Bulldog Bulletin – Week of March 1, 2021

COVID-19 School Screening Self-Assessment

 

Parents – a reminder to please continue to complete the mandatory School Screening Self-Assessment for your children each day before they come to school. Here is the link to the assessment tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Grade 4 Bible Celebration

Parents of Gr. 4 Students – this year is a special year, where your child will receive their own personal copy of the greatest book ever written, The Holy Bible.  Typically, our Gr. 4 students would visit St. Aloysius Parish for a special liturgy where they would receive their Bibles.  Our school team will be meeting in the coming weeks with Fr. Melvin to determine the best and safest way to celebrate this special occasion.  Once we decide on a date, we will be in touch.

Grade 8 Graduation

Parents of Students in Grade 8 – Graduation ceremonies in Waterloo Catholic DSB schools will again need to be virtual this year to ensure we are safely following Public Healthy guidelines.  Our Grade 8 teachers and Administrators will be meeting in the coming weeks to begin planning and organizing this special event.  Once we have more details we will share them with you; however, in the meantime, please mark your calendars – our virtual Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony has tentatively been scheduled for the evening of Thursday, June 24th.  If you are interested in helping to plan, decorate or help in some other way, please contact Ms. Filipovic or Mr. Wagner.

Tiny Homes – A Better Tent City

During the season of Lent, we Christians are called to focus on Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.  One way our school community would like to demonstrate almsgiving (an act of charity toward those less fortunate) is through our support for ‘Tiny Homes – A Better Tent City’.  This initiative, which started over a year ago, has the backing and support of many community leaders, including Fr. Toby Collins, Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in downtown Kitchener.  The Tiny Homes community, located on Lot 42, has garnered some very positive media attention in the past month and is seen as a possible solution to end homelessness in the region.  Please take a few minutes to watch this video https://vimeo.com/486941338/b087a1c51a

which was shared with our Catholic School Advisory Council last month.  Our Council and staff will be discussing ways we can contribute to this most worthy endeavor.  As Fr. Toby states in the video, “After all, these are our brothers and sisters.”

Umbrella Project

 

March Umbrella SKILL IS AUTONOMY!

Autonomy is about a person’s ability to act on his or her own values and interests.

Autonomy doesn’t mean that we do whatever we want, whenever we want without any help, support or regard for others.  Healthy autonomy includes gathering information from those around us, weighing options and seeking out important relationships that eventually help us make self-directed decisions.  When your child has something they are hoping to achieve, help them reflect on who could help them with that goal.  Be careful to distinguish between “doing it for them” and “helping them learn to do for themselves”.

Take the simple example of a child who really wants to start wearing their new shoes with laces to school but needs to be able to tie them at school by themselves.

Self-directed goal: Learn to tie my shoes

Parent asks: Who can help you with that?

Child response: Mom or dad could show me on the weekend.  My older sibling or teacher could help show me again if I forget the first few times at school.

 

Relationships are so important in being able to learn and build on our autonomy and should be identified when working on your child’s independence. As a bonus, research shows that this question can help us think of others more positively, deepen our relationships and approach others more easily.

 

Looking Ahead…

 

March 11 – Grade 8 Grad Photos (a.m.)

April 1 – Holy Thursday Virtual Liturgy

April 2 – Good Friday (schools are closed)

April 4 – Happy Easter!

April 5 – Easter Monday (schools are closed)

April 12-16 – Spring Break (moved from March)

April 17 – Feast Day for St. Kateri Tekakwitha

April 19-23 – WCDSB’s ‘Becoming Butterfly’ comes to St. Kateri – Year 2 of our Board’s Pastoral Plan ‘Gathered to Become’

May 3-7 – Catholic Education Week – ‘Nurturing Hope’ … “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”  Isaiah 40:31

May 24 – Victoria Day (schools are closed)

May 25 – Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night for parents of children starting JK in September

June 4 – PA Day (no school for students)

June 24 – Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony (tentative)

June 28 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

June 29 – Last Day of the 2020-2021 School Year