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Message from Director and Chair of the Board

March 23rd, 2020

Dear Parent / Caregivers –

Since last we reached out to you, the global situation in relation to COVID19 has continued to worsen and here at home we have seen unprecedented actions taken by our federal and provincial governments.  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.  These decisions are being informed by a concern for preserving the health and safety of all, and in this regard we know that each of us shares this common goal.  Nonetheless, the news that students will be home indefinitely may be disconcerting to you and your child.

We want to assure you that at Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we will be working to the best of our ability and in collaboration with the province, to ensure that your child is connected to learning opportunities.  We will use the initial two weeks for the board to support our teachers in establishing at least an initial contact with all of their students through the most appropriate means possible.  We will try to use this time to establish what is needed to support teacher-led learning and to aid you as families, to the best of our abilities under the circumstances.

We also want to acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students.  We would encourage you to visit our board website where a number of resources can be found that may be helpful to you or your child, as you navigate this time.  We are also truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

While we are in the process of “gearing up”, we would remind parents that WCDSB has launched #STEAMDays, a fun and interactive way to be connected to activities that have a daily focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics.  Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website “Learn at Home”  and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Waterloo Region Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.  Remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                            Bill Conway

Director of Education                                                  Chair of the Board

By |2020-03-24T09:30:11-04:00March 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Message from Director and Chair of the Board

CoVid19 Closures & Cancellations

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.

 

By |2020-03-13T12:38:09-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on CoVid19 Closures & Cancellations

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on March 5.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program on the Thursday.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

By |2020-03-03T16:34:34-05:00March 3rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

Confession and Lenten Activities at Blessed Sacrament Church

Dear Families

Today we offered confessions to our students. To those who missed it due to bus cancellations and weather, Blessed Sacrament Church is offering confessions the following times:

1. Each Saturday through the year from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon there is Confession in the church.

2. There will be a Lenten Penance Service on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. There are as many as 6 Priests at this event.

1st reconciliations are coming up for grade 2’s as well in the next few weeks.

 

Also, next Thursday the church is having a wonderful local artist,

John B. Miller and Friends for Stations of the Cross and Musical Reflection here at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Thursday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come.

 

By |2020-02-28T14:23:57-05:00February 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Confession and Lenten Activities at Blessed Sacrament Church

Ash Wednesday and Pink Shirt Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow starts the solemn season of Lent.

Pink Shirt Day also falls on Ash Wednesday this year and we have discovered the link between the two.

Therefore, in addition to Pink Shirt Day and Ash Wednesday, tomorrow will also be Random Acts of Kindness Day at Blessed Sacrament School.

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By |2020-02-25T15:01:27-05:00February 25th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Ash Wednesday and Pink Shirt Day Tomorrow!

Shrove Tuesday on Bear Wear Day!

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday and Bear Wear Day!

A friendly reminder to pack a plate and cutlery in a plastic bag for tomorrow (the plastic bag will stop the other items in their lunch/backpack from getting sticky)

Students will all receive a pancake as a snack in the morning.

Thank you to our School Council for providing the pancakes!

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By |2020-02-24T15:49:13-05:00February 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Shrove Tuesday on Bear Wear Day!

All Schools Open Monday February 24, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has cancelled rotating strikes scheduled for next week. As a result, all WCDSB schools and St. Louis campuses will be open and running on their regular schedules on Monday, February 24, 2020.

By |2020-02-23T16:14:12-05:00February 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on All Schools Open Monday February 24, 2020

Peek at Next Week!

OECTA JOB ACTION

A reminder that tomorrow Friday February 21 and Monday February 24 the school is closed due to OECTA Job Action. As always, please stay tuned to newswire for more information as it develops.

TUEflipping-pancakes-clipartSDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2020

Our Catholic School Advisory Council is once again providing the students with pancakes for a morning snack.  As last year, please send in a plate and cutlery in a plastic bag to support our Eco Initiatives.

Tuesday is still Pizza Day.

 

pinkshirt-web_0WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday – we will have a prayer service in the gym in the morning and students will receive their ashes at this time.

Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday is also Pink Shirt #choosekind! Students can wear a pink shirt this day.

 

Image result for jersey day at schoolFRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Student Council is promoting today as Jersey Day!  Please wear your favourite team jersey to school!

Confessions will also take place in the afternoon for students in Grades 3 – 8.

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By |2020-02-20T14:28:38-05:00February 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Peek at Next Week!