Welcome to our Virtual Kindergarten Evening May 10th

Dear our CTK Kindergarten Families;

 

Please see attached information for our Welcome to Kindergarten night on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 6-7pm google meet.

If you know anyone who will be starting JK or first year of SK it is not too late to register please let them know they can register online by visiting our website at WCDSB.ca and click on register. If you have any questions please contact the school at 519-621-6680.

Welcome to Kindergarten Flyer 2021

 

We hope to see everyone virtually on our google meet that day!!

 

Have a wonderful  day and weekend!

Take care,

 

Christ the King Elementary Catholic School

 

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Tech Tips Tuesday – Social Media & Mental Health

Happy Tuesday!!

Children and young people are now growing up in a technology-dominated world and social media plays a major
role in their social lives. This balanced guide focuses on both the positive and negative impacts that social media can bring to young people and their mental health.

Please take a look at this great monograph: social media and mental health.

Please continue to talk to your children and be aware of what they are doing online. Please follow the recommended guidelines for each and any of the applications that your child is using.

Stay safe,

Sherry MacDonald-

Proud Principal of Christ the King Catholic Elementary School

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CTK Bobcat Weekly Family Update- Week 31 April 26-30

April 26-30 CTK Bobcat Families Weekly Update

Monday 26Synchronous Online Learning  Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am
Tuesday 27Synchronous Online Learning  Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

Check your email for this week’s Tech Tips – more information about Social Media this week! 

Wednesday 26Synchronous Online Learning – Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

Wear your Bobcat Spirit Wear proudly!!

Thursday 29Synchronous Online Learning– Students should log in to Google Classroom at 8:30 am

Live Announcements & Bobcats will learn more about Tools for Life- Calming Down Strategies

Friday 30Synchronous Online Learning– Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

In-person Bobcats will be introduced to the concept of YES DAY!! CTK style.

Please take a moment to review the Virtual Code of Conduct.

As we continue with a school-wide approach to Social Emotional Learning using the Tools for Life program,.This week, your child learned strategies to calm down when they are upset. Demonstrating self-control is a very important life skill that all children will need to be successful. We have been encouraging your child to share their feelings, but they need to know appropriate strategies to do this.

Please take this opportunity to discuss what your child learned using the following questions. We are sure that you will be impressed with the many strategies they have learned. Encourage them to use these strategies at home as well as school.

  1. What causes you to get upset and need to calm down?
  2. What are some ways that you like to calm down?
  3. Share with your child, times that you get upset and need to calm down.
  4. Share with your child, ways that you calm down.

Additional Resources

Don’t Pop Your Cork on Monday’s  I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer – Little Critter – Read Aloud Books for Children – Storytime Sometimes I Get Mad (The Anger Song) Boog ‘n Shoog Why Do We Get Mad? Kids Mindfulness: Calm Compilation

Please consider taking a look at the Tech Tips that are sent via School Messenger on Tuesdays. The simple monograph is a great way to find out more about the apps our students are using at home. 

  • WCDSB parents are welcome to attend  April events from yoga to drumfit.  New!  Attend a session and be entered to win a $75 restaurant gift card (no exceptions or exchanges).  Brought to you by CPIC and Ministry of Education PRO grants. April PRO Grant activities School Poster.pdf

Important Dates:

  • May 3 -7: Catholic Education Week
  • May 4th – St Benedicts FOS CSAC Meeting 6:30- Virtual
  • May 9th – Mother’s Day 
  • May 10th – Welcome to Kindergarten Evening – Make sure to remind your friends to register
  • May 24th – Victoria Day 
  • June 1 – Catholic School Advisory Council 6 pm Virtual – All are welcome!
  • June 4- PD Day- No School for Students
  • June -28 Grade 8 Graduation!!!
  • June 28 – Report Card Distribution

 

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Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit Reminder

Dear Families,

In case you were not aware the Ontario Government has an Ontario COVID-19 child benefit program that provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is in addition to the Support for learners program. If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply for this additional payment.

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply. Applications will open from May 3, 2021, to May 17, 2021. This new round of payment through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit is in addition to payments provided by Support for Families and the Support for Learners programs.

Please use the link below to learn more about this program. It is independent of the school and must be completed by parents,

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-ontario-covid-19-child-benefit

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Important Information about the Grade 7 Confirmation

Dear CTK Grade 7 Families;

Please read an important message on behalf of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.

Due to the recent restrictions by the Ontario government pertaining to COVID 19 all Confirmations will be cancelled.

We will reschedule at a later date when government restrictions and the pandemic allow.

Thank you

Stay Safe and Take care,

Christ the King School

Office

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Bobcat Family Weekly Update – Week of April 19-23

Monday 19 – Asynchronous Learning – Teachers will post learning on Google Classroom by 9:30 am Please complete this form (https://lf.wcdsb.ca/Forms/APS017-07F)    if your child still requires a Chromebook to learn at home.  Mrs MacDonald will be distributing Chromebooks.
Please take a moment to review the CTK Virtual-Learning-Code-of-Conduct.
Tuesday 20 -Synchronous Online Learning starts. Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30. Grade 4 Girls Club has been rescheduled. The next one is May 4th.
Check your email for this week’s Tech Tips – more information about Minecraft this week!
Wednesday 21 – Synchronous Online Learning – Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30. Wear your Bobcat Spirit Wear proudly!!
6:00 Catholic School Advisory Council All are welcome. We will be talking about school activities including Gr 8 graduation. Please email  sherry.macdonald@wcdsb.ca if you would like to attend.  Please use this link to join.
Thursday 22 – Synchronous Online Learning- Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30. After announcements Bobcats will learn more about Tools for Life- Body Messages
Stay tuned for special Earth Day learning and activities that you can do at home.
Friday 23 – Synchronous Online Learning- Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am. Bobcats will participate (virtually) in an Easter Liturgy with their class.

Notes:
We will continue with a school-wide approach to Social-Emotional Learning using the Tools for Life program. This week your child will learn about body clues for feelings. A person’s body language sends very clear messages as to how they are feeling. It is important that children learn how to read and understand body clues in themselves and other people. If a child can recognize body clues in themselves, they can start to learn strategies to maintain self-control and make good choices. If they can learn to recognize other people’s body clues, it will help them to make choices to change something they are doing to someone who is upset, or to avoid someone who may need some time alone. It will also assist them in developing empathy for others, which will make them better friends. Please take this opportunity to discuss what your child learned using the following questions. We are sure that you will be amazed at what they are learning and how much they know.
1. When you are excited, where do you feel it in your body?
2. Ask your child to share how they recognize when you are frustrated?
3. Share with your child a body clue you get when you are sad.
4. How do you know when you are feeling angry?
● WCDSB parents are welcome to attend April events from yoga to drumfit. New! Attend a
session and be entered to win a $75 restaurant gift card (no exceptions or exchanges).
Brought to you by CPIC and Ministry of Education PRO grants. April PRO Grant activities

Important Dates:
● April 22 – Earth Day
● May 3 -7: Catholic Education Week
● May 4th – St Benedicts FOS CSAC Meeting 6:30- Virtual
● May 9th – Mother’s Day
● May 10th – Welcome to Kindergarten Evening – Make sure to remind your friends to register
● May 24th – Victoria Day
● June 1 – Catholic School Advisory Council 6 pm Virtual – All are welcome!
● June 4- PD Day- No School for Students
● June 28 – Report Card Distribution

April 19-23 CTK Bobcat Families Weekly Update

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Pivot to Virtual Learning – April 19th

 

Our ‘Spring Break’ is nearing the end and we sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed their time. As announced by the Premier of the Province this past Monday, the return to school this week will be remote. We have done this before and we can do it again!

 

Monday, April 19th ~ Asynchronous Learning Day: This will be our first day ‘back to school’ and students will be engaged in asynchronous learning. This day will be like our adapted learning ‘Snow Days’. For this day only, teachers will post work on their Google Classroom by 9:30 am for students to complete during the day.

 

Tuesday, April 20th ~ Synchronous Learning Begins: We will proceed with our regular school bell times. Teachers will post their class schedule on their Google Classroom that includes blocks of times with other teachers. (e.g., French/Phys. Ed/Health/Music/Drama/Dance etc.) Attendance will be taken both morning and afternoon. Synchronous teaching does not mean that teachers and students are in front of the camera for the entire day. Synchronous teaching involves some time for a lesson and then even some possible asynchronous work for the students with the teacher being available for questions from students, either through email or an open meet link. We will be following our regular school schedule, starting at 8:30 and ending at 3:00 with lunch from 11:15 to 12:15.

 

We extend our gratitude to you AGAIN for your continued support and we recognize that you are also doing your best to adapt to the changes and possible challenges. We are working together and all want what is best for your child. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if needed.

 

Please see the attached Virtual Code of Conduct to further help support your child’s learning remotely.

CTK Virtual-Learning-Code-of-Conduct

 

 

 

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Message from St Patrick’s Parish

This is just an FYI that the First Communion is still going ahead tomorrow, April 17th at 10 am for the Christ the King Grade 2 students.

I am excited that we will be able to celebrate these sacraments with our young students.

Blessings
Father Ross

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Special Message from the Director of Education Regarding the School Shutdown

 

 

April 12th, 2021

 

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

 

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April 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 after the April Break will be remote.  That is, on April 19th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin their continued learning virtually.  The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution.  Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe.  Our protocols have served us well and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community.  We have also seen an increase in the variants and they are proving more concerning.  Closing the schools to in-person learning for the remainder of April 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.

 

We do not yet have a firm return date for in-person learning but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Once we have a firm return date for in-person learning we will be in touch.

 

Just before we left for the break, out of an abundance of caution, we did make 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 April 19th.   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 April 19th, 2021.

 

The move to remote learning will be similar to January.  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.  The first day back, April 19th,  will look a little different – we will treat it similar to a snow day where work will be posted to the class site.  Students will work independently.  This is to allow our staff to prepare their virtual lessons and we will start full synchronous days on Tuesday April 20th.   This will apply to St Isidore as well.

 

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 April Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.

 

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 April 19th, 2021.

 

I will also take this opportunity to once again 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.

 

Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.  Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in 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  #WeGotThis

 

Sincerely,

 

Loretta Notten

 

Director of Education

 

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