Vaccine Update for Youth 12-17……

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is helping youth between the ages of 12 and 17 and family members they live with (who do not have their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine) get the vaccine.

Getting youth the vaccine is important to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer when we return to school in-person.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can now pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Youth and family members they live with will be able to book a time for their first dose between June 7th and June 20th.  Youth must be 12 years old at the time of their appointment. It is likely that youth will be able to get their second dose quicker than other people so they will have both their shots before the 2021 school year. At this time, family members cannot get their second dose quicker unless they are part of another eligible priority group.

What vaccine will be given?

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years of age and older. See the resources below for more information.

How to pre-register?

Click here to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Please select “youth 12-17 years of age” as the priority group
  • Complete the form with the youth’s personal information, family members do not need to complete a form.
  • When the youth gets their booking code, family members in the same house can use the same booking code to book a time for their first dose.

If you need help filling out the form, please watch the video about how to fill out the form, or ask someone you trust to help you. If you need extra support call 519-575-4400, support is available in over 200 languages. Deaf and hard of hearing (TTY): 519-575-4608.

You will get your booking code in the way you asked to get it when you filled out the form. Please check your JUNK/SPAM folder in your email regularly.

When you get your booking code, please book your time slot as soon as you can. If family members have already pre-registered with Region of Waterloo Public Health, they can make an appointment with the same booking code their youth received and delete any booking code they get later.

Where can youth get their shot?

Youth need to book a time at a clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine. Please select one of the clinics below when booking an appointment:

  • Cambridge Pinebush, Cambridge
  • Health Sciences Campus, Kitchener
  • The Boardwalk, Waterloo
  • Wellesley Clinic, Wellesley
  • New Vision FHT, Kitchener

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Map to see where the clinics are.

Youth should bring their health card on the day of their appointment. If they do not have a health card, please bring another piece of identification that confirms who they are and has a number/code on it. To learn more about what to do before and after your appointment visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Waterloo Region page.

The WCDSB encourages all who are eligible to pre-register to receive their vaccine. When possible, and to best support your child(ren) with their learning, please be mindful of school hours. However, if you are only able to book an appointment during the school day, please do so. This is an important opportunity to prioritize the health of all in our community.

Thanks for your continued support in keeping our community safe.

Directors Message – Pride Flag

May 28, 2021

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that you are well and finding reasons for hope as we journey into June.  It has certainly been a most challenging school year.  This letter brings an update on the WCDSB decision to fly the Rainbow flag at each of our schools and our Board buildings.

You may be aware of the controversy that unfolded last year when we planned to raise an alternative to the Rainbow Flag in June, which in Canada is known as “Pride Month”.  Since then, we have carefully considered and prayed about what our next step should be to move forward.  As indicated above, the decision has been made that we will fly the Rainbow Flag at our Waterloo Catholic schools for the month of June and we wanted you to be aware in advance.  We recognize that while this decision will make some people happy, for others it may be a cause for concern or disappointment or even anger.

In its document Male and Female He Created Them, the Congregation for Catholic Education states:

“It is important . . . to educate children and young people to respect every person in their particularity and difference, so that no one should suffer bullying, violence, insults or unjust discrimination based on their specific characteristics (such as special needs, race, religion, sexual tendencies, etc.” 

Our main reason for flying the Rainbow Flag is to say to all who come to our Catholic Schools that they are coming to a place where they are loved unconditionally by God and will be respected and valued as children of God.  It communicates to all our children, youth, staff, and families that the school is a safe, welcoming place to learn and grow.

Bill 13 (the Accepting Schools Act) states:

“All students should feel safe at school and deserve a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.”

Our hope and our goal in flying the Rainbow Flag is to create this safe and positive school climate for all our students.

We are not making a statement about our divergence from the teaching of the Catholic Church with regards to sexual morality.  Sexual morality is not the issue.  What is at issue is that LGBTQ+ youth are much more likely to do self-harm or take their life than their heterosexual counterparts.  Every instance of bullying and abuse towards a LGBTQ+ youth increases the likelihood for serious and/or tragic consequences that were certainly avoidable.

Harvey Milk (the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the US) commissioned artist Gilbert Baker to design the Pride flag.  Milk said this about the Rainbow Flag: “It’s not about personal gain; it’s not about ego; it’s not about power; it’s about giving those young people out there hope.”  We are a people of hope and for this reason we will be flying the Rainbow Flag.  Our students who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community desire and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect without fear of bullying, discrimination, and violence.   It is that simple.

Brian Wenke, Executive Director of the “It Gets Better Project”, believes that the Rainbow Flag’s meaning rests not in its individual colours but in the symbolism of the entire spectrum.  He describes the rainbow’s universal, all-embracing resonance best: “The rainbow came from earliest recorded history as a symbol of hope.  In the Book of Genesis, it appeared as proof of a covenant between God and all living creatures.”  It is in this spirit of God’s covenantal love for all creatures, that all creation is worthwhile and valuable, that we will fly the Rainbow Flag.

As important partners in Catholic Education, we want to assure you of our deep commitment to authentically living the Catholic faith — which calls us to create welcoming and inviting communities where, as our WCDSB pastoral plan reminds, all are “Called to Belong, Gathered to Become and Sent to Build”.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

 

Update: Register for Online School and more……

Hello Phoenix Families,

Please see the letter below from the WCDSB Director. Please note the dates and details to register for St. Isidore (On-line School) for the 2021-22 school year.

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We are sitting on the cusp of June and at this point it is not 100% clear if we are headed back to face-to-face learning in this school year.   We will certainly be in touch should any development arise in this regard.   We know that this has been a challenging time for many students, their families and for staff to learn remotely online, but we are grateful to all for the many efforts you have made to make it work.  With that said – we are also very much planning ahead to next year at this time.  In that spirit, this letter contains a number of updates about the end of this year and the planning for next year.  I encourage every parent or guardian to read each of the updates very carefully.

Vaccination:

All students ages 12 to 17 years of age are now eligible for vaccination.  This is excellent and welcome news as we know that it will bring our students, their families and our schools an added measure of protection and safety.  Students who are 12 to 17 years of age (and any family member who is not vaccinated as yet) may register for and attend the vaccination clinics that will be available the weeks of June 14th and June 21st.  Some clinics will also be available the week of June 7th.  During those weeks – 12 to 17 years olds (and their families) will be the highest priority for vaccination.  Second booster shot vaccines will be available in August so that students can return to school fully vaccinated.   Further details will be shared in the coming days as they become available, but all 12-17-year-olds are now eligible for vaccine pre-registration.

WR Vaccination Pre-Registration  Please stay tuned for further details on this important initiative.

Transition Survey for 2021-22 School Year:

As mentioned in March and even more so now, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  We are working on staffing and budget, and we must make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, we are now asking ALL families to confirm if they have a desire for online learning for their child(ren).   Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice.   If you do not complete the survey – we will assume your child is returning to face-to-face learning.  Next week – May 31st through June 3rd – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June.  If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

A few things to note about your choice for online learning:

  • This is a single choice for the full year (September through June)
  • Vaccinations are expected for students 12 – 17; pediatric vaccine for those 5-11 are in development but cannot be confirmed at this time
  • All staff that wish to be vaccinated will be vaccinated by September
  • If you were a French Immersion student and you were online this year, if you choose a second year of online learning you will forfeit your spot in French Immersion
  • In secondary we expect to begin the year in a quadmester model with students attending two classes per day. If things progress well, we hope to see a semester model (carrying 4 courses over the course of half the year) by the second half of the year.  There is also the hope that extra-curriculars may return at some point next year.
  • There will not be the opportunity for inter-scholastic or varsity sports if you attend school virtually.
  • If there are not sufficient numbers for a dedicated online secondary school, a hybrid model will be considered.  This involves students connecting remotely to the face-to-face class using video conferencing, (as opposed to a dedicated virtual class).
  • Certain secondary subjects may not be possible or may be significantly compromised in their delivery through our online offering – for example, technology courses, some SHSM red seal specialities, senior level sciences and some performing arts.

We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn.  We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students, when all things are equal.  Please give this decision careful consideration.  The transition survey will be available directly from our Board homepage or can be accessed directly here: Transition Survey 2021-22

Graduation:

After further discussion with school and senior administrators about the best way to support and honour our 2021 graduates, it has been decided that the release of all WCDSB secondary school virtual graduations for this year will be postponed until October 2021.  This will allow time to properly gather data for all awards and designations and allow for schools to complete graduation preparations that were not yet completed due to COVID restrictions.

We will continue to plan for alternative ways to celebrate our graduates in June based on Ministry of Education and Public Health announcements and guidelines.  Any additional information will be posted to our Grade 12 Google classroom.  Similarly local elementary schools will share the details of graduations with parents.  While not the graduation celebrations we might have hoped for, we will do our best to honour this significant milestone in our students’ lives.

Once again, we 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.

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, we have almost made it through this most exceptional of years and we are now looking forward to the promise of a new school year.  Thank you for your patience, your partnership and your support as we have journeyed through this year.  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

 

Free COVID-19 Testing Available for Students & Staff

Free COVID-19 Testing Available for Students & Staff

Free, voluntary COVID-19 testing for all asymptomatic (those who are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms) students and staff is available as follows:

Saturday, May 29, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Galt Collegiate Institute

200 Water St N., Cambridge

No Appointment Necessary

ABOUT THE TEST

 The test process is very simple and safe, and the collection site will be staffed by professionals who will be following a multitude of safety processes.

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip, that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). After the sample is collected, the test results will then be available within 24-48 hours on the my.thrive.health website.

If an OHIP number has been provided at the time of check-in/registration, results will also be uploaded to https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree

Thank you for helping us keep the St. Anne Community community safe and healthy so that we can avoid any further disruption from the COVID-19 virus!

Class Organization 2021-22

St. Anne School

Class Organization Criteria

For September 2021-2022

During the month of June, the staff of St. Anne will meet to create class lists for next September.  It is our sincere hope that we will all be back together to enjoy school as a community. Class organization is a highly comprehensive process in which extensive time, thought and consideration is given.  The task is complex and is the subject of many revisions. Sometimes due to an increase or decrease in student enrolment, classes must be adjusted and reorganized after the start of the school year in September.

How can parents provide input to this process?

Class organization is the responsibility of the school and school staff. Placements are made at our discretion. Parent voice/input, however, is welcome in this process – but within the following parameters:  You as parents know the ways your child learns best; you know what he/she needs in terms of the development of work habits and study skills; you also know effective discipline techniques that bring out the best in your child.  There are a number of important details that are invaluable to staff as we organize students into classes.  If you feel your input will support us in this arduous process, please complete the attached form based on the criteria mentioned in this letter.

We will take the information you provide as well as the information we have, to make the best decision for your child.  Our goal at St. Anne is to develop balanced classes – a balanced class reflects the diversity of our community and allows the variety of interests and talents of our learners to emerge and to be appreciated.  Like families, the class unit provides a balance of opportunities for a range of learners to succeed through appropriate challenges.  Like the community, school is a socializer and so each new school year brings opportunities to meet and make new friends and expand our circle of acquaintances.

Some of the criteria we use to build classes are:

  1. Balance of ability, interests, and talents
  2. Balance according to gender
  3. Learning style: How does the learner go about the process of learning?
  4. Social blending: What is the best cluster of individuals to effectively and efficiently learn?
  5. Educational support – I.E.P.’s/Special Ed teacher/Educational Assistant support

For you to state a teacher preference is not helpful or in some cases not possible to accommodate due to the size of our community, and we always have the possibility of staffing changes. The same applies for split or combined grades. Stating a preference based on classmate friendships is not a valid reason to put two children together. Students have opportunities to socialize at three recesses each day and time spent in class is teaching and learning time with the teacher as the facilitator. As a general rule, your comments about your child’s strengths and needs are most appropriate.

As a result of COVID-19 and the Teacher-Led Remote Learning format that is currently happening – you are asked to e-mail your child’s teacher directly. These comments should be submitted in writing by Friday – May 21st.

In your response please include

Student Name: _____________________________

Guardian Name: _______________________________

Present Grade: _____

Present Teacher: __________________________________

Comments that reflect the following:

I/we would like the following criteria/comments to be taken into consideration on my child’s behalf for his/her class for September (please include any background information as required).  This information is based on the format and direction stated in the “Class Organization Criteria for September” letter attached. Stating a teacher preference or naming other student will invalidate the form.

Once gain – please e-mail your child’s teacher directly.

Thank you kindly,

St. Anne school Staff

Submit a Yearbook Photo……

Hello Phoenix Families,

In the very near future, you will be receiving an email from “my yearbook photo”, asking you to submit a photo of your child(ren) to be used for our 2021 school yearbook.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we have been unable to have our school photos taken yet.  The email will be from “Picaboo” Canada/St. Anne.  The contents of the email will contain instructions on how to take the photo as well as a link to submit the photo to our yearbook committee.

The link is specific to each student so please don’t share links.  If you do not receive this email, please check your junk mail folder, and if you still have not received, please email Madame Cadwell at jacqueline.cadwell@wcdsb.ca.

We have included a picture of what the email will look like.

We thank you for your support and understanding.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Our Beacon of Hope….

Hello Phoenix Families,

Each year our school staff select a student to receive the honor of being our, “Beacon of Hope”. As we close out education week with the theme, Nurturing Hope, it is our pleasure to share that Landon was our 2021 Beacon of Hope recipient.

Please enjoy the video honoring all recipients in the Doyle family of schools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKETdAy_smg&t=15s

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

$400 Benefit…..

Hello Families,

You may already have this info, but the gov’t is offering another child benefit to families with school aged children up to grade 12 and it’s $400 per child/youth this time. The deadline is May 17th. If you registered for previous benefits – you should be automatically enrolled, but it is worth looking into.

https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/OccbWeb/public/index.xhtml?lang=en

Apply for Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

The purpose of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit (OCCB) program is to provide financial support to families with young learners to help with additional educational costs they have incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit will provide eligible applicants with a one-time payment of: $400 for each child/youth up to grade 12

www.iaccess.gov.on.ca

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Manners Matter Recipients….

Hello Families,

Every month our staff selects outstanding students who over the course of the month have demonstrated leadership, excellence, and manners.

For the Month of April, the students below are our Manners Matter recipients. Watch the mail for your phoenix pin and certificate.

Owen C.
Domenic L.
Krishna M.
Odin L.
Everleigh L.N.
Layla A.
Lesley F.
Marcus J.
Luca M.
Clara F.
Preston C.
Lauren B.
Ava M.
Nevaeh O.
Hayden J.
Josh Z.
Autumn K.
Jessica B.
Adam N.

Congratulations to all.

St. Anne School Staff.

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