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Nutrition for Learning “Pop Up” and Holy Thursday Bread Service

Hey Tigers,

This is a reminder that Nutrition for Learning will be holding a pop-up snack location close to the front doors of St. Teresa School in Kitchener, tomorrow, Tuesday April 7th at approximately 9:30am. Mr. Goodyear won’t be able to attend this time, but please come by with a parent and get a “goodie bag” filled with healthy snacks! Last time we had lots of families and it was awesome to say hello!

Also, please find attached our “Holy Thursday” bread service. Along with our “Resurrection Eggs/Benjamin’s Box” story we always do during Lent(and we will do once we are back at school together), the Bread Service is great. Our school community processes in around the playground, through the front door, past the altar with the bread and then to class. We do this service on the PA with calm music playing in the background. Fr. Gil likes to help us with this! You can certainly adapt it for home as well.

We hope you take some time this Holy Week to pray with your families. We know that everyone is “carrying their cross” in many, many ways these days!

Holy Thursday Bread Service 

(the meditation part is meant to go very slowly, with lots of pauses between each sentence read aloud).

 

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. https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca 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.

Sincerely,
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.
Amen.

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 nutritionforlearning.ca 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!