For Life at WCDSB (Waterloo Catholic District School Board): Team List – Relay For Life (cancer.ca) – click on the link then scroll down until you find ‘St. Kateri’ if you would like to join our team and make a donation

 

Welcome to Kindergarten Night Virtual Orientation Session – Tuesday, May 25th @ 6:00 p.m. on Microsoft Teams

Invitations have been sent to the parents of our new Kindergarten students starting in September.  If you didn’t receive an invitation, please give us a call at the school (519-895-1716) and we will make sure you’re on the list of invitees! We are looking forward to ‘seeing’ everyone on May 25th at 6:00 p.m. on our Microsoft Teams virtual meeting!

Registering for St. Isidore Virtual Catholic School for the 2021-2022 School Year

If parents would like to formally register their children for St. Isidore Virtual Catholic School for the 2021-2022 school year, please visit www.wcdsb.ca June 1-3 to complete the online registration form. Unlike this school year, registration for St. Isidore will be for the entire school year – there will not be opportunities to change learning modalities (i.e., move back to St. Kateri) throughout the year.  A survey was sent out in March to give the board an idea of the number of students who might attend St. Isidore; however, parents will need to complete the online form June 1-3 to register. 

 

Don’t forget…St. Kateri’s Bell Times Are Changing in September

Our start time will be 10 minutes later next year, so please make note of the following bell times:

8:35 a.m. – Entry

9:45-10:00 a.m. – Recess

11:20-11:40 a.m. – Lunch

11:40-12:20 – Recess

1:40-1:55 p.m. – Recess

3:05 p.m. Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

May 24 – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

May 25 – Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night for parents of children starting JK in September

June 4 – PA Day (no school for students)

June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony

June 28 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

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

Free COVID-19 Testing Available for Students & Staff

Free COVID-19 Testing Available for Students & Staff

 

Free, voluntary COVID-19 testing for all asymptomatic (those who are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms) students and staff is available as follows:

 

Sunday, May 23, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

St. Mary’s High School

1500 Block Line Rd., Kitchener

 

No Appointment Necessary

 

ABOUT THE TEST

 

The test process is very simple and safe, and the collection site will be staffed by professionals who will be following a multitude of safety processes.

 

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip, that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). After the sample is collected, the test results will then be available within 24-48 hours on the my.thrive.health website.

 

If an OHIP number has been provided at the time of check-in/registration, results will also be uploaded to https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree

 

Thank you for helping us keep the St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES community safe and healthy so that we can avoid any further disruption from the COVID-19 virus!

Join the St. Kateri RELAY for LIFE Team

Join the St. Kateri RELAY for LIFE Team

Canadian Cancer Society Fundraiser

Good Day St. Kateri Community!

 

Every school in the St. Mary’s FOS has agreed to put together a team to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life this year.  We would like to invite our St. Kateri families to join our fundraising team and participate in the Relay for Life!  Some of our classes will participate in a virtual Relay for Life the week of June 7th, and we would like to invite and encourage the greater St. Kateri Community to participate on the actual event scheduled for Saturday, June 12th.  If your family is in a position to make a donation please do so here Relay For Life at WCDSB (Waterloo Catholic District School Board): Team List – Relay For Life (cancer.ca)  under the team name St. Kateri, of course

 

Here is some information about the Canadian Cancer Society and Relay for Life:

 

WHY WE RELAY

Relay is more than a fundraiser. It unites a collective of Canadians who are a force-for-life in the face of cancer. It’s a chance for participants of all ages to come together and celebrate the survivors in our communities, who send a powerful message of hope for those living with the disease. It’s a place to honour and remember those currently battling cancer, those who have beaten cancer and  those we’ve lost to cancer.

Wherever your Relay takes place, you’ll be joining thousands of people across the country who have shown up for their communities. With your help, we can prove that together, we are bigger than cancer.

 

With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we all know someone whose life has been changed by this disease.  But each day, our friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues prove to us that while cancer can change everything, it doesn’t have to define who you are.  At the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, we show the people we love that life is bigger than your diagnosis – that no matter where you live, you don’t have to face cancer alone. 

CELEBRATE CANCER SURVIVORS

If you are a cancer survivor, cancer-free or living with the disease, we want to celebrate you and the hope that you provide to your community. When you sign up as a survivor for Relay For Life, you will be honoured during the first lap of Relay — the Survivors’ Victory Lap.

REMEMBER THOSE WE’VE LOST

Whether you Relay for a parent, child, grandparent, or friend, luminaries are a powerful symbol that our loved ones are always in our hearts. The Luminary Ceremony at Relay For Life allows us to honour and remember those we love, every step of the way.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Signing up for Relay helps us fund groundbreaking research, provide the largest cancer support system in the country and shape health policies to make living with cancer easier. With your help, we can continue to help those affected by cancer live their lives as fully as possible.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and shape health policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.

 

Relay For Life at WCDSB (Waterloo Catholic District School Board): Team List – Relay For Life (cancer.ca) – click on the link then scroll down until you find ‘St. Kateri’ if you would like to join our team and make a donation

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 10, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 10, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

We hope all of our ‘Bulldog Moms’ enjoyed a very special day on Mother’s Day, yesterday!

 

Welcome to Kindergarten Night Virtual Orientation Session – Tuesday, May 25th @ 6:00 p.m. on Microsoft Teams

Invitations have been sent to the parents of our new Kindergarten students starting in September.  If you didn’t receive an invitation, please give us a call at the school (519-895-1716) and we will make sure you’re on the list of invitees! We are looking forward to ‘seeing’ everyone on May 25th at 6:00 p.m. on our Microsoft Teams virtual meeting!

 

St. Mary’s Family of Schools Beacon of Hope Recipients

Each spring, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board honors its students who contribute so much to our schools but sometimes ‘fly under the radar’.  Our Beacon of Hope recipients are our unsung heroes – students who aren’t looking for recognition or accolades for their good deeds, but contribute in such a positive way to the school climate.  Even though she wasn’t looking for recognition, we would like to honor and thank our 2020-2021 St. Kateri Beacon of Hope, Grade 8 student Braelyn C.!  We would also like to publicly recognize our 2019-2020 St. Kateri Beacon of Hope, Trinity P.!  You both have had a significant impact on the positive climate at St. Kateri and for that, we are so very grateful!

Check out the 2020-2021 St. Mary’s Family of Schools Beacon of Hope video https://www.wcdsb.ca/beacons-of-hope-st-marys-family-of-schools/

 

Registering for St. Isidore Virtual Catholic School for the 2021-2022 School Year

If parents would like to formally register their children for St. Isidore Virtual Catholic School for the 2021-2022 school year, please visit www.wcdsb.ca June 1-3 to complete the online registration form. Unlike this school year, registration for St. Isidore will be for the entire school year – there will not be opportunities to change learning modalities (i.e., move back to St. Kateri) throughout the year.  A survey was sent out in March to give the board an idea of the number of students who might attend St. Isidore; however, parents will need to complete the online form June 1-3 to register. 

 

St. Kateri Staffing News – September 2021

Vice Principal, Ms. Rosemary Kavanagh, has done an outstanding job serving the St. Kateri Catholic School community for the past two and a half years!  Rosemary is a very talented educator and leader who has had a positive and lasting impact on our students and staff.  Rosemary will be moving to St. John Paul II as the VP in the fall, so we wish her all the best as her leadership journey continues!  Thank you, Ms. Kavanagh…you will be missed; however, you’re not gone yet – you’re still a Bulldog for 7 ½ more weeks!

We would also like to welcome our new Vice Principal, but not A NEW Vice Principal, for the 2021-2022 school year, Mrs. Sandra Labelle!  Sandra is a very talented and experienced educator in her own right, and has spent the past three years as the VP of St. Anne’s CES, Kitchener.  Welcome to The Best School in Waterloo Catholic, Mrs. Labelle!

Welcome to St. Kateri, Mrs. Margaret Heffernan!  Mrs. Heffernan joins us from Sir Edgar Bauer and will be a part of our Spec Ed Team, working alongside Ms. Sottosanti, next year as our 0.5 Spec Ed Teacher.

 

School Construction News – Summer and Fall 2021

St. Kateri will see some exciting new construction projects take place this summer and fall!  will Construction Plans include the following: new windows,  new interior doors, new flooring in our hallways, and renovated student washrooms!

 

Looking Ahead…

May 24 – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

May 25 – Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night for parents of children starting JK in September

June 4 – PA Day (no school for students)

June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony

June 28 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

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

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 3, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of May 3, 2021

 

Catholic Education Week 2021: Nurturing Hope

The first week of May is always a very special week for Catholic schools in Ontario – it is when we celebrate Catholic Education Week!

Catholic Education Week provides staff, students, and families an opportunity to give thanks for the precious gift of publicly funded Catholic education, and to celebrate the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and world.

People often wonder what the difference is between Catholic Schools and other schools – the answer really, is quite simple and it hangs on a plaque in the foyer of not only St. Kateri but all the schools in our school board – it reads:

Be it known to all who enter here, that Jesus is the reason for this school.  He is the unknown but ever-present teacher in its classes, He is the model for its faculty and the inspiration for its students. 

Catholics played a very important part with founding and establishing the country of Canada.  It was important to them that their rights to educate their children in Catholic schools be protected.  Those rights were protected, and are protected, in our constitution – the British North America Act, 1867.  It is our job now, as teachers, EAs, support staff, principals, parents, and students to continue building on the strong foundation we have in our Catholic schools.  Catholic schools have been doing an outstanding job educating students in a faith-based education system in Ontario for more than 200 years, so let us celebrate the positive impact they have had on our society this week!

This year’s theme, “Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope,” is taken from the book of Isaiah, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength: (Isaiah 40:31).  So let us continue to pray to God in hope – hope for an end to this pandemic, hope for a safe return to school very soon, hope for God to give us strength to face all of life’s challenges.  God is there to love and support us – so keep hope alive by praying to our Lord every day in a meaningful way.

Catholic Education Week is traditionally marked by special activities at the school and system level, including prayer celebrations and service activities.  This year, once again due to the pandemic, these activities have gone online. We encourage families to reflect on the importance of Catholic education and what it has meant to your family.  Please spend some time as a family and explore some of the great resources that have been provided by our school board Nurturing Hope (wcdsb.ca)

Have a wonderful week, everyone – and please, take the opportunity to reflect on the wonderful gift that is Catholic Education.

 

Catholic Education Week Prayer

Loving God,
You sent your Son, Jesus, to be our hope.
We feel his promised Spirit at work within us;
We recognize his risen presence among us
as we gather in his name in prayer,
and celebrate the Eucharist.
He is the hope which inspires us to share
as members of Catholic educational community,
in your church’s mission
to announce the Good News to the whole world.
We thank you for the gift of Catholic education.
May it continue to be a place where Christ ignites within us,
an abiding confidence in a future filled with hope.
We make this prayer through the same Christ, our Lord.

St. Kateri, pray for us…

Amen.

 

Mental Health and Well-Being Week

This week teachers will also be spending time with our students on the importance on maintaining a healthy sense of self and taking care of own mental health.  The Waterloo Catholic DSB has put together some excellent resources for parents, students and staff – these resources can be accessed through the board’s website or by clicking here: Mental Health & Well-Being (wcdsb.ca)

 

St. Kateri Donates to ‘Tiny Homes – A Better Tent City’

We are pleased to share that our Catholic School Advisory Council met on April 20th agreed to donate $1000.00 to the Tiny Homes – A Better Tent City initiative. Parents – if you have five minutes, please watch this video A Better Tent City on Vimeo  and discuss with your children the importance of helping our brothers and sisters in need and how a small group of dedicated people can make a real difference in the lives of others.

 

Looking Ahead…

 

May 3-7 – Catholic Education Week – ‘Nurturing Hope’ … “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”  Isaiah 40:31

May 24 – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

May 25 – Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night for parents of children starting JK in September

June 4 – PA Day (no school for students)

June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony

June 28 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

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

 

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