Monthly Archives: January 2021

February 1 to 5 is #WCDSBPetWeek!

February 1 to 5 2021 is #WCDSBPetWeek in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools!

Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets and how their pets are helping them cope with COVID-19.

If your family doesn’t have a real pet, please feel free to create a “virtual” pet and share that …. or share a favourite stuffy.

Remember to use the hashtag #WCDSBPetWeek when you post.

WCDSBPetWeek

 

St. Luke CES Update – Jan. 22, 2021

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for some updates.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

We are reaching out to the school community to let you know that Kindergarten Registration is now open. Please spread the word!

Please see the attached document for more information about our process: 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration.pdf.

Registering for Kindergarten just got easier with our Online Registration: https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/entering-kindergarten/.

GRADE 8 INFORMATION – FUTURE CELTICS

Grade 8 students and parents, please check out the new Future Celtics section on the St. David CSS website: https://stdavid.wcdsb.ca/grade-8-information/.

BEST PRACTICES FOR REMOTE LEARNING

As you know, our students will continue to learn remotely until February 11th. Here are some tips that will help keep things running smoothly and promote student success:

Tips for parents –

  • The camera, microphone and chat features are tools your child will access to support their learning.
  • When required, parents may act as a support. To honour the student learning journey, please allow your child to experience productive struggle by allowing them to do the thinking and complete their work independently.
  • Parents/guardians should not appear on camera or speak directly to the teacher or class during the synchronous learning times. Please do not unmute the microphone during instruction to ask a question or access the chat feature.
  • In keeping with our Board’s Communication Guidelines, please connect with the classroom teacher first should you have a question or concern.
  • Please note that when an email is sent to your child’s teacher, they will attempt to respond in a timely manner. Teachers will not respond during instructional time. Your patience is appreciated.
  • Thank you for your ongoing support, parents! We could not do this without you!

Tips for students –

  • Treat others with respect in actions and words.
  • Participate, and actively engage, in the learning.
  • Respect the workspace of others during collaborative learning (e.g., not deleting, moving or making changes to the work of others).
  • Always have the microphone muted, except when asked to have it turned on.
  • Have the camera turned on/off when directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Google Meet or Microsoft Teams links are not to be shared with others outside of the class by students.
  • The use of Google Hangouts is not permitted during school hours unless directed by the teacher.
  • Appropriately use the chat feature by asking questions, responding to the teacher when prompted, etc.
  • Any communication in the chat must demonstrate appropriate manners and language. Follow and apply the T.H.I.N.K. model: Is it True? Hurtful? Illegal? Necessary? Kind?
  • Focus on the learning and avoid distractions such as going to other websites unrelated to the learning taking place or playing video games. Open tabs should be related to the learning and directed by the teacher.
  • When cameras are on:
    • The background setting should be considered (e.g., a neutral space). Consider using the “blur background” feature.
    • Appropriate clothing is required just as it is in a physical school.
    • Others in the household should be aware that synchronous learning is taking place and that, at times, others may see or hear what is happening should the student need to turn on their microphone and/or camera.
    • Behaviour is expected to resemble that which would be deemed acceptable in school (e.g., sitting up, raising a hand when wanting to share).

Keep trying your best, students! Our staff are so proud of you! Way to go, Lightning!!!

PA Day – Friday, January 22nd

Dear St. Luke families:

This is a reminder message that tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd, is a PA Day. There will be no synchronous or asynchronous learning provided for students tomorrow, and staff will be unavailable as they will be engaged in Report Card writing or professional learning activities.

We hope our students can get outside and enjoy their long weekend!

New St. Luke CES Logos

Dear St. Luke families:

After consultation with our students, staff and Catholic School Advisory Council members, we are excited to share our new school logos with you! We have a ‘corporate’ logo, which you will now see on our website, Twitter account, letterhead, etc.:

We also have a ‘sport’ logo, which you would see on spirit wear, banners for sports and events, etc.:

We hope to get new spirit wear organized this year for our students and staff! Go, Lightning!

It’s OK to not be OK. We are here to help!

Dear St. Luke families:

We are connecting with you to let you know that we are thinking of you. We understand that these times are exceptionally hard for parents with everything that needs to be juggled. Our staff are here to help so please do not hesitate to let your child’s teacher know if you need support. You can also call Mrs. MacKay or Mrs. Duench at the school. We are here for you!

We are sharing this link to make you aware of what the WCDSB is doing to promote wellness:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb/.

Also, if you or anyone you know might need food, clothing or other supports, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Agnes Church is ready to help:

https://saintagnescatholicchurch.org/food-clothing-and-aid/.

We know that all of our families are doing their very best to have their children connect to their virtual classroom daily and complete the work that is provided. Although we are still expected to account for all students twice daily through regular attendance procedures (as communicated in yesterday’s NewsWire message), we realize that we are not in normal times and that exceptions may need to be made. We simply ask that you communicate with us so we can work together to figure out the best way to support your family and your child’s learning.

Thank you for your continued support and for being such incredible partners in the education of your children.

Sincerely,

Kendra Duench, Principal

Attendance Protocol During Remote Learning

As we navigate through the new process of Remote Learning, we ask that all parents/guardians treat Remote Learning like any other school day. With that said, the expectations are that students will be online, learning in the morning session and afternoon session.

We understand that things come up, appointments, sickness etc. If this is the case and your child is not able to attend their Remote Learning sessions for the day or part of the day, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to call the attendance line at St. Luke CES and notify the office the reason why the child is absent and the length of their absence. If email is more convenient, please feel free to email the Administrative Assistant at St. Luke to notify her of your child’s absence: jennifer.mackay@wcdsb.ca

Happy New Year, Lightning!

Happy New Year, St. Luke families! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. As you know, students will be learning remotely from Monday, January 4th to Friday, January 8th. Our staff are preparing for this new adventure, and we are looking forward to ‘seeing’ our students again on Monday and getting back to our learning!

We are asking our students to join their class via Google Classroom or D2L at 8:20 a.m. on Monday, January 4th. Monday will be a day for teachers to get connected with all students and to set up communication, routines, and expectations for the week. Tuesday should be a ‘normal’ day as we adhere to our school bell times, including recess/lunch times, and follow the usual daily subject schedule. Attendance will be taken each morning and afternoon by your child’s teacher.

JK/K students will engage in 180 minutes of learning per day and students in Grades 1 to 8 will have 225 minutes of learning per day. There will be a combination of synchronous learning (e.g., live instruction, interaction between teacher and students) and asynchronous learning (e.g., students work independently on task after receiving instruction). There may also be activities planned for small groups in breakout rooms. Your child is not expected to be connected to a device all day for their learning, but the teachers will be available for virtual support from 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. (with the exception of lunch, recesses and planning time).

Since the summer survey, we realize that technology needs may have changed. Parents who requested devices in case of full remote learning may have since acquired a device or may still need one. Other parents who did not request a device may now need one. Based on the data gathered from our weather-impacted learning day on December 1st, all of our students were able to connect to the learning for their class at some point during the day. If a device is needed for your family for January 4th to 8th, please let your child’s teacher know by Monday, January 4th and we will assess needs and availability of devices. Please note: It is not expected that each student be online for the total time allotment for their grade. Siblings may need to take turns on devices or join the class when they are able to. Teachers will be understanding of individual circumstances. If your family already has a WCDSB device from the spring distribution, we will not be able to grant additional requests.

You will be receiving more detailed communication from your child’s teacher. Please check Google Classroom or D2L each day for important information and/or detailed lesson plans so your child can keep up with the learning, even if there are barriers to synchronous learning.

We look forward to partnering with you this coming week and we can’t wait to see our students back in the building on Monday, January 11th!

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