Register for Kindergarten for 2021-22 school year

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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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Update and Letter from Ministry of Education

Happy Tuesday…day 2 of remote learning, Saints!

As you are aware, the Minister of Education has mandated a remote learning environment for all students to begin the new year. Our first day was tremendously successful thanks to the exceptional preparation by staff, and the engagement of our students. Your children continue to amaze us daily with their resilience, and positive attitudes. They bring so much joy to our work!

Sincere thanks to our parents and guardians for your help with our little ones and the technology. If you have any questions moving forward throughout the week, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. Thank you for all you do, and for supporting our staff in your efforts at home. If your child is unable to navigate live/ online learning independently, you are encouraged to check your child’s online classroom and support
them in the completion of some work throughout the day when it is convenient for you. Please email your
child’s teacher prior to 8:35 am each day if this is your intention. Your child will be marked present in this case
and you will not receive a daily phone call from the school. Teachers will check for some student engagement
and work completion throughout the day as a means of validating your child’s attendance. If your child will be absent please make sure to call the office and let us know, as Mrs. Williams will be following up on all students that are absent. The phone number is 519-699-5271 then press 1 to leave a message verifying your child’s absence- or send Mrs. Williams an email – taylor.williams@wcdsb.ca.

Thank you for our partnership. Below is a letter to all community members from the Minister of Education. Please note the information about the grant that is available for each student up to Grade 12.  Please visit the following website to apply: https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/SupportForLearnersWeb/public/index.xhtml

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January Umbrella Project: Resiliency

Welcome back to the Umbrella Project! Our program is targeted at building childhood wellbeing. This can be done through practising a set of skills that are known to improve our children’s happiness and success.  Much like an umbrella protects us from the rain, each of these skills forms a piece of an umbrella that protects us from life’s rainy days and helps us learn and succeed.

This month our focus is on the Resilience piece of your child’s umbrella.

What will resilience do for my child?

Help them bounce back from challenges stronger than they were before.

What is resilience?

Why do some people get knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever? It’s their resilience. Over time everyone will face a range of obstacles and difficulties; it’s part of life.

Resilience allows us to adapt or even feel stronger and happier after these times. It helps us to feel less like the victim of our own story and more like the hero.

When it comes to resilience, practising helps. With every storm you successfully weather, your resilience gets a bit better and the more we do that, the stronger we get.

Listen as Dr. Jen introduces this important Umbrella Skill of Resilience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjm77odhS5k&feature=youtu.be

Make Connections

Friends and other social supports improve resilience.  Much like your umbrella protects you from the rain, having many strong umbrellas around you are necessary when the rain is too much for you to handle alone.  Does your child have multiple friend groups?  Maybe one at school, one in the neighbourhood, one with family friends… Help them find opportunities to make new friends and mentors and strengthen the connections they already have.  This will add to the network of people they draw support from and who they in turn are able to support.  Encourage them to be a friend, to get more friends.

Chat soon,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

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