Please click on link below for important information on the Novel Coronavirus.
Girls Volleyball: Good luck to our Girls’ Volleyball Team who will be participating in the Regional Championships this Monday and Wednesday at Monsignor Doyle!! You got this GIRLS!!!!
Reconciliation: Now that we are in the midst of Lent, our students in Grades 3 to 8 will have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and experience God’s forgiveness and mercy. Father Ross and other priests will be visiting our school Thursday afternoon.
St. Patrick Spirit Day! This Friday, we will celebrating St. Patrick’s day! Get your green on!
March Break (March 16 – 20th): On behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable March Break! Take the time to enjoy it and see you back on March 23rd!
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.
As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on March 5.
In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:
Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 — they are:
All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.
All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.
Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.
OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.
As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.
Please find below the link to the 2020-2021 budget survey. The survey uses a tool called Thought Exchange to collect open-ended thoughts/opinions on specific topics. There is also the ability to rate Thoughts of other participants. Participant names are not shown. This should take about 10 minutes or less to complete. This tool also has Google Translate available should stakeholders require a different language option.
There are 2 Thought Exchanges that you can participate in. You can choose to participate in one or both since they are not linked but are asking for feedback on 2 different questions.
The survey will be open until March 27th, 2020. The survey results will be made available after they have been presented to the Board’s Budget Advisory Committee.
1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?
2. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?
The Board values input from stakeholders and your feedback helps ensure that budgets are aligned according to the Board, school and stakeholder needs. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to the survey.
Dear Grade 8 Parents/Guardians;
Registration for the Head Start to High School program running August 26-27 OR August 31 – September 1 can be found at the link below.
Registration opens at 4:00 today.
Register quickly to avoid disappointment!
A big thank you to our Catholic Schools Advisory Council and other parents who came out for Shrove Tuesday and helped to serve our students with delicious pancakes! Your time and work was so appreciated by our students. Also a big thank you to all of our families for your support in reducing single plastic use and garbage at our school. This small little gesture of bringing in a reusable plate made a huge difference to our earth! And finally, thanks to our Intermediate Student Council Representatives who also helped flip and serve pancakes for the entire school! THANK YOU!
Dental Screening: Public Health registered dental hygienists and dental assistants provide dental screening in elementary schools in Waterloo Region. This Tuesday, March 3rd, dental hygienists will be coming to CTK and will be screening students in Kindergarten (both Year 1 and Year 2), Grade 2, Grade 4, and Grade 7. Notice was sent out to students in these grades and parents can choose to OPT OUT of the dental screening; or if your child is not in one of the listed grades to be screened, you can choose to OPT IN for the dental screening. For more information, please visit the https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/dental-health.aspx
OECTA Job Action: OECTA announced that a full, one-day withdrawal of services will be held this Thursday, March 5th. As such, schools will be closed this Thursday. The Extended Day Program will remain open.
Pizza Day: For this week only, pizza will be on Wednesday, March 4th – instead of Thursday- for those students who have ordered through school cashonline. This is due to the OECTA strike that will be held on Thursday.
Girls Volleyball Team: Congratulations to our Girls’ Volleyball Team who have finished in first place in League Play and qualified for the Regional Championships to be played at Monsignor Doyle on March 9th and at St.Benedict on March 11th. Thank you to Mr. Corso for all of his work and time with the girls. All games will be played after school. Go Bobcats go!!!
Boys’ Basketball: The boys’ basketball team has been training very hard over the lunch hours. Unfortunately, the one-day tournament and other games scheduled after school have been canceled. Many thanks to Mrs. Fischer and Mr. Brown who have been working very hard with the boys and have certainly developed their skills. On March 11th, the boys’ skills will be tested as they will face the staff. Boys…..bring your ‘A’ game on March 11th!
Grade 6 Snack Cart: Starting this week, our Grade students will be running a snack cart. All proceeds will go towards supporting an athlete for Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games Waterloo Region 2020. Our school has already sponsored one athlete but our students would like to send another! Please see the details below!
For the month of February, our students have been focusing on PURPOSE and on Friday, February 28th, students in Mrs. Gaetan’s class led our school in our concluding assembly for this skill. Defining purpose is a big idea and our students helped us to define our purpose by making an analogy to objects. For example, the purpose of a crayon is to add color to a picture. The purpose of a coat is to keep us warm. The purpose of a key is to unlock doors. This really helped each of us to think of what our purpose is. For some of us, our purpose was to help the earth, to open an animal farm, to become an artist and to amaze people! Bobcats, remember….”the meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” (Pablo Picasso). Congratulations to our students who worked on defining their purpose!
For the month of March, our students will be showing KINDNESS and how it can improve our lives. Mrs. Fischer’s and Mrs. Van Os’ class are leading the school in a challenge to show kindness each and every day. Each class has been given a calendar and classes and students are challenged to perform that act. The impact on our school community and on each of us will be amazing!
WHY DOES KINDNESS MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?
Doing good is not only beneficial for the person on the receiving end and those who witness the kind action, but also for the givers of kindness. When we are kind and intentionally perform acts of kindness we get a boost in our own wellbeing and happiness. It feels good to help others and it helps us focus on the positive things in our lives. It’s a win-win!
What is KINDNESS?
RESEARCH-BASED OUTCOMES OF KINDNESS
1. Kindness reduces our stress levels and makes us feel better about ourselves
2. Kindness helps us think less negative thoughts and focus on the positives instead
3. Kindness is contagious – one act of kindness can lead to many
4. Being kind decreases the chance that we will bully others
5. Regular kindness makes us more liked by our
peers and more accepting of others
6. Being kind boosts our happiness
7. Being kind increases our number of friends
Tuesday, March 3- Public Health here for Dental Screening
Lunch Box Orders & Milk and Cookie Orders
Wednesday, March 4- Pizza Day lunch and Booster Juice orders
Thursday, March 5- OECTA one -day strike WCDSB schools closed.
Friday, March 6- Lunch Box Orders
Pizza orders for March were closed on February 24th. You may order pizza lunches for the months of April, May and June which are all available on school cash online. Just a reminder to please ensure all orders are completed by the deadline in the previous month. NO CASH or LATE ORDERS ACCEPTED!!
*Deadline to order April pizza lunches is Friday, March 27th!!
Is your child signed up for Kindergarten !!
We are accepting year 1 and year 2 registrations for the next school year.
children born in 2016 can register for year 1 (Junior Kindergarten)
Children born in 2015 can register for year 2 (Senior Kindergarten)
If you wish to register online prior to your appointment we would highly recommend as it does speed up the registration process, you can access the Online Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB homepage (www.wcdsb.ca) and then choosing Kindergarten Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found under the Registration Options button alternatively you can open your browser and enter register.wcdsb.ca.
Please remember to call the school 519-621-6680 to schedule an appointment to finalize the registration forms and documents.