Monthly Archives: September 2022

Bus Students at St. Margaret

Bus student families

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through bus issues. Here is the most recent update:

Due to a software malfunction, STSWR and our bus operators will not be able to post late notices on websites for transportation routes that are not running on schedule.  Further, late notices cannot be sent to parents via e-mail or text message as normal.

We apologize for this late notice and the issues it will create to your schedules.

I will do my best to send a timely Newswire in the event this happens again.

Mr. J. Schnarr

St Margaret Busses Today

Scottie ‘Bus Parents’

Our second bus route 71 just left to drop the students off. Our apology for the lo0ng delay. We will work with the STWR to work through bus related issues.

Mr. Schnarr

Special Message from NEW Director of Education Tyrone Dowling

Dear Waterloo Catholic Families,  

We are excited to be welcoming you and your family back for the start of the 2022-23 school year. We offer a special welcome to all families joining us for the first time this year. We hope that all of you had a great summer and are looking forward to the new opportunities this year will bring.
If you need information about registering for school, please CLICK HERE .
We look forward to joining with you this year in the name of Catholic education to support the academic success and faith formation of all of our students.  We are thankful for the opportunity to work together with you to provide the very best educational opportunity possible for your child and family.   
I am writing to you today to provide important information to assist with your planning as we approach our first day of school next Tuesday, September 6, 2022. 

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

On August 5, the Ministry of Education released the Health and Safety protocols for the start of the school year.  Most protocols and guidelines remain unchanged to those that were in place at the end of June. We continue to work with our local public health officials to ensure we are aligned with the most up-to-date guidance and hope to minimize any potential disruptions to learning throughout this school year.  
The following is a summary of what you can expect in September:  
Ventilation – Over the past several years, significant upgrades have been made in school ventilation systems to support a healthy learning environment.  Our custodial and maintenance staff have been working throughout the summer to ensure our schools are safe, clean and that the ventilation systems have been inspected and properly maintained to welcome staff and students back. UV or combination UV/HEPA filtration units will continue to be present in all classrooms and learning spaces throughout this school year. 
Daily Screening – Staff and students are asked to continue to screen each morning before school using the COVID-19 school screening ( resource, and stay home when feeling unwell or exhibiting symptoms.  We ask that screening become part of your personal daily routines.  The daily screening requirements and related guidance may change throughout the year and notification of any changes will be communicated to our community.    
Masking – Continuing with the protocols in place in June – and based on the advice of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health – masks will remain optional for students, staff and visitors in schools, and on student transportation.  We continue to support a mask-friendly environment in our schools and workplaces and recognize there are times when staff or students may need to wear masks in alignment with provincial or federal guidance or may choose to wear masks if there is a high incidence of illness in our community. Masks will continue to be available upon request to staff and students in the 2022-23 school year.  
Rapid Antigen Tests – Rapid Antigen Test kits will continue to be available to staff and students in schools as needed.     
For more information about school start-up routines, please watch for updates from your school this week.   
Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Education.  We look forward with anticipation to the new opportunities this year will bring.
I wish you all the best as we begin this school year in the coming week.
Tyrone Dowling
Director of Education


Waterloo Catholic District School Board
35 Weber St. W., – Unit A
Kitchener, ON, Canada N2H 3Z1

Welcome Back to St. Margaret for September 2022

Welcome Back St. Margaret Families!

We are all excited to begin another school year together, and face to face.

We will pray for all the best to the following staff who have left us for new challenges:

Mrs. Namespetra-Sullivan, Mrs. Dow, Mr. Nguyen, Mrs. Zeglen, Mr. Raos, Miss Rossiter, Mrs. Nobrega

We welcome:

Mrs. Wyprzal to Kindergarten

Mrs. Pepic to Grades 1/2

Mr. Patrick to grades 6/7

Ms. Weltman to Special Education

Ms. Rubenstein as our CYW

Mrs. Mendes as our ESL teacher

All grade 1 to 8 students return for Tuesday September 6th at 8:50 a.m. Senior Kindergarten students begin on Wednesday September 7th. Junior Kindergarten students have interviews/ visits on September 6th, and staggered entry for September 8th and 9th. Early years staff have reached out to our Kindergarten students about their plan to return schedule.

Parents have access to student class lists beginning Friday September 2nd at 4:00 p.m. by logging into the Aspen parent portal. If parents were not able to sign up for an account due to issues or not receiving their code from the board, unfortunately those students will have to wait until Tuesday. Beginning at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday September 6th students can approach a staff member on the black top, and they will be able to provide the assigned classroom and teacher.

Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

Mr. J. Schnarr


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