Good morning St. Augustine Families.

Today is the last day of our Spring Break.  We hope you were able to enjoy some of the nice weather and relax a bit.

Here is an update of what this upcoming week will look like…

Monday (tomorrow) will operate like a “snow day”.  Teachers will post some work for students to engage in on the Google Classrooms.  Students will be required to login, access the work, complete it and submit it back to the Google platform as required.  Students will engage “asynchronously”, meaning that the work is provided, but the teacher is not available.  Teachers will use the day to make the transition to the online platform and get things set up for Tuesday.

Beginning Tuesday,  teachers will work synchronously with students.  Teachers will be live with students virtually for a lesson or some new learning, and then the students will complete an activity related to the teaching.  This may include being away from the computer as we do not want students online all day.

Please see the attached Virtual Learning Code of Conduct to further help support your child’s learning remotely. This Virtual Code of Conduct was developed in consultation with the Waterloo Catholic DSB Senior Administration team. It is important that all of our schools have consistent expectations in the virtual learning environment to promote and ensure student success.

Code of Conduct

We extend our gratitude to you AGAIN for your continued support as we all do our best to adapt to the changes and challenges that remote learning presents to us. We are truly in this together and we all want the same outcome: the absolute best for your children. Let’s remember to be patient, understanding, and compassionate with one another throughout this remote learning time. We are here to help, and we encourage you to connect with us early on if there are questions or challenges due to remote learning.  Our partnership will continue to be strong – even if at a distance!

Children’s Mental Health: Live Panel Discussion

On Monday, April 19th from 7 pm – 8:15 pm St. Isidore CSAC will be hosting a panel discussion with four of our community experts on children’s mental health and wellness.  The goal of this discussion is to provide tools and resources to our families and highlight the importance of mental health within children and young people.  Please RSVP and kindly submit questions for the panel.  Your questions will be used to frame our discussion.

Panelists include:

Mark A. Ferro, Canada Research Chair in Youth Mental Health, University of Waterloo

Susan Rosenblum M.S.W., R.S.W., Registered Psychotherapist

Esanju Bonga, M.Ed., RP, CCC, OCT, Registered Psychotherapist

Dillon Browne, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Clinical), University of Waterloo, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Child and Family Clinical Psychology (SSHRC)

If you have any questions please contact St. Isidore CSAC


Wishing you all continued health and wellness!

Angela Carroll – principal