Monthly Archives: March 2020

Letter to Parents -School Closure COVID 19

March 31st, 2020
Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We hope that you and your family are well and staying healthy. Today we learned, that as a key part of
the Government of Ontario response to the COVID19 crisis, that the closure to schools is extending to
May 1st, 2020. The government will continue to monitor the situation and further extensions or updates
may occur. We reiterate, that 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 a common goal. Realizing that this
extension of the closure was likely, and as previously communicated, both the provincial Ministry of
Education and locally here at Waterloo Catholic, we have been preparing for remote teacher-led learning.
Today the Ministry released a memo that provides explicit guidance to all of us about expectations for
learning. It provides an outline of the number of hours teacher and student should engage in learning –
based on their grade level. To be clear – the suggested hours reflect both the time a teacher might use in
providing formal instruction or guidance, as well as the time the student will spend completing the
learning task or activity. There is not a firm expectation that all students have to be “online” at the exact
same time, although in some cases that might happen on occasion.

Both Waterloo Catholic and the Ministry of Education have been thoughtful about matters of equity, as
they apply to access to technology, to internet, language barriers, students with special needs and varying
home environments. All to say – this is not a “business as usual” learning environment but at Waterloo
Catholic we will strive to do our very best to ensure each student feels valued and is connected to learning.
One thing we are doing in this regard is working on Chromebook distribution to those families who
indicated the need for a learning device. Your local school will provide more detail if you are an affected
family. Deployment is happening this week. That said – at Waterloo Catholic, our number one priority
will be ensuring that each child experiences connection and that they know their teacher cares.
We would also like to draw attention to the fact that while there will be consistent expectations for
students in the same grade, that optional, additional activities will also be made available to all students.
On our WCDSB board website you will find from our home page a link to WDCSBLearn@Home  where a
host of additional resources for all learners will be found. We also
encourage you to continue to follow the #STEAMDays hashtag where lots of fun and engaging activities
are being posted.

We understand that there is added anxiety for students who are in senior grades of high school or in
graduating years. This too is something to which we are very attuned. The Ministry has provided some
direction today and there will be ongoing conversations and plans that will be communicated in relation
to these students. Certainly there is an intent that no student on track to graduate – or any student –
should be negatively impacted by the current public health crisis. They remain a high priority.
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 as we look ahead to Holy Week. Please continue to remain
confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community. Our faith will
be a source of comfort and strength, as will the sure knowledge that after the pain and heartache of Good
Friday, comes the hope, joy and new life of Easter.

Loretta Notten Bill Conway
Director of Education Chair of the Board

Call to Prayer 3pm today

The following Prayer was jointly developed by Archbishop Terrance Prendergast and Rabbi Bulka., two religious leaders in the Ottawa region. It has gained much support from many other religious communities as well. It is asked that the prayer be said at 3:00 today as a sign of our common prayer but the prayer can be said anytime during the current crisis.

O God,
We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;
We know we are in a war against COVID – 19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:
We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;
That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time;
We commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;
We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;
We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;
We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine;
We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us;
We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;
We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.
We pray for the well-being of all our life savers; For those who are not well, that they recover fully;
For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.
We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,
And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.
We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers.
We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.

Nutrition for Learning Pop-Up on Tuesday!

Good afternoon Tiger Families!

There will be a pop-up Nutrition for Learning station at the front of St. Teresa School on Tuesday morning. The time will be approximately 9:30am. Please come by with a parent to get a snack bag with 2-3 healthy snacks for yourself!

Please search for more information.

St. Teresa School update

Hello to our Parents, Students, Families, and Community members,


A Message to the St. Teresa School Students:

I want to take a moment to say hello to all our students. We are thinking about you A LOT, praying for you, and we want you to know that we miss you! We have hope that all these uncertain times will go away fast and that we can be back learning together at school! We know that learning is very important and we want you to keep learning while you are away from school. We also know that playing, talking to one another(from a distance), and being with your families is also very important. It’s not easy being away from so many others during this time. We ask God to give us the strength to help us.

For the rest of this week and next week, can you please tell your parent(s) that the School Board would like your parents to choose some activities from the STEM activities on the WCDSB website or activities from the “Learn at Home” things that were put there as well for you to do? We want you to be learning but we also want your parents not to have to worry about your learning, and we want you to have fun while you are home too. Tell your parents that the School Board and the Ministry of Education is working on a plan for some other possible learning at home but they need some time to make it right. Reading is also a wonderful learning activity anytime!

Please be well students, listen to your parents, help your families, be safe, and know how much we care about you!

Mr. Goodyear and the St. Teresa Staff

Go Tigers!

Nutrition for Learning Pop Up Tuesday!

Good evening Tigers Families,

Tomorrow morning there will be a Nutrition for learning pop-up location at St. Teresa School! Students, please come by at approximately 9:30 am to get a free nutritional snack! Remember to keep a safe distance from each other and don’t approach the van. They will hand out the snacks! I hope to see you there!

Mr. Goodyear


Letter from the Minister of Education and prayer

Dear St. Teresa School Families,

Please find attached a letter for you from the Minister of Education for the province of Ontario.

Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020


We know this is a difficult time for our students, our families, and community.

We pray…

God,  you alone are worthy of glory, honor, and praise.

With you, we can overcome any storm- including COVID-19.

Right now, we are asking you…

.. to heal those that are sick and protect those that are not.

..To give our leaders extra wisdom as they navigate this pandemic and economic uncertainty strengthen Your global Church.

Reveal to us how we can partner together to meet the needs of our community.

Please calm our fears.

Fill us with hope, joy, and peace as we continue to trust in you.

Use this pandemic as a means for spiritual revival.  We want Your power, healing, and glory on display.

Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.


Nutrition For Learning “Pop Up” this morning!

Good morning Tiger Families,

There is a Nutrition for Learning “Pop Up” coming to Prueter School this morning at approximately 11:00am. This school is just around the corner from St. Teresa School They will be handing out snack packages for any child who would like one. More information is available at



An Important Message from Father Marian Gil Re: St. Teresa Church

Dear Parishioners,

Today Bishop Douglas Crosby sent the new directives concerning pastoral ministry in the diocese of Hamilton.
Please find attached the letter from Bishop Douglas Crosby.

2020 Updated Directives, re COVID-19, as of March 16

Following the directives we will not celebrate publicly weekday Mass and Weekend Mass until further notice.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also suspended in our chapel, but the church will be open from 9:00am – 9:00pm for personal prayer.
In view of all these challenges that we face and having in mind those affected by Coronavirus I would like to ask you to pray individually and also as family to end this disease

Pope Francis prayed last Sunday at San Marcello al Corso Church in Rome, home to a crucifix which believers say helped to end an outbreak of the plague in 1522. Pope Francis invites us to unite ourselves to Christ and one another in the spiritual communion of the Eucharist, as more governments encourage citizens to stay at home to fight the spread of Covid-19. He said: “United to Christ we are never alone, but we form one single Body, of which He is the Head.” Pope Francis called it “a union that is nourished with prayer, and also with the spiritual communion in the Eucharist, a practice that is highly recommended when it is not possible to receive the Sacrament.”

If you need any more information or would like to request a pastoral visit please do not hesitate to contact our parish office.
Please share this message with your family and friends.

With prayers,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI
St. Teresa of Avila Parish,
44 Leonard St.
Kitchener, ON N2H 6C8
Tel.: 519-743-4525; 519-743-4505

Nutrition for Learning-Pop-Up Sites!

Good morning Tiger Families!

We hope that March Break is off to a safe and healthy start for all our families and friends.

Nutrition for Learning is providing a number of “Pop-Up” sites in the near future. They are in Cambridge today, and are planning to be in Kitchener and Waterloo tomorrow.

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 staring Monday March 16th in Cambridge.
Each morning starting at a 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.

The route will be posted on the Nutrition for Learning website at 8 am each day. Nutrition for Learning 

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.

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.


Go to Top