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Staffing Changes at St. Kateri

Dear Parents,

I hope that these early days of 2019 are treating you well.  Due to some administrative retirements in Waterloo Catholic in the coming weeks, some mid-year admin moves will be taking place at the end of this month.  This notice is to inform you that our vice-principal for the past year and a half, Mr. Setler, will be moving to a new position – vice-principal at both St. Dominic Savio CES and Carizon.  Mr. Setler’s strong background in special education as well as his excellent leadership and interpersonal skills will allow him to make a successful transition to his new role.  On behalf of our entire school community, I would like to thank him for the excellent job he has done serving the students and community of St. Kateri.

With Mr. Setler’s departure, a new vice-principal for St. Kateri has been appointed.  Ms. Kavanagh, currently a teacher at St. Anne’s CES in Kitchener, will be joining us in her new role at the beginning of February.  Ms. Kavanagh has an excellent reputation as an educator and I know her talents and skill set will be an asset to our school community.  Please join me in keeping both Mr. Setler and Ms. Kavanagh in your prayers as they transition to new positions in Waterloo Catholic.

Sincerely,

Mr. D. Lynch

 

Strong Start Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to become a Volunteer Reading Coach? If you would enjoy working one to one with a young child, playing games and activities to boost literacy skills, we want to hear from you! Register here to become a trained Volunteer Reading Coach  Volunteer Training Schedule.

The Letters, Sounds and Words™ program is a fun and engaging way for community members to help young children acquire the essential literacy skills they need to be confident and successful learners. The Letters, Sounds and Words program is delivered in partnership with school boards and schools in multiple communities in Ontario. This 10-week program targets children in Senior Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 who are lagging behind in their early reading skills. Children are matched with trained community volunteers who go into the school to work one-on-one with them, playing carefully designed games and activities. The program is designed in 4 strands to help children learn the names of letters, a sound each letter represents, how to recognize words by sight and how to build a word using the sounds of its letters. Classroom teachers select which children would most benefit from this program, as well as the strands in which they should be enrolled.

The Letters, Sounds and Words program is unique as it was designed to be easily implemented by volunteers in schools, including those with little to no previous experience working with children. The required training and the prescriptive program manuals allow volunteers to be very independent in running the program

January Newsletter

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES School Newsletter

     2019

 

On behalf of the St. Kateri Catholic Elementary School staff, we would like to wish everyone in our community a very happy and healthy 2019!  May Our Lord bless you and your family with peace and joy throughout the year.

R.  Setler              D. Lynch

Vice-Principal     Principal

 

January’s Math Focus: Reflecting

Reflecting is an essential part of being a good mathematician, especially in problem solving. Reflecting on choices and results enables students to improve their approaches and discover new possibilities.

In your child’s Math classroom, students will:

  •       reflect on their own thinking and the thinking of others
  •       assess the reasonableness of an answer
  •       brainstorm other possible strategies
  •       share aspects of a problem that were challenging

Students are continually challenged to demonstrate that they are reflecting on and monitoring their thinking to help them clarify their understanding as they complete an investigation or solve a problem.  Students become good problem solvers when they regularly and consciously reflect on and monitor their own thought processes.

Some questions that you can ask your child to help them be reflective include:

  • What evidence of your thinking can you share?
  • What could you start with to help you explore the possibilities?
  • What patterns do you see?

 

In February, we will look at Selecting Tools and Computational Strategies.

 

A heartfelt thank you to our community for your generous support of both the Angel Tree Program and the St. Kateri Sleigh Drive Food Drive.  Giving is in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.

 

Our annual Christmas Concert was a huge success!  Thank you to all the parents and family members who came to watch on December 21st.  Thank you as well to all of our teachers and students who organized, rehearsed and performed!

 

When the weather outside is frightful, please listen to your local Waterloo Region radio station for important information concerning any school closures or bus cancellations.  You can also find this information on our board’s website, www.wcdsb.ca

 

A reminder that students should not arrive at school before 8:10 a.m. each morning since yard supervision does not start until that time.

 

St. Kateri received some much needed parking help from our board’s facilities department in December with five new spots created in our school parking lot and an additional five spots marked in front of the school.  If parents are dropping off or picking up children during the school day, please use the new parking spots in front of the school and avoid parking in the lane designated as ‘No Parking Bus Zone’.

**Important** Please continue to follow our school’s policy on dropping off before school and picking up at the end of the day – for safety reasons, the parking spots in front of the school cannot be used during regular drop off and pick up times by parents.

 

Kindergarten Registration for September 2019

Junior Kindergarten Registration for children born in 2015

Kindergarten Registration for children born in 2014

 

St. Kateri Catholic Elementary School

519-895-1716

Tuesday, February 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

St. Kateri CES Welcomes Comedian John Park and His ‘Power of Persistence’ Assembly!

Friday, January 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in our school gymnasium

Parents welcome

Thank you to our Catholic School Council!

New Year’s Mass

Wednesday, January 16 @ 10:00 a.m.

Parents and family members, as always, are welcome to attend

 

P.A. Day – Friday, January 25th

 

St. Kateri CES Children’s Mass @ St. Aloysius Church

Sunday, January 27th

 

New Athletic Jerseys

Christmas came a little early for the St. Kateri Bulldogs inter-school athletic teams!  Sporting the new jerseys they will be wearing in the new year are our girls’ volleyball and boys’ basketball teams.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the following organizations for your donations that made purchasing the new jerseys possible:

Kitchener SW Optimist Club – $1000.00

Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation – $1000.00

St. Kateri Catholic School Council – $500.00

Finally, thank you to Nick Renda and HOF Sports for designing and supplying these awesome jerseys!  Go Bulldogs!

 

Christmas Concert

Parents…don’t forget The St Kateri Christmas Concert is tomorrow at 8:45.  Please park on side streets as parking at the school is very limited.  Merry Christmas!

Christmas came a little early for the St. Kateri Bulldogs

Sporting our new jerseys that they will be wearing in the new year are our girls’ volleyball and boys’ basketball teams.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the following organizations for their donations that made purchasing the new jerseys possible:

Kitchener SW Optimist Club – $1000.00

Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation – $1000.00

St. Kateri Catholic School Council – $500.00

Finally, thank you to Nick Renda and HOF Sports for designing and supplying these awesome jerseys!  Go Bulldogs!

#WCDSBawesome

#WRCSFoundation

Fire Alarm

Parents, there was a fire alarm malfunction which caused it to go off in error. This pushed our lunch back until 11:30. The system is being repaired and will be ready for Monday.

The Road to Emmaus

St. Kateri CES and The Road to Emmaus

What are the things that happen @Saint_Kateri that make you grateful for Catholic Education?  Let us know on our graffiti wall.

#WCDSBawesome #WCDSBCathoEdGratitude #parishconnectedness #prayworshipcelebrate #openmindedness #listen #encourage #inclusion #community #supportingoneanother

Pizza Lunch Today

Parents – please be aware that if you ordered a pizza lunch for your children through ESNS, it was delayed today due to a misunderstanding with the supplier.  All orders were delivered, but did not arrive until about 1:30 p.m.

Teachers allowed students to eat their lunch when it arrived.  ESNS and the pizza company apologize for the mishap.

December Newsletter

Administrators’ Message

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the support you continue to provide your children with their education.  We value your commitment to your child’s learning and it was great to see so many of you here November 8th for our Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences.

We are entering the season of Advent and we are preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus with joyful anticipation. If your schedule allows, please consider attending our Advent Mass on December 5th at 10 a.m. in our gym.

Please also consider taking part in our Angel Tree Program this year. Students and families can select an angel from the school tree in our foyer and purchase a gift for a child in need. All unwrapped gifts must be under the tree by Dec. 14th – thank you in advance for your generosity!

A reminder that our Christmas Concert has moved to a new format this year.  The concert for parents and families will take place the morning of Friday, December 21st in our school gym.  The first classes will be on stage by 8:45 a.m. and we look forward to seeing you!  Please keep in mind parking at our school is very limited, so visitors will need to park on a side street.

We wish you all a very joyous holiday season! School will resume on January 7th . Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

R. Setler                                             D. Lynch

Vice Principal                                   Principal

 

Congratulations St. Kateri Bulldogs Girls’ Basketball Team – 2018 Waterloo Catholic DSB Champs! 

Congrats to our girls’ b-ball team who defeated Pere Rene in the finals of the WCDSB Regional Tournament at RIM Park on November 20th.

Thank you to coaches, Ms. Filipovic and Mrs. Holmes, for the great job they did guiding the squad to an undefeated season!

Once again our beautiful tree is up in the front foyer of our school.   Christmas is a magical time of year and as the Christmas holidays draw closer, we would like to do what we can to help families in need of support this Christmas.  Let’s make this a memorable Christmas and light up the faces of children in our parish on Christmas Day. 

In the next few days our tree will be transformed from a plain tree to a magical angel tree.  Students are invited to come and pick a paper angel from the tree and purchase a gift for a child. The gifts will be brought to St. Aloysius Parish where they will be distributed. 

Please bring unwrapped gifts to the library before December 13th  as the donated gifts will be delivered to St Aloysius Parish on Friday December 14th

Sincerely,

Your Angel Tree Representative,

Mrs. Schneider

Visitors and Volunteers.

All visitors and volunteers need to report to the office when visiting the school. Please sign in and pick up a volunteer or visitor badge from the office staff.

We ask that parents/guardians pick up their children from the main office, not their classrooms and enter the school only from the front doors.  Please refrain from entering the school from the YMCA daycare or from the back of the school.

For your children’s safety we need to know who is in the school at all times.  Thank you for your co operation with this matter.

 

December’s Math Focus: Reasoning and Proving

 

In today’s Mathematics classrooms, students are expected to not only find the solution to a problem, but also to be able to explain their reasoning or their choice of strategy.

Mathematicians need to:

  • develop and apply reasoning skills to make mathematical opinions, assess these opinions, and justify their conclusions
  • plan and construct an organized mathematical argument
  • make sense of math through reasoning
  • solving problems with an emphasis on reasoning.
  • explain their thinking by answering the question “How do you know?”
  • make predictions
  • test hypotheses

 

At Home

Supporting your child at home to develop these skills is necessary to acquire these very important skills.  While helping with their math homework, ask a few of the following questions:

* Why does your answer make sense?

* How do you know your solution is right?

* How could you check that solution?

* Show how you know your answer is true.

* Explain the reasoning/strategy behind your answer.

 

Asking these questions will help your child to develop the necessary skills and understanding of the problem. Not only will they be able to show you how to find an answer, but why the answer is correct.

 

Sleigh Drive – St. Kateri Tekakwitha  December 3rd-14! 

Me to We is very excited to be holding a food drive. We are supporting the KW Food Bank (who then supports St. Al’s parish)

The Kateri Sleigh Drive – fill Santa’s sleigh with food for families that need it! 🙂 December 3rd-14!  Me to We will make a Christmas display in the front foyer.  The food will go into the boxes under the sleigh.

Most needed food Items

  • Peanut Butter

  • Canned Fruit

  • Rice

  • Canned Meat & Fish

  • Pasta Sauce

  • Dry Beans

  • Cereal

Thanks so much to all of you for helping make this food drive a success! It is our only one this year so let’s try to stock the food bank up as full as we can 😊

Next School Council Meeting – Tuesday, December 4th @ 6:00 p.m.

P.A. Day – Friday, December 7th

A reminder to parents that there is no school for students on December 7th since it is a PA Day

Board Game Afternoon – Friday, December 14th   

Students are invited to bring in their favorite board games on December 14th for an afternoon of fun with their classmates.  The board game afternoon reward was part of our Dance-a-thon Fundraiser incentive and, by surpassing $6000.00, our students earned it!  Please label all games so we can ensure they come home at the end of the day.

St. Kateri CES Annual Christmas Concert – Friday, December 21st @ 8:45 a.m. 

A reminder that our Christmas Concert for parents and families is taking place the morning of December 21st in our school gym.  All parents and extended family members are welcome!

With limited parking on school property, please park on the side streets around the school and avoid parking in front of the school or at the side of the school, which are designated and marked bus zones and fire routes.

Movie Afternoon … with Popcorn! – Friday December 21st

By raising more than $9000.00 through our Dance-a-thon fundraising, our students earned themselves a movie afternoon!  Students will watch a movie with students in their division the afternoon before Christmas Break.  Thanks to our Catholic School Council, each student will have a bag of popcorn to munch on while watching!

 

Sleigh Drive

Me to We is very excited to be holding a food drive. We are supporting the KW Food Bank (who then supports St. Al’s parish)

The Kateri Sleigh Drive – fill Santa’s sleigh with food for families that need it 🙂 December 3rd-14!  Me to We will make a Christmas display in the front foyer.  The food will go into the boxes under the sleigh.

Most needed food Items

  • Peanut Butter

  • Canned Fruit

  • Rice

  • Canned Meat & Fish

  • Pasta Sauce

  • Dry Beans

  • Cereal

Thanks so much to all of you for helping make this food drive a success! It is our only one this year so let’s try to stock the food bank up as full as we can 😊