Please see the attached letter from the Director of Education and Chair of the Board.
Dear Holy Spirit Families,
Just a quick note to say we are thinking of you and your families during this difficult time. We hope that you are all well and safe.
A special thank-you to those who are working in essential services right now as you are keeping our community going. We will continue to pray for all of you.
Moving forward please know that your child’s teacher will be reaching out to touch base with you shortly.
As directed by the Ministry and the Board we are providing you with a few resources you may find helpful at this point. Please understand that you are not expected to engage in all of the activities provided but rather to use the resources as you see fit for your family and their needs.
Wash surfaces, your hands, cover when you sneeze or cough and practice social distancing.
As well, please check your emails, Google Classroom or D2L sites, as all teachers will be reaching out to you in the next couple of days.
We are hoping that you are all safe and well, take care of yourselves, and please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can help with.
May God bless you and your family, keep you safe and healthy.
P. Mendonca and D. Mastroianni
Please click on the link below for an update from our Director of Education and Chair of the Board.
Hello Holy Spirit!
We hope everyone has been staying safe and healthy over the past week. Please see below for some helpful resources.
The Ministry of Education has launched a portal with learning activities – “Learn-At-Home”. Please click on the link below to access the resources.
WCDSB is 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
Please visit on social media via:
Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire #STEAMDays
Facebook: @wcdsb #STEAMDays
Instagram: @waterloocdsb #STEAMDays
Nutrition for Learning is still operating and they are at various locations handing out packages of snacks for those in need. If you or someone you know can use some extra help during this difficult time please see the schedule below for more information.
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 well being 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.
Information on the Novel Coronavirus
Dear Parents and Guardians, March 9, 2020
We are writing to provide you with some information about the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. The situation around COVID-19 can change quickly. Region of Waterloo Public Health & Emergency Services (Public Health) continues to work closely with health system partners (hospitals, paramedics, and health care providers) and the provincial and federal governments to ensure a coordinated response. To date, there has been one laboratory confirmed case in Waterloo region related to travel from Italy. The risk of getting COVID-19 in Waterloo region remains low.
With the start of March Break just days away, we wanted to provide you with some information should you have travel plans involving any of the impacted areas. Prior to travelling and upon your return, we advise you to consult the Government of Canada website for travel advice and advisories related to COVID-19.
Travel to areas of the world with COVID-19 cases: Upon returned from one of the areas with COVID-19 cases, all travellers are advised to:
Monitor their health for flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) for 14 days after returning
If flu-like symptoms develop, contact Public Health immediately.
*You do not need to contact Public Health if you are well*
Travel to Hubei Province, in China, or Iran If you or your family have returned from Hubei province in China or Iran in the last 14 days:
Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in your home, for 14 days after leaving the impacted area AND
Contact Public Health for further instructions and important information
If you develop flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing), contact Public Health immediately.
Preventing the Spread of Respiratory Viruses During respiratory season, everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like colds, the flu and COVID-19:
Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services continues to carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation and is committed to share the most recent information available. Parents and students are encouraged to follow trusted sources online including Public Health and the Ministry of Health webpages.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call Public Health at 519-5754400.
Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang
Acting Medical Officer of Health
Region of Waterloo Public Health & Emergency Services
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday evening of Lent at 6:30 pm in the Church. Please join us for this Lenten devotion
Weekly Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available:
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:30 am
- Wednesday at 6:00 pm
- First Fridays of the month at 5pm
- Saturdays at 9am
First Reconciliation and Communion candidates – the preparation program will resume on the weekend of March 7 and 8, after any of the weekend Masses.
Parents in Touch Prayer Group of St. Ambrose Parish, invites you to join them on Tuesday mornings, at 10:00 am for the Rosary, and other prayers, at the side altar of Our Blessed Mother. Come pray for parents, children, family, friends, teachers and one another.
Children’s Liturgy at both 9:00 am and 11:00 am Mass At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required)
The Ministry of Education is requesting parents, educators and students complete an online survey on bullying. The survey is now open and closes Mar. 31, 2020.
The survey can be accessed at https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-bullying-ontario-schools. This survey is one of the five measures to prevent and combat bullying in Ontario schools announced by the Minister on November 27, 2019.