Bobcat Weekly Update – Week of May 31-June 4

We hope that you enjoyed this weekend!  It is hard to believe that we are about to enter the month of June. We hope that you continue to be well and safe!  Bobcats, please continue to check into your Google classrooms at 8:30 and after lunch. Let us finish the year strong!  If there is anything that we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact the school!

We are really looking forward to being able to see you all again in person.

Letter to Community Pride Flag May 28 202 On Tuesday we will be raising the Pride Flag. In doing so, we are publicly affirming our belief in love, inclusion, and human dignity for all! This is a beautiful opportunity for us to remember that we are all Called to Belong. We are all created in the image of Jesus and we need to be accepting and inclusive of each other. Please take a moment to view the Director’s Message Pride Flag

COVID Vaccinations: In Waterloo Region, pre-registration is now expanded to those 12+ years of age. We are hopeful that the more vaccinations our students and staff get, the more hopeful we are that we just might be heading into a future that starts to open up more possibilities, and a return to a life that is a little closer to what we once knew.

Final Transition Survey: A final survey for those families who are interested in remote/virtual learning for the 2021-2022 school year will be available beginning June 1st to June 3rd.  Only those families who are interested in registering at St. Isidore need to complete the survey.   Please keep in mind that if you choose to register your child at St. Isidore, there will be no opportunity to switch to face-to-learning.   The commitment to register at St. Isidore is for the full 2021-2022 school year.   The survey will be available on our board website from June 1st to the 3rd only.

In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.  Celebrate and learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people through these interactive resources.  Celebrate National Indigenous History Month.

Our parent Catholic Schools Advisory Council will meet for the final time this year on Tuesday, June 1st at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be virtual- please click here to join.  Please email or call the school if you would like to attend the meeting and see what your CSAC does for our school!

Monday 31– Synchronous Online Learning  Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

Tuesday 1 -Synchronous Online Learning  Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

We will be raising the Pride Flag at the school. A celebration will happen online at 8:45

Final Transition Survey Open

6:30 pm Catholic School Advisory Council- Catholic School Advisory Council
Tuesday, June 1 · 6:30 – 8:30 pm Video call link

Wednesday 2 – Synchronous Online Learning – Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

School Spirit Day! Wear your Bobcat Blue and Gold

Final Transition Survey Open

Thursday 3 – Synchronous Online Learning- Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

After announcements Bobcats will learn more about Tools for Life- Review of Lessons 5-8

Final Transition Survey Open

Friday 4 – PD Day- no school for students.

We pray for every family to stay healthy and safe.  Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can all return to school safely in the near future. Remember to follow us on Twitter @ctkbobcats to see all the amazing happenings at Christ the King!!

 

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A Message from the Director of Education -WCDSB Decision to Fly the Rainbow Flag

Good Afternoon CTK Families,

 

Please read message below from the Director of the Board:

 

 

Dear WCDSB Community,

 

We hope that you are well and finding reasons for hope as we journey into June. It has certainly been a most challenging school year. This letter brings an update on the WCDSB decision to fly the Rainbow flag at each of our schools and our Board buildings.

You may be aware of the controversy that unfolded last year when we planned to raise an alternative to the Rainbow Flag in June, which in Canada is known as “Pride Month”. Since then, we have carefully considered and prayed about what our next step should be to move forward. As indicated above, the decision has been made that we will fly the Rainbow Flag at our Waterloo Catholic schools for the month of June and we wanted you to be aware in advance. We recognize that while this decision will make some people happy, for others it may be a cause for concern or disappointment or even anger.

 

In its document Male and Female He Created Them, the Congregation for Catholic Education states:

“It is important . . . to educate children and young people to respect every person in their particularity and difference, so that no one should suffer bullying, violence, insults or unjust discrimination based on their specific characteristics (such as special needs, race, religion, sexual tendencies, etc.”

Our main reason for flying the Rainbow Flag is to say to all who come to our Catholic Schools that they are coming to a place where they are loved unconditionally by God and will be respected and valued as children of God. It communicates to all our children, youth, staff, and families that the school is a safe, welcoming place to learn and grow.

 

Bill 13 (the Accepting Schools Act) states:

“All students should feel safe at school and deserve a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.”

Our hope and our goal in flying the Rainbow Flag is to create this safe and positive school climate for all our students.

 

We are not making a statement about our divergence from the teaching of the Catholic Church with regards to sexual morality. Sexual morality is not the issue. What is at issue is that LGBTQ+ youth are much more likely to do self-harm or take their life than their heterosexual counterparts. Every instance of bullying and abuse towards a LGBTQ+ youth increases the likelihood for serious and/or tragic consequences that were certainly avoidable.

Harvey Milk (the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the US) commissioned artist Gilbert Baker to design the Pride flag. Milk said this about the Rainbow Flag: “It’s not about personal gain; it’s not about ego; it’s not about power; it’s about giving those young people out there hope.” We are a people of hope and for this reason we will be flying the Rainbow Flag. Our students who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community desire and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect without fear of bullying, discrimination, and violence.   It is that simple.

 

Brian Wenke, Executive Director of the “It Gets Better Project”, believes that the Rainbow Flag’s meaning rests not in its individual colours but in the symbolism of the entire spectrum. He describes the rainbow’s universal, all-embracing resonance best: “The rainbow came from earliest recorded history as a symbol of hope. In the Book of Genesis, it appeared as proof of a covenant between God and all living creatures.” It is in this spirit of God’s covenantal love for all creatures, that all creation is worthwhile and valuable, that we will fly the Rainbow Flag.

 

As important partners in Catholic Education, we want to assure you of our deep commitment to authentically living the Catholic faith — which calls us to create welcoming and inviting communities where, as our WCDSB pastoral plan reminds, all are “Called to Belong, Gathered to Become and Sent to Build”.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

 

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May 24-28 CTK Bobcat Weekly Update

We hope that you enjoyed this very lovely weekend!  As we enter into the final week of May, we would again like to THANK everyone for their hard work. Bobcats, keep logging into your Google classrooms each and every day and remember to submit your work to your teacher. Parents, thank you for all that you are doing to support your child, and please know that we recognize that you are doing such a fantastic job, especially under these trying circumstances.   

Monday 24Synchronous Online Learning  Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am
Tuesday 25Synchronous Online Learning  Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

Check your email for this week’s Tech Tips 

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

School Spirit Day! Wear your Bobcat Blue and Gold

Thursday 27Synchronous Online Learning- Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

After announcements Bobcats will learn more about Tools for Life- Review of Lessons 1-4

Friday 28- Synchronous Online Learning- Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

8:45 am Crowning of Mary Celebration

COVID Vaccinations: In Waterloo Region, pre-registration is now expanded to those 12+ years of age. We are hopeful that the more vaccinations our students and staff get, the more hopeful we are that we just might be heading into a future that starts to open up more possibilities, and a return to a life that is a little closer to what we once knew.

Summer Learning: WCDSB is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support, and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade.

Final Transition Survey: A final survey for those families who are interested in remote/virtual learning for the 2021-2022 school year will be available beginning June 1st to June 3rd.  Only those families who are interested in registering at St. Isidore need to complete the survey.   Please keep in mind that if you choose to register your child at St. Isidore, there will be no opportunity to switch to face-to-learning.   The commitment to register at St. Isidore is for the full 2021-2022 school year.   The survey will be available on our board website from June 1st to the 3rd only.

Important Date

  • 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

We pray for every family to stay healthy and safe.  Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can all return to school safely in the near future. Remember to follow us on Twitter @ctkbobcats to see all the amazing happenings at Christ the King!!

 

 

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CTK Bobcat Family Weekly Update- May 17-21

This week is Innovation Week and we are continuing with our #BobcatHopeRocks.

How to Participate in #BobcatHopeRocks

Step 1: Find a rock no bigger than your hand.

Step 2: Decorate your rock using paint, crayons or glitter. Consider adding inspiring messages or words.

Step 3: On the back of your rock write #BobcatHopeRocks.

Step 4: Place your rock somewhere out in the community for someone else to find.

Step 5: If you find a rock, take a picture and share it on Twitter @CTKBobcats using #BobcatHopeRocks.

Note: Please respect your local public health guidelines when hiding and finding rocks in the community

Inspired by the “Kindness Rocks Project”, we want to nurture a sense of community and hope.

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 

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

School Spirit Day! Wear your Bobcat Blue and Gold

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

After announcements Bobcats will learn more about Tools for Life- Tools for Problem Solving continued

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

Resources for Parents at KPL – May 2021.pdf

Conference link here – https://www.oapce.org/conference-2021/

Although Parent Paint Nights are full we still have spots available for yoga Registration information here.

In-school Learning and virtual learning will be offered next year. A survey for families interested in virtual learning will be available on the board website (www.wcdsb.ca) from June 1st to the 3rd only. If you decide to enroll in virtual learning there will be no opportunity to move back into in-school learning for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.

Grade 8s are invited to get a head start on their Community Volunteer Hours.  See the flyer attached along with the activity record.  You can track online or on paper form.  Remember you need 40 hours to graduate:  Link: Community-Involvement-Manual

We pray for every family to stay healthy and safe.  Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can all return to school safely in the near future. Remember to follow us on Twitter @ctkbobcats to see all the amazing happenings at Christ the King!!

Important Date

  • May 24th – Victoria Day 
  • June 1 – Catholic School Advisory Council 6pm 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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Tech Tips Tuesday- Reviewing our Virtual Code of Conduct

Christ the King Elementary School
CTK-Virtual-Learning-Code-of-Conduct

During remote learning our Christ the King students engage with their classroom teacher and classmates
using their virtual classroom environment and with Google Meets or Microsoft Teams for ‘live teaching’ time.
In the virtual learning environment, it is essential that students comply with the classroom expectations/
norms that have been co-created to ensure the collective success of all.
These expectations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
❏ Treat others with dignity and respect in actions and words
❏ Participate, and actively engage, in the learning
❏ Respect the work space of others during collaborative learning (e.g., not deleting, moving
or making changes to the work of others)
❏ Always have the microphone muted, except when asked to have it turned on
❏ Have the camera turned on/off when directed by the classroom teacher
❏ Google Meet links are NOT to be shared with others outside of the class by students. The
teacher will invite others, not students
❏ The use of Google Hangouts is not permitted.
❏ Appropriate use of the chat feature such as asking questions, responding to the teacher when
prompted, etc.
❏ Focus on the learning and avoid distractions such as going to other websites unrelated to
the learning taking place or playing video games.
❏ Open tabs should be related to the learning and directed by the teacher
❏ Synchronous learning shall not be recorded and/or shared by a student
❏ When cameras are on:
– the background setting should be considered (e.g., a neutral space). Consider using the
“blur background” feature (if your bandwidth at home will allow this)
– appropriate clothing is required just as it is in the physical school
– others in the household should be aware that synchronous learning is taking place and
that at times, others may see or hear what is happening should the student need to turn
on their microphone and/or camera
– behaviour is expected to resemble that which would be deemed acceptable in school
(e.g., sitting up, raising a hand when wanting to share).
❏ Any communication in the chat must consider using appropriate manners and appropriate
language. The following are examples of unacceptable forms of communication as they
negatively impact the moral tone of the school. Incidents involving any of the following will be
immediately brought to the attention of the administration. Parents will be notified and progressive
discipline will be used.
– Profanity
– Comments, images, or actions that are either violent, racist, degrading or sexual in nature
– “Chat spamming” (the repetition of a word or line commonly used in gaming chats)
– Follow and apply the T.H.I.N.K. model, referenced in the Responsible Use of Technology
consent form (see links below)
Parents/Guardians are valuable partners in their child’s education. Outlined below are expectations of
parents. 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.
❏ The microphone and the chat feature are tools your child will access to support their learning. When
required, parents may act as a support. In order to honour the student learning journey, please allow
your child to experience productive struggle by allowing them to do the thinking and complete 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.
❏ Please do not unmute the microphone during instruction to ask a question or access the chat feature.
❏ According to our WCDSB Communication Guidelines, please connect with the classroom teacher first
should you have a question or concern.
Please note that when an email is sent to your child’s teacher, they will attempt to respond in a timely
manner. Teachers will not respond during instructional time. Your patience is appreciated

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Bobcat Weekly Update – Week of May 10-14

Although Catholic Education and Mental Health Week have come to a close, we do not stop nurturing hope, nor do we stop thinking about our well-being.  Thank you to everyone for all the “hope” you nurtured in your classes, our school, your friends, and the community. It was amazing to see the rich and diverse ways we all celebrated being part of an education system that celebrates our faith and demonstrates love, hope, and kindness on a daily basis. It was also great to see many supporting our students in their well-being and participate in the daily mental wellness focus during the week. 

A continued thank you to everyone for your support during remote learning. We want to acknowledge how challenging the move to online learning is for everyone; staff, students, and families. We are grateful to our staff for the many extra hours of work they put in to create engaging and relevant content for the online environment. We are grateful to our students for showing up and demonstrating their own resiliency in learning this way and to all of our families who support their children in any way that they can to keep the learning happening.

 

Monday 10Synchronous Online Learning  Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

Welcome to Kindergarten Evening 6-7 pm via Google Meet

Tuesday 11 –Synchronous 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 our CTK-Virtual-Learning-Code-of-Conduct.

Wednesday 12 – Synchronous Online Learning – Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

School Spirit Day! Wear your Bobcat Blue and Gold

Thursday 13 – Synchronous Online Learning- Students should log in to Google Classroom for 8:30 am

After announcements Bobcats will learn more about Tools for Life- Tools for Problem Solving

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

 

  • May Umbrella Project: This month we are excited to be focusing our energy on Integrity. Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match that set of positive values. If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’, when the things that we say and do match up with what we value. Having integrity means that we can feel good about our choices all throughout life. It helps to bring the other Umbrella Skills together as well. Here is a short video from Dr. Jen.

 

  • In-school learning and virtual learning will be offered next year. A survey for families interested in virtual learning will be available on the board website (www.wcdsb.ca) from June 1st to the 3rd only. If you decide to enroll in virtual learning there will be no opportunity to move back into in-school learning for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Grade 8s are invited to get a head start on their Community Volunteer Hours.  See the flyer attached along with the activity record.  You can track online or on a paper form.  Remember you need 40 hours to graduate:  Link: Community-Involvement-Manual

Have a wonderful week!

We pray for every family to stay healthy and safe.  Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can all return to school safely in the near future. Remember to follow us on Twitter @ctkbobcats to see all the amazing happenings at Christ the King!!

 

Important Dates:

  • 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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Tech Tips Tuesday – Social Pressure to get “Likes” on Social Media Platforms

Teenagers Looking At Their Cell Phones Social Media Apps
“Many of our children’s values are being determined by the number of followers they have and how many likes their pictures are getting. Being “Insta famous,” in one shape or form, maybe taking a toll on our children’s mental wellbeing. We have made progress in the face-to-face world with bullying and acceptance, but negativity, comparisons, and bullying are abundant in the cyber world. All of this is taking place while our children’s brains are in the developmental stage. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, our brains aren’t fully developed until around age 25.”

Please take a moment to click here to read over the monograph about the social pressure to get likes.

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