Monthly Archives: February 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on March 5.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/all-waterloo-catholic-district-school-board-schools-closed-on-thursday-march-5-2020/

Schools Open – All Buses and Taxis Cancelled

Due to the current weather conditions, ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled. All Public and Catholic Schools are OPEN. All Extended Day Childcare Programs are OPEN.

 

Panthers’ WAG – February 24 – 28, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE – OECTA Strike Cancelled – St. Paul and All Waterloo Catholic DSB Schools Open on Monday February 24

I feel very blessed to be appointed as the Principal of St. Paul. Over the coming weeks, I look forward to getting to know the students, staff and parents/guardians in order to understand how to best serve this great community. Thank you to Carla Santomero for all of the tremendous work she has done in this school and this community. We value all of the wonderful contributions she has made to St. Paul.

Ferdinand Krauss

Weekly Theme: A Celebration of Diversity (in recognition of Black History month)

Our willingness to accept others who are different from us says a lot about our ability to accept ourselves. When we are able to embrace our differences of opinion, personality, gender, race, or religion we grow together in charity and in peace. All of God’s daughters and sons are wonderful creations of God’s goodness and wisdom. God invites us to look past what is obvious to the truth of who a person is. Each of us longs for affirmation and acceptance, and we are called to extend the same gifts to all those we encounter each day (source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke).

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself up to date on the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin February 23, 2020

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Registration for Kindergarten continues.  Please go online to register (https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/)  and then call the office to make an appointment to complete your registration (519-743-4401).

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

  • Lifetouch Photography will be at St Paul for our Grad pictures (SK and Gr 8) as well as Siblings photos.
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Shrove Tuesday celebration
  • Junior Achievement in Ms Kowalski’s Class

Wednesday:

  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy at St. Paul with Fr Tim, 10:15 am
  • Pizza Day
  • Pink Shirt Day – we encourage everyone at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to practice kindness and wear pink to school or work to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. The focus for 2020 is “lift each other up.”

Saturday:

  • Sacrament of First Reconciliation at St Francis, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Have a great week Panthers!

 

School Closed on Friday, Feb 21 and Monday, Feb 24, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020
In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.
 

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

 

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

 

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:
  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.
 

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

 

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

 

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

 

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24.

 

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Panthers’ WAG – February 17 – 21, 2020

Monthly Theme: Sense of Purpose

FAMILY DAY

Our families come in all different shapes. Here is an interesting article about 8 Things that make a Family: https://adoption.com/8-things-that-make-a-family

 

LABOUR ACTION UPDATE – ALL WATERLOO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD SCHOOLS CLOSED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Friday, February 21, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario. 

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 21.

All programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 21 —  with the exception of Personal Support Worker programs, which will run on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

 

UMBRELLA SKILLS – PURPOSE

This month we are going to working with students to learn about purpose and their meaningful contribution to the world. As we always say at the Umbrella Project, all of the skills are important and work best together! The happiest kids are able to understand their own needs and their contribution to the bigger world around them. Please watch the video attached in the following link to learn more about this important Umbrella Skill.

A Shark Attack Survivor Jumps Back into the Water

 

PINK SHIRT DAY

From its humble beginnings in 2007 in small-town Nova Scotia, Pink Shirt Day has spread across the globe as a way to take a stand against bullying and to show support for those who have been affected by it in schools, workplaces, homes, and online.  Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

 On February 26, 2020, we encourage everyone at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to practice kindness and wear pink to school or work to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. The focus for 2020 is “lift each other up.”

 

I READ CANADIAN DAY

Everyone across Canada has been asked to read a Canadian content book[s] for 15 minutes of their day on Wednesday February 19th. Why not take some time to read your favourite Canadian Book together as a family on this day?

 

SK AND GRADE 8, AND SIBLINGS PICTURE DAY

Lifetouch Photography will be at St Paul on February 24th for our Grad pictures (SK and Gr 8) as well as Siblings photos. 

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Registration for Kindergarten continues.  Please go online to register (https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/)  and then call the office to make an appointment to complete your registration(519-743-4401).

 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself up to date on the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Feb. 16, 2020

 

LITERACY AT HOME

As we celebrate Family Day this weekend, take some time to read together – here is a great book that celebrates families of all kinds.  

MATH AT HOME

Try some of these fun FAMILY MATH activities this weekend with your kids!

Home-Made-Math-1

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

  • Family Day – no school for students
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Junior Achievement in Mr Litschgy’s Class

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • I Read Canadian Day
  • Please return signed page 3 form from the Report Card
  • Spiritwear Wednesday – all Panthers are invited to wear their Spiritwear on Wednesdays

Thursday:

  • Field trip for the grade 5 and 6 classes 

Friday:

  • OECTA Strike Day – No school for students

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – February 10 – 14, 2020

Monthly Theme: Sense of Purpose

UMBRELLA SKILLS – PURPOSE

This month we are going to working with students to learn about purpose and their meaningful contribution to the world. As we always say at the Umbrella Project, all of the skills are important and work best together! The happiest kids are able to understand their own needs and their contribution to the bigger world around them. 

 

PURPOSE TIP #2 Make your child a participating member of the family 

The ultimate goal of parenting is to help your child develop into a person who can independently self-regulate, make good decisions for their wellbeing and care for themselves without you. Like it or not, when your child becomes an adult, they will have the independence to make whatever choices they want for their lives. A big part of our role as parents is supporting the development of our child’s capacity for good decision making. 

One of the best ways to guide your child to healthy independence and purpose is to give them a voice in your family as early as you can. Here are some examples of how you can make their voices heard:

  1. Ask them how to best solve the parenting difficulties you face. Here’s an example of this from my life: How can we get out the door in the morning without me having to give the kids so many reminders? Their solutions: No leisure reading until all morning tasks are complete, checklists on the fridge with everything that needs to be done, getting dressed for the day before coming downstairs. By getting kids involved, they are learning to solve problems, are more likely to comply and feel more like participating members of our family. 
  2. Get them involved in travel planning. This one can be a lot of fun. If you are a family who likes to travel, start to include your child in the decision making. Tapping into kid’s intrinsic curiosity about the world builds purpose and really helps them to feel engaged. You could alternate through each family member getting to pick your final travel destination (after narrowing down the list to reasonable options) or let them plan one of the days while you are away. If you don’t travel, you can use this when planning out your weekend or weeknights when you have family time. Make sure everyone feels like they have a say. 
  3. Giving kids a voice is empowering and feeds the development of their sense of purpose. When everything is planned, scheduled and reinforced for them they miss out on the development of some of these critical skills.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

If you are thinking about sending in valentines or treats, etc for Valentine’s Day – please connect with your child’s teacher to find out about how they might be celebrating and any allergies. AS a reminder – all food brought into school must be nut-free.

 

 

SK AND GRADE 8 GRAD AND SIBLINGS PICTURE DAY

Lifetouch Photography will be at St Paul on February 24th for our Grad pictures (SK and Gr 8) as well as SIblings photos.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 2020? 

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held Beginning on February 10, 2020  for children born in 2016 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2015 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 12th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please go online to register (https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/)  and then call the office to make an appointment to complete your registration(519-743-4401).

 

CORONAVIRUS AND STUDENT SAFETY

No doubt you are aware of the virus and its current status in Ontario.  It is possible it is causing concern for you or members of your family. The Ministry of Health is in regular communication with school boards across the province. In these communications, the over-arching key messages centre  around the fact that Ontario is very prepared and has effective protocols, which are currently operating very well, and the guiding principles that we do well to ground our response in the facts and what we know to be good practice. 

 To that end – we are encouraged to redouble our efforts in our schools to ensure:

  •         good hygiene – washing hands thoroughly with soap or use sanitizer;
  •         covering one’s mouth and nose when one sneezes or coughs;
  •         staff and students stay home when ill.
  •         It is also wise to get a yearly flu vaccine, available from clinics or pharmacies.

 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself up to date on the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Feb. 9, 2020

MATH AT HOME

Can you solve these Valentine’s Math Problems? 

             

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

  • Kindergarten Registration all Week
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • John Howard Classroom Visits 

Tuesday:

  • John Howard Classroom visits

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Winter Walk to School Day
  • Spiritwear Wednesday – all Panthers are invited to wear their Spiritwear on Wednesdays

Thursday:

  • Term 1 Report Cards and Term 2 IEPs go home today – please return bottom part of page 3 by Wed, Feb 19th

Friday:

  • Valentine’s Day – wear Red/ Pink

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Announcement

Good afternoon,

This afternoon your family will receive the following letter (sent home with the youngest and only in each class). It is with sadness that I am letting you know that I am leaving St Paul to take on the position of Principal of International Education and Safe Schools/ St. Don Bosco.

I want to thank you for your support over the years I have been a member of this community. I have truly loved working with the students, their families and the staff at St Paul, and I know that your commitment to each other will allow this great work to continue.

St Paul Parent letter

Panthers’ WAG – February 3 – 7, 2020

Monthly Theme: Sense of Purpose

 

OECTA JOB ACTION

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario. 

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4. 

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program on Tuesdays. 

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules. 

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled. 

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4. 

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

HOW TO KNOW IF WE ARE OPEN OR CLOSED

We know that sometimes this is confusing for families as different union names or school boards are announced for job actions. 

  • we will always post on our website when we are closed
  • listen for teachers belonging to OECTA or Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association- this is the union representing our teachers
  • listen for keywords such as OECTA, Waterloo Catholic District School Board or WCDSB or Catholic schools

 

CORONAVIRUS AND STUDENT SAFETY

No doubt you are aware of the virus and its current status in Ontario.  It is possible it is causing concern for you or members of your family. The Ministry of Health is in regular communication with school boards across the province. In these communications, the over-arching key messages centre around the fact that Ontario is very prepared and has effective protocols, which are currently operating very well, and the guiding principles that we do well to ground our response in the facts and what we know to be good practice. 

 To that end – we are encouraged to redouble our efforts to ensure:

  •         good hygiene – washing hands thoroughly with soap or use sanitizer;
  •         covering one’s mouth and nose when one sneezes or coughs;
  •         staff and students stay home when ill.
  •         It is also wise to get a yearly flu vaccine, available from clinics or pharmacies.

Attached is a letter which has been provided jointly by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.  This letter was sent out earlier this week and should be helpful in providing the necessary facts and insights needed at this time. 

Coronavirus update letter – MoH Jan 27EN

As well, attached is a poster that will be placed in all classes. Please review at home with your children as well.

COUGH ETIQUETTE

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Do you know any families in our boundary who have children that will be Kindergarten age in September 

2020? 

Year 1 and Year 2 registration will be held Beginning on February 10, 2020  for children born in 2016 (eligible for Year 1) or born in 2015 (eligible for Year 2) who have not attended Year 1.

Extended hours for registration will be on Wednesday, February 12th, from 4 – 7 pm. Please go online to register (https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/)  and then call the office to make an appointment to complete your registration(519-743-4401).

 

WINTER WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

This Wednesday, February 5th  is Winter Walk to School Day! Keep active this winter and join schools across Canada to celebrate Winter Walk Day. Dressing warmly for a brisk winter walk can be exhilarating and fun – give it a tryWednesday! 

Here are some ideas: 

  • If you can walk safely to school, wrap up warm, leave the car at home and travel to school on foot with your friends. 
  • If you live too far to walk the whole way, try getting dropped off at a friend’s house or a few blocks away from the school so you can walk the last leg. 
  • If you take the school bus, walk to the bus stop, or use one of our recesses to walk around the yard!

The class that has the highest percentage of students who walk to school on Wednesday will win a prize!

 

UMBRELLA SKILLS – PURPOSE

This month we are going to working with students to learn about purpose and their meaningful contribution to the world. As we always say at the Umbrella Project, all of the skills are important and work best together! The happiest kids are able to understand their own needs and their contribution to the bigger world around them. 

How will a sense of Purpose help my child?

Purpose is the feeling that the things we do and the choices we make have meaning and make a difference. This makes us feel happier and more confident and gives us a set of guiding principles that help us make decisions. When kids have a sense of purpose it is easier for them to keep going when things get difficult because they can see a bigger picture. This can make them less likely to get stuck in the small trivial details that don’t matter in the long run. The journey of life isn’t linear so it’s important to live each day with a bigger set goals and values that can make even the toughest of days feel worthwhile. Having a sense of purpose is so important that it can actually help your children live longer, healthier lives.

PURPOSE TIP #1 Do a family culture brainstorm 

Creating a family culture is a great way to help your child start the journey of identifying with a bigger purpose. What do I mean by family culture? Culture is the behaviours that are characteristic of a group. This can encompass just about anything, from the types of foods you choose to the leisure activities you do together to the higher principles you value. Feeling like a part of something bigger helps us start to establish our sense of purpose. 

Start purpose month by brainstorming together, all of the things that you value most as a family. You can do this on a white board or a big sheet of paper that allows space for everyone to write in their ideas. A few questions you can reflect on are: What characteristics do I have that I am most proud of? What brings me joy? What have I done lately that makes my life feel meaningful? 

Here are a few examples that came up in my family: seeing the world, having new experiences together, enjoying healthy delicious food, supporting our friends and family, using generosity and kindness as much as we can. Once you have everyone’s ideas down, reflect on the ones that resonate most with everyone and put them somewhere your family can regularly see them. 

The more multi-generational, the better, so don’t forget to include grandparents if they are able. If not, just take a few minutes to reflect on their sense of purpose as well. Culture can be passed down for many generations. In my family a great example of this is generosity. Although my grandfather is no longer with us, he left a legacy of generosity and this family exercise has been a great way for me to share that with my children. Focusing on generosity helps me feel purpose in my day to day life and also makes me feel like part of something bigger that my family contributes to the world. 

A child’s sense of purpose will continue to evolve over their lifetime, so this exercise should be fluid and open to change and input from your child over time. Remember, when children are committed to a culture/home they feel part of, they will want to help shape it in ways that will help them to excel. When identification with that group is lost they can feel frustrated and withdraw, a situation seen often in teens. Make sure your childs’ voice is heard when you work on your shared family culture. 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Feb. 2, 2020

MATH AT HOME

Can you solve these riddles? 

In a bicycle race, the man who came two places in front of the last man finished one ahead of the man who came fifth. How many contestants were there?

You have 14 brown socks, 14 blue socks and 14 black socks in your sock drawer. How many socks must you remove (without looking to be sure) to have a matched pair?

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • John Howard Classroom Visits 

Tuesday:

  • OECTA FULL DAY STRIKE – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Day
  • Winter Walk to School Day
  • Spiritwear Wednesday – all Panthers are invited to wear their Spiritwear on Wednesdays

Thursday:

Friday:

 

Have a great week Panthers!

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