Monthly Archives: February 2020

School IS NOT Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020!!!! Yay!!!

IMPORTANT NOTICE – OECTA Strike Cancelled – All WCDSB Schools Open on Monday February 24

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has cancelled rotating strikes scheduled for next week.

As a result, all WCDSB schools and St. Louis campuses will be open and running on their regular schedules on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Dragon Update: February 24-28

Dragon Update for February 24-28

 

The Umbrella Project Theme for February: Purpose

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of February is Purpose. Please read the article attached in the following link to learn more about this important Umbrella Skill.

Helping Kids Find Their Purpose

 

St. Dominic Is Going Litterless!

Great News Dragon Nation! As of Tuesday, February 25th, St. Dominic Savio is going completely litterless for our snacks and lunches! As part of our ongoing school improvement plan, we are reducing our eco footprint by reducing the amount of waste/litter here at school. What does this mean for you? We are asking that all lunches/snacks/drinks come in reusable containers that are taken home with the students every day. Any waste that is created will be brought home by the student to dispose of there. We are hoping that each family can have a plan and discussion with their kids as to how they can help us achieve our goal. Please see the attached letters for more information, and, as well, look for upcoming news/items in our weekly Dragon Update. Thanks for your support and consideration with regards to this initiative! Go Dragons!

St. Dominic’s Goes Litterless

St. Dominic’s Litterless Introduction

 

Graduation and Kindergarten Photos

Please note that the Graduation Photos for the Grade 8s and Kindergarten have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

 

Pancake Tuesday February 25th

Just a reminder about Pancake Tuesday coming up on February 25th. Pancakes will be served with syrup. Each class will be invited into the gym, where students will be served at different times of the day. The pancakes are a “treat” not a lunch replacement. Students who bring a lunch to school need to bring a lunch on this day as well. If your child has an allergy to pancake mix and syrup, please be sure to inform their classroom teacher to make alternate arrangements.

We are asking all students to please bring in a PLATE and UTENSILS for their pancakes. By reducing the amount of garbage, we can continue to be stewards of the environment. Please put your plate and utensils in a Ziploc!

Ash Wednesday

We will be having an Ash Wednesday Liturgy on February 26th at 11AM. Deacon Philip will be presiding over this very important event which marks the beginning of Lent. All parents are welcome to attend.

Preparation for Lent

What can you do to prepare your family for Jesus’ Death and Resurrection? Along with going to mass on Sundays, Busted Halo is a great resource that is online that can be utilized to help explain Lent to your children. Please click on the link below to access.

Lent in 3 Minutes

 

Leaving Early in the Day:

If you wish to withdraw your child during a day, please make you send a note to the classroom teacher.  Before your child can leave, you are asked to come to the main office and sign the “Student Sign In/Out” binder.  Your son/daughter will then be called from class to meet you at the office. For your child to have the optimum learning experience, please keep sign-outs to a minimum.

 

Leaving School Property at Lunch:

If a student regularly goes home at lunch, parents will have completed a Lunch Arrangements form via School Cash Online.

Other students are permitted off school property at lunch time only under the following circumstances:

  • If a parent/guardian is taking a student out at lunch time they are encouraged to give the classroom teacher a signed and dated note (or use the Student Agenda or Communications bag)
  • Parents/guardians are asked to meet their child in the main office prior to leaving the school
  • Before your child can leave, you are asked to come to the main office and sign the “Student Sign In/Out” binder.  Your son/daughter will then be called from class to meet you at the office. 
  • If a parent/guardian gives permission for a student who normally stays at school for lunch to leave school property during the lunch hour, the student must give the classroom teacher a signed and dated note.  They will also require to sign the “Student Sign In/Out” binder upon leaving and returning to school.

 

Intermediate Girls’ Volleyball and Boys’ Basketball

Congratulations goes out to our Intermediate Girls’ Volleyball Team. They have qualified for the playoffs and are looking forward to making some noise as they challenge the rest of WCDSB’s school for volleyball supremacy. Good Luck Girls! Thanks goes out to Mr. Kropf and Mrs. Mazurek for their dedication in coaching this group. Congratulations also goes out to the Boys’ Basketball Team for their fine season. Led by Mr. V, the boys displayed heart, resiliency and courage this season. Great job Dragons!

“PINK SHIRT DAY” 2020 Date Change

The St. Dominic Pink Shirt Day has been moved to Thursday February 27th so as not to conflict with Ash Wednesday. Looking forward to the “Sea of Pink” on Thursday!  

1 pink shirt

Dates to Remember

 

Mon Feb 24- OECTA Job Action: No School for Students

Tues Feb 25- Pizza Day

Tues Feb 25- Pancake Tuesday: Pancakes for Students. More info to follow.

Tues Feb 25- Pancake and Sausage Supper at St. Mark’s Parish 5PM to 6:30 PM

Wed Feb 26- Ash Wednesday Liturgy 11AM. All are invited to attend.

Thurs Feb 27- Pink Shirt Day**Please note the date change**

Mon Mar 2- Pizza Day

St. Dominic Savio Is Going Litterless!!!!

Great News Dragon Nation! As of Tuesday, February 25th, St. Dominic Savio is going completely litterless for our snacks and lunches! As part of our ongoing school improvement plan, we are reducing our eco footprint by reducing the amount of waste/litter here at school. What does this mean for you? We are asking that all lunches/snacks/drinks come in reusable containers that are taken home with the students every day. Any waste that is created will be brought home by the student to dispose of there. We are hoping that each family can have a plan and discussion with their kids as to how they can help us achieve our goal. Please see the attached letters for more information, and, as well, look for upcoming news/items in our weekly Dragon Update. Thanks for your support and consideration with regards to this initiative! Go Dragons!

St. Dominic’s Goes Litterless

St. Dominic’s Litterless Introduction

 

School Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

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 February 24.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Revision: Letter Sent Home With Report Cards

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Enclosed is your child’s report card, which is an important reflection of the work done throughout the school year, and the mark, learning skills and teacher comments traditionally give us a fulsome picture about a student’s learning.

In early January, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:

  • OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.

You will notice that the report card your child has brought home reflects these directives.  With that said, Our teachers remain committed to the WCDSB’s strategic direction to nurture a culture of innovation and foster maximum opportunity for success for all. Reporting student achievement (of which report cards are one component) is the result of thoughtful and ongoing assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers continue to display professionalism in this regard and value your role and partnership.

We would encourage you to please read the report card, with care, along with your child, and discuss how it might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses.

We join you in hoping for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.

Dragon Update: February 17-21

Dragon Update for February 17-21

The Umbrella Project Theme for February: Purpose

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of February is Authenticity. Please read the article attached in the following link to learn more about this important Umbrella Skill.

Helping Kids Find Their Purpose

Graduation and Kindergarten Photos

Please note that the Graduation Photos for the Grade 8s and Kindergarten have been postponed due to the OECTA Job Action on February 21. They will be rescheduled shortly and this date will be shared once it is firmed up.

Morning Procedures for Late Student and Parents

The morning bell rings at 9:15 am for classes to begin with announcements set to begin at 9:20 am. Please note out of Respect, the front door will not be unlocked during Territorial Acknowledgement, O’Canada and Morning Prayer.

Attendance and Safe Arrival: 

Students are expected to attend school regularly and be punctual. Parents are required to phone the school, 519-576-5503, if a student will be absent or late. Messages may be left on the attendance line at any time. 

If a child has not arrived at school and a phone call or note has not been received, the administrative assistant will attempt to alert parents by telephone at home or at your place of employment if necessary. If parents cannot be contacted, we will contact the emergency number provided by the parents. Failing to reach parents or emergency contacts, the police will be notified and sent to the home. 

If your child is going to be absent, please: 

  • Send a note to your child’s teacher in advance when possible 
  • Phone the school and leave a message on the attendance line which operates at any time during the day or night 
  • State the date of the absence, your child’s name, spell your child’s last name, the teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence. Unless you notify us otherwise, we will assume your child will be back the following day. At no time is the student to 9 report themselves absent for the school day or is the student to have someone less than 18 years of age report them absent 
  • Contact the school and speak with the administrative assistant

Source:  St. Dominic Savio Student Agenda:  What Parents/Guardians need to know:  2019-2020 Agenda insert for St Dominic

If your child misses the bus after school…

If your child misses the bus after school please remind him/her to stay at school and report to the main office. The school administrative assistant, principal or vice-principal will call the parent and if the parent cannot pick the child up, the school will ask permission for a staff member to drive the child home.

Safe Arrivals/Safe Departure APH001

Valentine’s Day Dance

Our Dragons had an awesome day on Friday during our Annual Valentine’s Day Dance. Student Council did an amazing job leading each session and helping all get their groove on. Great job Dragons!

“PINK SHIRT DAY” 2020 T-shirt Sale (rebroadcast)

Online orders are now closed.

Shirts will be distributed this week!!

 Let’s all be pink on Feb. 26th!   

1 pink shirt

Math Matters

Can you solve these riddles?

There is a three digit number. The second digit is four times as big as the third digit, while the first digit is three less than the second digit. What is the number?

When my father was 31 I was 8. Now he is twice as old as me. How old am I?

Dates to Remember

  • Mon Feb 17- Family Day: No school!
  • Tues Feb 18-21- Kindergarten Registration
  • Tues Feb 18- Pizza Day (moved from Mon due to Family Day)
  • Wed Feb 19- Rubik’s Cube Training for Grade 5 to 8
  • Wed Feb 19- Boys’ Basketball at St. Nicholas
  • Wed Feb 19- Girls’ Volleyball vs St. Nicholas
  • Thurs Feb 20- Love One Another Bake Sale
  • Fri Feb 21 – One-Day Strike: No school for students
  • Mon Feb 24- Pizza Day
  • Tues Feb 25- Pancake Tuesday: Pancakes for Students. More info to follow.
  • Wed Feb 26- Ash Wednesday Liturgy 11AM. All are invited to attend.
  • Wed Feb 26- Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day – February 26, 2020

From its humble beginnings in 2007 in small-town Nova Scotia, Pink Shirt Day has spread across the globe as a way to take a stand against bullying and to show support for those who have been affected by it in schools, workplaces, homes, and online.  Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

On February 26, 2020, we encourage everyone at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to practice kindness and wear pink to school or work to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. The focus for 2020 is “lift each other up.”