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Special Message from the Chair of the Board & Director of Education

March 31, 2020

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We hope that you and your family are well and staying healthy.  Today we learned, that as a key part of the Government of Ontario response to the COVID19 crisis, that the closure to schools is extending to May 1st, 2020.  The government will continue to monitor the situation and further extensions or updates may occur.  We reiterate, that these decisions are being informed by a concern for preserving the health and safety of all, and in this regard we know that each of us shares a common goal.  Realizing that this extension of the closure was likely, and as previously communicated, both the provincial Ministry of Education and locally here at Waterloo Catholic, we have been preparing for remote teacher-led learning.

Today the Ministry released a memo that provides explicit guidance to all of us about expectations for learning.  It provides an outline of the number of hours teachers and students should engage in learning – based on their grade level.  To be clear – the suggested hours reflect both the time a teacher might use in providing formal instruction or guidance, as well as the time the student will spend completing the learning task or activity.  There is not a firm expectation that all students have to be “online” at the exact same time, although in some cases that might happen on occasion.

Both Waterloo Catholic and the Ministry of Education have been thoughtful about matters of equity, as they apply to access to technology, to internet, language barriers, students with special needs and varying home environments.  All to say – this is not a “business as usual” learning environment but at Waterloo Catholic we will strive to do our very best to ensure each student feels valued and is connected to learning.  One thing we are doing in this regard is working on Chromebook distribution to those families who indicated the need for a learning device.  Your local school will provide more detail if you are an affected family.  Deployment is happening this week.  That said – at Waterloo Catholic, our number one priority will be ensuring that each child experiences connection and that they know their teacher cares.

We would also like to draw attention to the fact that while there will be consistent expectations for students in the same grade, that optional, additional activities will also be made available to all students.  On our WCDSB board website you will find from our home page a link to WDCSBLearn@Home where a host of additional resources for all learners will be found.  We also encourage you to continue to follow the #STEAMDays hashtag where lots of fun and engaging activities are being posted.

We understand that there is added anxiety for students who are in senior grades of high school or in graduating years.  This too is something to which we are very attuned.  The Ministry has provided some direction today and there will be ongoing conversations and plans that will be communicated in relation to these students.  Certainly there is an intent that no student on track to graduate – or any student – should be negatively impacted by the current public health crisis.

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health as we look ahead to Holy Week.  Please continue to remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  Our faith will be a source of comfort and strength, as will the sure knowledge that after the pain and heartache of Good Friday, comes the hope, joy and new life of Easter.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                Bill Conway

Director of Education                                  Chair of the Board

 

March 31st, 2020|

Introducing – WCDSBLearn @ Home

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

As you may be aware, on March 20th the Ontario government launched the Learn at Home online portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.

Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content.

High school content was designed with a focus on STEAM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

In conjunction with this important initiative, our staff continue to work very hard creating a plan to ensure that your child is connected to local learning opportunities on an ongoing basis as we navigate our way through these very challenging times.

If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by your child’s teacher to check in, explain what to expect in coming weeks and discuss any specific learning or resource needs. We look forward to moving to teacher-initiated learning beginning on Monday, April 6.

To assist in that process, we have developed our own WCDSBLearn @ Home website.

In coming days we will be adding resources and information to help keep the learning process moving forward – including a link to all of the outstanding resources and ideas that were provided during #STEAMDays, as well as some important mental health and well being information.

The site will be updated regularly, as new resources become available.  But starting April 6th you child will have regular Teacher-led learning coming directly to them.  We are using the time to ensure we have equity of access and consistency in terms of how we are moving forward during these exceptional times.

We also want to again acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students. We are truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

Finally – we encourage you to continue closely following any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.

Please remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

March 27th, 2020|

Special Message from the Chair of the Board & Director of Education

March 24, 2020

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

Since last we reached out to you, the global situation in relation to COVID-19 has continued to worsen and here at home we have seen unprecedented actions taken by our federal and provincial governments.  As you know, schools are now closed and it would appear that this will stretch beyond the Easter weekend, although exactly when we might return to face to face learning is not yet clear.  These decisions are being informed by a concern for preserving the health and safety of all, and in this regard we know that each of us shares this common goal.  Nonetheless, the news that students will be home indefinitely may be disconcerting to you and your child.

We want to assure you that at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we will be working to the best of our ability and in collaboration with the province, to ensure that your child is connected to learning opportunities.  We will use the initial two weeks for the board to support our teachers in establishing at least an initial contact with all of their students through the most appropriate means possible, including mail, phone, email or other channel.  We will try to use this time to establish what is needed to support teacher-led learning and to aid you as families, to the best of our abilities under the circumstances.

We also want to acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students.  We would encourage you to visit our board website where a number of resources can be found that may be helpful to you or your child, as you navigate this time.  We are also truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

While we are in the process of “gearing up”, we would remind parents that WCDSB has launched #STEAMDays, a fun and interactive way to be connected to activities that have a daily focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics.  Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website Learn at Home and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.  Remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                              Bill Conway

Director of Education                                                  Chair of the Board

March 24th, 2020|

Cancellation of EQAO Testing & Introduction of WCDSB #STEAMDays

The COVID-19 situation in Ontario is continuing to evolve and WCDSB is committed to keeping you informed. As updates are available or new questions emerge, we are posting to our Board website.  We encourage you to continue checking there for updates.

Please be aware that the Minister of Education has provided direction to cancel all Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments for the 2019-20 school year. The Minister has also directed that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) be waived as a graduation requirement, as set out in Section 6 of Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016, for students who are otherwise able to graduate in the 2019-20 school year. These changes provide the conditions to enable students to fulfill graduation requirements in our current context.

The government and WCDSB remain committed to ensuring learning will continue for our students. The Ministry and WCDSB will be posting online learning resources, and we encourage you to stay tuned for more about this resource and other distance learning supports and opportunities.

At WCDSB we are also launching #STEAMDays – a fun and interactive way to keep the learning happening at home as we work our way through the unprecedented COVID-19 shutdown.

Please view the VIDEO to learn more.

In times like these, it is vital for one and all to come together – and #STEAMDays will provide a convenient platform for parents and educators alike to share ideas, resources and fun ways to keep the learning process going.

As ideas are shared, we will gather some of them and post via our website: www.wcdsb.ca/STEAMDays

Please visit on social media via:

Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire #STEAMDays

Facebook: @wcdsb #STEAMDays

Instagram: @waterloocdsb #STEAMDays

 

March 19th, 2020|

ConEd Supply Secondary School Credit Teachers

ConEd Supply Secondary School Credit Teachers
St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centre                  

Posting Number: AC-2020-021

Applications for the above teaching position at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres are invited from all qualified and interested applicants. The Supply Teacher will be responsible to the Principal of St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres to teach adults in the secondary credit program.

General Description of Duties:

  • Delivering in-class lessons and potentially developing lesson plans when needed
  • Identifying students’ individual learning needs and using a variety of instructional strategies
  • Accurate attendance reporting
  • Following and enforcing all school policies expectations for the day
  • Implementing effective classroom management strategies and following all school policies

Minimum Requirements:

  • Hold a current Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification
  • Preference given to those with experience teaching adults

 Salary Level

  • Certified rate $38.02 per hour plus Stat and Vacation Pay
  • Certified rate for a Term position is $44.01 plus Stat and Vacation Pay

 Hours of Work: September to June

Mornings 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM and Afternoons 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location:        Main Campus – 80 Young St, Kitchener or 150 Main St., Cambridge

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter along with a copy of a current Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification,  Undergraduate and, if applicable, postgraduate university transcripts,  Teacher Performance Appraisal (TPA) summative reports or most recent performance  appraisals.

Applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca  or apply directly through Apply to Education at www.applytoeducation.com

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

Applications will be accepted until: April 6, 2020 at 9am

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.

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.

March 17th, 2020|

Payroll Administrator – Level 6

CUPE LOCAL 2512                                                                                                                      March 17, 2020

 

Payroll Administrator – Level 6

Specifics on location/schedule identified below

 

Job Posting #C-2020-09

Seniority is a determining factor

General Description of Duties:

Payroll administrators process payments to employees based on information received by Human Resource Services.  The ideal candidate should be able to problem solve, work as a member of an interdependent team, and provide constructive feedback on processes and systems used by the department.

  • Computerized calculation of pay, deductions and contributions.
  • Calculation of adjustments for paid and unpaid absences.
  • Verify, edit and transmit on-line production reports.
  • Timely remittance of statutory and non-statutory deductions.
  • Familiarity with pension plans.
  • Preparation and verification of all journal entries and cheque requests.
  • Supporting duties ie., responding to employee inquiries and ad hoc reports.
  • Effectively communicate with government agencies, other departments and employees.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two-year college diploma in business or a related discipline.
  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification (Canadian Payroll Association), or in progress.
  • Minimum of two years payroll experience in a computerized payroll environment.
  • Knowledge and ability in a variety of software applications related to payroll.
  • Comprehensive and current knowledge of applicable government legislation and the ability to implement collective agreements, pension plans and all payroll related regulations.
  • Strong communication and analytical ability with excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated sound decision making skills involving the use of considerable ingenuity, initiative, judgement and resourcefulness.
  • Knowledge of the Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada, Employment Standards Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Employer Health Tax Regulations.
  • Possess organizational and multi tasking skills in a busy work environment.

 

Hourly Rate:         $26.20 to $27.72 per hour

(Plus a current Market Adjustment Allowance of $8,000 is associated with the position)

 

Hours of Work:     Permanent Full-time, 35 hours per week

                             Work schedule determined by the Supervisor

 

Location:              Corporate Services at the Catholic Education Centre, Kitchener, ON

 

Weeks/Year:          52 weeks/year

 

Effective Date:      As soon as possible

 

 

Applications will be considered in the following order:

  • Qualified permanent CUPE Bargaining Unit employees, with seniority.
  • Qualified probationary and temporary CUPE employees, including employees in other Bargaining Units/Associations.
  • Qualified external applicants.

 

Application Submission:

 

Applications will be accepted up until 4:00 pm on April 17, 2020.

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

In the application process, identify your qualifications and abilities, such as relevant experience, to perform the duties of this job.  Include your Diplomas/Certificates in your application.

 

Internal Applicants

Internal applicants must submit a resume via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca.

Include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line.

 

External Applicants

External applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at: www.applytoeducation.comFor ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

Detailed information on the application process can be found at: https://wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/.

 

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 Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

March 17th, 2020|

WCDSB Closures & Cancellations Due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/title.html), the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/)  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

March 13th, 2020|

Tentative Collective Agreement Reached — OECTA

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As a result, OECTA has suspended all strike activity pending ratification of the agreement.

OECTA members across the province will participate in ratification votes on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

March 13th, 2020|

International Languages – Czech Language Instructor

International Languages – Czech Language Instructor                                            

St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centre             

Posting # CE-2020-07

Applications for the position of a Language Instructor – Czech Language are being accepted by the International Languages Program – Elementary for St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres.

IL Instructors directly support the language learning of each student.  They have responsibility related to the program, the students, the parents, the community, and the classroom.  The instructors must understand the concepts of equity and inclusiveness in the Canadian context.

Summary of Duties:

The successful candidate will have a range of responsibilities including:

  • Instruct class accordingly to daily lesson plan using appropriate and relevant resources and current methods of delivery;
  • Develop goal-based short and long-term plans that reflect students’ needs and learning styles;
  • Identify what students are expected to know and be able to do (learning goals) and what it looks like when they are successful (success criteria), and share this information with students and parents;
  • Ensure that students understand established learning goals and success criteria to help them set personal learning goals and to determine how to meet them;
  • Provide each student with feedback based on the learning goals and success criteria, his or her strengths and areas for improvement;
  • Encourage students to use success criteria to monitor their own learning progress (self-assessment);
  • Report formally to parents on student progress as required by the school board;
  • Maintain a positive environment that emphasizes child-centered and activity-based learning in line with other ministry policies;
  • With students develop classroom routines and expectations aligned with the school code of behaviour;
  • Supervise students to ensure their safety and well-being before and during class and after class;
  • Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences, instructor training workshops, and extracurricular cultural events and activities.
  • Make contact with the parents using approved communication channels such as school e-mail, newsletters, board websites;
  • Ensure the classroom and equipment is tidy and secure at the close of class;
  • Ensure that volunteers understand instructor expectations and direction when they engage with students;
  • Other related duties as assigned; 

SKILLS:

  • Fluent in oral and written English and the language of instruction.
  • Ability to manage lessons with classes containing students of several ability levels.
  • Commitment to work effectively as a part of a team.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to deliver lessons in a fun and dynamic approach.

EDUCATION:

  • Degree in child development, elementary education, foreign language education strongly preferred.
  • Relevant teaching experience or appropriate related experience with elementary school-age children.
  • Teaching experience from other countries will be considered.
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada 

Location and Hours:

  • John Sweeney , 185 Activa Rd. Kitchener
  • 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Position is effective Sept., 2020 to June , 2021

 Salary Range:           

  • $26.66 per hour (plus vacation pay)

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.

Applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.caPlease 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://wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

Applications will be accepted until: April 30, 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.

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 Vulnerable Sector Criminal Background Check.  For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

March 13th, 2020|