Please see the attached document from Waterloo Region Public Health for information to guide you if your child is sent home from school with COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you so much for your continued support and cooperation as we work together to keep our schools and communities safe!
We are finally back to school and we were so thrilled to see everyone back! We know this return was a little different but our Bobcats did AMAZING and quickly settled into the new routines and protocols. A big thank you to our parents for all of your support. We know we couldn’t do it without you and we are so thankful for all that you are doing. We are so proud of our students and families!
COVID-19 Self-Assessment: Each and every morning before coming to school, families must complete the online self-assessment tool for each child. Staff is also completing the screening prior to coming to work. The link to the tool is here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ and based on your answers, you will get a recommendation on what to do next. Please know that we have the best interest and safety of our students at heart. When students are indicating they are not feeling well, a phone call will be made to have the child picked up immediately as we are not medical professionals and can’t diagnose an illness. We want to ensure that all of our students and staff are healthy and so we appreciate your support when we make these calls. If your child is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, we will encourage you to seek medical advice, follow their advice, and get tested for COVID-19.
Drop Off and Kiss and Go: Please continue to drop off your child at the front or at the back walkway. Parents of our JK and SK students, please drop your child off at the gate. Just a reminder that we can not have parents on the blacktop at any time. If you are choosing to drive your child to school, please remember that you can not exit your car or park your car on the ring road. Your child must exit from the passenger side onto the sidewalk and then proceed to the back of the school. Once your child is out of the car, you must carefully drive and exit.
School Cash Online Forms: Please make sure that you complete all forms on School Cashonline by this Friday, September 18th! Please call Mrs. Almanza to update contact information, phone numbers, addresses, etc.. It is very important that we have this information.
Bring Your Own Device: We are encouraging students in all grades to bring their own Chromebooks, Laptops, and devices to supplement their learning. We will be leveraging digital tools in all classrooms to help to minimize the use of manipulatives and resources that are handled by students. As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home. Please take a look at the resources below:
Devices for Families in Need: Free learning device/computer offerings for low-income families: http://rcto.ca/programs-rctech-outreach.asp
Please also visit this link to learn more about the programs and devices that are available for purchase through Staples and Dell.
Nutrition For Learning: We will once again be offering Nutrition For Learning Program for our students. This program, which offers healthy snacks for all our students, will begin September 21st. Please pack extra snacks for your child until this program begins!
Catholic Schools Advisory Council: Parents/guardians can be involved in many ways:
- Do you ask your child what he/she did at school? You’re involved!
- Do you help your child with his/her homework? You’re involved!
- Do you read to your child? You’re involved!
Another great way to get involved is to let your name stand for our Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC). School Councils were created to enhance students’ learning through the cooperative efforts of parents, students, staff members, and others in the community. Your School Council is an advisory body of volunteers who work together to provide ideas and opinions to help the Principal, and sometimes the School Board, make Christ the King a better place for your children to learn. The School Council provides a forum for discussing educational issues. It also provides a way to get information to parents/guardians, receive feedback from them, and present ideas and concerns to the school and the School Board.
Meetings will be held either virtually (online) using Microsoft Teams or in the school’s Learning Commons on selected Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Our first meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 29th. If you like to be a parent representative on our Catholic School Advisory Council for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the form on School Cash online or call the school (519-621-6680) to be invited to the first virtual meeting.
Below are just a few more reminders and updates as we approach the start of a new school year.
New Friends, New Classes, New Routines: By now, all students should know which class they are in and who their teacher will be for this year. This information was sent through School Cashonline. Things will also look a little different this year at school. Please watch this video with your child which highlights some of the things that our students can expect. New Friends New Classes New Routines!
First Day of School Procedures: Just a reminder that with the new health and safety procedures in place, parents and caregivers are not permitted on the blacktop. Parents are invited to drop off their child at the sidewalk or walkway (if coming from the back of the school) beginning at 8:15 a.m. Kindergarten students may be dropped off at the Kindergarten gate. Teachers will communicate end of day dismissal procedures to parents. Thank you in advance for your cooperation! On your child’s first day, teachers will have signs with their names and will meet their students.
COVID Self-Assessment: Each and every morning, families must complete the COVID-19 self-assessment prior to coming to school. Please save this link: / https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessme If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. Please carefully review the letter below for information on our protocols should your child present ill during the school day.
If your child is going to be absent, please remember to call the office at 519-621-6680.
Student Forms: Please complete all student forms found on school cashonline (i.e. early dismissal, concussion, critical medical, computer login, etc.). These forms are due September 18th.
The new 2020-2021 School Year is almost here! We have a little more than a week to go and the staff at CTK are really looking forward to seeing our students and hearing their voices in our hallways and classrooms! The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly brought about some challenging times as well as a wide range of emotions for our students, families, and staff, but we are taking every important step to be safe. We are working hard to prepare classrooms and we are implementing the necessary safety protocols to return to school.
Below you will find some very important information about start dates, health and safety protocols, and other important information. We apologize in advance for the lengthy communication but it is important that you carefully read the information.
Construction Update: Over the summer, our school underwent some renovations. The student bathrooms have been totally renovated from floor to ceiling, new flooring has been installed in our Learning Commons and main office, and a new accessible bathroom has been added. New cupboards and countertops with sinks have been installed in every single classroom and a new washing station/sink added in the hallway. By November, all interior doors will be replaced and a feature wall in our foyer will be added. We can’t wait for our students to see the exciting changes to our school and look forward to the work that will be completed by the fall!
Staggered Start: This year, we will be using a staggered entry to school. Below are the respective dates for each grade:
- Students in Grades 1 and 2: The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th
- Students in Grades 3 and 4: The first day of school is Wednesday, September 9th
- Students in Grades 5 and 6: The first day of school is Thursday, September 10th
- Students in Grades 7 and 8: The first day of school is Friday, September 11th
First and Second Year Kindergarten: You will have already received your time for your group visit on Tuesday, September 8th, and your start date has also been provided.
School begins at 8:30 am and parents/caregivers are welcomed to drop off their child starting at 8:15 a.m. Due to our health and safety protocols, parents and caregivers are not permitted on our blacktop at any time. Kindergarten parents may drop off their child at the Kindergarten gate where they will be greeted by a staff member but cannot remain on the blacktop.
Who Will Be My Child’s Teacher? We will once again be using School Cash Online to let you know who your child’s teacher will be for the new school year. This information will be sent on Friday, September 4, 2020. Please note that classes are not finalized until the end of the first week and there is a possibility for changes and moves during the first week depending on enrolment.
School Supplies: Each student will be given an individual kit with some supplies that they will need for school. Items included in this kit will vary by division but include basic school supplies such as pencils, erasers, pencil crayons, etc.. This kit will remain in the student’s desk and is for their own personal use. Students must bring a water bottle (preferably filled) with their child’s name clearly labeled.
Masks: All students in JK-8 are required to wear a mask. Please know that this is an effort to keep everyone safe. We would ask that you help us and acquire a reusable mask for your children now and practice wearing it with them. It takes some getting used to, but they WILL get used to it. Students are to bring their mask to school and wear their mask at all times when they are in the building and when they cannot maintain safe social distance. They will be provided breaks from their masks when they head outside for recess. Teachers will also be taking their class outside as much as possible for instruction. All staff will be required to wear a mask when working with students. Although you can’t see our faces, trust me, we are all smiling under the mask!
Daily Self-Assessment for Students and Staff: All students and staff are required to take the COVID-19 self-assessment daily before coming to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ If your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not send them to school. If your child presents symptoms during the school day, s/he will be sent to the office and parents will be called and must pick up their child immediately. Parents are then encouraged to contact Public Health, have their child tested and follow Public Health
Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at each of the entrances and will be available in each classroom. We are encouraging students and staff to wash hands frequently and sanitize often. We also want to encourage them to be very aware of “touchpoints” throughout the day, and if they find they are touching a lot of surfaces, to sanitize afterward. Families may choose to provide their child(ren) with their own small individual use (travel size) of hand sanitizer.
New Signage: New signage has been installed throughout the school to direct staff and students regarding physical distancing, masking, and directional flow. Students and staff will be asked to follow the arrows and teachers will be reviewing this with students.
Visitors to the School: Parents are valued members of school communities but given the many increased steps that are being taken to minimize contacts in our school buildings, parents should refrain from entering the school unless they have prior approval to do so. Please call the school first as all parents and visitors must have approval prior to entering the school. Parents who do have permission to enter the building should always be masked and must follow all protocols regarding physical distancing and hand hygiene. All parents who enter the school building must sign in and must have completed the self-assessment checklist before entering the school building.
Recess and Physical Education: We will continue to separate students on the yard by “zones” (Primary, Junior and Intermediate) and students will continue to be supervised as per past practice. Students will leave their mask at their desk during recess and teachers will lead their class outside, one class at a time. When the recess bell rings, students will be asked to go to their class’ designated spot and will be expected to physically distance themselves while waiting in line. Teachers will then lead them back into the school one class at a time. For Phys. Ed., students will not be permitted to use the change room or change into gym clothes. All students should dress for indoor or outdoor physical activity every day. Masks will be left on students’ desks during indoor or outdoor physical education classes. There will be restrictions on the types of equipment used during physical education classes (i.e., equipment used by hand).
Safety Protocols: Below is a list of other strategies that we are using to ensure the safety of all:
- Physical Distancing (1m apart with masks indoors, 2m apart without masks outdoors)
- Classrooms are set up with students’ desks 1 metre apart and facing forward.
- Classes will have scheduled washroom times in an effort to keep each cohort together and to minimize
traffic in hallways. No child will be denied access if they need to use the washroom outside of their class’s
- Drinking fountains will not be available. Water bottle filling stations will still be available.
- Students will wipe down Chromebooks before and after use. Students are encouraged to bring their own
devices if possible.
- Students will eat lunch at their own desks. They will be responsible for cleaning their own desks after they eat.
- Student agendas will be used for each student’s own personal use, remaining at school, not traveling back and forth between home and school. Teachers will use Google Classroom for communication.
- Pizza days and LunchBox Orders are suspended for now. Students will continue to have access to the Nutrition for Learning Program. The program will start September 14th.
- There will be enhanced cleaning/sanitizing in the school throughout the day.
Please see below a letter from our Director of Education, Loretta Notten with some very important information regarding updates to our Board’s re-opening of schools plan. We would ask that you carefully review the letter. We understand that there have been many announcements and we thank you in advance for your patience and we will continue to keep you posted.
Thanks again for your patience and please know we are so excited to be welcoming the students back!
IMPORTANT!! School Re-opening Survey – A Response is Needed by each Family ASAP (Survey Closes this coming Monday, August 10th)
As we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to a safe teaching and learning environment on September 8, we have been working diligently with Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Ministry of Education and their connections to the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province — as well as other community and stakeholder colleagues — to ensure we have a School Re-Opening Plan that is thoughtful and responsive.
While we all want good learning to happen, we are equally motivated to ensure that all our students and staff are feeling both safe and healthy — in mind, body and spirit.
To help ensure we succeed, we need to know your intentions for your child(ren) to return to school for face to face learning, or to opt to learn remotely instead. So, it is very important for you to complete this SURVEY by Monday, August 10, 2020.
“The survey is extremely important for families to complete, as it is how the school board is preparing for the safe return for all of our students. There is still much planning that must be done in terms of creation of cohorts, individual classroom set up, assignment of seats in both the classroom and on the bus, ensuring technology needs are met, etcetera. All of this will assist us in ensuring the most thoughtful and safest return for all our students this fall. It is our sincere hope all families provide a response by the deadline as we need all students to respond in order to plan for each student. That is – we need to know the status of all in order to facilitate a comprehensive and safe plan, as the well-being of our students is our top priority.”
~~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education
We know this is a time of great anxiety for families, but we ask that you make the best decision you can based on the information in the WCDSB RE-Opening Plan, knowing that we will be doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of ALL Students and Staff!
Please also see the letter included below as an introduction to some of the safety measures that we can anticipate as we begin to prepare for the safe return of all of our students and staff to our building. More information will be forthcoming as we work together to map out a safe plan in preparation for the first day of school.
Take care and be well!
Good morning Bobcat families,
We hope that everyone continues to be well and that you are enjoying this beautiful summer. As you are aware, the Ministry has announced that schools will be reopening to our students on September 8th. We are very excited to return and we are looking forward to seeing you all again! Below is an important letter from Director Loretta Notten regarding the re-opening of our schools in September. Included in the letter is a link to a parent survey. Please read the attached document carefully and then complete the survey that follows. We need EVERY family to complete the survey for EACH child, as that is how we will prepare properly for the fall. You can also click here for the survey: Please complete this SURVEY
As we prepare for our return to school in September we are recommending that if your child is medically fragile, immune-compromised, or has chronic or persistent health conditions that you speak with your health care provider(s) to determine what mode of delivery is most appropriate for your child and what, if any, accommodations for your child’s health needs might be required. Whether your child’s return to school is conventional or adapted, it is important that your child’s health care provider(s) is consulted as we plan for a return to school during the COVID pandemic.
Staff of CTK
Dear Bobcat Families,
WE DID IT!! While it is difficult to believe that we have come to the end of another school year, this afternoon we officially close the 2019-2020 school year. This school year will certainly go down in history and while it was very different than anything we have ever experienced, the excitement and energy that the last day of school usually brings was still felt through the various slideshows, Google Meets, and other class celebrations that took place throughout the week. I would like to sincerely thank all of you- students, staff, and parents- for all of your work and support this year. It is such a blessing to be part of the Bobcat family where each of you continuously demonstrates COURAGE, TEAMWORK and KINDNESS! We look forward to welcoming you all back in the fall. To our Grade 8s, Mrs. Fischer, Ms. Lynch, Mrs. Nikolaus, Mrs. Adams, and Mrs. Brenes, we thank you for all of your contributions to our school community and we wish you all the best as you begin your new journeys and adventures!
I wish all of you and your family, a safe and happy summer, filled with God’s blessings of peace, health, and happiness!
Dear Bobcat Families,
Please see the attached files regarding school re-opening in September. The first letter is a letter from the Minister of Education and the second is from Director Loretta Notten.
In addition, we are asking parents to complete a survey by June 30th. Please complete this survey by clicking on this link: School Re-Opening Survey June 2020
We will continue to keep you updated.