Monthly Archives: January 2020

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. 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 January 21.

Additionally, all WCDSB extended day programs will also close for the day.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

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.

Dragon Update: January 13-17

Dragon Update for January 13-17 

The Umbrella Project Theme for January: Authenticity

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of January is Authenticity. Authenticity is the ability to:. Authenticity is further explained in the attached link below. Watch for further tips all month in future Dragon Updates.


Girls’ Volleyball and Boys’ Basketball

Good Luck goes out to the Girls’ Volleyball Team and the Boys’ Basketball Team as they embark on the beginning of their respective seasons. Mr. Kropf and Mrs. Mazurek have been working very hard with the girls and Mr. Van Looyen has been working very hard with the boys as each team prepares for their upcoming games. Go get’em Dragons! We know that you will make us all very proud!

Kindergarten Registration- No Experience Needed

Calling all Baby Dragons:

Please register:

We will be booking registration appointments the week of:

Tuesday, February 8th to Friday, February 21st, 2020. Once you have completed your registration, please call the office at 519-576-5503 to book your appointment.

Winter Weather Reminders

Now that winter seems to have set in for good, parents need to be aware of a couple of reminders regarding the colder weather:

  • Please make sure to send in a couple of pairs of mitts and socks for your child(ren) as playing in the snow can make them pretty wet. These items do not dry out quickly and an extra set will help your child(ren) be more comfortable at recess.
  • Snow pants are a must if your child(ren) are going to be playing in the snow making forts or spending any time on the hills. Snow pants will help them stay warm and dry, and comfortable for the rest of the day. As well, winter boots are now a must to keep their feet warm and dry!

Back in the Groove!

Students have returned from their Christmas Break rested, rejuvenated and ready to tackle 2020! All classes reestablished their routines and fantastic learning once again happened at St. Dominic! Here are a few examples! Way to go Dragons!

Catholic School Council Meeting Cancelled

Just a quick reminder to all Catholic School Council members and the rest of the parent community at St. Dominic that the School Council Meeting scheduled for Monday January 13th has been cancelled.


All Aboard!

A team of Gr. 8 student nautical engineers will set sail this Wednesday as they attempt to cross the Fergus Swimplex pool. We have tested a prototype at Forest Heights pool, made some design changes, and are excited to test how seaworthy our latest prototype is.

Math Matters

Here are some things that you can do at home to engage your child in math and help them gain confidence!

Dates to Remember

Mon Jan 13- Pizza Day

Wed Jan 15- KW Art Gallery Visit for Gr 3

Wed Jan 15- Girls Volleyball Game vs St. Agnes & Boys Basketball Game at St. Agnes

Wed Jan 15- Pathways and Mt Mary Meeting for Gr 8s 6:30 PM

Thurs Jan 16- Laurel Creek Trip for Mrs. Batiste and Ms. Schnarr’s Classes All Day

Fri Jan 17- Pajama Day

Mon Jan 20- Pizza Day

Tues Jan 21- Grade 7 Immunizations

Tues Jan 21- Grade 8 and Sibling Photo Day

Tues Jan 21- SK Vision Screening

Wed Jan 22- Chris D’Sousa Presentation on Inclusion and Diversity

Wed Jan 22- KW Art Gallery Post Visit for Gr 3

Fri Jan 24- PD Day: no school for students!




Possible OECTA Job Action

As part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that if a collective agreement isn’t reached today or over the weekend, that starting Monday, January 13, 2020 teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.

A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of our school and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

We do remain hopeful the two sides can come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Student of the Month Lunch Tomorrow – Wednesday, January 8th, 2020


We congratulate the December Students of the Month, on a job well done!   The Theme for December was “Cognitive Flexibility”.
To celebrate, St. Dominic Savio will be holding a pizza & ice cream lunch on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.  

Thank you to all Students for setting an amazing example for all Dragons!  Please see a list below of the Students who were rewarded in December:

Huston JK/K3

Nolan K. & Audrey B.

Koppers JK/K4

Maksymilian R. & Kamila K.

Koenig JK/K5

Joshua I. & Beckett F.

McCutcheon JK/K6

Allistair D. & Reid B.

Kuntz 1A

Mira C. & Munera S.

Cimermancic 1B

Deirdre P. & Zander M.

Schnarr 2B

Vesna M.

Batiste 1/2

Miles P.

Herzog 2A

Jesse V. & Cameron P.

Montes 3A

Simon P.

Carere 3B 

Marcus G.

Lee 3/4

Liam D. & Gabriela C.

Kohler 4B

Imman K. & Max N.

Hutter 4A

Ashton A. & Andy A.

Tank 5F

Brayden R.

Jolly 5A

Cole K. & Wes K.

Kropf 6A

Matthew C., Kara D., Abby K.

Shermeto 6B

Alex B., Gabi M., Jonah M.

Bauer-Pusztahegyi 7A

Isabella C. & Jorge A.

Pasqualino 7B

Gwen W.

VanLooyen 8A

Stefania S.

Ross 8B

Ava M. & Karlee C.

Campbell – Planning Time

Mya N., Julian D., Melat L

McKenzie – Planning Time

Tiago F., Carter C., Rediet L., Lillian Z., Zikayla W.

Setler – Planning Time

Nathan Z., Naresh S., Nolan B.

Gallagher – FSL

Leah F., Avery R.

Chaves – FSL

Ewin A. & Ryan S.

Dragon Update: January 6th-10th

Dragon Update for January 6-10 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!! Students will be buzzing tomorrow as they have been away from classes for a little bit. We will be working on re-establishing routines as we get back on track with learning. We hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones over the break. All the best in 2020!


The Umbrella Project Theme for January: Authenticity

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of January is Authenticity. Authenticity is the ability to:. Authenticity is further explained in the attached link below. Watch for further tips all month in future Dragon Updates.


APH 008: Inclement Weather Procedures

Below is a summary of important points regarding our school board policies related to Inclement Weather. Please reference this policy for detailed information regarding cancellations and early dismissals.

  • We will reference for accurate forecasts using PointCast location. You can also check this information from home. Simply type in the postal code for the school (N2N 3A6) and get localized information.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –14°C or warmer students will be outside for the entire duration of recess.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –15°C to—19°C students will be limited to 20 minutes of outdoor time at a time.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –20°C or colder students will be kept indoors.

It is critical that students be dressed appropriately for Canadian winter.

  • Please make sure your child has a hat, mitts/ gloves, snow pants, winter coat, boots. If you need assistance providing this for your child we are happy to help out.

Click the following link for the AP Policy Memo:

Inclement Weather Procedures

School Bus Cancellations due to Inclement Weather

All arrangements and decisions regarding student transportation are coordinated by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region. For detailed information regarding the procedures for Inclement Weather and Student Transportation decisions please refer to the following link:

 STSWR Inclement Weather 2019-20 .

It is extremely important for parents/ guardians to subscribe to the STSWR email notification service to be informed of any delays to your child’s transportation. Please do not call the school when your child’s bus is running late as we have no control over transportation delays. We subscribe to the STSWR Twitter feed and email notifications and therefore, receive the same updates as families through this subscription service. Please add this subscription to your personal email service to receive up to date information.

Math Matters

Our world is rapidly changing. Technology is evolving at light speed. And, more than ever before, strong Math Skills are critical for your child’s success in today’s world. The Mathematics Curriculum identifies seven key processes students engage in as they learn and use math. The seven processes are:

  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proving
  • Reflecting
  • Selecting Tools and Computational Strategies
  • Connecting
  • Representing
  • Communicating 

What can I do to support my child’s math learning?

  • Encourage your child. Remind them that success comes from hard work and perseverance, and that making mistakes is part of learning and our Growth Mindset.
  • Be positive about math! Avoid saying “I was never good at math” or “I never liked math.” Show them that you think math is important and interesting. Look for opportunities for math to be a natural part of your conversations.
  • Ensure your child keeps up with his/her math homework. Make sure that your child catches up if they were away from school because math concepts build on one another.
  • Be available to talk with your child about his/her math work. But do not do it for them. Give them time to figure out the answers on their own. When your child needs support, ask questions instead of showing your child directly how to do it. Allow your child to share the method used in class. If you are not familiar with the method, ask them to explain it to you. This will help them to understand it better, as well.

Dates to Remember

Mon Jan 6- Pizza Day

Wed Jan 8- KW Hydro Presentation for Gr 5 and 6

Wed Jan 8- KW Art Gallery Presentation for Gr 3

Fri Jan 10- First Aid Training for Grade 6 AM

Mon Jan 13- Pizza Day

Mon Jan 13- Catholic School Council Meeting 6:15 PM

Wed Jan 15- KW Art Gallery Visit for Gr 3

Wed Jan 15- Pathways and Mt Mary Meeting for Gr 8s 6:30 PM

Thurs Jan 16- Laurel Creek Trip for Mrs. Batiste and Ms. Schnarr’s Classes All Day


















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