Letter from Director: Return to School in January, 2021

December 21st, 2020

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved Christmas Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances. No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school in January will be remote. That is, on January 4th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin the new year learning virtually. The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution. We know our schools are 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 the early part of 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.

Our elementary schools will return to face-to-face learning on Monday, January 11th, 2021 and our secondary schools will return to face to face learning on Monday, January 25th, 2021.

Just before we left for the break, we were given an indication that the government might choose a remote return in January. Given the short timelines, we made a “best efforts” attempt to send home Chromebooks with all those students for whom we had a prior request through our comprehensive survey. If there are outstanding orders that were missed, they will be deployed upon our return on January 4th. Schools and Extended Day programs currently remain closed and unavailable to staff, students, and parents. All school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions and updates as of January 4th, 2021.

The move to remote learning will be different than last spring when the face-to-face hours with teachers was limited. The school day will follow the bell times of your individual school and if not already received, you/your student will be given a clear indication of the daily schedule your child is to follow through your local school. Again, we might expect that the first day or two back in January may not be perfectly smooth as we all adjust to the new reality. St Isidore students will continue as per the usual schedule.

For our high needs special education students we would like to provide the following guidance. In elementary, students with high needs will learn remotely as with the rest of your class and per the class daily schedule, but there will be “break-out” rooms where additional support is possible. Your return to face-to-face learning will be January 11th 2020. For secondary high need students, you will also leaning virtually for the first week back (again with breakout rooms) and by January 11th we will provide more detail with an option for transportation and face to face learning in your local school setting.

As of today, we are still planning to proceed with our Secondary Transition Survey regarding quadmesters 3 and 4. The current decision to move to virtual is a short-term strategy and there will be a return to face to face learning on January 25th (as we near the end of quadmester 2). Please keep in mind if you choose “face to face learning in the bricks and mortar schools” or if you choose “virtual” that is your choice through to the end of June.

Thank you for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff. This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large. During the upcoming Christmas Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings. You can check the government’s holiday web page for more direct and up-to-date guidance on how individuals and families can plan for a safe holiday season, including suggestions for safer holiday activities for children and families.

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 let your school principal know upon their return on January 4th, 2021.

I will also take this opportunity to point out 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.

This is likely not the Christmas any of us envisioned or desired. These challenges are real and the hardships can be quite difficult for some. But we can see the light in the distance. We can also see the profound light of the manger. Let us continue to be people of hope who celebrate the birth of a tiny babe who shared a powerful message of love and salvation. 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 #WeGotThis

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten
Director of Education

 

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Merry Christmas!!!!

 

This is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and reflect on the many good things in our life.  We, especially children, are filled with excitement!  On behalf of the staff of Christ the King School, I extend our best wishes during this Christmas season to you and your family.  We hope that you will be blessed with the spirit and gifts of that first Christmas – peace, love, and goodwill towards others. Please be safe and continue to adhere to the guidance from Public Health.  May the promise of Christmas help show God’s boundless love for you and may you be blessed with good health, prosperity, and happiness throughout the New Year!

 

 

 

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DROP OFF AND PICK UP – PLEASE WEAR A MASK!

Dear Families,

Just a reminder that parents are not allowed to be on the blacktop before or after school in compliance with Public Health protocols.  With the increasing number of positive cases in our Region, parents must wear a mask when dropping off or picking up their child.  For those parents who are waiting to DROP OFF and/or PICK UP your JK/SK child, we ask that you maintain social distancing and wear a mask.  Please do not gather by the gate. We appreciate your support in ensuring that we all continue to follow the public health protocols put in place for everyone’s safety.  Thank you in advance!

Mrs. Sica

 

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Christmas Spirit Week!

Are you ready to spread some Christmas cheer next week?  CTK Christmas Spirit Week starts next Monday!  Earn a house colour point for each day you participate.

 

 

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Week of December 7th

Dear Bobcat Families,

This week, we light the second candle on our Advent wreath and focus of the theme of PEACE.  When we light the second candle we are invited to call to mind the many ways the peace of the Lord is with us always.   We look forward to our virtual celebration tomorrow led by our fabulous Grade 7s in Ms. Duque’s class.   This week, let us speak kindly, love deeply, forgive easily, and share peace with those around us!

Dressing for Winter Weather:  The colder weather is certainly upon us! Please ensure that your child(ren) come to school dressed appropriately for outdoor weather.  All students should have coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and warm boots. Please provide a pair of indoor shoes as students are required to wear footwear at all times.  Playing outdoors is a pleasant & healthy activity when students are wearing suitable clothing!

 

Parent Contact Information:  Please call the office to update phone numbers and to add or change your email information.  Our school will periodically send notifications using School Messenger by phone or email.  Don’t miss out on important school information!  This information is also important in the event that we need to call you to pick up your child if they are sick or in an emergency.  Call the school at 519-621-6680 to ensure we have your correct contact information!

 

FREE Resource for Families:  Please see the information below for FREE online events available through the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

 

Student Attendance:  During these troubling times of COVID 19, we need to be able to account for every absence reason.  When you are calling to report your child’s absence, please always provide a concise reason.  If you do not leave a reason, we will have to call you back to make the necessary inquiries.  We have to be without doubt that your child’s absence is NOT related to COVID.  If your child’s absence is due to illness, please leave your child’s name and a description of ALL the symptoms they are experiencing.  Please remember that before coming to school, the online screening tool, must be completed.  To complete the screening tool, please visit our website (https://christtheking.wcdsb.ca/ ) and then click on COVID-19 School Screening Tool link.

Student Masks:  Please ensure that you have provided several backup masks for your child(ren) as they can get dirty/moist throughout the day.  Students have received a few cloth masks from the Board and the intention is that disposable masks will not be distributed to students who forget their masks from home.  Please check your child’s backpack to ensure that they have ample masks for the day to keep everyone safe.  Thanks so much for your support!

 

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Details for Ordering Pictures !


Hello Parents!

Just wanted to update all families on what happens next after our Picture Day which was held on Monday, November 30 th!

Once we have received all student portrait forms they will be distributed to students to take home. 

On the portrait form you will see an  ID and Access code if you wish to order pictures please visit mylifetouch.ca to view the proofs and to place orders.

 

Thank you

Christ the King School

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“Support for Learners” Financial Assistance Program- Apply Today!

New Ontario “Support for Learners” Financial Assistance Program

On November 30, the Ontario government launched the Support for Learners program.

Through this program, the government is providing financial support to help parents and guardians with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year, during the second wave of COVID-19.

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each child up to age 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 years with special needs

This is a new program, and all parents or guardians who are residents of Ontario with eligible children will need to submit a new application for each child.

As of today, eligible parents or guardians can go to Ontario.ca/SupportforLearners for more information and to apply for the one-time financial support. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

Support for Learners funding is intended to directly support parents to provide children and youth with key educational resources like workbooks, school supplies, technology, and developmental resources during these unprecedented times.

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Remote Learning Day: All Schools CLOSED!

Good morning CTK Families,

Due to the current weather conditions, schools are closed today and it will be a Remote Learning Day.  All Extended Day Childcare Programs are also closed.

Each classroom teacher will be posting work for your child to complete on their Google Classroom.  This was reviewed with your child yesterday.  Asynchronous student work, including Planning Time/French, will be posted by 10:00 am.  Teachers will be available during normal bell times (8:30 am to 3:00 pm) to allow students to contact their teachers through Google or email.   Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Thank you Bobcats and stay safe!

CTK Staff

 

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