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Kindergarten Registration

Hey Bulldogs!

Do you know someone born in 2017?  It is time to register for JK!

Do you know someone born in 2016?  It is time to register for SK!

Please bring a birth certificate, passport, baptismal certificate of child or parent and proof of address (other than a drivers license) to the office on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Registrations  will be by appointment only.  Please contact the school 519-895-1716 and speak to Mrs. Sowa or Mrs. Lane in the office to book your appointment now.

We will get you registered for the Graduating class of 2031 or 2030!

St. Kateri Jersey Day – Friday, January 15th

Not only is the NFL Divisional Playoff Round this weekend, it’s also the start of the NHL season!

Sounds like to perfect time to have a ST. KATERI JERSEY DAY!

Wear your favorite team’s colours Friday and ask your teacher to take a class pic so we can tweet it out!

 

Some Staff Football Picks:

Mr. Nicholls likes the Bucs   to beat the Saints and turn them back into the Aints

Ms. Jardim is picking the Rams  to send the Packers packing

Ms. Bannister thinks the Packers  will reduce the Rams

Mr. Lynch billieves the   Bills will take care of the Ravens

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of January 11, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of January 11, 2021

INSPIRING!  Thank you to our exceptional staff, students and parents for your flexibility as we adjust to a new way of learning!

 

Students – Keeping your good routines going!  Be on time every day, stay engaged and put forth your best effort!

 

Parents – If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate reaching out to your child’s teacher,  Ms. Kavanagh or Mr. Lynch.  We know these are challenging times and greatly appreciate working together in support of your child’s education.

 

Sacramental Registration at St. Aloysius Parish – Important Information for Parents of Children in Gr. 2 and Gr. 7

Parents – please register online through the St. Aloysius Parish website https://www.staloysius.on.ca/  if your child is in Gr. 2 or Gr. 7 and your would like them to receive the Sacrament of First Communion or Confirmation this year.

There will be links on the homepage that will lead parents/guardians to a Google Form to register. This will be for new applications only. Families who registered last year through our Parish Office, and chose to wait until this year will not need to register again. We will be communicating with those families after the close of registration.

Our Parish office and church are currently closed during the lockdown, but we are monitoring emails during the closure. We will not be having an in person information meeting at the church.

We will be giving families further instructions after the close of registration, and we will also send this information to the schools.

There are a few video resources on our website to help families prepare for the Sacraments.

 

Changing Modes of Learning

If you are interested in changing the mode of learning for your child (moving from St. Isidore Virtual School back to St. Kateri OR moving from St. Kateri to St. Isidore), please note the next transition date is February 16th.  The online form will be available from January 27th to January 29th.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is taking place the month of February!  For more information, please contact Mrs. Sowa, our Awesome Administrative Assistant.

JK/Year 1 Kindergarten – Born in 2017

SK/Year 2 Kindergarten – Born in 2016

 

Looking Ahead…

January 22nd – PA Day (no school for students)

February 3rd – Winter Walk to School Day

February 15th – Family Day (schools are closed)

February 17th – Ash Wednesday

February 18th – Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

March 15-19 – March Break

April 2nd – Good Friday (schools are closed)

April 4th – Happy Easter!

April 5th – Easter Monday (schools are closed)

May 24th – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

June 4th – PA Day (no school for students)

June 28th – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

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

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Bell Time Change Proposal Feedback Survey Open Until January 14th

Greetings,

As you may know, transportation for all schools in the Region is planned and carried out by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region,  Bell times (start and end times for schools) have been synchronized to ensure we maximize the efficiency of school buses.

For September 2021, the public board is modifying the length of the school day at one of their high schools.  This change will impact the existing transportation network at three of our schools and at a number of public board schools.  The impact on each Catholic school will be a 10 minute shift in bell times.

St. Kateri’s current start time is 8:25am and end time is 2:55pm.

The proposed new times for September 2021 are a start of 8:35am and an end of 3:05pm.

We are not required to make this change.  The alternative is the public board will have to add on and pay for a number of additional buses to ensure their students get to school on time.

There is both a financial and environmental cost to not changing bell times which is why we are considering this request.

We are fully aware that this change may not work with family work schedules, child care pick up and drop off times, or for those friends and family members who help support your family’s daily routines.  Accordingly, through this survey, we are asking for your feedback on this change.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=k7g9cu0X7ESGEwEZOMNydonPicOFAQJKpBuerW9_q8lUNTg5NEhGMVlWQk00Rk5NSTUzWkVHTTJQNC4u

Please note that no decisions have been made and your feedback will support discussions at our senior administrative table.

Respectfully,

Shesh Maharaj

Executive Superintendent of Corporate Services

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of January 4, 2021

Bulldog Bulletin – Week of January 4, 2021

Happy New Year to Our Bulldog Families!

Virtual Learning Reminders – Week of January 4-8

  • All students, JK-Gr. 8, are required to ‘attend’ school from 8:25a.m. to 2:55 p.m. (our regular school hours)
  • Teachers will provide a daily schedule and each day will consist of both synchronous (live instruction – whole class, small group, or individual) and asynchronous learning (students working independently on a task)
  • Synchronous sessions will be with your child’s Classroom Teacher as well as their Planning Time Teacher (Arts, Music, Phys Ed) and/or French Teacher (Gr. 4-8)
  • At times, some students may be working in small groups with a teacher while other students work independently
  • Our bell times, including recess and lunch, remain the same – where possible, students are encouraged to get outside and be active during breaks
  • If your child requires a Chromebook to engage in virtual learning this week, a reminder to please email Principal Dave Lynch david.lynch@wcdsb.ca with your child’s full name, grade and classroom teacher’s name
  • A reminder that 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. Deadline is Feb. 8th

 

Virtual learning is still very new to both staff and students and it will look quite different from the remote learning that took place in the spring, where there was not an emphasis on live or synchronous instruction.  We ask everyone for your patience and understanding as we endeavor to provide your children with the best teaching and learning experiences possible under these circumstances.

Thank your for your continued support and partnership.

 

Looking Ahead…

January 4th – Happy New Year and Welcome Back (Virtually)!

January 11th – Present Return to School Date (In Class)

January 22nd – PA Day (no school for students)

February 3rd – Winter Walk to School Day

February 15th – Family Day (schools are closed)

February 17th – Ash Wednesday

February 18th – Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

March 15-19 – March Break

April 2nd – Good Friday (schools are closed)

April 4th – Happy Easter!

April 5th – Easter Monday (schools are closed)

May 24th – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

June 4th – PA Day (no school for students)

June 28th – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

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

Remote Readiness – Chromebook Requests for Students and Virtual Learning Schedules Important Information for Parents of St. Kateri CES Students

Dear St. Kateri Parents,

We truly hope you all had a most Joyous Christmas and would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

On December 21st the provincial government announced all elementary students in Ontario would start the new year learning virtually/remotely – January 4-8, with a return to face-to-face learning on January 11th.

Expectations for teaching and learning compared to the spring are different, when face-to-face (synchronous learning) was limited and we did not necessarily follow our school bell times.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be providing you and your child with a daily or weekly timetable that will obviously be more detailed, but look similar from a bell time standpoint to the samples provide here:

Kindergarten Sample Schedule (actual timetable will be shared by classroom teacher)

8:25-9:35

Attendance, Prayer, Opening Community Building and Curriculum – all students

Virtual Synchronous

9:35-9:50

Break

9:50-10:20

Year 1 – Away from the screen (asynchronous play-based learning prompt)

Year 2 – Kindergarten in class synchronous session

10:20-10:35

Break

10:35-11:10

Year 1 – Kindergarten in class synchronous session)

Year 2 – Away from the screen (asynchronous play-based learning prompt)

11:10-12:10

Lunch

12:10-1:00

Curriculum – all students synchronous session

1:00 – 1:30

Religion Curriculum/Community Building/Wellness

1:30-1:45

Break

1:45-2:55

Asynchronous learning

Grades 1 – 8 Sample Schedule (actual timetable will be shared by classroom teacher)

8:25-9:35

Attendance, Prayer, Opening Community Building and Curriculum – all students

Virtual Synchronous

9:35-9:50

Break

9:50-10:30

Curriculum

Synchronous

10:30-11:10

Curriculum

Synchronous

11:10-12:10

Lunch

12:10-12:50

Curriculum

Synchronous

12:50-1:30

Curriculum

Synchronous

1:30-1:45

Break

1:45-2:55

Asynchronous learning

Chromebook Loan to Students Plan

If your child has access to their own learning device at home, we ask that you do not request to borrow a Chromebook from the school.  If your child(ren) does/do require a Chromebook during our remote learning phase, parents are asked to follow these instructions:

  • Email principal Dave Lynch david.lynch@wcdsb.ca by Saturday, January 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
  • Please include your child’s name (first and last), grade and classroom teacher’s name in the email
  • Chromebooks will be ready to pick up at the school by parents on Monday, January 4th between 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Parents picking up Chromebooks are asked to pull up to the main doors of the school and remain in their vehicle (drive thru style)
  • A staff member will record the Chromebook number being loaned and bring it to the vehicle
  • If parents are not able to come to the school Monday between 1:00-4:30 p.m., please indicate a time that does suite your schedule in your email to Mr. Lynch

Important Reminder…

Parents – if you are considering purchasing a device for your child, we would like to remind you of the provincial government’s ‘Support for Learners Program’ (details were shared in our Dec. 7th Bulldog Bulletin).  The deadline to apply has been extended until February 8th.

 

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Ontario’s Support for Learners Program:

The Ontario government’s Support for Learners Programs provides financial support for all parents for the 2020-2021 school year.

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

 

$200 for each child up to age 12

$250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

 

Parents can go to   https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners   to apply for the one-time financial support.  The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.  Support for Learners funding is intended to directly support parents with providing children with key educational resources like technology during these unprecedented times. 

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