Reminder: Superhero Spirit Day is tomorrow!

Attention Thunderbird Families:

A reminder that tomorrow (Friday April 30th) is our Superhero Spirit Day! You can dress up with your favourite superhero accessories. Be sure to show off your super learning powers tomorrow! Thanks to our Student Activities Council for planning this fun day. You are ALL superheroes to us!

Take good care!

 

Dreamland's Superhero Academy Opens For A Day Of Heroic Fun

Thunderbird Update

Good Morning Thunderbird Families:

As we begin our second week of remote learning, we just want to share thanks as well as a few reminders. Thank you to students, parents and staff for the smooth transition to remote learning last week. Patience and understanding have allowed everyone to be up and running smoothly! Despite the challenges faced during this pandemic, there have also been many successes. Our Thunderbird community keeps adjusting with determination, perseverance … and even enthusiasm! We all remain hopeful that we will be able to get back into the school learning together again soon. In the meantime, please reach out to your child’s teacher and/or the school if needed.

Important Reminders:

  • During remote learning we continue to take attendance each day both in the morning and again in the afternoon. Our answering machine is available 24 hours a day and our Admin Assistants Mrs. Rossiter and Mrs. Weiler will be making calls to anyone who is absent from remote learning. If your child is not going to be present for online learning please call the school to let us know. Thank you.
  • Catholic Education Week begins Sunday, May 2nd. This year’s theme is Nurturing Hope, something we very much need this year! Our Thunderbird community will find various ways to celebrate the week.
  • This Friday, April 30th, is our Superhero Spirit Day! Looking forward to seeing students and staff show their Thunderbird spirit!

Even though we are learning at home there is still an abundance of great things happening within our virtual classrooms and our community! Thanks for your ongoing support and dedication.

-St. Daniel Staff

Thunderbirds – It’s Pizza Night!

Thunderbird Families – It’s our last Domino’s pizza night! Order a large $10 pepperoni or cheese pizza and $5 is donated back to the school! See poster for location details.

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Return to School Update

Hello Thunderbird Families:

Our ‘Spring Break’ is nearing the end and we sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed their time. As announced by the Premier of Ontario this past Monday, the return to school next week will be remote. We have been through this before and our staff have been preparing to ensure we have a successful remote learning period again for our Thunderbirds.

Monday April 19th ~ Asynchronous Learning Day: This will be our first day ‘back to school’ and students will be engaged in asynchronous learning. This day will be like our adapted learning ‘Snow Days’. Teachers will post work on their virtual classroom by 9:30 am for students to complete during the day.

Tuesday April 20th ~ Synchronous Learning begins: We will proceed with our regular school bell times 9:10 am – 3:40pm. Teachers will post their class schedule on their virtual classroom that includes blocks of time with other teachers. (e.g., French/Phys. Ed/Health/Music/Drama/Dance etc.). Attendance will be taken both morning and afternoon. Classes will begin each day with O’ Canada, and morning prayer.

Breaks and lunch will be shared with you by the educator in their classroom schedule. The ministry outlines the minimum number of scheduled synchronous learning time to be offered to students each day:

What is remote learning? This is learning that occurs when classes are taught ‘at a distance’ and when students and educators are not in a conventional classroom setting. Remote learning takes place in times of extended interruption to in-person learning. Remote learning can be asynchronous OR synchronous and can be taught online through a Learning Management System (LMS). At St. Daniel School, all of our classes have a Brightspace D2L class site OR a Google Classroom. This is where teachers share their announcements, learning tasks, and any other links.

What is asynchronous learning? This is learning that is NOT delivered in real-time. Asynchronous learning also allows for the learning to happen on your own schedule. The teacher will post learning content and activities to be completed.  Asynchronous learning may also involve students watching pre-recorded and/or videos as part of the lesson and completing assigned tasks. Teachers will be accessible and available to connect with students until the end of the regular school day.

What is synchronous learning: This is learning that happens in real-time. Synchronous learning involves the teacher interacting ‘live’ in a virtual place AND at a set time using text, video, or voice communication (i.e., via Google Meet or Microsoft Teams). Synchronous learning time enables educators/staff to instruct and connect with students in both whole class and small group settings. Synchronous teaching does not mean that teachers and students are in front of the camera for the entire day. Synchronous teaching involves some time for a lesson and then even some possible asynchronous work for the students with the teacher being available for questions from students, either through email or an open meet link. Synchronous learning can also mean group work in which a small google meet can take place with a few students at a time.

Please see the attached Virtual Learning Code of Conduct to further help support your child’s learning remotely. This Virtual Code of Conduct was developed in consultation with the Waterloo Catholic DSB Senior Administration team. It is important that all of our schools have consistent expectations in the virtual learning environment to promote and ensure student success.

Virtual-Learning-Code-of-Conduct

Be sure to check your emails as we have shared specific details that pertain to our students.

We extend our gratitude to you AGAIN for your continued support as we all do our best to adapt to the changes and challenges that remote learning presents to us. We are truly in this together and we all want the same outcome: the absolute best for your children. Let’s remember to be patient, understanding, and compassionate with one another throughout this remote learning time. We are here to help, and we encourage you to connect with us early on if there are questions or challenges due to remote learning.  Our partnership will continue to be strong – even if at a distance!

Wishing you all continued health and wellness!

Mrs. Giglio-Chiasson                      Ms. Weber                             St. Daniel School Staff
Principal                                            Vice Principal

Please Join Us…

Hi Thunderbird Families:

Please join us virtually for the informative and practical parent workshop:  OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

***Presented by Susan Crawford of Meraki Inspired: Coaching & Consultation (www.merakiinspired.com)

 WorkshopOVERCOME YOUR OVERWHELM

Description: We are living in unprecedented times and the impact of the global pandemic has hit parents hard! Now more than ever, we are expected to juggle the demands of work and home while managing the collective impact of grief, uncertainty and fear on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. This workshop will help parents identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and provide practical strategies using self-compassion, emotional intelligence and resilience to help you cope and show up powerfully for yourself and others, even during difficult times.

Date and TimeAPRIL 22nd @ 6:30 pm

Registration: open until April 21st at noon

It’s Pizza Night!

Thunderbird Families – It’s pizza night! Order a large $10 pepperoni or cheese pizza and $5 is donated back to the school! See poster for location details.

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Return to Remote Learning-April 19

Dear WCDSB Families:

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances.  No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school after the April Break will be remote.  That is, on April 19th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin their continued learning virtually.  The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution.  Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe.  Our protocols have served us well and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community.  We have also seen an increase in the variants and they are proving more concerning.  Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder of April will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.

We do not yet have a firm return date for in person learning but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Once we have a firm return date for in person learning we will be in touch.
Just before we left for the break, out of an abundance of caution, we did make a “best efforts” attempt to send home Chromebooks with all those students for whom we had a prior request through our comprehensive survey.  If there are outstanding orders that were missed, they will be deployed upon our return on April 19th.  Schools and Extended Day programs currently remain closed and unavailable to staff, students and parents.  All school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions and updates as of April 19th, 2021.
The move to remote learning will be similar to January.  The school day will follow the bell times of your individual school and if not already received, you/your student will be given a clear indication of the daily schedule your child is to follow through your local school.  The first day back, April 19th, will look a little different – we will treat it similar to a snow day where work will be posted to the class site.  Students will work independently.  This is to allow our staff to prepare their virtual lessons and we will start full synchronous days on Tuesday April 20th.   This will apply to St Isidore as well.
Thank you for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.  This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large.  During the April Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.
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 let your school principal know upon their return on April 19th, 2021.
I will also take this opportunity to once again point out 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
Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.  Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in faith.  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  #WeGotThis
Sincerely,
Loretta Notten
Director of Education

Spring Break Information

Hello Thunderbird Families:

Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom.

As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a province-wide shut down for four weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators across the province.

The mental health and well-being of children continue to be a key government priority and schools will remain open for in-person learning through the Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order. The spring break will continue as planned, from April 12th to 16th and schools will reopen for in-person learning on April 19th.

In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the Spring Break to do our part to keep schools open, for in-person student learning.

At this critical point in the pandemic, the following  public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by your school board.
  • Screen every day, including during spring break, for COVID-19 symptoms before attending child care (theCOVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool is available to assist families with symptom screening).
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

 During the spring break, students in Grades 1-8 can continue to engage in their own learning through supplemental, curriculum-linked activities available at TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison. These rich, engaging opportunities allow students to keep up with their learning and interests. Secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House and Portes ouvertes pour les cours TVO ILC in French-language. Mathify (English) and Eureka! (French) are also available to provide one-on-one online tutoring services for elementary and secondary students. Mathify covers online math tutoring in English for Grades 6 to 10 and Eureka! supports all subjects for French-language students in Grades 1 to 12.

For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing. The Ministry of Education will be working with school boards to offer school-based clinics. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to have their children tested to support a safe return to school on April 19. Children attending child care, and child care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.

As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If your child or anyone in your household is ill, stay home and follow the guidance in the school screener.

By following public health advice, we can all enjoy a safe spring break and continue to support in-person learning in our school.

Here’s hoping everyone has a moment to catch their breaths next week and come back refreshed and ready to finish strong.

#ThunderbirdPride!            #BlessedintheNest

Important Update From Director, Loretta Notten

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

I sincerely hope this email finds you well and having enjoyed a safe and hope-filled Easter weekend. Today I am writing to you with some updates as we prepare for our much anticipated April Break. It is absolutely essential that we follow the guidance of Public Health and the province in order to ensure a safe return to learning by all.

As you know the province is now in a province-wide shutdown. For you and your family during the break, this mean only socializing within your own home, taking advantage of testing opportunities, screening everyday for symptoms and staying home if you or anyone in your family feels at all ill. Please take this very seriously as part of our collective responsibility to each other.

As of the writing of this letter, we are expecting to be back to in person learning on April 19th. That said, we know the landscape continues to evolve so we will send students home with Chromebooks for those who require them. Similarly, we encourage students to take home personal belongings so school cleaning can be facilitated. We will certainly be in communication if anything changes about our status for return on April 19th, 2021. Please note, students that are at home in quarantine or are away from school for any other reason, will be invited to pick up a Chromebook after the Spring Break if needed.

Yesterday we were able to communicate that a small portion of our staff, specifically our special education staff can begin vaccination. This is a hopeful sign and it has energized us for the journey forward. This is a critical time. The end is in sight, but we must do our utmost to follow all guidance at this critical time so that we can have a safe, happy and healthy return to school for all.

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

Thunderbirds – It’s Pizza Night!

Thunderbird Families:

A reminder that our pizza fundraiser continues tonight (Tues. April 6th) and continues for the next 3 Tuesdays!

On 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

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