2022-2023 Budget Survey

We would like your input for the 2022-2023 budget.

The purpose of this brief budget survey is to gain feedback from stakeholders with respect to Board priorities. While we cannot accommodate all requests, we do want to know what is important to stakeholders which will help guide our decisions.

https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1zfzfNdBBpZJjMO

 

February 28th, 2022|

Ontario Teachers’ Federation – Online Learning Survey

RESEARCHER INVITES PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO COMPLETE SURVEY ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING IN ONTARIO’S PUBLICLY FUNDED SCHOOLS

Dear parents, guardians, and caregivers,

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. The survey is one component of an evaluation to explore the current and future implications of online/virtual teaching and learning in the K-12 educational context in Ontario.

The Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) has commissioned this external evaluation and will support its implementation at arm’s length. In phase one of the project, we facilitated focus groups with parents who shared their experiences and insights. We used this invaluable information to design a survey that reflects respondents’ collective experiences especially in relation to learning and well-being.

Now, in phase two of the project, we are circulating the survey across Ontario and inviting you to share your lived experiences, perspectives and insights by participating in the online survey. Your responses to the survey as a parent/guardian/caregiver will help us gather further meaningful information about the implications of online/virtual teaching and learning. We are also inviting you to share the student version of the survey with your child/children in order to learn about what online/virtual learning has been like for students in Ontario.

The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on the length of your open-ended responses. The student survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on your child/children’s age/ages.

Please note that the deadline for completion of the surveys is March 1, 2022. Please also note the following:

  • Participation is completely voluntary.
  • You and your child/children may choose to end your participation at any time.
  • You and your child/children may choose to skip ANY question that you prefer not to answer.
  • One or more questions may trigger an emotional response or resurface a difficult experience. If you and your child/children require counselling or support, please connect with a medical professional.
  • All of your responses will remain anonymous.
  • Any identifying information will be removed from the completed surveys.
  • The data will only be accessible to the research team.

To participate in the parent/guardian/caregiver survey, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FW66K2D  

If you agree to their participation and your child/children is/are in GRADES 5-8 , please click on the following link in order for your child/children to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCSY97W

If you agree to their participation and your child/children is/are in GRADES 9-12 , please click on the following link in order for your child/children to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3LF29YS

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Lisa Bayrami (lead researcher) via email info@lisabayrami.com or phone (416) 722-9050.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for considering the invitation to participate.

Sincerely, Lisa Bayrami and the Research Team

February 28th, 2022|

WCDSB’s Denise Francis Accepts Lt. Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Black Heritage Project

On February 24, 2022, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and John Ecker, Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust, presented projects and individuals who made exceptional contributions to heritage conservation with the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards. The ceremony was held virtually.

Created in 2006, the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards are annual juried awards administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust to recognize remarkable achievements in heritage conservation across the province. These inspirational achievements signal the important role that heritage conservation plays in Ontario’s communities.

Accepting the award for the Freedom Project at Heritage Hall by the Guelph Black Heritage Society, was the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Denise Francis. Denise serves as GBHS president.

The “Freedom Project” was an extensive renovation, conservation and restoration of the Heritage Hall (originally known as the British Methodist Episcopal Church). The Heritage Hall was built in 1880 by formerly enslaved Black individuals and their descendants who came to Canada from the United States via the “underground railroad”.

The project included an addition, which provides universal accessibility, and was designed as a sustainable building, using recycled materials where possible, looking for sustainability improvements during the building process, and prioritizing energy efficiency.

In addition, the project features a pollinator garden at the front of the building. The Norwood Francis Memorial Garden (named for Denise’s late father) features native, pollinator-friendly plants. Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are negatively impacted by habitat loss and fragmentation, which is especially relevant in areas like southern Ontario, with large amounts of agricultural and city development.

As our #WCDSBAwesome @WCDSBNewswire schools continue celebrating Black History Month, we proudly congratulate Denise and the Guelph Black Heritage Society for this extraordinary accomplishment, and very well deserved recognition!

About the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS)

About the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards

About Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools

February 25th, 2022|

Upcoming Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, February 28, 2022, at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre. Masking and physical distancing guidelines remain in effect.

Agenda:

Public Board Meeting

Other Information:

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

(Agenda files can be large. If you are experiencing issues downloading a file, right click on the link and choose “Save Target As…”.)

February 25th, 2022|

#WCDSBPetWeek is Coming!

February 21 to 25, 2022 is #WCDSBPetWeek in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools.

Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets, and how their pe