Monthly Archives: January 2021

Saints Update Jan. 18-22

Good afternoon Saints Families!

We hope that you are doing well, and that Saints are managing well during these challenging times. We have reached the end of week 2 for remote learning! Congratulations and thank you to everyone for your time, effort and perseverance. We all acknowledge this is a challenging format for students to learn in, and it takes a tremendous amount of support from parents and guardians. Thank you for your continued support and your ongoing patience and kind words are very much appreciated.

Saints continue to be dedicated to the work and parents continue to be flexible in adjusting to the new way of learning. Everyone should be proud of themselves as we know it’s not always easy.

We look forward to seeing the Saints in person soon!

PA Day – Friday, January 22, 2021.

Just a friendly reminder that we have a PA Day on Friday, January 22, 2021 where teachers will be engaged in assessment. Students will not be asked to log on this day as there is no school/remote learning for students on Friday.

 

The Umbrella Project: January theme: Resiliency: Help your child face their fears

 

Avoiding our fears may be the easiest road in the short term but doesn’t help us build resilience.  What we actually need is small, repeated exposure to the things that scare us.  Small successes over these fears over time help us slowly build the confidence to navigate the adversity.

 

Here’s an example from my family.  When my daughter was young she didn’t like to be the centre of attention.  This became glaringly obvious the day she wore a fancy dress to school for the first time in years, received at least 5 compliments in the first minute and proceeded to burst into tears and beg me to take her home.  It seemed like a small thing but it pushed a big fear button inside her.  Parenting dilemma…take her home to change or make her stay in a state of clear distress.

 

Actually there is a third choice.  We had time to go home and change but only with the following condition; she was going to have to work on being the centre of attention.  That was the deal.

 

I explained that life will present her with many similar circumstances and I want her to have the skills to deal with these situations.  While this current challenge was too big for her, we were going to choose smaller opportunities for her to practice.  She agreed and we have since helped her practice this skill in many contexts until she is now more comfortable when she finds herself pushed this way. In fact, last year she made it to the school finals for the speech competition.  A huge change from the girl crying in the hallway over some positive attention.

 

This is how resilience is built.  Not avoidance, not full immersion, but repeated small fears faced and defeated over time.

 

In this short, 2 minute video, I explain the importance of facing our fears.

 

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

 

Stay Safe, Saints!

It’s Okay to not be Okay. There is help!

Dear Saints Families!

We are connecting with you to let you know that we are thinking of you. We understand that these times are exceptionally hard for parents with everything that needs to be juggled. Our staff are here to help so please do not hesitate to let your child’s teacher know if you need support. You can also call Mrs. Dafoe at the school! We are all here for you!

We are sharing this link to make you aware of what the WCDSB is doing to promote wellness.

Thank you for your continued support and for being such incredible partners in your child’s education!

Be well, Saints!

Synchronous Learning Connectivity Issues

Good morning, Saints!

We seem to be experiencing some widespread connectivity issues with our synchronous learning. We are receiving many reports of lagging, inability to hear and losing connections.

We have reached out for supports and hopefully as the day proceeds the issues will be resolved.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

Stay strong, Saints!

Ministry Update and School Reminder

Good evening, Saints!

You may have heard the Ministry provided an update this afternoon regarding COVID.  At this point, schools in Waterloo Region are scheduled to pivot back to face to face learning on January 25th.

Until then, as we navigate through the new process of Remote Learning, we ask that all parents/guardians treat Remote Learning like any other school day. With that said, the expectations are that students will be online, learning in the morning session and afternoon session.

We understand that things come up, appointments, sickness, etc. If this is the case and your child is not able to attend their Remote Learning sessions for the day or part of the day, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to call in the attendance and notify the office of the reason and the length of their absence.

Attendance has been outstanding and a big thank you to parents who have called in to inform the office of student absences!

Stay healthy, Saints!

Register for Kindergarten for 2021-22 school year

Welcome to Kindergarten Letter | Coalbanks Elementary School

It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten!

Registration opens virtually on Monday Jan 11/21 for September 2021-22 start!

FOR CHILDREN BORN IN 2017 and CHILDREN BORN IN 2016 who have not attended Kindergarten.

The mother, father or legal guardian of the child registering for Kindergarten is asked to visit our Waterloo Catholic District School Board website for information wcdsb.ca To start the process, please contact our Administrative Assistant by email or phone:

Mrs. Taylor Williams

taylor.williams@wcdsb.ca
519-699-5271 x 0 (or press 1 to leave a message)

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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

Important Information About School Closure

Please note the content of this Newswire is the same as the last Newswire but with the title updated. The previous Newswire went out without a title.

Good Morning Saints,

By now you will have heard the announcement that we will not be returning to school as planned on Monday, January 11, 2021. This news comes with mixed emotions – both frustration and understanding. We will continue to do virtual/remote learning from home in the same way we have this past week until January 25, 2021.

Dear amazing Saints Students, we are all so proud of your hard work. Keep putting forward your best efforts. Stay home and be safe.  Know that we are so happy to see your smiling faces, on-line, without the mask.

Dear Parents and Guardians, our appreciation is more than we can express for your support of your child’s learning.  Stay engaged with your kids and if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.  We are here!  I am so thankful to the many parents that I have spoken to who express their gratitude for our staff.  It is always appreciated to hear your gratitude and I would encourage you to share this directly with the staff.

Dear Saints Staff,   you are amazing and your work for Saints students and families is appreciated and your efforts are recognized.

Please see the School Building Closure Update to WCDSB Parents Jan 8th 21 letter from our Director of Education, Loretta Notten, with regards to the extension of remote learning announced by the Province yesterday.

We are asking a lot but we are in this together and know that we have each other to lean on. Be strong! Stay home and stay healthy.

Important Information About School Closure

Good Morning Saints,

By now you will have heard the announcement that we will not be returning to school as planned on Monday, January 11, 2021. This news comes with mixed emotions – both frustration and understanding. We will continue to do virtual/remote learning from home in the same way we have this past week until January 25, 2021.

Dear amazing Saints Students, we are all so proud of your hard work. Keep putting forward your best efforts. Stay home and be safe.  Know that we are so happy to see your smiling faces, on-line, without the mask.

Dear Parents and Guardians, our appreciation is more than we can express for your support of your child’s learning.  Stay engaged with your kids and if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.  We are here!  I am so thankful to the many parents that I have spoken to who express their gratitude for our staff.  It is always appreciated to hear your gratitude and I would encourage you to share this directly with the staff.

Dear Saints Staff,   you are amazing and your work for Saints students and families is appreciated and your efforts are recognized.

Please see the School Building Closure Update to WCDSB Parents Jan 8th 21 letter from our Director of Education, Loretta Notten, with regards to the extension of remote learning announced by the Province yesterday.

We are asking a lot but we are in this together and know that we have each other to lean on. Be strong! Stay home and stay healthy.

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