A Message from our Director of Education
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June 23, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we enter the final week of the 2019-2020 school year, there are a few information items I would like to share with the school community.
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 2020-2021 school year include:
- Mr. Jakub (Special Education) – Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Jakub! Thank you for the great work you have done supporting students, parents and staff members during your time at St. Kateri!
- Mrs. Gruber (Junior Teacher) – moving to St. Timothy CES. Thanking Mrs. Gruber for the 9 years teaching both Junior and Intermediate students at St. Kateri – you will be dearly missed!
- Ms. Manuel (Gr. 1 LTO Teacher) – moving to a school TBD. Ms. Manuel’s second year at St. Kateri after teaching Kindergarten last year. Thank you for the wonderful job you have done educating some of our youngest students!
Welcome to our new Staff members joining us for the 2020-2021 school year:
- Mrs. Jardine – Kindergarten – moving from Holy Family CES
- Mrs. Bannister – Grade 2 – by way of St. Augustine CES
- Mrs. Kulczynska – Grade 2/3 – coming from St. John Paul II CES
- Mr. Nicholls – Grade 5 – transferring from St. Elizabeth CES
We thank all of our staff members for sharing their many gifts and talents with us this past school year.
**If Government and Public Health Guidelines Allow – We Will Again Hold a ‘Sneak Peak’ for Class Placements. More Details Will Be Shared in August**
If permitted, we will invite parents to come into the school on Wednesday, September 2 (between 8:30-3:30) or Thursday, September 3 (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. Dilgert to find out class placements August 31- September 4.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th. 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,
Ms. R. Kavanagh Mr. D. Lynch
Vice Principal Principal
Please read the following Bulldog Bulletin to revisions made for the report card and personal belonging schedule
Bulldog Bulletin for the Week of June 8, 2020
Warm Greetings to our entire St. Kateri Bulldog community! We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and we move into the final three weeks of the 2019-2020 school year! In this bulletin, you will find some important items regarding Grade 8 Graduation and Term 2 Report Card & Personal Belongings Pick-up from school – so please read carefully.
Grade 8 Graduation
|We are currently finalizing plans for this year’s Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony. More information will be shared by our Gr. 8 teachers with their respective classes in the coming days, but here are some general details to make note of:
Date: Tuesday, June 23rd
Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Google Meet Live Stream Event (link will be shared with students/families closer to the date)
7:30-9:00 p.m. – Drive Thru Diploma Pick-up at the school (7:30- Mr. Wagner’s Class 8:00-Ms. Filipovic’s Class 8:30- Mrs. Brown’s Class)
St. Kateri CES
Report Card and Personal Belongings Pick Up Schedule
Week of June 22-26
Physical Distancing and Safety Protocols:
Students in JK-Gr. 4 – Classrooms in the School Building
Students in Gr. 5 to 8 – Classrooms in Portables
All Students and Parents
St. Kateri CES
Student Personal Belongings and
Term 2 Report Card Pick Up Schedule
Week of June 22-26
Monday June 22nd
JK/K – Rm. 15
Mrs. Dillon/Mrs. Malleck
JK/K – Rm. 16
Mrs.Becker/Mrs. Meek/Mrs. Weiss
JK/K – Rm. 1
Mrs. Ribeiro/Mrs. Torre
Tuesday June 23
Portable 4 Mrs. Fundak
Grade 4/5 Portable 7
Wednesday June 24
Thursday June 25th and Friday June 26th
Dedicated times for those parents who contacted Mr. Lynch due to not being able to attend the scheduled pick up time for their child(ren).
Attention Grade 8 Students and Parents of Grade 8 Students
“Bridges to Success – Your Future Begins Now” is going online. H1F101 – Exploring Family Studies, is a summer school course for Gr. 8 students entering Gr. 9. Students can reach ahead to earn a Gr. 9 credit that counts towards their compulsory credits required for Graduation. Normally offered as an in class summer program, the course will be offered through distance online learning.
The link to register is: https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/elementary-programs/bridge-to-success/ Registration closes June 19th.
On another note, the Headstart program will be a go if restrictions are lifted and it can be “face to face.” Headstart will not run remotely. More to come.
You can visit the website for more information. https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/summer-programs/headstart-to-grade-9/
Hey there Bulldog families… the #WCDSBFindtheUmbrella campaign launches this week with a chance to win one of seven $100 President’s Choice gift cards.
Sign up here https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/find-the-umbrella/ for your chance to win!
Please consider joining us for a free 45- minute webinar on Wednesday, May 20th at 7 pm EST. Life’s challenges often provoke anxiety and stress in our children, but they also provide opportunities to strengthen our coping skills. In this live webinar, Dr. Jen Forristal (Umbrella Project) will provide you with 5 simple steps to build and sustain strong and resilient children. This will include strategies and activities to further enhance your child’s understanding of their coping skills and how to put them to practice.
We pray everyone in our St. Kateri family is keeping safe and staying healthy. We truly miss having your children attend school in the formal sense and look forward to the day we are able to return. Thank you for all of your assistance as we work together to support your children’s education through Distance Learning. Please continue encouraging your children to access the learning being provided by their teachers. Remember, should you or your child ever have any questions, their teachers are only a message or email away.
As you heard earlier this week, the Ontario Government has decided that schools will remain closed until the end of the school year. That decision was based on protecting the health and safety of your children, your families and our community. With this announcement, we know there are many questions about logistics, safety procedures and protocols. Please know that we are awaiting guidance on items such as: Grade 8 Grad, Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation and school access to pick up personal belongings. Our School Board, who is working closely with Public Health and the Ministry of Education on these matters, will be providing direction in the coming days and weeks. Please be assured that as we receive information, we make sure we share that information in a timely manner with our school community via Newswire.
As we approach Pentecost, the conclusion of our Easter Season on May 31st, let us continue to find joy and encouragement knowing we are, and always will be, People of Hope.
Mr. Dave Lynch Ms. Rosemary Kavanagh
Principal Vice Principal
|The Government of Ontario has announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of this current school year. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. Please visit https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca for all the most
|The official government announcement is available here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/health-and-safety-top-priority-as-schools-remain-closed.html|
Please read the following message from the Minister of Education.