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Week of April 22, 2019

 CAT-4 test for Grade 7s: This week, our Grade 7 students will write the CAT-4 test.  CAT-4 is a standardized test which measures achievement in the basic skills generally taught in schools across Canada. CAT is a set of tests on reading, mathematics, language, writing and spelling. The results of students tested with CAT are compared with those obtained from large, representative samples of students from across Canada. Their results can also be compared to curriculum expectations. CAT is the only Canadian owned and Canadian designed national test. In addition to its use by schools, part of CAT has been chosen by statistics Canada as the basis for tracking achievement over time.

Wednesday, April 24th: Grade 4s will be going to the Safety Village.  Through the use of videos, the Hazard House and Sparky’s apartment, students apply lessons about home hazards, safe cooking, smoke alarms and home escape.

 

 

Thursday April 25th: Our Grade 8 students will be participating in a Science Workshop.  They will be  be learning how to preserve or alter the flow of water to help families.

Don’t forget to wear you jerseys on Friday, April 26th!

 

On Saturday April 27th, our Grade 2 students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Patrick’s Church at 11:00 am! 

 

By |2019-04-21T19:47:55-04:00April 21st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of April 22, 2019

Happy Easter!

On behalf of the staff of Christ the King, we would like to extend our heartfelt wishes for a most blessed and joyous Easter.  May your time with family and friends be special and your spirits renewed.

By |2019-04-21T18:56:23-04:00April 21st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Happy Easter!

Holy Week: Week of April 15, 2019

 

This week is Holy Week and a very special week for our Catholic communities.  Holy Week is the last seven days of Lent. It begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday.  Today on Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him.   To commemorate this very special week, our Intermediate students will be re-enacting the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday at 9:00 am.  Holy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper, in which He instituted the sacraments of the Eucharist and holy orders.  As a school we will be breaking and sharing bread at 12:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome so please join us!

Other things happening this week….

  • Monday, April 15th: Our Kindergarten classes will be visiting the Journey to Space Exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum.

 

  • Tuesday April 16th:  Our Grade 8 students will be heading over to Guelph Galaxy Cinemas for the Youth Symposium.  The Youth Symposium program brings together 14 powerful presentations from some of the best speakers in the country, covering a wide range of topics that have a long-lasting, positive impact on the students!
  • There will be an important meeting for all Grade 8 Parents on Tuesday at 6:00pm.  This meeting is for parents only (no students!) and at least one parent must attend this meeting.

 

  • Wednesday April 17th:  Stations of the Cross at 9:00 am

 

  • Thursday April 18th:  Breaking of Bread celebration at 12:30 pm in the gym
  • Science Workshop (at CTK) for Grade 7s in the morning.  The Grade 7s will be examining Pollution Solutions and looking at ways to solve problems created by water pollution.

 

 

By |2019-04-14T18:48:54-04:00April 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Holy Week: Week of April 15, 2019

Week of April 8, 2019

Food Drive: Our Food Drive ends this week.  Please bring in your non-perishable food items and help put food on the table for families!

GRADE 4’s – CANADIAN COGNITIVE ACHIEVEMENT TEST (CCAT):  This week, our Grade 4 students throughout the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be writing the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT). This test is a valuable tool for educators and parents and assists us toward further identifying your child’s learning strengths and needs. The test will be spread over 3 days (three subtests ranging from 30 – 60 minutes each) and is composed of a verbal, non-verbal and quantitative battery. This assessment will take place over a 3 day period. The purpose of the CCAT is to:

  1.  Identify your child’s areas of strength and areas of need,
  2.  Provide information about your child’s learning style(s),
  3. Provide direction to your child’s teacher on instructional methods, learning materials and the pace of instruction.

Shades Mills:  Students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 will be off to Shades Mill on Wednesday April 1oth.

 

Professional Activity Day Friday April 12th:  This Friday, there is no school for students as staff will be engaged in activities relating to Student Achievement.  The Extended Day will still be running at our school for those that are enrolled in the program.

By |2019-04-07T18:35:14-04:00April 7th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of April 8, 2019

School Climate Survey!

Haven’t completed the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) survey yet?  No problem!  You still have until this Friday, April 5th to complete it.  We are inviting parents to share their feedback via an anonymous survey during the weeks of March 18th – April 5th, 2019.   This online survey has been developed by researchers at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and will be facilitated by the WCDSB Research Department. The results of this survey will assist our school and the School Board to inform programs and services for children that support healthy development. This survey is consistent with the duties of the School Board under the Education Act to promote student achievement and well-being.

Please click on the url link below to complete the parent survey.

https://wcdsb.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8A2BYWebSfj90Ed?school=KIN

Thank you!

By |2019-03-31T19:08:00-04:00March 31st, 2019|News|Comments Off on School Climate Survey!

Week of April 1

Jump Rope For Heart:  Tomorrow, Monday April 1st, we will be having a kick off assembly for Jump Rope For Heart.   By fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart, you’re collecting donations that fund critical research that’s saving lives, preventing heart disease and stroke, and supporting survivors and their families.  More information will come home with your child!

 

Library Learning Commons:  Unfortunately, the work in our Learning Commons did not begin as planned last week.  Stay tuned for an updated date!

Wear Blue For Autism Awareness on Tuesday April 2nd!

School Council:  School Council meets this Tuesday at 6:00 pm!

First Reconciliation Meeting: There is an important meeting for all parents in Grade 2  who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Patrick’s Church at 7:00 pm.

Public Health: Public Health will be in on Wednesday for the Grade 7 HPV vaccine.

By |2019-03-31T19:03:23-04:00March 31st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of April 1

The Umbrella Project: Intrinsic Motivation

For the month of April, we will be focusing on the Umbrella Skill of Intrinsic Motivation.  Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from inside you instead of from external rewards like money or grades.  It is the drive to do something because it is interesting and challenging.

WHY DOES INTRINSIC MOTIVATION MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?
When we are intrinsically motivated we do activities simply for enjoyment and we don’t worry as much about the reward at the end. Failing to hit the goals, marks or achievements we are hoping for can be tough, especially when the outcome was the only thing we cared about. When we enjoy the process, it takes some of the stress off the end result and makes us feel happier overall. In fact, being intrinsically motivated increases our success at the end of the day.

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
1. Increases time spent in a positive mood
2. Improves engagement at school
3. Higher levels of academic success
4. Improves creativity
5. Improves our coping strategies
6. Helps us stick with tasks longer

 

 

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Library Learning Commons Refresh!

As noted in the WCDSB Strategic Plan under the priority to ‘Build Capacity to Learn, Learn, and Live Authentically’, our Board continues to invest in refreshing Learning Commons and  furniture.  At Christ the King, we are so excited that work in our Library Learning Commons begins this week!  Beginning on March 28th, our entire collection of books will be packed up so that new shelving can be installed.  With the new furniture and refresh, our Learning Commons will become  a more inclusive, flexible, and learner-centered space to allow for greater collaboration, inquiry, and imagination.   This innovative, shared space will also help meet the needs of our 21st Century Learners and global competencies.  The Library Learning Commons is expected to open next Tuesday, April 2nd!

By |2019-03-24T18:31:28-04:00March 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Library Learning Commons Refresh!

What’s Happening Week of March 25

Spring has finally arrived!   Please remember to have a pair of indoor shoes at school!  This will help eliminate some of the mud in classrooms and in gym!

Think Back Thursday: Every Thursday, all classrooms at CTK will be participating in Think Back Thursday.  Think Back Thursday is an opportunity for our students to revisit math concepts that were taught earlier on in the year.   Research has shown that when math is ‘interleaved’ throughout the year instead of working through each strand and unit as separate entities, students’ knowledge of the concepts ‘stick’ or are better retained.  This approach to teaching math is called ‘Spiraling’ and looks at covering the curriculum in a more integrated way, makes connections across the strands and revisits concepts multiple times over the course of the year in order to build upon students’ learning and understanding.  Think Back Thursday will have our students ‘reach back’ to complete a task/lesson that was covered in the past.  It could be a previous area of strength for students to see if they are still strong OR it could be a lesson that remains a student learning need (i.e. revisiting of past learning that perhaps ‘didn’t stick’).   Many of our classrooms will use Twitter to post and celebrate learning in our school.  Please follow us on Twitter @CTKBobcats and see what your child is learning!  Ask your child about what they did during Think Back Thursday!

Grade 5s to Safety Village: On Wednesday March 27th, our Grade 5s will be participating in an interactive classroom lesson about staying safe while using the Internet. Through the use of videos and classroom discussion, students are instructed on the basics of staying safe while using their digital devices.  Students are then partnered up, broken into teams and participate in an interactive trivia game to test their online knowledge.

MADD Presentation for Intermediates:  On Wednesday March 27th, our Intermediates will participate in the MADD Canada’s School Assembly Program.  The School Assembly Program is an on-screen fictional re-enactment of the trauma that can result when someone makes the choice to take drugs or alcohol and get behind the wheel. The presentation also includes interviews with people who have been injured and/or lost a loved one(s) as a result of impaired driving. Innocent people are injured and killed every day. Friends and family will forever feel the pain of losing a loved one.

Cambridge Food Bank Classroom Challenge: Help put food on the table for families across our community by bringing non-perishable food items with your child from March 25- April 12th!.  We will be competing with other classrooms across Cambridge to win a pizza lunch delivered by the staff from 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 Dave Rocks!

 

By |2019-03-24T18:06:49-04:00March 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on What’s Happening Week of March 25

Cambridge Food Bank Classroom Challenge: March 25 – April 12, 2019

The Make A Change Committee at Christ the King is participating in the the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank 2019 Classroom Challenge!  We will be joining other classrooms across Cambridge to help put food on the table for families across our community!   The classroom who raises the most food will win a Pizza Party Lunch delivered by staff from 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 Dave Rocks. Please consider sending your child with a food donation during the Food Drive. We appreciate your support!

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