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End of June Newsletter – 2020

June 23, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As we enter the final week of the 2019-2020 school year, there are a few information items I would like to share with the school community.

 

Staffing

Each year, due to retirements, new opportunities, returning staff or desire for change, schools experience movement of staff members.  I would like to take this opportunity to let our staff who are leaving our school community know that we are thankful for their many special contributions, and we wish them nothing but the best as they enter a new chapter in their school and vocational lives.  Some staffing positions will be filled this summer, so the school community will be updated, in September, on the rest of our new additions.

 

Staff Members who are moving to new assignments for the 2020-2021 school year include:

  • Mr. Jakub (Special Education) – Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Jakub! Thank you for the great work you have done supporting students, parents and staff members during your time at St. Kateri!
  • Mrs. Gruber (Junior Teacher) – moving to St. Timothy CES. Thanking Mrs. Gruber for the 9 years teaching both Junior and Intermediate students at St. Kateri – you will be dearly missed!
  • Ms. Manuel (Gr. 1 LTO Teacher) – moving to a school TBD. Ms. Manuel’s second year at St. Kateri after teaching Kindergarten last year.  Thank you for the wonderful job you have done educating some of our youngest students!

 

Welcome to our new Staff members joining us for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Mrs. Jardine – Kindergarten – moving from Holy Family CES
  • Mrs. Bannister – Grade 2 – by way of St. Augustine CES
  • Mrs. Kulczynska – Grade 2/3 – coming from St. John Paul II CES
  • Mr. Nicholls – Grade 5 – transferring from St. Elizabeth CES

 

We thank all of our staff members for sharing their many gifts and talents with us this past school year.

 

**If Government and Public Health Guidelines Allow – We Will Again Hold a ‘Sneak Peak’ for Class Placements.  More Details Will Be Shared in August**

If permitted, we will invite parents to come into the school on Wednesday, September 2 (between 8:30-3:30) or Thursday, September 3 (between 8:30-5:00) to find out your child’s teacher, classroom, entrance/exit doors and pick up your first week of school information package.  If you aren’t able to come in on one of those days, the information package will be sent home with your child and you can call and speak to Mrs. Sowa or Mrs. Dilgert to find out class placements August 31- September 4.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th.  Teachers will help guide students to enter the correct doors to the school and we will follow our regular procedures (National Anthem, Morning Prayer, Announcements).  Please note that we will not gather as a large group as in years past.

Wishing you all a safe, fun-filled summer!

 

Yours in Christ,

Ms. R. Kavanagh                  Mr. D. Lynch

Vice Principal                        Principal

 

Revised- Bulldog Bulletin

Please read the following Bulldog Bulletin to revisions made for the report card and personal belonging schedule

Bulldog Bulletin for the Week of June 8, 2020

Warm Greetings to our entire St. Kateri Bulldog community!  We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and we move into the final three weeks of the 2019-2020 school year!  In this bulletin, you will find some important items regarding Grade 8 Graduation and Term 2 Report Card & Personal Belongings Pick-up from school – so please read carefully.

Grade 8 Graduation

We are currently finalizing plans for this year’s Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony.  More information will be shared by our Gr. 8 teachers with their respective classes in the coming days, but here are some general details to make note of:

Date: Tuesday, June 23rd

Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Google Meet Live Stream Event (link will be shared with students/families closer to the date)

7:30-9:00 p.m. – Drive Thru Diploma Pick-up at the school (7:30- Mr. Wagner’s Class      8:00-Ms. Filipovic’s Class      8:30- Mrs. Brown’s Class)

St. Kateri CES

Report Card and Personal Belongings Pick Up Schedule

Week of June 22-26

Physical Distancing and Safety Protocols:

  • Access to the school is prohibited to anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has had close contact with a confirmed case.  All individuals must complete the self assessment tool prior to arrival: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

Students in JK-Gr. 4 – Classrooms in the School Building

  • Students/parents are asked to bring a backpack or bag for their personal items
  • Students & parents (JK-Gr. 4) will line up and enter the school using only the main entrance
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for parents/students
  • Exit of the building for JK-Gr. 4 students will also occur using the front doors of the school
  • Students in JK to Gr. 4 may enter the school with one parent – there will be a limit of seven families in the school at any given time and a limit of one student/parent in the classroom at a time

Students in Gr. 5 to 8 – Classrooms in Portables

  • Students enter their portable with or without a parent – one family in the portable at a time

All Students and Parents

  • Everyone is asked to exercise physical distancing and stay at least two metres apart from each other at all times – floor tape, arrows and pylons will be used as a reminder
  • Students and parents are encouraged to wear a mask when visiting the school/classroom
  • Term 2 Report Cards will be on students’ desks for pick up
  • Students have a short time to pick up personal items from their desk/coat hook – an opportunity to say good-bye but not  time for a visit
  • Grade 8 graduating students, and students not returning to St. Kateri in September, are asked to return Chromebooks if borrowed from the school during Distance Learning.  Please remember to also bring the charge cord and have both in a labeled paper bag (student name and Chromebook number written on the bag)
  • All students are asked to return Library books and classroom books they have at home
  • Returning students who borrowed a Chromebook/device from the school, please keep it for use over the summer
  • There will be no outdoor supervision and the playground/yard is closed
  • Any medication stored in the main office will be available for pick up at the main office
  • Unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the final pick up day
  • If there are parents whose health leaves them vulnerable to COVID-19, arrangements can be made for a different pick up date.  Please make arrangements directly with the Principal (david.lynch@wcdsb.ca)
  • If there are parents who are frontline workers and cannot make the pick up date for their child’s class, please contact the Principal directly (david.lynch@wcdsb.ca) to make alternate arrangements
  • This plan follows the WCDSB Protocol for Access to Student Personal Items and has been signed off by Public Health

St. Kateri CES

Student Personal Belongings and 

Term 2 Report Card Pick Up Schedule

Week of June 22-26

Monday June 22nd

9:00-10:00

JK/K – Rm. 15

Mrs. Dillon/Mrs. Malleck

Grade 8

Portable 1

Mr. Wagner

10:30 -11:30

JK/K – Rm. 16

Mrs.Becker/Mrs. Meek/Mrs. Weiss

Grade 8

Portable 2

Ms. Filipovic

12:00-1:00

JK/K – Rm. 1

Mrs. Ribeiro/Mrs. Torre

Grade 8

Portable 3

Mrs. Brown

1:30-2:30

JK/K – Rm. 2

Mrs. Williams/Ms. Arndt

Grade 7

Portable 10

Mrs. Gajewski

Tuesday June 23

9:00-10:00

Grade 1

Rm. 3

Mrs. Harney

Grade 5

Portable 4 Mrs. Fundak

10:30-11:30

Grade 1

Rm. 4

Mrs. Costa

Grade 4/5 Portable 7

Mrs. Gruber

12:00-1:00

Grade 2

Rm. 5

Mrs.Vreeswyk

Grade 5

Portable 6

Mrs. Vermeersch

1:30-2:30

Grade 2

Rm. 6

Mrs. Geraghty

Grade 6

Portable 5

Ms. Jack

Wednesday June 24

9:00-10:00

Grade 3

Room 7

Mrs. Mehes

Grade 7

Portable 8

Mr. Martins

10:30-11:30

Grade 3

Rm. 8

Mrs. Nyikos

Grade 6

Portable 9

Mrs. Mendes

12:00-1:00

Grade 3

Rm. 9

Mrs. Shine

Grade 4

Rm. 14

Ms. Pfeiffer

1:30-2:30

Grade 1

Rm. 10

Ms. Manuel

Grade 4

Rm. 13

Mrs. Mask

Thursday June 25th and Friday June 26th

Dedicated times for those parents who contacted Mr. Lynch due to not being able to attend the scheduled pick up time for their child(ren).

Attention Grade 8 Students and Parents of Grade 8 Students

Attention Grade 8 Students and Parents of Grade 8 Students

 

“Bridges to Success – Your Future Begins Now” is going online.   H1F101 – Exploring Family Studies, is a summer school course for Gr. 8 students entering Gr. 9.  Students can reach ahead to earn a Gr. 9 credit that counts towards their compulsory credits required for Graduation.  Normally offered as an in class summer program, the course will be offered through distance online learning.

The link to register is: https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/elementary-programs/bridge-to-success/ Registration closes June 19th.

On another note, the Headstart program will be a go if restrictions are lifted and it can be “face to face.” Headstart will not run remotely.  More to come.

You can visit the website for more information.  https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/summer-programs/headstart-to-grade-9/

 

2020-Bridge to Success Program Flyer-REVISED

Parenting Webinar: 5 Steps to a More Resilient Child

Please consider joining us for a free 45- minute webinar on Wednesday, May 20th at 7 pm EST.  Life’s challenges often provoke anxiety and stress in our children, but they also provide opportunities to strengthen our coping skills.  In this live webinar, Dr. Jen Forristal (Umbrella Project) will provide you with 5 simple steps to build and sustain strong and resilient children.  This will include strategies and activities to further enhance your child’s understanding of their coping skills and how to put them to practice.

Sign up for the webinar!

St. Kateri CES Update for Parents

Dear Parents,

We pray everyone in our St. Kateri family is keeping safe and staying healthy.  We truly miss having your children attend school in the formal sense and look forward to the day we are able to return.  Thank you for all of your assistance as we work together to support your children’s education through Distance Learning.  Please continue encouraging your children to access the learning being provided by their teachers.  Remember, should you or your child ever have any questions, their teachers are only a message or email away.

As you heard earlier this week, the Ontario Government has decided that schools will remain closed until the end of the school year.  That decision was based on protecting the health and safety of your children, your families and our community.  With this announcement, we know there are many questions about logistics, safety procedures and protocols.  Please know that we are awaiting guidance on items such as: Grade 8 Grad, Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation and school access to pick up personal belongings.  Our School Board, who is working closely with Public Health and the Ministry of Education on these matters, will be providing direction in the coming days and weeks.    Please be assured that as we receive information, we make sure we share that information in a timely manner with our school community via Newswire.

As we approach Pentecost, the conclusion of our Easter Season on May 31st, let us continue to find joy and encouragement knowing we are, and always will be, People of Hope.

God Bless,

Mr. Dave Lynch                       Ms. Rosemary Kavanagh

Principal                                   Vice Principal

Mother’s Day Gift

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board wishes to extend our best wishes for a most blessed Mother’s Day! We would love to honour all the women who support and nurture our most precious gift, the students of WCDSB! During this time we realize that heading out to purchase a token of appreciation is not possible so with this consideration we would ask that you please have your child open the following link and present the “gift” wherein to you! Happy Mother’s Day!

Click here to access the Mother’s Day gift