February 1 to 5 is #WCDSBPetWeek!!

February 1 to 5 2021 is #WCDSBPetWeek in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools.
Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets, and how their pets are helping them cope with COVID-19.
If your family doesn’t have a real pet, please feel free to create a “virtual” pet and share that …. or share a favorite stuffy.
We are all #InThisTogether – and everyone can play!!
Remember to use the hashtag #WCDSBPetWeek when you share.
And then check out www.wcdsb.ca/wcdsbpetweek frequently as all the posts are gathered!!

St. Margaret BINGO proceeds

St. Margaret Families:

A shout out to Cambridge Bingo Centre. Even during this time, our school is still receiving proceeds. Once we’re all up and running again please consider volunteering! Thanks again to Cambridge Bingo Centre for including us!

School Building Closure Update and Director’s Message

January 21st, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We hope this letter finds you and your family well, and that you and your families are managing to stay positive during this most unique of years.

I must begin as I did at the beginning of the month by sincerely thanking all our staff for their exceptional efforts since our return from the break.  It has been a learning curve for so many and we know that learning remotely as a full system, requires a great effort from everyone involved.  In that spirit I also want to applaud our students and parents for their flexibility, as we have all adjusted to a new way of learning.  We all continue to adapt throughout this year but at every turn, our students continue to learn and make strides forward.  But more than that – they are hopefully understanding that there is a foundation of care, where their well-being is our highest priority.

The main purpose of this letter is to inform you that the government and Ministry of Education specifically, have communicated that Waterloo Region will continue learning remotely at this time.  While a number of regions across the province have now returned to face-to-face learning, each region is being assessed based on the COVID positivity rates within that region.  This approach will ensure that when our staff and students do return to the classroom, we will be doing so safely.

We know our schools are safe and there is a desire to ensure they remain safe.  Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder January and early February will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.  It is our understanding that the next window for return will occur on February 11th.  We would expect to hear approximately a week before then as to which regions will be permitted to return to face to face learning.

The continuing exception to this direction is our students with special education high needs in elementary, and our community active living and ELD students in secondary.  Families who are affected by this option for learning have already been contacted directly.  We offer our sincerest thanks to the staff who have been going into our buildings and serving those students.

The one other relevant update you may be wondering about is the elementary school transition survey.  There was to be one final opportunity for parents to indicate if they wanted their children to learn remotely for the remainder of the year.  This survey was to take place January 27th to 29th.  Given that we are all remote at this time and that we will not be well served by any transitions at this time, we will defer the survey until our return date and circumstances are clear.  We will be sure to clearly communicate the survey dates to you when we are ready to administer the survey.

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/   and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please reach out to your local school principal.

I will also take this opportunity to remind that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together and day by day we will make it through.  Let’s continue to remain people of hope, informed by our Faith and a desire to do the best for the students in our care.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 


Loretta Notten

Director of Education

PD Day Tomorrow and Remote Learning Update

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd is a PD Day.  There will be no synchronous or asynchronous virtual learning provided for students.

Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you on Monday, January 25th on your Google Classrooms at the regular time.


As you may have heard in the press release yesterday, our school board will NOT be returning to face to face learning next week. We are waiting further clarification on an anticipated return date. As information is received, it will be communicated.



REMINDERS from the School Office

St. Margaret Families:

-As we begin week 2 of Remote Learning, I would like to thank you for working together with the school staff to support ‘learning at home! As always, if you have questions or concerns, talk to your teacher or call the school office.

-Just a reminder that Friday January 22nd is a Professional Development (PD) Day. There is NO SCHOOL for students!!

-Just a reminder that Parents/Guardians will have one final opportunity to switch their mode of learning for this year. If you would like your child(ren) to move to St. Isidore – our online school OR if you would like your child(ren) return to face to face learning at St. Margaret’s, please ensure that you complete the survey by the deadline. The survey will open on the Board website on Jan. 27th at 9:00 a.m. and will remain open until Jan. 29th at 6:00 p.m. This timeline for completion of the survey is firm. Once you have made your decision to switch mode of learning, the switch will happen as of Feb. 16th and will run for the remainder of the year

Mr. J. Schnarr,

your Principal

Technical Difficulties Today

Thank you for your patience – we are experiencing technical difficulties with Google Meet and connectivity.

It appears that many families are experiencing this challenge.

We are in the process of getting the issue resolved.

Students/Teachers are to move to asynchronous learning until noon.

Kindergarten 2021 Registrations are OPEN

It is Time to Register for Kindergarten!

This is a very special letter to all our families who have


and CHILDREN BORN IN 2016 who have not attended Kindergarten


On-line Registration is open beginning January 11th, 2021.

Kindergarten Registration at -St Margaret of Scotland- for September 2021 will be held on the following day

Monday February 8th, 2021

Registration will be held by appointment only at St. Margaret of Scotland School

We are very excited as we plan for Kindergarten next year!  Check out our school website and look at “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” to meet our educators, see our school and learn more about our kindergarten program and what you can do to help your child get ready for school: https://stmargaret.wcdsb.ca (under the ‘About Us’ tab)

The mother, father or legal guardian of the child registering for Kindergarten is asked to visit our Waterloo Catholic District School Board website at wcdsb.ca to register their child(ren) for Kindergarten. Look for the tab at the top of your screen that says, “Register”. Next, scroll down and select “Kindergarten Registration”. You will start by completing our online registration.  You will next call our school at 519 622-6100 to schedule a time to visit us to complete the registration process. If you do not have internet access, we invite you to call our school to schedule an appointment to come in and register your child(ren). Children with special needs (e.g., speech and language, vision, hearing, intellectual) should register at the school in their home area.

When you visit our school, we will be very happy that you are here but there will be health and safety protocols to follow.  Whenever possible, please have only one parent or guardian attend, wear a mask, sanitize hands upon entry, maintain physical distancing when in the school and stay behind the plexiglass in the main office. The following documents will be required: a birth certificate or other legal proof of your child’s age, proof of home address and a Catholic Baptismal Certificate of either parent or child.  If you are a non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policy or give us a call to learn more!

    The Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1982 states that the Region of Waterloo Public Health must have a record of your child’s immunization in order to attend school in Ontario and you can complete this report online at:  Region of Waterloo, Immunization Reporting.  If you choose not to list immunizations for your child, you must contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 x. 5003 for exemption information.


We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our St. Margaret of Scotland- community.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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