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End of Year

Dear Families

We would like to wish you a safe and happy summer!  We thank you for your commitment to Catholic Education and for your support this past school year.

School is officially finished as of 3:10 today!  Thus there is no school tomorrow.

Here are the office hours for the next few days:

Thursday June 30th 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday July 1st  – Closed for Canada Day Holiday

Monday July 4th 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday July 5th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The office will then be closed for the summer.  The office will be open again on Tuesday August 30th and all voicemails and emails will be responded to this week.

Thank you

By |2022-06-29T13:19:07-04:00June 29th, 2022|News|Comments Off on End of Year

Letter from Dr Notten

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that this communication finds you well.   After two successive springs in which we could not end our school year as we might wish due to the pandemic, it has been a very joyous May and June in our school communities.  We have had the ability to mark some of our significant milestones in a manner that is more typical, and certainly that allows for a more celebratory atmosphere.  We have been so thrilled to see the return of sacraments being celebrated in our school-parish communities, we were pleased to see Catholic education week activities, we have seen spring athletic competitions and artistic undertakings and of course, perhaps most significant of all – the return of in-person graduations.

While we have certainly learned over the course of this pandemic to never say “never”, we remain very hopeful of a traditional beginning to the new school year.  And while none of us can be faulted for desiring that reality, I do want to take a moment to celebrate all that we accomplished over the course of this school year, despite the challenges of the time.  Our pastoral plan grounded us in the theme “Sent to Build” referencing our desire to build the kingdom of God with everyone in our community that we “called to belong” and who we gathered through the eucharist to become.  Our theme was reflected in the bridge, which was an apt symbol reflecting the power of Christ’s love for all, and also for the tremendous work done under the auspices of equity.  We are proud of our gains and remain open to the further work to be done.  We are thrilled to have the results of our staff census and our first student census to help guide us in this regard and WCDSB stands poised to develop a new strategic plan in the fall.

Thank you for entrusting your children to Waterloo Catholic.  We are proud of the strong school communities we have nurtured and all that we accomplish in those schools each and every day.  This will likely be my last letter as Director of Education.  I have announced my intent to retire and a new Director will be named in mid to late August.  We know that person will lead a vibrant and evolving system, with leadership that is strong and committed.

We wish everyone a safe summer, that provides an opportunity to rest and refresh.  May God continue to bless your journey and may we be worthy of our mission statement, nurturing those students entrusted to us to transform God’s world.

 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

By |2022-06-28T14:50:30-04:00June 28th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Letter from Dr Notten

School Barbecue Tomorrow

A friendly reminder that our Annual Student Barbecue Lunch runs tomorrow!  Students can order a hamburger, hotdog or veggie dog.

Please visit School Cash Online to place your order by 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Thank you

By |2022-06-27T14:55:16-04:00June 27th, 2022|News|Comments Off on School Barbecue Tomorrow

Peek at Next Week!

Dear Families

Here we are at the last three days of school!  Here are our events for next week!

MONDAY, June 27th:

  • Jersey Day – wear your favourite team jersey today
  • Report Cards come home
  • Primary Picnic

TUESDAY, June 28th:

  • Beach Day – students and staff are encouraged to wear appropriate beach/barbecue attire. Please note  attire needs to be consistent with the school dress code. 
  • School Barbecue Lunch for students – please see School Cash Online

WEDNESDAY, June 22nd:

  • Last Day of School! Celebrate Canada Day! Wear the Red and White

We look forward to these three days of learning and of celebration.  All school rules still apply and will be enforced. If your child will not be attending school on the last few days, please inform the office of their absence.

Thank you

 

By |2022-06-24T15:08:32-04:00June 24th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Peek at Next Week!

Peek at the Last Full Week of School

Dear Families

We already at our 40th week of school and the last full week of our school year!

  • Many of you are taking daytrips or long weekend trips to enjoy this beautiful summer weather; just a friendly reminder to let the office know about absences.
  • Our annual student barbecue lunch is back!  Please check SchoolCashOnline to purchase this lunch.  This annual lunch is subsidized through school fundraising to help keep the cost low to you.
  • Thank you to all of you for your support of our Mission Day.  We raised over $3000 for charity.
  • Here is what is happening next week:

MONDAY, June 20th: Girls & Boys Three-Pitch Tournament in the afternoon

TUESDAY, June 21st: NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY – Orange Shirt Day

WEDNESDAY, June 22nd: Bear Wear Day & Bring anything but a backpack to school day

THURSDAY, June 23rd: Grade 8 Graduation in the evening

FRIDAY, June 24th: Kindergarten Celebration in the afternoon

  • North
By |2022-06-17T14:35:23-04:00June 17th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Peek at the Last Full Week of School

I Believe I Can Week: June 13 – 17

We are using our school theme book for 2021/22 to wrap our school year. I Believe I Can by Grace Byers has been an excellent book with positive messaging for us this year! We have set these themes for the week. Using the story as our guide, we will share on Twitter how our students “Believe they Can” for this week!

MONDAY, June 13th:

  • SING A NEW SONG DAY! “There is light within my smile. There is voice within my sound.” Everyone is encouraged to share their light from within and sing in church today.
  • 9:30 Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church.  Students will come into school for morning attendance and then will walk with buddies and sit with buddies in church as done in the past.  Students will return to school in time for lunch.  Parents are invited to church with us and may sit in the outer pews.

TUESDAY, June 14th:

  • THE POWER OF YET DAY! “Sometimes I am right, and sometimes I am wrong. But even when I make mistakes, I learn from them to make me strong.” Students are encouraged to try activities in our Mission Day that they may not have mastered yet.
  • Mission Day 1:00 – 2:30. Tickets and information are currently available on schoolcashonline.  We are raising funds for two charities this year. The activities are: face painting, tattoos, duck pond, mini golf target, bowling pins, basketball hoops for heart, hockey shoot, football target, soccer target, scoop ball race, corn hole toss, bubble machine, just dance, twister, musical hoops, skipping, make a bookmark, crazy containers – all for 1 ticket each.  Treats will also be available: Freezies 1 ticket, Popcorn 2 tickets and Candy Floss for 3 tickets.  Parents are most welcome to attend and bring your child and friend around to the events. We will mainly be outdoors.  Please ensure students have   sunblock and a waterbottle.
  •  Kindergarten Orientation 5:30 – 6:30 We welcome our new Kindergarten families to our school for a visit!  Please see email sent home for more information.

WEDNESDAY, June 15th:

  • Bear Wear Day
  • S.T.E.M. DAY! “I can build, just like a brick. I keep going, like a clock. I can hold, just like cement. I can last, just like a rock.” Classes are     encouraged to do STEM activities today.

THURSDAY, June 16th:

  • Junior Boys and Junior Girls 3 Pitch
  • SUPERHERO FRIENDSHIP DAY! “ Like a hero, I am brave and face my fears despite my fright. Because I know I’m not alone. And in the end, I’ll be alright.”  Students can don their favorite  superhero costumes, make a cape from a blanket and show their “good deeds” for the day by being a good friend.

FRIDAY, June 17th:

  •  Healthy Living Assembly “I can stretch, just like the Alps, until I reach my highest peak. ..”  will wrap up our I Believe I can Week

 

By |2022-06-10T16:04:33-04:00June 10th, 2022|News|Comments Off on I Believe I Can Week: June 13 – 17

June Newsletter

Dear Families

We have so much planned for June – it is going to be a busy month!  Many people have asked me over the last few days if things are winding down – in fact the opposite is true, in June things start winding up and was head towards the end of another great school year!  Please click on this link for the newsletter: June 2022 NEWSLETTER

Thank you

Mr. Petrella

By |2022-06-02T16:07:52-04:00June 2nd, 2022|News|Comments Off on June Newsletter

Cross Country Postponed to Tomorrow

Due to the risk of thunder storms in Waterloo today, the KDM Elementary Cross Country Meet scheduled for today at Lauren Creek has been POSTPONED. The race will now take place tomorrow, June 2nd with all the same times and same location.

By |2022-06-01T06:38:16-04:00June 1st, 2022|News|Comments Off on Cross Country Postponed to Tomorrow

Bike to School Week

Dear Families

May 30 – June 3 is the Student Transportation of Waterloo Region’s Bike to School Week!

The school has been registered for an opportunity to win a bike rack; but families can register individually for chances to win prize packs or DQ gift cards.

For more information and how to register, please visit this website: https://www.stswr.ca/walkzone/programs/bike-to-school-week/

Thank you

North

By |2022-05-31T10:04:19-04:00May 31st, 2022|News|Comments Off on Bike to School Week

May 30 – June 3rd Peek at Next Week

Hello Bears!

Here are the events taking place next week:

On Tuesday May 31st we will have our annual lock down drill, much like our fire drills.  The teachers will discuss ahead of time with their students how this is a practice, but an important one. Please discuss with your children how this is a practice, but it is important to have these drills and that they should pay close attention to the instructions.  For any questions, please contact your classroom teacher.

On Wednesday June 1st it is our weekly Bear Wear Day!  Some of our Junior/Intermediate Running Club members will participate in the WCDSB Cross Country Meet.

EQAO – our Grade 6s have been preparing and will write it on June 1st and June 2nd.

Friday June 3rd is a PA Day and there will be no school.

As you may be aware from the news, there is a bus driver shortage. It is important for families to ensure they receive the notifications of delays and/or cancellations from the bus company. Here is the link you can use to sign up for these notifications: https://www.stswr.ca/parents/subscription-service-instructions/

We will have our June Newsletter coming out next Friday.  Please look for it and click on the link as there will be lots of information about the June events, which includes year end activities.

Thank-you

North

By |2022-05-27T12:50:44-04:00May 27th, 2022|News|Comments Off on May 30 – June 3rd Peek at Next Week
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