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Dragon Update: January 20-24

Dragon Update for January 20-24

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.

Authenticity

Tuesday OECTA Job Action

Just a reminder that our school will be closed on Tuesday as our teachers’ association, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, is holding a one day job action. Our Extended Day Program will be running, as usual, for those students who are registered with that program. All other students will be at home on Tuesday.

Kindergarten Registration- No Experience Needed (Rebroadcast)

Calling all Baby Dragons:

Please register:

Congratulations to the Dragon Nautical Engineering Team!

A group of Grade 8 students travelled to Fergus to compete in an Innovation Boat Building Challenge last week. The students did a great job building their boat and represented our school very admirably! Well done Dragons!

Chris D’sousa Presentation

We are very lucky to have Chris D’sousa coming to St. Dominic this Wednesday, January 22nd, to speak to our students about Diversity and Inclusion. He has conducted over 5000 presentations and has been recognized with a National Award for his work in Education. He is the author of 3 books and an accomplished songwriter. Thanks goes out to the Catholic School Council for generously supporting this very worthwhile presentation. Please watch one of Chris’ videos attached at the following link:

I Want You to be Nice to Me

 

“PINK SHIRT DAY” 2020 T-shirt Sale

Order your PINK SHIRT DAY 2020 T Shirt via School Cash Online.

Let’s all be pink on Feb. 26th!    

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 mittens 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!

Wellness Tips for Students

It is very important for students to take some steps to take care of their health. There are many cases of students being sick and having to go home. Avoiding illness can be achieved by taking some small steps that would reduce one’s chances of becoming ill. Please read the article at the following link for some student wellness tips.

Wellness Tips for Students and Families

Dates to Remember

Mon Jan 20- Pizza Day

Mon Jan 20- Boys’ Basketball game at Sir Edgar Bauer

Mon Jan 20- Girls’ Volleyball game vs Sir Edgar Bauer

Tues Jan 21- OECTA Job Action: No school for students

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

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

Wed Jan 22- Boys’ Basketball game vs St. Matthew

Wed Jan 22- Girls’ Volleyball game at St. Matthew

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

Mon Jan 27- Pizza Day

Fri Jan 31- Junior Coding

Sat Feb 1- Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest at St. David’s CSS

 

 

 

Important Update: St. Dominic CES Extended Day OPEN on Tuesday January 21

Important Update: On January 21, 2020 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.

A previous communication indicated extended day programs would not operate that day.

An updated version of that earlier message is provided below.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 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 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.

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.

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 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.

Important Update re: WCDSB Extended Day Programs on January 21

Important Update: On January 21, 2020 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.

A previous communication indicated extended day programs would not operate that day.

An updated version of that earlier message is provided below.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Authenticity

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:

http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

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.