Please click on the above link to access our year end newsletter.
Thank you and have a great summer!
Dear Parents & Guardians:
On Monday, June 14, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved recommendations to change the boundaries for Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary Schools (CES). The purpose was to establish a boundary for the new Huron Brigadoon CES in advance of its opening, which is anticipated September 2022.
The Board’s decision came after consultation with school communities through the Boundary Review Committee process and public meetings.
The boundary changes in accordance with Staff Recommended Option 1 (described below and map on reverse) will take effect on September 1, 2022:
Grade 7 students enrolled at Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in the 2021/22 school year (or the school year prior to the new Huron Brigadoon CES opening) may remain in their current school. Transportation will be provided if they qualify.
All other students living in areas impacted by the boundary review will attend the new Huron Brigadoon CES as of September 2022. Transition plans will be prepared to support all students through these changes. Further information will follow from each school; parents will be involved in this process through their Catholic School Advisory Councils.
The Board would like to thank all of those who were involved throughout the review. To each of the Boundary Review Committee representatives, parents/guardians and school community members who participated in the review with passion and commitment to ensuring the best outcome for all students – your advocacy is appreciated.
Loretta Notten , Director of Education
Melanie Van Alphen, Chair of the Board
The Brain Injury Association Waterloo-Wellington are hosting a FREE event on Saturday, June 12th in Kitchener.
With the support of our sponsors (McLeish Orlando and Kiwanis), we will provide up to 300 free bicycle helmets to children in Kitchener who cannot otherwise afford them. Our event will be located in the parking lot of our office at 493 Lancaster St. W, Kitchener, between 10:00am and 1:00pm.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have developed an online request for required pre-registration and a contactless drive-through pickup process. The link for registrations is here: https://biawwlidzonkidz.com
June 9, 2021
Dear WCDSB Community,
We hope that this communication finds you well. It has been an eventful few weeks since last we communicated and today’s letter will bring some important updates. As you well know at this point, it was announced by the Premier on Wednesday, June 2nd that in person schooling would not be returning this school year. We know that for many students and indeed for many staff this was a disappointing update and not the news for which we were hoping. It is difficult to be ending a second year in a row remotely, but we do know it will set us up for a safe and healthy summer, and hopefully a strong return to in person learning in the fall.
End of Year Activities: We are conscious that without a formal return to school, we once again have to contemplate bringing closure to our year and also complete some tasks associated with return of school materials and retrieval of personal belongings. It will also be an opportunity to return any learning devices students were loaned from their schools or any textbooks they may have. In order to facilitate this process, the last day of synchronous learning for all elementary schools, including St Isidore, will be Thursday June 24th. June 25th, June 28th and June 29th will be asynchronous learning days, where work will be posted and students will be invited to come into their schools to return materials and connect with teachers.
Elementary Schools: Keeping in mind all our obligations to our health and safety protocols, our elementary aged students will be invited to come to their schools at an appointed time to say a final in-person good-bye to their teacher and to allow for some personal connections with some classmates. Principals will develop a schedule for their school and communicate those details to students and families once they are finalized. We hope to not inconvenience parents more than once as they bring their children to the school for their good-bye.
Recognizing Elementary Graduates: Graduates will also receive communications from their schools with details about virtual graduation ceremonies, and about any drive-by / walk-by graduation ceremonies that are planned. This will allow for a celebration of this milestone, for photos and final in person good-byes.
Secondary Schools: The last day for synchronous learning in Secondary with be June 22nd, with June 23rd and 24th as final assessment days. The dates of June 24th and 25th will be used for device retrieval and textbook collection (June 28th and 29th will be available as need be as well). School Administration will communicate the schedule and process. June 24th is the last day for Community Active Living and ELL students.
Recognizing Secondary Graduates: As has been previously communicated, a great deal of preparation has been underway for our graduates. The secondary schools have been coordinating efforts and engaged in much planning to ensure our graduates are celebrated to the best of our ability. Comprehensive virtual graduation ceremonies are currently planned for the fall and in-person celebratory drive-by/walk by ceremonies are planned for this spring. We want to honour the considerable accomplishments of our many graduates. We are very proud of you! More details about these events will be provided by your local school.
Transition Survey Results for 2021-2022 School Year: Thank you to all parents and families for completing our Transition Survey for next school year. We have just under 600 students registered for St Isidore elementary school next year and approximately 200 students who desired online learning for secondary. As the 200 secondary students are spread over 5 schools, 4 grades and multiple courses, a decision has been made that delivery will occur through a hybrid model (online and in-person students are in the same class), so that students can learn online and still access most of the course offerings they might desire.
Learning Kits for next year: Finally, just a short word to say that once again we will be providing students and families from grades JK – 12 with WCDSB Learning Kits. Look here to see what to expect: Student Kits – List of Items.pdf It is a small way to ensure heath and safety, while saying to you that you matter to us! We value your faith in WCDSB and we cannot wait to welcome you back!
Thanks for your continued support and let’s have a great end to the school year, and an even better, healthier summer and school year ahead! It’s going to be #WCDSBAwesome !
Director of Education
We are using our school theme book for 2020/21 as one of our activities as we wrap our school year this June. Be You! by Peter Reynolds has been an excellent book with positive messaging for us this year! We have used many of these message to set our theme days for the week. Our classroom teachers will incorporate these themes into their daily lessons.
If you have a twitter account, you can also share with us your daily challenges by tagging us @BSKBears. If you do not have a Twitter account, no worries, just share with your classroom teacher the pics and we will post on Twitter for you.
Here are the Be You! Week theme days:
Monday June 7: Be Ready! Be Adventurous! Be Brave!
TRY SOMETHING NEW DAY! Live a big life! When you are ready, step outside your comfort zone. Bravely explore new paths and see where they lead you.
Today’s challenge is to take a photo of something new you have learned to do while staying at home: bake bread, make crafts, grow a garden, exercise more, play new card games or board games, do puzzles, etc.
Tuesday June 8: Be Kind! Be Understanding! Be Connected!
CONNECT WITH FRIENDS DAY! Find kindred spirits. Be with those who make you feel like the real you.
Today’s challenge is to connect with your friends. You can meet socially distanced at the park or meet virtually or call and talk to someone on the phone. Spend time and listen to each other and enjoy each other’s company. Write a note/message/text to a friend telling them something great about them!
Wednesday June 9: Be Persistent! Be Different!
LITERACY DAY! Keep going! Never Stop! Be Silly. Be Quirky. Be Odd.
Today’s challenge is to show off your favorite book and dress up like your favorite character. You can also choose a favourite character from your favourite book and draw a picture of them. Perhaps you have an idea about how to make that character even more interesting. Or . . . how would you add yourself as a character in your favourite book?
Thursday June 10: Be Curious!
SCIENCE DAY! Turn every stone, ask everyone and keep digging deeper. Discover your own answer.
Today’s challenge is to unleash the scientist in us all! Research a cool science experiment you can do at home. Get outside in your garden and search for bugs. Look up something you always wanted to know about Space. Share with us what you learned today!
Friday June 11: Be Okay Being Alone. Be Patient.
MEDITATION DAY! Take a deep breath. Relax.
Today’s challenge is to take some time for yourself. Spend some time meditating or doing a cool meditation activity like making some Mandala Art or colouring a Mandala Colouring Page. You can also draw a picture using music as your inspiration or draw in the sand. Take a photo of your meditation activity and share it with us!
We are asking ALL families to confirm if they have a desire for online learning for their child(ren). Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice. If you do not complete the survey – we will assume your child is returning to face-to-face learning. The Survey closes today – it will be a one-time choice. That is, there will not be transition periods during the year. A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June. If you register for St. Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year). You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).
We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn. We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students, when all things are equal. Please give this decision careful consideration. The transition survey will be available directly from our School and Board homepages or can be accessed directly here: Transition Survey 2021-22
June Newsletter: The June Newsletter will be forthcoming, as we wait for the provincial direction in regards to return to school. Once we receive that direction, we can appropriately plan for this last month of the school year. In the meantime, we have attached some important information for you about this week.
Transition form to Virtual School for 2021-22 School Year: If you want your child to attend school virtually for the entire school year beginning in September 2021, you must complete the online survey. Even if you completed the survey back in March, please complete again. Please CLICK HERE. All students will be assumed to be committed to face-to-face learning, unless this form is completed. This form is available from May 31st @ 9 a.m. to June 3rd @ 4 p.m.
IMPORTANT BUS INFORMATION FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: Please CLICK HERE to read the important information from Student Transportation Services regarding bus transportation of elementary students for the 2021-22 school year.
Orange Shirt Day Wednesday (tomorrow): We join our country in mourning the loss of 215+ children and the affects of residential schools on our Indigenous communities. Many of us wore an Orange Shirt on Monday; however we wish to have time to prepare to properly honour these souls. As such, we are asking all staff and students to wear an orange shirt tomorrow – Every Child Matters.
PA Day this Friday: There will be no school this Friday as staff will be attending in-services and writing report cards.
June 4th is Support Staff Appreciation Day at WCDSB: Please join us in showing our appreciation for our awesome support staff!