Monthly Archives: March 2020

Mass online – Worship from home during Lent

During this most difficult time we are so blessed to have our Faith to guide us. Please see the links below for mass online and worship from home during the Lenten season.

Catholic mass today – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi6JtCVy4XKu4BSG-AE2chg

St Michael Waterloo Mass, Stations of the cross, and Children’s Message on Sunday(Freitas) – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLCfDt-pGiRg-HmDPnKwkyQ

St Mary KW on FB Live – https://www.facebook.com/pg/StMarysKitchener/videos/

St Clement Cambridge (Fr Nguyen) – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FqAyL5ZdHv2F14y1yFC9A

St Anthony Daniel KW (Fr. Tim) – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCquNTyLW3U9y2cGsPwMqE4Q/videos

Update from St. Clement CES

Hello Saints Families,

Today is the fourth day of the previously announced two-week closure of all schools in Ontario to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The closure has been extended indefinitely as announced Monday by the Education Minister.

I know that this is not easy for you.  We have all been impacted by COVID -19 in some way. I know that many of you wanted to be in school this week.  The staff at St. Clement wants to be there to see you and teach you.  Our staff wanted to talk to our students about their March Break and wanted to dive back into teaching and learning.  It’s what we love to do. We wanted to feel the excitement of the first days back from March break.  However, these are extraordinary times.

Classroom teachers will be making contact with all families this week, through D2L, Google Classroom, email, phone call, etc. to determine if any families require internet access and/or a learning device for their children. Please be sure to regularly check for updates from your child’s teacher as we aim to connect with every family by the end of the day on Friday, March 27th.

Until we are ready to proceed with our plan for teacher-led distance learning, please continue to access learning opportunities for your children through the Ministry of Education’s Learn at Home portal and the WCDSB Steam Days.

Please follow us on NewsWire and please encourage any families who have not signed up for NewsWire to do so. Just enter your email in the bottom left corner of our Web Page and hit “Subscribe”. https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/

Please know that each and everyone of you are missed and that the staff at St. Clement will pray for everyone every day.

 

Please stay safe and healthy.

 

St. Clement School Staff

Updates from St. Clement CES

SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC – Please click on the link for a family resource to support students’ mental health at this time: https://smho-smso.ca/blog/how-to-support-student-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/.

STEAM DAYS / MINISTRY RESOURCES – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has launched a new online campaign called #STEAMDays to assist parents in keeping their children engaged and learning as we work our way through the unprecedented COVID-19 shutdown. Please view the attached VIDEO to learn more.

Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website Learn at Home and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.

POPE FRANCIS INVITATION – During this Lenten season and keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently affecting individuals across the globe, we are called to be more fervent in prayer. 

Today, Wednesday, March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis invites all Christians to join in praying the Our Father at 12 p.m. Rome time (7 a.m. EDT). Although we are physically distanced, please consider joining me in prayer at noon.

Be safe and be well, Saints.

Special Message from the Chair of the Board ; Director of Education

March 24, 2020

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

Since last we reached out to you, the global situation in relation to COVID-19 has continued to worsen and here at home we have seen unprecedented actions taken by our federal and provincial governments.  As you know, schools are now closed and it would appear that this will stretch beyond the Easter weekend, although exactly when we might return to face to face learning is not yet clear.  These decisions are being informed by a concern for preserving the health and safety of all, and in this regard we know that each of us shares this common goal.  Nonetheless, the news that students will be home indefinitely may be disconcerting to you and your child.

We want to assure you that at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we will be working to the best of our ability and in collaboration with the province, to ensure that your child is connected to learning opportunities.  We will use the initial two weeks for the board to support our teachers in establishing at least an initial contact with all of their students through the most appropriate means possible, including mail, phone, email or other channel.  We will try to use this time to establish what is needed to support teacher-led learning and to aid you as families, to the best of our abilities under the circumstances.

We also want to acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students.  We would encourage you to visit our board website where a number of resources can be found that may be helpful to you or your child, as you navigate this time.  We are also truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

While we are in the process of “gearing up”, we would remind parents that WCDSB has launched #STEAMDays, a fun and interactive way to be connected to activities that have a daily focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics.  Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website Learn at Home and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.  Remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                              Bill Conway

Director of Education                                                  Chair of the Board

March 24th, 2020

A Message from the Minister of Education to Ontario’s Parents

Dear Families,

We hope you are all healthy during this challenging time.  Certainly, the pandemic we are facing is unprecedented and has produced anxiety for members of our community. Please know that I am thinking of our students and their families and I miss seeing their smiling faces. Let’s all pray there is a resolution to this situation in the near future. Please click on the link for the letter from the Ministry of Education Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020.

School Activities Planned for March 23 to April 3

We have had to postpone or cancel a few of the activities that have been planned for the two-week period that schools are closed:

  • Grade 8 Mount Mary Meeting – March 24
  • Beacon of Hope Breakfast – March 26
  • Grade 4/5 Scientists in the Classroom- March 26
  • Grade 1 Scientists in the Classroom – March 31
  • Kindergarten Scientists in the Classroom – April 1

We will continue updating families on Newswire as we receive more information.

IMPORTANT UPDATE re: COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations

March 13, 2020

 

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/title.html), the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

 

• Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
• Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
• Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
• WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
• The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
• The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.

 

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

 

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/) — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

 

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