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Letter from the Director and Parent Survey

Good morning everyone,

The board is working on what September will look like at schools. Your voice matters and is very important. Please read the letter from our director about the possibilities and about the parent survey:  WCDSB Director’s Letter on School Re-Opening June 2020

Please click on and complete the survey:  School Re-Opening Survey June 2020   The survey will remain open until June 30th.

Also note that there are some translations available of the survey – accessible through the top right of the page when you open the survey.

Thank you,

Paul Gladding

Principal

Boundary Review Welcome Liturgy tonight

Good afternoon,

As part of the boundary review transition plan, our four schools have prepared a special welcome liturgy. We will post the link to the video tonight, it will be on newswire, twitter and on the St. John’s Youtube channel . We have an official “release time” of 7 pm; please look for the video at that time. This is a special opportunity to pray together and celebrate as the four schools connected through the moving of students this year.

Paul Gladding

Principal

Student items pick up next week – Tigrinya explanation video

Good morning everyone,

At this point, you should have heard from your teacher regarding coming in to pick up student belongings and report cards next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

This video contains an explanation of the following info in Tigrinya. https://youtu.be/KRlGBYE-2pM

Thank you very much to Martha for recording this for us!!

Here is the schedule and the text in English:

June 22  June 23 June 24  June 25
9:00-12:00 FDK A, B & C & 7A/B 1A, 1B, 1C & 1 / 2 3A, 3B & 3/ 48A & 8B Final Pick Up & Pack Up
12:00-3:00 FDK D, E & F & 6A/B 2A, 2B, 2C & 2 / 3 4A, 4B, 4/ 5, 5A/B Virtual Assembly

 

During the visits to the school we will have many safety protocols in place; please follow these so that we are able to keep your family, the staff and all community members safe.

  • All individuals must complete the self-assessment tool prior to arrivalplease go to:

  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/  to complete the self-assessment

  • Hand Sanitizer will be available when you enter the building, everyone must apply it when entering
  • Individuals may choose to bring and wear a facemask.
  • It is required that there be no more than 7 families in the building at a time
  • Families, teachers and support staff must socially and physically distant at all times.
  • Only one parent allowed in with student – parent attendance is not mandatory especially for older kids,
  • Students must stay with and close parents at all time.
  • Student & families are asked to come at the time assigned by their teacher, families will line up outside to wait their turn – we will have a corral set up; staff will direct you and track the maximum number of families permitted at one time (7 families). Please move quickly so other families can come in.
  • This is not a time for play, socializing, reporting to parents or discussing student achievement
  • All families will enter through the main entrance / the side door that faces the church
  • Families will exit thought door beside the library or the door by the gym, all families will exit to the blacktop
  • No washrooms will be open or available for students/parents
  • Staff will be in classrooms to assist you
  • Families will go to the classrooms to collect belongings, including report card and then leave
  • Lost and Found Materials will be outside on the blacktop
  • Students are encouraged to bring their backpacks; we will also have small black garbage bags if needed
  • Please follow posted signs for direction/flow around the school
  • There will be a designated spot outside each classroom for drop off of materials such as textbooks, uniforms and library books
  • Chromebooks to be returned to the Library – only for Grade 8 and those moving from our Board
  • Chromebooks for all other students including those moving to OLOL and HR are not being collected at this time

Thank you for your help and cooperation as we work through this process and begin the summer holiday.

Paul Gladding

Principal

 

Summer Programs for Students Offered by WCDSB

The following summer programs are being offered by the school board; there is no cost to any of these and they will be a great help to any and all students that sign up. Spots are limited, register As soon as possible!

HEADSTART
Headstart is a two day, Gr. 8 orientation program that offers students a sneak peek into the academic, physical and social realm of high school!  The program is still offered in-person with a reduced schedule, with COVID-19 cleaning protocols in effect. Headstart is offered Wednesday and ThursdayAugust 26/27 OR Monday and TuesdayAug 31/Sept 1. 

Learn to:

  • Open your lock / find your locker
  • Follow your timetable, find your classes and meet your new peers who will join you – ahead of time
  • Navigate around other parts of the school and how to access people resources
  • How to physical distance in a school setting
  • What does in-class, online and remote learning look like in a high school setting
  • Feel a part of a new school community before the first day of school

Please visit the link below for further information and registration.  Students do not need to re-register if they have done so already.  Registration closes June 19th

NOTE: If the Ministry of Education, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and local Public Health authorities do not deem it safe to host this program, HeadStart could be cancelled with little notice.

https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/summer-programs/headstart-to-grade-9/

 

SUMMER EXPEDITIONS
Is your child currently in Grade 6, 7 or 8…. going into Grade 7, 8 or 9 this September?  Does your child need help with reading, writing, math and technology skills?  Are there gaps in their learning due to Covid-19 school closures?  Are they losing interest in school because they just aren’t doing as well as they used to?

Explore a free, 10-day learning journey to further develop their literacy and numeracy skills:

  • Writer’s Craft
  • Minecraft for Education
  • MathLibs
  • Google classroom
  • Coding

Summer Expedition 2020 won’t be as interactive as it would be in-person, however the learning will be fun and engaging and educational. Something NEW Every Day! SUMMER EXPEDITION will start on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please visit the link below for further information and registration. Students do not need to re-register if they have done so already.  Registration closes June 19th. Below is a link to all WCDSB summer programs

https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/summer-programs/summer-expedition-gr7-8/

Summer Boost Program

June 29 – July 20, 2020

Free Literacy and Numeracy Programs offered to all students currently in SK to Grade 8!

In July, the WCDSB is offering 15 mornings of FREE literacy and numeracy online learning support for students currently in SK to Grade 8 through the Summer Boost program. So, if you are interested in making new friends online, honing your literacy and numeracy skills through fun and engaging stories, games, activities and weekly STEM challenges then Summer Boost is for YOU!

  • Timelines: June 29 – July 20 (inclusive, excluding July 1st)
    • 9:00 – 11:00 am Monday to Friday (15 days)
  • Online Resources
    • Google Classroom
    • Lexia, Knowledgehook, Coding, MathUp
    • Math  & STEM  Learn@Home kits
  • Cost: FREE
    Student Acceptance: Based on school site, learning profile and time of registration. Maximum of 15 students per class
  • Contact: pat.runstedler@wcdsb.ca
  • Registration –  REGISTER ONLINE SOON –- Register Early!

Students will…

  • Have a variety of opportunities for hands on virtual learning;
  • Will be challenged to engaged in regular physical activity;
  • Engaged in fun literacy/numeracy activities at home virtually;
  • Receive  an integrated arts education as cooperative activities will be designed each week to promote creative and thinking and expression through music, drama and visual arts;
  • Make new online friends and develop a belief in themselves as learners through the power of perseverance.
  • Weekly STEM challenges;

EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE SUMMER BOOST MAKES!

Nutrition For Learning Pop-Up Snack Truck

Just a reminder that Friday is almost here, which means the Snack truck will be back at St. John’s and other schools in the area. Stop by the school for some free healthy snacks. Here is the schedule for this Friday, June 12th:

West Heights Public School 10 am
St. Dominic Savio 10 10:30 am
St. John’s Catholic School 11:00 am
King Edward Public School 11:30 am

Collection of items and report Cards from School

covid collection days

June 8, 2020

Dear Parents,

We all hope you are doing well and staying healthy at home. Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility with the home learning that the students are participating in.  One of the important things on parents and students’ minds is, when can we pick up our things at school and when/how will we get our report cards. We will be open for this exact purpose on June 22nd to 24th.  Teachers are reaching out and you are invited to come in during your scheduled times. If you have multiple children in the school, you are welcome to bring your older students when you are scheduled with your youngest child, they can all pick up their items at the same time.  The schedule for the week is as follows:

June 22  June 23 June 24  June 25
9:00-12:00 FDK A, B & C & 7A/B 1A, 1B, 1C & 1 / 2 3A, 3B & 3/ 4

8A & 8B

Final Pick Up & 

Pack Up

12:00-3:00 FDK D, E & F & 

6A/B

2A, 2B, 2C & 2 / 3 4A, 4B, 4/ 5, 5A/B Virtual Assembly

 

During the visits to the school we will have many safety protocols in place; please follow these so that we are able to keep your family, the staff and all community members safe.

  • All individuals must complete the self-assessment tool prior to arrival, please go to:

  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/  to complete the self-assessment

  • Hand Sanitizer will be available when you enter the building, everyone must apply it when entering
  • Individuals may choose to bring and wear a facemask.
  • It is required that there be no more than 7 families in the building at a time
  • Families, teachers and support staff must socially and physically distant at all times.
  • Only one parent allowed in with student – parent attendance is not mandatory especially for older kids,
  • Students must stay with and close parents at all time.
  • Student & families are asked to come at the time assigned by their teacher, families will line up outside to wait their turn – we will have a corral set up; staff will direct you and track the maximum number of families permitted at one time (7 families). Please move quickly so other families can come in.
  • This is not a time for play, socializing, reporting to parents or discussing student achievement
  • All families will enter through the main entrance / the side door that faces the church
  • Families will exit thought door beside the library or the door by the gym, all families will exit to the blacktop
  • No washrooms will be open or available for students/parents
  • Staff will be in classrooms to assist you
  • Families will go to the classrooms to collect belongings, including report card and then leave
  • Lost and Found Materials will be outside on the blacktop
  • Students are encouraged to bring their backpacks; we will also have small black garbage bags if needed
  • Please follow posted signs for direction/flow around the school
  • There will be a designated spot outside each classroom for drop off of materials such as textbooks, uniforms and library books
  • Chromebooks to be returned to the Library – only for Grade 8 and those moving from our Board
  • Chromebooks for all other students including those moving to OLOL and HR are not being collected at this time

Thank you for your help and cooperation as we work though this process and begin the summer holiday.

Paul Gladding

Principal