St. Augustine CES – “Faith in Action”

“Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.”
(In the words of Saint Augustine)

In alignment with the WCDSB Pastoral Plan, St. Augustine Catholic Elementary school community is proud to embrace People of Faith. Our Catholic School community is comprised of 19 classrooms with a committed staff that devotes themselves to developing each and every child in mind, body, and spirit. St. Augustine CES proudly displays “Faith in Action” throughout our school community in a variety of ways.

The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGE) are a focal point for staff and students in our school each and every day. A variety of classes collaboratively lead an assembly to teach their peers about one of the OCSGE that is being highlighted. In this assembly, students are also recognized by their teachers in front of their peers for applying the principles of the OCSGE. These expectations include; I am a Believer, I have a Voice, I have Ideas, I have Responsibilities, I am a Team Player, I Care and I am a Learner for Life. Our classroom Prayer Centre’s proudly display the OCSGE that is the focus for that particular month. At the end of the year, a boy and girl from each classroom who embody all of the OCSGE in their daily interactions, will be recognized and receive The Student Catholic Leadership Award in front of the school community and their families at St. Gregory’s Parish.

We live the gospel values while dedicating much time to our faith journey through daily Religious and Family Life Education, Christian Meditation, sacramental preparations, school-wide liturgical celebrations, and a myriad of social justice initiatives. We feel blessed to work in close partnership with St. Gregory Parish under the spiritual guidance of Father Malcolm Katzenberger. We are thankful to have the support and involvement of a generous parent community, enthusiastic volunteers, and an active Catholic School Council.  We are united in a common purpose, ensuring the student experience is one of a discerning believer formed in our Catholic Faith Community.

We welcomed the Pilgrimage Cross into the St. Augustine CES community by gathering in prayer at a school-wide Liturgy of the Word. We listened to the Gospel Story of The Road to Emmaus and reflected together as a school community before engaging in a whole school Christian Meditation. While the Pilgrimage Cross was present in our school community, all classes engaged in a variety of prayerful activities to deepen our faith; including Christian Meditation, quiet reflection, and a symbolic Pilgrimage Walk together. We believe that the presence of the Pilgrimage Cross in our school community inspired our staff and students to live like Saint Augustine and walk closely with one another and with Jesus.

When watching our Faith in Action video, one of the songs you will hear is 10, 000 Reasons. It is being performed by our school choir with staff on instrumentals. Enjoy!

We are #PeopleofFaith and #WCDSBAwesome!

2017-11-20T10:56:51+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

Bishop’s Banquet – Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation (WRCSF) was established in 1994 by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) trustees and administration. The purpose of this registered charity is to help offset the cost of programs and supports that were considered essential to the education of all learners in this community but not funded adequately by the Ministry of Education grants. The three main WRCSF goals are:

  • To support program enhancements important to our Catholic education community, but no longer viable through government funding
  • To support equity and opportunity for all our learners
  • To support the Faith component of Catholic education

The WRCSF is a dynamic, proactive foundation, with a community-based board of directors, committed to supporting the mission of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and to ensuring the potential in all learners is realized in three essential dimensions: mind * body * soul.

The Annual Bishop’s Banquet is a signature event in the annual WRCSF calendar. The 2018 banquet – held in honour of the Most Rev. Bishop Doulas Crosby, O.M.I. – takes place on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre in Kitchener. Tickets are now available by calling 519-578-3660 ext. 2373 – or by emailing Jody Fritz.

2017-11-16T09:58:59+00:00 November 16th, 2017|

St. Brigid CES – “Faith in Action”

St. Brigid Catholic School represents the true definition of a community. A community is a group of people having common ties or interests and living in the same area. At St. Brigid our community begins with our students, expands to our staff, and then continues to build outward to include our families, and the wider community of Ayr and surrounding farmland.

Our history is a strong part of who we currently are. Originally a group of three settlements, Mudge’s Mills, Jedburgh, and Nithvale joined together to form the community of Ayr. Historically, Blessed Sacrament and St. Gregory Parish were an integral part of our faith as we began St. Brigid Mission. We are now bringing the best parts of our past with us to the future as we continue our spiritual growth with the Blessed Sacrament community.

This year will be filled with many new and exciting changes, not only in our faith, but in our school facility. We will be extending our roots to a new building in January 2018. We are 21st century learners who will be moving into a 21st century school. We are filled with gratitude toward the many people who have played an integral role in creating this new facility for us. Each day we look out of our school window into the windows of our future. We are excited to continue our traditions from the past and look forward to creating new ones together in our faith based community.
We always take pride in what we do and say, in all our work and when we play, especially when we can do this as members of a tight knit rural community.


2017-11-13T11:55:45+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

Canadian Martyrs CES – “Faith in Action”

The 2017-18 school year marks 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. This year, the focus is on being #PeopleOfFaith. Throughout the year, each WCDSB school will be featured here, demonstrating in their own unique ways how People of Love and People of Hope, working together in community, create Faith in Action. Be sure to check back each week – and be sure to follow along on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire

2017-11-08T15:22:04+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

Commissioning of Our New School Leaders – #PeopleOfFaith

Each year, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board holds a special Commissioning Ceremony to celebrate the many unique gifts brought to our schools by our newly-appointed Administrators and School Council Chairs. This year’s ceremony – including a special Liturgy of the Word, presided over by the Board’s Spiritual Animator, Fr. Toby Collins, C.R. – asked God’s blessings upon the #PeopleOfFaith whose talents continue to make our schools the #HeartOfTheCommunity, where fostering success for each, and finding a place for all, motivates all we do.

The Commissioning Ceremony concluded with this Prayer for Leaders:

God of all creation who walks with us as we go forward on a mission of Love, Hope and Faith, help all the newly Commissioned to be stewards of that mission in the schools they serve.

May you have the grace and wisdom to act kindly, learning to distinguish between what is personal and what is not.

May you be hospitable to criticism.

May you never put yourself at the centre of things.

May you act not from arrogance but out of service.

May you work on yourself, building up and refining the ways of your mind.

May you learn to cultivate the art of presence, in order to engage with those who meet you.

May you have good friends, to mirror your blind spots.

May leadership be for you a true adventure of growth.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



2017-11-08T13:54:24+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin – October, 2017


Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, October 16, 2017 — Agenda

Public Board Meeting

Monday, October 30, 2017 — Agenda


WCDSB Annual Priorities for 2017-18

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) endeavours to be faithful to the articulated priorities of the Ontario Government’s “Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario”, as well to our Catholic Graduate Expectations and the principles of our Catholic Social Teachings.

At the commencement of the 2017-18 school year, there was a concerted effort to share with Administrators those strategic priorities and actions that were seen to be critical in this school year, as we strive to meet our articulated goals over the lifespan of the current MYSP.

On October 30, 2017 Director of Education Loretta Notten presented the annual priorities for the 2017-18 school year. The full report is available on pages 28-31 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package To view the full MYSP, please visit: MYSP

Renewed Math Strategy

In 2016-17, a number of WCDSB schools received either “Intensive Support” within the WCDSB Renewed Math Strategy (RMS), or “Increased Support” within the WCDSB Renewed Math Strategy (RMS). Schools that received “Intensive Support” showed impressive achievement growth of between 11% and 34%. Schools that received “Increased Support” also showed impressive achievement growth of between 4% and 24%. Four of the WCDSB’s five secondary schools improved their applied math scores. All four of these schools received increased support through the RMS.

To review the full October 16, 2017 RMS report, please see pages 5-10 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package

Japan Exchange Experience

In 2015, the Ministry of Education released Ontario’s Strategy for K-12 International Education. This strategy echoes the WCDSB vision of 21st century learning and its four dimensions of internationalizing our schools. Based on our vision and commitment to globalizing our students’ experiences, the Research & Development Office (RDO) has development partnerships around the world, including Yamate School in Yokohama, Japan. This year, 80 Yamate students and four chaperones visited the WCDSB and stayed with local host families — and between July 21 and August 5, the WCDSB sent 36 students and five chaperones to Japan for a reciprocal two-week cultural immersion and homestay program. For a full report on the homestay programs, please see pages 11-12 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package

Mental Health & Wellness Plan Update

Every year the WCDSB submits a plan informed by our Board and provincial mental health scans, with consideration of patterns and trends that impact WCDSB students.  In June, 2017, the WCDSB’s Mental Health and Wellness Plan was sent to the Ministry of Education. The plan includes the following identified priority goals:

  1. To strengthen system-wide commitment to WCDSB’s vision for mental health and wellness through initiatives which engage students, parents and staff in working towards mentally healthy school communities;
  2. To develop and promote a resiliency, strength-based approach with all students and staff;
  3. To build staff capacity by increasing mental health and wellness awareness through the implementation of a three-year Mental Health and Wellness Strategy;
  4. To develop prevention programming, review the suicide protocol, and enhance the postvention plan for WCDSB in collaboration with our community partners; and,
  5. To expand and strengthen our partnerships internally and with the community, creating a coordinated and integrated pathway of care.

To view the complete update, please visit pages 20-23 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package

Information Technology Services Summer Updates

Each year, the WCDSB’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Department engages in an extensive and far-reaching program of upgrades and maintenance to the board’s IT infrastructure. The upgrade / maintenance program is carried out by three distinct groups of staff:

  • Classroom Support Team
  • Data, Systems and Information Support Team
  • Administrative Support Team

Among the most visible accomplishments of this summer’s work was a major re-design of the WCDSB’s public website (see photo) and individual school websites, to make them easier to navigate and more responsive to the information needs of visitors. For the full IT report, please see pages 13-42 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package

French Immersion Review Interim Update

French Immersion is an inclusive, opt-in program that was first offered in the 2015-16 school year at St. Anne CES in Kitchener and Sir Edgar Bauer CES in Waterloo. In 2016-17, the program expanded to Cambridge and opened at Our Lady of Fatima CES. The board offers a 50% program in which 150 minutes of instruction are offered in French, and 150 minutes in English. As with all our second language programs, French Immersion is designed for students whose first language is not French. The entry point for French Immersion is Grade 1. It is currently open to all residents of Waterloo Region at the three satellite sites. In our third year of the program, we are servicing 216 students. Given the growth of the program, a two-pronged committee has been formed to review the French Immersion program:

An FSL Program Review Committee will consult with stakeholders, examine assessment data, and determine pedagogical recommendations for the FI Program. An Accommodation Review Committee will determine what physical space accommodations the FI Program will require at current sites as the program expands into Grades 4-6. A consultation process will begin during the 2017-18 school year and regular updates will be provided. The Terms of Reference for the review are provided on pages 20-23 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package For additional information about the WCDSB French Immersion program, please visit: French Immersion

Leading Student Achievement: Networks for Learning (LSA)

Leading Student Achievement: Networks for Learning (LSA) is a highly successful collaboration of school principals, presently in its twelfth year. Currently, sixty districts participate in this project. The WCDSB has been an active partner since the beginning. In 2017-18, the project will continue to provide leadership and support by developing and sustaining learning networks of principals, teachers and system leaders within their districts, the province and internationally as they focus on some of the following initiatives:

  • LSA Theory of Action
  • Principal Learning Teams
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Collaborative Inquiry Processes
  • Leading Mathematics Success & the Renewed Mathematics Strategy
  • Knowledge Building/Knowledge Forum
  • Ontario Leadership Framework/School Effectiveness Framework

For a full report on LSA, please see pages 24-27 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

On October 30th, Student Trustees Kate Jamieson and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. Of particular note this month is the work being done by secondary school’s student leaders in establishing Elementary School Senates for each of the five families of schools. The report is available on pages 32-33 via the following link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, November 13, 2017

Public Board Meeting

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 schools and four adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 181-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


2017-10-31T14:20:16+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

People of Faith — Putting “Faith in Action”

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

This marks 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. This year, the focus is on being PeopleOfFaith.

As a culminating activity, a special cross will make a pilgrimage from school to school between now and next November. The journey started 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 is St. Brigid CES in Ayr, after which the cross will travel through the Monsignor Doyle CSS family of schools, and then across the rest of Waterloo Region.

Throughout the duration of the pilgrimage, each WCDSB school will be featured 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. Be sure to check back each week – and be sure to follow along on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire

2017-10-26T13:06:06+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month — and October 24th is “Wear Purple Day”

The Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year in Ontario, takes place annually during the month of October.

This year – on October 24, 2017 — communities, boards of education, and schools across Ontario will Dress Purple to collectively speak up and share the message that child abuse and neglect can be prevented and that help is available.

The tag line for Dress Purple Day is “It takes a village to keep kids safe.” The social media hashtag for Dress Purple Day is #IBREAKthesilence.

For more information – and a wide variety of resources about Dress Purple Day – please visit the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.

2017-10-31T15:26:14+00:00 October 18th, 2017|