Easter Greetings & a Message of Hope from the Director of Education

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first,

also went in, and he saw and believed;

for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Greetings Waterloo Catholic Community –

Over the course of the past few weeks, myself and others have used the word “unprecedented” many a time.  Our reality both locally and globally is unlike any other that we have ever known.  It has coincided for us as Christians with the season of Lent.  On this Holy Thursday unlike any other, as  we prepare for the Holy Triduum, we have a unique opportunity to reflect on how perhaps God is opening the door to us seeing how our current suffering is mirrored by that experienced by Jesus as He journeyed to the cross on Good Friday.  These have not been easy times for anyone and so we have no doubt turned to our faith for solace and inspiration.  And perhaps, as people of faith, on some level, we realize it is not so unprecedented after all.

This was another landmark week for us at Waterloo Catholic.  We are coming to the conclusion of our first week of full Educator-led distance learning.   There have been heroic efforts by so many in our system to bring us to this week, which by any measure, should be applauded.  I have previously spoken about my immense gratitude for our principals, computer technicians, program and student services staff, and all those who brought us to a remarkable state of readiness for this historic week.  Today I take a moment to celebrate and single out all our teachers and students.  It was a brave leap this week.  And possibly you may feel that the learning or experience was not all that you might have wanted it to be, but I sincerely thank and applaud you just the same.  Educators and students alike took a courageous step in these uncertain times and sought to create a meaningful connection, grounded in care and focused on reconnecting with the familiar. For that, I thank you.  We know it was not easy.

We hope that for most it was a positive experience.  That the door was opened to some learning, but more importantly to restoring the strong bond between child and educator.  Next week we will reach out to our community through the ThoughtExchange tool and we will invite you to share your thoughts with us so that we can hear from you and we can continue to reflect on what more we can do to serve our Waterloo Catholic family.  This week our WCDSB web page, and specifically our WCDSBLearn@Home page was populated with new material, including a comprehensive FAQ and new a WCDSBPray@Home link.  We hope that as you have journeyed through Holy Week and as you look to the Easter Season, that this is a site you will visit often.

This is indeed the season of rebirth.  And just as surely, we believe that the son of God suffered and died for us, we also firmly believe that the tomb was empty on Easter Sunday.  That He died so we might live.  So, as we mark the Holy Triduum not in churches, nestled side by side, and as we celebrate Easter Sunday not in the splendor of our parishes and with extended families gathered around tables, let us pause.  Pause to remember that we are not alone.  Not one of us.  That Jesus walks with us.  And that each of us is #CalledToBelong as a member of Christ’s family and of Waterloo Catholic’s family.  And as surely as Mary Magdalene and the disciples found faith and hope, we too will find new life in the days ahead.

Let me wish each of you all the blessings of the Easter Season.  Let us find joy in the simpler things we are being invited to notice.  Let us find hope in the resurrection and in each other.  This Easter Season may you be released from your burdens of worry and may your hearts fill with the hope of new life.

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

April 9th, 2020|

Kindergarten Registration is STILL Open!!

Several years ago, we established a very easy-to-use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible.

Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020, are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible.

There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

For non-Catholic families wishing to register in a WCDSB elementary school, your school Principal will reach out to you to complete the required interview process – again – at an appropriate time in in the most appropriate manner, including via phone.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process!

April 7th, 2020|

Privacy & Records Information Management Officer

Job Posting Number   PASS 2020-04


General Description of Duties

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Maintain the inventory, transfer, retrieval and disposal of all Board records including Ontario Student Records
  • Respond to requests for information and any resulting appeals made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Personal Health Information Protection Act and advise on release and disclosure in accordance with the Acts. Includes mediating, preparing affidavits and representations as required and required for appeals.
  • Orient and train staff on Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation, records management policies, systems and processes, cyber security
  • Oversee all records facilities, including the Records Centre and schools identified for closure
  • Maintain Board Archives
  • Facilitate automated records retention/disposal, Information Rights Management (IRM) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Office 365 and Google Suite
  • Participate in the development of privacy and records-related Board policies and procedures
  • Handle all inquiries related to records and archives
  • Review Board policies, forms and processes to ensure the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act is met
  • Facilitate electronic web forms and automated workflows within the Laserfiche document management system



  • A post-secondary degree in Information Science or a diploma in Records Management or related field. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Records Manager (CRM) professional designation preferred
  • Professional accreditation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is an asset
  • Five to seven years of directly related experience in records management
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory and fiscal requirements for records retention including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the Education Act.
  • Proficient working knowledge of information management system strategies and technology with demonstrated ability to create and manipulate electronic records.
  • Experience with building and maintaining a records and information management (RIM) program.
  • The incumbent must have exceptional organizational, communication and public relations skills and the ability to manage projects from start to finish.
  • Microsoft Office 365: Knowledge of automated retention in SharePoint, OneDrive and Outlook preferred
  • Google Suite: Knowledge of automated retention in Google Drive/Gmail preferred
  • Laserfiche document management system experience preferred
  • Experience with electronic forms and automated workflows
  • This position will work on the computer and with paper records in record storage locations. The duties involve some lifting, reaching and standing on a step stool or small ladder. Ability to lift record boxes of about 25 lbs is required
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle


Salary Level and Salary Range: PASS Level 6, $70,679 – $83,153 per year in accordance with the PASS Terms of Employment

Hours of Work:  Permanent full time:   35 hours per week/12 months per year

Location(s):  Catholic Education Centre – 35 Weber Street West, Unit A, Kitchener, Ontario


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

Applicants must attach all required documentation 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 name, last name and posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at:

Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2020


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. Please use one method of application only.

This is a non-denominational equal opportunity position.



April 6th, 2020|

Updated WCDSBLearn@Home Website

Beginning April 6th, what the Ministry of Education is calling “Phase 2” or “Educator-Led” Learning will commence at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Schools will continue to be closed but learning will continue — involving a combination of distance learning tools for students.

Please visit our special WCDSBLearn@Home website for information and resources complied to support the government’s plan.

The resources on this site can supplement and support Educator-led learning. You may not need all of these resources, but if you find yourself needing assistance with creating a positive learning environment for your children, we hope they can provide some assistance.

Under the Educator-led learning plan, the government has outlined the minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week, based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher. These expectations, for each teacher, include:

  • Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;
  • Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;
  • Grades seven to eight: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,
  • Grades nine to 12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

The WCDSBLearn@Home website will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please visit often.

April 3rd, 2020|

Upcoming “Virtual” Board Meeting – Monday, April 6, 2020

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, April 6, 2020.

This meeting takes the place of the regular Board of Trustees meeting originally scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020.

As a result of the current State of Emergency resulting from the COVID-19 epidemic, this meeting will be held remotely, on the Microsoft Teams platform.

Details on How to Access the Meeting

Link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Or teleconference: +1 226-241-2413

Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo (Toll)

Conference ID: 893 145 653#

Meeting Agenda

The meeting will be streamed on YouTube. https://youtu.be/zSD9WL_WuJc

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.

April 2nd, 2020|
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