Director Notten Letter and September 2021 Survey

Dear St. Margaret Families,

Please see the link below from Director Notten regarding the following:

  • learning choice for next year (face to face or virtual)
  • vaccination

ALL parents/guardians who want on-line learning for next year MUST complete the survey – even if it was completed it in March.  The survey will be open for four days – May 31st through June 3rd.  If a survey is not completed, we will assume your family wants in person learning for your child(ren).

Pandemic Update to WCDSB Parents May 26 21



Elementary Summer Learning Options JK to 8 from WCDSB / St. Louis summer learning

On behalf of all the current organizers of the WCDSB / St. Louis summer learning opportunities, we are pleased to share the Elementary Summer Learning options now available:

Summer Fun with Languages: JK-8

2021-Fun with Languages-Flyer

Summer Boost Program: SK-8

2021-Summer Boost-Flyer

Reading Intervention Program: Grades 1 and 2

2021-Summer Reading-Flyer

Summer Expedition / A Discovery Lens: Grades 6, 7, and 8

2021-Summer Expedition-Flyer

HeadStart to Grade 9: Grade 8 students (entering Grade 9)


Principal’s update for St Margaret Catholic School Council

To begin May we celebrated Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope and focus on Mental Health (resiliency / stress management skills / students accessing help / stigma related). In addition, the WCDSB UMBRELLA Program of ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’ (April 19 – May 28) highlights Gratitude with activities for our families to participate in.

We are very proud to announce our Beacon of Hope co-award winners Sara Domingos / Claire Valadao for  continuing to be our ‘unsung heroes! They are great role models and leaders in our school and community.

Thank you, students, and families, for support of our fundraising:

-Kernels Popcorn made a profit of $442.60

-Plantables Fundraiser has made a profit of $107.40 (you can still order!)

-Dominos Pizza in April made a profit of $330.00

-Greentech e-waste drop off profit is still to be determined

All profits will be put back into the school for our students!

Our Grade 8 Graduation Committee continues to plan for the celebration so stay tuned. Thanks to our Council for providing financial support!

Mrs. Sullivan (and our Green Team) continues to collaborate with Council about our plan to ‘clean up’ the forest area, make it safe to use and learn more about the plants that grow there. Stay tuned.

You may have noticed a new flagpole. In June a Pride Flag will be present.

We are happy to welcome 20 NEW Junior Kindergarten students to St. Margaret in September. Registrations continue to come in. Also, we welcome 11 new families to our community. Unfortunately, due to our enrolment we will be losing one staff member in September. Mr. Guagliano will be truly missed for his dedication to the students, staff, and the school. We wish him ongoing success on his journey in the WCDSB. Good news for September, each student will once again receive a ‘red bag’/ Learning Kit to start the year.

We appreciate everyone in our community working together every day to make things work and support each other! Catholic School Council will meet again on Monday May 31st.

Message from Our Director

Good afternoon and once again Happy Catholic Education Week!

What a wonderful exemplification of our Catholic Education Week theme of “Nurturing Hope” we have witnessed this week.  It has been truly inspirational to follow the activity of your schools and our system to observe the many ways seeds are planted and goodness flourishes.  As our Day 5 theme invites – I marvel in wonder!  Each day of this week we have celebrated our Beacons of Hope who represent each of our Family of Schools and we have be inspired by the words of Fr Joseph, as well as our student trustees.  We do not have to look far to find how even in the darkest of times, we are finding ways to let light shine and nourish us.  Please watch my Catholic Education Week video message to you found here:   Director’s CEW Video Message

Next week we begin a very significant exercise that I sincerely hope all will embrace.  I think it is fair to observe that as a community we are ever learning and ever growing, ever aspiring to be better than we are today.  That is certainly exceptionally true as it applies to matters of equity and our launch of the staff census, insofar as it will directly inform our work in creating healthy, positive work places for all.  We have been grounded in a pastoral plan that declares that we are all one in Christ Jesus – that we are “Called To Belong”.  This staff census will assist us in strengthening that foundation, and ultimately it will be impactful for our students as well, as we come to know, celebrate, reflect and respond to the composition of our Catholic community at WCDSB.  You will hear more about the survey and how your privacy will be protected as we launch the survey and I hope that it will offer you any assurances you need.  Please be very assured that this survey is confidential and that your participation will help to support only the very best of outcomes.  I sincerely hope we hear from YOU.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that this weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day.  It is such a beautiful time of year to honour those Mothers in our lives who have nurtured us to be the people we are and who we hold dear in our hearts on this weekend and always.  Happy Mother’s Day to all.

So as I wrap up this Friday message at the end of Catholic Education Week – here is a second video shared with me by Daniel Kelley, one of our music teachers.  It is a song written by one of our favourite musical groups – OK-GO – and somehow the words do seem a perfect echo to both our times and this year’s pastoral theme.  Please skip through the ad and enjoy this poignant rendition that comments on how the world has changed but we are all together here in the Chrysalis.  And how wonderful to imagine what transformation will occur when we burst forth from the Chrysalis…to the butterfly.

OK Go All Together Now

Happy Catholic Education Week – Thank you for truly being the people who #NurturingHope in me and in the community we serve.



Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Waterloo Catholic District School Board   |

35 Weber St W Unit A, Kitchener, ON, N2H 3Z1

519-578-3660    |

St Margaret Beacons of Hope Award Winners

Scottie Families:

Each year the WCDSB recognizes ‘unsung’ heroes in each school. These students come to school (in person and on-line) each day give it their best and adds to the positive climate of our school.

On behalf of the staff of St. Margaret, I am proud to congratulate 2 grade 7 students: Claire Valadao and Sara Domingos as our c0-winners this year!!

See the St. Benedict Family of Schools video below:

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