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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.”

School Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

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

All programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 21 —  with the exception of Personal Support Worker programs, which will run on 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 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.

Expanded OECTA Job Action-Week of February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools are open and running on their normal schedules during the week of February 10, 2020.

However, 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 in the absence of a negotiated collective agreement, they are expanding their previously announced list of activities no longer being performed by teachers. The new list takes effect on February 11, 2020.

Below you will find the full list.

In practical terms, this means that because schools will not be able to assign teachers any additional supervision or “on-call duties” where they backfill for another teacher, any activity that typically requires a supply teacher or backfill in the local school will be cancelled. This is a necessary step to help maximize the number of supply teachers available to cover classes board wide.

One of the impacts of implementing this contingency plan is that sports events and field trips may need to be cancelled. Some events will proceed as planned if they do not generate the need for a supply teacher.

If there are fees associated with a cancelled field trip or event, they will be reimbursed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times, and we continue to 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.

Congratulations to our Student of the Month Winners for January!

Congratulations goes out to the Dragons who were recognized for exemplifying the January Umbrella Skill of Authenticity. These fantastic students were awarded their certificates at last week’s assembly.

 

Congratulations goes out to:

Luna E, Jewels N
Mila M, Rose S
Aya C, Faith W
Brooklyn W, Tiago A
Aleks K, Grace M
Ava L, Satori M
Landon, Grayson F
Evangeline R, Carter D
Ryden B, Sean K
Hailey S, Marco M
Isabela A, Leo H
Ryan S, Jamie R
Kenyi K, Brianna H
Karen K, Luka S
Paige H,  Samuel C
Alexis C, Brooklyn S, Evan D
Khloe C, Dominic V, Jack V
Andy L, Madison H
Nicholas D, Ethan D
Leah F, Liv B
Jonah M, Angelina M

Brie L, Adam W

Declan S, Vittoria O

Keira T, Bentley R

Ella C

Maleya S

Khalon J

Ivan L

Jacob P

Kiera L

Gabi M

They will enjoy their Pizza and Ice Cream Lunch on Wednesday, February 12th! Congratulations and well done Dragons!

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