Easter Greetings

Happy Easter Saints! I would like to share the Easter greeting from our Director of Education and on behalf of all St. Clement staff, wish you God’s blessing during this Easter season and may His love fill your hearts, and the hearts of your family and homes.

Easter Greetings & a Message of Hope from the Director of Education

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first,

also went in, and he saw and believed;

for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Greetings Waterloo Catholic Community –

Over the course of the past few weeks, myself and others have used the word “unprecedented” many a time.  Our reality both locally and globally is unlike any other that we have ever known.  It has coincided for us as Christians with the season of Lent.  On this Holy Thursday unlike any other, as  we prepare for the Holy Triduum, we have a unique opportunity to reflect on how perhaps God is opening the door to us seeing how our current suffering is mirrored by that experienced by Jesus as He journeyed to the cross on Good Friday.  These have not been easy times for anyone and so we have no doubt turned to our faith for solace and inspiration.  And perhaps, as people of faith, on some level, we realize it is not so unprecedented after all.

This was another landmark week for us at Waterloo Catholic.  We are coming to the conclusion of our first week of full Educator-led distance learning.   There have been heroic efforts by so many in our system to bring us to this week, which by any measure, should be applauded.  I have previously spoken about my immense gratitude for our principals, computer technicians, program and student services staff, and all those who brought us to a remarkable state of readiness for this historic week.  Today I take a moment to celebrate and single out all our teachers and students.  It was a brave leap this week.  And possibly you may feel that the learning or experience was not all that you might have wanted it to be, but I sincerely thank and applaud you just the same.  Educators and students alike took a courageous step in these uncertain times and sought to create a meaningful connection, grounded in care and focused on reconnecting with the familiar. For that, I thank you.  We know it was not easy.

We hope that for most it was a positive experience.  That the door was opened to some learning, but more importantly to restoring the strong bond between child and educator.  Next week we will reach out to our community through the ThoughtExchange tool and we will invite you to share your thoughts with us so that we can hear from you and we can continue to reflect on what more we can do to serve our Waterloo Catholic family.  This week our WCDSB web page, and specifically our WCDSBLearn@Home page was populated with new material, including a comprehensive FAQ and new a WCDSBPray@Home link.  We hope that as you have journeyed through Holy Week and as you look to the Easter Season, that this is a site you will visit often.

This is indeed the season of rebirth.  And just as surely, we believe that the son of God suffered and died for us, we also firmly believe that the tomb was empty on Easter Sunday.  That He died so we might live.  So, as we mark the Holy Triduum not in churches, nestled side by side, and as we celebrate Easter Sunday not in the spendour of our parishes and with extended families gathered around tables, let us pause.  Pause to remember that we are not alone.  Not one of us.  That Jesus walks with us.  And that each of us is #CalledToBelong as a member of Christ’s family and of Waterloo Catholic’s family.  And as surely as Mary Magdalene and the disciples found faith and hope, we too will find new life in the days ahead.

Let me wish each of you all the blessings of the Easter Season.  Let us find joy in the simpler things we are being invited to notice.  Let us find hope in the resurrection and in each other.  This Easter Season may you be released from your burdens of worry and may your hearts fill with the hope of new life.

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Kindergarten Registration is STILL Open!!

Several years ago, we established a very easy-to-use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible.

Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020, are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible.

There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

For non-Catholic families wishing to register in a WCDSB elementary school, your school Principal will reach out to you to complete the required interview process – again – at an appropriate time in in the most appropriate manner, including via phone.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process!

Kindergarten Registration is STILL Open!!

Several years ago, we established a very easy-to-use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible.

Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020, are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible.

There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

For non-Catholic families wishing to register in a WCDSB elementary school, your school Principal will reach out to you to complete the required interview process – again – at an appropriate time in in the most appropriate manner, including via phone.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process!

WCDSBLearn@Home – New Information and FAQ

Good Morning, Saints!

Hope all is well and that Teacher Led Distance Learning has been going smoothly for the first couple of days. The Board has been updating the WCDSBLearn@Home portal on their website and there are lots of resources available to support the learning at home.

As well, there is a section that has been set up to answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The link to this section is attached below. Check it out!

https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/frequently-asked-questions/

Be Well!

Update for St. Clements

I hope that the first day of Educator-led Learning went well for everyone. I hope you and your families are safe at home and staying healthy as you take care of one another. Over the past couple of weeks, our teachers have been reaching out, checking in with you to see how you and our Saints are doing. As a community, we have also been working behind the scenes to help support families who may not have access to technology as we look to begin to Learn@Home. Please know that not every child needs their own device and it is not the expectation that they are on a device for the duration of their learning time. Much can be done without a computer! Please continue to do the best of your abilities with this learning …. stay connected and remember to take care of yourself first.

Our dedicated staff have been working diligently to set up distance learning for students which started yesterday. We have been meeting together virtually and have been busy organizing materials and resources for our students. Please note that we understand that this is not “business as usual”. We recognize and respect that many of our parents/guardians are working from home, going to work, or working on the front lines to keep us all safe. Please take time this week to determine a schedule that fits your child(ren) and your family. Accessing the learning may take place at different times on different days and this is all good.

Our staff will be following the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education. As you know, this means 1 hour of learning each day for students in JK to Grade 6, and 2 hours each day for students in Grades 7 & 8. We realize the commitment that this form of learning takes from all of you at home and we are so grateful for your role as a partner together with us.

  1. This month’s Umbrella theme is Self-Efficacy.  During these times we all need coping skills to get by.   Please read the attached letter from Dr. Jen for more information. Self-efficacy-Parent-Newsletter.docx-2-1
  2. We hope the daily Newswire greetings from staff puts a smile on our Saint’s faces.  We miss them so much!
  3. From the WCDSB Athletic Department – With the closure of schools due to the COVID-19, the difficult decision has been made to cancel all elementary athletic events and District 8 Championships for the remainder of the school year.
  4. Sacraments at St. Clement Parish have been cancelled until June 30th. They will be rescheduled. Sunday masses with Bishop Crosby at the Basilica can been found on Cable 14 at 11 a.m.  and 1 p.m. on CHTV. We hope you take some time this Holy Week to pray.  Take some time this week to continue to explore your personal relationship with God.  Please continue doing each day Christian Meditation just like we do if we were at school.
  5. Read and Write is an Application that students commonly use at school to support Reading and Writing.  It helps to build student confidence for some who may struggle at times with literacy. Listed below is a how to video along with an instruction document to help you install it on your home device. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPDuw_udNes&feature=youtu.be and Opening-Read-and-Write-app-on-a-Home-Device-Parent-Info (1) (1)
  6. We know that many families are under an incredible amount of stress during these times. We will do our best to keep the stress levels down while providing learning for our students. One of the biggest pieces will be the ability to log on to the learning platform that your child(ren) teacher uses, either Google Classroom or D2L. There are several videos on the WCDSB home website (https://twitter.com/i/status/1245801376120295425) that demonstrate how to do this. If you or your child is still having difficulty, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher.

If at any time you feel that you need to get in touch with your child’s teacher, please reach out to them. Classroom teachers will be connecting each day and will be available to answer questions and/or to help in any way they can. We know that this feels different – it does for us also! We want to sincerely thank you for your support at home, for your patience with the process, and for your continued dedication to our community. We are all in this together!

Be well, Saints!

Start of Phase 2

Holy Week began yesterday with Palm Sunday. My hope is that families were able to celebrate Palm Sunday with virtual mass. For it is through our faith that we will find strength.

Monday, April 6th  starts a new chapter in education. There is a huge learning curve that students, families and teachers will be navigating together!!

As we embark on distance learning, we believe that cooperation, patience, and grace from all involved will start the process off in a positive way.

We are about to journey into uncharted waters but please know that your child’s education is a  priority for all of us. We are people of faith and love and together we are stronger. We miss our students and will be doing our absolute best to provide Teacher-led learning, resources, and support to families.

We appreciate that many of you are working both inside the home and in the community during this unprecedented time. Juggling work, home and children is a challenge we understand as we too are at home with our families trying to maintain everyone’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. So please be kind to yourselves, enjoy the extra time you have with your children and try not to be overwhelmed by this new learning process, as it is new to all of us. Learning happens in many ways.

Be well.

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