Monthly Archives: May 2020

SEB Parent Info and Hello from our Staff

Hello Stars,

We are hoping everyone is enjoying our nice weather. Please note a parent resource from Dr. Jean Clinton with link included. She is a psychiatrist who has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for over 30 years. She has begun a series of short videos for parents and educators ​. Dr. Clinton was appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education 2014-2018. These resource/ support videos range from very short (such as 2 min. – When Families Feel the Stress Lend Your Humanity/ The Neuroscience of Gratitude) to 55 min. Cultivating Wellbeing in Challenging Times. Please enjoy.

SEB staff is continuing to collect gestures of appreciation for our Essential and Health Care workers. Create any display demonstrating your appreciation, snap a photo and forward to your teacher. Deadline for submissions is May 29th. Also check Twitter @SEBStars1 for some great student pics.

A reminder that our staff continue to miss our students each day. Please know we are thinking of you and with all much health and happiness!

Good Afternoon Stars,

We hope all our families continue to be safe and well during this challenging time. Thank you to all our students who continue to do their best with distance learning. Below you will see the messaging from the Board and Ministry that was announced today. As schools remain closed, we will continue with our distance learning until the end of June.

With today’s announcement, we are sure you will have questions about many things such as Grade 8 graduation, final report cards, the process for picking up your child’s personal belongings and returning school items such as textbooks, library books, etc. Throughout this closure period, all WCDSB schools are taking direction from the Ministry, Public Health and our Board. As we receive recommendations for year-end procedures, our staff will work together to put plans in place and we will continue to keep all families informed via NewsWire.

A reminder that SEB continues to strive to stay connected and show our school spirit. For the next two weeks, here is our challenge for our students and families. 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

From Kindergarten to Grade 8 we already have some great examples:

 

School Closure Announcement

Learn at Home MainPage
The Government of Ontario has announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of this current school year. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. Please visit https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca for all the most
up-to-date information.
The official government announcement is available here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/health-and-safety-top-priority-as-schools-remain-closed.html

WCDSB and SEB Updates

SEB Staffing Updates:

Our school closure has been difficult on many levels. One of these complications is the transitioning of staff during this time. We have a few farewells and welcomes to announce for our school community.

Mdme Piotrowski celebrated the birth of her second child. Both mom and baby are healthy and are now doing well at home. With Mdme Piotrowski on maternity leave, Mr. DeLaurier has become a part of the awesome SEB team. He is now responsible for the distance learning portion of French Immersion for both our grade ones and twos. Welcome Mr. DeLaurier!

Also leaving us this week is Ms. Orsini. She has been our amazing teacher of our grade 6/7 class since September. As Ms. Orsini’s temporary leave has now ended, Ms. Jennifer Lee will be covering this class for the remainder of the school year. We are grateful to Ms. Orsini for her incredible contributions and the sharing of her many gifts and talents. She will be greatly missed.

Ms. Lee comes to us as a permanent teacher with WCDSB. She has varied teaching experience and is excited to join our community, even in these very unique times. Welcome Ms. Lee!

Madame Kocher is also preparing for her maternity leave to begin at the end of this month. We will announce her replacement as soon as it is known. We wish Mdme Kocher all the best in this exciting and anticipatory time.

Alison Messmer is the social worker from our board who has been supporting SEB along with other schools this year. We congratulate her as she also begins her maternity leave next week. We wish her the best and hope to see her again soon. We also welcome Jodie Allen who will be covering for Mrs. Messmer for the remainder of the school year. If looking to connect with us please email Ms. Allen or Mrs. Mooney directly.

Nutrition for Learning:

Even though our schools are currently closed, this volunteered based organization continues to support our community. NFL regularly comes to Sir Edgar Bauer to distribute nutritious snacks in a safe and physically distanced manner. We are extremely grateful for this service during this time. Please visit their site to check on weekly schedules. Any community members can access their support at any school site.

https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/pop-up-snacks/

A Message From Father Freitas:

Please see attached a letter from our Pastor concerning celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation.

May8,2020letter

You are also encouraged to see this Facebook Live Q & A which may answer many of your other questions concerning our current situation and next steps moving forward – https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1383816531802136

Our Pastor also shared a special message to each of our parish schools this week – check it out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0iklQbAixc&feature=youtu.be

Please know that you are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Best wishes and Blessings.

A Message From the Chair of the Board and Director of Education:

Please view letter and video message from the Chair and Director of WCDSB for important updates.

Letter to WCDSB School Closure COVID 19 May 12th 20

Please continue to stay well Stars. We are missing you!

WCDSB Thought Exchange Feedback

We Asked, You Answered! Thanks for Your ThoughtExchange Feedback!!

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020 we asked our #WCDSBAwesome community this very important question:

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

And the response was extraordinary!

The tool we used is called ThoughtExchange. Here’s how it worked:

1. Specifically, respondents were asked to answer the question:

As you consider Waterloo Catholic’s response toward learning at home, what questions or concerns do you have?

2. Once respondents shared their thoughts, they had the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much they agreed (5 *STARS*) or disagreed (1 *STAR*). This rating system allowed the school board to identify the key areas of success, while also flagging the areas of greatest concern

Between April 14 and April 21, 2020 a total of 1,925 respondents provided 1,635 thoughts – which generated 36,941 *STAR* ratings.

The full report is available on pages 141 to 160 — via THIS LINK.

So, what did we learn?

At the highest level – it is clear that our community values the work our teachers and system have done.  There were a number of comments acknowledging the efforts of teachers to connect and to ensure the well being and engagement of students.

There were three key points of further feedback.

First, the need for connection remains high.  There is a desire for engagement between educator and family, between students and their peers, as well as a desire to have some “live” engagement.

Secondly, there is a concern about issues connected to equity – which invites us to be very thoughtful in providing choice and multiple entry points for students.

Finally, there were many comments related to learning tasks — with a desire for consistent expectations and routine as educators engage their students.

We have used the feedback, which is further detailed below, to continue to improve our service to our students, our parents and our staff.  We have already taken steps to support more consistency and a clear understanding of expectations, to strengthen our collaboration and to further ensure that each student is feeling a sense of connection.

Elementary Students told us they value the collaboration among teachers, so that they have a clear sense of expectations. Further, they value regular check-ins and are looking for a sense of connection. They are feeling isolated and are sometimes having difficulty navigating learning platforms without the assistance of a parent. They desire more descriptive feedback and want some consistency in learning tasks.

Secondary Students told us they too want clearer communication of next steps in distance learning. Some require more technical support, and they desire more consistency in the communication from different teachers. Some are also balancing personal or job responsibilities. They are looking for synchronous video conferences or lessons to assist with their learning and/or pre-recorded videos. There is a desire for a stronger sense of connection. Finally, they are very concerned about their assessments and the possible impacts to their post-secondary plan.

Elementary Parents articulated most strongly a sense of both gratitude but also a sense of being overwhelmed by balancing their own responsibilities. Further, elementary parents would like some consistency in terms of understanding expectations. They are not feeling fully clear on what is mandatory and what is optional. They would like further attention placed on wellness and on providing support to students that is more flexible and accessible. Equity is a concern for elementary parents.

Secondary Parents are valuing the continuity of learning that is happening. They are looking for communication to be clearer and wish to be involved in monitoring their children’s progress. They want communication to be more flexible and innovative, with a nod to desiring live lessons or video-conferencing. Not unlike elementary parents, they are finding it challenging to motivate their children to engage in the learning at times. Not unlike their children, they are also concerned about how assessments will impact post-secondary plans — and they are wondering about how assessments will inform final report cards.

Elementary Staff shared that the learning curve to embrace distance learning has been significant and that they are struggling with their own demands to balance work and home responsibilities. They are concerned about issues of equity and about what the gap may look like once students return to the classroom. They are also concerned about their safety when the time comes to return to the classroom. Finally, they are seeking further clarification on how optional subjects will be reported on the final report card and have general questions about writing report cards in this new landscape.

Secondary Staff are also concerned about the impact of the closure on the next school year and student readiness for the next grade. They expressed concerns that some students are struggling with the new learning format. Equity was also a concern for secondary staff and Administrators. Staff also commented on being concerned about mental health and wellness, and its significance to being able to positively engage in distance learning. There remain concerns about how to write an effective report card in light of the closure.

“The WCDSB’s Senior Staff – and, indeed, all WCDSB staff – have been listening and responding.  We are proud of the work our system and staff have done to mobilize, we value the thoughts offered, and we will continue to work with this feedback to refine both our care and our processes in this challenging time.

Our stakeholders clearly value the many efforts of staff thus far — and our central team, principals, teachers and support staff have responded to this unprecedented challenge in remarkable ways. We are so grateful to them.  We are in this together.”

 ~~ Loretta Notten, Direction of Education

Please follow us @WCDSBNewswire on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and visit www.wcdsb.ca to see the “Heart of the Community” in action.

The care for our students is core to who we are, and it will inform our decisions and actions as we move forward through this time of change.

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

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

May 8th, 2020

Happy Mother’s Day and Join us for Live Stream CEW Mass

Hello Stars,

Please consider joining us with Bishop Crosby celebrating Catholic Education Week 2020 and our focus of ‘Igniting Hope’.

Paste this link into your browser to view at 11:00 a.m. today: https://stpats.online.church/

A reminder to join our SEB staff in praying a decade of the Rosary as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwd24327QRY

And finally, a special note to all our SEB Moms on Mother’s Day:

Best wishes for a most blessed Mother’s Day! We would love to honour all the women who support and nurture our most precious gift, our students. During this time we realize that purchasing a token of appreciation may not be possible so with this consideration we would ask that you please have your child open the following link and present the “gift” wherein to you! Happy Mother’s Day!

Click here to access the Mother’s Day gift

SEB School Spirit!

Hello Stars!

Just a friendly reminder that this week’s theme is: May The Fourth Be With You! You still have time to send in your pictures to your classroom teachers or tag us on Twitter with @SEBStars1.

We are also still accepting your notes to your teachers telling us why you love your Catholic school. Submissions so far have been fabulous.

Check out our SEB Staff as they continue building school spirit at a distance.

May The ‘Fourth’ Be With You!

Hello Stars!

A reminder about this week’s fun community building challenge. Dress up as your favourite Star Wars character and send a picture to your classroom teacher. You can also tag us on Twitter @SEBStars1.

Even though we can’t physically be together we can continue to connect with our theme days. Show us your creative side Stars!   ~Your SEB Staff~

 

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