Hello Thunderbird Families,
Through every challenge and with every opportunity, we navigated this historical school year together. We have so much to be proud of! Ms. Weber and I extend our sincere appreciation to all our committed staff for their creative, innovative efforts. They showed up every day with their whole heart. We are super proud of our students, who showcased their Thunderbird spirit and their resilience, following new safety protocols with multiple learning pivots and expectations throughout the school year. Finally, gratitude to our families for partnering together with us to help ensure the success of student learning in the virtual world. We couldn’t have done it without you! Below you will find some final things for you to read through.
HeadStart to Grade 9
At the end of August each year, Get a HeadStart to Grade 9 is offered. HeadStart is a voluntary, value-added summer support program offered for FREE for Grade 8 students entering Grade 9 only at one of our five WCDSB Catholic Secondary Schools. Although this program is NOT mandatory, separate registration for HeadStart is required.
This program is only available to students enrolled in our Catholic Secondary Schools each September. Students and parents tell us how timely and transformative this program is. REGISTRATION closes Wednesday, June 30.
Cuddle Up and Read
Did you know that the Waterloo Region is engaging in a “Cuddle Up and Read” initiative involving all school boards, community partners and our very own Dr. Jean Clinton?
Here are some resources to help us promote this initiative; we encourage you to explore the resources provided below.
- Consider starting with this video: Cuddle Up and Read-Advice from Dr. Jean Clinton
- Consider sharing this video for our multilingual families: Cuddle Up and Read in Any Language
- Consider sharing this Tip Sheet: 11 Suggested Tips to Share with Families
All resources can be found here:
- Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-zCaWV8aH65uK8gX7y5pHLMU0VBAI-T-?usp=sharing
- Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnKmzBIfabN61lHj5iIyOWw/videos
As we close out this school year, we must also say some goodbyes to staff who have journeyed with us. We are thankful for their contributions and wish them all the very best as they continue their good work in our Board. Good byes go to:
- Mrs. Kroisenbrunner Kindergarten Teacher
- Miss. Leusink Grade 3/4 Teacher
- Miss. Gomes Early Childhood Educator
- Miss. Smukavich LTO Special Education Teacher
- Ms. Weber Vice Principal
Congratulations to, Mrs. Soulard our English as a Second Language Teacher! Mrs. Soulard is beginning her retirement journey! We wish you the very best! Enjoy late nights and sleeping in Mrs. Soulard!
At this time, we are also saying goodbye to some families who may be moving over the summer and/or some families who are “graduating” from us as their oldest/only child completes Grade 8 this year. We remain grateful to you for your partnership together with us over your time at the Thunderbird Nest and remind you that “Once a Thunderbird, Always a Thunderbird!
Please remember to check your emails and our website regularly throughout the summer as this is where we will share back to school information.
Finally, we would like to wish every Thunderbird family a safe and happy summer filled with good health, laughter, smiles and many fun memories. We look forward to reconnecting at the end of August in preparation for September 2021.