Monthly Archives: March 2022

Last Pizza Night Fundraiser Event

Dear Families

Tonight is the last night to order Domino’s Pizza for our school fundraiser.  It is for the new location at 1188 Fisher Hallman Road (new plaza across from McDonalds).

Don’t forget to use the code SGIVE and to let them know it is for Blessed Sacrament School.  Thanks so much for your support!

 

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Peek at Next Week March 28 – April 1

Hello Bears!  This email is inform of a very busy week we have planned at school:

Monday March 28th: Grade 8 & Make Up Photo Day.  This photo day is for any student who missed the original two photo days.

Wednesday March 30th: Bear Wear Day & Domino’s Pizza Fundraiser (Last one)

Thursday March 31st: Celebrate Harry Potter’s 25th Anniversary (students may dress Harry Potter Style if they have the items). Activities are being planned by Mrs. J and Student Council

Friday April 1st: Wear Blue for Autism Awareness Day

Have a great week!

  • North
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Happy Crossing Guard Appreciate Day and Bear Wear Day will be tomorrow

March 23, 2022, is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!

The Administrators of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board would like to take the opportunity today, to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our Crossing Guards!  You are responsible for getting our most valuable asset to us and home safely each day and we can not thank you enough!  No matter the weather, if schools are open, you are out there!  We want to let you all know, today, that your role is a valuable one!  Thank you for what you do!

Bear Wear Day moved to Thursday

As today was an inclement weather day, we will host our weekly Bear Wear Day tomorrow – Thursday March 24th.

  • North
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Remote Learning Day

March 23, 2022

  • 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 WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB for resources.
  • All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED. St. Louis Adult Ed is closed.
  • St Isidore will operate as a regular, remote learning school day.
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Pizza Wednesdays! New Location

A friendly reminder that tomorrow is the school fundraiser Pizza Night!

There are only two more left!

As of today the Domino’s Max Becker store is closed as they prepare to open in the new location on 1188 Fisher Hallman Road (new plaza across from McDonalds).

It’s schedule to reopen at 5:00 PM tomorrow.

As a result, the phone for tomorrow has been transferred to the Highland Road store .

Please call in the order at ( 519-745-2222 ).  The address 188 Highland Rd West.

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your support!

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Return to School Monday

Good Evening Bears!

We hope all of you had a relaxing March Break!  We are excited to see (literally) the bear cubs smiling faces tomorrow.

We wish to use this email as a reminder of a couple of items:

  1. Monday is World Downs Syndrome Day and as such it is World Rock Your Socks Day where we are encouraged to wear mismatched socks.
  2. The Mask Mandate has been lifted; however we respect that many of you may not be comfortable with your children not wearing a mask indoors yet and that is ok! We will be reminding the students that whatever choice people make in the building in regards to wearing a mask, it is their choice and we will respect everyone’s choice to mask or not to mask.
  3. We also have a lot of masks.  If you or your family require some, please let us know and we will send them home.
  4. RAT Tests are still available from the school.  This rule hasn’t changed. If you are sick – stay home and test. If you require tests, we have lots!  Just call the office and we will pass some to you via the front door.
  5. Another Vaccination Clinic (Drop In) will take place this Saturday morning from 9:30 – 12:00 at our school.

Thank you and we look forward to a great week!

North

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March School Update to Parents from Director Notten

March 10th, 2022

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

 

We sincerely hope that this letter finds you well.  It has been exactly 2 years since we sat on the cusp of the 2020 March Break and we began to receive the news that the arrival of COVID-19 was going to be changing our lives rather significantly.  We did not know then what we know now – just how dramatically our lives would change and what a seemingly long journey it would be.  During that time our staff have been nothing short of heroic in their efforts to respond to the ever-evolving demands of the pandemic.  Similarly – our students and families have also been truly remarkable in their partnership and willingness to journey with us, through each new challenge that came our way.  In an announcement yesterday, the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, (along with many other leaders in various parts of the country and world), has signalled that it is time to start transitioning to a more normalized life.

While this is welcome news, and an update we have desired for some time, it is going to evoke mixed reactions amongst our staff and families.  Above all else, we would encourage cultivating an environment of respect and tolerance for views that may differ from our own.  Throughout the pandemic we have relied on the Guiding Principle of following the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province, and that of Waterloo Region Public Health.

This letter brings some critical updates about the return to school on Monday March 21st:

Screening:

It is still extremely important that anyone feeling ill should not attend school. All children, students, staff, and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or childcare.  Any student or staff member with any symptom should not report to school.  To help meet this requirement, you should use the provincial screening tool found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.  Using the screening tool will lead you to the right process for family/household contacts as well.  Please use the screener and review your full outcome carefully.  While screening is mandatory, confirmation of screening is no longer required.

Masks: 

In alignment with community masking requirements, masks will no longer be required by staff or students.  With that said, we would encourage a gradual release of their use.  We are still not quite through winter, and staff and students might do well to continue mask wearing until we get firmly into the spring months.  Staff who desire a mask will still be provided with them, per current practice, (and students have their own previously provided cloth masks).  Again – we will have to be mindful not to engage with or judge others if their views do not align with our own.  We do well to remind our children of the same.

Testing:

Rapid tests are to be used when an individual feels symptomatic, and schools will continue to provide them in those cases (replenish supply if they were used due to feeling symptomatic).

Cohorting and Distancing:

We will start to see a loosening of distanced seating and cohorting and classrooms will start to return to less restricted practices for teaching, collaborating and communicating.

Case and Contact Management:

We will be continuing to report upon and monitor school absenteeism rates and will work with Public Health if concerning thresholds are reached.  The Ministry of Health has revised the COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge, with updated guidance for close contacts in the community and in households.

 Graduations:

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education has indicated that we can begin planning for the normal celebratory events connected with graduation.  We will now begin the process of planning and seeing what is possible.

Travel:

March Break does sometimes signal travel.  A reminder that under current federal travel requirements, upon return from international travel, individuals must, wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care), maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada, and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

 Vaccination:

Vaccination for children 5-11 is currently underway.  Booster shots will be available over the March Break for our youth who are 12 to 17 years of age.  Booster shots for anyone over 18 years of age continues.  Waterloo Region Public Health will help us continue to support school based clinics for vaccination.

Extra-Curriculars:

As previously reported, all athletics and extra-curriculars can now begin to fully resume.  We know these activities can do much for a child’s mental health and well being so we are happy to see their return and grateful to our many staff who step forward to coach and moderate these activities.

We are very grateful for your support and partnership as we do our best to keep our students learning, healthy and engaged.  The March Break signals that the season of spring will soon be upon us.  As we journey toward Lent, let us remember that we are an Easter people and we are now journeying toward the season of rebirth and new life.

 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

 

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March Newsletter and Ukraine Humanitarian Relief

Dear Families

Please click on the following link to access our March Newsletter: MARCH 2022 SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Also many have been asking about having a campaign in regards to humanitarian relief for the Ukraine. We will post something by the end of the week via schoolcashonline.

Families may wish to donate privately may do so via the Canadian Red Cross Website at: https://www.redcross.ca/

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