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Dance-a-Thon Update

Our Dance-a-thon Fundraiser was a huge success!!! Thank  you so much for your generous contributions!!!

We are very excited to announce that we raised $9 350.00!!!!!
We are very proud to announce our top fundraisers,

  1. The child who raised the most in the WHOLE school is Rheanna M in Mrs. Fundak’s Grade 5 class.  She will receive a Chromebook!
  2. The child who raised the most in JK-3 was Bryan S in Mrs. Mehes’ Grade 3 class, and the child in grades 4-8 was Christian M in Mrs. Gruber’s Grade 4 class! They will each receive a $100 gift card.
  3. The whole school met many of our goals!!

At $3000: Wacky Hair/Spirit Day, this will occur in late May

At $6000: Extra Long Recess – this will happen in the spring when the nice weather has returned!

At $9000:  Afternoon of Board Games and Video Games, this day will be scheduled before Christmas break in December


Way to go Bulldogs!!!


Visitor Parking at St. Kateri CES

Visitor Parking at St. Kateri CES

When you are visiting our school, please note the new 🚫 Parking/Bus Zone signs along the sidewalk in front of the school.  Visitors are now permitted to 🅿️ in the designated spots in the far lane in front of the school, except before school (drop off) and after school (pick up).


Bulldog Bulletin

Bulldog Bulletin #3

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School

November School Newsletter


October in Review:

Umbrella Project Focus of the Month – Empathy

Thank you to Mrs. Vreeswyk, our Umbrella Project Team, and all our families for organizing and donating to our Winter Coat Drive!  The Salvation Army was very appreciative of our school’s donation and assured us the coats would go to good use this fall and winter.

Social Media Presentation for Intermediate Students – Thank you to our School Resource Officer, Constable Molnar, who led an informative workshop on Responsible Use of Social Media for our Gr. 7 and 8 students.

Our New Foosball Tables Arrived! – Thank you to our CSAC and our fundraising efforts last year which helped us purchase two new, high quality foosball tables!  The tables, along with our ping pong tables, will be open for use during indoor recesses.

Bulldogs Sports Update:

Our Co-ed Flag Football Team went undefeated in the WCDSB Tournament on Oct. 18th @ RIM Park in Waterloo!  Great skill and sportsmanship were on full display by our players.  And, thank you for giving your time to coach the team, Mr. Martins and Mr. Jakub!

Head Coach, Ms. Filipovic, and our WCDSB Defending Champion Girls’ B-Ball Team, is off to a great start with a current record of 3 wins without a loss.

Head Coach Ms. Brown has guided the Boys’ V-Ball team to a record of 2 wins and 1 loss, early in the season.  Let’s go Bulldogs!

Our Annual Interview-a-Palooza took place on Oct. 29th.  This is the process we use to  schedule Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, taking place Nov. 7th this year.  Parents – a slip with your interview time(s) will be included with your oldest child’s Progress Report Card that goes home Nov. 5th.

This year’s Halloween Dance-a-thon was a great success!  Our students had tons of fun during their time in the dance and we are close to our goal of $10 000.00!  We will share the exact total once all donations have been tallied.

Thank you to our Catholic School Advisory Council, parent volunteers, and students for your fundraising efforts!  The money raised this year will go towards bringing in a guest speaker, booking a play for the primary division, funding the installation of a new jumbo screen in our gym, purchasing resources that will support our Umbrella Project, bring a Ninja Warrior Course to our gym, provide bussing to our school’s track and field meet, and offset costs for Shrove/Pancake Tuesday!

Christmas Concert – Date and Format – Thursday, December 19th (a.m.)

We will be holding a Christmas Concert here at school once again this year!  More specific details will be shared as we get closer to the date; however, for those of you wishing to update your calendars, our matinee performance will take place the morning of Thursday, December 19th.  This year we are going to ‘reverse the order’ of performances and begin with our Gr. 8s and end with our Kindergarten classes.

Coming Up in November

The final day for Gr. 4 LTO Teacher, Ms. Bell is Nov. 1.  We would like to thank her for the awesome job she has done during her time at St. Kateri and we wish her all the best as she begins a full-time position at St. Daniel CES.  In the next breath we are excited to welcome back The Amazing Mrs. Mask on Nov. 4!

Be on the lookout for your child’s Progress Report Card – we send them home Nov. 5

On Nov. 6th, our Gr. 8s visit St. Mary’s to get a taste of high school life

Parent & Teacher Conferences take place the afternoon and evening of Nov. 7th

Father Venil from St. Aloysius Parish will be here to celebrate All Souls & All Saints Mass on Nov. 12th @ 12:30 p.m.  As always, parents are welcome to join us!

All students will take part in Bus Evacuation Training on Nov. 14th

Don’t forget … Nov. 15th is a PA Day

On Nov. 20th our Gr. 6-8 students will be attending a Laurier Golden Hawks Hockey Game!

On Nov. 22nd St. Kateri will launch our newly developed Charter of Respect.  The assembly is scheduled for 12:15 and will be led by Student Council.

Parents of children in Grade 8 – you are invited to attend Gr. 8 Parent Night @ St. Mary’s HS – Nov. 28th @ 7 p.m.

Parents – please note that we will be conducting our first of two mandated School Lockdown Drills the morning of Nov. 29th

On November 29th @ 10:00 a.m. – the WLU Team Up Concussion Presentation for Gr. 4-8 students will take place in our gym


Tomorrow is our Dance-a-thon!!

There will be an opportunity for kids to purchase treats while dancing.

Slap Bracelets $1

Bouncy Balls $1

Halloween Rings $1

Already made up bags $5

Chips $1

Mini chocolate bars 3/$1

Ring pops $1

Sour keys 2/$1


Donations are still being accepted!! please send in cash donations tomorrow or cash online is still available



Hey Kids and Parents – Only two more sleeps until our Spooktacular Halloween Dance-a-thon!  Please keep your fundraising efforts going!  Remember…only appropriate (non-gory) costumes are allowed!  Parents are welcome to ‘pop in’ but are reminded the Dance-a-thon is not an open house event.

Spirit Wear

Hey Bulldogs…

A final reminder that our online Spirit Wear Store closes this Sunday night.  So, if you were

planning on ordering some St. Kateri gear, place your order asap right here:



We are a week away from our Major school fundraiser! Our goal is $20 per child!
You can hand in cash donations or use cash on line.
The dance-a-thon is on Halloween! Please wear your costumes!
Thanks for supporting your child’s school!


We are excited to see the students of St. Kateri dancing in their costumes very soon! A reminder that the top seller in the whole school wins a chrome book!! The kids are excited to see if they reach their whole school goals… Just $20 per student will get us to our goal!

At $3000: Wacky Hair/Spirit Day

At $6000: Extra Recess

At $9000:  Afternoon of Board Games

At $10 000:  is a surprise!!


Keep fundraising Bulldogs!

‘Drive to Five’ Drop off and Pick up Procedures for St. Kateri CES

If you drive your children to school and haven’t tried our ‘Drive to Five’ initiative, please consider doing so in the coming days!

A reminder of our school 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:

  1. “Drive to Five” (BEST OPTION –  The ‘Five’ refers to a five minute walk).  Drop your child off a block or two away from the school (5 min. walk).  You will avoid navigating and contributing to the congestion in front of the school (bus loading zone) and the walk will do your child good – they will be that much more alert to begin their day!  Black Walnut Drive (beside Carlyle Park), Perin Place, Vintage Cres or Nathaniel Cres are all good options. 
  2. Use the school’s driveway (SECOND BEST OPTION) – Pull into the school driveway and drop your children off in front of the school in front of or behind the school bus zone.  In order 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 in advance for your understanding, cooperation and support.

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


We hope the fundraising is going well for our Dance-a-thon! You can donate using cash online, the link should have been sent to your email address. A donation of $20 per student will get us to reach our goal!!!

Reminder that your child can wear their Halloween costume on October 31st.

The student who raises the most will win a Chromebook!

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!