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All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on March 5.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

February 28th, 2020|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — February, 2020

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, February 10, 2020 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, February 24, 2020 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Early Years Report

For most Waterloo Catholic District School Board students and their families, the initiation to Catholic education begins in Kindergarten. For decades, the WCDSB has been at the forefront of educational excellence and progress at this key developmental stage. This two-year program, “…is a child-centred, developmentally appropriate, integrated program of learning for four- and five-year-old children. The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe and caring, play-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all children.” (The Kindergarten Program, 2016, p. 8)

In February 2019 trustees were apprised of ongoing progress in implementing two renewed policies and programs in Ontario which form the core of Kindergarten: The aforementioned Kindergarten Program 2016 and Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum 2016.

On February 10, 2020 the Board of Trustees received an update on the ongoing implementation of the Kindergarten program in Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools, with a focus on key accomplishments and the challenges posed by needing to serve a rapidly growing student population.

To read the full program update, please see pages 31-34 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Parent Engagement Update

Ontario’s Parent Engagement Policy recognizes many different forms of parent engagement, and that each is an important contributor to student and school success. Within the policy, parent engagement includes:

  • Providing a positive learning environment at home, actively working with children to support what they are learning in school, and making learning an important part of the day
  • Having productive conversations with teachers so that there is clear communication between the school and the home
  • Becoming involved in school activities and volunteering to help with school events, trips and other activities
  • Participating in School Councils at the school level and Parent Involvement Committees at the board level to provide perspective.

The WCDSB has continually focused on supporting the partnership between home and school to meet the various forms of parent engagement as presented in the Ontario Parent Engagement Policy by promoting and supporting:

  • Celebration of our Catholic School Advisory Council Chairpersons through our WCDSB annual commissioning ceremony
  • Parent Reaching Out Grant applications, system and regional
  • Supporting Schools and Parent Involvement Committees through “Grassroots Sharing Events”

The complete Parent Engagement Update is available on pages 35-40 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Annual Report – Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) has been serving the Waterloo Catholic District School Board since 2007 through the provision of home to school transportation services for our students. This is accomplished by contracting with school bus and taxi operators to service routes built by STSWR transportation technicians. STSWR is owned by the Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Each board pays an equal share of management costs. In addition, each board pays for their direct costs of transportation and a prorated share of overhead (based on ridership).

Annually a report on the activities of STSWR is provided to Trustees. The report/presentation also serves as an opportunity for Trustees to ask questions of the General Manager of STSWR on transportation programs and initiatives in the Region. Highlights for the year just ended include:

  • A major reduction in instances of speeding year over year
  • A customer service survey which resulted in an 80% approval rate
  • A public information blitz for the benefit of student safety
  • Development and distribution of an inclement weather informational video
  • Renewal of a multi-year contract for taxi services
  • School travel staff worked with 39 schools in the Region to improve walking routes for students
  • A better inventory of bus drivers resulting from enhancements to compensation in 2018

The full report is available on pages 14-30 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Special Education Fundamental Math Update

WCDSB builds capacity, skills and knowledge in educators to ensure that high quality programs and services are provided for all our students.  The Special Education Liaisons are responsible for building capacity with educators in our WCDSB community. We are continuing to foster a system of inclusion that nurtures the whole student, ensuring wellness across their development; spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically and academically. During the 2016-2020 school years, Learning Disabilities and Mathematics has been a focus for professional learning for our WCDSB staff.  The WCDSB support model is based on the “Learning for All” Ministry Document, which uses a tiered approach for supporting student learning in Mathematics.

How do we Measure the Impact of Special Education PD for Fundamental Mathematics?

Short-Term Results are related to LEARNING

  • Awareness of the Process and Procedures for Early Intervention (Tiered Approach at WCDSB)
  • Knowledge of The Learning for All Document and how it relates to Knowing the Learner
  • Knowledge of the Tier One Supports (Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning)
  • Knowledge of teaching strategies, as well as technology, assessment and environmental supports.
  • Further understanding of the Individual Education Plan; especially the transition goals outlined on the Transition Page as per PPM 156.
  • Fewer students brought to In-School Team meetings for Mathematics and fewer A1s and IEPs created for math

Medium-Term Results are related to ACTION

  • Practice: Classroom teachers and Special Education teachers will be able to collaboratively focus on next steps for students who are struggling in mathematics.
  • Practice: Teachers will have a greater understanding of the tiered approach to support student learning.
  • Interventions will begin at the Tier One level and more focus on trialing these strategies prior to requesting an In-School Team Meeting to discuss student needs.
  • Skills: Special Education Teachers will increase their skill level in following the process and in understanding the LD Profile.
  • Skills: Special Education Teachers can help support transitions by using visual task cards/timers etc. in order to support Executive Functioning
  • Practice: Special Education Teachers will be able to collaborate with classroom teachers to develop IEPs that are appropriate to the LD profile
  • Fewer students with a Learning Disability will have modifications in mathematics

Long-Term Results are related to IMPACT

  • A greater number of students will be able to self-advocate for accommodations that they need.
  • Individual Education Plan audit will show us that completion of IEPs for students with an LD have detailed transition plans and accommodations that support the learning.
  • Achievement –improved EQAO scores for students with an IEP and a diagnosis of a Learning Disability.

The full report is available on pages 22-26 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Board Chair’s Update

Each month, Board Chair Bill Conway reports on the activities of the Board of Trustees. The report for February 2020 is available on page 33 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Meghan Cymbron and Rori Schaefer presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report is available on pages 27-32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, March 9, 2020

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, March 30, 2020

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-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

February 25th, 2020|

Summer Students – Facilities

Job Posting Number: SS 2020-01 Summer Student Facilities

Maximum of 8 positions available (May 4 to August 28, 2020 based on operational needs)

Full-time day shift positions Monday to Friday

Responsibilities:

  • The duties of this position include but are not limited to:
  • Grounds maintenance including cutting, trimming, reseeding/sodding and rotor tilling
  • Plant bed maintenance including: weeding, edging, mulching, trimming and pruning of plant material
  • Tree maintenance including trimming, pruning and removal of branches
  • Operate grounds care equipment: push mowers, leaf blowers and gas powered line trimmers
  • Loading/delivery/unloading of school goods/equipment/furniture in accordance with established procedures & protocols
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution and provide proof of enrollment
  • Must hold and provide proof of a valid G class licence & provide a current driver’s abstract.
  • Ability to perform physical labour
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Experience in moving/delivery of large items
  • Successful candidates will be required to wear protective clothing including, but not limited to long pants, CSA approved safety footwear and potentially eyewear regardless of the weather conditions

Salary:  $14.00 – 14.50 per hour

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week

Location(s): Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding area

 

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.

For external applicants: applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca while the internal applicants must apply  via 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 March 20, 2020 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. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

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.

 

 

February 21st, 2020|

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meeting – Monday, February 24, 2020

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, February 24, 2020 — at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Meeting Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

February 21st, 2020|

Important Information Re: 2020 Faith in Action Elementary Skills Challenge Days

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

Due to ongoing job action undertaken by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) — and the teacher supervision requirements associated with the Faith in Action Elementary Skills Challenge Days — the Skills events scheduled for March 4th and March 5th, 2020 at Conestoga College have been cancelled/postponed.

The school board is currently looking at alternatives to the original event and will communicate these with schools as they become available.

As a school system that places a high emphasis on innovation and experiential learning we are very proud of the preparation students have done up to this point and are encouraged that the skills they have built will continue to be applied in their classes and beyond.

We also thank you for the support you – as our partners in education – have offered the students in terms of volunteer driving and supervision during the many workshops that have already occurred.

While students, parents, and staff are bound to be disappointed with the cancellation of this year’s Faith in Action Skills Challenge, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times.

We continue to remain hopeful for a fair, negotiated resolution to the current labour disruption and the WCDSB Skills Team continues to look for innovative ways to keep our students engaged in their learning.

 

February 21st, 2020|

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

 

February 19th, 2020|

Nominations Open for WCDSB Distinguished Graduate, Community Partner & Chair’s Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual WCDSB “Distinguished Graduate Award”“Community Partner Award” and “Chair’s Award”. Information about the awards (including the Distinguished Graduate Award nomination form) is available HERE. There are no nomination forms for the Community Partner and Chair’s Awards.

If you wish to make a nomination in any of the categories, please submit your rationale in writing along with any supporting documentation you feel appropriate, to Alice Figueiredo by Monday, March 2, 2020. Hard copy or emailed nominations are equally acceptable. Alice can be reached via email at alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca.

Distinguished Graduate Award

The Distinguished Graduate Award was established in 2005 under the Board’s “Celebration of Excellence” policy. It is presented annually to a graduate of 10 or more years from Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools who has provided an outstanding example of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in action. The award is presented at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School or another appropriate public venue.

Recipients

  • 2019 – Richard Hepditch, Chief, Waterloo Fire Rescue
  • 2018 – Paul Heinbecker, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
  • 2017 – Most Reverend Bishop Daniel Meihm, Bishop of Peterborough
  • 2016 – Michael Schmitt, Former WCDSB teacher, Principal, Superintendent & Director of Education
  • 2015 – Douglas Letson, C.M., Former President & Vice-Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
  • 2014 – Katherine Bergman, President & Vice-Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
  • 2013 – Mary Jo Fedy, Managing Partner, KPMG — Waterloo
  • 2012 – Toby Collins, C.R., Vocation Director for the Congregation of the Resurrection
  • 2011 – Teacher / missionary Sister Barbara Paleczny, SSND
  • 2010 – David Eby, Executive Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association – and current Attorney General of British Columbia
  • 2009 – Paul Voisin, C.R., Vicar General of the Diocese of Hamilton (Bermuda)
  • 2008 – Former Ontario cabinet minister – and current Wilfrid Laurier University Professor —John Milloy
  • 2007 – Lisa LaFlamme, Anchor – CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme
  • 2006 – University of Waterloo professor Brian Orend
  • 2005 – Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick J. Flynn

Community Partner Award

The Community Partner Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made to Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools by a community partner or agency serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region.

Recipients

  • 2019 – Langs Community Health & Wellness Centre
  • 2018 – St. Vincent de Paul Store (Cambridge)
  • 2017 – Settlement and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region
  • 2016 – Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • 2015 – Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
  • 2014 – Strong Start Charitable Organization
  • 2013 – Barrday Inc.
  • 2012 – Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region
  • 2011 – Nutrition for Learning
  • 2010 – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  • 2009 – Rex Barger
  • 2008 – Reid’s Heritage Homes
  • 2007 – Congregation of the Resurrection in Waterloo Region
  • 2006 – Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • 2005 – Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation
  • 2004 – St. Jerome’s University
  • 2003 – Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • 2002 – Catholic Family Counselling
  • 2001 – Waterloo Region Catholic Community Foundation

Chair’s Award

The Chair’s Award is presented to a person (or group of people) in the school system who has contributed significantly to Catholic Education. It is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made in serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region and/or to the betterment of Catholic Education in Ontario in general.

Recipients

  • 2019 – Mary Jo O’Brien
  • 2018 – Tom Denomme
  • 2017 – Glenda Leusink
  • 2016 – Nancy Sabo
  • 2015 – Joni Grundy
  • 2014 – Marianna Worth
  • 2013 – Michelle Flood and Mary Stevens
  • 2012 – Bruce Cameron
  • 2011 – Gai Brown
  • 2010 – Theresa Horan
  • 2009 – Jeannie McCarroll
  • 2008 – Angela Davis
  • 2007 – Thomas Forestell, Mervyn J. Villemaire, Charles Van Alphen
  • 2006 – Deb Zettel-Schmitt
  • 2005 – Allan Hoch, Jennifer Rodrigues, Louise Ervin
  • 2004 – Gary Leduc
  • 2003 – Pat Brannigan, Michael Schmitt
  • 2002 – School Sisters of Notre Dame / Sisters of St. Joseph
  • 2001 – Dave Schnarr, Bill Brazeau, Pat Cannon, Warren Grafton, Horst Schweinbenz
  • 2000 – Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R.
  • 1999 – Ann O’Donnell-Beckwith
  • 1998 – Bob Anderson
February 18th, 2020|

Family Day Message from Director of Education Loretta Notten

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As we find ourselves in the full depth of the winter season, with mother nature currently flexing some of her muscle with cold and snow, we can be heartened by the warmth and support we find in one another.   Certainly the anticipation of the Family Day weekend which allows all of us to take a short pause and reconnect with those we care about provides that opportunity.

The world of education has not been fully business as usual for much of this school year, and yet we know that our staff remain fully committed to fostering welcoming, safe learning environments, that allow us to achieve our call to provide quality, inclusive, faith-based education.  We support the right to engage in the collective bargaining process and we continue to hope for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.  We are proud of and grateful to our staff and school communities who work so hard each day to provide rich learning environments that allow each child to thrive to their fullest God-given potential.

As we begin the Family Day weekend, let me offer thanks to our parents for entrusting your most precious children to our care, our sincere appreciation to our dedicated staff and our gratitude for our many diverse and talented students who give us our reason to care and to serve.  Enjoy a restful Family Day weekend and know that at Waterloo Catholic, you and your family are indeed #CalledToBelong.

February 14th, 2020|