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Updated WCDSBLearn@Home Website

Beginning April 6th, what the Ministry of Education is calling “Phase 2” or “Educator-Led” Learning will commence at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Schools will continue to be closed but learning will continue — involving a combination of distance learning tools for students.

Please visit our special WCDSBLearn@Home website for information and resources complied to support the government’s plan.

The resources on this site can supplement and support Educator-led learning. You may not need all of these resources, but if you find yourself needing assistance with creating a positive learning environment for your children, we hope they can provide some assistance.

Under the Educator-led learning plan, the government has outlined the minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week, based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher. These expectations, for each teacher, include:

  • Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;
  • Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;
  • Grades seven to eight: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,
  • Grades nine to 12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

The WCDSBLearn@Home website will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please visit often.

St. Kateri Chromebook Deployment for Families Requesting to Borrow a Chromebook During School Closure

  • On Monday, April 6th, between 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., parents are asked arrive at the school and pull into a Visitor Parking spot in front of the school
  • Parents are asked to remain in their vehicle during the entire process
  • Parents are asked to show proof of completing the School Cash Online form (printed copy or electronic copy is acceptable)
  • Parents are asked to show proof of ID (e.g., Drivers License)
  • Staff Member will record family name and Chromebook number being issued
  • Staff Member will place the Chromebook, charge cord and instruction sheet, all contained in a paper bag, in the trunk/back of the vehicle
  • Staff Member will be wearing gloves and possibly a mask – physical distancing needs to be maintained at all times
  • Should parents have any questions, a Self-Help FAQ will be posted on our WCDSB@Home webpage
  • Chromebooks will only be issued to parents who indicated to their child’s teacher their child will need a device for teacher-led remote learning
  • One Chromebook will be issued per family
  • We ask for your patience as we will be distributing approximately 40 Chromebooks

 

 

Teacher-Led Learning Begins April 6th – Please Ensure You and Your Child’s Teacher Have Connected

Dear Parents,

Over the past few days your child’s classroom teacher has reached out to every parent/student in their class by a phone call, email or Google Classroom.  If you have not connected with your child’s teacher yet, please check your voicemail, email or your child’s Google Classroom account.  It is very important lines of communication are open as we prepare to move to Teacher-Led Learning beginning Monday, April 6th.  We want to ensure your child’s learning continues to the best of our collective ability during this period of school closure.  Should you have any questions, or need assistance with reaching a teacher, please feel free to email us and we will gladly help out.

Sincerely,

Rosemary Kavanagh                           Dave Lynch

Rosemary.kavanagh@wcdsb.ca      david.lynch@wcdsb.ca

Prayer for Pandemic

The following Prayer was jointly developed by Archbishop Terrance Prendergast and Rabbi Bulka, two religious leaders in the Ottawa region. It has gained much support from many other religious communities as well. It is asked that the prayer be said at 3:00 today as a sign of our common prayer but the prayer can be said anytime during the current crisis.

O God,

We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;

We know we are in a war against COVID – 19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:

We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;

That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time;

We commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;

We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;

We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;

We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine;

We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us;

We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;

We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.

We pray for the well-being of all our life savers; For those who are not well, that they recover fully;

For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.

We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,

And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.

We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers.

We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.

Amen.

At Home Learning Framework

St. Kateri CES – A Message from Your Admin Team

Dear Parents and Students

As you are well aware, this is an unprecedented time for us as a staff, and as a school as a board.   We pray everyone in our school community is healthy as we continue coming to terms with our current reality.  There is a great deal to consider as we begin to move to teacher-led distance learning for the foreseeable future.  Our conversations with the board’s senior admin team as well as our St. Kateri team has been about ‘the art of possible’.  Wednesday morning, our school staff took part in a video conference call meeting and discussed how learning will take place moving forward for the students at St. Kateri.  This plan is aligned with direction provided by both the Ministry of Education and WCDSB.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your child(ren)’s teachers or you can contact one of us.

1. By the end of this week, your child(ren)’s classroom teacher will have connected with you – by phone call, email or your child’s google classroom account. Please let your child’s teacher know if internet access or a learning device is required for your children to access At Home Learning.

2. For the next week and a half, you and your child are encouraged to use WCDSB Steam Days or refer to the Ministry’s  Learn at Home  platform on a daily basis to increase their knowledge/understanding of subjects and apply their thinking to grade appropriate learning tasks.

3. Beginning April 6th, Classroom Teachers will provide their students with curriculum based learning activities each school day using the platform they communicated with you this week.   French and Planning Time Teachers will forward assignments to Classroom Teachers, so parents/students have one point of contact.

Please continue to monitor our school’s website, Newswire and Twitter for updates.

Sincerely,

Rosemary Kavanagh  (rosemary.kavanagh@wcdsb.ca)              Dave Lynch (david.lynch@wcdsb.ca)

Vice Principal                                                                                       Principal