Good Evening Parents,

I wanted to share some information with you as things are changing rapidly and I want to keep you informed.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

As we move to teacher-led distance learning, our teachers have been working to contact students and families to find out who may need a Chromebook. There are still a few families that the teachers have not been able to reach. If you did not hear from your child’s teacher, please contact the teacher(s). Emails are found on Staff List section of our website: https://stjohns.wcdsb.ca/staff-list/

We are expecting an announcement from the Ministry of Education with more details about the remote learning plan and timelines for the school year. Last Friday an announcement introducing WCDSBLearn@Home! took place. Click the link for more information: https://www.wcdsb.ca/introducing-wcdsblearn-home/ I would also suggest that you continue to monitor announcements teachers are posting on your child(ren)’s classroom web page.  More resources and information to help keep the learning process moving forward – including a link to all of the outstanding resources and ideas that are provided is at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/introducing-wcdsblearn-home/

Many of our planned events for the remainder of the school year have either been postponed or cancelled. We will let you know when we get the information. The opportunity to receive sacraments through the Church is on hold for now. They will definitely happen at a later date.

Father Cruz continues to post lots of information on the church website for our parishioners. https://www.stjohnskitchener.ca/  Father is even offering a live streaming of mass on Sundays.  Our diocese has set up a web page with helpful resources so Catholics can remain in touch with their faith while churches are closed:   https://hamiltondiocese.com

Nutrition for Learning has mobile locations set up, including times at St. John’s school, for food and snacks. Here is the link for the schedule updates :https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/popupsnacks/

Please stay tuned to Newswire for any school updates, and to the local news for any updates from the Government, Minister of Education or Minister of Health.  Things are changing fast and we will do our best to keep you informed.

Please remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter.

Stay Strong Thunder!

Mr. Gladding