Virtual Book Fair

Hi Thunderbird Families,
Get your Christmas book shopping done early and delivered right to the school.  The week of November 29 to December 6, inclusive, St. Daniel is sponsoring a “virtual” Scholastic Book Fair.  Check the flyer that came home and simply shop online, using debit or charge, during those dates. 20% of all sales will go to benefit our school and to buy new library books.  Books will be shipped free of charge to our school for distribution before the Christmas break.
Thanks in advance for your support!

Friendly Reminder

Hi Thunderbird Families,

Please be reminded that all students and staff must self-screen every day before attending school.

The online self-screening tool is available here: COVID-19 Daily Self Screening Tool

All students and staff who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our Thunderbirds safe.

Important Message from Director Loretta Notten

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that you continue to be well and that you have had a healthy and enjoyable fall season.  We are pleased that, for the most part, our schools continue to be safe and healthy places for learning to prosper.  We have not been without our challenges this fall, but with a few exceptions, our COVID-19 case counts have remained quite low and we are so grateful to both our staff and our families for working hard to follow all the necessary guidelines and precautions.

This letter once again brings a few very important updates of which we would like you to be aware as they are important to your understanding as to how things are unfolding and precautions we wish to continue to enforce, so that we may continue on a safe, healthy and positive path as a community.

Vaccination

As you have no doubt heard in the media, vaccination for children ages 5-11 is now ready to be rolled out in the province and within Waterloo Region.  The Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province and local Public Health offer us the guidance, as the experts, that this is our best defence against COVID-19.  It will assist in keeping our children healthy, as well as all those with whom they have contact.  Vaccinations will be available at Public Health vaccination sites, community hubs, local pharmacies and at a few school pop-up sites (of which you will be informed when they are occurring).  A parent’s approval will be required for any child 5-11 to be vaccinated and any school-based sites will happen after hours.  Parents can begin making appointments as of today.

As a parent you may have questions about the vaccine for children 5-11 year olds.  Our local Public Health Unit is sponsoring a virtual parent information session, via Zoom, on Thursday Dec 2nd, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  The presentation, along with a question-and-answer session, will be given by Dr. Kelly Grindrod, Ontario College of Pharmacists Professor in Pharmacy Innovation and Associate Professor, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.  We would encourage any parent who still has questions about the vaccine to attend this session.

Rapid Antigen Testing for Students over Christmas Break

On November 18th, the provincial government announced that over the Christmas Break rapid antigen screen kits will be provided to any and all students who wish to take home 5 tests to be administered every few days between Dec 23rd and Jan 4th, so that we are better assured a safe and healthy return to school in January 2022, and a safer, healthier coming together with Friends and Family over the Christmas Season.

Sports / Athletics

As reported in previous letters, we have been pleased to see the return of athletics and sport to our schools and for inter-scholastic play to have returned for those age 12 and older.  The criteria to play is full vaccination and/or proof of a negative test.  This strategy is being used in a very targeted way for students who are not able to use our other usual strategies to ensure their safety – that is – they are unable to ensure masking and social distancing.  This strategy has now been endorsed by the province and will now continue for the foreseeable future for us at WCDSB.  We are extremely pleased by this decision.

Additional Health and Safety Measures

Also part of the November 19th announcement was the direction that all Parent-Teacher interviews should take place virtually (or by phone).  Similarly, schools are asked to ensure that assemblies occur virtually to ensure cohorts are not blending and social distancing is maintained.

Secondary Delivery Model

The province has opened the door to the second half of the year being delivered through a proper semestered model – which is 4 periods or 4 75 minute classes in a day.  This decision will have to be supported by Public Health based on cases and other relevant data.  At the current time we are hopeful that we will be in a position to return to a semestered/4 period day in February.

Potential Travel

A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

Screening

As we have shared before, please know that one of the most important things you do each and every day is to complete the screening tool before you as a staff member or student (or parent of a student) arrive at school.  Any individual who fails the screener or who is symptomatic in any way should not be reporting to school.  That is part of our collective responsibility to one another.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are continuing to ensure a safe and happy school experience for all.

We continue to be exceptionally grateful for your support and partnership as we navigate this unique year.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten
Director of Education

Important Update From Director Notten

Nov 22nd, 2021

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that you continue to be well and that you have had a healthy and enjoyable fall season.  We are pleased that, for the most part, our schools continue to be safe and healthy places for learning to prosper.  We have not been without our challenges this fall, but with a few exceptions, our COVID-19 case counts have remained quite low and we are so grateful to both our staff and our families for working hard to follow all the necessary guidelines and precautions.

This letter once again brings a few very important updates of which we would like you to be aware as they are important to your understanding as to how things are unfolding and precautions we wish to continue to enforce, so that we may continue on a safe, healthy and positive path as a community.

Vaccination

As you have no doubt heard in the media, vaccination for children ages 5-11 is now ready to be rolled out in the province and within Waterloo Region.  The Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province and local Public Health offer us the guidance, as the experts, that this is our best defence against COVID-19.  It will assist in keeping our children healthy, as well as all those with whom they have contact.  Vaccinations will be available at Public Health vaccination sites, community hubs, local pharmacies and at a few school pop-up sites (of which you will be informed when they are occurring).  A parent’s approval will be required for any child 5-11 to be vaccinated and any school-based sites will happen after hours.  Parents can begin making appointments as of today.

As a parent you may have questions about the vaccine for children 5-11 year olds.  Our local Public Health Unit is sponsoring a virtual parent information session, via Zoom, on Thursday Dec 2nd, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  The presentation, along with a question-and-answer session, will be given by Dr. Kelly Grindrod, Ontario College of Pharmacists Professor in Pharmacy Innovation and Associate Professor, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.  We would encourage any parent who still has questions about the vaccine to attend this session.

Rapid Antigen Testing for Students over Christmas Break

On November 18th, the provincial government announced that over the Christmas Break rapid antigen screen kits will be provided to any and all students who wish to take home 5 tests to be administered every few days between Dec 23rd and Jan 4th, so that we are better assured a safe and healthy return to school in January 2022, and a safer, healthier coming together with Friends and Family over the Christmas Season.

Sports / Athletics

As reported in previous letters, we have been pleased to see the return of athletics and sport to our schools and for inter-scholastic play to have returned for those age 12 and older.  The criteria to play is full vaccination and/or proof of a negative test.  This strategy is being used in a very targeted way for students who are not able to use our other usual strategies to ensure their safety – that is – they are unable to ensure masking and social distancing.  This strategy has now been endorsed by the province and will now continue for the foreseeable future for us at WCDSB.  We are extremely pleased by this decision.

Additional Health and Safety Measures

Also part of the November 19th announcement was the direction that all Parent-Teacher interviews should take place virtually (or by phone).  Similarly, schools are asked to ensure that assemblies occur virtually to ensure cohorts are not blending and social distancing is maintained.

Secondary Delivery Model

The province has opened the door to the second half of the year being delivered through a proper semestered model – which is 4 periods or 4 75 minute classes in a day.  This decision will have to be supported by Public Health based on cases and other relevant data.  At the current time we are hopeful that we will be in a position to return to a semestered/4 period day in February.

Potential Travel

A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

Screening

As we have shared before, please know that one of the most important things you do each and every day is to complete the screening tool before you as a staff member or student (or parent of a student) arrive at school.  Any individual who fails the screener or who is symptomatic in any way should not be reporting to school.  That is part of our collective responsibility to one another.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are continuing to ensure a safe and happy school experience for all.

We continue to be exceptionally grateful for your support and partnership as we navigate this unique year.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten
Director of Education

 

 

 

Lunch Hour Supervisors Needed

Hi Thunderbird Community,

We are looking to hire permanent and supply Lunch Hour Supervisors!

You must be:

  • 18 Years of Age or older
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number or valid work permit to be eligible to work in Canada

The Salary is between $22.20 – $23.46 per hour and will be required to work one hour a day.

If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact the principal by email vella.giglio@wcdsb.ca or call the school at: 519-893-8801.

Thank you for considering!

 

 

 

 

Kindness & Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

Hi Thunderbird Families,

Kindness matters today and everyday!  What we focus on grows and while we want to understand, name and say NO to Bullying … we also want to focus on what kind of actions are needed to make our community and world a better place such that bullying is not welcome.  Below are the themes we will be taking a closer look at.

Monday Theme:
Building a Culture of KINDNESS Random Act of Kindness Day – Do something kind for someone else for no reason.

Tuesday Theme:
Building a Culture of Peace PJ DAY – Put bullying to rest.

Wednesday Theme:
Building a Culture of UNDERSTANDING  Two Different Shoes Day – Let’s learn to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Thursday Theme:
Building a Culture of AFFIRMATION & EMPOWERMENT Backwards Shirt Day – Show that you have someone’s back.  AND… Building a culture of ACCEPTANCE Wacky Hair Day – Let’s appreciate the uniqueness of others. Since there is no school for students on Friday we have combined both days!

 

Last Week to Order Spirit Wear

Hi Thunderbird Families,

Bolt here… just a feathery reminder that our Thunderbird school spirit wear store is now open and it is the last week you can order.  Our store closes on Friday November 19th.  If you would like to order school spirit wear for your Thunderbird please visit our very own spirit wear site! LINK HERE.   All prices include taxes, and all items will be shipped free of charge to the school and delivered to your child.  Please be sure all orders are finalized by 4:00pm on November 19th.  I cannot wait to see all of our Thunderbirds soaring through the halls.  Every Wednesday is school spirit day!  What a great way to show your school spirit and school pride plus show off your new swag!  Just so you know, our distributor GMP is a locally owned family business; they are just over on Victoria Street. #ThunderbirdPride! #BlessedintheNest!

Nest News Update

Hello Thunderbird Families,

Please take a moment to review some important Nest News below. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to you child’s classroom teacher or the office, thanks!

Teacher/Family Conferences:

Our conferences will be held November 24th and 25th between 4:00-7:00. Due to continued complexities with COVID, to ensure the safety of our community, and to ensure equitable access for our families our interviews will be completed over the phone. You can expect to receive in your child’s Progress Report Card on November 18th your 15 minute timeslot. Please be sure to read this yellow slip of paper and confirm with the classroom teacher. Specific details have been shared to your email address from our school Messenger Communication System. If you did not receive an email we recommend you look in your spam/junk mail, if not in there, please contact the office to update your email address as we may have one that is out of date. You can also find specific details on your child’s classroom website.

St. Daniel School Dance-A-Thon:

Our School Advisory council is very excited to share with you that we will be hosting our dance-a-thon fundraiser on Wednesday December 15th.

As a school community, we are dependent on your help, support and commitment to achieve our goals and student initiatives. Through your support we have been able to provide:

  • Assist in busing of students for extracurricular activities
  • French library books
  • Purchase of outdoor play equipment (balls, skipping ropes etc.)
  • Support for the marginalized and local families in need
  • Classroom support funds
  • Support guest speakers
  • Grade 8 graduation, support for trophies, plaques, medallions, engraving and yearbook
  • Subsidy for student agendas
  • Support costs for Gr. 8 retreat (busing etc.).
  • Technology (Tech. Tubs for Chromebooks)
  • School Yard Improvements
  • Bussing for Athletic Activities

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. Specific details of how you can support this amazing fundraiser have been shared to your email address from our school Messenger Communication System. If you did not receive an email we recommend you look in your spam/junk mail, if not in there please contact the office to update your email address as we may have one that is out of date. You can also find specific details on your child’s classroom website.

 

St. Daniel School Angel Tree:

Tis the season to think of giving back to those less fortunate in our community. This year our Advent focus will be our St. Daniel Angel Tree. We wish to share the spirit of generosity that is part of the true meaning of the Christmas season.

The Angel Tree will be the primary symbol of our outreach activities during Advent. Due to the restrictions around COVID-19 we have had to move away from our traditional gift approach. In lieu of a gift, we will be accepting Cash Online Angel Tree donations. The denominations range from $5.00 to $100.Our Thunderbird Angel Tree will run from Wednesday, November 10th until Thursday, December 2nd. The money raised will be given to St. Vincent de Paul Society, where they will purchase gift cards for those in need in our community. Every year we have the opportunity to set up our beautify angel tree for our Thunderbirds to

 

 

 

 

 

Thunderbirds Reflect and Remember

Dear Thunderbird Families,

Today is Remembrance day.  We will honour this day with a school Remembrance Day service and various classroom activities that pay our respects to the all of the people and service animals that gave up so much for our freedom.

November 11 is a day of national commemoration for the more than 100,000 Canadians who have died in military service. The costs for Canada, with its relatively small population, have been substantial. The adoption of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance has international origins. The first person to use it this way was Moina Michael, a member of the staff of the American Overseas YMCA in the last year of the war. Michael read McCrae’s poem and was so moved that she composed one of her own in response. She recalled later: “I pledged to keep the faith and always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and the emblem of ‘keeping the faith with all who died’.”

Today, wherever you are, we respectfully ask that you take 2 minutes at 11:00am to pause, pray and honour the brave people who fought for Canada, and for all of those who have made a sacrifice over the years so that we are able to enjoy the life that we have today.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Mr. Malatesta, Mrs. Spry and Miss. Bell and their students for their leadership with our school celebration of remembrance!

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