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June 2018 School Newsletter
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.
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!