Monthly Archives: August 2020

THANK-YOU!

Thank-you St. Teresa Families, and especially to this family for your words of encouragement this morning! You were up very early! #WeGotThis!

Mabel’s Labels and Factory Shoe

St. Teresa Families,

Here is a poster from Mabel’s Labels.  You may want to consider purchasing these for your child/children at St. Teresa.

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Visit Campaigns.mabelslabels.com and choose St. Teresa School Kitchener from the list of organizations.

Also, for every pair of shoes purchased at Factory Shoe, https://www.factoryshoe.ca/_store/ $5.00 is donated to fundraising efforts at St. Teresa School. Please tell them at the checkout and they will apply the school code.

Our students DO NOT require a separate pair of indoor shoes for September, nor will students be bringing gym clothes to school in the fall.

 

Parent/Guardian Update

Hello Tiger Families,

Please see the attachment for important updates for Return to School.

Important information for Kindergarten Parents, Staggered Entry, School Supplies Update, and more!

August 27th update

 

Please stay tuned for more updates.

 

School Cash Online

Parents/Guardians,

Please make sure you are signed up for “School Cash Online” for each child who attends, or will be attending St. Teresa School. Every school in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board uses this system for forms and payments. Important “Back to School” forms will soon be added and will need to be filled out  for each of your children attending St. Teresa. These forms will be for all students enrolled at St. Teresa School. The instructions for signing up for School Cash Online, if you haven’t already, are included in the attachment below.

Cash online sign up instructions

There is a phone number on the bottom of the poster if you have difficulty with the website.

Thank-you!

Tips for Students and Parents!

Hey Tiger Students!

We are getting excited to see you again at school! Please continue to practice washing your hands and using hand sanitizer so you are a PRO when you get to school! Please look at the resource from Waterloo Public Health and even print them out and put them on your fridge to remind yourself of what is expected at school! Please become a “Super Pro” at washing your hands with soap and water AND with using hand sanitizer!

Wash Your Hands Website! Waterloo Public Health

HowToWashHands poster

 

Parents,

Helping Your Child to Learn How to Tolerate Wearing a Mask or Face Covering- instructional video for parents/caregivers. 

Here is a video that gives several examples of how to prepare children to wear a mask. It is an American video but does give some ideas and we do want our students to have practiced wearing a mask before school starts. If you haven’t started teaching your child/children yet, please do so now. It will help us out a lot at school! It is a quick watch.

Wearing a Mask for Kids

WCDSB Bring Your Own Device and Purchase Program

This post is for informational purposes.

The following information is to help families learn about the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Bring Your Own Device and Purchase Program.

Partnership with STAPLES and Dell for Learning devices

WCDSB has made significant investments to ensure our students and staff have access to a variety current technologies. The use of technology to support learning remains a key priority to ensure that students are equipped with the skills to flourish in an increasingly digital world. Chromebooks and Windows 10 Cloudbooks have proven to be versatile, reliable, and affordable digital tool in the classroom.

As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home. WCDSB families have reached out, seeking advice about which technology would best support their child’s learning, is reasonably priced, yet durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use as it’s transported back and forth to school each day.

Devices for Families in Need
Free learning device/computer offerings for low income families:
 http://rcto.ca/programs-rctech-outreach.asp
Visit the Board web site to learn more about the programs and devices that available for purchase through STAPLES and Dell.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/elementary-programs/byod/

 

Some general information…

Hello St. Teresa Families,

This is a reminder that the “return to school” survey is open until the end of tomorrow(Monday). Please complete the survey for each child attending St. Teresa School. The survey, and other information, can be found at the following link:  St. Teresa School Website   (this is our school website).

The school year calendar on the school website has been updated as much as possible for the 2020-2021 year with the WCDSB dates. Please click on https://stteresak.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ and you can download the school calendar to a personal device(eg.phone/computer). PD Days, holidays, and Board dates have been added. Many more dates will be added as the school year gets underway(eg. School Council, Church dates, other school dates, etc.) when they have been finalized.

Usually in June we send home a list of “suggested supplies” for the following September. We have not done so yet as we are waiting direction from the Board about supplies. I am including the  letter that was sent last year,  but these items are only “suggested” and not mandatory for parents to provide as some parents have been asking. September supplies letter to parents2019-2020

Finally, Nutrition for Learning continues to do a “Pop-Up” location at St. Teresa School by the front doors every Monday morning at approximately 10:00am during the summer. Please drop by if you have some time and get some healthy snacks for the children in your family! Nutrition for Learning “Pop Up” Schedule

We hope your family is enjoying summer along with the wonderful weather! More communication(s) will be sent via newswire as more planning for September is completed. The office to the school will not re-open until Monday, August 31st. Phone messages will not be replied to until that date.  Thank-you.

Go Tigers!

Reminder: Return to School Survey-please complete for each student

Hello St. Teresa Families,

This is a reminder to please complete the survey sent out by Loretta Notten, director of the WCDSB for each child in your family that attends St. Teresa Catholic School. The survey closes August 10th.

July 31st, 2020
Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –
We hope that you are well and finding ways to enjoy the summer, albeit a very different one. At Waterloo Catholic we have missed seeing our staff and students in our schools – and we think that you would agree. We also know however, that all of us feel very strongly that if we are to return to our schools, we have to do so in a very safe and thoughtful manner. In the attached package, you will find a high-level introduction to all of the factors that we have been considering as we plan for the return of students. We know that we all want good learning to happen, but we are equally motivated to ensure that all our staff and students are feeling both safe and healthy, in mind, body and spirit.
There are some discussions that are ongoing and which may cause minor adjustments to our models or plans, but in the main, the attached document should give you a solid start in understanding our plans for the fall. Our new collective reality under COVID has tested all of us, and we know that things are evolving daily and understanding about best practices and the disease itself also continues to grow. Our commitment is to be informed by new knowledge and learning as it is presented.
In June we outlined that there were three possible scenarios under which a return to school might happen, and yesterday the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education declared that all students of the province would be returning to schools for face to face learning. The provincial decision has been informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as the leading medical and health experts in the province. At Waterloo Catholic we have been preparing for this announcement and have engaged in thoughtful planning to ensure that health and safety of our staff and students remains a top priority. We are also prepared to “pivot” to any of the three scenarios, if we have to and remain confident that learning continuity will be possible.
We know that for elementary aged students the provincial announcement signaled a “conventional return”, which means attending school 5 days a week, full time. To the extent possible, “cohorting” will be observed, which means that every effort will be made to limit the number of contacts any one staff person or student comes into contact with, in the course of their day. Similarly – masks will be worn by students in grades 4 to 8, and remain an option for students in JK to grade 3, and to the extent possible physical distancing of 1 meter will be observed.
For secondary aged students, the province has indicated that all Waterloo Region schools will open under an “adapted return”, which means that students will attend face to face classes 50% of the time. Waterloo Catholic has committed to a “quadmester model” which means carrying only 2 courses at a time (it is a 4 term model instead of a 2 semester model). We have devised a model where students only see one cohort of students face to face on a given day, and access their second class remotely – from home. We have built this model to ensure both 300 minutes of instruction per week, while still giving maximum consideration to the health and safety of our staff and students. The attached document will provide you with more information. https://www.wcdsb.ca/plan-for-re-opening-schools/
It is currently the end of July and we are all heading into a long weekend. We still have five full weeks until the start of school and our planning will continue – at the board level and at the school level. We want to offer our assurances that we will be prioritizing health and safety, learning continuity and equity of access for all our students. Nonetheless, for some of our families, you may choose to have your child learn from home. That is an option for you. Please read the attached document carefully and then complete the survey that follows. We need EVERY family to complete the survey for EACH child, as that is how we will prepare properly for the fall. Please complete this SURVEY
Finally – as we have said before, we do encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Waterloo Region Public Health. This has been a year and a summer unlike any other – and one we will all remember for some time to come. Continue to enjoy a restful and rejuvenating summer, but let’s stay safe and healthy. May our faith that grounds us as people of love and people of hope give you strength in these times. We remain grateful for your trust in us to provide quality, faith-based, inclusive education.
Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community. #WCDSBTogether.
Sincerely,
Loretta Notten
Director of Education

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