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Christmas Letter for Families

December 16th, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As I write this letter we sit on the cusp of our Christmas break and perhaps more than ever, we can all appreciate the need for a pause.  If I am to be honest, we are not heading into the break as optimistically as we were even just a week or two ago.  The situation has changed fairly rapidly and so we have a few things of which to take note.  I do want to acknowledge that it has been a remarkable fall and early winter, and it is indeed a true testament to everyone in the entire WCDSB community that we made it to Christmas with all our schools still open and truly thriving, despite the reality of the pandemic.  Thank you to everyone in our WCDSB family for your ongoing efforts which have made the school re-opening process so successful, and for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.

A few points of update:

Vaccination:

Vaccination for children ages 5 – 11 is currently underway.  Booster shots for anyone over 18 years of age will be possible as of this Monday, December 20th.  Vaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19, as endorsed by experts at the Ontario Science table, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and our own Waterloo Region Public Health.  The omicron variant is highly transmissible and so consideration for vaccination for yourself and your child is very important in stopping the disease spread.  Stopping its spread is important so that everyone can spend more time in school and so the most vulnerable amongst us are not negatively impacted.

Socializing:

The holidays are typically characterized as a time to gather.  Please consider if all public health guidelines are being observed and ensure you do not gather if you are not well.  Our children will rely on us to guide them and to make strong responsible decisions on their behalf.

Rapid Antigen Test Kits:

All students have received 5 rapid antigen test screening kits.  They are to be used in the 10 days proceeding the start of in person schooling.  The earliest date one should be used is December 23rd.  Assuming the start of school remains January 3rd, they should be used every other day starting on the 23rd.  Instructions have been provided by your local school, along with instruction videos in multiple languages.

Potential for School Closure:

At the current time we have no indication from the province or Waterloo Region Public Health that we will not be returning in January.  Nonetheless we are sending children home with Chromebooks where needed, should anything change over the holidays.  If the date for the re-opening of school changes to a date later than January 3rd, we will notify you of the date you should start using the Rapid Antigen Tests.  Otherwise please begin on December 23rd, 2021.

Case and Contact Management:

When a student or staff member is a high-risk close contact of a positive case they must isolate.  You will receive a letter and/or text message from Public Health with these details.  It is important to note that at the current time if the positive case is the omicron variant, even if an individual is vaccinated, they have to quarantine.  This is a change in practice, but it is in response to the highly transmissible nature of the variant.

Sports:

Waterloo Region Public Health has asked us to pause all athletics and extra-curriculars in our schools.  We have had good success with our program and our health and safety support measures, however activity in the community – specifically a large hockey tournament has caused a sharp increase in our community.  It is important to note that if you participate in a large community event, public health measures should still be observed and that when we let down our guard, that is when COVID can take hold and spread.

Screening

As a reminder, anyone feeling ill should not attend school. All children, students, staff, and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or childcare. To help meet this requirement, you may use the provincial screening tool found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.  Confirmation of Self-screening will still be a requirement when we return to school and we will continue to reinforce masking and hand hygiene, as well as cohorting and physical distancing with students and our staff.

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/

We sincerely thank you for journeying with us.   May each of you and your families enjoy a beautiful Christmas Season.   A simpler Christmas firmly focused on family certainly sounds like the ideal and perhaps it will be a simple reminder that the first Christmas was indeed a humble beginning that provided the greatest gift the world has ever known.  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.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

 

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Dates to used the COVID-19 Rapid Response Rapid Antigen Test (For Asymptomatic Individuals ONLY)

COVID-19 Rapid Response Rapid Antigen Test (For Asymptomatic Individuals ONLY)

As you may be aware the Provincial government has sent all schools in Ontario rapid testing kits for each child. The kits include 5 tests and we are strongly encouraging families to test their child(ren) throughout the break but most importantly before returning to school on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Please see below for a sample testing schedule:

  • Test 1 – December 23, 2021
  • Test 2 – December 27, 2021
  • Test 3 – December 30, 2021
  • Test 4 – January 3, 2022 (AM – Before School)
  • Test 5 – January 6, 2022 (AM – Before School)

The recommended testing dates will help protect you, your children and any family members and friends you happen to gather with over Christmas and New Years.

The Ontario Government, Waterloo Region Public Health and the WCDSB are strongly encouraging that every student be tested before returning to school.

Christ the King students will be receiving their box of Antigen Tests on Tuesday, Dec 14th.

Please click on the link for instructions on how to administer the test → Instructions – Rapid Antigen Test 

If a test comes back positive please take your child to the nearest COVID-19 testing location listed below or use the link to look up the most convenient location as soon as possible.

Anyone with symptoms or who is identified as a close contact of a case should still get PCR testing. Rapid antigen screening tests should not be used as a substitute for PCR tests for people with symptoms or for people who are close contacts of cases.

COVID-19 Testing Locations Link → https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations

COVID-19 Screening

Parents will continue to be expected to screen their children before coming to school every morning when we return from the Christmas Break. For the first two weeks (January 3 to January 14) we will require parents to complete the same daily COVID-19 screener confirmation form we used in the fall. Please check in your child’s backpack for the Screening Confirmation Form to sign each day.  This yellow form will go home with the Antigen Test kits on Tuesday December 14th.

Daily Screener Website → https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics (5 – 11 Years Old)

All students born in 2016 or later are now eligible for COVD-19 Vaccination – please note that parent permission is always required for vaccination. Please use the link below to find a vaccination clinic and to book an appointment for a vaccination.

Region of Waterloo Vaccination Website → Waterloo Region – Get a Vaccine

Full-day school vaccination clinics (9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.)

December 21 & 22: St. Anne Catholic School, 127 Elgin Street North, Cambridge

Ministry of Education – FAQ

We appreciate your support and cooperation as we enter into the holiday season.

We hope everyone remains healthy and safe.

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Rapid Screening Kits for the New Year

An an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the winter break in January, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the WCDSB is pleased to be able to provide take-home rapid antigen screening kits.

The rapid antigen screening kits are intended for use by any child that attends a publicly funded school, regardless of their vaccination status. Rapid antigen screening kits are to be distributed to students who attend in-person learning. This testing option will not be available to students who have been learning remotely since September 2021.

There is a kit available for every student in the school to take home for Christmas holiday. There are five tests in each kit and families are encouraged to use these as a tracking mechanism to make sure everyone is healthy coming back to school in the new year. Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary. Students are not required to participate in order to return to the classroom after the winter break.

The testing kits and a letter explain said will be distributed today in your child’s backpack.

Any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

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Bobcat Weekly Update #15 -December 13-17

Advent Week 3 -Joy!!

“I Can & I Will”

Mrs Van Os and her class will be creating prayers and jokes of the day!!

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

COVID -19 is still very much a reality, we are practicing our protocols at school and we need everyone in the community to be doing the same at home. The following are a few key health reminders.

  • Parents are expected to screen their children every morning to ensure they are healthy, when we return after Christmas holiday we will again require parents complete the same daily screener attestation form that we used in the fall; this will run for 2 weeks to get everyone back in the practice of screening. Daily Screener Website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • It is very noteworthy that if there is a person in your household that has symptoms, all non-vaccinated students must stay home (siblings will fail the screener, get the red screen and be told to stay home) All involved must stay home until the ill child has tested negative, has an alternative diagnosis or stays home for 10 days. (siblings will fail the screener, get the red screen and be told to stay home. This is the link to the local testing Clinics: https://www.grhosp.on.ca/care/visitors/covid-19/covid-19-testing-clinics
  • All students born in 2016 or later are now eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination – Please note that parent permission is always required for Vaccination – you can follow this link for our local Vaccination Clinic info: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration.aspx  There are additional clinic opportunities at some Kitchener schools, as follows:
  • After-school vaccination clinics (4-8 p.m.) December 9 & 14: Wilson Avenue Public School, 221 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener and December 15 & 16: Sunnyside Public School, 1042 Weber Street East, Kitchener
  • Full-day school vaccination clinics (9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) December 4: Queensmount Public School, 21 Westmount Road, Kitchener and December 19 & 20: St. Bernadette Catholic School, 245 Lorne Avenue, Kitchener
  • To book an appointment for your child and any family members who still need a first or second dose of the vaccine, please visit the Region of Waterloo website: regionofwaterloo/GetaVaccine
  • Rapid Antigen test kits – there is a kit available for every student in the school to take home for Christmas holiday, there are 5 tests in each kit, families are encouraged to use these as a tracking mechanism to make sure everyone is healthy coming back to school in the new year. If you do not wish to have the kit sent home with your child, please let their teacher know before Monday December 13th.

 

Monday, December 13

Advent link and lighting of the 3nd candle- Joy!!

Intermediate boys basketball practice

 

Tuesday, December 14 Pita Day

  • Cozy or Christmas Sweater Day!
  • Whole School Trivia
  • A clementine will be distributed to each child. Please let the teacher know if you do not want your child to have.
  • Grade 7 & 8 Homework Club
  • Parent Night for the Umbrella Project

 

Wednesday, December 15Pizza Day

  • Spirit Wear Day – Please wear your new “I Can & I Will” tshirts:)
  • Christmas Liturgy hosted by Rooms 129 & 130
  • A nut free baked treat will be distributed to each child. Please let the teacher know if you do not want your child to have.
  • Intermediate boys basketball
  • Rapid tests (5) will be distributed to each child. Please send them back to the school if you do not want them.

 

Thursday, December 16Sub Day

  • Wear your Christmas Hat and Socks Day!!
  • Classwide Christmas Bingo!!
  • 3-4:15 Grade 7 & 8 Homework Club 

 

Friday, November 17Smoothie Day

  • Christmas Movie Day
  • A savoury treat will be distributed to each child. Please let the teacher know if you do not want your child to have.
  • Advent Link #4

 

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

 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER – Weather is unpredictable at this time of year. Please ensure your children dress for the weather every day. Extra clothes (including socks) are always a good idea, especially when our yard is muddy.

Due to the temperatures, we will not be having any basketballs or soccer balls outside. Gaga ball will still be allowed and encouraged:)

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.

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. 

Our Catholic Faith Community:

St Patrick’s Parish Weekly Bulletin

Greenway Chaplin

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

 

 IIIImportant Dates

  • Tuesday December 14 7pm Parent Night for Umbrella Project
  • Monday December 20 Christmas Break Begins
  • Monday January 3 School is back!!
  • Friday January 21- PA Day
  • Thursday February 17 -Term 1 Report Card Distribution
  • Monday February 21 – Family Day
  • Wednesday March 2 – Ash Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer for the Christmas Holiday

Heavenly Father, Christmas-time is such a blessed season of the year as we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in a stable in Bethlehem, and how we thank You for giving Your only begotten Son to be born into this world, so that by His death and resurrection, He could become our Saviour, and we could become Your children.

Thank You for the wonderful hope that the Christmas message instils into each of our hearts, and the glorious message of the Gospel of peace. Peace with God to all Who believe in His name and the peace with God for all who have become Your children.

Lord, we thank You from the bottom of our heart for all Your goodness and grace to us, and for loving us so much.

 

Amen.

 

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Bobcat Weekly Family Update #14 -December 6-10

Advent Week 2 -LOVE  

“I Can & I Will”

Mrs Van Os and her class will be creating prayers and jokes of the day!!

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

Last week your child would have brought home a new SPIRIT WEAR t-shirt!  This is a gift from our school community to all of our Bobcats!  We have been working so hard this year at being UNSTOPPABLE and living out our “I Can & I Will” motto. With the Advent season upon us – we wanted to showcase our spirit of giving! I know I say it a lot, but I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this community!

Monday, December 6

  • Advent link and lighting of the 2nd candle
  • Intermediate boys basketball tryout

Tuesday, December 7Pita Day

  • We will learn about the significance of the Christmas Tree
  • Whole school Examination of Conscience.
  • No Homework Club due to the Staff Meeting
  • Please consider joining at the Catholic School Council Advisory meeting at 6pm

Wednesday, December 8Pizza Day

  • Spirit Wear Day – Please wear your new “I Can & I Will” tshirts:)
  • Intermediate boys basketball tryout

Thursday, December 9Sub Day

  • We will learn about Candy Canes
  • 3-4:15 Grade 7 & 8 Homework Club 

Friday, November 10Smoothie Day

  • Please dress as your favourite Nativity character

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

 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER – Weather is unpredictable at this time of year. Please ensure your children dress for the weather every day. Extra clothes (including socks) are always a good idea, especially when our yard is muddy.

Due to the temperatures, we will not be having any basketballs or soccer balls outside. Gaga ball will still be allowed and encouraged:)

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.

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. 

Our Catholic Faith Community:

St Patrick’s Parish Weekly Bulletin

Greenway Chaplin

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

Important Dates

  • December 7 Catholic School Advisory Council 6pm
  • December 14 7 pm Parent Night for Umbrella Project

 

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Morning Arrival and Yard Supervision

Our morning bell rings at 8:30 am and it is important for your child(ren) to arrive prior to this time. General supervision on the yard begins at 8:15 am.

Arriving at school on time allows students to experience positive interactions with others and participate more fully in learning activities.

As well, it helps reduce classroom interruptions and distractions allowing teachers to focus on teaching lessons to all students.

Let’s work together to avoid the last minute rush and eliminate the congestion in our front of the school in the morning.

Just a reminder, that we will respectfully ask that students wait until O’Canada and prayer to enter the building and get a late slip.

 

Thanks everyone!
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