Bulldog Bulletin – January 23, 2023


Staffing News  

Please join us in welcoming retired #WCDSBAwesome principal, Mr. Leo Pellizzari, who will be our acting Vice Principal this week while Mr. Ingoldsby is away.

Congratulations to Mrs. Sowa, who has been appointed the Lead Administrative Assistant of the new, yet-to-be named, ‘Huron-Brigadoon’ Catholic Elementary School opening in September!  Mrs. Sowa will remain with us until the end of March and then begin her full-time duties with the new school.

Finally, it is with mixed emotions that I announce I too will be leaving St. Kateri at the end of March – I will be heading to ‘Huron-Bridagoon’ CES as its first-ever principal.  It has been an honor to work alongside our students, staff, and parents the past five and a half years.  Serving this school community has been the highlight of my career in Catholic education thus far – St. Kateri is a very special school, and I will miss everyone dearly.

Families heading to ‘Huron-Brigadoon’ in September – keep an eye out for important information on things like parent meetings, student meetings, and online surveys in the coming weeks and months.



Mr. Dave Lynch

Jersey Day – Friday, January 27th

Students and staff are invited to wear their favorite sports jerseys on the 27th!  The class with the greatest participation will ‘win’ our mascot, Biscuit the Bulldog, until our next School Spirit Day!

Winter Walk to School Day – Wednesday, February 1st

Students are invited to participate in Waterloo Region’s Winter Walk to School Day on February 1st.

Kindergarten Registration – Tuesday, February 7th

If you have a child born in 2018 or 2019 and you have not registered them for Kindergarten, we invite you to come to the school on February 2nd for in-person registration for the 2023-2024 school year!  The office will be open until 6:00 p.m. this evening.  Children born in 2018, currently in JK/Year 1, do NOT need to be registered again.


Black History and Black Heritage Month


St. Kateri has a very active Student Equity Engagement Council whose mandate is to help ensure every student and member of our school community feels welcome, valued, and included.  Our SEEC will be taking the lead with several educational experiences this month, when we learn more about the contributions Black Canadians have made, and continue to make, in shaping our country.


To support our learning, we will also be welcoming Duane ‘D.O.’ Gibson to St. Kateri the afternoon of February 10th, as part of our Guest Speaker Series.  D.O. will be bringing his ‘Black Canadian 365 – Change The World’ school assembly to the Dawg Pound at 1:00 p.m. that day – parents are invited to attend!


Family Math Night – Mark Your Calendars…Thursday, February 23rd

You definitely don’t want to miss our St. Kateri Bulldogs Family Math Night happening Thursday, February 23rd from 6:00-7:00 p.m.!  Swing by the school for an hour and learn what, and how, your children are learning right in their classrooms, by their #WCDSBAwesome educators!


We also have EIGHT Brand New Chromebooks to give away at the end of the night as Door Prizes!  Your child/family is only eligible if you are in attendance though!


5:45-6:00 p.m. – Families arrive, drop off their ballot for a chance to win a Chromebook, and then meet in the gym

6:00-6:10 p.m. – Welcome, Prayer, and Address from WCDSB Numeracy Consultant, Petra LeDuc

6:10-6:15 p.m. – Travel Time to Child’s Classroom

6:15-6:35 p.m. – Math Session 1

6:35-6:40 p.m. – Travel Time to Child’s Classroom

6:40-7:00 p.m. – Math Session 2

7:00 p.m. – Chromebook Door Prize Draw!!


Looking Ahead…      

(please mark your calendars)


January 27                                          Jersey Day!

February 1                                          Winter Walk to School Day

February 7                                          Kindergarten Registration Day

February 10                                        Duane “D.O.” Gibson Assembly – Black Heritage & History Month

February 17                                        Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 20                                        Family Day

February 22                                        Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the school gym, 12:40 p.m.

February 23                                        Family Math Night (6:00-7:00 p.m.)

March 13-17                                        March Break

March 31                                             PA Day (school is closed)

April 7                                                  Good Friday (no school)

April 10                                                Easter Monday (no school)

April 14                                                Easter Mass – 10:15 a.m., gym (parents welcome)

April 15                                                Sacrament of First Communion at St. Aloysius Parish @ 1:00 p.m.

April 18                                                Gr. 4 Bible Celebration – 10:15 a.m.

April 21                                                PA Day (school is closed)

April 26                                                Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Aloysius Parish @ 7:00 p.m.

May 1-5                                                Catholic Education Week

May 22                                                 Victoria Day (no school)

June 2                                                  P.A. Day (school is closed)

June 16                                                Mission Day

June 23                                               Closing School Mass, 10:15 a.m.

June 27                                                Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 28                                               Grade 8 Grad

June 29                                               Last Day of School (Regular 3:05 p.m. dismissal)