Catholic Education Week & Important Updates

Igniting Hope

Celebrating Catholic Education: May 3rd – May 8th, 2020

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, “Igniting Hope,” reminds us that publicly funded Catholic education is a call to service. We have a shared responsibility within Catholic education to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ into the lives of our students/ your children. The theme of “Igniting Hope” reminds us, as educators,  that it is our privilege to serve families who support Catholic education in the province of Ontario.


The theme for CEW 2020 was inspired by three sources:
  • The recent Papal Exhortation, Christus Vivit, by Pope Francis following the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
  • The recent Ontario Bishops’ pastoral letter, Renewing the Promise (2018)
  • The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations by the Institute for Catholic Education (2011)
Teachers will be highlighting the sub-themes of “Igniting Hope” in their distance learning next week. Now, more than ever, the message of “HOPE” is central to our wellness. We are looking forward to sharing our hope-filled messages with one another while we celebrate the gift of Catholic education next week.

As well, there are some great resources available on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website. You can find them at the following link: WCDSB Catholic Education Week.

There is also a great video there to view outlining some of the activities going on this week.

WCDSB Catholic Education Week Video

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

2020-2021 School Year Information

If your child is NOT returning to St. Dominic for any reason (other than graduation from grade 8) please inform Mrs. Hayes as soon as possible via email This information is very important to us from a planning perspective. Your timely response is very much appreciated.

Some parents have been asking about class placements for next year. Please email Mr. Runstedler ( or Mr. Setler ( regarding your son or daughter for next year. Please do not ask for a particular teacher, but rather you can let us know what teaching style best suits them and their learning needs. We will take this information into account and make sure that your child(ren)’s learning needs are best being met by the classroom teacher they are with for their next school year. Feel free to forward any questions you may have.