Monthly Archives: January 2020

Winter Walk Day – Feb 5th……

Winter walk day is almost here……

Join us as kids and families all across the region get active and…. walk to school.

If you are not a bus student – you are a walker!

Dress warm and walking can be fun….

Walking is social……

Walking is healthy……

Walking is eco-friendly – and gluten free – it is!

Walking is safe, when we all stick together…..

Even on a rain day – puddles are fun – who does not love puddles…..

Park the car. Join family and friends. Walk to school February 5th!

Kindergarten Registration – Feb 4th……

Hello families,

Even though schools are closed due to the labour action – we are open for Kindergarten registration with scheduled appointments on February 4th……

TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN BORN IN 2016

[Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) Registration] AND

PARENTS OF CHILDREN BORN IN 2015

[Kindergarten (Year 2) Registration for children who have not attended Year 1]

Registration for September 2020 will be held:

At:  St. Anne Catholic Elementary School

on Tuesday, February 4th. from

10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Call for an appointment time

The mother, father or legal guardian of the child being registered for Kindergarten Year 1 or Year 2 is asked to visit our website at wcdsb.ca to register their child(ren) for Kindergarten.  You will start by completing our online registration and you will follow up with a visit to the school to complete the registration process.  If you do not have internet access, we invite you to be present at the above noted place and time. When you visit the school, the following will be required: a birth certificate or other legal proof of your child’s age and a Catholic Baptismal Certificate of either parent or child.  The child who is being registered is welcome to visit the school at the time of registration. If you are a non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policy; https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/policies-and-administrative-procedures/admissions-to-elementary-school-apa001/.

Parents are encouraged to arrange a visit to a family physician for a hearing and vision screening prior to the child’s entry to school.

Children with special needs (e.g., speech and language, vision, hearing, intellectual) should register in the school in their home area.

The Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1982 states that the Region of Waterloo Public Health must have a record of your child’s immunization in order to attend school in Ontario. School Immunization reporting will now occur online at regionofwaterloo.ca.  If you choose not to list immunizations for your child, you must contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 x. 5003 for exemption information.

 

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Bell let’s Talk – Join the conversation……

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget – tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk day!   

This year WCDSB’s theme for Bell Let’s Talk is “It’s the Little Things,” celebrating the small gestures (at home, at school, in the community) that we can do to build one another up, show kindness, and express gratitude. 

What can you take time to do tomorrow that will help boost someone who is in your school or community?  Is there something that has been really meaningful that someone else has done for you? We want to celebrate the things that can make a difference in the lives of others.

Coronavirus Letter from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health

January 27, 2020

Dear school community members: Re: Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) As you will likely know, on January 25, 2020, Ontario identified its first presumptive confirmed case for the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Today, January 27, 2020, Ontario has confirmed that the wife of the first case has tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s public health laboratory.

The health and well-being of Ontarians, including and especially our students and school staff, is Ontario’s top priority. Students, parents and school communities should rest assured that the province is working together in close cooperation with its partners in both the education and health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of students and staff.

These presumptive confirmed cases were not unexpected and the health system’s response has ensured that the risk to the general public from these cases has been minimized. The first patient was promptly identified prior to transport to the local hospital, health care workers wore appropriate personal protective equipment, and the patient was immediately placed in isolation, where they have remained. The second case has been in self-isolation since arriving in Toronto. These presumptive positive cases do not change the overall risk to Ontario, which is still considered low.

While this issue continues to emerge, we anticipate in the coming weeks that there may be additional cases identified in Ontario, other parts of Canada, and other countries who have individuals with travel history to the impacted area or other significant epidemiological links.

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and include a range of illnesses from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They can cause mild, moderate or severe respiratory illness in some people. Symptoms of the 2019-nCoV include fever, cough and difficulty breathing and studies are underway to try and understand this virus better. As of today, cases of this new disease have been identified in other areas of China, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan and in the United States, among others. We continue to monitor this situation closely along with our local and federal public health colleagues. The 2019-nCoV virus has been identified at the same time that influenza (also known as the flu) and many other respiratory viruses are circulating in Ontario, which is common at this time of the year. The precautions to protect yourself against common respiratory ailments can also be used to help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV.
Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness, which include:

• get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only);
• wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
• cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
• if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; and
• if you or your family members are ill, stay home.

Residents who return from recent international travel with history of travel to affected area and become ill with respiratory signs and symptoms such as cough and fever should report their travel history to any health professional, or emergency department staff, when they visit. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, recently expanded monitoring protocols by making this novel coronavirus reportable to public health by a health professional so that if potential cases are identified in your area, the relevant local public health unit can quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests, and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection.

Information has also been provided to hospitals to increase their screening processes for individuals who present with signs and symptoms of this new virus and have travelled to Wuhan, China. This will help ensure cases are identified promptly and actions taken to prevent its spread.
More Information can be found on the following websites: Ontario Ministry of Health:

www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
Find your Local Public Health Unit:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx
Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china
Sincerely,
Dr. David Williams
Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health

School Closed Tuesday, January 21st……

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Lunchbox order update for Tuesday Jan 21……

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With anticipation of a possible school closure on Tuesday, Jan 21, Lunchbox Orders has rescheduled the Tuesday milk delivery to Wednesday, January 22.

If you have an order placed for the January 21 delivery, the milk has been moved to the new delivery date on Wednesday, January 22.

If you have not placed your order for next week, you may do so until Sunday, January 19 at NOON.

Questions?  Please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team at 1.877.426.6860 or by email at info@lunchboxorders.com.

Thank you.

LBO

 

Labour Update……

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Labour Update……

Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) Labour Update

January 12, 2020

As part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that in the absence of a negotiated collective agreement, teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.

A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of Waterloo Catholic District School Board students and schools and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

We do remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

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