Bulldog Bulletin – Week of June 14, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of June 14, 2021

Parents – We Want to Hear From You!  St. Kateri’s Thought Exchange closes today at 6:00 p.m.

Parents – please join the conversation as we begin planning for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

“What are the most important things the St. Kateri staff can do to support the learning & well-being of students in the 2021-2022 school year?”

 

To participate click: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/895090417/welcome…   The survey is open from June 7-14.

Please keep thoughts/comments polite and respectful and please do not name individual staff members in your thoughts.

Please be sure to read and ‘star’ the comments of others too!

 

St. Kateri’s Canadian Cancer Society’s RELAY for LIFE Team was #WCDSBawesome!

Thanks you so much for your generosity!  St. Kateri was the top school in Waterloo Catholic, raising $1410.20 for the Canadian Cancer Society in the RELAY for LIFE Fundraising event!  Way to go, Team Bulldogs!

 

End of Year Activities – REALLY Important News and Dates for Parents and Students…

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

 

June 24 – Final Day of Synchronous Learning for ALL students

 

Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony

6:30-7:15 p.m. – Grad Ceremony (pre-recorded video will be shared with parents/students earlier in the day)

7:15-8:00 p.m. – Drive-Thru Diploma, Awards and ‘Grad Bag’ pick up at the front of the school for Ms. Filipovic’s class (graduate will walk down ‘the red carpet’ for photo opportunities)

8:00-8:45 p.m. – Drive-Thru Diploma, Awards and ‘Grad Bag’ pick up at the front of the school for Mr. Wagner’s class and St. Isidore students (‘red carpet’ and photo opportunities)

 

June 25 – Asynchronous Day

 

June 28 – Asynchronous Day AND Term 2 Report Card and Personal Belongings Pick Up at the school.  Students Kindergarten – Grade 3 may enter the school with one parent, following all of our safety protocols.  Students in Grades 4-8 are asked to enter the school or their portable without a parent accompanying them.  If you are unable to come to the school at your designated time, please call us to arrange an alternate time.  Report Cards that are not picked up by 3:00 p.m. on June 29th will be mailed home.

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Students with Last Names Beginning with A-E

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Students with Last Names Beginning with F-J

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Students with Last Names Beginning with K-O

 

June 29 – Asynchronous Day AND Term 2 Report Card and Personal Belongings Pick Up at the school AND Final Day of the 2020-2021 School Year

Students Kindergarten – Grade 3 may enter the school with one parent, following all of our safety protocols.  Students in Grades 4-8 are asked to enter the school or their portable without a parent accompanying them.  If you are unable to come to the school at your designated time, please call us to arrange an alternate time.  Report Cards that are not picked up by 3:00 p.m. on June 29th will be mailed home.

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Students with Last Names Beginning with P-T

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Students with Last Names Beginning with U-Z

 

 

 

Year End Letter from the Director of Education

Dear WCDSB Community,

 

We hope that this communication finds you well.  It has been an eventful few weeks since last we communicated and today’s letter will bring some important updates.  As you well know at this point, it was announced by the Premier on Wednesday, June 2nd that in person schooling would not be returning this school year.  We know that for many students and indeed for many staff this was a disappointing update and not the news for which we were hoping.  It is difficult to be ending a second year in a row remotely, but we do know it will set us up for a safe and healthy summer, and hopefully a strong return to in person learning in the fall.

 

End of Year Activities

 

We are conscious that without a formal return to school, we once again have to contemplate bringing closure to our year and also complete some tasks associated with return of school materials and retrieval of personal belongings.  It will also be an opportunity to return any learning devices students were loaned from their schools or any textbooks they may have.  In order to facilitate this process, the last day of synchronous learning for all elementary schools, including St Isidore, will be Thursday June 24th.   June 25th, June 28th and June 29th will be asynchronous learning days, where work will be posted and students will be invited to come into their schools to return materials and connect with teachers.

 

Elementary Schools:

Keeping in mind all our obligations to our health and safety protocols, our elementary aged students will be invited to come to their schools at an appointed time to say a final in-person good-bye to their teacher and to allow for some personal connections with some classmates.  Principals will develop a schedule for their school and communicate those details to students and families once they are finalized.  We hope to not inconvenience parents more than once as they bring their children to the school for their good-bye.

 

Recognizing Elementary Graduates:

Graduates will also receive communications from their schools with details about virtual graduation ceremonies, and about any drive-by / walk-by graduation ceremonies that are planned.  This will allow for a celebration of this milestone, for photos and final in person good-byes.

Secondary Schools:

The last day for synchronous learning in Secondary with be June 22nd, with June 23rd and 24th as final assessment days.   The dates of June 24th and 25th will be used for device retrieval and textbook collection (June 28th and 29th will be available as need be as well).  School Administration will communicate the schedule and process.  June 24th is the last day for Community Active Living and ELL students.

 

Recognizing Secondary Graduates:

As has been previously communicated, a great deal of preparation has been underway for our graduates.  The secondary schools have been coordinating efforts and engaged in much planning to ensure our graduates are celebrated to the best of our ability.  Comprehensive virtual graduation ceremonies are currently planned for the fall and in-person celebratory drive-by/walk by ceremonies are planned for this spring.  We want to honour the considerable accomplishments of our many graduates.  We are very proud of you!  More details about these events will be provided by your local school.

 

Transition Survey Results for 2021-2022 School Year

Thank you to all parents and families for completing our Transition Survey for next school year.  We have just under 600 students registered for St Isidore elementary school next year and approximately 200 students who desired online learning for secondary.  As the 200 secondary students are spread over 5 schools, 4 grades and multiple courses,  a decision has been made that delivery will occur through a hybrid model (online and in-person students are in the same class), so that students can learn online and still access most of the course offerings they might desire.

 

Learning Kits for next year

Finally, just a short word to say that once again we will be providing students and families from grades JK – 12 with WCDSB Learning Kits.  Look here to see what to expect:

 Student Kits – List of Items.pdf   It is a small way to ensure heath and safety, while saying to you that you matter to us!  We value your faith in WCDSB and we cannot wait to welcome you back!

 

Thanks for your continued support and let’s have a great end to the school year, and an even better, healthier summer and school year ahead!  It’s going to be #WCDSBAwesome !

 

Sincerely

 

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Letter to Community End of Year June 9 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of June 7, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of June 7, 2021

 

Parents – We Want to Hear From You!  St. Kateri Thought Exchange – June 7-14

Parents – please join the conversation as we begin planning for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

“What are the most important things the St. Kateri staff can do to support the learning & well-being of students in the 2021-2022 school year.”

 

To participate click: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/895090417/welcome…   The survey is open from June 7-14.

Please keep thoughts/comments polite and respectful and please do not name individual staff members in your thoughts.

Please be sure to read and ‘star’ the comments of others too!

 

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

 

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

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…

June 7-14 – St. Kateri Thought Exchange

June 8 – National Best Friends’ Day

June 11 – St. Kateri Relay for Life Day

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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 – May 31-June 4, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – May 31-June 4, 2021

Important!  THIS Week!  Registration 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 this week only – 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.

 

Orange Shirt Day at St. Kateri – Thursday, June 3rd

 

In memory of the Indigenous children who lost their lives at residential schools in Canada, and to bring attention to this disturbing part of our country’s history, St. Kateri students and staff are encouraged to wear orange this Thursday, when we will hold our second Orange Shirt Day of this school year.  This will be in recognition and memory of all the Indigenous children whose culture, language, and freedom were lost, oppressed or challenged through the residential school program.  For more information https://orangeshirtday.org/about-us.html

June is also National Indigenous History Month in Canada.  For more details and information, please visit Government of Canada National Indigenous History Month

 

 

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

 

Parents – We Want to Hear From You!  St. Kateri Thought Exchange – June 7-14

Parents – please share your thoughts with us from June 7-14 on our St. Kateri Thought Exchange.  A link to the online platform will be shared next Monday and our question for parents will be:

What are the MOST IMPORTANT things the staff at St. Kateri can do to better support the learning and well-being of your children in 2021-2022?

*Please keep comments polite and respectful, without naming specific staff members.

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

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 31 and June 1 – Welcome to Kindergarten Bag Pick up at the school (2:30-4:00 p.m.)

June 1 – Pride Flag Raising

June 3 – Orange Shirt Day at St. Kateri

June 4 – PA Day (no school for students) and Support Staff Appreciation Day

June 7-14 – St. Kateri Thought Exchange

June 8 – National Best Friends’ Day

June 11 – St. Kateri Relay for Life Day

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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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