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Holy Week

April 7, 2020

Hello Panther Community,

Fr. Tim sent an email to St. Francis parishioners giving us ideas for ways we can celebrate Holy Week and the Easter Triduum in our homes. In case you didn’t receive it, you can read the message here.

If you would like to receive these messages, please send Fr. Tim an email at tuniac@hamiltondiocese.com and ask to be added to the list.

Fr. Tim has also adapted the Celebrating the Word resource for Palm Sunday so that we can each celebrate this important Feast even if we aren’t together.

St. Paul will be hosting a virtual Lenten Celebration on Holy Thursday, April 9 @ 1 pm. More information will be shared by classroom teachers on how students/families can join us.

Reflection and Prayer – The Challenge of the Cross

No one can escape suffering; it is part of the human condition. Yet what is our reaction to our trials? Do we rail against them as we complain bitterly, do we accept them with silent stoicism, or are we somewhere in between those two reactions? By dying on the cross, Jesus fully embraced the eventuality all humans must face, but he also showed us that love and goodness surpass even death.

Jesus, we come before you today asking for your grace to deal with the crosses of our lives. You know our hearts and our struggles better than we know ourselves, and you have promised to always be with us.

Teach us that our hardships do not define us and will not have the final word in our lives. Teach us also that you, Jesus, who knows what it’s like to suffer and to die, will give us the strength to carry on in the midst of our difficulties.

Enliven our spirits so that we may be beacons of hope to others who face adversity. May we be heartened by your love so that we may encourage and affirm those who need lifting up.

Help us also to open our hearts to others kindness when our own spirits are sagging. We pray, Jesus, that we may always look to you for guidance when we need support, and not to the standards of this world.

All of this we ask in your Holy name. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

(source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke)

TV & Online Masses

Televised Masses:

Mass with Bishop Crosby
Sunday: 11:00 am on Cable 14
Sunday: 1:00 pm on CHCH  (local Cable channel 10)

Salt and Light (Channel 240, Rogers Cable)
Monday to Saturday: 6:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 10:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am,10:30 pm

Vision TV (Channel 27, Rogers Cable)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am, 12:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am

Joy TV (Channel 173, Rogers Cable or Channel 656, Bell Satellite)
Monday to Friday: 10:30 am, 4:00 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am

On-Line Masses:

www.dailytvmass.com

Educator-Led Learning @ Home beginning April 6, 2020

Hello Panther Community,

Today, each classroom teacher will send communication to their students outlining learning expectations that will begin April 6 and includes the following;

  • reminder that the Ministry has extended the closure of schools to May 4, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice as this date becomes closer
  • government & board expects that every student will continue to learn while in-school classes are suspended
  • suggested minimum learning guidelines from the Ministry
  • teacher/grade suggested daily break down for students
  • communication protocol (i.e the teacher’s availability for more direct learning support and response time frame for student/parent communication)

Families that were identified in our learning needs assessment survey will be receiving their Chromebooks at St. Paul during their scheduled appointment times today. Please follow the outlined public health protocols closely, during this distribution process.

  • No person who has travelled in last 14 days should be going to the school
  • No person with symptoms* should participate in this process – stay at home.
    *Symptoms include:
    Fever, new cough or difficulty breathing (or a combination of these symptoms)
    Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, or runny nose (or a combination of these symptoms)
  • Social distance/keep >2m space at all times

No access to the school will be granted to families/ students.

Online Learning @ St. Paul

March 30, 2020

Over the past few days, each classroom teacher has been reaching out to their students and their families using their current communication method (i.e. Google Classroom/D2L/Class website) to share some initial learning resources and to assess student technology needs (i.e. device & internet access). Where internet communication is not possible, they have been calling families.

If you have not yet made contact with your child’s teacher, please use the email addresses on the staff list page to send them a message.

The Board and our school are currently working on a plan to distribute Chromebooks based on student need (generally 1 device per household). The hope is to be able to distribute the devices by the end of this week, so students are prepared for the academic programming that will be in place on April 6. For the most part, the online learning will use the Google Classroom or D2L platform and be asynchronous (i.e. not in real-time with the teacher), which will permit different students to use the same device to complete learning activities assigned by their teacher.

The school will be contacting you in the next couple of days to set up a time to pickup your Chromebook (as identified in our learning needs assessment survey). In coordination with Public Health, the Board has created a safety protocol by which devices will be retrieved and distributed – and this needs to be strictly adhered to. 

The Board has also launched a  WCDSBLearn @ Home website to keep everyone up to date on the latest developments.

 

St. Paul Update

Dear St. Paul Families,

As you know, schools are now closed and it would appear that this will stretch beyond the Easter weekend, although exactly when we might return to face to face learning is not yet clear. Just a quick note to say we are all thinking of all of your families during this difficult time and are hoping all of you are keeping everyone well and safe. A special thank-you to those who are working in essential services right now as you are keeping our community going. In the coming days, each classroom teacher will be reaching out to their students and their families using their current communication method (i.e. Google Classroom/D2L/Class website) to share the resources below and to assess student technology needs (i.e. device & internet access). Where internet communication is not possible, they will be calling families.

As directed by the Ministry and the Board we are providing you with a few resources you may find helpful at this point. Please understand that you are not expected to engage in all of the activities provided but rather to use the resources as you see fit for your family and their needs. Additional learning programs are being developed by the Ministry over the next couple of weeks.

WCDSB STEAM Days + Learn At Home (Ministry of Education)

Prayer – For the Sick

Loving God, we believe that you desire only wholeness and goodness for us, and so we lift up to you all who are ill in any way. Grant them comfort and strength in their affliction, O God, and please restore them to good health.

We also ask that you bless all those who work with the sick, that they will be strengthened in their Ministry. Help them know how vitally important their challenging roles are as they seek to be signs of your compassion in the world.

Help those who are sick to trust in you, God, as they journey toward recovery. Grant peace to the families of those who are ill, Lord, as they wait in hope for their loved one’s healing.

Loving God, we ask your very special blessing on those who are dying and are soon to see you face to face. Give them peace, Lord, and surround them with the knowledge of your presence and love.

We also pray for our Health Care system, that it may always function for the good of those who are sick. We lift up to you those who cannot afford health insurance or proper Medical Care, and ask that we may be especially mindful of their needs.

We pray these things in the name of your Son, our Lord. Amen.

(source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke)

How to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic (suggestions for parents and families)

 

IMPORTANT — Public Communication re COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations

March 13, 2020

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/title.html), the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/)  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

Statement on Closure of Schools – March 14, to April 5, 2020

The government’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 will remove a lot of student and staff uncertainty about COVID-19 and concern about implications for schools. We believe this action is in the best interests of the health of Ontarians.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

In the meantime, we ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/)  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

Arabic:

 

لقد اتخذت حكومة أونتاريو قرارا بإغلاق كافة المدارس لمدة أسبوعين بعد عطلة الربيع في شهر مارس كإجراء احترازي في إطار إجراءات الحد من انتشار فيروس كورونا المستجد. وعليه، سيتم إغلاق المدارس في الفترة من ١٤ مارس إلى ٥ إبريل. للحصول على آخر المستجدات بهذا الشأن، يرجى متابعة موقع مجلس الإدارة التعليمية على: www.wcdsb.ca

TIGRIGNA

መንግስቲ ኦንቴርዮ፡ ንምክልኻል ናይ 2019 ሓዲሽ ኮሮና ቪረስ (COVID-2019) ፡ ድሕሪ ዕረፍቲ ናይ ማርች (March Break )፡  ንኽልተ ሰሙን፡ ኩለን ቤት ትምህርታት ካብ ዕለት14 ማርች፡ 2020 ክሳብ ዕለት 5 ኤፕሪል- 2020 ተዓጽየን ክጸንሓ ወሲኑ ኣሎ።

AMHARIC

የኦንቴርዮ መንግስት፡ የ2019 ኣዲሱ ኮሮና ቪሩስ (covid-2019) ለመከላከል ያኽል፡ ከማርች ብሬክ ቀጥሎ፡ ለሁለት ሳምንታት፡ ከ ማርች14- 2020፡ እስከ ኤፕሪል 5፡2020: ትምህርት ቤቶች በሙሉ ተዘግትወ እንዲቆዩ ወስነዋል።