Bulldog Bulletin #1

560 Pioneer Drive, Kitchener, ON, N2P 1P2


WCDSB Vision: Our Catholic Schools: heart of the community, success for each, a place for all.

WCDSB Mission: As disciples of Christ, we educate and nurture hope in all learners

to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.


September 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians


On behalf of the St. Kateri staff, we would like to welcome you the 2021-2022 school year! We hope everyone had a great summer and we are excited to see all our awesome students – new and returning – on September 7th!


St. Kateri returns most of its outstanding staff from last year; however, there are a few changes of which we’d like to make you aware. Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to our community: Ms. Atefeh Soltani (EA), Mr. Jody Brown (EA), Ms. Lucia Lee (EA), Ms. Ryan Burns (EA), Ms. Jen Tkachyk (Lunch Supervisor), Ms. Madelain Navaleza (ECE Assistant), Ms. Christine Ribey (ECE), Mrs. Margaret Heffernan (0.5 Spec Ed Teacher), Ms. Michelle Muio (Gr. 4 Teacher), Ms. Sarah MacFarlane (Gr. 5 Teacher), and Mr. Dustin Rose (Vice Principal).


St. Kateri is well known for the strong support it provides its students. The school community is blessed with great parents, and community members who support a variety of programs and initiatives. This speaks to the team approach that is so important when it comes to achieving the most fulfilling and rewarding experience for your children. We look forward to your support in continuing to provide your children with a healthy Faith-based environment that will encourage them to be actively engaged in their learning.


Please take note of some important introductory information about the school and the school year listed on the following pages. More information can be found on our school website https://stkateri.wcdsb.ca/ . If you are new to the school, or haven’t already done so, please subscribe to Newswire (subscription link at the bottom left of our school website) and follow us on twitter @Saint_Kateri


We look forward to working with you and seeing the students at St. Kateri excel spiritually, academically, and socially this school year. Please feel free to call us or make an appointment should you have any concerns at all.


Yours in Christ,


Mr. Dustin Rose Mr. Dave Lynch

Vice Principal  Principal


2021-2022 St. Kateri CES Staff List

Crystal Williams -Kindergarten

Kali Dasilva -Kindergarten

Anita Ribeiro -Kindergarten

Danette Jardine- Kindergarten

Christine Ribey -Kindergarten DECE

Luisa Malleck -Kindergarten DECE

Tanya Weiss -Kindergarten DECE

Sarah Arndt -Kindergarten DECE

Joan Meek- Kindergarten DECE

Madelain Navaleza -DECE Assistant

Amber Mask -Grade 1

Edith Costa -Grade 1

Andrea Dillon -Grade 1

Lauren Esposto -Grade 2

Lisa Bannister -Grade 2

Christine Nyikos -Grade 2/3

Andrea Shine -Grade 3

Beth Anne Mehes -Grade 3

Ina Kulczynska -Grade 3/4

Michelle Muio -Grade 4

Sarah Brown -Grade 4

Annette Vermeersch -Grade 5

Sarah MacFarlane -Grade 5

Sonia Mendes -Grade 6

Janet Jack -Grade 6

Karen Gajewski -Grade 7

Walter Martins -Grade 7

John Nicholls -Grade 7/8

Katarina Filipovic -Grade 8

Richard Wagner -Grade 8

Kayla Grubb -French

Visarios Moustakas -French

Franca Sottosanti -Special Education

Margaret Heffernan- Special Education (0.5)

Kendra Gallant -Planning Time

Laura Haffner- Planning Time

Colette Schneider -Library Technician

Cathy Sowa -Admin Assistant

Tara Dilgert- Admin Assistant (0.5)

Deb Hutteri -Education Assistant

Cheryl Elliott- Education Assistant

Edna Campbell -Education Assistant

Sandra Whitty -Education Assistant

Michelle Franks -Education Assistant

Abbey Rice -Education Assistant

Lucia Lee -Education Assistant

Jody Brown -Education Assistant

Atefeh Soltani -Education Assistant

Ryan Burns- Education Assistant

Caitlin Mogk -CYCW

Asher Newing -Head Custodian

Joel Heinemann -Afternoon Custodian

Jackie Grebinski -Lunch Supervisor

Stacy D’Cruz -Lunch Supervisor

Amanda Grego -Lunch Supervisor

Florissa Juliani -Lunch Supervisor

Sylwia Stempien- Lunch Supervisor

Jen Tkachyk- Lunch Supervisor

Dustin Rose -Vice Principal

Dave Lynch -Principal

Daily Schedule for 2021-2022

**REMEMBER…Our Bell Times moved forward 10 minutes this year**


The daily schedule for the school year is:

8:35 a.m. Entrance of students

8:40 a.m. National anthem, prayer, announcements and the start of classes

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Recess break

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Lunch break

1:40 – 1:55 p.m. Recess break

3:05 p.m. Dismissal of students

Staggered Entry Plan for Kindergarten Students



Monday  September 6th -Labour Day-School Closed

Tuesday September 7th -Scheduled JK Visits

Wednesday September 8th -All SKs (no JKs)

Thursday September 9th -All SKs (1/2 JKs)

Friday September 10th- All SKs (other 1/2 JKs)

Monday, September 13th – All JK and SK Students

Safe Arrival Program


If a child will be absent or late for class, we ask parents/guardians contact the school (519-895-1716). Since we have an answering machine, you may leave a message at any time from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The school’s administrative assistant will be at the school to receive your phone calls beginning at 8:00 a.m.


When you call to report the absence or anticipated lateness of your child, please note the following information:

· Child’s full name

· Child’s grade and classroom teacher

· Reason for the child’s absence / lateness (*)

* It is important for the parent / guardian to contact the school when their child will be late for class. When arriving late for class, the student must report to the office and obtain a ‘late slip’. For your information, the school staff will consider a student late for class in the morning should she / he not be in the classroom when the national anthem is played.

Yard Supervision

Staff members are on the school yard (both the JK/K yard and main yard) for yard duty beginning at 8:20 a.m. Please have your children arrive at the school after supervision begins in the morning.


At the end of the school day, students are expected to go directly home unless they are with a parent or involved in an after-school activity. Staff members supervise dismissal from 3:05-3:20.

Office Hours

The main office is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

Entrance Doors

For safety reasons, please note all entrances to the school will remain locked during the school day. A buzzer monitoring system is in place for visitors at the front entrance of the school.

Board and School Website

**Please be sure to sign up for Newswire – it’s so easy… go to our website and type in your email address at the bottom of the page. All Newswire communication will be sent directly to the email address you provide.

For up-to-date information about the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, please check out www.wcdsb.ca

All the information you need … 24 hours a day … 7 days a week! www.wcdsb.ca

2021-2022 School Year Calendar – Some Important Dates

September 7 -First Day of School

September 13- Opening School Mass (virtual)

September 21- First School Council Meeting – 6:00-7:30 p.m. (virtual)

September 30 -Orange Shirt Day

October 4 -School Picture Day

October 8-PA Day

October 11 -Thanksgiving (no school)

November 18 -Progress Report Card Distribution

November 19- PA Day

November 25 -Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

November 30 -Advent Mass (virtual)

December 14 -Christmas Mass (virtual)

December 20 – Dec. 31 Christmas Break

January 21- PA Day

February 17 -Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 21 -Family Day

March 2 -Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break

April 15 -Good Friday (no school)

April 18 -Easter Monday (no school)

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23 -Victoria Day (no school)

June 3 -P.A. Day

June 21 -Year End Mass

June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 29 -Last Day of School for Students

Health Information

Early in the school year, the secretarial staff will be forwarding student information forms to all parents. Please complete/update your child’s information as carefully and as quickly as possible and return the form to the school office. It is vitally important that we have up-to-date information on each child in our care should there be an emergency. (Parents of a child who has an anaphylactic condition, a heart condition, epilepsy, asthma or diabetes are asked to be especially cautious in ensuring that the school staff are aware of the student’s condition and provide all pertinent information should an emergency arise)

Waterloo Catholic District School Board Communication Guide for Parents

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) has established communication guidelines for parents and staff. Parents are requested to follow the following steps to ensure prompt and efficient resolution to their questions or possible concerns.

Step #1: Parent should speak with the teacher / staff member. Issue resolved. If issue is not resolved, proceed to Step #2.

Step #2: Speak with the principal. If you have not spoken with the teacher /staff member directly, the principal will ask you to do so. Should you not wish to do this, the principal will involve the teacher / staff member in a three-way discussion. The principal may request, at any time in the process, that you put your concerns in writing. The principal may involve, at any time in the process, others who may be helpful in resolving the issue.

Role of the Trustee: Parents may contact the trustee at any time. The trustee will direct the parent to follow the process outlined above

Role of the School Council:The St. Kateri School Council is not a forum to discuss parent-teacher / staff member-student issues. If these matters are brought to any Catholic School Council member or any School Council meeting, the concern will be referred immediately to the principal.

Visitors and Volunteers in the School

In an effort to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, please limit your visits to the school. Visitors to the school must adhere to strict safety measures and receive permission to enter the school. Volunteer programs (lunch programs, reading programs, etc.) are permitted to run once again, provided volunteers meet the necessary criteria. In advance, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Nuts, Peanuts, Peanut Butter Substitutes and Their By-productspeanut

St. Kateri CES has students who could experience serious consequences if exposed to peanuts, nuts, or their by-products (e.g., peanut oil, peanut butter). In some cases, the reaction could be life threatening. Merely smelling or touching a peanut product could cause an anaphylactic seizure or reaction resulting in a serious consequence. For the same reason, please do not send spreads to school made with other nuts such as Nutella.

We also request that you do not send peanut butter substitutes (usually made from soy) with your children. Because these products look and smell like real peanut butter, it puts our staff members in a difficult situation with determining whether a product could cause an anaphylactic reaction.

For the safety of these students, we ask that you do not send peanuts, nuts or their by-products to school with your child. Moreover, from time to time, some parents are very generous in sending treats to school to be enjoyed by the students in their child’s class during a celebration or special event. Should you do so, we ask that you take care that the foods are not made with peanuts, peanut oil, etc. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Entry and Exit of Students

Each class has a designated exterior door for entering and exiting the building in an orderly fashion. To ensure orderliness, as well as the security and safety of the students, the students are asked to only enter or exit the door intended for their class. It is very difficult for a teacher to supervise her / his class if the students use a variety of exit doors.

Should they arrive late for class, the students should enter through the main entrance, at the front of the school, and report to the office for a late slip.

school council

Community involvement in our school is a key element in maintaining a spirit of collaboration and mutual support. Our Catholic School Council, an advisory body to the school principal, is an important group. Besides providing leadership in the community and a parent/community voice, the Council also contributes valuable advice on numerous issues and school initiatives. We ask that you consider becoming a member of the St. Kateri Catholic School Council for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Self-Nomination forms will be sent home the first week of school and an orientation session and initial meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 21 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Dress Code, Electronics, and Cell Phones

Dress Code

A reminder to parents and students that St. Kateri does have a dress code for its students. Please respect the Dress Code at all times.

The following guidelines will help parents and students when choosing clothing that will contribute to a positive school environment:

· Clothing may not display any derogatory or inappropriate writing or pictures.

· Hats need to be removed upon entering the building

· Shorts and skirts should be of modest length


*Students who are inappropriately dressed will be reminded of the dress code or asked to change


Students are not permitted to have personal electronic gaming devices at school at any time.

Cell/Smart Phones

If a student brings a cell phone to school with parental permission, the cell phone must remain turned off and either in the student’s backpack or a safe place in the classroom during the school day, unless it is being used specifically for a learning purpose under the direction of the teacher. Students must use the phone in the main office if they need to call home during school hours. The school is not responsible for any lost or damaged cell phones or electronic devices. Parents will be contacted should a student have difficulty following the school’s phone policy.

More information can be found here:

St. Kateri CES Student & Parent Handbook 2021-2022

Students Transported To/From School by Bus:


Student Transportation will have sent parents information on pick-up and drop-off times and location. You may also wish to find your child’s bussing information at www.stswr.ca . Once on the website,

· Click ‘Student Login’

· Enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) – can be found on your child’s report card (numbers only, no space, no dash)

· Enter your child’s birth date (dd/mm/yyyy)

· Enter your street number (house number only)

· Select your child’s school

· If you are having difficulty or have any bussing related questions, please call Student Transportation at 519-744-7575.

As we begin the school year, we would like to remind all students eligible for bus transportation to/from school and their parents of the following:


  • When traveling to school, students should be at their designated pick-up location five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the school bus.
  •  The student and her/his parents should develop a contingency plan should the child miss the school bus when traveling to school (e.g., return home; walk to a neighbour’s home; walk to school, etc.)
  • When departing school, should any student miss her/his bus, that child should immediately go to the school office for assistance. She/he should not walk home.
  • Only students eligible to ride a school bus will be allowed to do so when riding to/from school. Those who are not eligible to ride a bus will not be permitted to do so. If a child is not eligible and she/he wishes to visit the home of a classmate, it will be the responsibility of her/his parent to make transportation arrangements.
  • Transported students will only be allowed to ride their designated bus to/from school. A pupil will not be permitted to ride another bus for which they are not eligible.
  • There will be an assembly for students eligible for bus transportation early in the school year. At the assembly, procedures and expectations will be reviewed.
  • Remember – Masks are mandatory for all students riding on the bus

Healthy Eating in Class/Snack and Litter-Free Yard

In order to promote healthy eating, students at St. Kateri will be allowed to eat healthy snacks during class, at times determined by the teacher. Students will eat smaller, healthier portions throughout the day which will promote a healthy body weight and improve concentration. Because students are eating healthy snacks in class they will not bring recess snacks outside. This will enable students to be active for the entire recess and keep our yard litter-free.

Some examples of healthy snacks students should bring to school include:

  • Granola bars (nut free)
  • Fruit
  • Crackers and Cheese
  • Bread Sticks
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese topped with grapes
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Chocolate milk and a small homemade muffin
  • Toasted pita points with salsa
  • Dry breakfast cereal in a sealed container with a drinkable yogurt

Drop off and Pick up Procedures for St. Kateri CES

Please make note of the following information and adhere to our school 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 (8:20-8:35 a.m.)

Parents who choose to drive their children to school are asked to either:

A. “Drive to Five” or “Walk a Block” (BEST OPTION) – Drop your child off a block or two away from the school (5 min. walk). You will avoid navigating and contributing to the congestion in front of the school (bus loading zone) and the walk will do your child good – they will be that much more alert to begin their day! Black Walnut Drive (beside Carlyle Park), Perin Place, Vintage Cres or Nathaniel Cres are all good options.

B. Use the school’s driveway (SECOND BEST OPTION) – 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 our Visitor Parking spots or in the center through lane, which is a Fire Route. St. Kateri parents are also not eligible to park in the daycare parking lot or school parking lot.

Pick Up (2:30-3:05)

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 eight school busses. The lane on the right is reserved for buses and the Visitor Parking spots are not designed to be safe for end of day pick up. 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. Please park on one of the side streets and help your children walk safely to your parked car.

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 in advance for your understanding, cooperation and support.

Please feel free to contact us at the school should you have any questions or concerns.

St. Kateri Return to School Information

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are ensuring a safe and happy return to school.

In addition, please be aware of the ongoing expectation that all students, staff and visitors are expected to each day complete the required provincial government COVID-19 Daily Screener online, or download and print a hard copy for daily reference. Finally, parents are asked to sign off each day, for the first two weeks of the school year, they have completed the COVID-19 school screening for your child. A hardcopy of this document (found on the next page) will be sent home on Tuesday, September 7th.

*A Hardcopy (Paper Copy) of this document will be sent home with each student September 7th*

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School

COVID-19 Student Screening Passport 2021

Confirmation of Screening: schools and school boards are being asked to confirm student screening for the first two weeks of the school year (through to Sept 17th). As such, we are asking parents to please acknowledge, by signing this document daily, you have completed the school screening for your child. The school staff can actively screen any child who does not come with a signed sheet and any students who fail the screening should be flagged to the front office.

Teacher Name: _________________________________________________________

Student Name: _________________________________________________________

Please sign to acknowledge that you have completed the school screening. The website/screening questionnaire can be found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Symptoms May Include:

o Fever and/or chills: Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

o Cough or barking cough (croup): Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)

o Shortness of breath: Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

o Decrease or loss of taste or smell: Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

o Sore throat: Not related to seasonal allergies, acid reflux, or other known causes or conditions you already have

o Difficulty swallowing: Painful swallowing (not related to other known causes or conditions you already have)

o Runny or stuffy/congested nose: Not related to seasonal allergies, being outside in cold weather, or other known causes or conditions you already have

I confirm that we have completed the COVID-19 screening for my child on the listed date.

Wednesday, September 8th __________________________________________

Thursday, September 9th ____________________________________________

Friday, September 10th _____________________________________________

Monday, September 13th ____________________________________________

Tuesday, September 14th ____________________________________________

Wednesday, September 15th __________________________________________

Thursday, September 16th____________________________________________

Friday, September 17th______________________________________________

Safety Measures at St. Kateri for Students and Staff Include:


• Masks are mandatory for all students in our board (K-12) while inside the building (or portable), but do not need to be worn outside at recess or in the gym if distancing can be maintained

• Staff are required to wear masks when working with students & in transit (walking in the hallways). Masks must be medical grade – two provided each day for each staff member by the school board

• Staff working closely with students are to wear both a mask and a face shield/eye protection


• Students are asked to put on their masks upon hearing the morning bell or lining up to come in the school/portable– walkers likely won’t be wearing a mask…bus students likely will since they are required to wear one on the bus

• Entry/Exit #5 – Mrs. Costa (Gr. 1), Ms. Esposto (Gr. 2), Ms. Brown (Gr. 4) and Ms. Kulczynska (Gr. 3/4)

• Kindergarten yard and bus students will follow past practice

• Entry/Exit #7 – Mrs. Dillon (Gr. 1), Ms. Mask (Gr. 1), Mrs. William/Ms. Arndt (JK/K) and Ms. Ribeiro/Mrs. Weiss (JK/K)

• Primary Hallway (Entry/Exit 6)

• Recesses will occur as per past practice at St. Kateri. We are fortunate our yard allows for physical distancing to be maintained. Games such as soccer, basketball and football are once again permitted, but students will be reminded to try to maintain physical distancing while playing to the best of their ability.

• Students and staff do not need to wear masks during outdoor recesses, but are asked to try to maintain physical distancing


• There will be a limit of three students in a washroom at a time. Signage will remind students to wash their hands before and after use

• Teachers have been asked to never deny a student from using the washroom – if a student is using the washroom during class time excessively, teachers will follow up with parents

• Teachers will establish a washroom sign out procedure for their classroom and keep a log for contact tracing purposes

• Students in portables must use a ‘buddy system’ to come into the school



• All teachers at St. Kateri will be using Google Classroom as their online platform this year

CHROMEBOOKS OR LEARNING DEVICES – The board will endeavor to build our Chromebook to Student ratio back to 3:1. Due to devices being loaned to students in the spring for online learning, we do not have the number of Chromebooks we did this time last year. If you were thinking of purchasing or obtaining a personal device for your child, now would be a great time.