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St. Kateri End of June Newsletter

June 26, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we enter the final week of the 2018-2019 school year, there are a few information items I would like to share with the school community.

First of all, our Mission Day that took place on June 21st was a resounding success.  Kids, parents and staff had a tonne of fun participating in a wide variety of activities.  I’m proud to say that our school raised over $3000.00 which will enabled us to support Food 4 Kids https://www.food4kidsww.ca/ , Ronald McDonald House Canada  https://www.rmhccanada.ca/ and the Sikic family.

Last Day of School

The final day of school this year is Friday, June 28, Dismissal will be at our regular time – 2:55 p.m.

Staffing

Each year, due to retirements, new opportunities, returning staff or desire for change, schools experience movement of staff members.  I would like to take this opportunity to let our staff who are leaving our school community know that we are thankful for their many special contributions, and we wish them nothing but the best as they enter a new chapter in their school and vocational lives.  Some staffing positions will be filled this summer, so the school community will be updated, in September, on the rest of our new additions.

Staff Members who are moving to new assignments for the 2019-2020 school year include:

  • Michaelides (LTO ECE) – moving to Our Lady of Grace CES
  • Manuel (K LTO Teacher) – moving to a school TBD
  • Ciesarik (Gr. 4 LTO Teacher) – moving to a school TBD
  • Brown (Gr. 6 LTO Teacher) – moving to a school TBD

We thank all of our staff members for sharing their many gifts and talents with us this past school year.

**NEWISH**Back by Popular Demand for the Second Straight Year – Sneak Peak and First Day of School Procedures

A reminder to parents to come into the school on Wednesday, August 28th (between 8:30-3:30) or Thursday, August 29th (between 8:30-5:00) to find out your child’s teacher, classroom, entrance/exit doors and pick up your first week of school information package.  If you aren’t able to come in on one of those days, the information package will be sent home with your child and you can call and speak to Mrs. Sowa or Mrs. Arruda to find out class placement August 28-30.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd.  Teachers will help guide students to enter the correct doors to the school and we will follow our regular procedures (National Anthem, Morning Prayer, Announcements).  Please note that we will not gather as a large group as in years past.

Wishing you all a safe, fun-filled summer!

 

Yours in Christ,

 

R. Kavanagh                                  D. Lynch

Vice Principal                                Principal

 

Fundraiser in Support of Luka Sikic and Family

Fundraiser in Support of Luka Sikic and Family

Thank you to the families who have donated generously in support of Luka Sikic and his family.

For those still interested, Friday, June 21st, will be the last day to order prints.

You can order prints on School Cash Online.

11 x 14 inch, high quality print with white matting (picture size 8×10 inch)

$75 PER PORTRAIT

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO

The Sikic Family

 

Portraits completed by fellow St.Kateri grade 5 student – Luke Hodgson

 

Thank you for your generous support!

June Newsletter

June 2019 School Newsletter

Greeting Families and Friends

June has arrived and with it the beautiful warm days we have so longed for.  At this time, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest bulldog and daytime custodian Ms. Jen Marson.  We are happy to have you aboard.  As we reflect on our school year, we have so much to be thankful.  St. Kateri is a great place to learn, grow and work.  This only happens when we all work together.  The energy, commitment and dedication to our school community never goes unnoticed and is always appreciated.  We hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing and safe summer holiday, enjoy the time with nature, family and friends.

Watch Out for these Important Dates!

June 3    KPL visits the Learning Commons

June 4    Gr 8 Trip to Niagara Falls

Catholic School Council Meeting… all are welcome @ 6:00pm

June 5    Cross Country Meet Bechel Park

June 6    Grade 3s @ The Museum

June 11  Regional Track and Field @ University Stadium

June 12  End of Year MASS @ 10:00 am Gymnasium followed by

Volunteer Appreciation Tea

June 14  Spirit Day …. It’s the BEACH!

Jump Rope for Heart

June 17-21 KPL visits classrooms

June 20  Kindergarten Graduation

June 21 MISSION DAY

June 25  Report Cards sent home

June 26  Grade 8 Graduation

Grade 7’s at Max Dome

June 27  Talent Show

June 28  Last Day of School before Summer HOLIDAYs.  Dismissal @ 2:55pm

 

Sneak Peak –  For the 2019-2020 School Year

Find out who your child’s teacher is before the first day of school! 

We are looking forward to making your child’s transition to the school year as smooth as possible.  Therefore, on Wednesday, August 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you are invited (and encouraged) to come into our school office and find out your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year (and which doors they will enter on the first day), verify the Student Information Form and pick up your child’s agenda. ( If applicable)  If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Sowa or Mrs. Arruda at the office.

Baby Bulldogs

What a fantastic night welcoming the newest Bulldogs to St Kateri at our Welcome to Kindergarten Night. It was great getting to know the graduating class of 2029! All the best for the summer and we will see you in September!

Fundraiser in Support of Luka Sikic and Family

Fundraiser in Support of Luka Sikic and Family

Grade 8 student, Luka Sikic has been a student of St. Kateri since JK.

He is a very caring and social young man and is always willing to lend a hand.

Because of these qualities, Luka was this year’s recipient of the

St. Kateri Beacon of Hope Award earlier this month.

Luka’s fight with cancer started Feb 27, 2016.  He was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) which caused a blood clot in his leg and 2 clots in his heart. Luka and his mother moved into Victoria Children’s Hospital, where he went through three rounds of chemo, before the leukemia went into remission on June 6, 2016.  In July of that year, Luka was admitted to Sick Kids Children’s Hospital in Toronto and received a bone marrow transplant. Luka had a 10 day prep chemo to wipe out his marrow and welcome the new one.  He stayed in isolation for 3 weeks.  He had some issues with his clots which made the transition back to London (where he would be monitored) a lot harder.   Eventually, on October 14, 2016, Luka received the green light from his medical team to return home.  Luka and his parents travelled back and forth to London for his follow up visits.  At first it was two check ups per week, then one every week, then one every two weeks.  Eventually, Luka’s check-ups were taking place every four months.  On a recent follow up – April 3, 2019 – a day before his birthday, his numbers were a little low, which was attributed to a cold he was fighting.  Luka went back two weeks later and his doctors noticed some irregularities in his blood work.  Luka went back for a bone biopsy on May 1, 2019.  That biopsy confirmed his cancer had come back because 10% of his bone marrow had reappeared.  On May 6, 2019 Luka and his mother moved back into the hospital in London and he started his first round of chemo.  We pray this round worked.   Luka will undergo one more round of chemo this summer and then head back to Sick Kids for another bone marrow transplant.  Please keep Luka in your prayers.

 

 

 Blair Stream

 

Fall Walk     

 Rainy Night

11 x 14 inch, high quality print with white matting (picture size 8×10 inch)

$75 PER PORTRAIT

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO

 The Sikic Family

Portraits completed by fellow St. Kateri Grade 5 student – Luke Hodgson

Portraits can be purchased on School Cash Online.

“Luke’s Community Fundraising Program”

 

         

 

Luke Hodgson is a grade 5 St. Kateri student that experienced a serious health issue in late 2018.  Luke and his family were grateful for the support he received from St. Kateri School and the community.

Luke’s Community Fundraising Program” was established by Luke to raise money for noteworthy causes in our community by combining his artistic ability with his passion for helping and caring for others.

Luke is a gifted young artist and with the help of his parents ran a successful fundraiser that raised over $20,000 from the sale of his artwork in support of the children’s hospital that helped him.

Now it’s time to give back again and this time in support of St. Kateri and fellow student Luka Sikic and his family

Thank you for participating in this extremely worthy event!

St. Kateri Track and Field Meet (Gr. 4-8)

St. Kateri Track and Field Meet (Gr. 4-8)

Please note that due to the forecast of rain all day tomorrow,

our school T&F Meet has been moved to next Thursday, May 16th

@ Resurrection CSS.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES Celebrates Catholic Education Week 2019 May 6-10

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES Celebrates

Catholic Education Week 2019

May 6-10

Rejoice in the Lord always … and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil 4: 4, 9)

This year Catholic Education Week takes place May 6 – 10.  Catholic communities across Ontario will celebrate the unique and distinctive contribution that Catholic schools make to our students, our community and our province.

 

This year’s theme is, “Catholic Education – Living as Joyful Disciples”. 

 

Monday, May 6, 8:25 a.m. – Special Catholic Education Week Prayer

 

Tuesday, May 7, 12:10-2:55 p.m. (afternoon only) …Open House.  Parents

                                   are invited to drop in and spend some time in their

                                   child(ren)’s classroom(s) – 15-20 min. suggested.

 

Thursday, May 9  – School Track & Field Meet at Resurrection CSS (Gr. 4 – 8)

 

Friday, May 10, Full Day – Spirit Day!  Dress up as your favorite Athlete or

                           Celebrity!  Student of the Week and Catch-a-Kid …

                           Special Catholic Education End of Week Prayer of Gratitude

 

JK Parent Orientation Night

Thursday, May 30 – JK Parent Orientation Night and Welcome to Kindergarten Night- 6:00 pm

Parents and children attending JK or SK for the first time are invited to a Parent and Orientation on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00-7:00 p.m in the school Learning Commons.  This evening is intended for both parents and incoming students.  If possible, we ask that both parents , or two adults attend.  One parent will stay in our LC for an information session and the other parent will rotate through activities in classrooms with your child.  Please RSVP to the main office.  519-895-1716

May Newsletter

May’s Bulldog Bulletin

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES

School Newsletter

 

May 1 @ 10:00 a.m. in our school gym St. Kateri’s Easter School Mass

May 1 @ 2:00 p.m. in our gym – Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off Assembly

May 6-10 – Catholic Education Week 2019 – Living as Joyful Disciples

This year Catholic Education Week takes place May 6 – 10.  Catholic communities across Ontario will celebrate the unique and distinctive contribution that Catholic schools make to our students, our community and our province.

 

This year’s theme is, “Catholic Education – Living as Joyful Disciples”.

Rejoice in the Lord always … and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil 4: 4, 9)

Hope in our Hearts…in our Homes…in our Schools…in our Communities…in our World

 

Tuesday, May 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in our Learning Commons – Mount Mary Gr. 8 Parent Meeting 

Wednesday, May 8 – Festival of Trees @ The Kitchener Auditorium – Gr. 4-8 Students 

Thursday, May 9 School Track and Field Meet (Gr. 4-8) @ Resurrection CSS 

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m. @ The Aud – Folk Dance Festival for all Kitchener Catholic Schools 

Friday, May 10 – St. Kateri Spirit Day – Dress as your favorite Athlete or Celebrity 

Tuesday, May 14 (p.m.) – Intermediate Co-ed Soccer Tournament @ RIM Park 

Friday, May 17 – Jump Rope for Heart! 

Monday, May 20 – Victoria Day (no school) 

EQAO Testing – Gr. 3s – May 21, 22, 23 … Gr. 6s – May 27, 28, 29 

From May 21-23, students in Grade 3 at St. Kateri will be writing the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Assessment of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Primary Division.

Our Grade 6 students will be writing the Junior Assessment May 27-29.

These province-wide tests are developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts and resemble the work children do in class every day.

We ask that you ensure your child is well rested and, if at all possible, please avoid appointments during this time.

Parents requesting more information about the assessment can access it at www.eqao.com .

Thursday, May 23 – Grade 7 Day @ Mt Mary

Friday, May 24 – Spirit Day – Twin/Triplett Day 

May 28-30 – Grade 8s @ Mt. Mary, Ancaster for Spiritual Retreat 

Thursday, May 30 – JK Parent Orientation Night and Welcome to Kindergarten Night – 6:00 p.m.

Parents of children attending JK or SK for the first time are invited to a Parent Meeting and Orientation on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00 – 7:0 p.m. in the school’s Learning Commons.  This evening is intended for both parents and incoming students.  If possible, we ask that both parents, or two adults, attend.  One parent will stay in our LC for an information session and the other will rotate through activities in classrooms with your child.

Friday, May 31 – PA Day (no school for students) 

Ring in Spring

We are starting to fundraise for Grade 8 Graduation!

 

On April 25th and 26th Students can Purchase Ring Pops to send to their friends throughout the school. Students will fill out a small slip of paper stating their name and room number and the person who will be receiving the Ring Pop’s Name and Room number. The Grade 8’s will tape the slips to the Ring Pops and deliver them to the correct rooms on April 30th.

 

Ring Pops will be $1 each. All proceeds will go towards Grade 8 Graduation.

 

Each student can buy up to 5 Ring Pops. This way we can ensure we have enough for the whole school.

 

The Grade 8’s thank you so much for your support!