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People of Faith: Putting “Faith in Action”

On October 23, 2017 – at schools and administrative sites across Waterloo Region – the staff and Trustees of Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools officially launched WCDSB’s year of “Faith in Action”.

This marked the beginning of the third and final year of the Board’s 2016-18 Pastoral Plan. In 2016, the focus in our schools was centred on what it means to be #PeopleOfLove. In 2017, the focus shifted to being #PeopleOfHope. In 2017-18 the focus has been on being #PeopleOfFaith.

Throughout the current school year, a special cross has been making a pilgrimage from school to school across Waterloo Region. The journey began at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener during special Eucharistic celebrations presided over by the Most Rev. Bishop Douglas Crosby and the Very Rev. Con O’Mahony. The first stop on the special journey was St. Brigid CES in Ayr. To date, the cross has visited 18 WCDSB schools, and their associated Parishes. The journey will continue in September, 2018 – concluding at the end of November, 2018, with the cross having visited each of WCDSB’s schools. The cross will spend this summer in the foyer of the Catholic Education Centre.

Coinciding with the pilgrimage of the cross, has been a special project in which one WCDSB school per week has been spotlighted on the Board’s website, demonstrating in their own unique ways how People of Love and People of Hope, working together in community, create Faith in Action. Schools will continue to be featured until the end of November, 2018.

The special videos created by each school have been featured in the “What’s new in our Catholic schools” section of the Board’s website homepage: www.wcdsb.ca

You can follow along by following the Board on Twitter at @WCDSBNewswire, and/or by signing up on our NewsWire instant news service. Look for the subscription box on the website homepage.

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2018-06-29T10:07:23+00:00 June 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.

2018-06-29T09:41:23+00:00 June 29th, 2018|

Accounting Officer

Job Posting Number: PASS 2018-12

 

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Financial Services, this position will be responsible for:

  • Project managing and coordinating accounting software upgrades and online purchasing module
  • Maintaining accounting software code of accounts, updating access for staff and training new staff as required
  • Recording and monitoring of grants, tax levies and retirement gratuities
  • Serving as back-up for the Accounting Supervisor in the day-to-day operations of the accounts payable and receivable department
  • Cheque runs, journal entries and reconciliations related to the transportation consortium and District 8
  • Review processes between departments in collaboration with stakeholders to research and evaluate possible solutions for improvements
  • Assisting with month end and quarterly reporting, including detailed reviews of programs and accounts
  • Assisting with budget processes such as co-ordination of transportation consortium budget, presentation materials and determining viability of programs
  • Assisting with month end account reconciliations and government remittances
  • Assisting with board and transportation year-end audit preparation
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Professional accounting designation or actively pursuing a designation
  • 3+ years’ experience in a similar role
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology and advanced computer applications
  • Advanced analytical skills and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and language skills

 

Desirable assets:

  • School board or other public sector experience
  • Knowledge of MS Dynamics NAV

 

Salary Range:

PASS Level 5, $64,436 – 75,808 per year in accordance with  the PASS Terms of Employement  (To be evaluated)

Hours of Work: Permanent full time: 35 hours per week / 52 weeks per year

Location(s): Catholic Educatrion Centre, 35 Weber St., Kitchener

 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter.

Applicants must attach diplomas/certificates required for this position to the resume in order to be considered a candidate for the position.

Applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca (and/or internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca).  Please include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

Applications will be accepted until July 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

2018-06-27T16:51:17+00:00 June 27th, 2018|

Administrative Assistant – Lead (Secondary) – Level 6

CUPE Local 2512

 Job Posting

Administrative Assistant – Lead (Secondary) – Level 6

St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Cambridge, ON

Posting #C-2018-27.1

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

(Some duties may be delegated to other administrative assistants at the school)

  • Facilitate administrative assistant meetings and direct and delegate duties of administrative assistant staff as well as scheduling extra help or providing relief back up when required.
  • Training, supporting and leading of administrative assistant staff.
  • Communicate to school staff, board staff, students, parents and other bodies electronically and through correspondence.
  • Troubleshooting and maintaining of office equipment.
  • Assist with the administration of safety and emergency procedures and incident investigation.
  • Maintenance of codes, supplies and the key distribution for all staff as well as distributing and organizing student lockers.
  • Responsible for processing, prioritizing, developing and maintaining correspondence for administration, the maintenance of the Staff Handbook, the excursion form collection, the creation of Graduation Certificates, the maintaining the Out of Boundary binder and lists, the staff picture board and mailroom maintenance, and the creation of the monthly calendar for school events, processing accident reports, creation and distribution of the school newsletter, maintain the ‘Emergency’ booklet, and act as school council liaison.
  • Maintain, record, verify and track staff absences in SmartFind; prepare CUPE Additional Hours timesheets and liaise with Human Resources to ensure replacement staff are provided.
  • Monitoring of students referred to the main office.
  • The maintenance and operation of the phone system and the voice mail system as well as the maintenance of the Edge4 On-Call
  • The processing of packages and filing of reports for EQAO and ensuring confidentiality and security of information.
  • Summer organization for starting up the school year and liaising with groups using the school during the summer.
  • Coordinating student registration and responsible for summer mailing to new students and all staff.
  • Unpacking and checking off purchase orders and distributing items to appropriate program area (summer).
  • Administrating protocol for students who have high risk medical conditions.
  • Other administrative assistant duties as assigned.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possess a two (2) year college diploma in Office Administration or Business Administration.
  • Possess 1-2 years related work experience.
  • Excellent time management, organizational and multi-tasking skills in a busy work environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making, leadership, and research skills.
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles.
  • Advanced level knowledge and demonstrated ability in Word, Excel, Publisher, and Power Point software.
  • Knowledge of the Board and Ministry Policies and procedures would be a definite asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability in Trillium (or similar relational database), Smartfind, Onsis and Navision would be a definite asset.

 

Hourly Rate:            $25.30 to $26.77 per hour

 Hours of Work:        Permanent Full-time, 35 hours per week

                                7:30 am – 3:30 pm (includes one hour unpaid lunch break)

Weeks/Year:             52 weeks/year

Effective Date:         August 27, 2018

(Please note that training in the position may be during the period of August 20-24, 2018)

 

Qualified and interested applicants are requested to submit a written application and/or resume outlining their specific qualifications and ability to do this job.  Diplomas/Certificates required for this position must also be attached to your written application in order to be considered as a candidate.  If you have been deemed qualified because of your current position, this documentation is not necessary.

 

Internal applications will be received via email at internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca and external applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca.  Please include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/.

 

Applications will be received up until 4:00 PM on July 6, 2018.

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.

 

Accommodation Statement:   If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

 

A Successful Candidate who is not currently employed with the Waterloo Catholic DSB will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

2018-06-27T10:45:07+00:00 June 27th, 2018|

Resurrection CSS Student Wins Gold @ Skills Canada National Competition

During the week of May 7-9, 2018, a total of 19 WCDSB secondary school students competed at the Provincial Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Center.

Skills Ontario is Canada’s largest skilled trades and technology competition. More than 20,000 spectators watched more than 2,000 of the brightest young people from across the province compete in one of 67 skills contests.

Two WCDSB students won medals in their competitions:

Samantha Parsons, Resurrection C.S.S. – GOLD Medalist – Job Interview

Andy Le, St. Benedict C.S.S. – SILVER Medalist – Hairstyling

Samantha would go on to represent Ontario from June 1 to 6, 2018 at the Skills Canada National Competition, in Edmonton (see further below).

Congratulations to all the WCDSB Skills Ontario competitors!

At the Skills Canada National Competition, secondary school and college students, as well as apprentices in skilled trades and technologies were tried, tested and judged, showcasing their talents in 44 contests across six industry sectors in front of crowds of thousands.

Samantha Parsons, a Grade 11 student from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, competed in the Job Search category of the Employability sector. As part of the competition each student was interviewed based on a specific career, and completed job search challenges and activities over a two-day period.

“I entered the competition at the Regional level because I felt it would provide me with the opportunity to enhance my writing and interviewing skills. It was amazing to have the opportunity to represent the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as part of Team Ontario at the National level. The competition was an incredible experience that allowed me to improve my skills while meeting like-minded students from across the country.”

~~ Samantha Parsons

Rosemarie Brenner, Skills mentor and College Cooperative Education Program (CCEP) teacher from WCDSB, worked with Samantha, mentoring her for the competition as well as accompanying her to Edmonton.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is proud to support and participate in these important regional, provincial and national Skills Competitions, and wishes to thank and congratulate all the leads, chairs, judges, mentors, and teachers who supported our students along the way.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 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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2018-06-26T10:46:02+00:00 June 26th, 2018|

St. Louis Programs Add Huge Value for WCDSB’s Elementary & Secondary School Students

For many years, the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centre has leveraged the province’s Learning Opportunities Grant funding to help elementary and secondary school students deepen their learning via school-based Homework Clubs and the always-popular Saturday Skills Builder Program.

Below or some key statistics covering the September, 2017 to June, 2018 period:

1,030 students served

29,210 pupil hours for grade 7/8 Homework Clubs and Saturday Skills Builder

4,678 pupil hours for grade 9/10 Homework Clubs

33,888 pupil hours in total for September, 2017 to June, 2018

17 elementary schools ran Homework Clubs

4 secondary schools ran a combined total of 9 Homework Cubs

71 teachers were involved in the program

For more information about how St. Louis can help you, please visit https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca, call 519-741-1201, or email stlouis@wcdsb.ca.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 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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2018-06-26T09:02:41+00:00 June 26th, 2018|

Revised – Junior Financial Analyst

 Job Posting Number: PASS 2018-11

Reporting to the Senior Financial Analyst, this challenging position will be responsible for:

 

  • Preparation of the salary and benefits budget for our transportation consortium and assist with preparation for the
  • Board salary and benefit budget
  • Working in collaboration with the Senior Financial Analyst to monitor budgets, prepare variance analysis, projections and financial reporting for management
  • Assist with preparation of monthly and quarterly internal monitoring reports
  • Assist with preparation of annual budget presentation materials, including Meritorious Budget Award report
  • Working in collaboration with the Payroll Supervisor to develop standard review processes and templates to highlight anomalies
  • Developing reports for internal use and review existing reports for improvement opportunities
  • Assist with developing school budget allocations and monitoring school budgets
  • Preparation of monthly Key Performance Indicators
  • Working closely with budget holders to assist with budget monitoring and support
  • Assisting with year-end audit preparation and analysis
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Diploma or degree in a business-related field
  • 3+ years experience in a similar role
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology and advanced computer applications (Excel, Access, Word)
  • Advanced analytical skills and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and language skills

 

Desirable Assets:

  • School board or other public sector experience
  • Knowledge of MS Dynamics NAV

 

Salary Range:

PASS Level 3, $56,279-66,208 per year in accordance with the PASS Terms of Employment

Hours of Work:  Permanent full time:   35 hours per week/52 weeks per year

Location(s):   Catholic Education Centre, 35 Weber St., Kitchener

 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter.

Applicants must attach diplomas/certificates required for this position to the resume in order to be considered a candidate for the position.

Applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca.  for external applicants and internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca for internal applicants.  Please include your first name, last name and posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

Applications will be accepted until July 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities in your submission.

 

If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.

For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

 

 

2018-06-26T13:38:45+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Itinerant Assistive Technology (A-Tech) Educational Assistant – Level 5

CUPE Local 2512                                                                                                                        

Job Posting

(Seniority is a determining factor)

Itinerant Assistive Technology (A-Tech) Educational Assistant – Level 5

Elementary and Secondary Schools – Home Site to be Determined

Posting #C-2018-33

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Assist, train and support students who require assistive technology to access their learning needs in the classroom.
  • Support teachers in implementing and using assistive technology to support student learning.
  • Assist both staff and students in the implementation of assistive technology.
  • Prepare and support students requiring assistitive technology for the completion of school assessments.
  • Develop a working knowledge of various assistive technology software and hardware including current and newer technologies provided within the WCDSB.
  • Support students on a one to one basis who require social, emotional and behaviour assistance in a school setting.
  • Implement proactive strategies in a learning environment.
  • Assist staff with strategies regarding behaviour management especially for students’ with learning differences.
  • Work collaboratively with school staff.
  • Teach/train students/teachers how to use technologies both on an individual basis and in larger group settings (classroom).
  • Perform other duties as required (scheduling).

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of an Educational Assistant Certificate; or
  • A college diploma/certificate in the following areas will be accepted: Developmental Services Worker/Social Services Worker; or
  • Early Childhood Education college diploma and a Resource Teacher certificate with related work experience.
  • Demonstrative the ability to clearly communicate in both written and verbal form.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate to appropriate individuals on students’ needs and progress.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of using a variety of assistive technology (Read and Write, Snapverter, Kurzweil, Boardmaker, ipads, chromebooks, WordQ, Mindomo, GAFE/GSuite ).
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve independently and be self-directed.
  • Ability to problem solve technical solutions of assistive technology software/hardware.
  • Knowledge of D2L, Google Classroom, SEA ipads, and Boardmaker Online would be a definite asset.
  • Demonstrates ability to problem solve independently when faced with new job challenges.
  • Technical functional knowledge of general operation and file amangement skills for laptops, desktops and newer devices such as cromebooks, ipads and livescribe pens as they become available in the schools sites.
  • Have a reliable vehicle and a valid Ontario driver’s license as travel throughout the Waterloo Region will be required.

 

Hourly Rate:            $25.29 to $26.75 per hour

 Hours of Work:      Permanent Full-time, 32.5 hours per week

                                Work schedule determined by the Administrator

Weeks/Year:             Approx. 41 weeks/year

Effective Date:         September 4, 2018

 

Qualified and interested applicants are requested to submit a written application and/or resume outlining their specific qualifications and ability to do this job.  Diplomas/Certificates required for this position must also be attached to your written application in order to be considered as a candidate.  If you have been deemed qualified because of your current position, this documentation is not necessary.

Internal applications will be received via email at internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca and external applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca.  Please include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/.

 

Applications will be received up until 4:00 PM on June 29, 2018.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.

Accommodation Statement:  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

A Successful Candidate who is not currently employed with the Waterloo Catholic DSB will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

2018-06-25T14:36:26+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

WCDSB Female Students Participate in Annual Jill of All Trades Day

On May 30, 2018, Conestoga College hosted Jill of All Trades – a special event for female students, funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry for Advanced Education and Skills Development. More than 300 students participated.

The day began with an address by Mandy Rennehan, owner of Freshco, recipient of the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur “Momentum” award.  She shared her own self-made pathway success story and voiced her strong support for Women in Skilled Trades initiatives. She also introduced a number of members of her team, two of whom are recent graduates of Conestoga’s WISK program.

Rosie Hessian, the Chair of Community Outreach, Pathways and Youth Engagement for Conestoga College, is responsible for the Jill of All Trades day. She works very hard with her team every year to make the annual event even more successful than the year before, by bringing in new mentors such as Brandi Ferenc, an HVAC Mechanic/Gas Fitter 1 with Johnson Controls. Brandi spoke to the students about her own experiences as a trades person, and her journey from a university degree desk job to being a Red Seal HVAC Mechanic.

Jill of All Trades allows students to select workshops that align with their interests and curiosities. Students choose from several workshops ranging from Automotive Service, Truck and Coach, Heavy Equipment, and Motorcycle Technician, to Masonry, Welding, Plumbing, Millwright, Electrician, Carpentry, and HVAC. Students use the tools of the trades, complete small projects and depart the day with the items they had constructed, new friendships made, and a better understanding of the skilled trades opportunities available to them.

St. David CSS student Melissa Valad said: “I liked HVAC the best. I liked the opportunity to find out and experience a bit of what I would do in the trade.”

Her St. David colleague, Ainslie Huiser, summed the day up best when she said: “It was an eye opening experience, because before this I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and now I know I want to do carpentry.”

 

2018-06-21T11:48:36+00:00 June 21st, 2018|