Sacramental Registration this weekend…

Hello Families,

For those with children in grade 2, St. Ambrose parish requires the attached for to be handed in this weekend.  Please contact the church asap.

FC forms

Please note that the Church is closed, and the form must be dropped off at the office mail slot.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Register for Kindergarten……

It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten!

This is a very special letter to all our families who have

 CHILDREN BORN IN 2017

and CHILDREN BORN IN 2016 who have not attended Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration at St. Anne for September 2021 is now open

    We are very excited as we plan for Kindergarten next year!  Check out our school website and look at “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” to meet our educators, see our school and learn more about our kindergarten program and what you can do to help your child get ready for school: https://stannecambridge.wcdsb.ca/

The mother, father or legal guardian of the child registering for Kindergarten is asked to visit our Waterloo Catholic District School Board website at wcdsb.ca to register their child(ren) for Kindergarten. Look for the tab at the top of your screen that says, “Register”. Next, scroll down and select “Kindergarten Registration”. You will start by completing our online registration.  You will next call our school at 519-621-8920 to schedule a time to visit us to complete the registration process. If you do not have internet access, we invite you to call our school to schedule an appointment to come in and register your child(ren). Children with special needs (e.g., speech and language, vision, hearing, intellectual) should register at the school in their home area.

When you visit our school, we will be very happy that you are here but there will be health and safety protocols to follow.  Whenever possible, please have only one parent or guardian attend, wear a mask, sanitize hands upon entry, maintain physical distancing when in the school and stay behind the plexiglass in the main office.

The following documents will be required: a birth certificate or other legal proof of your child’s age, proof of home address and a Catholic Baptismal Certificate of either parent or child.  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 or give us a call to learn more!

    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 and you can complete this report online at:  Region of Waterloo, Immunization Reporting.  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.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our St. Anne School community.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

 

LAST CHANCE to register for St. Isidore……

Register for Online School

Dear Parents / Guardians of WCDSB Elementary School Children:

Please note that your final opportunity to state your preference for a transfer for your child’s elementary school learning mode begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

A special online survey has been created for you to state your choice. The survey is not yet active. It will be activated at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16th.

The form will be available on our main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

You only need to complete the survey if you are looking for a transfer.

Please ensure you complete the survey during the stated February 16th to 18th time fame, as there will be no requests for changes granted after the survey closes. Additionally, as this is the final transition point for the 2020-21 school year, there will be no requests to change learning mode granted through to the end of June.

Again — the survey closes at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to state your choice and for assisting us in having the staffing, resources, and programming in place to assist the ongoing learning and success of your children.

St. Anne School Update…

Hello Phoenix Families,

Yesterday we shared the Directors update for our return on Monday, February 8th.

You may still be interested in remote learning. The next opportunity to register for St. Isidore is:

  • February 16-18 only.
  • The first day of class at St. Isidore will be March 8th.

There are a few additional updates and some clarifications we would like to share.

  • Buses are running as per normal.
  • Extended day program is running as per normal.
  • Our yard zones are still in effect for when the children arrive.
  • Classrooms have been updated with portable filtration systems.
  • Masks are now required for grades 1-12 and at recess. Maintaining personal space has been a challenge outside so masks are an added layer of safety. We are still encouraging personal space at all times.
  • Enhanced Self-Screening for staff is in place.
  • Non-essential visitors, including parents, are not allowed in schools.
    • When you buzz at our main door, our office assistant will communicate with you over the speaker. You will be asked to wait outside.
  • All other protocols remain in place since the fall (e.g., hand sanitizing, etc.)

Please note that all Chromebooks handed out prior to the Christmas holiday – must be returned. Please ensure the power cord is with the device.

We look forward to having the kids back with us at school.

See you all soon……

St. Anne School Staff

Return to School – Director Update……

Hello Families,

Please take the time to review the Directors letter below with important information about our return to school on Monday, February 8th, and updates on safety protocols.

There is important information below as well, for families who wish to continue learning online at our remote school, St. Isidore.

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We have made it through what felt like a long January.  We sincerely hope that this letter finds you and your family well, and that you and your families are finding ways to stay positive during this challenging time.  Today’s letter brings another update – one that has been eagerly awaited by many of our staff and students.

On Wednesday, February 3rd the Minister of Education, informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, declared that schools in Waterloo Region could return to in person learning.   As I said, I know that our staff have been amazing in delivering learning remotely for the past several weeks, be we also know that the majority of staff and students are keen to return to their schools and in person learning.  Thank you to our staff and to all our students and families who have been so wonderful during this time.  We know it was not always easy.

The numbers for COVID-19 positive cases in the region have come down dramatically and this is a very good thing.  As I have said in previous communications, working remotely for a few weeks now ensures that as our staff and students return to the classroom, we will be doing so safely.  With that said – there are a few updates and reminders of which to be aware:

Masking:  Students in Grades K -12 require masks, and students from grades 1-12 will require a formal approved exemption form if they are unable to wear a mask. (The requirement for a formal exemption form in grades 1-3 if a child is unable to wear a mask is a new addition) Students in Grades 1 – 8 should bring a second mask daily that they can use for outdoor activities, such as recess.  Washing masks on a daily basis so that they remain clean and effective, is recommended.

Screening:  Staff and students continue to be required to Self Screen before arriving at school (or immediately upon arrival).  Staff and secondary students will now have to provide confirmation of having completed their self screening on a daily basis.  Secondary classroom teachers will complete that confirmation upon the student’s arrival in class.  The student self-screener is found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening

Elementary Transition Survey:  I would also like to provide an update on the elementary school transition survey.  There was to be one final opportunity for parents to indicate if they wanted their children to return back to in person learning or if they wished to switch to remote learning for the remainder of the year.  This survey was originally to take place January 27th to 29th.  We will now administer the survey on February 16th – 18th, immediately after Family Day Weekend.  The official transition date for any student who chooses to change their learning method will be Monday March 8th, 2021.

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/   and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please reach out to your local school principal.

I will continue to remind all community members that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together and day by day we will make it through.  Thank you for all that you have done to walk with us through this time.  Let’s continue to remain people of hope, informed by our Faith.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

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