Celebrating Catholic Education: May 3rd – May 8th, 2020

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, “Igniting Hope,” reminds us that publicly funded Catholic education is a call to service. We have a shared responsibility within Catholic education to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ into the lives of our students/ your children. The theme of “Igniting Hope” reminds us, as educators,  that it is our privilege to serve families who support Catholic education in the province of Ontario.

The theme for CEW 2020 was inspired by three sources:

  • The recent Papal Exhortation, Christus Vivit, by Pope Francis following the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
  • The recent Ontario Bishops’ pastoral letter, Renewing the Promise (2018)
  • The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations by the Institute for Catholic Education (2011)

Teachers will be highlighting the sub-themes of “Igniting Hope” in their distance learning next week. Now, more than ever, the message of “HOPE” is central to our wellness. We are looking forward to sharing our hope-filled messages with one another while we celebrate the gift of Catholic education next week.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Farewell to Mrs. Keller!

The time has come to wish Mrs. Keller (grade 7/8 teacher) farewell as she moves to a permanent teaching position at St. Benedict CSS. Mrs. Keller’s last day with St. Agnes will be May 1st. In her short time with us at St. Agnes, Mrs. Keller has established wonderful learning relationships with her students and created a dynamic classroom environment that incorporated technology, adaptive learning styles, and engaging lessons for all students. Her positive energy and commitment to student learning both inside and outside of the classroom will be missed at St. Agnes. We wish you continued success as you transition to teaching math at St. Benedict CSS in Cambridge. All the best!!

Welcome back, Mrs. McKinley!

We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. McKinley will be rejoining us at St. Agnes on May 4th. She will be taking over Mrs. Keller’s grade 7/8 class. Many of the students are already familiar with Mrs. McKinley and will no doubt be excited to have her back as their teacher. We are looking forward to a virtual welcome for now, and a face to face welcome when it is safe to do so. Welcome back, Mrs. McKinley!

We anticipate a seamless transition for our grade 7/8 class. Mrs. Keller and Mrs. McKinley have been working together over the past month to share information and plan for distance learning. The expectations for distance learning with respect to assessment and reporting have been clearly defined by the Ministry of Education. If parents have any questions about how students are being assessed please visit the FAQ Page on our WCDSBLearn@Home site. Additional questions should be directed to Mrs. Reesor.

Yearbook 2019- 20

We are happy to report that we will be producing a complete yearbook to commemorate the 2019-20 school year. But…we need YOUR help to make this happen! Please read the letter from our Librarian Mrs. Boll for details on how you can contribute pictures to our yearbook. Details about pricing, and how to order will be shared at a later date. First, we need your pictures!

Yearbook update

Student Registrations & Departures for 2020-21

Online registrations for all students (Kindergarten to grade 8) are currently being accepted. Please visit the home page of the WCDSB website and scroll to the bottom. Click on Register Now. It is very important for families to complete this online registration as soon as possible so we have accurate numbers for next school year.

If your child is NOT returning to St. Agnes for any reason (other than graduation from grade 8) please inform Mrs. McGlynn as soon as possible via email sherry.mcglynn@wcdsb.ca . This information is very important to us from a planning perspective. Your timely response is very much appreciated.