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Family Literacy Week

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Family Literacy Week
Agencies and organizations from all across the Region have come together to create a packed week of literacy-related programming for the entire family. There will be storytimes, games, activities, special performances and much more!
See the full schedule and register here: http://bit.ly/famlit2021

Director of Education Update re: Extended School Closure Period

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 

 

Sincerely,

 

Loretta Notten                                                                       

 

Director of Education 

Online Pre-registration for Kindergarten is Open: It’s Time to Sign Up for School!!

Online Pre-registration for Kindergarten is Open: It’s Time to Sign Up for School!!

It’s time to sign up for the 2021-22 school year – and registering to attend one of Waterloo Region’s 43 Catholic elementary schools has never been easier.

  • Children born in 2017 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten (JK).
  • Children born in 2016 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten (SK).

Parents can access the Online Pre-Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing Kindergarten Registration.

To finalize your child’s registration, please contact your local Catholic school directly, for individual registration dates and times.

QUICKFacts

~~ When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian.

~~ If you are non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policyOur secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.

~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2021-22 will be web-posted before the end of this current (2020-21) school year. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.

~~ For information about French Immersion programs in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, please click here: French Immersion Registration Information.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 185-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

 

 

 

Region of Waterloo – UPDATED Emergency Child Care

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Region of Waterloo – UPDATED
Emergency Child Care

On Thursday, January 7th, 2021, the Ministry confirmed, that all elementary schools,
publicly-funded and private will remain closed to in-person learning for an additional two
weeks. All before and after school programs will continue to be closed during the period
of January 11 – 22, 2021. Before and after school programs may resume operation
when elementary schools return to in-person learning on January 25th, 2021.
In support of health care and other frontline workers whose children are in school, the
Ministry of Education will continue the targeted Emergency Child Care (ECC) program
for school-age children. This emergency child care program is available at no cost to
eligible parents, from January 11 – 22, 2021.
Please visit the link for more information: https://www.wcdsb.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/01/Waterloo-Region-Extension-of-Emergency-Child-Care.pdf

Remote Learning Extended / Elementary Programming for High Needs Students

Dear all –

Happy New Year!  We hope that you are well and that you managing to stay positive during these challenging times.

I want to begin by sincerely thanking you for the exceptional effort you have displayed since our return from the break.  You continue to respond to the new requests and learning environments in which we find ourselves.  Excellent learning continues to happen for our students and for that you should be very proud.  It is genuinely inspiring to observe.   Know that you have our sincere gratitude.  We do not take your many efforts lightly or for granted.

I have just finished a lengthy call with the Minister, Deputy Minister, Dr Joshua Tepper and Chairs of Boards.  While far-ranging, it was an opportunity to unpack today’s announcement by the government.  Out of an abundance of caution, and informed by the rising numbers in Ontario, our schools will continue in a remote learning environment until January 25th.  This was already the case for our secondary students, but this direction now also captures our elementary students.

 

The exception to this direction is our high needs special education students in elementary, and our community active living and ELD students in secondary.  Secondary staff have already received direction (via memo) on this direction, and attached is a memo to our staff in relation to elementary schools/programming.  Elementary administrators have been assessing the needs at local sites and will be able to follow up with school based staff regarding scheduling and needs.

The announcement today is a direct response to the increase in cases over the break and the social habits that students and others have engaged in during that time.  It is clear that in order to meet with success, our staff, students and broader community need to STRICTLY adhere to all public health guidelines and our own personal family bubble.

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 serve the students in our care.

Sincerely,

Loretta and The Senior Team

 

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Waterloo Catholic District School Board   |   www.wcdsb.ca

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

519-578-3660    |   loretta.notten@wcdsb.ca

 

Click to read …Memo – Ele Return of High Needs on Jan 11 (002)

Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Webinar

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WCDSB invites parents/ caregivers to be a part of our Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign. On January 18th, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm we invite you to attend an informational webinar on Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention as the first step in our multipronged Anti-Human Trafficking strategy. We have partnered with the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program from St. Mary’s Hospital, as well as Waterloo Region Police Services, to deliver this presentation.
Registration is limited to the first 100 participants.

Please sign up via this link.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=k7g9cu0X7ESGEwEZOMNydpayOhXn4iNPoaE7GDmGAzRUOFgzMEo0MkNRSVVUQ0hOSlhVVUYwV1NDRS4u

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