NEWSWIRE: Minister of Education Letter to Parents

Dear Parents –

Our government’s foremost priority is the safety and well-being of every child and every student, and those who nurture and support them.  In considering any options for welcoming students back to an in-class model of learning, our decisions will be based on safety, consistency and the guidance of public health officials.  We have been clear and unwavering in our commitment to ensure every measure is taken to protect students’ health and safety before re-entering a classroom.  With that principle in mind, our government has ordered that all public schools in the province will remain closed to students until at least May 31, 2020.

To read more of the Minister’s message, click here:

Minister letter to the parents v9 FINAL EN – April 28 2020 (002)

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish – News Bulletin

Good Morning Everyone,

Yes, spring is on it’s way for the crocus, daffodils and tulips can be seen in the gardens, hoping the warmer weather will be just around the corner as well.   Please find attached the weekly bulletin, if anyone you know would like to receive a copy of their own, please just let Maria at the Church Office know by email.

Nova Scotia Online Vigil








Those interested in joining in praying for the victims of the mass shooting that took place this past weekend are welcome to join the online vigil taking place today, Friday, April 24th at 7:00pm AST over Facebook or YouTube.  The two-hour vigil will be streamed through the Facebook group Colchester – Supporting our Communities.

Visit our website or the Diocese of Hamilton at for additional updates as they become available.

2020-04-26 Bulletin

Parent Resources To Support Family Well-Being

WCDSB provides resources to parents for their use with their children to support their wellness, including development, nutrition and vision.

WCDSB also provides resources to parents for their use with their children to support their mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As well, this resource is shared to parents so as to provide a support for having difficult conversations with kids following a tragedy, like that being experienced in Nova Scotia.

The Umbrella Project WCDSB Parent Webinar






Parenting strategies to support your families well-being through uncertainty and rainy days.

Parents, we hope this training and resource finds you and your family well.  To best support your family’s well-being through COVID-19 it’s important to direct your energy towards the things you can control and away from what you can’t.  Frain is what helps us build and practice the skills that will protect us now and in the future, and we can use this time to help our children navigate uncertainty and build a bigger umbrella of coping skills.

The tips found in this training will help you and your family do what is in your control to come out of this period of difficulty stronger than you were before it began.

You have been provided with a 50-minute training designed to watch or listen to at your convenience.  The accompanying worksheet provides a summary of the content and a great starting point for practical  action.  Open this worksheet to access links to teh parent video or audio recordings.


INVITATION: Community ‘Thought Exchange’ – how are we doing? what are your concerns?

COVID-19 Thought Exchange:  This Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21st, 2020.


“As you consider Waterloo Catholic’s response toward learning at home, what questions or concerns do you have?”

WCDSB is launching a ‘Thought Exchange’ with our community.  We are hoping that staff, parents and students will offer us feedback on our response to COVID19 and the changes we have had to make as a school system.  This is our opportunity to give our stakeholders agency and a voice.  Please do what you can to promote the Exchange within your own conversations.

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.  For younger children (grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.  ***Please note that if you would like to join more than one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

Please click the following link to share your thoughts on the Thought Exchange Question:


Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@home is going. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups.  This is why you were asked if you are a student, parent, staff, administrator, or community member.

Once you have shared your thoughts, you can STAR the thoughts of others.  You will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign stars based on how much you agree (5 stars) or disagree (1 star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.  You can return to the exchange as often as you like to star thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more that one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to:

 Participation Groups:

(during the starring phase, participants will only see the thoughts shared within their group)

I am answering as a(n) (select only one option):

  • Students Only – Elementary (K-8)
  • Students Only – Secondary (9-12)
  • Parent/Guardian of an Elementary student (K-8)
  • Parent/Guardian of a Secondary student (9-12)
  • Elementary Staff (K-8)
  • Secondary Staff (9-12)
  • Administrator
  • Community Member
  • Board Staff

A Message To Our School Community From Father Malcolm

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

On several occasions I have been privileged to walk down the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of Jesus so to speak as He made His way into the city some two thousand years ago.  The people of the day were filled with hope – could this person be the Messiah King?  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.  For centuries the faithful have gathered to celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and mark the beginning of Holy Week.  Like those first faithful, pilgrims from all over the world come to the holy city, to the Mount of Olives filled with wonder, joy and yes.. hope.

Then the year 2020 comes and, with it, the corona virus pandemic across the globe.  Gone are the crowds on the Mount of Olives.  The streets of Jerusalem are empty, Holy Week and Easter celebrations cancelled or heavily curtailed.  But what about that wonder, joy and hope?  Have they been cancelled or curtailed?  The answer lies in our faith.  The Paschal mystery – “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again” is as pertinent today as it was on the first Easter.  Despite the challenges and difficulties of our day, we can look to the Paschal Mystery with wonder, with joy and with hope just as those first believers did on that dusty mountainside.

Bishop Crosby wrote a beautiful reflection on the effect of the covid-19 pandemic.  In it he states:

“Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just! It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give You thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.” We repeat that little dialogue at every Mass. It is precisely what we must do now. During this time of trial, give thanks for the blessings we experience – the love of family and friends, the courage of healthcare and public health professionals, the availability of necessities to help us remain healthy, the bravery of those who are in quarantine or self-isolating, the awareness that we will get to the other side of this test and gather once again to sing and pray our thanksgiving together!”

My brothers and sisters, may you be strengthened by the love of God and supported by those around you and may you have a safe, healthy, wondrous, joyous and hopeful Easter.

Sincerely in Christ

Fr. Malcolm

P.S. I miss you all!!!

A Message from Father Viveiros, C.R.





Introducing a newly designed resource:  WCDSB Pray @Home .

Our participation in the global COVID-19 pandemic has immersed us in an unprecedented time of confusion, disruption of life, fear, sickness and death; however, it should not deter us from being a community of faith!

We are committed to bringing the message of hope to a world that is filled with despair.  Even though we must be physically distant from one another, we continue to reach out in love by whatever means is available to us.

Because of the labour action from before our March Break and now the pandemic, we needed to postpone the launch of our second pastoral year theme: #Gathered to Become.  As a result, the theme #Called to Belong continues to be our guiding pastoral theme until September 2020.

Let us receive this as an opportunity to dwell longer and more deeply in the mystery of belonging to a faith community that is rooted in hope and love.  This is God’s providence for us!

In this time of physical distancing, self-imposed isolation and quarantine, perhaps more than ever we are being #Called to Belong.

Let us recall Jesus’s words: “Jerusalem…! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings…!”  (Luke 13:34) Jesus also said: “That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21)

Renewing the Promise: A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education written Easter 2018 by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario puts it this way:

Catholic education forms communities of faith that help students experience the love of God.  The more our students see and understand themselves as the beloved children of God, the more they will want to love God with all their hearts, minds, and souls.  This in turn moves them to love of neighbour which bears witness to justice and charity.”

It is Jesus’s deepest desire that we form a district community where all feel welcomed and where there is a place for everyone.

In these challenging times let us pray that the Holy Spirit may inspire us to reach out to one another in new and exciting ways that foster inclusion and nurtures connection.

We will work hard, and we will pray hard that we can continue the mission of Jesus to build the Reign of God where all of God’s children feel a sense of belonging and no one is excluded!

Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R.

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