Special Message from the Director of Education – Important COVID-19 Updates

 Important COVID-19 Updates

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that you continue to be well and that you have had a healthy and enjoyable fall season.  We are pleased that, for the most part, our schools continue to be safe and healthy places for learning to prosper.  We have not been without our challenges this fall, but with a few exceptions, our COVID-19 case counts have remained quite low and we are so grateful to both our staff and our families for working hard to follow all the necessary guidelines and precautions.

 

This letter once again brings a few very important updates of which we would like you to be aware as they are important to your understanding as to how things are unfolding and precautions we wish to continue to enforce, so that we may continue on a safe, healthy and positive path as a community.

Vaccination

As you have no doubt heard in the media, vaccination for children ages 5-11 is now ready to be rolled out in the province and within Waterloo Region.  The Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province and local Public Health offer us the guidance, as the experts, that this is our best defence against COVID-19.  It will assist in keeping our children healthy, as well as all those with whom they have contact.  Vaccinations will be available at Public Health vaccination sites, community hubs, local pharmacies and at a few school pop-up sites (of which you will be informed when they are occurring).  A parent’s approval will be required for any child 5-11 to be vaccinated and any school-based sites will happen after hours.  Parents can begin making appointments as of today.

 

As a parent you may have questions about the vaccine for children 5-11 year olds.  Our local Public Health Unit is sponsoring a virtual parent information session, via Zoom, on Thursday Dec 2nd, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  The presentation, along with a question-and-answer session, will be given by Dr. Kelly Grindrod, Ontario College of Pharmacists Professor in Pharmacy Innovation and Associate Professor, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.  We would encourage any parent who still has questions about the vaccine to attend this session.

Rapid Antigen Testing for Students over Christmas Break

On November 18th, the provincial government announced that over the Christmas Break rapid antigen screen kits will be provided to any and all students who wish to take home 5 tests to be administered every few days between Dec 23rd and Jan 4th, so that we are better assured a safe and healthy return to school in January 2022, and a safer, healthier coming together with Friends and Family over the Christmas Season.

Sports / Athletics

As reported in previous letters, we have been pleased to see the return of athletics and sport to our schools and for inter-scholastic play to have returned for those age 12 and older.  The criteria to play is full vaccination and/or proof of a negative test.  This strategy is being used in a very targeted way for students who are not able to use our other usual strategies to ensure their safety – that is – they are unable to ensure masking and social distancing.  This strategy has now been endorsed by the province and will now continue for the foreseeable future for us at WCDSB.  We are extremely pleased by this decision.

Additional Health and Safety Measures

Also part of the November 19th announcement was the direction that all Parent-Teacher interviews should take place virtually (or by phone).  Similarly, schools are asked to ensure that assemblies occur virtually to ensure cohorts are not blending and social distancing is maintained.

Secondary Delivery Model

The province has opened the door to the second half of the year being delivered through a proper semestered model – which is 4 periods or 4 75-minute classes in a day.  This decision will have to be supported by Public Health based on cases and other relevant data.  At the current time we are hopeful that we will be in a position to return to a semestered/4 period day in February.

Potential Travel

A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

Screening

As we have shared before, please know that one of the most important things you do each and every day is to complete the screening tool before you as a staff member or student (or parent of a student) arrive at school.  Any individual who fails the screener or who is symptomatic in any way should not be reporting to school.  That is part of our collective responsibility to one another.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are continuing to ensure a safe and happy school experience for all.

 

We continue to be exceptionally grateful for your support and partnership as we navigate this unique year.

 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

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Bobcat Weekly Update #12 – November 22-26

Bobcat Weekly Update #12 – November 22-26

“I Can & I Will”

Mrs. Magliocco, Mrs. Lisi-Smith and their class will be creating prayers and jokes of the day!!

Please continue to do the COVID screening for each child, each day

Monday, November 22– Photo Retake Day 

Extended Day shut

Tuesday, November 23Pita Day

3-4:15 -Homework Club for Grade 7 & 8 students

Extended Day shut

Wednesday, November 24Pizza Day 

Spirit Wear Day – Please wear blue, yellow or Bobcat spirit wear!!

Extended Day shut

Thursday, November 25Sub Day

No Homework Club due to virtual Parent Interviews

Extended Day shut

Friday, November 26Smoothie Day

Extended day re-opens

Our Catholic Faith Community: The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Patrick’s Parish is once again running their annual Christmas program. Families living within the parish boundaries may request Christmas assistance by leaving a message on the SVDP voice mail at 519-623-0173 from Nov 1 to Nov 30.  A volunteer will return the call and collect the required information. Families will receive a grocery store voucher and for those families with children under 18 years of age, each child will receive a Walmart gift card. Please note that families who register with the Firefighter Basket Program, Salvation Army, Food Bank’s Christmas program or Haven House cannot also register with this program.

St Patrick’s Parish Weekly Bulletin

Today at Mass we celebrated the feast of Christ the King. The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, celebrated this year on Nov. 21, also is referred to as the Feast of Christ the King, Christ the King Sunday, or Reign of Christ Sunday. The feast was introduced in the Western liturgical calendar in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

Grade 7 & 8 Homework Club – In partnership with our Grade 7 and 8 teachers and St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education, we wish to inform you of an opportunity to support your child outside of regular instructional hours. To help our students work on skills in a quiet environment and to help them improve their Mathematics and Literacy skills, we are offering a Homework Club for Grade 7 and 8 students at Christ the King School every Tuesday (except the first of the month and when there are special events like Parent Interviews) and Thursday from 3:00-4:15 beginning November 23, 2021. They will meet each time in the Library Learning Commons and they will sit according to their classroom cohort. Please look in the weekly newsletter for information regarding dates on a weekly basis or Ms. Gillespie, Ms. Duque or Ms. Reale’s Google Classroom. Students who choose to participate are not required to come every time, however they are encouraged to build in routine.

Grade 8 Graduation Spirit Wear – please get in your name requests and voluntary payments asap. Orders will be placed this week.

Greenway Chaplin

  • Please take a moment to look at the programs available.. There are a lot of exciting events happening!!

COVID Protocols

  • We are all doing a fabulous job adhering to the guidelines and keeping each other safe. Please continue to do the COVID screening each morning, the written yellow form is no longer required

School Verification Forms & Cash Online: Hot meals are back!!!!  You must be signed up for CashOnline to order. Please ensure that you are signed up and paid by the deadline. No refunds will be offered if the child is absent. 

Important Dates

  • November 22- Photo Retake Day
  • November 23- Grade 7 & 8 Homework Club Starts
  • November 25 – Virtual Parent Interviews (No homework club today)

 

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#kindnessmatters

Kindness Matters and today, we WEAR PINK to show our support for a wonderful movement started by two Canadian students from Nova Scotia.

Check out their story below whereby they went out and got PINK SHIRTS to show support for a student who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt

 

Today, so many STAND UP to say NO to BULLYING!

This week is Kindness and Anti-Bullying Week and our community will learn about and touch on many important themes throughout the week .

What we focus on grows and while we want to understand, name and say NO to Bullying … we also want to focus on what kind of actions are needed to make our community and world a better place such that bullying is not welcome!

Monday-Wear Pink

Tuesday- PJ Day

Wednesday- Two Different Shoes Day

Thursday – Backwards Shirt Day

#kindnessmatters

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Bobcat Weekly Update #11 – November 15-19

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week

“I Can & I Will”

Ms Taillon and her class will be creating prayers and jokes of the day!!

Please continue to do the COVID screening each day

Monday, November 15 Wear Pink Day- show your support to stop bullying

  • Challenge #1 – As a family, make a list of people in your life. For each person, use one kind word/phrase to describe each person.

Tuesday, November 16 Pita Day– Pajama Day- Put bullying to a rest

Wednesday, November 17Pizza Day – Two Different Shoes Day- Let’s learn to walk in someone else’s shoes

  • Spirit Wear Day – Please wear blue, yellow or Bobcat spirit wear!!
  • VBall SA @ SVDP
  • BBAll CTK @ SVDP

Thursday, November 18Sub Day – Backwards Shirt Day- show that you have someone’s back

Volleyball practice

Lifetouch orders due

Progress Reports are going home

 

Friday, November 19PA Day – no school for students

Challenge #2 – Have a family discussion about why people bully. Giving a child knowledge about “why” bullying happens can empower that child to know

where it may come from. It does not excuse the bullying, but it may help the child understand more about the bully.

Our Catholic Faith Community: St Patrick’s Parish Weekly Bulletin

Greenway Chaplain

  • Please take a moment to look at the programs available.. There are a lot of exciting events happening!!

COVID Protocols

  • We are all doing a fabulous job adhering to the guidelines and keeping each other safe.
  • Please continue to do the COVID screening each morning, the written yellow form is no longer required

School Verification Forms & Cash Online: Hot meals are back!!!!  You must be signed up for CashOnline to order. Please ensure that you are signed up and paid by the deadline. No refunds will be offered if the child is absent. 

Important Dates

  • November 14-19- Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
  • November 18- Life Touch Orders Due
  • November 18- Report Cards Distributed
  • November 19- PA Day- no school for students
  • November 25 – Virtual Parent Interviews
Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you for giving me such a vibrant community of friends to

do life with. I praise you for the people you have blessed me with,

the ones who have come alongside me to love, encourage,

support, and uplift me through all the twists and turns of life. I’m

so grateful that I do not have to go through life alone, but that you

have shown me examples of your love through my dear friends.

I pray that you would be present in my friendships, that you would

be drawing us together in a deeper community with one another

toward greater unity with you. I pray that you would help heal any

places of brokenness or discord in my friendships, and that you

would restore any friendships that have fallen apart.

Like your Word says in Colossians 3:12-13, may I clothe myself in

compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. May I

be patient with my friends, and may I forgive freely like you have

forgiven me. May I shine your light in my friendships, giving glory

to you through all that I do, say, and think.

Thank you for my friends, Jesus. Thank you for the ways they

build me up and remind me of your goodness and faithfulness.

In your name I pray,

Amen.

 

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CTK Spirit wear-Swag Sale -LAST DAY IS TODAY!

Please see the attached poster. CTK Poster -Swag Sale- click on this link 

Today is the last day to order your swag wear!

Start shopping by going to www.SchoolWear.ca/CTK

It will be here for Christmas and it will make a fabulous gift.
Free Shipping to your home on orders over $75 until Nov 10. Use Code CTKFREESHIP

If you have any questions please call 877-439-9400 or email support@marchants.com

*Please note that Grad spirit wear will happen in a separate order.

Have fun shopping!

 

Thank you

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Photo Retake Day Coming Soon !

Photo Retake day at Christ the King School will be held Monday, November 22, 2021

 

Just a reminder orders can be placed on mylifetouch.ca

 

 

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Important Update from the Director of Education

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that you continue to be well and that you are enjoying some of the beauty that the fall season affords us.  We are pleased that, for the moment, cases seem to be slowing provincially and in the region, and in general, currently we are seeing fewer cases in our schools.

 

This letter brings a few important updates of which we would like you to be aware as they are important to your understanding as to how things are unfolding and precautions we wish to continue to enforce, so that we may continue on a safe, healthy and positive path as a community.

Screening

As we have shared before, please know that one of the most important things you do each and every day is to complete the screening tool before you as a staff member or student (or parent of a student) arrive at school.  Any individual who fails the screener or who is symptomatic in any way should not be reporting to school.  That is part of our collective responsibility to one another.

 

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Vaccination

We have started our conversations with Region of Waterloo Public Health about vaccination for our 5-11 year olds but at this point, things are still in the planning and approval stage.  As updates become available and we have specifics to share, we will be in touch as promptly as possible.

Testing

On Otober 28th, the government did share additional updates in relation to program with PCR testing and rapid antigen testing (“Test to Stay”).  In both cases these programs feed from pilot programs in the province,  and will be utilized when deemed necessary.  Both are in relation to when there are positive cases being experienced in a given school community.  There are specific criteria tied to their use and are not general surveillance/screening tools.

Sports / Athletics

As reported in my last letter, we have been pleased to see the return of athletics and sport to our schools and for inter-scholastic play to have returned for those age 12 and older.  The criteria to play is full vaccination and/or proof of a negative test.  This strategy is being used in a very targeted way for students who are not able to use our other usual strategies to ensure their safety – that is – they are unable to ensure masking and social distancing.  We have been heartened by how well received the return to athletics has gone, and remain enormously grateful to our (coaching) staff for supporting this “return to play/competition”.  The tests we were able to provide, through the support of a local partner, are no longer available to us.  At a provincial level, informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, they have indicated we are no longer able to access or provide the tests.  We are disappointed by this decision as we did feel it was a safe and equitable way to deliver sports.  Our policy that a player /athlete must be fully vaccinated or provide evidence of a negative test has not changed.  Families will now have to source the tests.  Below we provide some links where those purchases may be made.  Of course, vaccination remains an option.

 

https://rapidtestcanada.ca/product/covid-19-rapid-test-maple/

 

https://rapidtestandtrace.ca/

Inclement Weather Protocol

Every year at this time we like to share some reminders about protocols for snow days.  As you know – there are sometimes days in the winter when we have to cancel bussing due to the weather and unsafe driving conditions for our buses.  In the past, if roads were still passable, we would leave schools open.  On those days however, we often pooled classes based on the number of staff who fully attended and the number of students.  This year, as was the case last year, that is not possible due to our COVID-19 cohort – related restrictions.  In consultation with the public board, with whom we share bussing, when we cancel buses, we will close schools and have a remote learning day.  Your teacher will communicate with you in advance so you know where to look for school work for the day and protocols on such days, but in broad terms, the teachers will post work in the morning, no later than 9:30 a.m. and students will work on their own timing in their home.  It will allow all students to access some learning and we will be continuing to keep one and all safe.  We realize it may not be a perfect solution and learning day, but bus snow days rarely were.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and hope that we are not in this situation too often.

Potential Travel

A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.

 

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

 

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are continuing to ensure a safe and happy school experience for all.

 

We are grateful for your support and partnership as we navigate this unique year.

 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

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