Defender Families:

We look forward to everyone returning safely to school tomorrow, March 21st. We hope each of you has had time to recharge and reconnect as a family without any pressure from school. We know it will be a transition for our youngest learners to return to routine, and we are excited to welcome everyone back and partner with you in that transition. As we enter into the Spring, we can travel together as a community confident that our children are growing and developing. We still have much to accomplish together and I look forward to continuing the journey together.

COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES

COVID DAILY SCREENING:

Please continue to complete the screener with your child each and every day prior to coming to school.  The screener has been updated as of March 9th with new isolation requirements for household members.  Please be sure to follow the instructions in the screening tool and read it carefully right to the bottom.  Here is the updated link to the screener:  COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening.   It is still extremely important that anyone feeling ill or with any symptom should not attend school.  If a child presents with symptoms at school – we will need to contact families to arrange pick up. Thank you for your time and help in completing the screener daily!

MASKS:

As of tomorrow, March 21st, masking requirements have been lifted which means that masks will no longer be mandatory for staff or students.  However, with that said, some people may choose to continue to wear their masks until we get further into the spring months or prefer a more gradual release of their use.  We encourage everyone to make a choice that is going to help them feel safe.   We have to be mindful not to engage with or judge others if their views do not align with our own.  We can kindly remind our child(ren) of the same.  Whether someone chooses to continue wearing a mask or not, we are all responsible to be respectful and inclusive towards each other.

RETURNING FROM TRAVEL?

For those that traveled outside of Canada over the March Break, please remember that under current federal guidelines, all individuals must wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care), maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days, and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

RAPID TESTS:

Rapid tests are available for use if any student is feeling symptomatic. If you have a symptomatic child and you would like a rapid test, please contact the main office and we will provide one for you.  We will not administer these tests at school.

World Down Syndrome Day Tomorrow

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is tomorrow, March 212022. Students are encouraged to wear colourful, fun, and/or mismatched socks on WDSD, it helps to raise awareness and puts some fun into the celebrations! Our staff will lead teachable moments with our students to raise awareness, acceptance and celebrate Down Syndrome in our community.

Registration is now Open!

If you have any children who will be attending JK next year, it is the time to begin the registration process. To register visit https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/

WET WEATHER COMING OUR WAY!

Please ensure that your children have extra clothes and both indoor/outdoor shoes at school each day. Also a pair of rubber boots for the upcoming wet weather we will likely experience in April is a good idea. Students are outside multiple times a day, including for physical education classes. It helps when they are warm and prepared. Thank you!

SPRING TESTING DATES

In the upcoming months, three tests will take place for some of our students. Below are the dates and we would ask that you mark your calendars and avoid booking appointments on these dates, if at all possible, to avoid interruptions during these testing dates.

GRADE 4’s – CANADIAN COGNITIVE ACHIEVEMENT TEST (CCAT) – APRIL 4-6, 2022

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is administering the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) to Grade 4 students throughout the system. This test is a valuable tool for educators and parents and assists us toward further identifying your child’s learning strengths and needs. The test will be spread over 3 days (three subtests ranging from 30 – 60 minutes each) and is composed of a verbal, non-verbal and quantitative battery. This assessment will take place over a 3 day period. The purpose of the CCAT is to:
1. Identify your child’s areas of strength and areas of need,
2. Provide information about your child’s learning style(s),
3. Provide direction to your child’s teacher on instructional methods, learning materials and the pace of instruction.

GRADE 7—CAT-4 (CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENT TEST) – APRIL 19-21, 2022

CAT-4 is a standardized test which measures achievement in the basic skills generally taught in schools across Canada. CAT is a set of tests on reading, mathematics, language, writing and spelling. The results of students tested with CAT are compared with those obtained from large, representative samples of students from across Canada. Their results can also be compared to curriculum expectations. CAT is the only Canadian owned and Canadian designed national test. In addition to its use by schools, part of CAT has been chosen by statistics Canada as the basis for tracking achievement over time.

EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6

This year’s cohorts of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will participate in the Primary and Junior EQAO testing. The testing is spread over 3 school days The testing is based on the regular grade level curriculum expectations for reading, writing and mathematics. This is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning based on their respective grade level curriculum expectations. We will be forwarding our specific dates of testing for Saint Peter once confirmed.

 

This Week at a Glance:

Monday March 21

  • Remember to wear your mismatched and colourful socks.

Tuesday March 22

  • Pizza Day Today

Wednesday March 23

  • Defender Spirit Wear Day: Dress in Red, Black and Grey Or wear your Spirit Wear!

Thursday March 24

  • Popcorn Thursdays. $1.50 per bag. Send Cash with your child if they are interested in enjoying this snack. All proceeds support Grade 8 Mount Mary Trip and Graduation

Friday March 25

  • Dress in Purple to Support Epilepsy Awareness

Important Upcoming Dates

March 31 –First Reconciliation at 6PM at St. Patrick’s Parish

April 8 – PA Day

April 15 – Good Friday

April 18 – Easter Monday

April 28th –Confirmation at 7PM at St. Patrick’s Parish

May 1 –First Communion at 2PM at St. Patrick’s Parish

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23 -Victoria Day

June 3 – PA Day

June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 29 -Last Day of School