Monthly Archives: March 2020

Video Message from our SEB Staff

Hello Stars!

Please enjoy a video message from the SEB staff. We simply wanted all to know we are thinking of you and praying for your health and wellness.

 

Additional Resources for SEB Families

Hello Stars. Hoping everyone is staying well. Below are a few more resources to help support you through this unique time. Our Board wellness site along the Child and Youth Planning Table will hopefully provide beneficial resources. Both sites will be regularly updated. Also included is an instructional video showing how to upload Google Read and Write to your home device. As many of our students use this app regularly, it could be quite useful.

WCDSB Mental Health Website:

Child and Youth Planning Table:

Video on How to Install Google Read and Write at Home:

 

WCDSB Learn@Home

Introducing – WCDSBLearn @ Home

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

As you may be aware, on March 20th the Ontario government launched the Learn at Home online portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.

Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content.

High school content was designed with a focus on STEAM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

In conjunction with this important initiative, our staff continue to work very hard creating a plan to ensure that your child is connected to local learning opportunities on an ongoing basis as we navigate our way through these very challenging times.

If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by your child’s teacher to check in, explain what to expect in coming weeks and discuss any specific learning or resource needs. We look forward to moving to teacher-initiated learning beginning on Monday, April 6.

To assist in that process, we have developed our own WCDSBLearn @ Home website.

In coming days we will be adding resources and information to help keep the learning process moving forward – including a link to all of the outstanding resources and ideas that were provided during #STEAMDays, as well as some important mental health and well being information.

The site will be updated regularly, as new resources become available.  But starting April 6th you child will have regular Teacher-led learning coming directly to them.  We are using the time to ensure we have equity of access and consistency in terms of how we are moving forward during these exceptional times.

We also want to again acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students. We are truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

Finally – we encourage you to continue closely following any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.

Please remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

March 27th, 2020

SEB Update: Seeking info on Access to Technology/Internet

Dear SEB Families,

We hope that everyone is doing well and adjusting to our current global situation. The staff at SEB want you to know we are thinking of you and wishing much health and happiness.

A special note of gratitude to all who are working within essential services currently to keep us safe. Our prayers are with you.

Please note: Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you shortly to get a sense of your access to technology and the internet. Please check their class sites for more detailed updates. We want to do our best to ensure each student has what they need through this process.

As directed  by the Ministry and our Board, we are providing you with a few resources you may find helpful. Please understand that we do not expect you to engage in all activities, but rather use the resources as you see fit for your family and your needs. We recognize each family and situation will be different.

WCDSB STEAM Days + Learn At Home

Stay Safe Stars!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Education and Chair of the Board Messaging/Holy Week Message from our Pastor

Good Evening Stars. Hoping this message finds everyone healthy and safe. Two messages are included in this newswire. Please click on link to view letter from our Director of Education and the Chair of WCDSB. Also included is a special video message from Father Freitas regarding Holy Week. We aim to keep you informed and updated through this platform, our Twitter feed, and classroom teachers sites. Be well!

Letter to Parents School Closure COVID 19 Mar23 20

 

A Message from our Pastor 

Please see the following Video Message from Father Freitas, Pastor of St Michael Parish, Waterloo 

Please see a special Video Message Concerning Holy Week at St Michael Parish

Nutrition for Learning: 10:30 Tomorrow (March 24)

Hello Stars,

If your family could benefit from some extra nutrition, please know that ‘Nutrition for Learning’ will be at SEB tomorrow at 10:30. They ask you to carefully practice physical distancing if attending.

SEB Updates: Minister of Education and St. Michael’s Parish

Good Evening Stars,

It is our hope that all of our families are feeling healthy, safe and full of hope during this very challenging time. Our SEB staff is keeping our community in our prayers. The office will continue to update you through our newswire and also Twitter as we can (@SEBStars1).

Below is a link taking you to a message from the Minister of Education to parents and a newswire sent by Father Freitas and our St. Michael Parish.

Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020

Message from Father Freitas:

We are blessed at St Michael Parish with an exciting and energetic Children’s Ministry program. We want you and your child to still be connected to our parish family even in the midst of the difficult challenge of Covid-19. Our commitment to you does not end, even if for now we cannot come together in person. We are providing a special Children’s Message which will go along with our On Line Broadcast of the Sunday Mass. We hope that you will tune in beginning at 9:00am on Sunday and available for re play all day long.

While it is a painful moment in the life of the Church to take the extreme measures of not being able to be present for Communion and Mass on the Lord’s Day, we pray that they will aid in combating the pandemic that has affected so many in our own community and around the world.

 Once again, we pray for those suffering and for those who are caring for the sick. We are facing many trials during our Lenten journey this year. We take these to prayer, and look for opportunities to be the face of Jesus to all those whom we encounter. May God continue to bless you and know that I miss you and we love you very much – you are not alone!

 (Both Links below will go Live on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 9:00am and be available throughout the day)

LINK TO SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

LINK TO SUNDAY MASS

 We will also be producing some Youth Ministry resources this coming week for our teenagers and pre teens. Our parish hopes also to connect via Zoom this coming week – watch for more details. Keep up to date on all things via our website  and check out our new weekly E Newsletter

WCDSB #STEAM Days and Ministry Updates/Join @SEBStars1 on Twitter

Cancellation of EQAO Testing & Introduction of WCDSB #STEAMDays

The COVID-19 situation in Ontario is continuing to evolve and WCDSB is committed to keeping you informed. As updates are available or new questions emerge, we are posting to our Board website.  We encourage you to continue checking there for updates.

Please be aware that the Minister of Education has provided direction to cancel all Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments for the 2019-20 school year. The Minister has also directed that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) be waived as a graduation requirement, as set out in Section 6 of Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016, for students who are otherwise able to graduate in the 2019-20 school year. These changes provide the conditions to enable students to fulfill graduation requirements in our current context.

The government and WCDSB remain committed to ensuring learning will continue for our students. The Ministry and WCDSB will be posting online learning resources, and we encourage you to stay tuned for more about this resource and other distance learning supports and opportunities.

At WCDSB we are also launching #STEAMDays – a fun and interactive way to keep the learning happening at home as we work our way through the unprecedented COVID-19 shutdown.

Please view the VIDEO to learn more.

In times like these, it is vital for one and all to come together – and #STEAMDays will provide a convenient platform for parents and educators alike to share ideas, resources and fun ways to keep the learning process going.

As ideas are shared, we will gather some of them and post via our website: www.wcdsb.ca/STEAMDays

Consider joining our SEB family on Twitter if you are not already following. At home activities and resources are forwarded regularly. @SEBStars1

Please visit WCDSB on social media via:

Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire #STEAMDays

Facebook: @wcdsb #STEAMDays

Instagram: @waterloocdsb #STEAMDays

Public Communication re: COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations

March 13, 2020

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/title.html), the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/)  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

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