End of Year Message

Dear Eagles families,

We made it! This year has been unlike anything any of us have ever experienced, or could have imagined. Thank you for all your hard work, perseverance, and patience as we navigated our way through the teacher-supported learning from home. Huge thanks to all of the St. Elizabeth staff who put so much effort into making the lessons fun and engaging, and who went to great lengths to stay connected to our students. We don’t yet know what September will bring, but all the St. Elizabeth staff has missed the students, and we hope to get back to normal soon.

I would like to give a special shout-out to all of the staff who made the Grade 8 graduation so special, despite the very difficult circumstances. The students deserved a good send-off and I am so happy that we were able to make it memorable for them. We wish them all the very best in high school, and hope that they will visit sometimes.

With the end of the school year there is always some sadness as we say goodbye to our friends and colleagues. We wish all the very best to Ms. Beltran, Mrs. Gulliver, Mr. Nicholls, Mrs. D’Silva, Ms. Milligan, Mrs. Argo, Mrs. Sobrian-Carillo, Mr. Mikhail, and Mr. Murray (who left in February). Thank you for everything you have done to make our school such a wonderful place. We will miss you, and I sincerely hope that our paths will cross again.

I would also like to say goodbye to our families who are not returning next year. We wish you all the very best and hope that your children will have great memories of St. Elizabeth School.

Thank you also, to our Catholic School Advisory Council who worked so hard all year, and made our Valentine dance-a-thon so successful. Unfortunately, the school closure came shortly after this event. Your support is so important to our school, and we hope that you will continue to serve on Council in the new school year.

I am including a link to a video clip, with a special message from Loretta Notten, our Director of Education.

Director’s End of Year Message

Stay safe over the summer, and let’s pray for as “normal” a new school year as possible for September.

God Bless,

Jo Goossens

 

Information Regarding Scenarios for Re-Opening

Dear parents

Attached are two letters – one from the Minister of Education and one from our Director of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Please find some time today to read the letters and complete a survey at this link:

School Re-Opening Survey June 2020

The survey will remain open until June 30th. Please complete the survey by then. Only one survey to be completed per family. There are some translations available of the survey – accessible through the top right of the page when you open the survey.

WCDSB Director’s Letter on School Re-Opening June 2020

M letter – Announcement EN

We hope that you have had the opportunity to sign up for an appointment to collect your children’s belongings. There are still appointments available on Wednesday June 24 from 9:30 – 3:30, and on Thursday June 25th from 9:30 – noon. Please note that there are no appointments after these dates and times.

Grade 8 Graduation

GRADUATION DAY – 23RD JUNE 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope this email finds you and your families well and happy. We know all students and families are very excited about Graduation. We share that excitement and hope that everyone has a special day. To make the day even more special, we encourage all students to wear what they would have worn to graduation. We have already seen many pictures of the girls in their grad dresses. We want to give the students an opportunity to get dressed up for the occasion. During the drive thru ceremony, there will be an opportunity for students to have their picture taken by a member of the staff at a special themed photo booth. This picture will be put into the graduation slideshow that will be put onto the Grade 8 Graduation Google Classroom.

This will be a fully outdoor event. Consequently, weather could cause a change in the date. We will be watching the weather forecast very carefully the week before graduation. If we need to make any changes due to poor weather conditions, we will communicate them to you. Pray for good weather!

We have just entered Phase#2 of the lock-down which allows a gathering of just 10 people. Remember the number 10 includes the principal, teachers and other staff helping with the graduation, and the graduating student. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all participants on this special day. We ask that you strictly follow the guidelines below to ensure appropriate safety protocols set in place by the province and the board are followed on Graduation Day so that the students have a pleasant and memorable experience. 

We have organized all students alphabetically. There are 3 numbered parking spots. Parking Spot #1 is for the graduate collecting their graduation envelope and the photobooth picture opportunity. There is enough space at this point to allow 2 cars for blended families only. Parking Spot #2 is the “on deck” position. In this spot, parents can stay in their car, but take a picture of their child in front of the gym wall with a graduation sign. Students can get out of the car at this point. Parking Spot#3 is the “prior to on deck” position. This is a waiting position to familiarize parents and graduates with the layout of the drive thru in preparation for their child’s ceremony. 

Please make sure to have the correct time for your child’s ceremony. The time provided is for parking Spot #1. This means you will actually need to arrive at the school 15 minutes before this time. We will send out that information in another email in the week before the “Big Day”. Don’t forget parents “SAVE THE DATE – 23RD JUNE”

Guidelines: 

    1. Graduates will be directed by staff, when it is their turn to get out of the car to come forward for pictures and receive their Graduation Envelope. 
    2. Graduate family members need to remain in their vehicle during the entire event. You will be guided where to go in your car by our staff.
    3. No interacting or gathering outside of the vehicle is permitted. Families doing so will be solely responsible for any type of fine/fee levied on them by police/by-law officers.
    4. Please ensure that only household bubble members are in the car. We do understand this is an extraordinary occasion but we need to follow the law.
    5. Driving space and distance will be limited. So please cooperate with our staff and follow their directions.
    6. Families will need to come in at the time allotted to them. If you miss your time, you may need to return at the end of the time slots to participate in the graduation ceremony. 

 

  • Any kind of requests for extra photographs i.e with friends and family will not be permitted. This can be done at your convenience in your homes or off site as the ceremony will require more than 4 and a half  hours to complete.

 

  1. Please plan your trip ahead of time so you arrive promptly at the school 15 minutes before the slot allotted to you.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation on this special day, and we thank you in advance for making it a successful and memorable one for your child.

God bless!

The Grade 8 Team. (Mrs.Deignan, Mrs. D’Silva and Mr. Hewitt).

 

Glitch in Bookings App

Please note that a glitch in the Bookings app allows you to book appointments during the week of June 15 -19.These dates are not available. The available dates are Monday 22, Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 (am). If you book an appointment outside of these times it will be cancelled.

Collection of Student Belongings

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

This letter is to inform you about the procedure to collect your child’s personal belongings from school on Monday, June 22nd (full day), Wednesday, June 24th (full day) and Thursday, June 25th (am only).

We can appreciate that some of the recommendations below will be a slight inconvenience, but they are necessary to ensure the health and safety of staff, parents and students.  Please review the guidelines carefully as it is extremely important information you need to know before entering the school.

 

To book your appointment time, please click on this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/StElizabethSchoolCambridge@wcdsbca.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

 

 

The following guideline has been informed by the Ministry of Education suggested protocol, which was informed by Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health and has also been vetted with Waterloo Region Public Health.

 

Access is prohibited to anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has had close contact with a confirmed case. All individuals must complete the self-assessment tool prior to arrival: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

 

  • Entry to the school is permitted for the collection of student belongings and any medication that needs to be taken home.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the school
  • Wearing of face coverings (e.g. cloth masks) is strongly encouraged but masks will not be supplied by the school
  • Washrooms and water fountains will not be accessible during this time
  • The Gym and Library will be closed, and no access given
  • A lost and found station will be available in the atrium – please ensure you follow proper protocol and do not pick up items, unless you are taking them with you

 

Scheduling

  • Each student will need to book a specific time and instructions have been sent in a separate memo
  • Please park in the staff parking lot (by the portables)
  • Staff will be inside and outside to direct parents and maintain social distancing
  • If you do not have a scheduled appointment you will not have access to the school

 

Entrance/Exit

  • A maximum of 7 families (1 parent/guardian and child) will be allowed to enter the school at a time
  • A maximum of 1 family (1 parent/guardian and child) will be allowed to enter the portable at a time
  • If your child’s class is in the building, you will enter at the front of the school and exit the same way maintaining social distancing
  • There will be pylons/markers to acknowledge social distancing outside
  • Arrows and tape will mark direction and social distancing down the hallways in the school

 

Collection of Belongings

  • Follow the direction of staff
  • All student belongings will be put in a plastic bag with their name on it.
  • Families may bring in their own knapsack/bags to collect personal items as well
  • There will be bins labelled for collection of items such as library books, textbooks, borrow a book from the classroom, and school team uniforms
  • Any medication that is at the school for your child will be available at the office upon exit

 

Return of Technology

  • As mentioned in a previous Newswire, Chromebooks that were distributed early in April to students in Kindergarten to Grade 7 will not be collected at this time. Any student leaving the WCDSB must return the Chromebook
  • When returning Chromebooks, be sure to include charging cords in a bag – a staff member will record the technology returned

 

Please note the dates listed above are for the collection of student belongings only, not for parent/teacher interviews.  It is important that we abide by the 10 minutes allocated per student.

 

We understand there is a lot of information to review, but our priority is to ensure the safety of everyone.

Eagle Updates

Dear Eagles families,

We have quite a few updates for you:

Spirit Month

In order to end the year on a high note, we have a number of fun, spirit activities planned for our students. Watch out for details from classroom teachers and on Newswire. We hope that everyone will join in the fun!

 

Registration for Online Distance Summer Learning

Registration for Bridges to Success is now open for Grade 8 students. Please click on the link below to see the flyer.

2020-Bridge to Success Program Flyer-REVISED

 

Collection of Personal Items

Currently, the WCDSB is in the process of finalizing protocols around the picking up of personal items from the schools. These processes must be aligned with the Ministry and Regional Public Health recommendations. Once everything is confirmed, we will notify you through Newswire. Please continue to check your inbox regularly. Our hope is that we can do this the final week in June so that families will only need to visit the school once to pick up both their belongings and their final report cards. The parameters that will be set in place will be quite strict to ensure student, parent and staff health. Thank you for your understanding, and we will be in touch once protocols are finalized.

 

Grade 8 Graduation

As you are aware, plans are being made to celebrate our graduates, while ensuring that we keep everyone safe. This will be unlike any other graduation, but we hope to provide a meaningful and memorable celebration of our Grade 8 graduates despite the restrictions of Covid-19. Teachers will be in touch very soon with details.

 

Thank you!

Finally, thank you to all students and parents for your hard work, patience and perseverance throughout the closure. It saddens us all that we can’t end the year with us all together in school. We miss you all, and although we don’t yet know what September will be like, we remain optimistic that we will soon see each other. Your online participation has been outstanding, and we know that many households have had to juggle working from home, sharing devices and trying to keep everyone healthy and happy. You truly are amazing!

 

 

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