Monthly Archives: April 2021

April Showers Bring May Flowers – A message from WCDSB

“Here comes the sun” – The Beatles

Students, families, and staff:  From April 19th to May 28th we will be running an April Showers Bring May Flowers campaign with our partner organization The Umbrella Project.  We will be focusing on five Umbrella Project skills during the campaign:  Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism and Resilience.

Building on the #HarbouringHope initiative of our student leaders, WCDSB students, staff and families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/ grown this past year.  Submissions can occur via email at bloom@wcdsb.ca or #WCDSBblooms.

Student submissions may be produced in an April Showers Bring May Flowers postcard (digital version) that will be forwarded to the school and students can share it with others to pass on their ‘May Flowers’.

Visit our website for details and to submit entries: https://wcdsb.ca/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/

 

Ontario COVID-19 child benefit program

Dear Families,
In case you were not aware the Ontario Government has an Ontario COVID-19 child benefit program which provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during the pandemic.  This program is in addition to the Support for learners program.  If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply for this additional payment.

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.

This new round of payment through the Ontario covid 19 Child Benefit is in addition to payments provided by Support for Families and the Support for Learners programs.

Please use the link below to learn more about this program.  It is independent of the school and must be completed by parents,

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-ontario-covid-19-child-benefit

IMPORTANT- Learning from home information

Dear St. Bernadette families,

Due to the increase of positive COVID-19 cases in the province, the Provincial Government has made the decision to close schools in Ontario to in person learning for the remainder of April.

The return to school will be remote starting on Monday April 19th.  This day will be much like a “snow day” where teachers will post tasks and activities to their google classroom for students to complete.  This will give teachers the opportunity to prepare for live virtual synchronous instruction which begins on Tuesday April 20th.   Students and parents should log onto the teacher’s google classroom to access lesson and receive messages.

The lessons and tasks during this time away from school are a continuation of student learning expectations for the year and grade.  Student work and participation will be assessed and evaluated to provide report card grades and comments.   The school day will follow the normal start, lunch and end of day bell times.  Attendance will be taken in the morning and after lunch.  Please contact your child(rens) teacher with questions or concerns.

Please continue to follow the public health safety measure to ensure our school remains a safe place for students and staff and we can return to school soon.

I wish all of you good health and comfort.

 

Sincerely,

Vic Longo- Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Public health Identifies Outbreak – Information letter

Good Evening,

Public health has identified a second covid-19 case directly connected to the original positive case found earlier this week.  As a result, Public Health has declared an outbreak at St. Bernadette school.  There are no additional classes or individuals impacted by this second case.  Please read the attached letter from Public Health to learn more about what this means and steps that will be followed.

Please follow all COVID -19 protocols and government guidelines to keep each other safe and have our students return to in-class instruction as soon as possible.

I wish you all good health and comfort.

Sincerely,

Vic Longo – Principal

COVID- 19 Outbreak Public Health Parent letter

 

Director’s Message – Returning to remote learning

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances. No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school after the April Break will be remote. That is, on April 19th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin their continued learning virtually. The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution. Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe. Our protocols have served us well and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community. We have also seen an increase in the variants and they are proving more concerning. Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder of April will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.

We do not yet have a firm return date for in person learning but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks. Once we have a firm return date for in person learning we will be in touch.

Just before we left for the break, out of an abundance of caution, we did make a “best efforts” attempt to send home Chromebooks with all those students for whom we had a prior request through our comprehensive survey. If there are outstanding orders that were missed, they will be deployed upon our return on April 19th.   Schools and Extended Day programs currently remain closed and unavailable to staff, students and parents. All school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions and updates as of April 19th, 2021.

The move to remote learning will be similar to January. The school day will follow the bell times of your individual school and if not already received, you/your student will be given a clear indication of the daily schedule your child is to follow through your local school. The first day back, April 19th, will look a little different – we will treat it similar to a snow day where work will be posted to the class site. Students will work independently. This is to allow our staff to prepare their virtual lessons and we will start full synchronous days on Tuesday April 20th. This will apply to St Isidore as well.

Thank you for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff. This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large. During the April Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/  and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports. If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please let your school principal know upon their return on April 19th, 2021.

I will also take this opportunity to once again point out that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in faith. 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. #InThisTogether #WeGotThis

 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

 

Notification of Positive Covid-19 case in school

Good Evening St. Bernadette families,

Public Health has notified the school that there has been a positive COVID-19 case identified at the school.

Please read the letter below to learn about what this means for the staff and students at the school.

School Community letter for Positive COVID Case

This is yet another reminder of the seriousness of this pandemic and the need for all to work together and follow Public Health guidelines and complete a daily COVID-19 screening for symptoms.

Sincerely,

Vic Longo- Principal

 

 

Spring Break Message

Dear St. Bernadette Families

We are approach the much anticipated Spring Break.  I would like to thank all of the St. Bernadette staff for their dedication to providing a safe environment for your children to learn in.   Over the last 8 months they have ensured that students learning has continued during both face to face and virtual learning.   It was not easy to make the change between instructional styles, but they met the challenge with professionalism and positivity.  I wish them a peaceful week to enjoy their families, rest up and recharge their energy.

I would also like to acknowledge the parents and guardians of our students, you have been our partners in education during  this challenging time.  Your words of appreciation and gratitude have energized us and confirmed the importance of our work as educators.  These have not been easy times for families and your kindness and cooperation has made it easier for us to follow the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

We are truly in this together and our work is not over yet.  During the break please follow the Public Health and Provincial shutdown restrictions.

We are at a critical point in the pandemic, the following  public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by your school board.
  • Screen every day, including during spring break and when we return to school for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refrain from travelling.

Together we will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allows us to return to school on April 19th.

Stay Safe and Enjoy your Spring Break,

Vic Longo

Principal

Spring Break Preparation

Good afternoon St. Bernadette families,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather we are experiencing.   It could not come at better timing as we begin our Spring Break next week.  In preparation for the Break and for the potential of a delay in our return, we are asking students do some spring cleaning and take their personal items and clothing home with them this Friday.  Please remind your child to bring home winter clothing, indoor shoes, learning supplies, water bottles, lunch bags.

I wish everyone a safe and healthy break.

Sincerely,

Vic Longo- Principal

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