Monthly Archives: February 2020

Dance-a-Thon: Thursday February 20th

Thunderbird Families:

Please note that our Dance-a-Thon date has changed to Thursday, February 20th, 2020.

As a school community, we are dependent on your help, support and commitment to achieve our goals. We have chosen to host this Dance-a-thon because it is inclusive and allows everyone to participate while getting the students active in a fun and healthy way. Pledges will be placed through www.SchoolCashOnline.com.  Cash will not be accepted for pledges. You would have received a parent information package, attached to it is a pledge form for you to track your pledges. Tracking forms are to be returned to your child’s classroom teacher and all pledges must be submitted on cash online by midnight on Tuesday February 18, 2020 to www.SchoolCashOnline.com.

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

  • Every student will receive a white draw ticket to enter to win an amazing Raffle Basket.
  • For every $10 raised, your child will receive a blue raffle ticket to place in the raffle basket.
  • School Advisory Council will provide the following incentives:

Top Fundraiser will receive a $50.00 gift certificate- see choices below.

Second and third place Fundraisers will receive a $25.00 gift certificate- see choices below.

Top Class Fundraisers for each division will receive a special surprise treat!

********* Top Sellers’ Gift Card Choices *********

iTunes, Chicopee Ski Club, Fairview Park Mall, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Conestoga Mall, Sport Chek, Chapters, Movie Theatre, Grand River Rocks, FunworX, Sky Zone   

Additional raffle basket tickets may be purchased through www.SchoolCashOnline.com  Tickets are $1.00 each and will be sold in sets of five. You may also support the fundraiser by allowing your child to purchase some “fun” items on the day of the Dance-A-Thon. These include LED glow in the dark items- finger lights, glow foam sticks and LED bracelets ranging from $1.00-$3.00. All items are non-returnable.

Thank you for your support! 

Labour Update: All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Friday, February 21, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 21.

All programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 21 —  with the exception of Personal Support Worker programs, which will run on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Correction to memo sent home with report cards

Hello Thunderbird Families:

The memo below is a correction to the memo sent home with report cards yesterday.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Enclosed is your child’s report card, which is an important reflection of the work done throughout the school year, and the mark, learning skills and teacher comments traditionally give us a fulsome picture about a student’s learning.

In early January, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:

  • OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.

You will notice that the report card your child has brought home reflects these directives.  With that said, Our teachers remain committed to the WCDSB’s strategic direction to nurture a culture of innovation and foster maximum opportunity for success for all. Reporting student achievement (of which report cards are one component) is the result of thoughtful and ongoing assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers continue to display professionalism in this regard and value your role and partnership.

We would encourage you to please read the report card, with care, along with your child, and discuss how it might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses.

We join you in hoping for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.

 

Report Cards go Home Today

Hello Thunderbird Families:

Students will receive their First Term Report Card today -February 13th. Included with the Report Card is a letter indicating the reasons for only the marks recorded in Grade 1-8, and only 1 sentence recorded in each of the four frames in JK/SK. Please return the parent portion of the Report Card in the same envelop provided.

If you have questions regarding the marks in Grade 1-8 or the comments provided in JK/SK, please do not hesitate to connect with the classroom teacher.

Thank you

Expanded OECTA Job Action – Week of February 10, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools are open and running on their normal schedules during the week of February 10, 2020.

However, as part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that in the absence of a negotiated collective agreement, they are expanding their previously announced list of activities no longer being performed by teachers. The new list takes effect on February 11, 2020.

In the link below you will find the full list.

In practical terms, this means that because schools will not be able to assign teachers any additional supervision or “on-call duties” where they backfill for another teacher, any activity that typically requires a supply teacher or backfill in the local school will be cancelled. This is a necessary step to help maximize the number of supply teachers available to cover classes board wide.

One of the impacts of implementing this contingency plan is that sports events and field trips may need to be cancelled. Some events will proceed as planned if they do not generate the need for a supply teacher.

If there are fees associated with a cancelled field trip or event, they will be reimbursed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times, and we continue to remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

For more detailed information please click on the link below:

Reminder: WCDSB Schools Closed Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Thunderbird Families:

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION WILL STILL CONTINUE AT ST. DANIEL SCHOOL. PLEASE COME TO THE MAIN OFFICE TO REGISTER.