If your child had signed up for Co-Op for the 2020/2021 school year, there have been some modifications. Your child has received an important message recently sent to their school board student email address. Please have them check it. There is an important letter to review, along with a Google Form that must be completed by June 3, 2020.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.
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.
Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –
We hope that you found ways to enjoy the Mother’s Day Weekend despite the less than spring-like weather and the fact that many of us were unable to celebrate in the more traditional ways that have characterized years past. It has been a few weeks since we have connected, so we thought it important to offer you a few important updates…
To all the parents and students of our Catholic Schools in St. Mary’s of the Visitation Parish, I hope everyone is keeping well and are are safe. This is an unrepresented time we are going through. We have all needed to adapt in this Pandemic in ways a few months ago we could not imagine. Catholic education has adapted too under the circumstance. Teaching is now on line, students learn from home, and parents are confronted with another layer of technology. Everyone from principals, teachers, parents and students are doing their best under the present circumstances.
I was personally very impressed at how fast the schools adapted to the Covid – 19 Pandemic. With very limited time our Catholic schools managed to take a system that was designed on the principle of communal teaching and within a very short time set it up for every student to learn by way of computers in their own home. Teachers adapted, and students adapted to a new reality. I have heard from parents that this change is also a challenge for them as well.
We all look forward to our Catholic schools reopening in the future. St. Mary’s Church will work with the schools to
Monday’s Theme: Our Hope in Christ
This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Igniting Hope.”
The theme for CEW 2020 was inspired by three sources:
- The recent Papal Exhortation, Christus Vivit, by Pope Francis following the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
- The recent Ontario Bishops’ pastoral letter, Renewing the Promise (2018)
- The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations by the Institute for Catholic Education (2011)
There are five sub-themes for each day of Catholic Education Week:
Day 1: Our Hope in Christ
Day 2: The Hope Within Us
Day 3: The Hope Among Us
Day 4: Hope for the World
Day 5: A Future Full of Hope
Every year, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) provides our Catholic schools with a resource kit to help schools prepare for Catholic Education Week. Using these resources, as well as our own developed activities, we have prepared a series of activities, which will highlight how the students and staff at our school are Igniting Hope.
While we are unable to share those resources with you in person at this time, we hope that the daily messages you get from St.
On Sunday, April 26 2020, the Ontario Government announced that schools will remain closed under emergency order until at least May 31, 2020 (see 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.
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.