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 bloom@wcdsb.ca 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: https://www.wcdsb.ca/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/

Additional Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing for Staff & Students During “April Break”

The Ontario government has announced several opportunities to access COVID-19 testing for staff and students during the upcoming April Break.

Asymptomatic targeted testing expansion

The following options will be available to staff and students in the community.

In-Pharmacy Testing:

Existing Pharmacies

  • For the week of April 12-18 only, pharmacies that currently offer asymptomatic testing for education staff, will now accept appointments from students.
  • Children attending child care located within schools will also be eligible to access this testing. Please check with your local pharmacy on minimum testing age.
  • While students/children can access testing in pharmacies for April 12-18 only, this testing will continue to be available for all staff.
  • To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website, and select “pharmacy” as your location type, with the booking details requested.

New Pharmacies

  • In addition to these pharmacies, Shoppers Drug Mart is also able to offer additional in-pharmacy Rapid Antigen Screening for students and staff beginning April 14, 2021
  • Please see the accompanying list of participating stores
  • To book an appointment, please contact the store directly.

Assessment Centres

  • For the week of April 12-18, students and staff will also be able to access asymptomatic testing at local assessment centres.
  • Children attending child care located within schools, and child care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.
  • This testing is only being offered to students, children and staff from April 12-18.
  • To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website, and select “assessment centre” as your location type, with the booking details requested

Vaccinations for Staff Providing Direct Personal Support to Students with Special Education Needs

April 7, 2021

For immediate release

Waterloo Region, ON — As the result of ongoing collaboration between Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and the Waterloo Region District School Board, staff providing direct personal support to students with special education needs will now be eligible to receive their initial COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination plan prioritizes vaccines for those at greatest risk of severe illness and those who care for them. Planning for how to prioritize this staff group has been ongoing.

These staff members play a critical role in our schools, supporting our students with the most complex needs to ensure they are able to participate as fully as possible in learning each and every day. Prioritizing their access to vaccination is an important step in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, as these dedicated individuals work in close contact with highly vulnerable students, where physical distancing and mask wearing is not always possible, as well as providing personal care for prolonged periods of time.

‘We greatly appreciate the collaboration with Public Health in prioritizing the staff who work closely and provide care for our most vulnerable students, and we recognize the tremendous commitment of all of our staff to our students.’’ said John Bryant, Director of Education for the WRDSB.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Region of Waterloo Public Health to help us prioritize vaccination for our most vulnerable staff. We value the work and service of all our staff and this first step energizes us that things are moving in a hopeful direction.” added Loretta Notten, Director of Education for the WCDSB.

Eligible staff are being contacted directly with registration instructions. Ongoing conversations are taking place with Region of Waterloo Public Health to plan for the prioritization of vaccination for all educational staff as per the provincial framework.

April Break Wellbeing Passport


Does your family seem to be “running on empty” these days? Pack some restorative power into your April Break staycation with the “Wellbeing Passport” adventure!


Visit https://wrspc.ca/wellbeing-passport/ for the digital booklet with a different wellbeing theme for each day.


Have fun as you explore different ways to foster wellbeing and don’t forget to share your family’s adventure with us! #WellbeingPassport

April is Parent Spring ParticipACTION Month

April is Parent Spring ParticipACTION Month

WCDSB’s Catholic Parent Involvement Committee has organized Spring events geared to revitalization and parents free this month.

DrumFIT (April 8 – open to families)
Starlight Yoga with Michelle Burns (April 28 – geared to parents)
Virtual Cooking (April 22)
Find your Way Back to Being Positive with Nancy Revie (April 27)

Attend a session and be entered to receive a $75 restaurant gift card (no exchanges).  Brought to you by the Ministry of Education PRO grants.

Sign up with this link!

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