Monthly Archives: April 2022

Parking, Next Week and May Newsletter

Dear Families

The city has reduced the speed limit on the roads around our community to 40 km/hr this past week.  You may have noticed many signs in the middle of the roads to encourage slowing down. Our school has one of these signs in front of our entrance driveway.  As a result, parking in front of our school has changed.  Parking is not permitted in front of the school from the entrance driveway to the first light pole.  Parking is permitted beyond those spots.  We thank you for your cooperation in being a good neighbour.

Next Week is Catholic Education Week in the Province of Ontario. Each day classes will have various activities based on the theme.  We wish to note however two special days next week: On Wednesday May the 4th it will be a Star Wars Theme Day; thus our Bear Wear Day will move to Friday May 6th,

Please click on the link for more information about the month of May at school: MAY 2022 SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Thank you

North

By |2022-04-29T15:48:12-04:00April 29th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Parking, Next Week and May Newsletter

COVID-19 School Screening Reminders

Dear Families

A friendly reminder to complete the COVID-19 School Screener Daily.  Here is a link for you: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

The use of the COVID-19 School Screener daily is the most effective way to direct you as to whether your child needs to isolate or not.

A reminder about some of the guidance that the screener will give you:

  • You must stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.
  • Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home, and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.

Once there is an onset of symptoms a child can return when:

  • They have completed their isolation period of 5 days or you tested negative for COVID-19 on one PCR test or rapid molecular test or two rapid antigen tests* taken 24 to 48 hours apart, and
  • They do not have a fever, and
  • Their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours if you have nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea)

*Please note we have many boxes of Rapid Antigen Tests still.  If you require any, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. McGlynn and we will gladly send a box home or arrange for a pickup.

Thank you for your cooperation.

By |2022-04-28T09:39:28-04:00April 28th, 2022|News|Comments Off on COVID-19 School Screening Reminders

We Want to Hear from You – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Survey Still OPEN!

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community

We hope that you are well and that you have been enjoying a pleasant start to the spring season, even if spring has not fully informed winter it is time to step aside. Today’s letter is primarily focused on an invitation to invite your feedback, however before I discuss that, I will provide a brief update in relation to the pandemic.

As previously communicated, the province has altered its expectations, in regards to masking and to some of our in-school protocols. While we are all at the point where we would like the pandemic to be done with us, I remind everyone in our community that daily screening is still necessary and anyone not feeling fully well should not be attending school. Further, while masks are optional, they are still highly encouraged in our schools and classrooms.

As a Board we like to continually review and assess how effectively we are meeting our strategic priorities. We have opportunities to do so on a regular basis through our various trustee Board meetings and in other venues, but on occasion we also like to reach out to our full Waterloo Catholic community for your feedback. This has been less frequent – in relation to the strategic plan – over the past 2 years, due to the pandemic. This year we would like to return to that practice.

From Monday April 11th to Thursday April 21st we will have available a community survey on our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. It will be an opportunity to rate and comment upon our progress to stated goals, as well as a key opportunity to help shape the future strategic plan. Depending on your role and place in the WCDSB community, you may wish to reflect upon the goals in relation to your own school or reality. We realize that the pandemic has impeded our ability to fully realize some of our goals, and perhaps that may be part of the consideration when completing the survey, but we welcome your impressions so that we can continue to improve and be as responsive as possible to the voice of our community.

The survey should not take much more than 10 minutes to complete and will be available at this link MYSP Survey as of April 11th. It will also be featured prominently at www.wcdsb.ca.

As we journey through the Easter season, we pray that the love of our Lord, who sacrificed His life for us, might fill your hearts and homes. We continue to be grounded by our pastoral theme – Sent to Build – and reflect on our symbol of the bridge. We rejoice on the journey of encounter and accompaniment that we are all on, as a community at Waterloo Catholic.

Sincerely.

Loretta Notten
Director of Education

 

By |2022-04-19T10:29:10-04:00April 19th, 2022|News|Comments Off on We Want to Hear from You – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Survey Still OPEN!

Peek at Next Week April 18 – 22

Dear Families

We wish you all a very blessed Easter Weekend!

Happy Easter Weekend Pictures, Photos, and Images for Facebook, Tumblr,  Pinterest, and Twitter

Please stay safe and well.

A friendly reminder to continue to complete the CoVid Screener daily and follow the directions on the screener as to whether or not your child can come to school. For any questions about the screener, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. McGlynn in the main office.

Here are the events for this upcoming Octave of Easter and for Earth Week!

Monday April 18th – Easter Monday – no school 

Earth Week: Enjoy this Easter Monday with your family. Think about different ways you can take care of our common home: the environment. God is asking us to be great stewards of our beautiful earth.   Meatless Monday is a global movement with a simple message: one day a week, cut the meatDo it for your health and the health of the planet! Be creative with your recipes. Enjoy a delicious meat-free day.

Tuesday April 19th – Welcome back! 

Our Morning Prayers this week will focus on the Easter Message.  It is also our EASTER PARADE – wear your Easter Bonnet or Bunny Ears.  Awards will be given out for most creative headwear!

Earth Week: Take it Outside Tuesday! Students will be going outside today to create a piece of art!

Wednesday April 20th – Bear Wear Wednesday

Earth Week: Waste Free Wednesday: All adults and children in the school is challenged to bring a completely waste-free lunch today.

Thursday April 21st

Earth Week: GOOS Bin Voting! Students will vote on their favourite GOOS Bin.  A GOOS Bin, means Good On Other Side Paper and is a place that we can reuse paper that is still good.

Friday April 22nd – EARTH DAY! 

The History Of Earth Day

Wearing green and blue for Mother Earth today.

We are heading outside to clean up Blessed Sacrament and make it beautiful!

 

 

 

Thank you

North

By |2022-04-14T16:25:20-04:00April 14th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Peek at Next Week April 18 – 22

Peek at Next Week April 11 – 15

Dear Families

We are so blessed to be in a Catholic System which allows us to share and celebrate the joys of our faith!  Next week is the most important week of the year for us Catholics and we will spend time as a school community honouring Holy Week.

Monday April 11th we will have a procession through the school like we did for Mardi Gras but with our palms.  We will conclude the procession in the gym to hear our Confirmandi proclaim the passion story for us.

Wednesday April 13th is Bear Wear Day.

Thursday April 14th our Intermediates will lead us in the Stations of the Cross in the gym after last recess.

We sent out our April Newsletter earlier this week.  In the newsletter we highlighted some notes from the March Memo from Deputy Minister of Education Nancy Naylor.  This document is the new operational procedures for the school and replaces all of the previous CoVid Protocols. This document was released early March to the Directors and Director Notten shared the contents of the document with you on March 10th.  We wish to highlight some areas of this document with you once again. What is in italics are direct quotes from the memo:

Ministry of Education Update – Lifting of Health and Safety Measures in Schools

Effective March 21, 2022:

  • Masking: We know that many students and staff may choose to continue to wear masks at times, or consistently for the remainder of the school year. We promote respectful practices within our school community.
    • In regards to masking, if you send your child to school with a mask and expect your child to wear a mask indoors, please communicate this wish with your teacher.
    • Also, under the direction of the memo, we are to move towards larger gatherings and groupings, if you wish your child to wear a mask during these times, please inform your teacher.
  • 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.
  • Self—Screening Tool still to be used: Staff and students continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool. If it comes up as do not send you child to school, please keep your child home and call the office for guidance.

Updated Case and Contact Management Guidance

  • Asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts of a case or a symptomatic individual in the community are no longer required to isolate but must self-monitor for 10 days following last exposure. During the self-monitoring period, close contacts must wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings and avoid activities where they need to take off their mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or playing high-contact sports).
  • Asymptomatic household contacts of a case or a symptomatic individual are also not required to isolate if they are 17 or younger and fully vaccinated; Asymptomatic household contacts who are not required to isolate are also required to self-monitor for 10 days following last exposure. During the self-monitoring period, close contacts must wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings and avoid activities where they need to take off their mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or playing high-contact sports).
  • Children under 5 who are asymptomatic household contacts are required to isolate for 5 days.

 

 

By |2022-04-08T13:02:41-04:00April 8th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Peek at Next Week April 11 – 15
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