Special Message from the Director Loretta Notten

Please take the time to read the entire message from our Director Loretta Notten. There are a number of significant updates provided in this letter. Simply click on the title above to access the message. You can also reference the videos below to learn how to access support resources through our WCDSB website.

Student Video

Parent Video

Spiritual Development Day: Monday November 23rd

This is a reminder that students do not have school on Monday November 23rd, and there is no Extended Day program available across the board. All staff are engaged in our board wide Spiritual Development Day.

Parent Teacher conferences

Don’t forget to book a time with your child’s teacher next week! Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled between Tuesday November 24th – Thursday November 26th. These conferences can happen over the phone or virtually on Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. Please contact your child’s teacher directly to book a time.

Transforming Communities During Anti-Bullying Week

We have come to the end of Transforming Communities During Anti-Bullying Week — thank you to all the students, teachers, classes and families that took part! We saw some awesome t-shirt designs, examples of powerful conversations unfolding about bullying myths ,and we highlighted how important it is to recognize that we are all “in this together.” Check out our website to see some of the contributions from different classrooms at https://www.wcdsb.ca/becomingwcdsb/. On the “Being Creative” day some of you also tweeted such a great example of a former St John CES student, who is using his powerful story and artistic gifts to address racism and identity – check out the video!

 

Today’s challenge is sharing three new learnings about anti-bullying from this week and putting them in an “I can” statement (ie. I learned I can be friendlier to new students to help make them feel welcome), #becomingWCDSB, or becoming@wcdsb.ca. In the coming weeks we will share which image won the anti-bullying hoodie design. In the meantime we remember to make Transforming Communities During Anti-Bullying week a daily focus of our lives – we need each other now more than ever, and ways we can show kindness, compassion, friendship and respect can make a huge difference for those who might be struggling.
Information for Parents/ Guardians About Cyberbullying
Anti-Bullying and Positive Behaviour Programs and Resources

Sneak Peek at What’s coming up…

It is hard to believe that Advent is just around the corner! We want to assure our school wide community that we have plans to engage our students in faith filled activities, such as Angels in Action, and community traditions (i.e., Angel Day) while abiding by COVID protocols. There is no question that things will look very different this year but what’s most important is that we work as a community to support one another in times of hardship, and celebrate the season of Advent.

More information to follow!