April Showers Bring May Flowers

“Here comes the sun” – The Beatles

Students, families, and staff:  From April 19th to May 28th we will be running an April Showers Bring May Flowers campaign with our partner organization The Umbrella Project.  We will be focusing on five Umbrella Project skills during the campaign:  Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism and Resilience.

Building on the #HarbouringHope initiative of our student leaders, WCDSB students, staff and families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/ grown this past year.  Submissions can occur via email at bloom@wcdsb.ca or #WCDSBblooms.

Student submissions may be produced in an April Showers Bring May Flowers postcard (digital version) that will be forwarded to the school and students can share it with others to pass on their ‘May Flowers’.

Visit our website for details and to submit entries: https://www.wcdsb.ca/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/

April 19th, 2021|

Special Message Regarding Emergency Child Care

April 13, 2021

Dear WCDSB families,

Subject: Targeted Emergency Child Care is being offered effective April 19th, 2021

On Monday, April 12, 2021, the Province announced that elementary schools will be shifting to remote learning following the spring break for an unspecified length of time. During this time, all before and after school programs will be closed.

In support of health care and other frontline workers whose children are in school, the Ministry of Education will implement the targeted Emergency Child Care (ECC) program for school-age children. This emergency child care program is available at no cost to eligible parents, starting April 19th, 2021.

To determine if you are eligible to access emergency child care, please check the  Ministry of Education’s list of eligible workers.  If all parents/guardians in the household are required to work outside of the home and one (or more) parent/guardian is on the list of eligible workers, you can begin the application process for Emergency Child Care through OneList Waterloo Region.  Families are being asked to apply to one location only.  If your child care needs cannot be accommodated at your priority location, that program will assist you with accessing care at another location.

For more information, please go to the Region’s Emergency Child Care webpage. You can also email ECC@regionofwaterloo.ca.

Sincerely,

Barbara Cardow

Director, Children’s Services

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

 

April 14th, 2021|

Upcoming “Virtual” Board Meetings – Monday, April 19, 2021

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, April 19, 2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be streamed live on Youtube:

WATCH HERE

Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The WCDSB Committee of the Whole meeting will be followed immediately by a joint meeting with the Waterloo Region District School Board, concerning the 2021 Education Development Charges Review.

LINK (Meeting 1 & 2): https://www.youtube.com/c/WRDSBVideo/live

Meeting #1 –Policy Review Public Meeting – Joint Public Meeting (WCDSB/WRDSB)

Date: April 19, 2021, 7:30pm

Agenda: 2021-04-19 EDC Policy Review Agenda (1)

Meeting #2 – Successor By-Law Public Meeting – Joint Public Meeting (WCDSB/WRDSB)

Date: April 19, 2021, 8:00pm

Agenda: 2021-04-19 EDC Background Study Agenda (2)

For more information please visit:  Planning (wcdsb.ca)

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 185-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

April 14th, 2021|

Special Message from the Director of Education Regarding the School Shutdown

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances.  No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school after the April Break will be remote.

That is, on April 19th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin their continued learning virtually.  The decision is being made out of an abundance of caution.  Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe.  Our protocols have served us well and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools, but we are a reflection of the community.  We have also seen an increase in the variants, and they are proving more concerning.  Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder of April will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible.

We do not yet have a firm return date for in person learning but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Once we have a firm return date for in person learning we will be in touch.

Just before we left for the break, out of an abundance of caution, we did make a “best efforts” attempt to send home Chromebooks with all those students for whom we had a prior request through our comprehensive survey.  If there are outstanding orders that were missed, they will be deployed upon our return on April 19th.   Schools and Extended Day programs currently remain closed and unavailable to staff, students and parents.  All school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions and updates as of April 19th, 2021.

The move to remote learning will be similar to January.  The school day will follow the bell times of your individual school and if not already received, you/your student will be given a clear indication of the daily schedule your child is to follow through your local school.  The first day back, April 19th, will look a little different – we will treat it similar to a snow day where work will be posted to the class site.  Students will work independently.  This is to allow our staff to prepare their virtual lessons and we will start full synchronous days on Tuesday April 20th.   This will apply to St Isidore as well.

Thank you for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.  This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large.  During the April Break we must adhere to the guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/ and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please let your school principal know upon their return on April 19th, 2021.

I will also take this opportunity to once again point out that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.  Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in faith.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether  #WeGotThis

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                                       

Director of Education 

April 13th, 2021|

Payroll Supervisor

Job Posting Number: PASS 2021-06

 

Reporting to the Manager of Budget and Financial Reporting, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Day to day operation, supervision, and support of the Payroll Department
  • Providing technical support, including training to Payroll Administrators to ensure compliance with board policies and relevant legislation
  • Building and maintain collaborative relationships with Human Resource Services, stakeholders and service providers
  • Reviewing and approving bi-weekly payrolls for 10 unique payrolls to ensure accuracy and timeliness of processing
  • Ensuring the data integrity of OMERS and TPP pension information submitted as well as ensuring deadlines for completion of annual reconciliations as required (i.e T4s, EHT, TPP/OMERS reconciliations etc.)
  • Responding to staff and service providers in a timely manner with focus on customer service
  • Assisting with annual payroll accruals, monthly account reconciliations and journal entries
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining procedures, records and payroll manuals
  • Assisting with retirement meetings, Administrative Assistant in-services and attend Labour Management meetings as required
  • Understanding and serving as back-up for Payroll Administrators as well as assisting Payroll Administrators during peak workloads
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Active Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation or working towards designation
  • College or University education in a related field such as Business Administration, Human Resources or Accounting
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology and advanced computer applications, including advanced Excel skills
  • Minimum 3 years current, relevant experience in a supervisory role working with multiple union payrolls, pensions and benefits
  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving and planning skills with an ability to work independently while continually multi-tasking
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills

 

Desirable Assets:

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

 

Salary Level or Salary Range Starting At PASS Level 6, $70,679. 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 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

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

 

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021

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 13th, 2021|

Additional Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing for Staff & Students During “April Break”

The Ontario government has announced several opportunities to access COVID-19 testing for staff and students during the upcoming April Break.

Asymptomatic targeted testing expansion

The following options will be available to staff and students in the community.

In-Pharmacy Testing:

Existing Pharmacies

  • For the week of April 12-18 only, pharmacies that currently offer asymptomatic testing for education staff, will now accept appointments from students.
  • Children attending child care located within schools will also be eligible to access this testing. Please check with your local pharmacy on minimum testing age.
  • While students/children can access testing in pharmacies for April 12-18 only, this testing will continue to be available for all staff.
  • To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website, and select “pharmacy” as your location type, with the booking details requested.

New Pharmacies

  • In addition to these pharmacies, Shoppers Drug Mart is also able to offer additional in-pharmacy Rapid Antigen Screening for students and staff beginning April 14, 2021
  • Please see the accompanying list of participating stores
  • To book an appointment, please contact the store directly.

Assessment Centres

  • For the week of April 12-18, students and staff will also be able to access asymptomatic testing at local assessment centres.
  • Children attending child care located within schools, and child care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.
  • This testing is only being offered to students, children and staff from April 12-18.
  • To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website, and select “assessment centre” as your location type, with the booking details requested

Participating Shoppers Drug Mart Stores

April 9th, 2021|

Registered Early Childhood Educators

(This posting is open to all Registered Early Childhood Educators AND the Graduating class of 2021)

(RECE-2021-02)

 

General Description of Duties:

As a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) you will be available for daily occasional, long term and permanent (full and part time) assignments. The responsibilities of the position include collaborating with the classroom teacher to plan and implement the Early Learning Kindergarten program within a classroom setting and/or taking the lead in implementing age appropriate learning for groups of students as part of the Extended Day Program.

 

The RECE will deliver faith-based Early Learning Programs in an environment that enhances children’s cognitive, physical, social, spiritual and emotional development.

 

Minimum Job Requirements to be considered for daily occasional, long term occasional and permanent assignments*:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of Ministry of Education’s Kindergarten Program Document
  2. Experience in planning and implementing age appropriate programs
  3. Knowledge of related legislation and pertinent Board policies and directives such as, but not limited to Administration of Medication and/or Special Services
  4. Ability to stand/walk for extended periods and move/carry equipment for program; and must be able to physically assist children as required (e.g. lifting)
  5. Basic computer competency

 

*See “Application section” regarding Catholicity requirements.

 

Required Skills:

  • Ability to communicate (both oral and written) in a professional manner with children, parents, staff and the general public
  • Proven ability to follow organizational policies and procedures in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of classroom management

 

Desirable Assets:

  • One year experience as an ECE in a childcare centre and Early Learning Program is preferred however new graduates or current ECE students on track to graduate this spring are welcome to apply
  • Current certificate in First Aid and CPR

 

Responsibilities for Both Kindergarten and Extended Day programs:

  1. Partner with the classroom teacher and other designated staff to plan and implement the Early Learning Kindergarten and Extended Day Program(s) through developmentally appropriate curriculum-based activities
  2. Collaborate with the classroom teacher and other designated staff to support individual student’s identified needs, strengths, interests and stages of development
  3. Observe, monitor and assess the development of pupils in Kindergarten and/or Extended Day Program
  4. Collaborate with the classroom teacher and special education teacher to carry out specialized activities to support learning for children requiring an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  5. Collaborate with extended day team to implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the Extended Day Program expectations
  6. Maintain a healthy, physical, emotional and social learning context for students
  7. Provide a variety of experiences to strengthen pro-social skills such as sharing, problem solving and cooperation
  8. Provide guidance in washroom routines, dressing and lunchtime activities
  9. Maintain appropriate records for students (e.g. health, attendance, etc.) respecting confidentiality and adhering to all privacy legislation
  10. Collaborate and maintain set-up of classroom (e.g. display, organization of materials etc.)
  11. Where applicable, attend staff meetings, appropriate school-level meetings and professional development activities
  12. Perform related administrative functions as required such as attendance and billing in the extended day program
  13. Complete any duties as assigned by principal or ECE Supervisor

 

Additional Responsibilities for Extended day program:

  • Provide supervision and age appropriate programming for children aged 4 to 12 years
  • Perform related administrative functions as required
  • Communicate with parents and school staff as appropriate
  • Facilitate nutrition breaks
  • Complete other related duties as assigned by the principal or ECE Supervisor

 

Rate of Pay for Daily Occasional Supply: $21.65 per hour

Rate of Pay (Grid) for Permanent & Long Term in an Assignment 40 consecutive days or more:

$21.65- $28.31 per hour**

*based on years of experience while being a member of the College of Early Childhood Educators*

**A shift allowance is provided to qualified RECEs in a permanent or long term 10:30 am to 6 pm assignment.

 

Schedule and Hours of Work:

Full-time positions:     7 hours/day plus ½ to 1 hour per day unpaid lunch

Part time positions:    3.5 hours/day             

 

Schedules will vary from school to school and will range from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

RECEs are normally called for assignments that range from a start at 8:00 am to those that end at 6:00 pm

Long Term assignments may include schedules that commence at 7:00 am to 2:30 pm or 10:30 am to 6:00 pm

 

  Minimum Application Requirements to be considered for daily occasional and long-term occasional assignments:

  1. Copy of Roman Catholic Baptismal certificate. A Catholic Confirmation certificate is necessary ONLY if you were baptized in affiliation with a Christian denomination other than Roman Catholic.
  2. A complete Declaration of Commitment available on our website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  3. Member in Good Standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators
  4. Copy of Early Childhood Education diploma
  5. Current cover letter and resume
  6. Two (2) professional references (one reference must be immediate supervisor)

 

Minimum Application Requirements to be considered for permanent assignments:

 

  1. Catholic Pastoral Reference form: please complete priest reference form for Designated Early Childhood Educators available on our website https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  2. Copy of Roman Catholic Baptismal certificate. A Catholic Confirmation certificate is necessary ONLY if you were baptized in affiliation with a Christian denomination other than Roman Catholic.
  3. A complete Declaration of Commitment available on our website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  4. Member in Good Standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators
  5. Copy of Early Childhood Education diploma
  6. Current cover letter and resume
  7. Two (2) professional references (one reference must be immediate supervisor)

 

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  www.applytoeducation.com

A Complete Application Checklist for Designated Early Childhood Educators can be found at:
https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/wcdsb-complete-application-checklist-designated-early-childhood-educator/

 

Please ensure all documentation required in the checklist is submitted – “incomplete applications are not considered”.

 

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on May 18th.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

Virtual (video) interview dates to be determined.

 Orientation session: August 2021.

 

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 on Criminal Background Checks, please refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

 

 

April 9th, 2021|

Special Message from the Director of Education – “April Break”

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

I sincerely hope this email finds you well and having enjoyed a safe and hope-filled Easter weekend.  Today I am writing to you with some updates as we prepare for our much anticipated April Break.  It is absolutely essential that we follow the guidance of Public Health and the province in order to ensure a safe return to learning by all.

As you know the province is now in a province-wide shutdown.  For you and your family during the break, this mean only socializing within your own home, taking advantage of testing opportunities, screening everyday for symptoms and staying home if you or anyone in your family feels at all ill.  Please take this very seriously as part of our collective responsibility to each other.

As of the writing of this letter, we are expecting to be back to in person learning on April 19th.  That said, we know the landscape continues to evolve so we will send students home with Chromebooks for those who require them.  Similarly, we encourage students to take home personal belongings so school cleaning can be facilitated.  We will certainly be in communication if anything changes about our status for return on April 19th, 2021.

Yesterday we were able to communicate that a small portion of our staff, specifically our special education staff can begin vaccination.  This is a hopeful sign and it has energized us for the journey forward.   This is a critical time.  The end is in sight, but we must do our utmost to follow all guidance at this critical time so that we can have a safe, happy and healthy return to school for all.

Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                                       

Director of Education 

April 8th, 2021|

Vaccinations for Staff Providing Direct Personal Support to Students with Special Education Needs

April 7, 2021

For immediate release

Waterloo Region, ON — As the result of ongoing collaboration between Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and the Waterloo Region District School Board, staff providing direct personal support to students with special education needs will now be eligible to receive their initial COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination plan prioritizes vaccines for those at greatest risk of severe illness and those who care for them. Planning for how to prioritize this staff group has been ongoing.

These staff members play a critical role in our schools, supporting our students with the most complex needs to ensure they are able to participate as fully as possible in learning each and every day. Prioritizing their access to vaccination is an important step in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, as these dedicated individuals work in close contact with highly vulnerable students, where physical distancing and mask wearing is not always possible, as well as providing personal care for prolonged periods of time.

‘We greatly appreciate the collaboration with Public Health in prioritizing the staff who work closely and provide care for our most vulnerable students, and we recognize the tremendous commitment of all of our staff to our students.’’ said John Bryant, Director of Education for the WRDSB.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Region of Waterloo Public Health to help us prioritize vaccination for our most vulnerable staff. We value the work and service of all our staff and this first step energizes us that things are moving in a hopeful direction.” added Loretta Notten, Director of Education for the WCDSB.

Eligible staff are being contacted directly with registration instructions. Ongoing conversations are taking place with Region of Waterloo Public Health to plan for the prioritization of vaccination for all educational staff as per the provincial framework.

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April 7th, 2021|

April is Parent Spring ParticipACTION Month

WCDSB’s Catholic Parent Involvement Committee has organized Spring events geared to revitalization and parents free this month.

DrumFIT (April 8 – open to families)
Starlight Yoga with Michelle Burns (April 28 – geared to parents)
Virtual Cooking (April 22)
Find your Way Back to Being Positive with Nancy Revie (April 27)

Attend a session and be entered to receive a $75 restaurant gift card (no exchanges).  Brought to you by the Ministry of Education PRO grants.

Sign up with this link!

 

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April 1st, 2021|
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