Catholic Education / Mental Health week begins May 3rd

Beginning May 3rd we celebrate Catholic Education and we focus on Mental Health (More Mental Health resources will be posted)

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope.

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021 was inspired by the following considerations:

  • Recognition of the special Year of Laudato Si’ which will run through May 24, 2021, announced by Pope Francis on May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of his papal encyclical, “On Caring for Our Common Home.”
  • In the face of the ongoing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong desire by the planning committee, along with those consulted, and supported by feedback from the survey, for continuity with the theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, Igniting Hope, which has served so well during the spring recess from in-school instruction.
  • The challenges to personal and spiritual well-being posed by the uncertainty and physical isolation of the current global crisis makes the timing and the concerns of Mental Health Week, which takes place during the same week as Catholic Education Week, all the more relevant.
  • Ongoing recognition of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the relevance of Indigenous culture and spirituality to the spirit of Laudato Si.

There are five sub-themes for each day of Catholic Education Week:

Day 1:              Preparing the Earth / Préparer la terre

Day 2:              Sowing Seeds of Gratitude / Semer la gratitude

Day 3:              Cultivating Relationships / Cultiver nos relations

Day 4:              Harvesting New Fruit / Récolter de nouveaux fruits

Day 5:              Marvelling in Wonder / S’émerveiller

Every year, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) provides our Catholic schools with a resource kit to help schools prepare for Catholic Education Week. Using these resources, as well as our own developed activities, we have prepared a series of activities, which will highlight how the students and staff at our school are Nurturing Hope.


The St. Margaret School Green Team in partnership with Greentec invites all families and friends to consider dropping off any electronic waste including:

Desktop computers, laptop computers, server computers, flat-panel monitors, modems, routers, switches, cable or satellite receivers, hard drives, RAM, CPUs, circuit boards, motherboards, multiline phones, gaming consoles, power supply and AC adapters, cell phones, etc.

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, and again on Thursday, May 6, 2021, between 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM at the school’s front doors, there will be a staff member available to help you dispose of your electronic waste appropriately. Please remember to wear a mask and following social distancing protocols.

Thank you for your support.

April Showers Bring May Flower

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“Here comes the sun” – The Beatles


Students, families, and staff:  From April 19th to May 28th we will be running an April Showers Bring May Flowers campaign with our partner organization The Umbrella Project.  We will be focusing on five Umbrella Project skills during the campaign:  Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism and Resilience.


Building on the #HarbouringHope initiative of our student leaders, WCDSB students, staff and families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/ grown this past year.  Submissions can occur via email at or #WCDSBblooms.


Student submissions may be produced in an April Showers Bring May Flowers postcard (digital version) that will be forwarded to the school and students can share it with others to pass on their ‘May Flowers’.


Visit our website for details and to submit entries:


Back to school reminders!

Mon.  April 19th

Classroom Teachers will post work in the AM only (like a ‘snow day’) and use the day to prepare and plan. Students will work asynchronously.

Tues. April 20th

8:50 a.m.                      Full synchronous lessons begin FOLLOWING THE CLASSROOM ‘REGULAR’ SCHEDULE.

Grade 2 Sacrament of First Holy Communion POSTPONED

Grade 2 Parents and families, due to the Government announcement today and the circumstances we are faced, grade 2 sacrament of First Communion scheduled for this Sunday April 18th will be POSTPONED until it is safe to do so!!

Thanks for your understanding!


Mr. Jodie Schnarr, Principal and Father Ross Campbell Pastor at St. Patrick Church.

Pivot to On-line from our Director Notten

April 12th, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances.  No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school after the April Break will be remote.  That is, on April 19th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin their continued learning virtually.  The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution.  Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe.  Our protocols have served us well and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community.  We have also seen an increase in the variants and they are proving more concerning.  Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder of April 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.

We do not yet have a firm return date for in person learning but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Once we have a firm return date for in person learning we will be in touch.

Just before we left for the break, out of an abundance of caution, we did make a “best efforts” attempt to send home Chromebooks with all those students for whom we had a prior request through our comprehensive survey.  If there are outstanding orders that were missed, they will be deployed upon our return on April 19th.   Schools and Extended Day programs currently remain closed and unavailable to staff, students and parents.  All school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions and updates as of April 19th, 2021.

The move to remote learning will be similar to January.  The school day will follow the bell times of your individual school and if not already received, you/your student will be given a clear indication of the daily schedule your child is to follow through your local school.  The first day back, April 19th,  will look a little different – we will treat it similar to a snow day where work will be posted to the class site.  Students will work independently.  This is to allow our staff to prepare their virtual lessons and we will start full synchronous days on Tuesday April 20th.   This will apply to St Isidore as well.

Thank you for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.  This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large.  During the April Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.


Once again, we encourage you to visit 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   and Region of Waterloo Public Health website as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please let your school principal know upon their return on April 19th, 2021.

I will also take this opportunity to once again point out 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.

Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.  Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in faith.  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  #WeGotThis




Loretta Notten

Director of Education


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