WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — January, 2018


Committee of the Whole Board: Monday, January 15, 2018 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting: Monday, January 29, 2018 — Meeting Agenda Package


Foundations for a Healthy School

Empirical research around the world shows a direct connection between healthy habits and academic achievement, positive mental health & well-being as well as decreased undesirable behaviours in school. WCDSB has had a great history with respect to health promotion and physical activity development for our students and is truly at the leading edge in the province with respect to the implementation of health related policies and opportunities for our students. WCDSB’s long standing commitment to health and wellness is evidenced by the P.A.L.S. program (Playground Activity Leaders in School), the adoption of the Food & Beverage Policy, Active & Safe Routes to School and our dedication to Daily Physical Activity.

In 2013, the WCDSB formally embraced the Foundations for a Healthy School framework and between 2014 and 2017, sixteen schools adopted the framework. It is the Board’s goal to eventually have all WCDSB schools operating under the framework. Further information about the WCDSB’s work within the Foundations for a Healthy School framework is available on pages 13-15 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Renewed Math Strategy

The Renewed Math Strategy (RMS) aligns with key components of the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA) and numerous board priorities articulated in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan. Regular reports on the progress being made under the RMS are presented to the Board of Trustees. The most recent report was provided on January 15, 2018 and can be found on pages 16-23 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation Update

The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation (WRCSF) is a registered charitable foundation with a community-based board of directors and has been in existence for nearly two decades. The WRCSF supports the students of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board through a variety of initiatives, all of which focus on three key priorities: Mind, Body, & Spirit. Specifically, the WRCSF supports:

  • Program enhancements important to our Catholic education community, but not necessarily viable through government funding, including arts, athletics, science & technology;
  • Equity and opportunity for all our learners, including social-economic challenges, unique learning requirements;
  • The faith component of Catholic education, including sacramental programs, retreat programs and Catholic youth leadership.

A full report on the WRCSF’s activities and accomplishments is available on pages 8-12 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

French Immersion Review Update

French Immersion is an inclusive opt-in program that was first offered in the 2015-16 school year at St. Anne CES, Kitchener and Sir Edgar Bauer CES, Waterloo. In 2016-17, the program expanded to Cambridge and opened at Our Lady of Fatima CES. We offer a 50% program, in which 150 minutes of instruction are offered in French, and 150 minutes in English. As with all our Second Language Programs, French Immersion is designed for students whose first language is not French. The entry point for French Immersion is in Grade 1. It is currently open to all residents of Waterloo Region at the three satellite sites. In our third year of the program, we are servicing 216 students.

The French Immersion Review Committee met for the first time on November 28, 2017 and most recently met on January 16, 2018, to review data related to i) program priorities, ii) student accommodation, iii) grade level entry point and iv) overall program model at current sites. The committee is comprised of Board central staff (FSL consultant, supervisory officers, and manager of planning), school administrators, and parents. A detailed report of the committee’s ongoing work is available on pages 34-36 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Leadership Strategy: 2017-18

The WCDSB’s Leadership Strategy has gone from 19 aspiring leaders in 2012-13, to 418 in 2016-17.

Overall Goal: To develop leadership capacity to support the achievement of goals outlined in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan and the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement.

Goal OneCreate and promote leadership opportunities that engage all school and system leaders in order to strengthen staff capacity for instructional and spiritual leadership, to enhance organizational effectiveness, and to support succession planning as defined by research, Strong Districts and their Leadership and the Catholic Leadership Framework.

Goal TwoSchool and system leaders in the WCDSB will develop the capacity to appropriately respond to the needs of learners by fostering a holistic view of student learning that encourages shepherd, servant and steward leadership.

Goal ThreeCreate and provide opportunities for enhancing leadership capacity for the entire system by engaging in active professional lifelong learning, faith formation, mentorship and coaching.

An extensive overview of the strategy is available on pages 37-39 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Dominican Encounter with Faith & Hospitality

The Dominican Encounter with Faith and Hospitality is an experiential learning opportunity offered to all Waterloo Catholic DSB secondary students in their Grade 11 or 12 school year. Applications are collected and approximately five students are chosen from each of our secondary schools, for an excursion total of twenty-five students. Applications are also invited from WCDSB staff to serve as supervisors for the excursion. On January 29, 2018 the Board of Trustees received a staff presentation providing an overview of this transformative program. The report is available on pages 28-33 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Kate Jamieson and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report contains highlights of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association’s Student Platform – a 16-point list of recommendations to the Ontario government and opposition parties — based in part on responses to the Student Survey completed in November, 2017. Their full report is available on pages 46-48 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board: Monday, February 12, 2018

Regular Public Board Meeting: Monday, February 26, 2018

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 schools and four 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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For more information, please contact:

John Shewchuk – Chief Managing Officer | (519) 578-3660 | john.shewchuk@wcdsb.ca

January 31st, 2018|

St. Dominic CES – Faith in Action

“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!”

January 29th, 2018|

Support Catholic Education. Make Sure You’re “Ticked”!

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:

  1. Return the forms to your child’s school.
  2. 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.

January 17th, 2018|

Online Registration – It’s Never Been Easier to Sign Up for School

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.


January 16th, 2018|

Monsignor Haller CES – Faith in Action

Watch Monsignor Haller CES – Faith in Action.

January 8th, 2018|
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