Bobcat News for Week of February 1, 2021!

Dear CTK families,

With February upon us, this means that we are halfway through the school year!  The midway point is the time for first term Report Cards.  These will be coming home with Kindergarten-Grade 8 students on Friday, February 19th.   In February, the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th where we are called to open our hearts with prayer, penance, and works of charity.

NEW MATH CURRICULUM

Have you been wondering what the new Math curriculum is all about? When your child(ren) receives their February Term 1 Provincial Report Card you may notice a change, specifically in the Math curriculum box. Parental involvement is one of the most significant factors contributing to a child’s success in school. When parents are involved in their children’s education and understand the curriculum being taught, the level of student achievement increases. To have a better understanding of what has changed be sure to explore the new curriculum in the following  link: Link to New Math Curriculum

February 1 to 5 is #WCDSBPetWeek!!

February 1 to 5 2021 is #WCDSBPetWeek in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools.  Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets, and how their pets are helping them cope with COVID-19.  If your family doesn’t have a real pet, please feel free to create a “virtual” pet and share that …. or share a favorite stuffy.

We are all #InThisTogether – and everyone can play!!

Remember to use the hashtag #WCDSBPetWeek when you share.

And then check out www.wcdsb.ca/wcdsbpetweek frequently as all the posts are gathered!!

Umbrella Project:  MINDFULNESS

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This month at The Umbrella Project is all about Mindfulness, the skill that helps us to stay present in our experience instead of spending most of our time thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

What will mindfulness do for my child?

Mindfulness has been shown to have many benefits. Paying attention to the present moment can boost our mood, improve our self-confidence and help us think more clearly. It can also improve our immune system’s ability to fight disease. Mindfulness can increase brain size, specifically the parts responsible for learning, memory, and empathy. It is an important skill in our umbrella and supports the development of the other skills in our umbrella.  

Start with intention and your ‘Why’ to shift from ‘doing’ to ‘being’.

For many of us, life has become an endless to-do list we are constantly in the process of trying to complete.  Doing has taken over most aspects of our lives and it dominates the way we parent.  In most cases, we have drifted so far into the doing side of life that we have forgotten why we are “doing” in the first place.  To reconnect to our wellbeing, we need to shift our focus to another state and that is ‘being’. Being present, being with the people we love, being in our experience. Mindfulness is the practice of being, of connecting to and staying present with our moment to moment experience.

Listen as Dr. Jen introduces this important Umbrella Skill of Mindfulness

Winter Walk Day is February 10th!

In light of the extension of at-home learning,  Winter Walk Day will be moving to a ‘virtual’ event. Students are asked to walk at least 1 block at any point on the 10th. We encourage families to tweet out their walk day photos and tag #WWDWR2021.  Winter Walk Day is the perfect opportunity for students to get outside to improve physical and mental health, create a healthier environment, safer streets, make friends and have fun!  Students can register online for this event and have their name entered into a draw for a $20 Indigo gift card. Click on the link below to register!

Students can register Here

We look forward to celebrating your walk on February 10th!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

There is still time to register for Kindergarten!  Please contact us at 519-621-6680 to make an appointment to register your child who will be attending Year One (born in 2017) or your child (born in 2016) who presently is NOT attending Year One (JK) but will be attending Year Two (SK) in 2021.  Due to COVID protocols, we will be unable to handle drop-in registrations — appointments MUST be made in advance.

Registration for September 2021 will be held as follows:

              Wednesday, February 10, 2021 — 3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

              Thursday, February 11, 2021 — 9:00- 10:30 am and  1:00 p.m. – 3: 00 p.m.

We look forward to meeting our newest Bobcats!!!

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Sports Jersey Day!

Good morning Bobcats!!

We made it to Friday!!  Let’s show some spirit today by wearing a jersey of your favourite team or club and earn points for your colour house!!

 

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CTK News for Week of January 25, 2021

Dear CTK Families,

We hope that you were able to get outside for a bit and enjoy some of the sun we had this weekend!  Just a reminder, that staff will be waiting to greet your child tomorrow Monday, January 25th at 8:30 am on their Google classrooms.  Please remember that attendance is taken at 8:30 am and 12:15 pm and that students are expected to be up and ready to learn with cameras on!  Bobcats, please make sure that you are completing the assignments that have been posted, and please reach out to your teacher if you have any questions.  As always…we are here to help and teach you!

 

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, January 28 and we’re joining in to help drive progress in mental health.

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 38% of Canadians say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19, and people already struggling with their mental health were 2 times more likely to say their mental health has declined due to the pandemic.

Since 2010, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and inspire one another to take action and help create a Canada where everyone can access the mental health support they need. In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights, 83% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012. By joining in and taking action, we are all helping to make a real difference.

This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because now more than ever, mental health matters. Whether you’re staying virtually connected with a family member, working directly with patients in recovery, investing in access to care or even just taking care of your own mental health, every Canadian can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home.   That’s why we’re joining in the 11th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to help create positive change.

When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. All at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.

Please join us this Bell Let’s Talk Day by showing your support for all those who live with mental illness and those taking action to help them.

 

Don’t forget…..this Friday is Jersey Day!

 

 

 

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Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre: Virtual Programs and Updates!

Good morning CTK families,

Please see the links below for virtual programs that are being offered by our community partner, Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre.

Link to a variety of virtual programs (with the links to our social media channels) https://greenwaychaplin.com/programs/

CTK students are invited to submit their art creations for the neighbourhood Virtual Art Show on Feb 10. Submit pieces to Joey joeys@greenwaychaplin.com

Link to events: https://greenwaychaplin.com/events/

CTK families are also invited to Trivia Night at 6 pm on Thursdays Live on Facebook.

https://greenwaychaplin.com/events/

 

 

 

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PD Day Tomorrow!

Good afternoon CTK Families!

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd is a PD Day.  As with other PD Days, students will have the day off and there will be no synchronous or asynchronous virtual learning provided for students. Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you on Monday, January 25th at 8:30 am on your Google Classrooms!

As you may have heard in the press release yesterday, our school board will NOT be returning to face-to-face learning next week.  We are waiting for further clarification on an anticipated return date.  Please know that staff will continue to be committed to providing remote virtual learning,  your child’s success, and well being!  We will continue to keep you informed of any updates as they are received.

Thank you once again for all of your great work and support!   We are so proud of YOU and please know our amazing and hardworking staff at CTK look forward to seeing you every day!  Please continue to take good care of yourselves!

Tammy Sica

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Bobcat News Week of January 18, 2021

Dear CTK families,

Thanks to all the staff, students, and families who continue to work so hard to engage in the virtual learning platform.  We know this can be challenging at times and technology and connectivity issues do occur but please know we appreciate all that you are doing!  Bobcats, we are so proud of you and you are certainly demonstrating resiliency and grit!  Please remember that we are here to help you and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 519-621-6680 or email tammy.sica@wcdsb.ca.

 

Virtual Learning Tips and Expectations:  We understand that parents/guardians are valuable partners in their child’s education. As we are navigating in a virtual learning environment, we recognize that although the expectations are similar, they may not be identical to those in a physical school setting.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • When cameras are on, consider using the ‘blur background’ feature.
  • Please remember that appropriate clothing is required just as it is in a physical school.
  • Behaviour is expected to resemble that which would be deemed acceptable in school (e.g., sitting up,
    raising a hand when wanting to share)
  • We know that all of our families are doing their very best to have their children connect to their virtual classrooms and complete the work that is provided.  When required, parents may act as a support.  In order to honor the student learning journey, please allow your child to experience productive struggle by allowing them to do the thinking and completing their work independently.  Generally speaking, parents/guardians should not appear on camera or speak directly to the teacher or class during the synchronous learning times.
  • We understand that we are not in normal times and although we are required to take attendance, we realize that exceptions need to be made.  Please continue to communicate with us so that we can work together to figure out how to best support your family and your child’s learning.

 

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay!  We know these are very challenging times!  Please take the time to visit our WCDSB’s Mental Health and Wellness page!  You can find resources here to grow your knowledge on mental health topics, learn a variety of daily wellness practices that can help you manage stress, get connected when additional supports are needed, and learn about how WCDSB is promoting wellness in our school communities. Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb

 

Bobcat Spirit Day!  Continue to show your spirit every Wednesday and wear your Bobcat T-shirts or hoodies!

PD Day:  Just a reminder that this Friday, January 22nd is a Professional Development Day.  No school today for students!


Thank you for your continued support and for being such incredible partners!  Again, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  We are here to help!

Sincerely,

Tammy Sica

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News for Week of January 11-15, 2021

Dear CTK Families,

THANK YOU for all of your patience last week and for supporting the staff last week for our first week of remote learning.  We are very grateful for your help!  Thanks also to the amazing staff of CTK who worked so hard to continue to make learning fun, engaging, and for quickly solving connection and tech difficulties.   As you are aware, we will continue with Remote Learning until January 25th.  Please continue to have your child join their Google Classroom at 8:30 am and at 12:15 pm.  If your child will be absent, please call the school to let us know.  If we do not receive a call, Mrs. Almanza will contact you at home.  Thanks again for your support!!

CSAC Meeting:  On Tuesday January 12th, the Catholic Schools Advisory Committee will be meeting virtually.  If you would like to attend, please email Mrs. Sica and a link will be forwarded to you.  The Meeting will start at 6:00 pm.

Spirit Day every Wednesday:  Don’t forget to show your school spirit on Wednesdays!  Make sure you have your Bobcat spirit wear on for your Google Meet!

SWITCHING MODE OF LEARNING

Parents will have one final opportunity to switch their mode of learning this year.  If you would like your child/ren to move to St. Isidore – our online school OR if you would like your child to return to face-to-face learning, please ensure that you complete the survey by the deadline.  The survey will open up on January 27th starting at 6 am and will stay open until the 29th at 6 pm.  These deadlines are firm.  Once you have made your decision – the learning mode will switch as of February 16 and will run for the remainder of the year.  Here’s the link: Switch modes of learning

 

umbrella projectFor the month of January, we will be practicing RESILENCE.  Over time everyone will face a range of obstacles and difficulties; it’s part of life. Resilience allows us to adapt or even feel stronger and happier after these times. It helps us to feel less like the victim of our own story and more like the hero. In order to practice resilience, your child will be asked to set a goal for themselves.  It could be something that they fear or something that they avoid because it may too difficult or challenging.  They will identify and complete small steps to achieve their goal and at the end of the week, they will reflect and assess how they are doing.  When it comes to resilience, practicing helps. With every storm you successfully weather, your resilience gets a bit better and the more we do that, the stronger we get.

Listen as Dr. Jen’s introduces this important Umbrella Skill of Resilience

Resilience is built by facing fears, not by avoidance, not full immersion, but repeated small fears faced and defeated over time.

In this short, 2 minute video, I explain the importance of facing our fears.

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

 

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School Building Closure Update: Letter to Parents

Good morning everyone,

Again, many thanks to all of our amazing students, staff, and parents for their awesome work and support this week.  Together, we certainly have accomplished so much this week!  THANK YOU!!  Parents, please see the link below for a letter from our Director, Loretta Notten.

School Building Closure Update to WCDSB Parents Jan 8th 21

Enjoy your weekend Bobcats!

 

 

 

 

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