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Bobcat Weekly Update #28- March 28- April 1

“I Can & I Will”

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

We are preparing to welcome April!!

Please join me as we pay our respects and give prayers to Mrs. Banjeree. Our flag is at half mast as she passed away and was laid to rest this weekend. She was the first visual minority teacher at Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

Important Save The Date – Grade 8 Graduation is Tuesday June 28 at 4pm at St Benedict’s

  • Tentative schedule: 4-5 Graduation Liturgy & Awards 
  • 5-6 – Photos
  • 6-7:30 Grade 8 Dance

 We are getting ready for the next school year. Please let us know of changes that would impact the status of your child’s placement here at Christ the King C.E.S.  (i.e., moving to a new neighbourhood, or need to register a new student) for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Please call the school as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly

Please keep those cereal boxes coming. We are halfway to our goal!!

 We are continuing to learn about the Umbrella Skill of Growth Mindset.

There will be no homework club until further notice

Monday, March 28 – Welcome back Mrs MacPherson

Welcome back for another awesome week of learning & growing!

  • Mrs Thompson continues  in the Main Office as Administrative Assistant
  • Girls Vball v. Holy Spirit
  • All Confirmation and First Communion registration forms should be submitted to the school office.

Tuesday, March 29 – Pita Day

  • Mrs McAuley Arruda is in the main office as Administrative Assistant- Welcome back!!
  • Girls volleyball practice
  • Grade 2 Reconciliation 6pm at St Patrick’s Church

Wednesday, March 30Pizza Day & Spirit Wear Day 

  • Please wear your blue and yellow school spirit wear
  • Boys basketball practice

Thursday, March 31 – Sub Day

  • Boys basketball practice

Friday, April 1 – Smoothie Day 

  • Wear blue for Autism Awareness
  • Staff dress down to support Women’s Crisis Services
  • Lenten Link #5

Important Dates

  • March 29 6pm – Grade 2 Reconciliation
  • April 6 – Catholic School Advisory Meeting (NOTE the Wednesday date & 6pm time)
  • April 8 – PA Day
  • April 4-11- Grade 4 CCAT Testing
  • April 15 Good Friday
  • April 18 Easter Monday 
  • April 19-26 Grade 7 CAT4 Testing
  • April 21- Grade 7 Confirmation Retreat – Camp Brebeuf
  • April – Grade 2 Communion Retreat – onsite
  • April 29 – Grade 7 Confirmation
  • May 1- Grade 2 First Communion
  • May 2-6 Catholic Education Week
  • May 6 – Mission Day
  • May 18-20- Grade 8 Day Retreat Opportunities at Mount Mary
  • May 23- Victoria Day
  • June 3 – PA Day
  • June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
  • June 28 – Graduation Day – 4pm St Benedict’s School
  • June 29 -Last Day of School
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Grade 7-12 Immunization Catch Up Clinics

Region of Waterloo Public Health Now Offering Grade 7 to 12 Immunization Catch-Up Clinics

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, all primary and secondary students need to have proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, pertussis and varicella (chickenpox).  If your child was born in 2006 or later, they are also eligible to receive or complete their series of Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Public Health is offering clinics to help get students back on track with their vaccinations. If your child is in grade 7 to 12 this school year (2021/2022) and not up-to-date on their routine vaccines, you will receive a letter in the mail letting you know which vaccines are missing. Parents of students in grades 7 and 8 will also be sent information through the school to invite them to book an appointment to start or complete their child’s school program vaccines (hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal). Starting in April 2022, appointments will be available at The Public Health Vaccine Clinics at 435 The Boardwalk in Waterloo and at 99 Beechwood Rd in Cambridge for students who need immunization.

 

Before booking an appointment, parents/students should update their immunization records with Public Health using one of the following methods:
  • Online at the following link: https://bit.ly/3v9rwPT
  • By calling 519-575-4400 ext. 5001 (Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Phone 519-575-4400 Ext 5001
  • Fax 519-885-7260
Appointments for students in grade 7 to 12 can be booked online using the following link https://bit.ly/3pyLr8f or by calling 519-575-4400 ext 5001.  Translation is available for those who require it.

 

If you have questions about the Vaccine Program catch-up process, please call 519-575-4400  ext. 5001.

 

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Headstart Program – Grade 8 Transition to Grade 9

Get a HeadStart to Grade 9 is a four-day (half day) program filled with activities throughout the school, so students can gradually adjust to the “largeness” of high school.  As students prepare for this significant transition, HeadStart is offered just before the new school year begins.  HeadStart program dates are Monday August 22 to Thursday August 25, 2022. Commitment to attend HeadStart ensures optimal learning, the greatest benefit and the least disruption within the limited hours the program is running. All students who are able to attend HeadStart will be encouraged to pay it forward and show their peers who were unable to attend HeadStart, a few tips they learned once school begins. HeadStart is an in-person preparatory program which provides students with those preliminary tools to be academically successful at the beginning of the school year.  The program is infused with literacy and numeracy activities and the all-important social adjustment factor. The location for CTK students is St. Benedict School.

HeadStart online registration opens April 1st.

 

 

 

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EQAO – Grade 3 & 6

Hello Bobcat Families,

 

Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO will take place in the Spring. This year students will complete the assessment using the e-assessment system. EQAO has designed the system to make EQAO assessments more flexible for schools and to improve the experience for students. Only students attending in person will participate in the assessments. EQAO will only report outcomes on students who participate in the assessments. EQAO’s Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions are curriculum-based standards-referenced large-scale assessments. They measure student learning of the knowledge and skills that are defined in the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Language (2006) and The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics (2020).

 

Sample Assessments
Students, parents and educators have the opportunity to become familiar with the digital assessment and its platform through EQAO’s online Grades 3 and 6 sample assessments.

·         Grade 3: Sample Test – https://d3d9vqrpii4nuo.cloudfront.net/#/en/student/primary-assessment

·         Grade 6: Sample Test- https://d3d9vqrpii4nuo.cloudfront.net/#/en/student/junior-assessment   

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Bobcat Weekly Update #27- March 21- March 25

Welcome Spring!

“I Can & I Will”

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

 As we know the mask mandate is lifted in schools as of Monday. This means that we cannot enforce that any staff or student wear a mask. Feel free to continue to wear your mask or not to wear your mask. There should be no judgement, we all need to do what we are comfortable with.

A reminder that under CURRENT FEDERAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS, upon return from international travel, individuals must wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care), maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada, and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID 19. 

We are getting ready for the next school year. Please let us know of changes that would impact the status of your child’s placement here at Christ the King C.E.S.  (i.e., moving to a new neighbourhood, or need to register a new student) for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Please call the school as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly

Please keep those cereal boxes coming. We are halfway to our goal!!

In March we will learn about the Umbrella Skill of Growth Mindset.

There will be no homework club until further notice

Monday, March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day – Rock your mismatched socks!

  • Welcome back for another awesome week of learning & growing!
  • Mrs Thompson continues  in the Main Office as Administrative Assistant
  • Boys Basketball practice

Tuesday, March 22 – Pita Day

  • Boys basketball game at SVDP
  • Girls volleyball practice

Wednesday, March 23Pizza Day & Spirit Wear Day 

  • Please wear your blue and yellow school spirit wear
  • Girls VBall @ SVDP

Thursday, March 24 – Sub Day

Friday, March 25 – Smoothie & Popcorn Day 

  • Staff dress down to support Women’s Crisis Services
  • Lenten Link #4

Important Dates

  • March 29 6pm – Grade 2 Reconciliation
  • April 8 – PA Day
  • April 4-11- Grade 4 CCAT Testing
  • April 12 – Catholic School Advisory Meeting 6pm (NOTE the change of date)
  • April 15 Good Friday
  • April 18 Easter Monday 
  • April 19-26 Grade 7 CAT4 Testing
  • April 19-22- Grade 7 Confirmation & Communion Day Retreat  tbd
  • April 29 – Grade 7 Confirmation
  • May 1- Grade 2 First Communion
  • May 2-6 Catholic Education Week
  • May 18-20- Grade 8 Day Retreat Opportunities
  • May 23- Victoria Day
  • June 3 – PA Day
  • June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
  • June 28 – Tentative Graduation Day
  • June 29 -Last Day of School

 

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March 10th School Update to WCDSB Famililies

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community

We sincerely hope that this letter finds you well.  It has been exactly 2 years since we sat on the cusp of the 2020 March Break and we began to receive the news that the arrival of COVID-19 was going to be changing our lives rather significantly.  We did not know then what we know now – just how dramatically our lives would change and what a seemingly long journey it would be.  During that time our staff have been nothing short of heroic in their efforts to respond to the ever-evolving demands of the pandemic.  Similarly – our students and families have also been truly remarkable in their partnership and willingness to journey with us, through each new challenge that came our way.  In an announcement yesterday, the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, (along with many other leaders in various parts of the country and world), has signalled that it is time to start transitioning to a more normalized life.

While this is welcome news, and an update we have desired for some time, it is going to evoke mixed reactions amongst our staff and families.  Above all else, we would encourage cultivating an environment of respect and tolerance for views that may differ from our own.  Throughout the pandemic we have relied on the Guiding Principle of following the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province, and that of Waterloo Region Public Health.

This letter brings some critical updates about the return to school on Monday March 21st:

Screening:

It is still extremely important that 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.  Any student or staff member with any symptom should not report to school.  To help meet this requirement, you should use the provincial screening tool found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.  Using the screening tool will lead you to the right process for family/household contacts as well.  Please use the screener and review your full outcome carefully.  While screening is mandatory, confirmation of screening is no longer required.

 

Masks: 

In alignment with community masking requirements, masks will no longer be required by staff or students.  With that said, we would encourage a gradual release of their use.  We are still not quite through winter, and staff and students might do well to continue mask wearing until we get firmly into the spring months.  Staff who desire a mask will still be provided with them, per current practice, (and students have their own previously provided cloth masks).  Again – we will have to be mindful not to engage with or judge others if their views do not align with our own.  We do well to remind our children of the same.

 

Testing:

Rapid tests are to be used when an individual feels symptomatic, and schools will continue to provide them in those cases (replenish supply if they were used due to feeling symptomatic).

Cohorting and Distancing:

We will start to see a loosening of distanced seating and cohorting and classrooms will start to return to less restricted practices for teaching, collaborating and communicating.

 

Case and Contact Management:

We will be continuing to report upon and monitor school absenteeism rates and will work with Public Health if concerning thresholds are reached.  The Ministry of Health has revised the COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge, with updated guidance for close contacts in the community and in households.

 

Graduations:

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education has indicated that we can begin planning for the normal celebratory events connected with graduation.  We will now begin the process of planning and seeing what is possible.

 

Travel:

March Break does sometimes signal travel.  A reminder that under current federal travel requirements, upon return from international travel, individuals must, wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care), maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada, and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Vaccination:

Vaccination for children 5-11 is currently underway.  Booster shots will be available over the March Break for our youth who are 12 to 17 years of age.  Booster shots for anyone over 18 years of age continues.  Waterloo Region Public Health will help us continue to support school based clinics for vaccination.

 

Extra-Curriculars:

As previously reported, all athletics and extra-curriculars can now begin to fully resume.  We know these activities can do much for a child’s mental health and well being so we are happy to see their return and grateful to our many staff who step forward to coach and moderate these activities.

 

We are very grateful for your support and partnership as we do our best to keep our students learning, healthy and engaged.  The March Break signals that the season of spring will soon be upon us.  As we journey toward Lent, let us remember that we are an Easter people and we are now journeying toward the season of rebirth and new life.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education  

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Remote Learning for 2022-23 for Students Entering Grade 9

While we currently find ourselves still firmly within this school year, at a school and board level, we now start to turn our attention to the 2022-2023 school year ahead.  As you may or may not be aware, the Ministry of Education has extended the possibility of a remote learning option for students for one more year.  In elementary that option remains our St Isidore school.  But for those students moving into grade 9 or currently in secondary, we have to determine interest.  We had very few secondary students who wanted the remote option this past year and we attempted to use a hybrid delivery model.  (This allowed students to remotely connect to a class and follow along synchronously.  While our best option to satisfy the requirement – not necessarily a well-liked option for staff or students)  If numbers of students who prefer remote continue to shrink, we may look at an asynchronous option for some grades/courses – which means eLearning.  (No connecting to a live class at the same time).  All to say – we are not fully sure what the delivery model will look like at the current time, and student numbers will help us to determine what makes the most sense.

It is important to note, that as was the case this past year, a choice for remote learning is a choice for the full year and for all courses.  It also means that students are not accessing the athletics and extra-curriculars at the school.  We continue to believe that in-person learning is the better option for the greater majority of students, not only in terms of the benefits for academic success, but also for social-emotional health and well-being.

If you have any questions about this survey or remote learning in secondary, please reach out to Mrs MacDonald at 519-621-6680.

Please note that a non-response will be taken to mean a desire to access in-person, face to face learning at the secondary school.  The deadline for returning the survey is Thursday March 10th, 2022.

Here is the survey link:https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6x9t79VcrTehcEe

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Bobcat Weekly Update #25- March 7-March 11

“I Can & I Will”

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

In March we will learn about the Umbrella Skill of Growth Mindset.

There will be no homework club until further notice

Please consider taking a moment to complete the MDI parent survey: https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eA4cEYt2P7ccOW2?school=CKIN 

Monday, March 7 – Today is Beach Day!!

  • Welcome back for another awesome week of learning & growing!
  • Mrs Thompson will be in the Main Office as Administrative Assistant until April 7th.
  • Boys basketball game v. St Augustine
  • Girls volleyball game at St Augustine

Tuesday, March 8 – Pita Day

  • Today is International Women’s Day
  • School Wide Trivia Kahoot – focus on Lent, International Women’s Day and St Patrick’s Day
  • Girls Volleyball Practice

Wednesday, March 9Pizza Day & Spirit Wear Day 

  • Students may wear any school spirit wear
  • Boys BBall v St Anne’s
  • Girls VBall @ St Anne’s

Thursday, March 10 – Sub Day

  • Please bring in Cereal boxes today for extra house colour points
  • Boys basketball practice

Friday, March 4 – Smoothie & Popcorn Day 

  • Today is Pajama Day!
  • Staff dress down to support Women’s Crisis Services
  • Live announcements from Room 129 with Lenten Link #2

Important Dates

  • March 14-18 March Break
  • March 29 6pm – Grade 2 Reconciliation
  • April 8 – PA Day
  • April 4-11- Grade 4 CCAT Testing
  • April 15 Good Friday
  • April 18 Easter Monday 
  • April 19-26 Grade 7 CAT4 Testing
  • April 29 – Grade 7 Confirmation
  • May 1- Grade 2 First Communion
  • May 2-6 Catholic Education Week
  • May – Victoria Day
  • June 3 – PA Day
  • June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
  • June 28 – Tentative Graduation Day
  • June 29 -Last Day of School

In honour of International Women’s Day.

Please pray:

Lord, bless women everywhere. 

We pray especially for all those daughters, mothers, grandmothers and sisters who work to care for family members in need while forging their own paths in life. 

May their loving hearts and nurturing spirits be blessed with strength and joy. 

We ask this in your holy name

Amen

 

Lenten Liftoff for Families

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee(CPIC), is pleased to present Lenten Liftoff, a series of faith formation activities to support parental engagement funded by the Ministry of Ontario Pro Grants. 

We are once again excited to present the series “Formed” which will be the foundation of activities supporting our deeper understanding of the season of Lent. The subscription will feature Friday Night Faith Flicks along with resources to support family discussion. Lenten booklets will also be available shortly and more information will follow soon.  Please join us in sharing the message of these free resources and content to support our families over the winter months. 

Parents who are interested in receiving a free subscription to Formed and to receiving weekly Lenten Liftoff faith activities, can sign up by registering their name and email HERE.

Reminder-Please return the registration packages asap to your child’s teacher. 

  • Grade 2 Reconciliation 6pm Tuesday March 29
  • Grade 2 First Communion 4pm May 1st
  • Grade 7 Confirmation April 29
Grade 4 – CCAT 7 Testing

In the period of April 4 – April 11, 2022, the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test Level 10 (CCAT 7) will be administered to all Grade 4 students in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. The purpose of this board-wide screening of the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test Level 10 (CCAT 7) is to:

  1. Identify your child’s cognitive areas of strength and areas of need
  2. Provide information about your child’s learning style
  3. Provide information to your child’s teachers in order to help them meet instructional objectives

The CCAT 7 is divided into three sections (verbal, quantitative, non-verbal) and each section has three tests. The CCAT 7 will be administered over a three-day period and each testing session will last about 40 – 45 minutes out of the regular school day. In June  the results of your child’s cognitive achievement in the three batteries (verbal, quantitative, non-verbal) will be sent home. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this assessment, please inform the school no later than March 30, 2022.

Grade 7 CAT-4 Testing

Students in Grade 7 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be administered the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (CAT-4) between April 19th – 26th, 2022.

The CAT-4 is a national standardized achievement test designed to measure achievement in the basic skills commonly taught in schools across Canada. The specific skill areas in which your child will be assessed include Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics. The CAT-4 takes approximately four hours to complete over a three-day period.

The CAT-4 will provide information for parents/guardians, students, teachers and administrators about how well students perform in the basic skill areas. This information will be used to provide direction for curriculum and program delivery at the system, school, and individual student levels

If you wish your child to not participate in the testing, please notify your child’s classroom teacher by April 8, 2022.

 

 

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