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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!

Job Opportunity

Attention St. Kateri community!  Are you looking for a few hours of work from time-to-time?  If you are, then we are looking for an Occasional Lunchroom Supervisor.  Please contact the Vice -Principal today!

519-895-1716

 

Student Protest

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

This morning, it has come to our attention that some students at  St. Kateri are planning a student walkout this afternoon.  The reason for the walkout is to protest the provincial government’s recent changes to education.  This walkout is occurring at many schools across the region, and across many boards.   Information and messages have been circulated on social media, email and web sites. These planned student walkouts are not Board/School sanctioned events.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board values our students’ voices, and a vision of the learner that includes what it means to be a responsible citizen, a reflective thinker, and a discerning believer. Our school administration and office staff will follow regular attendance/ safe arrival procedures and report the missed class(es) to the parent/ guardian as soon as possible. Our school staff will not be supervising students who participate in the protest as it remains a regular school day.

We sincerely appreciate your partnership in the education of your children. Our priority is to support the learning and well-being of students while maintaining a safe environment.

Please direct any questions/ concerns to the main office.

Sincerely,

 

Dave Lynch

Principal

 

 

April Newsletter

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES Newsletter

Administrators’ Message

Dear Parents,

We have been back to school for a couple of weeks now after what was hopefully a safe and restful March Break for your family.  Should you ever have any questions or concerns related to school, please feel free to get in touch with us – we want to do everything we can to ensure your children get the most out of the last three months of this school year as they can.

Please join us congratulating our Gr. 7 students who made the Sacrament of Confirmation at a beautiful liturgy at St. Aloysius Parish on March 20th.  A very special thank you to Bishop Crosby for officiating as well as Fr. Jerome and Fr. Venil who continue to help guide us in our faith journey.

April is an important month in our Catholic community as we remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  If you are able, please join our school’s Easter Mass taking place May 1st @ 10:00 a.m. in our school gym.  Details on additional important dates and activities can be found below.

Wishing everyone a Blessed Lenten Season,

Ms. R. Kavanagh                              Mr. D. Lynch

Vice-Principal                                   Principal

 

Wear blue to show your support for students with autism on April 2nd!

Important Information for Parents of Grade 4 Students

The Canadian Cognitive Achievement Test (CCAT) will be administered to the Grade 4 students April 8-10.  The CCAT will identify student learning strengths and needs and will be extremely useful for future programming.  Please try to have your child well rested and try to avoid appointments of absences on these dates.

Parents – please note we will be conducting the second of our two mandated Lockdown Drills on April 11th.  Teachers use age appropriate language when discussing the reasons why we practice lockdowns.  If you have any concerns, please speak to you child’s teacher, Ms. Kavanagh or Mr. Lynch.

 

A reminder that Friday, April 12th is a P.A. Day.

Happy Easter to all of the families in our school community!  A reminder there is no school on Good Friday (April 19th) and Easter Monday (April 22nd).

Important Information for Parents of Grade 7 Students

Students in Grade 7 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be administered the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (CAT-4) between April 23 – April 30, 2019.

 

The CAT-4 is a national standardized achievement test designed to measure achievement in the basic skills commonly taught in schools across Canada.

The CAT-4 will provide information for parents, students, teachers and administrators about how well students perform in the basic skill areas. This information will be used to provide direction for curriculum and program delivery at the system, school, and individual student levels.

We celebrate the wonderful job Mrs. Sowa and Mrs. Arruda do for our school on Wednesday, April 24th this year!

 

St.Kateri Spirit Wear Day is Thursday, April 25th!  Wear your Bulldog Spirit Wear!  If you don’t have any then wear some ‘Bulldog Blue’!

 

Please keep our Grade 2s making their First Holy Communion on Sunday, April 28th in your prayers. 

 

School Climate Survey

The WCDSB has a Ministry requirement to conduct a School Climate Survey every two years with students, staff and parents/guardians as they all play a key role in contributing to a positive school climate. Schools need to be safe and welcoming places so that students can feel comfortable enough to learn.

There are 5 dimensions to the MDI – Middle Years Development Index:
i)  social & emotional development
ii)  physical health & well-being
iii) connectedness
iv) use of after-school time
v)  school experiences

This information will be used by your Principal and all staff to help promote an environment of respect, safety, and belonging for all students. Your answers are confidential and will help to provide direction in future planning.  All parents/guardians are invited to participate in the voluntary Ministry Developed survey until April 5, 2019.  To participate, please click our school-based link below.  Thank you for your time.

Link https://wcdsb.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8A2BYWebSfj90Ed?school=KAT

Parent WCDSB Survey @ St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Me to We is holding our last fundraiser of the year during Holy Week.

 

Anselma House Needs Our Help!

 

Each day of Holy week we are going to be collecting New items for the Women and Children of Anselma House.

 

Monday – Household Monday – dish towels, wash cloths, coffee mugs, toilet brushes, plastic cups

Tuesday – Shower Tuesday – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, children’s toothpaste

Wednesday – Little One’s Wednesday – waterproof mittens, diaper cream, crib sheets

Thursday – Bring What You Can – gift cards (grocery store, walmart) , cash donations or anything from the previous days

 

Thank you so much for your continued support of our community and Me to We Initiatives!

 

Me to We Team

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is still available for the 2019-2020 school year. Children born in 2015 are eligible for JK and children born in 2014 are eligible for SK. Call the school today!

MDI School Climate Survey

The WCDSB has a Ministry requirement to conduct a School Climate Survey every two years with students, staff and parents/guardians as they all play a key role in contributing to a positive school climate. Schools need to be safe and welcoming places so that students can feel comfortable enough to learn.

There are 5 dimensions to the MDI – Middle Years Development Index:
i)  social & emotional development
ii)  physical health & well-being
iii) connectedness
iv) use of after-school time
v)  school experiences

This information will be used by your Principal and all staff to help promote an environment of respect, safety, and belonging for all students. Your answers are confidential and will help to provide direction in future planning.  All parents/guardians are invited to participate in the voluntary Ministry Developed survey until April 5, 2019.  To participate, please click our school-based link below.  Thank you for your time.

Link https://wcdsb.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8A2BYWebSfj90Ed?school=KAT

Parent WCDSB Survey @ St. Kateri Tekakwitha