Monthly Archives: April 2020

Special Message from the Minister of Education

Special Message from the Minister of Education

On Sunday, April 26 2020, the Ontario Government announced that schools will remain closed under emergency order until at least May 31, 2020 (Announcement).

Should schools be permitted to reopen at that time, school employees will have access as of May 29, 2020.

The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Today, the Minister of Education released this SPECIAL MESSAGE to parents.

As we move forward, please remember that on our WCDSB board website you will find from our home page a link to WCDSBLearn@Home where a host of additional resources for all learners will be found.  We also encourage you to continue to visit our WCDSBPray@Home webpage as well as our FAQ page.  You can also follow the #STEAMDays hashtag where lots of fun and engaging activities are being posted.

SEB Update: April 27th

Hello SEB Stars!

The entire staff of SEB are hoping that everyone is remaining well. Our main goal as a school community is to make sure all are feeling healthy, managing our new reality and are filled with some sense of Hope.

I am sure you have heard the government announcement that our schools will remain closed until May 31st. We are missing our students greatly! We can’t wait to get back to school and reconnect with everyone.

We know you are connecting regularly with your classroom teachers, continuing to learn and do your best with your distance education. Please stay involved and reach out for support whenever needed.

We wanted to let you know about our upcoming SEB Theme Days. We have designated a day but take the week if needed. Whether we are in school or not we want to celebrate the following:

~Monday, May 4th: May the ‘Fourth’ be with you! Dress up as your favourite Star Wars character at home and show us your school spirit. Take a selfie and send it to your classroom teacher.~

~Monday, May 18th: Show your continued gratitude for our Essential and Health Care workers. Create any display demonstrating your appreciation, snap a photo and forward to your teacher. #Together

~Monday, June 1st: How are you keeping your Heart healthy? If in school, we will be preparing for Jump Rope for Heart. Take a picture of yourself showing how you keep yourself active. It could be something new you are trying or your already favourite activity/sport. Again, forward this pic to your classroom teacher.

~Monday, June 15th: Wacky Hair/Hat Day: Be as creative as you like with your pictures. The goal is to have some fun while showing your SEB Star Spirit!

These pictures will be compiled and may become a part of a newswire or tweet. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not forward or let you teacher know not to share.

We will also continue to focus on our Umbrella Project Skills. The month of May we ask our students to learn about and demonstrate ‘Optimism’ while June’s focus is ‘Lifestyle’. These are both very relevant skills in our current times. Teachers will be highlighting these in their classroom platforms and celebrating all our students who are doing their best to remain positive, learn, be active and optimistic. We congratulate all our SEB students for this.

Show Us Your Best Self Stars and Keep Shining!!

A Message from our SEB Staff: April 14th

Hello to all our SEB students and families. Our staff continue to miss you and are hoping each and everyone of you remain healthy and safe. We hope you had some time to connect over Easter and celebrate together, even if it was virtually.

As we enter into week two of our distance learning, we want to reinforce that your family’s wellness is our first priority. Our teaching staff, early childhood educators, and support staff continue to collaborate to provide educational opportunities for your children. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any concerns or questions.

The link below will lead you to some very timely resources regarding the Umbrella Project which SEB has been participating in. With all this extra ‘rain’ currently, focusing on our coping skills is vital. Please see Dr. Jen Forristal’s message:

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WCDSB is also seeking feedback regarding our distance learning. Your participation in this quick ‘Thought Exchange’ survey would be appreciated.

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@Home is going.

The tool we are using is called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups. This is why you are asked if you are a student, parent, staff member, administrator, or community member.

Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

Once you have shared your thoughts, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much you agree (5 Stars) or disagree (1 Star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.

You can return to the exchange as often as you like to *STAR* thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more than one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

The Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21, 2020.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to: wcdsbresearch@wcdsb.ca

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.

For younger children (Grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.

Thank you in advance for your participation in helping us make WCDSBLearn@Home a success!

We are all in this together. Our SEB staff are keeping all in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Easter Blessings for our SEB Community

Blessings for Easter

The SEB staff would like to extend our hopes for many blessings to each of our families this Easter season. Hope is certainly a relevant sentiment to all of us at this time. Please use this time to connect with family as you can, reflect, pray and celebrate the true joy that we know comes in the Resurrection.

If looking to support your family at this time of isolation, visit WCDSB’s Learn at Home Portal and specifically WCDSBPray@Home: https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/pray-at-home/

Father Freitas and St. Michael Parish are also offering live streaming of masses and celebrations: https://stmichaelw.ca/

Together, let’s take care of our SEB community. Stay connected to our faith and maintain our Hope.

Many Easter Blessings to All!

 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is STILL Open!!

Several years ago, we established a very easy-to-use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible.

Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020, are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible.

There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process!

SEB Update: Distance Learning Begins Today

Hello SEB Families:

We hope you and your families are safe at home and staying healthy as you take care of one another. Over the past couple of weeks, our teachers have been reaching out and checking in with each family. As a community, we have also been working behind the scenes to help support families who may not have access to technology as we look to begin to Learn@Home.

Our dedicated staff have been working diligently to set up distance learning for students starting today, Monday, April 6th. We have been meeting together virtually and have been busy organizing materials and resources for our students. Please note that we understand that this is not “business as usual”. We recognize and respect that many of our parents/guardians are working from home, going to work, or working on the front lines to keep us all safe. Please take time this week to determine a schedule that fits for your child(ren) and your family. Accessing the learning may take place at different times on different days and this is all good.

Our SEB staff will be following the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education. As you know, this means 1 hour of learning each day for students in JK to Grade 6, and 2 hours each day for students in Grades 7 & 8. Our teachers are utilizing their usual platforms of D2L and Google Classroom to share tasks and information. Emails and communication by phone are also accepted means of communication. We realize the commitment that this form of learning takes from all of you at home and we are so grateful for your role as a partner together with us.

If you are a parent of a child in Grade 1 to 8 and need support to access Google Classroom, please see this video:

If at any time you feel that you need to get in touch with your child’s teacher, please reach out to them. Classroom teachers will be connecting regularly and will be available to answer questions and/or to help in any way they can. We know that this feels different – it does for us also! We want to sincerely thank you for your support at home, for your patience with the process, and for your continued dedication to our Stars community.

As a reminder of how much our SEB staff misses our students and families, please see message below. We are all in this together!

 

 

 

 

 

WCDSB Learn@Home Website

Updated WCDSBLearn@Home Website

Beginning April 6th, what the Ministry of Education is calling “Phase 2” or “Educator-Led” Learning will commence at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Schools will continue to be closed but learning will continue — involving a combination of distance learning tools for students.

Please visit our special WCDSBLearn@Home website for information and resources complied to support the government’s plan.

The resources on this site can supplement and support Educator-led learning. You may not need all of these resources, but if you find yourself needing assistance with creating a positive learning environment for your children, we hope they can provide some assistance.

Under the Educator-led learning plan, the government has outlined the minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week, based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher. These expectations, for each teacher, include:

  • Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;
  • Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;
  • Grades seven to eight: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,
  • Grades nine to 12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

The WCDSBLearn@Home website will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please visit often.

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