Monthly Archives: March 2020

School Message and Learn at Home

Happy Saturday St. Margaret Families!!
We continue to follow the Health guidelines outlined for us, and pray for the health and happiness
for all our families. 
Our goal is to ensure all families have technology and access to the internet as we prepare to share 
an alternate way to learn. Staff continue to contact each family to ensure everyone has the tools for 
learning.
Next week we will share our plan for implementing resources for learning. Thank you for your patience and 
understanding. 

See below for 'Learning at Home'.
Be well!
Jodie Schnarr
Your Principal.

Introducing – WCDSBLearn @ Home

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

As you may be aware, on March 20th the Ontario government launched the Learn at Home online portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.

Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content.

High school content was designed with a focus on STEAM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

In conjunction with this important initiative, our staff continue to work very hard creating a plan to ensure that your child is connected to local learning opportunities on an ongoing basis as we navigate our way through these very challenging times.

If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by your child’s teacher to check in, explain what to expect in coming weeks and discuss any specific learning or resource needs. We look forward to moving to teacher-initiated learning beginning on Monday, April 6.

To assist in that process, we have developed our own WCDSBLearn @ Home website.

In coming days we will be adding resources and information to help keep the learning process moving forward – including a link to all of the outstanding resources and ideas that were provided during #STEAMDays, as well as some important mental health and well being information.

The site will be updated regularly, as new resources become available.  But starting April 6th you child will have regular Teacher-led learning coming directly to them.  We are using the time to ensure we have equity of access and consistency in terms of how we are moving forward during these exceptional times.

We also want to again acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students. We are 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.

Finally – we encourage you to continue closely following any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo 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.

Please 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.

Message from our 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

Closures and Cancellations

WCDSB Closures & Cancellations Due to COVID-19

WCDSB Closures & Cancellations Due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

 

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.

 

March News 2020

Lent is upon us and we are on a very special journey together. Through PRAYER, FASTING, and ALMSGIVING we strengthen our relationship with GOD!

We would like to thank Mrs. Perri and her volunteers for making Shrove / Pancake Tuesday a success.

Here are our reminders:

-Bus cancellations, delays and reminders are sent directly to parents! If you haven’t been receiving messages make sure to call 519-744-7575 (Student Transportation of Waterloo Region), to have this set up.

-FAITH:

*Friday January 31st at 7:00 p.m. our Grade 7 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Patrick Church. We proudly support them on their Faith Journey. Thanks to Mr. Rose, Ms. Wegierak, Mr. Resendes and Mme. Monteiro for their guidance.

-Inclement weather:

*Please dress your child to be outside as much as possible. (hats, mitts/gloves, snow pants, boots, extra socks etc.) Remember supervision begins at 8:35 a.m.  Students should not be on the yard prior to this time. The ‘Y’ also uses the yard in the morning for their programming!

*When the temperature is between -15 and -19 students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minutes

*When temperatures are colder than -19: students must remain inside. Temperatures and conditions vary across the Region

*www.weather.ca helps access local conditions.

-March Break is from March 16th to the 20th. Have a safe and happy break!

-Safety is always the most important. PLEASE remember we DO NOT have a student drop off area at the front of the school. The gates close at 8:35-8:50 a.m. / 3:20-3:35 p.m. EVERY DAY. Unless the vehicle is authorized (e.g., Taxi, bus etc.), or there is an EMERGENCY, NO Vehicle should be moving until the gates are opened. Drop off and 3-point turns in the entrance and exit are very dangerous. There are several parking spots along Saginaw Parkway to drop students off, as well as side streets. If you have questions or concerns, please call the office. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE!! Please also respect our neighbours: DO NOT BLOCK DRIVEWAYS AND BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY!!

-Thank you for supporting the Craft Show and Market. A very special thanks to Mrs. Lane and her volunteers!

-Umbrella skill from February was PURPOSE. March will focus on KINDNESS!

-We wish Mr. Resendes all the best as he begins his NEW role of Vice-Principal at St. Vincent DePaul! Welcome Ms. Stephens to our grade 8 class.

 

Mr. J. Schnarr

Your Principal

Titan’s Basketball March 8th

On Sunday, March 8th, the KW Titans basketball team is playing a special home game at The Aud called “Waterloo Region Rally Day.”

Our goal is to pack The Aud with as many fans from around the region as possible.

There’s a promotional code so your crew can access discounted tickets (adults are $15, children are $10).

Here is the link to purchase tickets.

https://kwtickets.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=TITANS&linkID=cits&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=