Mid October News

Dear Families

  1. A big thank you to our families for keeping all of us safe by following protocols and keeping children home when they are sick.  Many families call in looking for clarification and the rule of thumb is – if they don’t pass the screening, don’t send them to school.  If you follow the screening page all the way down, you will be given instructions on how to proceed if they don’t pass the screening.  Don’t forget to screen everyday before school! https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  2. This Friday October 22 is Crazy Hat/Hair Day!  Our Student Council thanks you for your participation.
  3. A reminder to complete any outstanding forms on SchoolCashOnline.  If you have any issues with SchoolCashOnline, please contact the Main Office.
  4. Our Stop Everything and Dance Fundraiser is on now!  We have a lot of prizes – thank you to our School Council for sourcing them out!   We are currently setting up the prize table and should have it set up by the end of the week.  Once it is set up, we will share it with families via your child’s google classroom for you to take a peek at our wonderful prizes!
  5. Stop Everything and Dance Early Bird Draw! We have acquired four passes for The Strom’s Farm Harvest Fun Area – which expire Oct 31. As a result, will will draw an Early Bird prize from our families who have made a donation by Friday 8:00 a.m.  You can continue to add donations after your first one via SchoolCashOnline.
  6. Our Halloween Theme Day coincides with our Stop Everything and Dance.  Please see newsletter for more information. A friendly reminder that students cannot share treats yet; however your child can bring in a special treat for themselves that day.  856 Pumpkins In A Row Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock
By |2021-10-18T14:08:07-04:00October 18th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Mid October News

ESNS Hot Lunch Orders

Welcome back Students and Parents!

Elementary School Nutrition Services is pleased to announce that we will administer your Hot Lunch program for 2021/2022.  Please be advised that parents must register their students each year.  If you were registered last year, please use the same email address.  This will ensure that any credits on your account will be posted to your new account.

You may begin placing orders immediately and the first hot lunch day will be Tuesday November 2nd.   Our on-line ordering system is user friendly and allows you to place and manage your orders when it is convenient for you.  You can pay on-line with credit card or debit.   If you have provided your email address when registering, you have agreed to receive reminder emails and communication from ESNS.

To Register log on to :  https://www.esns.ca

  1. Click on the tab SCHOOLS
  2. Click on your school from the list
  3. Click on the tab REGISTER
  4. Complete all the fields in the registration form
  5. Click on Children to add your student information – select their classroom from the drop down menu – Add additional children if appropriate
  6. Click on the tab ORDERS
  7. Complete one order form for each child then proceed to payment

Full detailed instructions can also be found under the HELP Tab



ORDERS: All orders must be placed 9 days in advance of delivery, as we must place our orders with our suppliers in this time frame.  Emails will be sent to you to remind you when to order. Orders will only be processed if they are paid in full.

PAYMENTS: Please make your payment at the time of ordering.

CANCELLATIONS– email support@esns.ca: Orders that are cancelled after the orders have been placed with our suppliers will be credited at 50%. Days highlighted in red on the website indicate that these orders have already been placed with our suppliers.  Our custom software does allow you to edit orders on your account that have not been placed with our suppliers.

SNOW DAY CANCELLATIONS: If the school board has closed the school due to weather conditions all orders will be cancelled and a full refund will be posted to your account.

BUS CANCELLATIONS: If buses are cancelled due to weather, all orders will be sent to the school.  If you wish to cancel your order as your child will not be attending school, the regular cancellation policy of 50% credit applies.

Helpful Information

Please ensure that you register your children in the correct classroom as this is where their lunches will be delivered.  If your child is moved to a different room, please log in and edit your child’s information or contact us.

When you see the icon  beside a product this means that there are options available for this product.  When you select this product your options will appear.

(Eg.  Toppings on a pita, or dressing for a salad)

If you are not able to place your order on-line you may contact our office at 519-570-3767 and we will be pleased to help you or email support@esns.ca

By |2021-10-15T13:29:37-04:00October 15th, 2021|News|Comments Off on ESNS Hot Lunch Orders

Thanksgiving Message from Director Notten

October 7th, 2021

Dear WCDSB Community,

As we journey into the Thanksgiving Weekend, I am very reflective of the fact that this month and this season is characterized by gratitude.   In these sometimes very challenging times, it is so very easy to feel daunted or get discouraged.  So, it is important that we take the time to pause and take note of the many blessings in our lives.  We truly are just so blessed to live in a country and community that provides us easy access to the supports we need to navigate this pandemic, and that for the most part we are here for one another – supporting one another and journeying through this time together, guided by the love of Christ.

This letter brings a few important updates of which we would like you to be aware and it also affords me an opportunity to share my thanks to each of you.  First of all – to our staff.  This is – for many of you – your third year working in a pandemic reality.  Your many efforts, your care, compassion, resilience, commitment and passion for your chosen vocation have not gone unnoticed and are deeply appreciated.  You are making a difference in students’ lives, regardless of your role.  To our parents and community members – thank you for your trust and for walking with us, on a journey of accompaniment as we all strive to do our best to serve our young people.  And to our students – we applaud your grit and your spirit as you work through some challenging times, while you strive to be your best selves.

Now to our brief updates:


Please know that one of the most important things you do each and every day is to complete the screening tool before you as a staff member or student (or parent of a student) arrive at school.  Any individual who fails the screener or who is symptomatic in any way should not be reporting to school.  That is part of our collective responsibility to one another.  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


While we do not actively promote vaccination in our schools, we are told and do know from all the provincial science tables, the Chief Medical Officers of Health – provincial and local, and our lived experience, that vaccination is one of the most important decisions we can make in support of a healthy learning environment for all.  We encourage all eligible staff and students to carefully consider this option based on the advice we are receiving.  We do not have information yet about the option for our 5-11 year olds to be vaccinated but progress is being made, and as soon as we have an update, we will share it with you.

Rapid Testing

There has been much in the media of late about rapid testing.  On Tuesday October 5th the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province indicated that there would be targeted use of this strategy.  It will only be used where there is an indication it is needed – specifically if high case counts or transmission is being observed, and/or low vaccination rates are known.  They are not used when and where cases are low as the risk of false positives and the potential to administer the test incorrectly, outweigh its potential benefit.  We will always work with and defer to public health for their advice on this matter.  Currently our case counts are low and rates of transmission in schools, extremely low, so it is not being advised at this time.  When advised that it would be an effective strategy, we will support its use for our asymptomatic staff and students – who may wish to partake on a voluntary basis.

Sports / Athletics

We have been pleased to see the return of athletics and sport to our schools and for inter-scholastic play to have returned for those age 12 and older.  The criteria to play is full vaccination and/or proof of a negative test.  This strategy is being used in a very targeted way for students who are not able to use our other usual strategies to ensure their safety – that is – they are unable to ensure masking and social distancing.  We are enormously grateful to our (coaching) staff for supporting this “return to play/competition”.


Students from K to 12 will continue to wear masks.  An exemption form is required for any student in grades 1 to 12 who is unable to wear a mask.  We continue to strongly support this precaution, as Public Health and provincial guidance suggests that outside of vaccination, it is our best strategy to promote a healthy and safe environment for all.  We ask you to continue working with us to support students in understanding why we wear a mask and how to do so safely.

Potential Travel

For those who are vaccinated, your minds may be turning to travel.  We wish to point out that according to current guidelines, while students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.   https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are continuing to ensure a safe and happy school experience for all.

We are truly looking forward to a year that allows us to embrace a renewed love of learning, within our faith-based communities.  We remain ever grateful for your continued support and remain ready and willing to assist you as we continue to navigate these times.  Once again – on behalf of the Senior Team – we extend our very best wishes for a restful Thanksgiving weekend.  Please celebrate conscious of the precautions Public Health asks us to observe.   May God continue to bless you, your families and your Thanksgiving gatherings.


Loretta Notten

Director of Education



By |2021-10-07T20:17:53-04:00October 7th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Thanksgiving Message from Director Notten

Letter from WRPH, WCDSB & WRDSB

Dear Parent / Legal Guardian / Student,

As the 2021-22 school year begins, we remain committed to the health, well-being and safety of students, educators, school staff and the broader community. Keeping our schools open this year is our collective priority.

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect yourself, your child, and your family from COVID-19. Vaccines help to stop the spread so we can safely and gradually resume more activities.

COVID-19 immunization for students is not mandatory. However, understanding the student immunization status and coverage within classes and schools will better enable public health units to respond if there is an outbreak.

Local public health units will be reviewing and assessing students’ COVID-19 vaccination information together with class lists to support case, contact and outbreak management within schools. This is only applicable to students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., those born in 2009 or earlier).

All information collected by the public health unit will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes described in this letter. Further, these immunization records are being disclosed to local public health units under Section 39(2)(a) of the Personal Health Information and Privacy Act (PHIPA) as a disclosure that is made for the purposes of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).

Public health units may reach out to parents/legal guardians/students, as applicable, if they have questions about a student’s immunization status. For example, they may have questions about a particular immunization record (e.g., dose timing), or information that is missing. They can also answer any questions you may have and provide information related to COVID-19 vaccines. It is important that this information is complete and accurate since it will inform public health units in the event of an outbreak.

Please see the following COVID-19 Information Resources for Parents/Guardians and Youth and the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for Parents and Guardians for information about COVID-19 and vaccines.

Should you have questions on how to access COVID-19 vaccines for yourself, your child, or your family, please visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/GetVaccinated

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keep our students safe.


Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang (she/her)
Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health
Region of Waterloo Public Health & Emergency Services


Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Waterloo Catholic District School Board


jeewan chanicka (he/him)

Director of Education

Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)

By |2021-09-29T10:09:43-04:00September 29th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Letter from WRPH, WCDSB & WRDSB

Meet the Teacher and Terry Fox

Dear Families

A couple of friendly reminders:

  1. Please check your child’s google classroom for a Meet the Teacher video posted by classroom teachers. If you cannot connect to Google Classroom, please email or contact your classroom teacher directly.
  2. Terry Fox said, “anything is possible if you try.” Inspired by his amazing example, our school is proudly taking part in this year’s Terry Fox School Run. Please consider supporting us in our try, and help us raise much-needed funds for cancer research. We are just $300 shy of our goal for our Terry Fox Run tomorrow.  A big thank you to everyone who has already donated! Please click on the Terry Fox slide above (on our school webpage) with the link on how to make a donation.


By |2021-09-23T16:08:56-04:00September 23rd, 2021|News|Comments Off on Meet the Teacher and Terry Fox

Blue Bus 145 is late

Dear Parents

Bus 145 is 15 minutes late. It left the school at 3:30. Our apologies.


By |2021-09-14T15:34:10-04:00September 14th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Blue Bus 145 is late

Terry Fox Run/Walk

Our Terry Fox Run or Walk will take place on Friday September 24th, 2021 this year.  All classes will participate in this activity in their cohorts, running/walking distances that are age appropriate.  Please consider sponsoring our school as we raise funds for this worthy cause by visiting this link: https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?Referrer=%26Referrer%3dhttps%253a%252f%252fsecure.terryfox.ca%252f&TeamID=943803

We thank you in advance for your generosity!


By |2021-09-13T17:40:39-04:00September 13th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Terry Fox Run/Walk

Student Census

September 9, 2021

Dear Parents,

This fall Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be conducting a Student Census. While the Ministry of Education requires all school districts to conduct this census, we are committed to collecting quality, relevant student demographic data, so we can meet the needs of all our students. You can learn more about the census at http: https://www.wcdsb.ca/student-census/

Before we ask your child or children to complete the census, we want to hear from you. We are hosting a series of consultations online. These consultations will give you an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Please note, we will be hosting a couple of sessions specifically for parents of BIPOC (i.e., Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) students because the census must include questions around Indigeneity, race, and ethnicity. We can imagine parents of BIPOC students may have additional questions and concerns about how we will use the data in a respectful and productive way.

Please click on the following link for the dates and more information: Student census memo

Thank you


By |2021-09-09T16:09:39-04:00September 9th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Student Census

CoVid Screening

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On August 27th it was communicated by the Ministry of Education, that schools and school boards are to confirm screening for the first two weeks of the school year (through to Sept 17th).  Today your child will be bringing home a document that must be signed daily through to Sept 17th. The document confirms that you completed the school screening for your child(ren) each day between September 8th and September 17th .  Each teacher will check the chart for your confirmation each day.  The screening can be found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

If your child(ren) experience any one or all of the following symptoms, do not send them to school:

Fever and/or chills: Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and/or chills
Cough or barking cough (croup): Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing
(not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions they already have)
Shortness of breath: Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions they already have)
Decrease or loss of taste or smell: Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions they already have
Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea: Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual

If your child experiences one of these symptoms while at school, we will contact you to pick up your child and siblings.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Mr. Petrella


By |2021-09-08T14:27:19-04:00September 8th, 2021|News|Comments Off on CoVid Screening
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