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Cambridge Gaming and Bingo Centre

Hello Phoenix Families,

The Cambridge Gaming and Bingo Centre is a school sponsor and helps provide many opportunities for our kids.

Please support the centre if you can. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

Isidore and Confirmation…

Hello Isidore Families,

If you child is in grade 7, please see the following about Confirmation. You need to complete the registration a.s.a.p. so we can plan for numbers. Currently. Confirmation is currently booked for Saturday, may the 29th.

Please complete the following and return it to the church a.s.a.p.

confirmation registration 2021

With thanks,

St. Ambrose parish.

Letter from the Director…

Hello Phoenix Families,

We have a few updates/reminders to share with you.

We would like to remind you that the Ministry of Education has moved the March Break to the month of April (12-16). School is in session next week.

Don’t forget that this Sunday is Daylight Savings, and we turn our clocks ahead.

We continue to support our school through the recent positive case. And in that light, our Director has asked that we share the following with you.

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

Today we sit on the one year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic and tomorrow will mark one year since we were told we were going to have an extended March Break, that ultimately became our first lockdown.  A great deal has happened since then and as a community it is my sincere hope that as you look back on this past year, there are some moments of hope and joy that you can identify.   There can be absolutely no denying that the year has brought hardship and challenges to virtually everyone, but they have not been felt equally.  Some of us will have suffered more than others, will have been impacted more than others, and some will have truly struggled to find the path forward.

My hope would be that as you reflect on this past year, you are able to pray an offering of gratitude for the family and friends who have helped you through and that your faith has been a constant source of consolation.  I have prayed in gratitude for our staff who have been a rock of resilience, continually rising to the challenge to meet and serve the needs of our community and our students.  I also pray in appreciation for the many parents and students who have journeyed with us and placed their faith in us, as we did our best to find the best path forward.

As mentioned – with today being the one year anniversary of the official start of the pandemic, I choose to hope and pray that today marks an official start to some return to normalcy.  We know vaccine roll-out has begun and that by this coming fall things should look different – while perhaps not a full return to normal.  We know for schools that our year will likely begin somewhat similar to this year but as the potential for vaccines for children also rolls out, by mid-year we may be in a reality, in our schools, that is closer to what we remember.

In education our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is underway now.  We are working on staffing and budget, and need to make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, next week – March 15th through March 19th – 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.  Realizing that the landscape continues to change, we will confirm your choice with you in June (through one final survey open to all), but we will be seeking your interest now, so we can determine the demand for the virtual option.  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).

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.  We will confirm with you again in June as mentioned, but we do need to know now if you believe this is an option you are seriously considering.

Once again, we encourage you to visit 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   and Region of Waterloo Public Health website 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.  It has been a year unlike any other, but I hope that for you, like me, faith has been a source of comfort and hope.  We are journeying now through Lent to the Easter Season.  How fortunate are we to know the hope, promise and new life that is awaiting us, and how that will be reflected in the spring months ahead.  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 


Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Isidore report cards…

Hello Families,

The remaining Isidore reports cards that were not picked up,  have now been mailed out.

Be well,

St. Anne school staff

COVID Positive Case…

Hello Families,
We are writing to inform you that we have been contacted by Public Health and our school has a COVID positive case.
The families with children in the affected classrooms have been contacted. We are asking that you please review the information below from Public Health.
Please be patient as we work through this together with you and our school staff. If you are not contacted by Public Health, you are low risk.
We continue to keep our school safe with all the standard safety measures.
Thank you,
St. Anne school staff
School COVID-19 Case
Information for Parents/Guardians
A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Anne School Cambridge.  We are working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.
 What does this mean for students at the school?
  • Public Health will work with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case will be sent a letter by the school with information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • Public Health/Ministry of Ontario will contact the student via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
  • Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate. The school will provide general information for these students and families.
  • In the event a cohort must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • The term cohort includes students and staff in the same class, students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans
  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms
 What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?
  • Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily or may cause more severe illness. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that the Health Canada-approved vaccines will be any less effective against new variants.
  • In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.
Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at

Message for those switching to St. Isidore…

Welcome to St Isidore!

To ensure your child can join their St Isidore Virtual Class on March 8th please ensure that you (and/or your child) knows their WCDSB login and password as this will be required for joining their Virtual Class. To assist your child in being ready for class on Monday please have a dedicated computer for them as they will be online throughout the day from 8:30 until 3:00. It is also beneficial to have a dedicated space with a desk or table where your child can work.

Students are being placed into classes over the next few days, and you will hear from your child’s new teacher regarding how to join their virtual class via email prior to class beginning on Monday, March 8th. Please note: this invitation may not come until later in the weekend as teachers may not receive their updated class lists prior to this.

Isidore Report Cards…

Pick up has been extended into next week daily between 1:00 and 3:00.

Please park in the parking lot.
Please have only one parent come in for pick up.
Please ensure you are wearing a mask.
Please ensure you hand sanitize.
Please maintain distance.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

We look forward to seeing you.

Be well,
St. Anne School Staff

My child does not feel well – now what?

My child tells school staff they do not feel well – now what?

Hello Families,

You will have noticed in the letter we sent out from the Director yesterday some important changes to our COVID protocols.

Please know these changes are Ministry mandated.

When your child is at school and expresses, they do not feel well (one symptom) we are obligated to treat the situation as a possible COVID case. Please know this is out of an abundance of caution, in the effort to keep all staff, students, and their extended families safe.

You will need to make arrangements to pick your child up from school, along with their siblings, and begin the isolation period.

This isolation period for the symptomatic individual can end when ANY of the following happen:

  • There is a negative COVID-19 test
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 10 days have passed since the symptom started, and it has not gotten worse, however the remainder of the household must isolate for 14 days after the last contact with the symptomatic individual

This isolation period for the asymptomatic family members can end when ANY of the following happen:

  • The negative test results are received and confirmed
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 14 days have passed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no test result or alternate medical diagnosis

Please know that we understand that this is a change from past practice. Also, please know that this is the mandate of the Ministry and Public Health

Prior to the start of the school day, if your child has symptoms that are found on the COVID-19 School Screening Assessment found here: they should stay home.


When calling your child in ILL from school, please describe the symptoms and let the office know which of the following you will seek:

  • A COVID-19 test
  • Going to the doctor, or
  • Self-isolating your family (siblings included)

A reminder that if one of your children has a COVID symptom ALL siblings from the school must stay at home as well.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We know that the next few months might be very challenging for your family as we follow these new protocols.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

St. Anne School Staff

St. Isidore Report Card Pick Up…

Hello Families,

The St. Isidore report cards have arrived.

Pick up with be at St. Anne school, Wednesday February 24 and Thursday February 25 between 1:00 and 3:00.

Please park in the parking lot.

Please have only one parent come in for pick up.

Please ensure you are wearing a mask.

Please ensure you hand sanitize.

Please maintain distance.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

We look forward to seeing you.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

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