Monthly Archives: March 2020

St. Dominic Says Hi….

Hi Dragons!

We hope this greeting from the staff puts a smile on our little Dragon’s faces. We miss you so much. God Bless!


WCDSB & Ministry Update: March 31st, 2020

Good Afternoon Dragon Nation,


As many of you are already aware, Premier Doug Ford had a Press Conference this afternoon. During this conference, he shared that schools would continue to be closed until May 4th. Please see the attached letter from our school board director, Loretta Notten, and Bill Conway, Chair of the Board, regarding this announcement.

We are hoping to have more information for you in the next little while, so please keep checking the school and board websites as this information will also be posted there.

We hope you are staying safe and healthy.

God Bless,

Pat Runstedler and Richard Setler

St. Dominic Savio Administration Team

Letter to Parents School Closure COVID 19 Mar31 20

Dragon Nation Update: March 25th

Dear St. Dominic Savio CES Families,

Just a quick note to say we are all thinking of all of your families during this difficult time and are hoping all of you are keeping everyone well and safe. A special Thank You to those who are working in essential services right now as you are keeping our community going. Moving forward please know that our teachers will be reaching out to touch base with you shortly.

As directed by the Ministry and the Board we are providing you with a few resources you may find helpful at this point. Please understand that you are not expected to engage in all of the activities provided but rather to use the resources as you see fit for your family and their needs.

WCDSB STEAM Days + Learn At Home


A Letter from the Director of Education, Loretta Notten, and the Chair of the Board, Bill Conway.

Letter to Parents School Closure COVID 19 Mar23 20


Stay Safe and God Bless,

Pat Runstedler and Richard Setler

St. Dominic Savio Administration Team

Update from WCDSB Director Notten & Chair of the Board of Trustees Conway


March 24th, 2020

Dear Parent / Caregivers,

Since last we reached out to you, the global situation in relation to COVID19 has continued to worsen and here at home we have seen unprecedented actions taken by our federal and provincial governments.  As you know, schools are now closed and it would appear that this will stretch beyond the Easter weekend, although exactly when we might return to face to face learning is not yet clear.  These decisions are being informed by a concern for preserving the health and safety of all, and in this regard we know that each of us shares this common goal.  Nonetheless, the news that students will be home indefinitely may be disconcerting to you and your child.

We want to assure you that at Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we will be working to the best of our ability and in collaboration with the province, to ensure that your child is connected to learning opportunities.  We will use the initial two weeks for the board to support our teachers in establishing at least an initial contact with all of their students through the most appropriate means possible.  We will try to use this time to establish what is needed to support teacher-led learning and to aid you as families, to the best of our abilities under the circumstances.

We also want to acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students.  We would encourage you to visit our board website where a number of resources can be found that may be helpful to you or your child, as you navigate this time.  We are also truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

While we are in the process of “gearing up”, we would remind parents that WCDSB has launched #STEAMDays, a fun and interactive way to be connected to activities that have a daily focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics.  Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website “Learn at Home”  and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Waterloo Region Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.  Remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.



Loretta Notten                                                            Bill Conway

Director of Education                                                Chair of the Board






Letter from the Ministry of Education

Good Evening Dragon Nation

Attached below is a letter from Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, regarding the state of education in these unprecedented times. Please read and we will make sure to keep everyone up to date with whatever information needs to be forwarded on.

Please stay safe- wash your hands, social distance from others and hold tight to your family. Drawing strength from Our Holy Father, we will get through this together.


Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020

Dragon Nation News: Nutrition for Learning Snacks During the COVID 19 Break

Nutrition for Learning
POP UP Snacks for Students

Nutrition for Learning will be ready to provide mobile POP UP NUTRITION BREAKS offering free healthy Snacks for school children starting Monday March 16th in Cambridge.

Each morning starting at time and location to be posted on the Nutrition for Learning website and social media channels our Nutrition for Learning van will be offering free snacks, yogurt, granola bars and cheese strings for school kids. Tomorrow we will be in Cambridge and the route will be posted on the Nutrition for Learning website at 8 am.

Nutrition for Learning will have volunteers walking with coolers beside our van down the streets posted on our website to meet kids at the end of their driveway or walkway but no congregating around the van/ truck will be allowed and we will ensure participants maintain social distancing (keeping 2 arms’ lengths or 2 meters between each child).

All Nutrition for Learning staff and volunteers have police vulnerable sector checks and have been trained in safe food handling and abide by all public health rules.

“We know our donors want us to be there for the students and we know how important it is to ensure our community overall safety first, as well as our staff, the kids, and the food. All the items we would distribute will be sealed and handled safely. We just want to get out to the kids.” states Mary D’Alton at Nutrition for Learning

We know our Ministry funding and certain other funding is designated for specific schools and their nutrition programs, and we will leave that intact. Fortunately, we have generous corporate and individual funders that have donated to undesignated general funds which should assist in this difficult situation, it will be tight, but we can do this.

Nutrition for Learning is in 147 locations in Waterloo Region serving 3.5 million food items a year with universal access to food for hungry kids and minds.

For more information please contact Mary D’Alton at or call 519-624-5744 or 519-589-0241

Principal’s Message: Prayer for Hope

Dear St. Dominic Savio School Community,

As we confront the struggles ahead, we ask all of Dragon Nation to reflect on our many blessings that we are grateful to share. We also need to remember those who are not as fortunate as us in their time of need. May God grant them the strength and courage to persevere and remain hopeful.


God  Bless You and Your Family,

Pat Runstedler & Richard Setler

St. Dominic Savio Administration

Important News for Dragon Nation

March 13, 2020


As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:


  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.


The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.


We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

Important: Student Attendance – Please contact the school when your child will be absent!

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.

Source: 2019-2020 Agenda insert for St Dominic


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