Monthly Archives: February 2020

School Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

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:

  • 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 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.

Reminder: Pink Shirt Day Tomorrow!

Good Evening Dragon Nation

 

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day! Please have your son or daughter wear a pink shirt to support this fantastic initiative. Let’s create a Sea of Pink on February 27th Dragons!

1 pink shirt

 

Important Information Re: 2020 Faith in Action Elementary Skills Challenge Days

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

Due to ongoing job action undertaken by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) — and the teacher supervision requirements associated with the Faith in Action Elementary Skills Challenge Days — the Skills events scheduled for March 4th and March 5th, 2020 at Conestoga College have been cancelled/postponed.

The school board is currently looking at alternatives to the original event and will communicate these with schools as they become available.

As a school system that places a high emphasis on innovation and experiential learning we are very proud of the preparation students have done up to this point and are encouraged that the skills they have built will continue to be applied in their classes and beyond.

We also thank you for the support you – as our partners in education – have offered the students in terms of volunteer driving and supervision during the many workshops that have already occurred.

While students, parents, and staff are bound to be disappointed with the cancellation of this year’s Faith in Action Skills Challenge, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times.

We continue to remain hopeful for a fair, negotiated resolution to the current labour disruption and the WCDSB Skills Team continues to look for innovative ways to keep our students engaged in their learning.

Pizza Day will be Monday!

Greetings Dragon Families!

Due to the cancellation of job action in the form of a strike tomorrow (Monday) we will return to our regular pizza day of Monday. In an earlier communication it was  stated that pizza day will be moved to Tuesday due to the strike but this is no longer the case.

Thank you

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

 

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