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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.

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

Remote Learning Continues……

January 21st, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We hope this letter finds you and your family well, and that you and your families are managing to stay positive during this most unique of years.

I must begin as I did at the beginning of the month by sincerely thanking all our staff for their exceptional efforts since our return from the break.  It has been a learning curve for so many and we know that learning remotely as a full system, requires a great effort from everyone involved.  In that spirit I also want to applaud our students and parents for their flexibility, as we have all adjusted to a new way of learning.  We all continue to adapt throughout this year but at every turn, our students continue to learn and make strides forward.  But more than that – they are hopefully understanding that there is a foundation of care, where their well-being is our highest priority.

The main purpose of this letter is to inform you that the government and Ministry of Education specifically, have communicated that Waterloo Region will continue learning remotely at this time.  While a number of regions across the province have now returned to face-to-face learning, each region is being assessed based on the COVID positivity rates within that region.  This approach will ensure that when our staff and students do return to the classroom, we will be doing so safely.

We know our schools are safe and there is a desire to ensure they remain safe.  Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder January and early February will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.  It is our understanding that the next window for return will occur on February 11th.  We would expect to hear approximately a week before then as to which regions will be permitted to return to face to face learning.

The continuing exception to this direction is our students with special education high needs in elementary, and our community active living and ELD students in secondary.  Families who are affected by this option for learning have already been contacted directly.  We offer our sincerest thanks to the staff who have been going into our buildings and serving those students.

The one other relevant update you may be wondering about is the elementary school transition survey.  There was to be one final opportunity for parents to indicate if they wanted their children to learn remotely for the remainder of the year.  This survey was to take place January 27th to 29th.  Given that we are all remote at this time and that we will not be well served by any transitions at this time, we will defer the survey until our return date and circumstances are clear.  We will be sure to clearly communicate the survey dates to you when we are ready to administer the survey.

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 also take this opportunity to remind 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.  Let’s continue to remain people of hope, informed by our Faith and a desire to do the best for the students in our care.  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

Letter from the Director……

Hello Families,

Please see the letter from the Director:

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

Happy New Year! We hope that you are well, and that you and your families are managing to stay positive during these challenging times.

I want to begin by sincerely thanking all our staff for the exceptional effort since our return from the break. They continue to respond with dedication and care to the new requests, and to our evolving learning environments. Similarly, we want to congratulate our students and parents for their flexibility, as we have all adjusted to a new way of learning. Excellent learning continues to happen for our students and for that everyone should be very proud. It is genuinely inspiring to observe. We know it is not always easy.

As you are likely aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the remote return to school will continue until January 25th, not only for our secondary students but also for our elementary students. That is, both our elementary and our secondary students will continue to learn virtually. The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution, as positivity rates have increased over the holiday period. We know our schools are safe and there is a desire to ensure they remain safe. The cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community. Closing the schools to in person learning for January will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.

The exception to this direction are our students with special education high needs in elementary, and our community active living and ELD students in secondary. Families who are affected by this option for learning will have been contacted directly.

The announcement today is a direct response to the increase in cases over the break and the social habits that students and others have engaged in during that time. It is clear that in order to meet with success, our staff, students and broader community need to STRICTLY adhere to all public health guidelines and our own personal family bubble.

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 also take this opportunity to remind 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. Let’s continue to remain people of hope, informed by our Faith and a desire to do the best for the students in our care.

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

Remote Learning Update…..

Hello Families,
Just a reminder that remote learning is well underway for this 
week. We always need to be prepared for the possibility of 
returning to this format again, should the Ministry determine 
it is necessary.

Our teachers have been working hard to transition to this 
model of learning and we appreciate your patience as we 
navigate some to the technological challenges.

Please note that daily attendance is being taken and work 
counts toward formal assessment and evaluation. If your child 
is sick and will not be able to log on for a morning or 
afternoon, please call the school as per normal and leave a 
message. Mrs. Estabrooks is required to follow up on absences 
as per normal procedures so we will be calling if we have not 
heard from you and your child is not attending remotely.

Please see the letter below from the Minister of education……
Ministers_Letter_to_Parents_-_January_2_2021_FINAL

Remote Learning Update……

Hello Phoenix Families,

As you know, the Ministry of Education has implemented the week of January 4-8 as a remote week of learning. Students will be working from home.

Please know this will be very different from the teaching model used in the Spring during quarantine.

Teachers are now expected to follow the regular school day schedule. Attendance will be taken, and learning begins at 9:20 with students logging in to their Google classroom.

Recess and lunch will be regular break times. Some learning will be “live” with the teacher interacting on screen with the class, and some learning will be offline with the opportunity to check-in with the teacher while students work independently. Teachers will communicate daily their schedule with the class. Support staff will log-in to assist as well. In some cases, online break-out rooms will be provided for extra help and instruction.

As we all adapt, we do expect some challenges and we appreciate your patience. Tec problems, for example, are anticipated, and we will all do our best to work around these challenges so that learning can continue.

Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions. We hope to be back at school, working together soon.

Blessings to all in 2021.

St. Anne School Staff

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