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Summer Boost Program Registration Update

The WCDSB Summer Boost program is designed to provide an exciting educational program aimed at improving the numeracy and literacy skills of our students during the summer months. Teachers and students experience three fun-filled weeks of learning and growing together.

The school board has not yet received government confirmation of funding for our Summer Learning Programs, including the 2019 Summer Boost Program.

So, at this time we are unable to open Summer Boost registration.

We anticipate that we will have more news regarding funding closer to April 2019.  Any confirmation of programming and /or registration will be posted on the WCDSB website and communicated via Twitter and the board’s Newswire email information service.

Thank you for your interest in Summer Boost – and for your patience as we await word from the Ministry of Education.

2019-01-22T12:32:49+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

Registration is Open: It’s Time to Sign Up for School!!

It’s time to sign up for the 2019-20 school year – and registering to attend one of Waterloo Region’s 44 Catholic elementary schools and five Catholic secondary schools has never been easier. In fact, a quality, inclusive, faith-based education is now just a click away for families of Kindergarten students thanks to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Online Registration system.

QUICKFacts

~~ Parents can access the Online Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing either Kindergarten RegistrationElementary Registration or Secondary Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found on each page under the “Registration Options”

~~ Children born in 2015 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten.

~~ Children born in 2014 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten.

~~ When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian.

~~ If you are non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policy. Our secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.

~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2019-20 will be web-posted in April, 2019. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.

~~ For information about French Immersion programs in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, please click here: French Immersion Registration Information.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 183-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

 

2019-01-21T11:36:16+00:00January 21st, 2019|

Child and Youth Care Worker, Educational Assistant & Personal Support Worker Appreciation Day

To help every student realize their full potential to transform God’s world, we depend on the support and guidance of parents and caregivers, and of every staff member that touches the lives of our students.

Supporting student independence to graduation is an important component within our inclusive education model at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. It is vital for our students to learn independent skills, to interact socially and engage with their peers, and to receive intellectual growth opportunities so that they may reach their highest level of God-given potential.

Today, we at WCDSB would like to recognize some of those staff members that work with our students who receive this support throughout their learning journey at WCDSB.

Today, we celebrate the Educational Assistant, the Personal Support Worker, and the Child and Youth Care Worker with an Appreciation Day to recognize their contributions and endless efforts to support the needs of our learners.

Whether the need be academic, social, emotional, or behavioural, the EA, PSW, and CYCW are there to support and to commit themselves to the needs of all.

We are partnering with CUPE Local 2512, to initiate and mark a day of appreciation for these skilled people who with their skill, knowledge, and expertise make our organization a stronger and better place for our students to thrive.

We encourage you to join our WCDSB community in showing your appreciation for this important employee group.

2019-01-18T09:45:22+00:00January 18th, 2019|

New WCDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan

The new 2018-2021 WCDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan was presented to the Board of Trustees on Monday, January 14, 2019.

The work of developing this Strategic Plan commenced in the spring of 2018, under the direction of the Board of Trustees, at which time stakeholders were engaged in a survey that asked them to reflect both on the current MYSP and their vision for our priorities going forward. This plan has been positioned as an extension of the 2015-2018 plan and finds its roots in that work. The Strategic Priorities identified by the previous Board of Trustees have remained core to this document, but the two Strategic Directions for each priority and the corresponding goals represent new work and visioning. An Executive Summary of the plan is available by clicking HERE.

In the fall of 2018 the Senior Team worked with the above framework to develop the comprehensive new MYSP.  A significant debt is owed to the Senior Team who worked diligently to ensure that priorities and goals were responsive, and would propel the board forward.  Further consultation took place with stakeholders in the early fall to inform the refinement of that work and all administrators were given the opportunity for final feedback before the plan was finalized.

Our sincerest thanks to everyone who has had a contributing voice in the development of our new 2018-2021 Waterloo Catholic District School Board Multi-Year Strategic Plan:  Living in Faith.  We believe it will provide us the direction and the framework to guide our Board forward as one of the true leaders and innovators in Catholic Education in the world.

Loretta Notten, Director of Education                                       Bill Conway, Chair of the Board

2019-01-15T10:31:30+00:00January 15th, 2019|

12 Days of Christmas

‘Tis the season – and the Resurrection C.S.S. Grade 9 Vocal Music Class and some very excited and #WCDSBAwesome WCDSB Principals wish to spread their Christmas joy in their special rendition of the “12 Days of Christmas”. Merry Christmas everyone…!

2018-12-20T21:29:06+00:00December 19th, 2018|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — December, 2018

Meetings

Inaugural Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Highlights

New Board of Trustees, Chair & Vice-Chair

On December 3, 2018 the Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board elected Cambridge / North Dumfries Trustee Bill Conway as Chair of the Board, and Waterloo / Woolwich / Wellesley Trustee Melanie Van Alphen as Vice-Chair of the Board.

Most recently Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee Conway succeeds Cambridge / North Dumfries Trustee Wendy Price, who remains as a Trustee.

The Inaugural Board Meeting was preceded by a special Mass, celebrated by the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I, Bishop of Hamilton. The Mass featured a special Commissioning Ceremony of members of the Board of Trustees, who were elected in the October 2018 municipal elections.

As part of the ceremony, the Board warmly welcomed first-time Trustees Kevin Dupuis and Tracey Weiler, both of whom represent Kitchener / Wilmot.

The new Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Manuel da Silva (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Kevin Dupuis (Kitchener / Wilmot) **

Jeanne Gravelle (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich)

Wendy Price (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Greg Reitzel (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Brian Schmalz (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Melanie Van Alphen (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich)

Tracey Weiler (Kitchener / Wilmot) **

Meghan Nemeth and Izabella Tyc are the Student Trustees.

**  =  first elected in 2018 election

At the December 10th Public Board Meeting, newly-elected Board Chair Bill Conway presented his first Chair’s Report. The report is available on page 33 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Director of Education’s Annual Report

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan provides the road map for the staff of Waterloo Catholic District School Board and proclaims to the broader community our goals and aspirations. Per Section 283(3) of the Education Act the Director of Education must submit an Annual Report at the first Board meeting of December of each year reporting on the progress of the Board against the stated goals. As was reflected when the June 2018 Report Card brought to board on the Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2015-2018, there has been strong progress against all nine of our strategic directions, within our three priority areas.

The report takes a primarily electronic format this year – which is to say, while there will be a limited number of hard copy versions of the report, the primary design was intended for web presentation, and the hope is that the points of celebration will be seen equally strongly in word and picture.

We are tremendously proud of the accomplishments of our staff and students, and the vibrant connection that exists between home, parish and school.

Please visit https://annual.wcdsb.ca/ to view the report.

New Multi-Year Strategic Plan

The Education Act requires school boards to develop multi-year plans that are 3 years or more in scope. The multi-year plan provides focus and direction to the board to achieve both the Ministry of Education goals but just as importantly, the vision of the board.

The province has clearly identified its aspiration that Ontario’s educators will be supported in learning continuously and will be recognized as among the best in the world.  The Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan has endeavoured to be faithful to these articulated priorities, as well to our Catholic Graduate Expectations and the principles of our Catholic Social Teachings.

The current three-year Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP), approved in December of 2015, concludes at the end of December 2018. In the spring of 2018 a system survey took place to both inform the report card on the current plan and to inform direction for the next iteration of the MYSP.

The new plan continues to be anchored by the role our faith plays in all our experiences in our Catholic schools, our vision for equity and inclusion, the focus areas of graduation rates, numeracy achievement in grade 6 and 9 and secondary literacy achievement, as well as fostering and celebrating our strong culture of innovation.

For a summary of the 2018-2022 MYSP, please see pages 27-32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Equity Action Plan

In Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools our Equity, Diversity and Learning (EDL) Committee has set a goal of building educator capacity to serve all students and assist in removing identified barriers to success.  In our Catholic context, we employ a lens of liberation theology with a strong emphasis on the social teaching of preferential option for the poor.  Simply stated, this involves empowering students and their families to advocate for change so that they may not just survive but thrive in our school communities.  Additionally, we have committed to supporting our school administrators and educators in understanding and working to remove barriers that exist for students in accessing their learning.

Throughout this school year, we are following the Ontario Education Equity Action Plan’s key priorities in four areas:

  • School and classroom practices
  • Leadership, governance and human resource practices
  • Data collection, integration and reporting
  • Organizational culture change

The report is available on pages 21-24 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 14, 2018

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 21, 2018

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-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 | john.shewchuk@wcdsb.ca

2018-12-17T14:01:31+00:00December 11th, 2018|

Board Meeting Agenda for December 10, 2018

Regular monthly Board and Committee of the Whole Board meetings of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s elected Board of Trustees are open to the public, and members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Please CLICK HERE to view the agenda for the December 10, 2018 Regular Public Board Meeting.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the Board of Trustees page on our website.

Please CLICK HERE for the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre’s location information.

Meetings generally adhere to the following schedule:

Committee of the Whole
Second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Regular Board Meeting
Fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Special Education Advisory Committee
First Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Delegations wishing to address a committee or the Board are required to e-mail alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca by the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Each delegation will be allowed ten minutes.

2018-12-06T15:30:33+00:00December 6th, 2018|

New Catholic Board of Trustees Elects Chair & Vice Chair

The Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has elected Cambridge / North Dumfries Trustee Bill Conway as Chair of the Board, and Waterloo / Woolwich / Wellesley Trustee Melanie Van Alphen as Vice-Chair of the Board. The meeting was held Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Most recently Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee Conway succeeds Cambridge / North Dumfries Trustee Wendy Price, who remains as a Trustee.

The Inaugural Board Meeting was preceded by a special Mass, celebrated by the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I, Bishop of Hamilton. The Mass featured a special Commissioning Ceremony of members of the Board of Trustees, who were elected in the October 2018 municipal elections.

As part of the ceremony, the Board warmly welcomed first-time Trustees Kevin Dupuis and Tracey Weiler, both of whom represent Kitchener / Wilmot.

The new Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Manuel da Silva (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Kevin Dupuis (Kitchener / Wilmot) **

Jeanne Gravelle (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich)

Wendy Price (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Greg Reitzel (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Brian Schmalz (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Melanie Van Alphen (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich)

Tracey Weiler (Kitchener / Wilmot) **

Meghan Nemeth and Izabella Tyc are the Student Trustees.

**  =  first elected in 2018 election

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-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 | john.shewchuk@wcdsb.ca

 

 

2018-12-04T10:20:16+00:00December 4th, 2018|
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