YEARBOOKS have arrived……

Hello Families,

Our yearbooks have arrived. Please come by today or tomorrow between 9:00 and 3:00. Please come to the gym doors at the back of the school where staff will greet you. Grade 8’s who are graduating get a complementary yearbook. We also still have report cards and personal items for a few classes if you could not make it Friday.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

IMPORTANT Update……

Hello Families,

The Region of Waterloo remains a hot spot for COVID 19 and the delta variant. As a result, we learned today that Public Health has directed that all year-end events at schools must be outside for public safety.

Please make note of the following:

The last day of live remote teaching is Thursday, June 24th. Some work will still be posted for all students on the 25th, 28th, and 29th (official last day). Obviously, with us collecting Chromebooks on the 25th this will be simple work that does not require a Chromebook for completion. We have a significant number of devices to collect, and clean before the 29th.

The last day for our High Needs students, currently attending face-to-face will also be Thursday, June 24th. Students are welcome to complete the work posted on the subsequent days as well.

Friday, June 25th we invite parents/guardians and kids to the school yard during your scheduled block of time (as per alpha order below)

 Please ensure you have a mask and respect distance during your visit. We hope the kids can join you so the teachers and staff can say a proper goodbye for the summer.

Your scheduled time is listed below in Alpha (by last name) order. Please park in the parking lot. You first station will be to drop off Chromebooks and Library books from the side entrance to the school by the parking lot. Staff will be there to greet and assist you.

Next, make your way on the black top at the back of the school to greet your children’s teacher(s) on the blacktop.

Teachers will have a table/space set up outside. At this time, you will pick up the report card(s) and student personal items have been individually bagged for pick up.

Your time for one parent/guardian to visit the school on June 25th, is in alphabetical order by last name as per below:

A-C – 9:00-10:00

D-F – 10:00-11:00

G-I – 11:00-12:00

J-L – 12:00-1:00

M-P – 1:00-2:00

Q-T – 2:00-3:00

U-Z – 3:00-4:00

In the event of rain, please make your way to the gym doors at the back of the school. Here staff will deliver reports and personal items to you outside.

For those who can’t make it on the 25th, please let your child’s teacher know, and you will be able to pick up personal items, reports, and drop off Chromebooks / Library books on the 28th and 29th from 9:00-4:00 in the gym. Staff will assist you at the door outside.

Any report cards not picked up will be mailed out the following week.

This is not the year-end any of us envisioned when we started school in September. Our hope is that this fall will provide a start like we remember, with everyone back together – ready to learn and grow together.

Be well,

St. Anne School staff

 

 

 

 

Year end details……

Hello Families,

As we end another year, we are once again presented with some unique challenges.

We all believed when we departed for the April break that we would be together again in a few short weeks. With vaccinations in full force and numbers coming down across the province, we are hopeful for a fall return that will be more in line with a traditional year of school for all of our kids.

To close out this school year, please make note of the following:

The last day of live remote teaching is Thursday, June 24th. Some work will still be posted for all students on the 25th, 28th, and 29th (official last day)

The last day for our High Needs students, currently attending face-to-face will also be Thursday, June 24th. Students are welcome to complete the work posted on the subsequent days as well.

Friday, June 25th students and families will be invited to the school

 Our school staff will be on site for a face-to-face visit with you and your children. Families will be given an Alpha time slot (see below)

Families will entre from the gym – off the blacktop. All safety precautions need to me adhered to (Masks – distance – sanitizer). Tables will be set up to drop off Chromebooks (all are to be returned) and to drop off library books.

Families will then visit teachers in the classroom. At this time you will pick up the report card in the classroom and pick up any personal items from your child’s desk/coat rack, etc. You may also get to see a friend or two.

Your time to come to the school with your children on June 25th, is in alphabetical order by last name as per blow:

A-C – 9:00-10:00

D-F – 10:00-11:00

G-I – 11:00-12:00

J-L – 12:00-1:00

M-P – 1:00-2:00

Q-T – 2:00-3:00

U-Z – 3:00-4:00

For those who can’t make it on the 25th, please let your child’s teacher know, and you will be able to pick up personal items, reports, and drop off Chromebooks / library books on the 28th and 29th from 1-4:00 in the gym. Please enter at the back of the school from the blacktop following safety protocols noted above.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

 

 

 

Update – End of Year……

Hello Phoenix Families,

Please see the letter below from the Director of Education. We will be in touch about the specific details for our school site.

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that this communication finds you well.  It has been an eventful few weeks since last we communicated and today’s letter will bring some important updates.  As you well know at this point, it was announced by the Premier on Wednesday, June 2nd that in person schooling would not be returning this school year.  We know that for many students and indeed for many staff this was a disappointing update and not the news for which we were hoping.  It is difficult to be ending a second year in a row remotely, but we do know it will set us up for a safe and healthy summer, and hopefully a strong return to in person learning in the fall.

End of Year Activities

We are conscious that without a formal return to school, we once again have to contemplate bringing closure to our year and also complete some tasks associated with return of school materials and retrieval of personal belongings.  It will also be an opportunity to return any learning devices students were loaned from their schools or any textbooks they may have.  In order to facilitate this process, the last day of synchronous learning for all elementary schools, including St Isidore, will be Thursday June 24th.   June 25th, June 28th and June 29th will be asynchronous learning days, where work will be posted and students will be invited to come into their schools to return materials and connect with teachers.

Elementary Schools:

Keeping in mind all our obligations to our health and safety protocols, our elementary aged students will be invited to come to their schools at an appointed time to say a final in-person good-bye to their teacher and to allow for some personal connections with some classmates.  Principals will develop a schedule for their school and communicate those details to students and families once they are finalized.  We hope to not inconvenience parents more than once as they bring their children to the school for their good-bye.

Recognizing Elementary Graduates:

Graduates will also receive communications from their schools with details about virtual graduation ceremonies, and about any drive-by / walk-by graduation ceremonies that are planned.  This will allow for a celebration of this milestone, for photos and final in person good-byes.

Secondary Schools:

The last day for synchronous learning in Secondary with be June 22nd, with June 23rd and 24th as final assessment days.   The dates of June 24th and 25th will be used for device retrieval and textbook collection (June 28th and 29th will be available as need be as well).  School Administration will communicate the schedule and process.  June 24th is the last day for Community Active Living and ELL students.

Recognizing Secondary Graduates:

As has been previously communicated, a great deal of preparation has been underway for our graduates.  The secondary schools have been coordinating efforts and engaged in much planning to ensure our graduates are celebrated to the best of our ability.  Comprehensive virtual graduation ceremonies are currently planned for the fall and in-person celebratory drive-by/walk by ceremonies are planned for this spring.  We want to honour the considerable accomplishments of our many graduates.  We are very proud of you!  More details about these events will be provided by your local school.

Transition Survey Results for 2021-2022 School Year

Thank you to all parents and families for completing our Transition Survey for next school year.  We have just under 600 students registered for St Isidore elementary school next year and approximately 200 students who desired online learning for secondary.  As the 200 secondary students are spread over 5 schools, 4 grades and multiple courses,  a decision has been made that delivery will occur through a hybrid model (online and in-person students are in the same class), so that students can learn online and still access most of the course offerings they might desire.

Learning Kits for next year

Finally, just a short word to say that once again we will be providing students and families from grades JK – 12 with WCDSB Learning Kits.  Look here to see what to expect:

 Student Kits – List of Items.pdf   It is a small way to ensure heath and safety, while saying to you that you matter to us!  We value your faith in WCDSB and we cannot wait to welcome you back!

Thanks for your continued support and let’s have a great end to the school year, and an even better, healthier summer and school year ahead!  It’s going to be #WCDSBAwesome !

Sincerely

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Contest Winner……

Congratulations to our Yearbook Cover Contest Winner

Mariana M in Mrs. Arsenault’s class.

Your artwork submission will be the cover page on the St. Anne 2020-2021 Yearbook.

The yearbook is now on sale through Schoolcashonline

This has been a year of school like no other 😊

Rock on Phoenix Nation

Plaid Phoenix 7

Manners Matter Recipients……

Hello Phoenix Nation,

Congratulations to the following awesome Phoenix kids who were selected by their teachers as our Manners Matter recipients for the month of May. These students have demonstrated that at our school we, “Strive for Excellence and Manners Matter,”…….even during online learning 🙂 Certificates and pins are in the mail……

May
Mateo O.
Grayson M.
Liam M.
Rylee S.
Lais M.
Andre C.
Ysabelle S.
Meghan S.
Amelia M.
Ethan S.
Milo M.
Madison P.
Megan D.
Brennan K.
Max R.
Marcus R.
Isaac E.
Anaisa F.
Hayden J.
Nina N.

Friendly reminder……

Hello Phoenix Families,

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Friday June 4th, is a P.A. Day and there is no school.

We will be in touch in the coming weeks with information about picking up personal items, report cards, chromebooks, etc. Please watch for communications.

Fingers crossed COVID number continue to decline, and we call return to some normalcy soon.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Last Chance to Register……

Transition Survey For Online Learning 2021-2022 School Year NOW OPEN – Deadline to Complete Survey Thursday, June 3, 2021

As mentioned in March and even more so now, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  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(ren) is returning to face-to-face learning.  The survey is now open for any parent/family who wishes to choose virtual learning 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 St. Anne 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 who 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

We are also asking if any families know that their child(ren) will not be attending St. Anne School in September 2021, please notify the office as soon as possible by emailing: Sonia.Lawrence@wcdsb.ca.

 

Have you registered?

For those families wishing to attend online school in September……

Transition Survey For Online Learning 2021-2022 School Year NOW OPEN – Deadline to Complete Survey Thursday, June 3, 2021

As mentioned in March and even more so now, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  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(ren) is returning to face-to-face learning.  The survey is now open for any parent/family who wishes to choose virtual learning 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 St. Anne 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 who 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

We are also asking if any families know that their child(ren) will not be attending St. Anne School in September 2021, please notify the office as soon as possible by emailing: Sonia.Lawrence@wcdsb.ca.

 

St. Anne Update…

Hello Phoenix Families,

Just a few brief updates……….

First Holy Communion has been delayed due to COVID restrictions and will be re-booked at a later date when things open back up.

Confirmation has been delayed due to COVID restrictions and will be re-booked at a later date when things open back up.

School Photos and Grad photos have been delayed due to COVID restrictions. Grad photos may be offered at the

Lifetouch studios, depending on restrictions when things open back up and we will update you as soon as we know more.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

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