“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School is nestled in the Monarch Woods subdivision in the west end of Kitchener. The building was constructed in 1999 and is currently home to 470 Mighty Dragons! St. Dominic is rooted in tradition and of being in a welcoming and inclusive community. The respect for diversity and the 18 different languages spoken and celebrated are testament to our growing multicultural mindset.
We are a vibrant faith community that takes pride in developing passion, patience and perseverance in our child(ren). We believe that every student is a gem that has the capability of illuminating the world in their own special way. As a staff, we will work tirelessly to create a community filled with laughter and joy to create opportunities for the children entrusted in their care. Students are encouraged to share their gifts, celebrate their uniqueness and be the best they can be as we develop the whole child (mind, body and spirit) through a commitment to high expectations and collaboration. Our mascot is the Dragon whose tenacity is reflected in our approach to learning. We believe St. Dominic’s is a place where children want to be, and where parents want their children to be. The heart of the community, success for each and every child, and a place for all holds true.
Our patron Saint is a young boy from Turin Italy whose feast day is March 9th. At a very young age Dominic modelled how to live the Golden Rule through word and deed as one of Don Bosco’s congregation. Those blessed to be in his presence would observe Dominic doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way looking after struggling boys that were dismissed and forgotten. Dominic died at 15 years of age and was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1954. All could see why the spiritual son of St. John Bosco with his cheerful humility and holiness would serve as a beacon of hope to all!
As a Catholic school community, our faith at St. Dominic School is celebrated in a variety of ways beginning with student-led morning prayers, weekly meditations, monthly liturgies and virtue assemblies. We work hard to develop positive and reciprocal relationships with our community partners and foster the parent-school-church triad. Under the guidance and leadership of our St. Mark parish priest, Father Murrin and Deacon Basil the students have the opportunity to grow and flourish through the sacraments and daily life through their bi-weekly visits.
Through the efforts of our Peace Tree team the St. Dominic Catholic School community has always remembered its connection to the local and global communities including Free the Children through WE Day, St. Vincent de Paul and more. We believe that it is our calling to serve others and show this through many ventures. We have responded generously and consistently throughout the years.
Our school is blessed with a caring, talented staff and school council committed to creating opportunities for students to share their wonderful gifts. We place great value on our three cornerstones of community-school, home, and church! Together, as a “People of Faith” we are preparing our 21st century learners to be difference makers in the image of Jesus Christ.
“We are Unstoppable!”
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YOU may have changed address in the last few years — but your Catholic school tax support probably didn’t follow you. That means, while you may think you are a registered Catholic school supporter, you may not be! So, it may be time to get “ticked”. Here’s some important information about how you can help keep our schools #WCDSBAwesome:
Make Sure Your School Support Designation is “English Separate” (Catholic). It’s a powerful message in support of Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools & Catholic education.
When you designate yourself as an English Separate school supporter, you help promote a strong political voice through your elected representative (Trustee) in ensuring your rights to a Catholic education for the young people in our province. In Municipal School Board elections, only Roman Catholic school supporters may vote for Catholic School Trustees. The Direction of School Support also determines the number of Catholic School Trustees to be elected within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
All Catholics are eligible to support Catholic education – not just those with children in school
You don’t have to have children in school to direct your school support to Catholic education. In Waterloo Region there are more people who DO NOT have children in school than DO have children in school. Their support is vital to the continuation of our Catholic education system. It is an investment in our future and all Catholic ratepayers are partners with Catholic educators in this investment.
Have you moved?
Even if you have been a Catholic school supporter in the past, the designation DOES NOT follow you when you relocate. Every time you move, it is essential that you re-declare yourself as a Catholic school supporter.
How to verify your registration as an English Separate school supporter?
- Check the assessment section of your Tax Bill or Property Assessment Notice
- Check your Voter Information Card received during a municipal election year.
What to do if you are NOT registered as a Catholic school supporter, but want to designate your support to Catholic Education:
If you are NOT registered as a Catholic school supporter, but want to designate your support to Catholic Education you need to fill out the Application for Direction of School Support.
When a Roman Catholic and a Non-Catholic are jointly responsible for the payment of property taxes — either directly through ownership or indirectly through the payment of rent — a Catholic School Support Lease is required. This lease is simply a technical tool designed to give the Roman Catholic the sole right to determine the school support of her or his residence.
When you have updated your forms, you have two options:
- Return the forms to your child’s school.
- If you do not have children attending school, drop your forms at your nearest WCDSB school – or drop them at (or mail them to) the WCDSB head office: 35 Weber St., W., Kitchener, ON, N2G 4G2.
If you have any questions, please contact the Waterloo Catholic District School Board at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2355.
It’s time to sign up for the 2018-19 school year – and registering to attend one of Waterloo Region’s 45 Catholic elementary schools and five Catholic secondary schools has never been easier. In fact, a quality, inclusive, faith-based education is now just a click away thanks to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Online Registration system.
~~ Parents can access the Online Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing either Kindergarten Registration, Elementary Registration or Secondary Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found on each page under the “Registration Options”
~~ Children born in 2014 are eligible for Junior Kindergarten.
~~ Children born in 2013 are eligible for Kindergarten.
~~ When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian.
~~ If you are non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policy.
~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2018-19 will be web-posted in April, 2018. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.
~~ For information about French Immersion programs in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, please click here: French Immersion Registration Information.
”As a provincial leader in 21st century teaching and learning, we know the huge role technology plays in the lives of everyone. So it only makes sense to use technology to make our schools even more accessible to the community. We believe registering a child for school should be as simple and convenient as possible, and we hope our online school registration option will help more people than ever experience the difference of a Catholic education.”
~~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education, WCDSB
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.
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