Administrator’s Message

Even though it doesn’t yet feel like it, spring is just around the corner!  I know our students can’t wait to have the chance to play on the field once again – it has been closed for much of the winter due to icy conditions.

I would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome our new vice principal, Ms. Rosemary Kavanagh, to St. Kateri!  Ms. Kavanagh has been with us for only a short period of time but has already had a chance to meet many of our students and parents and see all of the great things our community has to offer.

Our amazing teachers and staff continue their great work supporting the learning of every student at St. Kateri.  We have been working on a number of Numeracy and Literacy initiatives, both school-wide and in divisional teams, that have resulted in excellent, quantifiable gains in the learning and achievement of your children!

Finally, we hope you were able to attend our Family Math Night on February 28th to gain a better understanding of the exceptional teaching and learning taking place in our school each and every day.

 

Yours in Education,

R. Kavanagh   D. Lynch

Shrove Tuesday this year is on March 5th.  Once again, our generous Catholic School Council will be providing students with pancakes to start their day!

Parents – you are welcome to join us at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 6th for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the school gym

A reminder that March Break this year begins Monday March 11th making the last day of school before the break Friday, March 8th.  School will resume on Monday, March 18th

A reminder that if you ordered a Little Caesars Pizza Kit, it will be ready for pick up March 7th between 3-6 p.m. in our school gym.  Thank you to our Catholic School Council for organizing!  Money raised will help us purchase a much-needed new high jump mat!

Inclement Weather

When the weather is poor in the morning, please listen to your local Waterloo Region radio station for important information concerning school closures or bus cancellations.  You can also sign up for our Board’s Newswire and receive a notice directly to your personal email.  Visit the WCDSB website (www.wcdsb.ca), scroll to the bottom of the home page and input your email address.  It’s that easy!

St. Kateri will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and showing school spirit by wearing Green and Gold on March 19th!

Sacrament of Confession

Father Jerome and five other priests will be at the school the morning of  March 27th giving our students the opportunity to attend Confession.  Thank you Fr. Jerome and Fr. Venil for continuing to help guide us in our faith journey.

 

Our Kindergarten and Primary students will enjoy watching a live performance, in our school gym, of The Paper Bag Princess on March 28th.  Thank you to our Catholic School Council and your fundraising efforts for making this possible!

March’s Math Focus: Connecting

Students need to see the connections and the relationships between mathematical concepts and skills from one strand of mathematics to another. As they continue to make such connections, students begin to see that mathematics is more than a series of isolated skills and concepts, and they can use their learning in one area of mathematics to understand another. Seeing connections among procedures and concepts also helps deepen students’ mathematical understanding. Further, making connections between the mathematics they study and its application in their everyday lives helps students see how useful and relevant it is in the world beyond the classroom.

You can help at home by asking some of the following questions while your child completes their math homework:

¨ When could this mathematical concept or procedure be used in daily life?

¨ What connection do you see between a problem you did before and today’s homework?

¨ Does this remind you of another strategy?

¨ Can you think of a real-world connection that would be similar?

April’s Focus: Reflecting

Parents please take a moment to read the following letter regarding the Momo challenge:

Parent letter – digital citizenship