Dear St. Kateri Parents,

We truly hope you all had a most Joyous Christmas and would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

On December 21st the provincial government announced all elementary students in Ontario would start the new year learning virtually/remotely – January 4-8, with a return to face-to-face learning on January 11th.

Expectations for teaching and learning compared to the spring are different, when face-to-face (synchronous learning) was limited and we did not necessarily follow our school bell times.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be providing you and your child with a daily or weekly timetable that will obviously be more detailed, but look similar from a bell time standpoint to the samples provide here:

Kindergarten Sample Schedule (actual timetable will be shared by classroom teacher)

8:25-9:35

Attendance, Prayer, Opening Community Building and Curriculum – all students

Virtual Synchronous

9:35-9:50

Break

9:50-10:20

Year 1 – Away from the screen (asynchronous play-based learning prompt)

Year 2 – Kindergarten in class synchronous session

10:20-10:35

Break

10:35-11:10

Year 1 – Kindergarten in class synchronous session)

Year 2 – Away from the screen (asynchronous play-based learning prompt)

11:10-12:10

Lunch

12:10-1:00

Curriculum – all students synchronous session

1:00 – 1:30

Religion Curriculum/Community Building/Wellness

1:30-1:45

Break

1:45-2:55

Asynchronous learning

Grades 1 – 8 Sample Schedule (actual timetable will be shared by classroom teacher)

8:25-9:35

Attendance, Prayer, Opening Community Building and Curriculum – all students

Virtual Synchronous

9:35-9:50

Break

9:50-10:30

Curriculum

Synchronous

10:30-11:10

Curriculum

Synchronous

11:10-12:10

Lunch

12:10-12:50

Curriculum

Synchronous

12:50-1:30

Curriculum

Synchronous

1:30-1:45

Break

1:45-2:55

Asynchronous learning

Chromebook Loan to Students Plan

If your child has access to their own learning device at home, we ask that you do not request to borrow a Chromebook from the school.  If your child(ren) does/do require a Chromebook during our remote learning phase, parents are asked to follow these instructions:

  • Email principal Dave Lynch david.lynch@wcdsb.ca by Saturday, January 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
  • Please include your child’s name (first and last), grade and classroom teacher’s name in the email
  • Chromebooks will be ready to pick up at the school by parents on Monday, January 4th between 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Parents picking up Chromebooks are asked to pull up to the main doors of the school and remain in their vehicle (drive thru style)
  • A staff member will record the Chromebook number being loaned and bring it to the vehicle
  • If parents are not able to come to the school Monday between 1:00-4:30 p.m., please indicate a time that does suite your schedule in your email to Mr. Lynch

Important Reminder…

Parents – if you are considering purchasing a device for your child, we would like to remind you of the provincial government’s ‘Support for Learners Program’ (details were shared in our Dec. 7th Bulldog Bulletin).  The deadline to apply has been extended until February 8th.

 

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Ontario’s Support for Learners Program:

The Ontario government’s Support for Learners Programs provides financial support for all parents for the 2020-2021 school year.

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

 

$200 for each child up to age 12

$250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

 

Parents can go to   https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners   to apply for the one-time financial support.  The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.  Support for Learners funding is intended to directly support parents with providing children with key educational resources like technology during these unprecedented times.