Survey Reminder

Hi Thunderbird Families,

Please note that ALL PARENTS who want online learning for the next year MUST COMPLETE the survey – even if you completed it in March.  The survey will be open for four days – May 31st through June 3rd.  If you choose virtual learning at St. Isidore virtual school, please know that is a choice for the entire school year next year.  We will be finalizing our staffing decisions after that, so the survey window is so important – DON’T MISS IT!  If a survey is not completed, we will assume the family wants in-person learning.

Please note, that 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.  The transition survey will be available directly from our Board homepage or can be accessed directly here: Survey Link

All other families do NOT need to complete the survey and can trust that their children are automatically registered for in-school learning at their home school, St. Daniel C.E.S.


Hello Thunderbird Families,

Please take a moment to read this important message from the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Waterloo Catholic District School Board on the Youth Vaccine Initiative for students between the ages of 12 – 17 in the region.

Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force Letter (1)

Nest News Update

Hello Thunderbird Families,

As remote learning continues, we have much to celebrate in our learning.  It is such a joy for us to visit classes and see the smiles and faces of our school family.  As always, we thank our staff for their commitment to keeping our Thunderbirds connected and engaged in learning.  We also thank all of our students and families for your continued dedication as we navigate these times together.  Let’s continue to log in and keep learning together!

Please see the attached letter in the link below from the Director of Education.  It covers some very important updates about fall registration, vaccinations, and graduation and all parents.


Please note that ALL PARENTS who want online learning for the next year MUST COMPLETE the survey – even if you completed it in March.  The survey will be open for four days – May 31st through June 3rd.  If you choose virtual learning at St. Isidore virtual school, please know that is a choice for the entire school year next year.  We will be finalizing our staffing decisions after that, so the survey window is so important – DON’T MISS IT!  If a survey is not completed, we will assume the family wants in-person learning.

More information regarding VACCINES will also be coming, but please be aware that it will be a significant regional/provincial priority in the month of June.

Please stay tuned to the local news and media.  We are hoping for an announcement from the Ontario government soon and we are hopeful that we will be able to return to face-to-face learning before the end of this school year!


We have had a significant number of chromebooks being returned to the school that need to be repaired.  Missing keys, broken screens and damaged covers are expensive to repair and sometimes our technicians are not able to repair them.

You are responsible for the repair costs should you cause damage to the chromebook – whether it was intentional or just an accident.  We are asking that you continue to take extra caution when using the school chromebooks so we can continue to use them at home and once we are back in the building together.  Thank you for your support around this.

Your voice is important to us. 

Our School Advisory Council has created a ThoughtExchange question for your consideration.  A ThoughtExchange is a private online platform that enables us to ask you a question and collate the data to better serve our St. Daniel community.  The ThoughExchange has been sent to the email you have provided the school.  The School Advisory Council would love to hear from you so please join the conversation. 

Your participation is voluntary, but your thoughts are very important for helping us plan forward for the 2021-2022 school year.  All information you share is anonymous. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.  Stay safe, Thunderbirds!

Relay for Life

Good afternoon Thunderbirds:

St. Mary’s High School is hosting this year’s virtual Relay for Life event!  Our school has registered to participate and you can make a small donation here. Anyone can donate – not just students and St. Daniel community members, using the same link.

You can donate, or donate and download the app to start tracking your distances.  Either way, this is a great cause and one that affects many of us.  For information about all of the teams from the WCDSB in the St. Mary’s Family of Schools, please visit: Relay For Life at WCDSB (Waterloo Catholic District School Board): Team List – Relay For Life (

Thank you for your participation!



Mid-Week Update

Hi Thunderbird Families,

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary students and secondary that will ignite, support and challenge students towards success and preparation for the next grade. Please find links to the program flyers below:

2021-Fun with Languages-Flyer

2021-Summer Reading-Flyer

2021-Summer Expedition-Flyer

2021-Summer Boost-Flyer


All Elementary, Secondary, & Adult Learning options can be found here


Each Wednesday from 11am-12pm the Stanley Park Community Centre will be handing out a fresh meal for individuals/families. No questions asked, people are welcome to just come and take a meal away with you or for your family. Please see the link below for more information:


Catholic Education Week Wrap-Up: We are Blessed in the Nest!

Hi Thunderbirds!

Today we bring to a close our Catholic Education Week.  We do NOT however stop “Nurturing Hope!”  Continue to do this for yourselves, your families, and each other as we all continue to navigate our current situation.  You have all been a source of HOPE for the staff at St. Daniel School!  Each time you log in and turn your camera on; each time you complete and submit work; each time you share a story that you are excited about with your teacher and your class; each time you deal with an internet problem or a computer problem or an issue with other technology – you provide us with a sense of HOPE!  Think about where we were just 2 short years ago.  Virtual learning was not a thing.  COVID was not a thing.  No one said “The new normal.”  We have all learned so much but most importantly we have learned that we can adapt to ANYTHING – and that gives us in the Nest a sense of HOPE!  Stay strong Thunderbirds!  You can do this!

Please take a moment to watch our recap video with some special moments from the week:

Also, please take a peek at the Beacon of Hope video for St. Mary’s Family of Schools. Congratulations to Wyleigh our 2020-2021 recipient!

Beacon of Hope 2020-2021

Finally, a very happy Mother’s Day to all our Thunderbird moms. Thanks for all you do!

-St. Daniel Staff


May Nest News

Dear Thunderbird Families:

Please take some time to read our May Nest News. It is filled with important updates and information to keep our community connected. 

We are proud of all of our students, families, and staff for doing their very best during this period of remote learning. Thank you so very much for all of the work you have been doing to support our Thunderbirds at home. Please continue to emphasize with your children the importance of persisting with their learning and demonstrating our Umbrella Projects skills like resilience and self-compassion. Together, we’ve got this, Thunderbirds!

Please remember to contact the school if your child(ren) will be absent from school. We continue to take attendance each morning and afternoon. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher and we will continue to do our best to get you answers.

Stay well!


Welcome to Catholic Education Week!

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year, Catholic Education Week coincides with Mental Health Week. 

This year’s theme is “NurturingHope” – and it could not be more fitting!  

Please watch this inspiring video by Fr. Joseph to reflect on this year’s theme:

Check out other videos and resources on this site:


Thunderbird families are encouraged to participate in these daily Nurturing Hope activities and tweet as well! Be sure to tag us @StDanielTBirds and #WCDSBNurturingHope

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31)


Mental Health Week

As we also move into Mental Health Week, various resources can be found on the site and In addition, our WCDSB Mental Health and Wellbeing page continues to be updated: WCDSB Mental Health & Wellbeing.  It is important to focus on how naming, expressing, and dealing with our emotions – the ones we like and the ones we don’t is important for our mental health.



Important Reminder

School Boards have not received any updated information for returning to school.  As of today, there is no projected return to school date.  Please continue to listen to news media and check for the most recent news on potential return dates.

Extended Day

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board assesses the viability of the Extended Day Program at all schools every year.  A program is determined viable when there is sufficient parental interest. Parents demonstrate their interest by pre-registering for the Extended Day Program between January and April. Parents will be notified in or around May if the Extended Day Program will be offered at their school. Once a location has been determined viable, registration is ongoing, and children may enroll throughout the school year.

 Please Pre-Register now to show your interest in having/keeping the Extended Day Program at your school!

To view the Extended Day Parent Handbook, click here


Kindergarten Registration

We can’t wait to meet you! Families of students who are eligible to start kindergarten for the 2021/22 school year, please register online and we will contact you with further registration details: Register Here. If you have any questions, please contact us at 519-893-8801. Year One (born in 2017) or your child (born in 2016) who presently is NOT attending Year One (JK) but will be attending Year Two (SK) in 2021. If your child is already a kindergarten student at St. Daniel you do NOT need to reregister them, this is only for new students. 



Umbrella Project & WCDSB Campaign 

From April 19th to May 28th the WCDSB will be running an April Showers Bring May Flowers campaign with our partner organization The Umbrella Project. A focus will be on five Umbrella Project skills during the campaign: Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism and Resilience.

WCDSB students, staff and families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed and/or grown this past year.  Submissions can be sent via this form or by sharing on social media using #WCDSBblooms.

Link: April Showers Bring May Flowers WCDSB Video

More information can be found at:


Student Activity Council

A huge shoutout  to Mr. Vuylsteke and our SAC Team for planning such fun theme days and special activities this year. Our Superhero day last Friday was a blast! 

Our next Spirit Days:

  • May 28th Tie Dye Day (wear your tie dye clothes)
  • June 25th (creative/wacky hat day)

Don’t forget that every Wednesday is spirit day. Be sure you wear your spirit wear or our school colours, blue and white!

School Advisory Council: 

The tradition continues! Don’t miss out! The deadline to order and complete custom pages is May 13th. You can customize 2 free pages, add photos from your computer, Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive & more. The 2 custom pages are FREE and are printed ONLY in your book. Want more pages? Each additional 2 pages is just $0.99. 

To Purchase & Customize your yearbook you must be a parent or student 13 years or older. Go to   Enter your school’s passcode: 1014215267213619, Regular Price $7.69 + tax.  Deadline: May 13th. See more here: TreeRing Yearbook

If you have a student in grade 8, a yearbook will be purchased for them. You can still create an account and create a custom page if you would like, however, our School Advisory Council will cover the cost of the yearbook.


Parish/Faith Life 

For students receiving the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation, please see the NEW dates below. Information about sacraments is also available on the Parish website.

First Communion
June 12 @ 1PM – First Communion child & ONLY with 3 other people max. 

June 19 @ 7PM – Confirmation Candidate & Confirmation Sponsor & only 3 other people max.  

Please know that Father Tim and Sarah are there to support all of our Thunderbird families, and you can reach out to either Fr. Tim or Sarah by email or phone (519-893-6960).

Father Tim:

Sarah Mounsteven-Bertling:

Parish Website:


KPL Free Virtual Programs

The KPL is offering free parent events – from yoga to paint nights to a Virtual visit to the KPL (Kitchener Public Library) and more!

KPL May Parent Participation Flyer Link


Region of Waterloo Public Health -Community Resources

In the link below you will find print and video resources to help answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Some pieces were created in partnership with community members and some were provided by community organizations. All are designed to help inform members of our community by providing clear, correct information about COVID-19 vaccination.

Region of Waterloo Public Health – Community Resources



Umbrella Project Skills for May: Integrity

This month at the Umbrella Project we are excited to be focusing our energy on Integrity. Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match that set of positive values. If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’, when the things that we say and do match up with what we value. 

Having integrity means that we can feel good about our choices all throughout life. It helps to bring the other Umbrella Skills together as well. Here’s a short introductory video from Dr. Jen about Integrity.

Find models of integrity.

Many studies have shown that humans learn through modeling others. One great way to build integrity in your child is to help them find positive role models who help them believe that it is possible to succeed without compromising our values. Having positive role models helps our children learn strategies for achieving their goals, decide what is socially acceptable and make a difference in the world. That’s why the Umbrella Project is filled with stories and examples of people using all of the Umbrella Skills to take on life. 

Examples of integrity are everywhere so when you notice them in books, movies and stories be sure to talk about it with your kids. Look for examples of integrity in the people your children already admire and discuss them. Make integrity something that has value in and of itself. For example, there is value in not cheating on a test even though your friends did and got a better mark because of it. It’s choices like that that can make integrity difficult to use and it’s important that children see those they admire making these difficult decisions. Making choices with integrity is not always the easiest choice and our kids need lots of examples of integrity to understand why it is the better choice.  

Learn from Dr. Jen why modelling is so important in this 2 minutes video. 

Ask, how did you add value to someone else’s life today?

One of the biggest contributors to low integrity is over-focusing on our own success at all costs. Students will often lie, cheat, put friends down and behave in ways that don’t match their values because they feel the need to compete with peers and win no matter what. Unfortunately, when we look at the research we see that having integrity and strong relationships is actually a much better way to cultivate long term success. If others don’t trust us, they are much less likely to support us and help us to be successful. One way to foster integrity in your child is to challenge them to add value to the lives of others on a daily basis. Talk about and celebrate these experiences as a family and add intention to giving back regularly.  

By asking your children, “how did you add value to someone else’s life today?” you can remind them to keep perspective on a bigger picture of success and build their integrity.

Here’s today’s short video from Dr. Jen

Create a set of family values. 

What are your family values? Can your child discuss and defend them? Having a set of family values has a huge impact on the well-being of our children. It helps them to feel part of something bigger than themselves and identify healthy ways to behave and build their self-esteem. It also creates a set of guidelines that we can align our actions with to build and sustain integrity of thought and action and create meaning and purpose in our lives. Living with purpose and feeling strong doesn’t have to be about achieving specific goals. How we show up everyday for our friends,colleagues and family can make us feel that we are living purposefully every day.  

Start by brainstorming as a family all of the experiences and values that are most important to you. This exercise should be done as a family so that everyone has a say in creating and sharing what matters most to them. Discuss each point that comes up and why it is important the person who suggested it and to the larger group. Select the values that define your family and display them somewhere you can see them often.  

When your child displays these values, try to notice and point them out to your child.  

Here are some of the ideas that came up in my family:  generosity, honesty, sharing experiences and travel to broaden our minds, friendship, connecting with nature, giving back, a family that supports each other.

Learn how to create your own set of family values.

Respond consistently to behaviour that lacks integrity

One of the first things I realized after becoming a parent was that it is impossible to control children’s behaviour with threats or anger but consistency goes a long way in creating the boundaries for healthy and respectful actions. Once you have established the values that matter to your child and your family, respond with consistency when reinforcing them.  Dishonest and disrespectful behaviour often fall into this category. Listen and respect your child as they explain their behaviour and provide information about why this isn’t acceptable behaviour in your family, with friends or in their communities. Consequences of this type of behaviour should be clear, predictable and reinforced.   

When your children are young, the consequences are smaller for not using integrity and honesty but as they get older the stakes get higher. Most children will test the boundaries of dishonesty, irresponsibility and disrespect as a normal part of learning about the world and their role in it. When we teach integrity and consistently reinforce that there are consequences of not using this important skill from an early age, it helps our children make informed choices about how to identify positive values and live in a way that matches these values.

Learn how to be consistent with behaviour that lacks integrity.

Use a digital contract to teach and reinforce online integrity

As parents, we all feel the impact that the digital world is having on our children’s well-being. Far from innocuous, technology comes with a very complicated list of pros and cons that we are only beginning to understand. Parenting our children in this changing landscape is a challenge we are all navigating.  

When it comes to integrity, technology is creating a huge playground for practicing this skill.  From apps that allow us to share whatever we want anonymously (and therefore without consequence) to the changing landscape of online academics that provide more opportunities for cheating, our children are facing these difficult questions of integrity more and more frequently.  

So where can we start to make a difference in the choices our children are making online? Cat Coode, founder of Binary Tattoo, recommends starting with a digital contract that you review every year. Digital contracts should open the conversation about integrity online and outline:

— The family rules about technology – both for parents and the technology user. I.e.: user privacy vs. parent access to the device, situations/locations where the device can/cannot be used, 

— Clear “do’s” and “don’ts” for safely and well-being ie. bullying, talking to strangers online, photos etc.

— Consequences for breaching the contract 

— Costs and responsibilities for device 

I recommend checking out Cat’s sample contract and blog here.

Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more? Here are a few more short and sweet videos about Integrity from Dr. Jen. 

Ask yourself if you’re acting with integrity

Self-efficacy is foundational to integrity

Identify integrity role models  

List and reflect on important values

Overcommitting compromises our integrity

Reward your child for using integrity 

I hope it goes well!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project


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