MUDPUPPY 2021

Hello Families,

This is typically the time of year when St. Daniel is gearing up to take part in the annual Mudpuppy Chase – a 3K fun run at the University of Waterloo. Over the past 15 years, our students, families and staff have made St. Daniel proud with their incredible participation and donations towards KidsAbility Centre for Child Development. In 2019, we raised an astounding $9744!!!

Like so many things, the Mudpuppy Chase as we know it will not happen this year. However, keeping this tradition alive during difficult times is important! This year’s event will be held VIRTUALLY with participants choosing the time and location for their run. Pick your favourite neighbourhood route and walk or run your 3K, or take your family for a 3K hike through a local park or trail, all while raising funds for KidsAbility!

We recognize that this has been a challenging year in so many ways, and there is no pressure to participate, but any support would be gratefully appreciated.

Here is what you need to know!

Date – Sunday May 2, 2021

Format – Each participant will walk/run individually, adhering to the latest COVID restrictions that are in place, respecting both group size and social distancing rules. You can walk/run at whatever time is most convenient for you on the day of the event.

Location – Choose your own location – your own neighbourhood, local park, hiking trails, or you can walk/run one of the routes we typically use in the David Johnston Research Park.

Distance – Typically our walk/run is 3K. This year, however, each runner gets to choose their own course length. Challenge yourself and see what you can do!

How to register and donate/fundraise – Please use this link and follow the instructions.

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=349014

General – Race kits will not be provided as they are not required this year. Please take and post as many pictures as you can during your run.

We appreciate all the support our participants have given this event in the past and we are hoping that you will continue your support

this year. You are most welcome to email one of us if you have any questions.

Thank you again and enjoy your walk/run!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Tracey Kuepfer tracey.kuepfer@wcdsb.ca
Mrs. Pam Dankowsky pam.dankowskykinney@wcdsb.ca
Ms. Diana Lopers
St. Daniel School Staff

Thunderbird Families – It’s Pizza Night!

Thunderbird Families:

A reminder that our pizza fundraiser begins tonight (Tues. Mar. 30th) and continues for the next 4 Tuesdays!

On March 30th, April 6th, April 13th, and April 20th you can order a Domino’s large cheese or pepperoni pizza for $10.00.  From your order $5.00 will go directly back to our school.  You can order by calling: (519) 893-7200 or online dominos.ca When placing your order you must use the code CARE.  You can order multiple pizzas when placing your order using the code CARE.  Check out our great flyer for more details!  Link to Flyer

Calling All Pizza Lovers!

Hey Thunderbird Families:

Just so you know, we will begin our pizza fundraiser once again.  During the next 4 Tuesdays: March 30th, April 6th, April 13th, and April 20th you can order a Domino’s large cheese or pepperoni pizza for $10.00.  From your order $5.00 will go directly back to our school.  You can order by calling: (519) 893-7200 or online dominos.ca When placing your order you must use the code CARE.  You can order multiple pizzas when placing your order using the code CARE.  Check out our great flyer for more details!  Link to Flyer

Also, we will be drawing 4 names from our weekly Umbrella Project recipients to win a gift certificate for a free large pizza! Congratulations to our 4 winners for this weeks draw!

Nest News Update

Hi Thunderbird Families:

Don’t forget that tomorrow is twin day in the Thunderbird Nest! Can’t wait to see double all day long!

AND…

Don’t forget that tomorrow is twin day in the Thunderbird Nest! Can’t wait to see double all day long!

 

 

Today our Thunderbird alumni Mayor Vrbanovic’s shared the State of the City Address. In his address he spoke to the experiences over the past year. Additionally, so many amazing people shared their stories including some of our Thunderbirds! If you have not had a chance to watch the video, please take a moment. The following link is about 9 minutes long and features some of our Thunderbirds:

https://youtu.be/XCNQTbmKywE

To watch the full State of the City address please see the following link: https://youtu.be/cLCKtcO6ToU

 

To ensure everyone’s safety, just a friendly reminder that if you are picking up your child(ren) in the Kindergarten area or if you are on school property for any reason during school hours you must wear a mask. 

As the weather gets warmer, we need to continue to do our part to keep everyone safe.  It is essential that we keep our schools and classrooms open, to do so we need your support.  Please remind your child(ren) of our COVID protocols.

  • Keep masks on (only off when eating or drinking)
  • Keep 2 meter distance where possible and 1 meter always
  • Sanitize/wash your hands 
  • If you are sick or have one symptom stay home 

Families we respectfully ask that you complete the COVID screening tool each and everyday before your send your child(ren) to school.   https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

If you have any questions feel free to call the office or reach out to your child’s(ren) teacher. As always, thanks so much for your continued support!

World Down Syndrome Day

Hi Thunderbird Families!

Sunday March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day!  We will be rocking our socks on Monday March 22nd!  We invite you to wear your funky socks proud and loud to recognize this amazing day!

 

Free COVID-19 Testing for Students & Staff

Free, voluntary COVID-19 testing for all asymptomatic (those who are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms) students and staff is available as follows:

 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 Saturday, March 20th, 2021

AND

Sunday, March 21st, 2021

 Cameron Heights Collegiate

301 Charles St., E., Kitchener

No Appointment Necessary

ABOUT THE TEST

The test process is very simple and safe, and the collection site will be staffed by professionals who will be following a multitude of safety processes.

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip, that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). After the sample is collected, the test results will be available within 24-48 hours on the my.thrive.health website.

If an OHIP number has been provided at the time of check-in/registration, results will also be uploaded to https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree

Thank you for helping us keep the St. Daniel community safe and healthy so that we can avoid any further disruption from the COVID-19 virus!

Important letter from Loretta Notten Director of Education

March 11th, 2021

 

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

 

Today we sit on the one year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic and tomorrow will mark one year since we were told we were going to have an extended March Break, that ultimately became our first lockdown.  A great deal has happened since then and as a community it is my sincere hope that as you look back on this past year, there are some moments of hope and joy that you can identify.   There can be absolutely no denying that the year has brought hardship and challenges to virtually everyone, but they have not been felt equally.  Some of us will have suffered more than others, will have been impacted more than others, and some will have truly struggled to find the path forward.

 

My hope would be that as you reflect on this past year, you are able to pray an offering of gratitude for the family and friends who have helped you through and that your faith has been a constant source of consolation.  I have prayed in gratitude for our staff who have been a rock of resilience, continually rising to the challenge to meet and serve the needs of our community and our students.  I also pray in appreciation for the many parents and students who have journeyed with us and placed their faith in us, as we did our best to find the best path forward.

 

As mentioned – with today being the one year anniversary of the official start of the pandemic, I choose to hope and pray that today marks an official start to some return to normalcy.  We know vaccine roll-out has begun and that by this coming fall things should look different – while perhaps not a full return to normal.  We know for schools that our year will likely begin somewhat similar to this year but as the potential for vaccines for children also rolls out, by mid-year we may be in a reality, in our schools, that is closer to what we remember.

 

In education our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is underway now.  We are working on staffing and budget, and need to make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, next week – March 15th through March 19th – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June.  Realizing that the landscape continues to change, we will confirm your choice with you in June (through one final survey open to all), but we will be seeking your interest now, so we can determine the demand for the virtual option.  If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

 

We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn.  We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students, when all things are equal.  Please give this decision careful consideration.  We will confirm with you again in June as mentioned, but we do need to know now if you believe this is an option you are seriously considering.

 

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/   and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please reach out to your local school principal.

 

I will continue to remind all community members that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

 

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together and day by day we will make it through.  It has been a year unlike any other, but I hope that for you, like me, faith has been a source of comfort and hope.  We are journeying now through Lent to the Easter Season.  How fortunate are we to know the hope, promise and new life that is awaiting us, and how that will be reflected in the spring months ahead.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

 

 

Update

Hello Thunderbird Families:

We thought it would be important to let you know of recent information and updates.  As always please continue to do the daily COVID screening for your children:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the office.

Budget Review:

The school board is in the midst of developing our 2021-22 school year budget.  As part of our budget development process, we consult with our stakeholders as much as possible to ensure the budget presented to Trustees is representative of the needs in our school system.  Below you will find links to two Thought Exchange processes that are currently active.  Please visit these links as you are able and give us your best ideas!

 The questions and links are here:

 1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?

2. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?

 

7-12 Program Review Meeting Notice:

This directly impacts our St. Daniel community. To be in the loop please consider taking part in the upcoming virtual Public Meeting. It will be held starting at 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 to share information on the 7-12 Program Review.

A link to the Teams Live public meeting is posted on the Board’s 7-12 Program Review webpage together with additional background information and survey and ThoughtExchange links.

 

New Masks:

New adjustable 3-ply masks from the Government of Ontario have arrived. Each student will be provided with one of the masks to add to their mask rotation. We recommend parents to label it when it comes home

 

School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Review:

Are you part of the WCDSB school community? Share your perspectives and experiences with the SRO Program through an online survey and/or sign up for a virtual small group conversation.

WCDSB’s SRO Program is being reviewed by an independent third-party and will ensure your anonymity. Turner Consulting Group will conduct community consultations and will make recommendations for next steps.

We encourage all those in our school community to share their perspectives. The survey closes March 30. Visit the following webpage for full details. https://www.wcdsb.ca/sro-program-review/


Thanks and take care!

Nest News Update

Hello Thunderbird Families!

We hope this finds you well. Please find below a few items for you to note. Our Student Activity Council has been busy planning some fun activities to chase away the March Break blues! In the link you will find a calendar of events and activities that our community will be participating in during the week of March 15-19. Please take a moment to review the fun events! A BIG thanks to the SAC Team and Mr. Vuylsteke for organizing this fun week!  March Madness Spirit Week!

We have received updated documents from Public Health. There is no change to the protocol we are currently implementing. However, to keep in the loop please take some time to read the document in the link. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the school.

COVID-19-Parent-and-Caregiver-Information

Just so you know, our field continues to be unsafe for students and staff. It is often very icy or very muddy. To ensure the safety of our community we will continue to have our recess breaks on our black top areas. To keep the students in their classroom cohorts, we will continue to utilize our front parking lot for our older Thunderbirds. Please know, that there is adult supervision in all cohort zones.

We are super excited to have the opportunity to showcase our Thunderbird community for the upcoming State of the City event on March 25th hosted by Mayor Vrbanovic. A camera crew will be coming on Thursday to interview one of our teachers and 5 students in grade 5-8. Only those that have parent/guardian consent will be filmed, those families have been notified.

As always thanks for your continued support! Take care and stay safe!

COVID Test Site for Asymptomatic Students and Staff

Hello Thunderbird Families:

Just so you know, Kingsdale Community Centre, 72 Wilson Ave will be open tomorrow, Thursday March 4th from 4:00-7:00 for testing of asymptomatic people. There is no appointment needed.

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