Reminder: Virtual Open House is Tonight

Hello Thunderbird Families,

Just a friendly reminder that our virtual open house is tonight! We are looking forward to seeing you! Please continue reading for more information.

Virtual Open House-This Thursday-Grades 1-8 Families:

Typically in September schools would host a ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening. Unfortunately, due to our ongoing circumstances and restrictions, and with our expanding St. Daniel school student population, we are not able to welcome this event this year. We all wish things were different and we truly appreciate your support and understanding.

As an alternative, families in Grades 1-8 will be invited by their classroom teacher for an opportunity to participate in a Virtual Open House.  Staff will be available online on Thursday, September 23rd from 5-6pm.  A link will be sent to you from your classroom teacher to participate.  This is an opportunity to pop in and say hello to the staff working with your child/ren every day.  Also, please be reminded that this is not a parent/teacher interview and personal information will not be discussed – it is just a chance to connect and say hello and ask any questions about school and programming that you may have.  We hope you will pop in!   Link to Flyer & Details

Once our kiddos in Kindergarten settle in a bit more, we will provide families with children in Kindergarten the same opportunity. Stay tuned for more info in the near future.

Bus 135 – White Bus Delayed

Dear Families:

Bus 135 (White Bus) has been delayed.  Please do not come to the school to pick up your child(ren), please wait at your bus stop. STSWR will be sending a message shortly.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

September Nest News Update

Hello Thunderbird Families,

We have completed our second week of school and our Thunderbirds are learning and growing each day!  We are still in the process of reinforcing routines and expectations around learning and supporting our Covid protocols.  You can help to support us and your kids by reminding them how to stay safe:

  • Keep their distance

  • Stay in their school yard zone

  • Keep hands to themselves

  • Sanitize/wash their hands regularly 

  • Wear their masks properly, over the nose and under their chin

Our Thunderbirds are doing an incredible job!  Thank you for supporting our efforts at school to keep things safe and to follow the public health guidelines.  As Autumn approaches, you will continue to see our classes outside taking full advantage of the warm days!  We will continue to be Thunderrific and showcase our amazing school spirit!  To keep in the loop of all the great things happening at our school, please take a moment to read all the information below.

 

Virtual Open House-This Thursday-Grades 1-8 Families:

Typically in September schools would host a ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening. Unfortunately, due to our ongoing circumstances and restrictions, and with our expanding St. Daniel school student population, we are not able to welcome this event this year. We all wish things were different and we truly appreciate your support and understanding.

As an alternative, families in Grades 1-8 will be invited by their classroom teacher for an opportunity to participate in a Virtual Open House.  Staff will be available online on Thursday, September 23rd from 5-6pm.  A link will be sent to you from your classroom teacher to participate.  This is an opportunity to pop in and say hello to the staff working with your child/ren every day.  Also, please be reminded that this is not a parent/teacher interview and personal information will not be discussed – it is just a chance to connect and say hello and ask any questions about school and programming that you may have.  We hope you will pop in!   Link to Flyer & Details

Once our kiddos in Kindergarten settle in a bit more, we will provide families with children in Kindergarten the same opportunity. Stay tuned for more info in the near future.

 

School Spirit Days

Every Wednesday be sure to show your school spirit at school by wearing our school colours, blue and white or our spirit wear! We are ready to soar to new heights and have a great school year together!

 

 

Belongings From Home:

To keep our kiddos safe and to alleviate tears, arguments and fighting, we respectfully ask that you ensure students are not bringing trading/playing cards, toys, fidgets and other items from home to school. Thanks so much!

Fall Food Drive:
We are excited to share with you that this year we will be collecting food donations right up until Thanksgiving.  In years past donations have been provided to the St. Vincent de Paul next door at the church… however, with covid they are not fully up and running. The plan is to donate to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Community Fridge KW  

Our goal is to collect at least one can of non-perishable food items from every student. The class with the most donated food items will win a secret prize! The following are the food items that are needed: Canned Veggies, Pasta, Canned Fruit, Cereal, Canned Beans,            Rice, Soup, Dry Beans, Canned Pasta, Canned Meats, Dessert Mixes (cakes, cookies, brownies). Thanks to Mr. V, the Intermediate students and the St. Daniel Student Activity Council for organizing this event!

 

Terry Fox Run/Walk:

On October 1st, our Thunderbird community will be walking/running to raise money for Cancer research. In 1980, Terry’s journey to raise money for cancer research began and he called it the Marathon of Hope. With fierce determination and hope, Terry completed an average of 42 km each day, every day for 143 days. He ran a total of 5,373 km.  Every year schools across Canada work hard to raise money to support Terry’s vision.  If you would like to donate to support cancer research please feel free to do so on your child’s Cash Online Account.  Every dollar goes directly to the Terry Fox foundation. Thanks to Mr. Malatesta for organizing this worthy cause!

 

Orange Shirt Day:
Here in the Thunderbird Nest we recognize and celebrate diversity! After all, our very own Bolt the Thunderbird is a legendary bird in certain North American indigenous peoples’ history and culture.  Bolt the Thunderbird is considered to be a being of power and strength.  On September 30th, we encourage all of our Thunderbirds to wear an orange shirt to school to recognize and honour our indigenous friends!  Orange shirt day opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters! Thanks to Ms. Goodyear for organizing this very important event! Please take a moment to watch this short video clip. Link to Short Video 

 

Communicating with the School:
It is critical that if your child is going to be away from school you call the office and leave a message on our attendance line.  In your message, please speak slowly and clearly, state your child’s name, their teacher and the reason for the absence.  

Early Dismissal: If your child needs to be picked up early please leave ample time for us to get your child from class or the school yard.  If you are calling the office to pick your child(ren) up early from school, we respectfully ask that you do so by 3:15.  The end of the day is a very busy time and our priority is the safety of our students during the dismissal routine. At the end of the day, it is very hard for us to pull students from their busses or bus lines.

Teacher Communication: Teachers are not available by email or phone while they are teaching.  Our work environment is very different from a corporate setting so please do not expect the classroom teacher to be on their email during the work day.  If you need to get a message to a classroom teacher “on the day of” you should send in a note and/ or leave a voicemail for Mrs. Rossiter early in the morning and she will share the message on your behalf.  We are doing our best to provide a healthy working and learning environment for all our community members and appreciate your proactive help to ensure this reality.

Parent Concerns: St. Daniel School staff are here to support you and your child’s faith-filled academic journey. Belligerent or rude behaviour will not be tolerated by anyone. Please remember that we are here to help.

Regular communication between home and school is a responsibility of parents as well as school staff. By keeping one another fully informed, we can avoid unnecessary frustration and do a better job of educating our students.  Several forms of communication may be provided throughout the school year such as:

  • Student work samples, reports, projects and/or tests – Engaging in discussions and signing your child’s work, indicates your interest and shared role.

  • Teacher calendars and letters of upcoming events.

  • School newsletters and monthly updates.

  • Daily announcements informing all students.

  • Open House and Parent Nights; Liturgical Celebrations and Curriculum nights.

  • Masses held at school and at St. Anthony Daniel Parish

  • Parent/Teacher/Student meetings, letters, telephone calls as deemed necessary.

  • Parent/Student/Teacher conferences following Progress Reports and Report Cards. (Mandatory in Term 1)

  • Parent and Principal/VP meeting, telephone contact, written communication, e-mail, virtual meet, (after you have brought the concern to the attention of your child’s teacher).

  • School Council communication and meetings.

  • Student portfolios – electronic and paper.

  • Completing page 3 of the Provincial Report Card.

  • E-mail, Class and School websites.

Our staff is committed to positive and open communication between school and home.  For general inquiries or messages, please contact the office at 519-893-8801. If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teacher first.  If they are unavailable when you call, your call will be returned as soon as possible.  If an issue arises, please follow these steps:

Communication Chain:

  1. Speak to the teacher or staff member first.

  2. Speak to the Principal/VP if the issue is not resolved.

  3. Speak to the Schools Supervisory Officer if the issue remains unresolved.

You may contact the Superintendent of Schools or a trustee at any time in the process. They will direct you to follow the steps outlined above.

NOTE: we value and promote a culture of respect and kindness, rude and abusive comments/tones/behaviour will not be tolerated.

Dressing for the Weather:

With fall upon us our mornings often start out chilly but as the day continues on it is very warm/hot in the afternoons.  It is strongly encouraged that your kiddos dress in layers so they are prepared for the unpredictable fall temperatures.  Also, please note that children will go outside in light rainy weather.  Fresh air and mask breaks are so very important; if there is a chance of rain please be sure your kiddos come to school prepared.  A change of clothes is also a good idea in case there is a tumble while outside.

Dress Code:
The main purpose of a school dress code is to assist staff, students and parents to create a safer, comfortable, and more respectful learning environment.  Parents are encouraged to label all articles of clothing and school bags with a permanent marker.   Staff and students will support the following dress code guidelines (including school excursions): 

  • Tops must be modest, and overlap the pants,

  • Tank tops must be a modest strap width,

  • Hemmed shorts, walking shorts, skirts and dresses must be mid-thigh or longer in length,

  • Only clothing with positive messages and pictures are permitted, please do not wear clothing with excessive rips or tears in them,

  • Clothing must be modest and not expose students midriff/chest/bottom,

  • Hats, headwear, or hoods are not to be worn inside the school, however, we do encourage their use when outside,

  • Two pairs of shoes are necessary at all times.  One for outdoor and one for indoor.

  • For safety reasons, do NOT wear shoes that are open-toed.

  • Outdoor wear (that is, boots,) are not to be worn in the classroom.

 

 

Water Bottles: 
Just a reminder to please send your child with a water bottle labelled with their name.  As part of our COVID safety protocols, drinking fountains are closed but our water refilling stations remain opened.

 

 

 

 

Bus Students:

We have been working with Student Transportation Services to make sure that all of our families who require bussing are assigned to a bus.  Thank you for your patience with this process and with some new route changes.  Students have assigned seats on each bus and in most cases, siblings are seated together.  The seats are assigned in collaboration with the school bus driver and the school Vice Principal.  It is important that all bus riders sit in their assigned seats for each and every ride.  This is important for COVID contact tracing purposes so that we have an accurate record of which students are on the bus at all times.  In addition, students are to wear masks at all times on the bus.  If your child is bus eligible but they are not riding please fill out the DO NOT RIDE form online as soon as possible.

 

Daily Screening:
Kind reminder that every child must be screened each morning before coming to school.  At this time we are no longer required to have the one-page confirmation sheet to be signed.  However, all students must continue to be screened each day prior to leaving for school using the Ontario School Screening Link. Thank you to all families that are diligently screening. Please note: students who present symptoms at school will be sent home with parents to be checked by a medical professional or tested for Covid-19 before returning to school.  If there are multiple siblings at home all children remain at home until a negative Covid test result is given from public health. Results are usually back within 2 days.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to keep our school community safe and healthy for everyone

 

School Forms:
Please make sure you have completed all back to school forms by Wednesday, September 29th. This start up information is very important, and we appreciate you taking the time to complete this as soon as possible.  If you are NOT registered for School Cash Online please call the office 519-893-8801 for assistance.

 

Also, as part of our school Start-Up Forms, your child(ren) will receive a Student Information Verification Form, for your review and signature this week.  The form will be sent home with your child in an envelope. To ensure the safety of your child(ren) we need to know the best way to contact you. It is essential that you please review and note any changes to the information recorded on the form –  please revise and highlight changes, thanks!

 

Important Dates:

September 23 – Virtual Open House – 5-6pm

September 30 – Orange Shirt Day
October 1st – Terry Fox Run

October 8 – PA Day
October 11 – Thanksgiving

November 18 – Progress Report Card Distribution

November 19 – PA Day

November 25 – Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

December 20 – Christmas Break Begins

January 3 – Back to School 2022

February 17 -Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 21 – Family Day

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break

April 8 – PA Day

April 15 – Good Friday

April 18 – Easter Monday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23 -Victoria Day

June 3 – PA Day

June 27 -Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 29 -Last Day of School

 

Friendly Reminders

Good evening Thunderbird families!

We had another great day of school! Thanks so much for all you do!

Below are some reminders for tomorrow:

  • Please complete the school screening found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ before leaving for school in the morning.
  • Please complete the St. Daniel Attestation and send it to the school daily. Here is a copy if you need to print: Revised FOI004F_CovidSelfScreen (1)
  • If your child is sick, do not send them to school.
  • Remember to wear your mask and have extras for the day.
  • If possible, please bring indoor and outdoor shoes.
  • For the safety of all our students, we kindly ask that parents/guardians please remain off the schoolyard.
  • Please keep all play items/toys at home.

It is very important for you to complete the COVID attestation form and the COVID screening as mentioned above. Our goal is to get our Thunderbirds into their classrooms so we can start the day; it is very difficult to do this if staff have to follow up with families to complete the form and screening. We respectfully ask that you do this daily for each child.

Thanks so much for your support!

Friendly Reminders for Wednesday, September 8th

Good evening Thunderbird families!

We had a successful first day of school! We were so happy to see our students back in the building!

Below are some gentle reminders for tomorrow:

  • Please complete the school screening found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ before leaving for school in the morning.
  • Please complete the St. Daniel Attestation and send it to the school daily. Here is a copy if you need to print: Revised FOI004F_CovidSelfScreen (1)
  • If your child is sick, do not send them to school.
  • Remember to wear your mask and have extras for the day.
  • If possible, please bring indoor and outdoor shoes.
  • For the safety of all our students, we kindly ask that parents/guardians please remain off the schoolyard.
  • Please keep all play items/toys at home.

We look forward to seeing our senior kindergarten students join us tomorrow!

Have a wonderful evening!

Busses Just Left the Station!

In order to ensure safety, bus riders left school at 3:58 pm so they may be a few minutes late.

Thank you for your patience as we got through our first day!

 

We are Back!

Today is the day!  The first day of school!  We are very excited to welcome you back for another great year! Below are some reminders to help you with back to school.

Friendly Reminders:

  • Please complete the school screening found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • If your child is sick do not send them to school.
  • Remember to wear your mask and have extras for the day.
  • If possible, please bring indoor and out door shoes.
  • Staff will be on the yard to help your Child(ren) when you drop them off, (to help with the transition, we ask that parent/guardians please remain off the school yard, thanks).
  • Please keep all play items/toys at home.

We are very excited to begin this journey with you!

Welcome back to the Thunderbird Nest!

Back To School Information – Please Read

Welcome Back Thunderbird Families!

We are getting closer and closer to the first day of school which is Tuesday, September 7th! We know this time comes with mixed emotions, especially as the pandemic continues. Please know that our school team’s first priority is the health and safety of your child. We hope that this letter will answer any questions you may have at this time. For detailed information regarding WCDSB Operational Guidelines, please visit: https://www.wcdsb.ca/operational-guidelines/

 

All Students/Families Must:

    • Complete the self-screening tool before coming to school Self Screening Tool Link Here
    • Between Sept. 7th-17th, send to school a paper copy of the attached form Link Here. If you cannot print one off, one will be provided to you the first day of school. 
    • We need our families to be sure this is getting completed each day.
    • Everyone is encouraged to do their part to keep our schools safe and open. 
  • If your child is sick, please do not send them to school.

 

Stay Connected and Informed: 

  • School Website: St. Daniel Catholic School  Link Here
  • Twitter: @StDanielTBirds 
  • WCDSB Website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/
  • Classroom platforms: D2L and/or Google Classroom (will be shared by teachers)
  • School Messenger emails: Please check your junk or spam if you are not receiving emails, as this is an issue sometimes. 
  • Bell Times: Our bell times for entry and dismissal are 9:10 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. Supervision on the school playground begins at 8:55 a.m. 

 

Class Placement:

On Friday, September 3rd, we will send you the name of your child’s teacher through School Cash Online. Please be sure to review with your child who their teacher is and what grade they are in. If you do not have a Cash Online account, please see instructions to set one up Link Here

 

Kindergarten Information:

For our Year 1 students (JK) and for any new Year 2 (SK) students, you have received notification about a time and the date where you can come in to meet your child’s Kindergarten team. If you cannot make your visit, please notify the school office 519-893-8801. To help with the transition to school, all Year 1 students (JK) have a staggered start the first week of school. Your Year 1 (JK) child’s first week of school schedule will be shared at your visit.

 

For our existing Year 2 (SK) students, your first day of school will be Wednesday, September 8th, 9:10-3:40, and every day thereafter. 

 

First Day Procedures:

  • Grades 1 to 8, students will line up, physically distanced, in their designated zone.
  • We will have several staff on hand to help guide students to where they need to be. 
  • A friendly reminder that we are asking that parents drop off children and our school team will ensure they get to where they need to be. 
  • As a rule, we remind parents that being on the blacktop or anywhere on the schoolyard is not permitted. Our team will take good care of your children! 

 

Pick-up/Drop-off:

Please remember that when school commences on September 7th, parents/guardians will not be permitted on the back school yard. It is highly recommended that you plan your pick up and drop off location well in advance, this way your child knows where to meet. Some suggestions are:

  • Have a meeting spot on the path behind our school,
  • Park on Midland Drive and have a meeting spot along the fence,
  • Park in the large shared parking lot behind the church and have a meeting spot in a safe location on the church side of the school,
  • Kindergarten families will receive info on drop off and pick up routines in our next communication,
  • For safety purposes, all students will be required to cross at the identified designated crossing points when heading to the large shared church parking lot (see below).

 

Parking:

Please refrain from parking in the front school lot. You may drive through this area to drop off your child. Please do not get out of the car to assist your child as this causes a significant amount of traffic congestion and makes this area unsafe for our community. Staff will be in the front helping with the student drop off zone. You may also park on Midland drive observing all parking signs and fire hydrants. Additionally, there is plenty of parking in the shared church parking lot. You may park there and walk with your child to the sidewalk. Please remember that for safety reasons no families will be permitted on school grounds. Please do not park in or let your child out in the community centre parking lot, this area is for their patrons.

 

School Bus Transportation:

For our bus students, information from the bus transportation company about your route has been made available beginning August 23rd. If you are unsure about your bus information, please visit www.stswr.ca where you can access your bus information by using your student login portal. If you are new to the website, you will have to create an account through the website. Please note it takes time to add/change students to routes, so please check as soon as possible. Please remember that all Kindergarten students must be met by a parent/guardian when transitioning from the bus. 

 

COVID-19 Update:

Masks:

  •  Masks are mandatory for all students in JK to Grade 8,
  • Students must bring several of their own labeled masks from home, 
  • All staff will wear medical-grade masks and some staff may wear face shields or safety glasses with their masks.

Daily Self-Assessment for Students and Staff:

  • All students and staff are required to take the COVID-19 self-assessment daily before coming to school: Link Here
  • If your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not send them to school,
  • If your child presents symptoms during the school day, your child will be sent to the office, where they will be supervised in the designated isolation area,
  • Parents will be called and must pick up their child immediately, 
  • Parents are then encouraged to contact Public Health, have their child tested and follow Public Health direction.

Safety Protocols:

Our BIG 3 strategies continue…

  1. Physical distancing, 
  2. Hand washing/sanitizing (We have hand sanitizer in all classrooms and throughout the school), 
  3. Masks (mandatory for all students in JK to Grade 8). 

 

Other Safety Measures in Place: 

  • Staff will review safety protocols with students,
  • Enhanced cleaning/sanitizing in the school throughout the day,
  • Signage has been placed around the school to remind students of our protocols, e.g., Hygiene, physical distancing and directional arrows for hallway traffic,
  • Water bottle filling stations are open on each level; water fountains remain closed,
  • Classrooms are set up with students’ desks/tables facing forward and as far apart as possible, 
  • Students will eat lunch at their own desks and clean up their space afterwards.

 

Recess:

  • We will continue to separate students on the school playground by “zones” – Kindergarten, Primary, Junior and Intermediate,
  • Students will be supervised, as per usual practice, and reminded to stay physically distanced,
  • Students may be unmasked during recesses and during the outdoor lunch period,
  • Teachers will lead students out of the school and into the school one class at a time using the designated entry/exit doors,
  • Students will have designated line-up spots and will be expected to physically distance while walking in lines,
  • The creative play structure is closed until further notice, 
  • Students are NOT allowed to bring their own equipment/toys at this time. We will revisit this at a later date.

 

For Physical Education:

  • Change rooms remain closed, 
  • All students should dress for indoor and outdoor physical activity every day and keep a pair of indoor running shoes at school, 
  • Athletics programs (sports teams) remain on hold for now. 

 

Visitors:

  • As we begin the school year, access to the school will not be extended to non-essential visitors, including parents. There are some scenarios where parents may need to come to the school during the school day and this will be approved by the school administrator,
  • Parents will be expected to remain outside of the school and communicate through the intercom or a staff member will come to the main door, 
  • If you need to drop off your child during the school day, you may drop off your child at the main entrance and your child will come into the school independently, 
  • If you are worried about your child waiting at the door, you can call the school from outside to ensure an adult in the office will let your child in,
  • If you need to pick up your child during the school day, please call the office when you are at the front entrance and we will send your child out to you when we see you. It would be helpful if we were aware of the pickup time in advance so we can have your child ready. 

 

Lunches:

  • We ask that parents refrain from dropping off items (lunches, water bottles, shoes, learning materials) during the school day, 
  • Please ensure your child is prepared for the day and that you schedule appointments outside of the school day when possible. 

 

Back-to-School Shopping:

  • As mentioned in a previous communication, learning kits will be provided for each student, 
  • Please do not buy or send in any extra school supplies at this time, 
  • Students will only need masks and a pair of indoor running shoes. 
  • Please remember to label all personal belongings so that students are only touching their own items, 
  • Students will be allowed to share learning materials this year so long as hands are washed/sanitized before and after use, 
  • We have sanitizing stations at the entry/exit doors and many teachers carry spray bottles of Board approved sanitizer. 

 

Catholic School Advisory Council:

  • Please stay tuned for more information about our first meeting, which will be remote,
  • If you are interested in joining our CSAC please complete the form on cash online. 

 

Start-up Forms:

  • All start-up forms will be processed through School Cash Online, 
  • They are due by Sept 10th, 
  • There are 12 documents that require input of information and your signature and there are two read-only documents. 

 

Medical and Contact Information:

  • If any of your personal contact information has changed (phone numbers, address, etc.), please email christl.rossiter@wcdsb.ca. Or call the school at: 519-893-8801,
  • If you are new to our school or if your child has a new medical condition, please email Mrs. Rossiter with this information, 
  • Student Verification Forms will go home this year as directed by WCDSB. 

 

Dressing for the Weather:

  • Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather every day, 
  • We are committed to giving students breaks from their masks and exposure to fresh air during recesses, even if the weather is not perfect, e.g., light rain, 
  • Being outside is good for the mind, body and spirit! 

 

Extended Day Families:

  • If not already, you will receive information from the extended day coordinators.

 

Student Census Memo:

Please find in the link information for parents regarding the upcoming student census and virtual parent consultation sessions the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be offering: Link Here

 

As always, thank you for your continued support as we journey into another “unusual” school year.

Our St. Daniel school team is looking forward to seeing all of our Thunderbirds soon!

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