December 3, 2013
Please take a moment to fill out this parent survey about Parent Engagement.
Please remember to send in your orders or return your Big Box of Cards December 3rd.
The following is information from the WRDSB for parents/guardians concerning the upcoming PD Day on December 20th.
December 20th, is a designated Professional Activity or PA Day. Students do not attend school. For those families who have children attending the Before And After School Programs, those programs will be operating as usual from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Traditionally, school staff partake in professional development or training activities on these designated days. However, this year permanent contract teachers are required to take a day without pay. December 20th is that day.
All other school staff may either be participating in professional learning activities offered through the board or be performing their normal work related duties at their regular place of work.
We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to meet the needs of our students as well as agreements in place with our employee groups and the Government of Ontario.
Dear Waterloo Region District School Board Students, Parents and Guardians, and Staff:
In recent weeks people around the world have been united in sadness over the tragic events resulting from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. As a large educational organization, we are affected in many ways. A number of staff, students and members of our community are of Filipino origin or have family members and friends who live in the affected areas and worry for their safety. People in Waterloo Region are compassionate and caring and have responded generously to appeals for assistance in times of emergency and disaster at home and around the world.
A “Help for the Philippines ~ Because We Care” board-wide fund-raising initiative has been developed.
Parents, students and staff members who have not yet donated to the cause may consider donating through the Waterloo Region Education Foundation Inc. (WEFI) at www.wrdsb.ca/wefi between Wednesday, November 27 and Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Donated funds will be equally distributed by the Waterloo Education Foundation to the Canadian Red Cross and the Mennonite Central Committee. The Canadian government has made a commitment to match all individual donations made through these fundraising efforts dollar for dollar. Instructions on how to donate online are available.
Over the next few days many of our schools will be organizing fund-raising to support relief efforts. This is an excellent way for our students to engage in a global citizenship initiative. Please note that the Canadian Government will only match individual donations. Donations made online through the Waterloo Education Foundation are considered to be individual donations. Unfortunately, donations made at the school level do not qualify for the Government matching program.
Our generous support of this relief effort will help ease the suffering of the survivors and their families in the Philippines, and help them to rebuild their lives.
John Bryant, on Behalf of Executive Council
For Parents of students in Senior Kindergarten who are interested in registering a student for French Immersion for the 2014-2015 school year, please note the following:
The French Immersion registration process will begin on Thursday, January 9, 2014 on the Waterloo Region District School Board website,
Grade 1 French Immersion classes will be generated using a lottery system through the following process:
Registrants who have a sibling enrolled in the FI program will be given preference for placement into the program until Friday, January 31, 2014.
Registrants who live within the geographical boundary of the school, and have been registered prior to January 31, 2014, will be placed next. If the number of residential boundary registrants exceeds the number of spaces available in the program (20 per class), and all students with older siblings are placed, a lottery system will be used to determine acceptance into the program.
If space is available, students from out of boundary will be placed in the program via lottery.
Any registrations received after January 31, 2014 will be placed in available classes or on waiting lists in the order they register regardless of residency. Efforts will be made to accommodate as many waiting list students as possible.
Information flyers detailing the web-based registration process will be distributed to all Senior Kindergarten families before the end of December.
If you have any questions regarding the Grade 1 French Immersion registration process, please contact Wanda West at extension 4277.