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Spirit Scoop May 12

Hello Spirit!

Despite some of the cooler than normal temperatures we hope that all of you are staying safe while at home.

Below are two update from our Director of Education:

Letter from the Director of Education

Please see attached.

Letter to WCDSB School Closure COVID 19 May 12th 20

Message from the Director of Education

WCDSB Director Notten Video

Our staff continues to work together to provide meaningful activities for your child during the school closure. Remember to utilize the WCDSB Learn@Home for any additional learning activities. WCDSB Pray@Home and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) references are also there to assist you. Please remember to reach out to your child’s teacher should you have any questions about the tasks they are working on.

Continue to monitor the WCDSB Coronavirus Updates, our website, Newswire, Twitter (@stnkspirit) and Instagram (@stnicholasspirit) for any updates.

 

Stay safe and healthy, Spirit!

Spirit Scoop April 29

Hello Spirit!

We hope that all of you are staying safe, while at home and enjoying time with your families. Here are this week’s updates:

Letter from the Minister of Education

Please see attached.

Minister letter to the parents v9 FINAL EN – April 28 2020

St. John Boundary Review – Decision

Please see the attached letter regarding the St. John Boundary Review.

St John Boundary Review Letter Apr 2020

The StJohnReview email has been reactivated for the Out of Boundary appeal process only, which applies to JK to Grade 5 students currently attending Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. John, and St. Nicholas.

For more information on each of the motions passed, please visit the St. John Boundary Review Decision website.

Catholic Education Week 2020 – Igniting Hope

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will be celebrating a province-wide Catholic Education Week Mass on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

All students, families, board staff, trustees, and the broader Catholic community are invited to participate “virtually” in this celebration of the Eucharist by clicking on the link below at the scheduled time:

CEW MASS STREAM

Essential Worker Appreciation Day

Thanks to all of those who were able to send in images for our Essential Worker Appreciation Day. Our appreciation for what they are doing for all of us continues everyday. You can see them here https://sites.google.com/wcdsb.ca/stnicholas-spiritinaction/home

 

Our staff continues to work together to provide meaningful activities for your child during the school closure. Remember to utilize the WCDSB Learn@Home for any additional learning activities. WCDSB Pray@Home and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) references are also there to assist you.

Continue to monitor the WCDSB Coronavirus Updates, our website, Newswire, Twitter (@stnkspirit) and Instagram (@stnicholasspirit) for any updates.

 

Stay safe and healthy, Spirit!

Spirit Scoop April 24

Hello Spirit!

We hope that all of you are staying safe, while at home and enjoying time with your families. Here are this week’s updates:

Letter from the Director of Education

Please see attached.

Letter to WCDSB School Closure COVID 19 April 23 20

Catholic Education Week 2020 – Igniting Hope

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will be celebrating a province-wide Catholic Education Week Mass on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

All students, families, board staff, trustees, and the broader Catholic community are invited to participate “virtually” in this celebration of the Eucharist by clicking on the link below at the scheduled time:

CEW MASS STREAM

Essential Worker Appreciation Day

We will be celebrating Essential Worker Appreciation Day at St. Nicholas, on April 27th. Students are invited to do something (age appropriate) to recognize an essential worker in their life or that they have come across.

Please ensure that there are no last names on any of the creations submitted. If parents are submitting photos of their child, please remember that this will be a public website. Your child’s teacher will let you know how to submit the creations to them.

Thought Exchange

Thank you to all who were able to respond to the Thought Exchange that was shared last week. Our staff continues to work together to provide meaningful activities for your child during the school closure. Remember to utilize the WCDSB Learn@Home for any additional learning activities. WCDSB Pray@Home and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) references are also there to assist you.

Continue to monitor the WCDSB Coronavirus Updates, our website, Newswire, Twitter (@stnkspirit) and Instagram (@stnicholasspirit) for any updates.

 

Stay safe and healthy, Spirit!

Spirit Scoop April 15

Happy Easter Spirit!

We hope that all of you had an enjoyable time with your family over the Easter weekend. Additionally, we hope that you are finding your way through week two of educator-led distance learning. Below, you will find a few updates that we would like to pass on.

Thought Exchange

We are interested in learning about how WCDSB Learn@Home is going. Your participation in the Thought Exchange (link below) 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.

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

WCDSB Pray@Home

The WCDSB Pray@Home portal is up and running via the WCDSB Learn@Home Please visit it to check out some of the resources available to your family there.

As we are in the Easter Season, the WCDSB is looking for artwork or post cards depicting what the Resurrection looks like to your child/family to share with the system and community. If your child is willing to create something, please send a picture or share it with your child’s teacher and they will forward them to Mr. Dowling.

The Umbrella Project WCDSB Parent Webinar

Please see the attached flyer for details on the Umbrella Project’s Webinar for WCDSB parents.

UP-WCDSBWebinarWorksheet

FAQS

We appreciate that there are questions regarding assessment, evaluation or timelines for curriculum goals. Many of the answers to these questions can be found on the WCDSB Learn@Home page under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

 

Continue to monitor the WCDSB Coronavirus Updates, our website, Newswire, Twitter (@stnkspirit) and Instagram (@stnicholasspirit) for any updates.

 

Stay safe and healthy, Spirit!

Easter Message

As we enter this weekend, the staff at St. Nicholas are hopeful that each of you will step away from work or school activities to continue spending quality time with your families.

Stay safe, stay strong & stay united in the spirit!

Wishing you all of the blessings of the Easter Season.

St. Nicholas CES Staff

Spirit Scoop April 6 – Educator-Led Distance Learning

Educator-Led Distance Learning

As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, families and students will continue to be provided with regular communication from St. Nicholas CES. Our hope is to provide an update on the past week’s activities and an overview of the goals for the upcoming week. Our wish is that regular communication will reduce the understandable anxiety students and families may be facing.

 

Moving from classroom learning to a distance learning model in a very short time is a challenge, and the WCDSB is working continuously to ensure that students have equitable opportunities to learn from home.

 

We know that our commitment to strong relationships between educators, students, and families will be critical to our students experiencing success and well-being. It has been truly heartwarming to hear the extremely positive and appreciative responses from our parents and students regarding the contact with student homes our educators are making. We know our students miss the school staff they interact with daily, and that our staff miss their students, too.

 

During this past week (March 30 – April 3) St. Nicholas staff: 

  • connected with our students and families
  • assessed the needs of families, students and educators as we planned for distance learning
  • continued to familiarize themselves and our families with the Ministry and WCDSB@Home distance learning websites.

With the announcement from the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Education last week, students and families will see a shift to more educator-led distance learning.

 

Educator-led distance learning has many forms, and we are committed to ensuring our students can access these learning opportunities. We believe that educators know their students best and bring a wealth of educational knowledge and experience that is indispensable.

 

Our goals for this week (April 6 – 9) include:    

  • Educators beginning educator-led distance learning with students via D2L (5 hrs of work/week for students in K – 6 & 10 hrs in 7 & 8)
  • Building the capacity of our educators (teachers, RECEs, EAs, CYCWs) to deliver distance learning for all students.

Please know we are deeply committed to ensuring the equity of learning for all our students.

 

For those families and students who have communicated that they need a device, please be aware that most of those devices have been rolled out, with some to be shared throughout this week.

 

We appreciate that there are questions regarding assessment, evaluation or timelines for curriculum goals. We are currently working with the WCDSB & Ministry of Education on these items and will provide more information as it becomes available.

 

Continue to monitor the WCDSB Coronavirus Updates, our website, Newswire, Twitter (@stnkspirit) and Instagram (@stnicholasspirit) for any updates.

 

Stay safe and healthy, Spirit!

Spirit Scoop March 25

Letter From WCDSB

Please see attached.

Letter to Parents School Closure COVID 19 Mar31 20

Hello Spirit!

A huge thank you to everyone who took a moment to fill out the learning resources survey that was sent out last week. Please continue to refer to the following for ongoing learning supports:

Keep rooted in our Catholic faith through prayer and mass.

Well Being Supports

These times are challenging for all, but there are many resources available to help support children and families. Please reach out if there is anything we can do to help support your particular situation. We are here for you and each other!

School Mental Health Ontario

WCDSB Supports

Continue to monitor our website, Newswire, Twitter (@stnkspirit) and Instagram (@stnicholasspirit) for any updates.

Spirit Scoop March 25

WCDSB Letter to Parents

Please see attached.

Letter to Parents School Closure COVID 19 Mar23 20

At Home Student Learning Framework

This is an unprecedented time for us as a staff and as a school, as a board and as a province there is a great deal to consider as we try to move to teacher-led distance learning for the foreseeable future. All levels are aware that there is much to consider and many variables at play. Over the next two weeks we will be working with staff towards teacher-led distance learning. At the end of the two weeks we hope to have a more formal understanding of the expectations for teacher-led learning and assessment from the Ministry of Education.

In the interim, we are asking each family to complete the Google Form found here, as we collect more information about how we can move forward. As outlined in our Spirit Scoop on Monday, March 23rd the Ministry of Education has provided the Learn at Home portal and the WCDSB is sharing WCDSB Steam Days. We are encouraging you to utilize those at this time.

Continue to monitor our website, Newswire, Twitter (@stnkspirit) and Instagram (@stnicholasspirit) for any updates.

St. Michael’s Parish News

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.