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First Day Package and Sneak Peak

Just a reminder to fill out and and send back first day packages that went home last week.

Please note that the sneak peak dates are as follows:

Tuesday August 28th 8:30-3:30 pm

Wednesday August 29th 8:30-5:30 pm


Thank you everyone for you co operation with this matter!

June Newsletter

WCDSB Vision: Our Catholic Schools: heart of the community, success for each, a place for all.

WCDSB Mission: As disciples of Christ, we educate and nurture hope in all learners

to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.

 June 2018 School Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Where has the time gone? The 2017-18 school year has flown by and we would like to take the time thank all the parents and guardians of St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES for the enormous amount of support you have given to our school community this school year.  We are very proud to be part of such a caring Christian community.

The end of the school year is always bitter sweet: exciting as the promise of summer fun is on the horizon, but sad in that the year is ending which inevitably means saying good bye. This year we will be saying good bye to the grade 8s as they take the next step on their educational journey. We wish you nothing but the best as you continue into grade 9 this September at your chosen secondary school. You have performed exceptionally well in your leadership role this year and have modeled well for the grade 7s what it means to be the student leaders of an inclusive Catholic School community.  We say good bye to Ms. Pizarro as she leaves St. Kateri to become Vice Principal at St. Teresa of Calcutta CES in Cambridge. We will miss her but wish her all the best as she enters the next phase in her career. We know she will be an amazing VP. We also say good bye to Ms. Filipovic, whose LTO for Mrs. Gruber has ended. We wish her all the best in her future teaching career. Welcome back to Mrs. Gruber who has returned to her grade 8 class for the rest of the school year.

May was a nostalgic month for many here at St. Kateri as we celebrated our 25th Anniversary on May 17th. The evening was a fantastic example of what St. Kateri means to the whole community. Mayor Vrbanovic, Director Loretta Notten, Local Radio Personality Mike Farwell, MP Marwan Tabarra, Chair of the Board Wendy Price, and past graduate David Edgar (professional soccer player) along with many past and present teachers, students and families made the night a very memorable one for all! Thanks goes out to Ms. Pizarro for her planning of this wonderful night! Our grade 8s also ventured out on their annual Spiritual Retreat to Mt. Mary at the end of May and have come back spiritually renewed, revitalized and refreshed.

We would like to thank all our dedicated teachers for their instructional dedication as well as the co-curricular support they have provided to our students throughout the year.  Their willingness to support new initiatives, coach athletic teams, organize fundraisers, field trips, assemblies, and sit on committees speaks to their commitment to the children at our school. A very special thank you to the staff at St. Aloysius Parish, especially Father Jerome and Father Rochon, who have provided our students and staff with spiritual guidance and support throughout the year. I would like to thank all our students for such a great year.  Your commitment to spiritual, academic, athletic and social excellence is what makes St. Kateri such a special place.

Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing, and fun-filled summer…

Your Partners in Catholic Education,

Mr. D. Lynch

Mr. R. Setler

Me to We Team

A big thank you to our St. Kateri Me to We Team and community! This year we raised over $1150 dollars for education and water initiatives through our We Bake for Change and Walk for Water campaigns. Our money is being sent to the countries most in need of donations. We raised over $250 that will be donated to our Mission Day charity, Food 4 Kids, through our Rafiki bracelet sales this past Winter. Our Thanksgiving Food drive also raised over 1,650 lbs of food for those in need in our community. The Me to We Team worked very hard to plan and support these initiatives and should be commended. Thank you to our community for continuing to support these important causes.

25th Anniversary Celebration

On Thursday May 17th, the St. Kateri Community officially celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our school! Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Director Loretta Notten, Chair of the Board Wendy Price, MP Marwan Tabbara, Local Radio Personality Mike Farwell, and Professional Soccer Player and St. Kateri Graduate David Edgar were on hand for our special evening. Many current and former students, staff and families celebrated with us. All enjoyed the speeches, cake (donated by The Original Cakery), food trucks and comradery that the night involved. A big Thank You goes out to Ms. Pizarro for putting this great night together!



We would like to congratulate the Cross-Country team for all your hard work, dedication, and commitment throughout the season. Your positive spirits were displayed in battling the heat and difficult course. We look forward to having all of you back next year.

Mr. Martins & Miss Tojeira

Some big congratulations go out to our school’s Track and Field winners. Our Bulldogs are once again eager to display their athletic abilities at the Regional Meet on June 7th, 2018 at University Stadium.

Mr. Martins & Mr. Jagas

Parking Procedures – A Reminder for June

Please make note of the following information and adhere to our school’s drop off and pick up procedures that are in place to keep your children safe.

We encourage students in Gr. 4 – 8 who live within 1.6 km of the school (0.8 km for JK – Gr. 3 students) to walk to school.  Those who live further than 1.6 km (0.8 km JK – Gr. 3) are eligible for bussing.

Drop Off (8:10-8:25 a.m.)

Parents who choose to drive their children to school are asked to either:  A. park on one of the side streets and walk, or have your children walk on their own, the remainder of the way to school, using the city crossing guard in front of the school.  OR B. pull into the school driveway and drop your children off in front of the school in front of or behind the school bus zone.  To keep traffic moving and keep the bus zone free from traffic, parents who choose to pull into the school driveway may not get out of their vehicles and children may only exit the vehicle from the passenger side.   Please do not stop or park  in the through lanes, which are also clearly marked as a Fire Route.  St. Kateri parents are also not eligible to park in the daycare parking lot or school parking lot.

Pick Up (2:30-2:55)

Parents choosing to pick up children at the end of the school day cannot do so using our school driveway as it needs to remain free of traffic for our six school busses.   The lane on the right is reserved for buses and the two through lanes are part of our Fire Route and are therefore a no stopping/no parking zone.  Parents are also not able to use the Daycare parking lot, which is reserved parking.  At the end of the school day, parents are required to park on a side street and have their children cross safely at the cross walk in front of the school.

The City of Kitchener works closely with all schools to ensure the streets around them are safe for students, parents and others in the community.  Please keep these City of Kitchener bylaws in mind if you choose to drive your children to school.

Parking is not permitted:

  • Within 1.5 metres of a driveway
  • Within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
  • Within 9 metres of an intersection
  • In a bike lane
  • In a school bus loading zone

Note: Please also be aware of all the no parking/no stopping areas around our school.

Each year, the city receives complaints about drivers in school zones. Here are some of the practices to avoid:

  • Stopping or Parking in a restricted zone
  • Blocking a driveway when you park your car
  • Travelling too quickly
  • Making U-turns
  • Parking in a driveway without the homeowner’s permission

Please be respectful of residents who live on streets around our school.

By-law Enforcement staff regularly patrol school areas to help keep everyone safe by watching for infractions.

By working together, we can ensure St. Kateri continues to be a safe, nurturing, and engaging school where your children will meet with success.  Thank you i for your understanding, cooperation and support.

Please feel free to contact us at the school should you have any questions or concerns.

Jump Rope For Heart Update

Way to go Bulldogs -for reaching new heights!  We have raised $4 549.50 to date, with more donations still waiting to be added.  We have met all the challenges presented at our kick-off assembly.  We are looking forward to seeing Mr. Wagner (a die heart Boston Bruins fan) dressed as a Toronto Maple Leaf Cheerleader and both Mr. Settler and Mr. Lynch receiving a pie in the face!  (Mr. Settler has requested coconut cream!)  One more staff member will be receiving a pie in the face at the assembly …who will it be? Jump Rope Prizes will be distributed later this month.  Congratulations for showing your amazing school spirit Bulldogs!


**Sneak Peak – New For the 2018-2019 School Year**

**Find out who your child’s teacher is before the first day of school! **

We are looking forward to making your child’s transition to the school year as smooth as possible.  Therefore, on Wednesday, August 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., you are invited (and encouraged) to come into our school office and find out your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year (and which doors they will enter on the first day), verify the Student Information Form and pick up your child’s agenda.  We will not gather as a large group on the first day as in years past – students will enter the school as they would on any other school day. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Sowa at the office.

Watch Out for these Important Dates!

June 7 – Regional Track Meet

June 11 – Faith in Action – St. Kateri

June 12 – Gr. 6s at Chicopee, Kindergarten Play Day

June 13 – Year End School Mass

June 14 – Jr Boys 3-Pitch

June 15 – p.m. Mission Day

June 18 – Jr Girls 3-Pitch

June 19 – Grad Breakfast and Olympic Sports Day

June 20 – Int. Soccer at RIM, 2:15 p.m. Volunteer Appreciation

June 21 – Aboriginal Day, Gr. 6 Golf Trip, Kindergarten Graduation

June 22 – Gr. 6 Golf Trip

June 26 – Recognition Assembly (a.m.), Term 2 Report Card Go Home

June 27 – St. Kateri Gr. 8 Graduation

June 28 – Gr. 7 Sports Dome Trip, a.m. Talent Show

June 29 – Last Day of 2018-2019 School Year – Regular Dismissal @ 2:55 p.m.

Renewing the Promise: Catholic Education Week 2018

Our Catholic Education Week Celebrations this year included our Folk-Dance Festival, 25th Anniversary, and many other fantastic events within the school. Staff and students welcomed all visitors to St Kateri, and showed all what Catholic Education was all about. Great job Bulldogs!


Catholic Education Week Prayer 

God of mercy, we thank you for the gift of Catholic education.

We walk in faith and thanks, guided by those who have gone before us, who nurtured and sustained Catholic education.  Inspired by our Catholic Graduate Expectations, we acknowledge that the promise of Catholic education is within us, that it is a promise that we live out in our families and communities and that it is a promise that we proclaim in acts of justice and compassion in word and deed.  We make this prayer that we may live out the promise of Catholic education for many more years to come.


Baby Bulldogs

What a fantastic night welcoming the newest Bulldogs to St Kateri at our Welcome to Kindergarten Night. It was great getting to know the graduating class of 2029! All the best for the summer and we will see you in September!

Used Book Sale!

Used Book Sale

Everything is 25₵

Location: St Kateri Learning Commons

When: June 4th to June 8th

Students come buy your beach reading

Jump Rope

St Kateri students and staff enjoyed the fantastic weather today as they participated in our annual Jump Rope for Heart Activities. Everyone had fun in support of a very worthwhile cause. Way to go Bulldogs! #WCDSBAwesome!

Grade 8 Fundraising

Freezie days starting at St. Kateri!! Grade 8 grads are selling Freezies from Ms. Tojeira’s classroom window during lunch! Don’t forget to bring $1!!!#Freeziedays  #Only$1 #Gr8GradFundraiser

25th Anniversary Celebration

Last night’s 25th Anniversary Celebration was incredible!  Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!  Thank you to Ms. Pizarro for taking the lead with planning and organizing and special thank you to our guests who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our event  @berryonline @MarwanTabbaraMP @farwell_WR @davidedgar141 @WCDSB_nottenl #25years #WCDSBawesome!

25th Anniversary

Just one week away from our 25th Anniversary Open House!

5:15 – Arrival and Gather in the Gym

5:30 – 6:00 –  Speeches in the Gym

  • Mike Farwell (MC, Local Radio and TV Personality)
  • Loretta Notten (Director of Education, WCDSB)
  • Father Jerome (Pastor, St. Aloysius Parish)
  • Brian Cullen (St. Kateri’s First Principal)
  • Dave Lynch (St. Kateri’s Current Principal)
  • St. Kateri’s Very Own Incredible Intermediate Acapella singers led by Mrs. Radisic and Mrs. Kroetsch

6:00 – 7:00 – Take a Trip Down Memory Lane on a Self-Guided Tour of the School

Three Food Trucks will be on site if you would like to take the night off from making dinner!

Folk Dance

The St Kateri Folk Dance Team looked sharp at last night’s Festival!  Their dancing was pretty sharp too.  Thanks to coaches Mrs Mehes,  Mrs Gallant,  and Mrs Dillon!

Ann Douglas

Bestselling Author, Ann Douglas, Coming to St. Kateri

Parents -Plan to Attend!

Tuesday, May 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.


The St. Kateri Catholic School Council is pleased to host bestselling parenting author, Ann Douglas, on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in our Learning Commons (Library).  Ann’s presentation will be centered on her most recent book, Parenting Through the Storm: Handling the Highs, the Lows, and Everything In-Between.  Light refreshments and fellowship will take place from 6:00-6:30 and Ann’s presentation will follow.

About Ann:

“I believe that writers can change the world. We have the power to tell stories and share ideas that can fuel social change. It’s both an extraordinary privilege and a daunting responsibility.”

— Ann Douglas

I am the author of a number of bestselling books about pregnancy and parenting (including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books) and a magazine writer and content creator who specializes in writing about parenting and health. My most recent book is Parenting Through the Storm: Handling the Highs, the Lows, and Everything In-Between, a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. I am frequently invited to speak at health, education, and parenting conferences about the issues raised in my books and at conferences for writers.

I live and work in Peterborough, Ontario, where I volunteer my time with a variety of projects and causes. I am currently serving on the national editorial board for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Portico website and the social media team for The Canadian Red Cross. And I recently collaborated with Partners for Mental Health on this child and youth mental health advocacy letter and this series of mental health videos for parents.

In June 2013, I became the second person ever to be awarded a Lifetime Membership by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (in recognition of my contributions to the freelance writing profession).

In April 2012, I was one of 16 Canadians invited to Rideau Hall to discuss family policy with Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston.

May Newsletter

Catholic Education Week 2018

This year, Catholic Education Week takes place May 7 – 11.  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 – Renewing the Promise”.

Parents – if your schedule allows, please consider dropping in for a 15-30 min visit in your child’s class during our two Open House dates.

Monday, May 7 – Opening Prayer will highlight the gift of Catholic Education

 Tuesday, May 8 – Best-selling parenting author, Ann Douglas, presents to parents in our Learning Commons (Library).  Brought to you by our Catholic School Council.

6:00 p.m. – Refreshments and Fellowship

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Ann’s presentation called “Parenting Through The Storm”

Wednesday, May 9 – Open House classroom visits for parents 12:10-2:55 p.m. (15-30 min. visits per class)

Thursday, May 10 – Open House classroom visits for parents 8:25-11:10 a.m. (15-30 min. visits per class)

 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

Kindergarten Parent Meeting

Parents of children attending JK or SK for the first time are invited to our Parent Meeting and Welcome to Kindergarten Night on Thursday, May 31 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons.  Where possible, we are asking both parents attend.  One parent will attend the Parent Meeting and the other attends the Welcome to Kindergarten hands on component with your child.

Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO Assessments

From May 22 to 31, students in Grade 3 and 6 will be writing the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Assessment of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Primary and Junior Division, Spring 2018.

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 .


Good Luck to our Grade 4-8 students as they prepare to participate in our school track and field meet on Tuesday, May 22 at Resurrection CSS.  Parents are invited to attend and cheer on students.  Thank you to Mr. Jagas and Mr. Martins who have taken leadership roles with the meet.  Thank you also to our Catholic School Council, who is paying for bus transportation for all students.


May – Important Dates to Remember

May 1 – Me to We ‘Walk for Water’ Day – students asked to bring a loonie or toonie today

May 2 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off Assembly @ 10 a.m.

May 3 – WCDSB St. Mary’s Family of Schools Beacons of Hope Breakfast –

congratulations to St. Kateri recipient, Grade 6 student Jaime D!

WCDSB Badminton Tournament @ Resurrection CSS

May 4 – Gr. 4-8 Track Meet @ Resurrection CSS

May 6 – St. Kateri Children’s Mass @ St. Aloysius Parish

May 7-11 – Catholic Education Week – “Renewing the Promiss”

May 8 – Ann Douglas Presentation in the Library for parents – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

May 9 – Open House (p.m.)

May 10 – Open House (a.m.)

May 14-18 – Book Fair in the Learning Commons (Library)

May 16 – Kindergarten Jump Rope for Heart (a.m.)

May 17 – St. Kateri’s 25th Anniversary Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

May 18 – Jump Rope for Heart, Gr. 1-8

May 21 – Victoria Day (no school)

May 25 – Twin/Triplet Day

May 29-31 – Grade 8 Spiritual Retreat @ Mt. Mary

May 30 – Cross Country Meet @ Bechtel Park

May 31 – Kindergarten Night, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Earth Day news:

Congratulations to our Rap for Nature winners:

1st place: Monique S. and Isla T.

2nd place: Group: Madison G. Hailey G., Carlyn D. and Mikaela H.

3rd place: Group: Sarah B., Melina K., Paige R. and Diana L.

Thank you for your participation and great effort.  It is obvious that they care for the Earth.