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Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Extended Day Programs!
As we plan for the 2021-2022 school year….
As stated in our Parent Handbook,
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board assesses the viability of the Extended Day Program at all schools every year. A program is determined viable when there is sufficient parental interest. Parents demonstrate their interest by pre-registering for the Extended Day Program between January and April. Parents will be notified in or around May if the Extended Day Program will be offered at their school. Once a location has been determined viable, registration is ongoing, and children may enroll throughout the school year.
Please Pre-Register now to show your interest in having/keeping the Extended Day Program at your school!
To view the Extended Day Parent Handbook, click here
NUTRITION FOR LEARNING POP-UP SNACKS
Nutrition for Learning will continue to provide free food and snack packages during when schools are closed to in-person learning. Please feel free to stop by any of the school sites (check Nutrition For Learning website for any updates on the route) to pick up a free food package. Click on the ‘Nutrition for Learning’ link below to see the schedule!
To the Grade 8 Parents,
As a result of the recent Provincial decision to close non-essential businesses, the photography studios must once again close. This means that the May 3 Grad photos for St. Paul’s Graduates are canceled. At this time there is no rescheduled date. The grade 8 teachers are meeting to discuss graduation plans and will be in touch with you.
Dear St. Paul Community,
I bring to you good news that an Acting Principal has been appointed to St. Paul’s School starting this week. Please welcome Sharon Adie, who will begin her time here on Wed April 21. Sharon has a solid background in Special Education and has served in a variety of schools. She is well equipped to handle the busy and demanding pace of education these days, particularly navigating the pandemic challenges and on-line learning. Sharon will be reaching out to you to introduce herself and if you have any questions I know she would be happy to answer them.
My final day here is Wed April 21, and I want to take this time to thank YOU for your support and for guiding your children through the tough times we are experiencing. It is no doubt a huge challenge, and now, here we are in remote learning again. You are very appreciated as parents who support and guide your kids. During my month here as Temp Principal I witnessed just how much the staff at St. Paul’s care for kids and show them compassion and patience. I take this quote from a ‘friend’: “In the mess of all this disconnect and uncertainty, we are reminded that we were never meant to do any of this alone, especially the things that require the biggest courage-staying connected in a pandemic, building businesses while parenting, staying true to our own mental health…” Educators and parents working together, that is how we raise kids. It takes a village to raise a child. And in tough times we become more uncertain and afraid. Maya Angelou wrote, “It’s ok to be scared, being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” Let’s be brave together, let’s work together, that’s how we will get through this. And we WILL get through this.
Susan Sawyer, Temp Principal
✝️From Pope Francis
Let’s bow our heads and pray:🙏🙏🙏🏻
Eternal Father, You made the whole World stop spinning for a while.
You silenced the noise that we all have created.
You made us bend our knees again and ask for a Miracle.
You closed Your Churches so we will realize how dark our World is without You in it.
You humbled the proud and powerful.
The economy is crashing, businesses are closing.
We were very proud, we thought that everything we have, everything we possess, was the result of our hard work.
We have forgotten that it was always Your grace and mercy that made us who we are.
We’re running in circles looking for some cure to this disease, when in fact we need to humble ourselves and ask You for guidance and wisdom.
We’ve been living our lives like we will be here on Earth forever, like there’s no Heaven.
Maybe these trials are Your mercy in disguise.
Maybe this virus is actually Your way of purifying us, & cleansing our souls, bringing us back to YOU.
Today as these words travel the internet, may all who see them join their hearts and hands together in prayer! Asking for forgiveness & asking for healing & protection from this virus…
GOD just wipe it from the Earth!
Father You have been patiently waiting for us. We’re sorry for ignoring Your voice.. and in our selfish ways, we’ve sometimes forgotten that YOU are GOD!😔*
You only need to say the word and our souls shall all be healed.*
We ask these things in Jesus name!
🙏🙏🙏Prayer for all🙏🙏🙏
GOD BLESS All 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
PIVOT TO ON-LINE LEARNING
As you know, the government has once again issued restrictions throughout the Province to help slow the spread of Covid. Our schools are pivoting to On-Line Learning this week; we’ve done this before, we can do it again! Monday is being considered as an Adapted Learning Day, and Tuesday On-Line learning begins (see Schedule of Events below). Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about your child’s learning. We appreciate the efforts you are making to help your child during these challenging times. The good news is that vaccinations are underway and everyone should be continuing with following strict guidelines for sanitizing, wearing masks , distancing, and Staying Home when possible. Together we can show Covid that we are going to win this battle!
Schedule of Events for this Week:
Monday April 19th– Asynchronous Learning Day-like our adapted “snow day” where teachers post work on-line in the morning and students engage in learning off line
Tuesday April 20th-Synchronous Learning Begins- using ‘Regular Bell Times,’ attendance is taken in the morning and the afternoon. Students are then involved in a combination of learning in front of the camera (the lessons) with some asynchronous learning where students work independently or in small groups, and the teacher is available for questions from students either by email or via a link.
Wednesday April 21- Wear your Spirit Wear today from home!
Thursday April 22-Sharon Adie, newly appointed Acting Principal officially in charge as of today
– today is EARTH DAY! Do something KIND for our earth!
Friday April 23– Continue to be kind to our Earth:)
April 12th, 2021
Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –
As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances. No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school after the April Break will be remote. That is, on April 19th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin their continued learning virtually. The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution. Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe. Our protocols have served us well and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community. We have also seen an increase in the variants and they are proving more concerning. Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder of April will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.
We do not yet have a firm return date for in person learning but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks. Once we have a firm return date for in person learning we will be in touch.
Just before we left for the break, out of an abundance of caution, we did make a “best efforts” attempt to send home Chromebooks with all those students for whom we had a prior request through our comprehensive survey. If there are outstanding orders that were missed, they will be deployed upon our return on April 19th. Schools and Extended Day programs currently remain closed and unavailable to staff, students and parents. All school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions and updates as of April 19th, 2021.
The move to remote learning will be similar to January. The school day will follow the bell times of your individual school and if not already received, you/your student will be given a clear indication of the daily schedule your child is to follow through your local school. The first day back, April 19th, will look a little different – we will treat it similar to a snow day where work will be posted to the class site. Students will work independently. This is to allow our staff to prepare their virtual lessons and we will start full synchronous days on Tuesday April 20th. This will apply to St. Isidore as well.
Thank you for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff. This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large. During the April Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.
Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/ and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports. If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please let your school principal know upon their return on April 19th, 2021.
I will also take this opportunity to once again point out that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.
Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in faith. Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community. #InThisTogether #WeGotThis
Director of Education
NUTRITION FOR LEARNING POP-UP SNACK SCHEDULE
Once again, Nutrition for Learning will be providing free food and snack packages during the April break when the schools are closed. Please feel free to stop by any of the school sites below to pick up a free food package. Below is the schedule as to where the trucks will be making their stops from April 12-April 16. Click on the ‘Nutrition for Learning’ link and go to Spring Break.
April 9, 2021
Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom.
As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for four weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators across the province.
The mental health and well-being of children continues to be a key government priority and schools will remain open for in-person learning through the Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order. The spring break will continue as planned, from April 12th to 16th, and schools will reopen for in-person learning on April 19th.
In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the Spring Break to do our part to keep schools open, for in-person student learning.
At this critical point in the pandemic, the following public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:
During the spring break, students in Grades 1-8 can continue to engage in their own learning through supplemental, curriculum-linked activities available at TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison. These rich, engaging opportunities allow students to keep up with their learning and interests. Secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House and Portes ouvertes pour les cours TVO ILC in French-language. Mathify (English) and Eureka! (French) are also available to provide one-on-one online tutoring services for elementary and secondary students. Mathify covers online math tutoring in English for Grades 6 to 10 and Eureka! supports all subjects for French-language students in Grades 1 to 12.
For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing. The Ministry of Education will be working with school boards to offer school-based clinics. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to have their children tested to support a safe return to school on April 19. Children attending child-care, and child-care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.
As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms, each and EVERY DAY. If your child or anyone in your household is ill, stay home and follow the guidance in the School Screening Tool.
By following public health advice, we can all enjoy a safe spring break and continue to support in-person learning in our school.
Have a safe, fun and restful break.
St. Paul’s School
April 8th, 2021
Dear Waterloo Catholic Community,
I sincerely hope this email finds you well and having enjoyed a safe and hope-filled Easter weekend. Today I am writing to you with some updates as we prepare for our much anticipated April Break. It is absolutely essential that we follow the guidance of Public Health and the province in order to ensure a safe return to learning by all.
As you know the province is now in a province-wide shutdown. For you and your family during the break, this means only socializing within your own home, taking advantage of testing opportunities, screening everyday for symptoms and staying home if you or anyone in your family feels at all ill. Please take this very seriously as part of our collective responsibility to each other.
As of the writing of this letter, we are expecting to be back to in person learning on April 19th. That said, we know the landscape continues to evolve so we will send students home with Chromebooks for those who require them. Similarly, we encourage students to take home personal belongings so school cleaning can be facilitated. We will certainly be in communication if anything changes about our status for return on April 19th, 2021.
Yesterday we were able to communicate that a small portion of our staff, specifically our special education staff can begin vaccination. This is a hopeful sign and it has energized us for the journey forward. This is a critical time. The end is in sight, but we must do our utmost to follow all guidance at this critical time so that we can have a safe, happy and healthy return to school for all.
Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community. #InThisTogether
Director of Education