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Board of Trustees Newsletter

September 07, 2018

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

Welcome to a new school year! We are thrilled to welcome back so many students, and honoured to welcome our new students to the Regina Catholic Schools family.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20

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We gather together as school communities start the academic year as we always do: in prayer. For this year, we pray for the growth and success for each of our students. We pray for guidance for our teachers and staff to lead in the image of Christ, and we pray for each of our families. We place our prayers and dreams for the year with God, and trust that we will have the courage and strength to do His will.

We thank you for choosing Catholic education for your child. The Regina Catholic School Division is working with all Catholic school divisions in Saskatchewan to preserve and promote the gift that is Catholic education. We want to maintain Catholic education as a choice for all parents who want a faith-filled education for their children. You can learn more about our work with the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association online at www.catholicedspirit.ca.

All scripture is inspired by God and is[a] useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 16:17

​September is always a fun and busy month in schools. There is one important date for all elementary students' families to remember, which is Friday, September 21. This is a day of Professional Development for teachers, and a day off for students. We are grateful for the opportunities to provide teachers with opportunities to help them grow in their profession and thank God for His many blessings.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

November 01, 2018
Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

As a school division, we spent October being grateful and celebrating Thanksgiving. In November, we remember and pray. November 1st is All Saints Day, when we honour and pray to our Saints in heaven; and November 2nd is All Soul’s Day, a day when we especially remember all those who have gone before us. On Remembrance Day, November 11th we pray for all those who continue to give selflessly to protect us; for those who live in pain from their experiences; and for all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep Canada strong and free.

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.   Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
~ John McCrae

Each November, we have an update in the organization of our Board of Trustees. We expect to have a new Chair and Deputy Chair elected from our steady group of seven trustees at our Public Board Meeting on Monday, November 5th at 5:00 pm. All are invited to attend this meeting, or any of our public meetings. 
We will gather together again on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 to meet with our CSCCs. Opportunities to connect directly with parents are very important to us, and we look forward to meeting with all of our CSCCs at Sacred Heart Community School. We are very grateful for all of our parents who take the time to invest in school communities. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and caring.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. ~ Exodus 12:14

Students will have some time off school as we join the rest of the country in honouring our veterans. Thursday, November 8th is a day off for students, but a day of professional development for our teachers and staff. Friday, November 9th is a school holiday, and Monday, November 12th is a statutory holiday for all students and school staff. We encourage anyone, who is able, to please attend a service on Sunday, November 11th to pray for all those who serve or have served our country.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

December 03, 2018

​Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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This month as Advent begins, so too does a new liturgical calendar. We now enter Year C, and four weeks of reflection and waiting.

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness." Jeremiah 33:14-16

November brought a change to our Board of Trustees. We thank outgoing Chair Rob Bresciani for his leadership over the past year. Our new Chair is Bob Kowalchuk, and our new Deputy Chair is Donna Ziegler. May the Lord bless all those who lead in our school division.

Thank you to all elementary school families who participated in our Student-Led Conferences and Celebrations of Learning in November. We pray the goals set are attainable for all our students. The great turnout is a good example of knowing how important parental involvement is for our students. We are participating in the Attendance Matters movement as we encourage all families to focus on education and the importance of being at school.

We thank God for the gift of Mother Mary's trust, and His Son Christ Jesus, the ultimate Christmas gift. We know and appreciate how blessed we are to have the gift of Catholic Education and to be able to share the anticipation of Jesus' birth throughout our schools.

December brings about a flurry of activity in our schools. From Advent liturgies and Masses to Christmas concerts, and service projects, we are grateful to our staff and families for the extra time shared with our school communities. Please enjoy the Christmas break coming up. The last day of school is Friday, December 21, 2018, and we look forward to our students returning refreshed and ready to learn on Monday, January 7, 2019.

God's hope to direct me.

God's love to surround me.

God's joy to warm me.

God's peace to comfort me.

Amen.


Board of Trustees Newsletter

January 03, 2019

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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Happy New Year, and a very Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the birth of Jesus according to the Byzantine Rite! We pray 2019 brings our families peace, joy, and happiness as we continue to walk together with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Advent was a beautiful time of patience and waiting. We are so proud of our students for participating in various different Advent service projects: from filling hampers; to generously sharing with others; to sewing teddy bears to give to children in crisis. The thought and caring shown for others in December was inspiring.

John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same." Luke 3:11

The new year brings many new projects. We are working on finalizing the school year calendar for 2019-2020, and we look forward to sharing it with you as soon as the Ministry of Education approves it. Schools are also already preparing for the 2019-20 school year, and all elementary schools will begin accepting Kindergarten registrations later this month. Pre-kindergarten enrollment begins in Feburary.

Please keep our high school students in your prayers at the end of this month. They begin course finalization exams on January 23. Semester two starts on February 1.

This month will also bring the announcement of the individuals selected to be honoured at our inaugural Distinguish Alumni Gala in May. We are excited to share with you the amazing things our former students are doing to spread the love of Christ throughout the world.

Even when we pray alone, we pray together with all the people of God. ~ Pope Francis

Thank you for choosing Regina Catholic Schools and a faith-based education for your children. We are happy to celebrate the successes of our students, and honoured to walk with them on their journeys.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

February 01, 2019

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. ~Pope Francis

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Through the darkness and cold of winter, the days are now becoming longer. As a church, we are back into Ordinary Time, and the routine and business of education continues. Our high school students wrapped up Semester 1 by writing course finalizations, and we pray for continued success for all our high school students as classes begin for Semester 2.

This month bring us French Second Language Education Week February 4-8; and we celebrate with our eight French Immersion schools. French Immersion is a wonderful choice for our families and this program is growing quickly. February 11-15 is Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week. We will take time to pray for each employee of the Regina Catholic School Division. The contribution of each person is what creates the success of the many; as a Board, we are eternally grateful to all our staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty each day. Those two weeks of recognition are followed with a nice break. There is no school for staff or students from February 16-24. Enjoy your time together as a family. Red Cross Pink Day is February 27. We will celebrate with prayer, and activities to remind students what we practice every day: acceptance, tolerance, and love.

Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they left their nets and followed him. ~Mark 1:17-18

 Thank you, parents and guardians, for choosing Catholic education for your children. Together, we will continue to ensure we promote and protect this gift of Catholic education in our province.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

March 01, 2019

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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As the days get longer, we can sense the promise of spring. As Christians, we are hope-filled people. It is the hope that the cold winter weather breaks to allow our families and children to enjoy the outdoors. As a Church, we look forward to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent this month.

"May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation. As we head toward the Easter season, we have an opportunity for reflection. We think about the gift of Catholic education, and see ways to celebrate the gift we have. We pray that this gift is protected, and that all who seek a faith-based Catholic education can find a place in our schools.

"Prayer is never in vain: it always brings forth something new that, sooner or later, bears fruit. ~Pope Francis

This year will bring new celebrations of Catholic education, including a Catholic Education Matters Gala to be held on May 4, Moving in Faith on May 26, and Catholic Education Week, which begins May 26 as well. We look forward to sharing more details about these events with you.

Please note that students do not have classes on March 15. Our teachers will have a professional development day of learning so that we can continue to provide the best possible education for your children.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

April 01, 2019
​Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!
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Where should we fix our gaze along the journey of Lent? On the Crucifix. Jesus on the Cross is the compass of life that points us to H​eaven. ~ Pope Francis

We continue to journey through Lent, side by side with our students, staff and families. During this period of fasting, almsgiving and prayer, we keep in mind our gratitude for the gift of Catholic education.

Last month, five justices heard the Theodore appeal. The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association, backed by Catholic school boards from Alberta and Ontario, made a strong case and we feel confident. We will keep our families updated, and invite you to learn more at www.opencatholiceducation.ca.

Saturday, May 4 is our Catholic Education Matters Gala. Tickets are on sale now for $50.00, and you can get them by calling 306-791-7200. We will honour our three Distinguished Alumni, Father Lorne Crozon, Karen Donnelly and Christopher Kutarna, at the Gala. We look forward to celebrating with our community.

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” Mark 15: 37-39

Easter break means no school for students from Friday, April 19 through to Sunday April 28. We pray everyone enjoys a nice break to really celebrate the Risen Lord, and look forward to seeing all our students again on Monday, April 29. We wish you all a great Easter break!

Board of Trustees Newsletter

May 01, 2019

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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"Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."  Romans 8:34

Our prayers were answered, and we were able to deliver the good news that the Regina Catholic School Division is the first ever Canadian winner of the Follett Challenge. This international win means we have an additional $60,000 in Follett products and services (of which we use a lot in our schools already), plus, we will have a visit from award winning author Kwame Alexander. We are thrilled, and grateful to the whole "Tinker Tub" team, including all the Teacher Librarians in our elementary schools.

We are in the process of finalizing the budget for the 2019-2020 school year, which will be approved by the end of June. Administration is also preparing for next year, and making staffing arrangements for all our schools. If you know your child or children will be moving to a new school or school division for next year, please let your current school staff know as soon as possible. The sooner we know, the better prepared we are which keeps our schools running efficiently.

While we prepare for next year, we're still in the thick of things for this year! May is always busy and lots of fun, with outdoor activities, school events, Masses and liturgies, and of course, lots of learning. We're so happy to share the joy of the Easter season throughout the Regina Catholic School Division.

God searches for you, even if you don't search for Him. God loves you, even if you have forgotten Him. God looks for beauty in you, even if you think you have uselessly squandered all your talents. ~ Pope Francis

May is Early Childhood Education Month. We are so blessed to have so many brilliant minds teaching our youngest students. May also has a day off for all students on Friday, May 17, giving all students a four day weekend including the statutory holiday on Monday, May 20. We pray everyone has a safe and enjoyable May long weekend.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

June 03, 2019

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Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

Welcome to the final month of the school year! We know June is coming, but every year, this month and all the many activities it brings seems to arrive as a surprise.

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you."  Ephesians 4:32

We are working hard at finalizing the budget for the 2019-2020 school year, which will be approved by the end of June. Another big task we have is to arrange appropriate staffing for next year. If you know your child or children will be at a different school in the fall, please let your current school staff know as soon as possible. This will help keep our staffing appointments timely.

June is a busy month with finishing curricula, final concerts, track and field meets, and extra field trips. There are also the big final projects and high school course finalizations. We will pray that all our elementary and high school students will have had a year of growth and success. We hope and pray that as the summer holidays approach, each of you feels touched by the Holy Spirit during our time together in our schools. We want to pray especially for those students who face transitions into next year, whether it is starting kindergarten, moving from elementary school to high schools, continuing educational endeavours, or beginning life outside of the Regina Catholic School Division.

To all the families who will leave us after this year, including our grade 12 graduates and their families, thank you for choosing Catholic education, and may God bless you on your journeys.

There is no freedom greater than letting yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to lead you wherever he wishes. ~ Pope Francis

Elementary students will get a day off on June 14 while teachers work in the classroom; and our high school students have a day off after finals on June 26. The last day of school for all students is June 27. Please remember that dismissal on June 27th is one hour early.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

September 03, 2019

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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Welcome back to school! We're so happy to begin another year of learning, praising God, and growing together.

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."  Matthew 18:20

The start of a new year is always exciting, and the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year is no different. We're looking forward to welcoming students back for another ten months of learning and growing in the grace of God.

As we await the decision of the Theodore Court Case Appeal, our advocacy continues. The opencatholiceducation.ca website and SCSBA (Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association) Facebook page are now active. Please continue to share your good news stories. Testimonials from parents/students, and stories about why parents choose to send their children to our schools have great impact. Submissions may be made through your school, which in turn will be received at the Board Office. Accompanying photos and videos are always welcome.

The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) is highlighting student safety on September 3 as young people across the province prepare to begin a new year of learning. The annual proclamation of Provincial Students' Day helps to remind drivers that children and youth are back in school and that extra care for their safety is important.

A reminder to all drivers that there are some changes to school zones beginning this month. Notably, the speed limit has dropped to 30 kilometers per hour, and U-turns are no longer legal. Please remember to keep an extra eye out for children during these first weeks of school. The kids are always very excited about seeing friends after the summer break, and we want to maintain their safety at all times. Thank you for respecting these changes and protecting our students and staff.

On September 30, students are encouraged to participate in "Orange Shirt Day" by wearing orange and reflecting on residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is officially proclaimed on Sept. 30 each year and is part of a larger movement in the country to provide opportunity for First Nations, governments, schools and communities to unite in a spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

The Lord does not perform wonders with those who believe themselves to be just, but with those who know they are in need and are willing to open their hearts to Him. ~ Pope Francis

Board of Trustees Newsletter

October 01, 2019

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Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

October brings us to a month of Thanksgiving.

"You will say in that day:

I will give thanks to you, O Lord,

for though you were angry with me,

your anger turned away,

and you comforted me."  Isaiah 12:1

We thank God for all our students, staff, families and school communities. This will be another busy month, and we're grateful for so many blessings as we continue to live and learn during such busy times.

Provincial Education Week is October 20-26. The theme is, "Working & Learning Together." We feel this theme is a strength in Regina Catholic Schools, as exhibited by the many collaborative projects which are benefitting our students, such as our innovative Tinker Tubs in our elementary schools. As always, classroom success is only possible when we work as a team. Our team includes staff, students, parents, and trustees. Thank you for working with us to create a bright future for all our children.

We continue to wait for the results of the Theodore Court Case Appeal. The opencatholiceducation.ca website and SCSBA (Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association) Facebook page are still active, and we very much appreciate all those who share their stories about choosing Catholic education. Submissions may be made through your school, which in turn will be received at the Board Office. Accompanying photos and videos are always welcome.

We are called to be witnesses and messengers of God's mercy, to offer the world light where there is darkness, hope where despair reigns, salvation where sin abounds. ~ Pope Francis

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, there are a few holidays for students to keep in mind. There are no classes on Friday, October 4, Monday, October 14, and Friday, October 18. Please enjoy the many blessings of the Lord as you spend time with family and friends on these long weekends.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

November 03, 2019

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Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

This month we remember those who have left this earth for everlasting life as we mark All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:18-19

We carry this love of Christ in our hearts as we honour our veterans on Remembrance. By teaching our children about the past, and sharing with them about those who serve today, we can play a small role in ensuring our future.

November brings the first of our student-involved conferences with teachers and parents. Thank you for your participation in these meetings, and your dedication to the education of your children.

We are waiting for the results of the Theodore Court Case Appeal. To learn more about this threat to Catholic education as we know it, and learn more about you can help defend parental choice, please visit opencatholiceducation.ca. The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association is taking every step available to protect a parent's choice in their family's education.

There are several days to keep marked on the calendar this month. November 7, 8 and 11 are days off for students, leaving a five day weekend. We pray that you can enjoy time together as a family during these days, and remember the sacrifices of the families who serve and protect the freedom of us all.

Board of Trustees Newsletter

December 02, 2019

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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This month, as Advent begins, so too does a new liturgical calendar. We now enter Year A, and four weeks of reflection and waiting.

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare the way - a voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him." (Mark 1:1-3)

November brought a change to our Board of Trustees. Bob Kowalchuk continues to be our Chairperson and our new Deputy Chair is Vicky Bonnell. We thank Bob for continuing as Chair for another year; and extend a sincere thank you to outgoing Deputy Chair, Donna Ziegler, for her leadership over the past year. May the Lord guide and bless all who lead in our school division.

Thank you to all elementary school families who participated in our Student-Led Conferences and Celebrations of Learning in November. We pray for continued success for all our students and that the goals set are attainable. We were very pleased with our first Annual School Community Council (SCC) Parent Conference which was held on November 23rd.  The presenters were great and feedback was positive. Thank you to all those involved in making our first SCC Provincial Parent Conference such a success. The Attendance Matters movement and the importance of being at school continues to be our focus. Your continued support in this area is always appreciated. Parental engagement and student attendance truly does help our children succeed.

December brings about a flurry of activity in our schools. From Advent liturgies and Masses to Christmas concerts, and service projects, we are grateful to our staff and families for the extra time shared with our school communities. Please enjoy the Christmas break coming up. The last day of school is Friday, December 20, 2019, and we look forward to our students returning refreshed and ready to learn on Monday, January 6, 2020.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)


Board of Trustees Newsletter

January 03, 2020

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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A new year is here, and we welcome 2020 with excitement as we enjoy the Christmas season. Welcome back to school!

"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."

Matthew 7:7-8

People often greet a new year with fresh goals, and resolutions to do something better than they did the year before. In our schools, we pray for the same goal for all our students: that they may reach their best potential by learning through the Catholic faith. By searching for God's blessing in all that we do – academics, athletics, extra-curricular, home life, and all our goals and resolutions – we can feel content that God's will is what comes to us. We are blessed by a staff of nearly 1,200 at Regina Catholic Schools who help our students reach out to God through prayer every day.

Please join us in prayer for the success of our high school students as they approach the end of their first semester and their course finalization exams later this month.

We are patiently waiting for the results of the Theodore Court Case Appeal. To learn more about this threat to Catholic education, and find out how you can help defend parental choice, please visit opencatholiceducation.ca. The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association is taking every step available to protect your choice in your family's education.

January is often a cold month, but we expect to stay warm by keeping busy. Monday, January 6 is the day we welcome students back to class. Friday, January 17 is a Teacher Professional Day, so students have the day at home while staff is working on their own learning. High Schools students will have a day off on Thursday, January 30 to wrap up Semester One, and then they start with fresh classes for Semester Two on Friday, January 31.

In closing, we ask for God's blessings on each and everyone for a happy and healthy 2020! 

Board of Trustees Newsletter

February 03, 2020

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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As we enter February, we look forward to more learning, honouring St. Valentine by showing love and friendship to one another, and spending Family Day with those closest to us!

"Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us."    John 4:11-12

We are blessed by a staff of nearly 1,200 at Regina Catholic Schools. February brings us some time to show our appreciation for the teachers and staff in our schools during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week February 9-15, 2020. Please take some time to think about the educators and adults in your life who shaped you into the person you are today. Who are those people in your child(ren)'s life? Let us together lift them up in prayer, share with them our sincere gratitude, and make sure education is a clear priority. Today's students are tomorrow's doctors, labourers, lawyers, business owners, artists, world leaders, and even teachers. Those sitting and learning in our classrooms right now are the future, and the people working together to ensure their success have answered a call to the vocation of education. We welcome all families to share a note of thanks with their schools to celebrate Teacher/Staff Appreciation.

We, like you, are anxious to hear about the results of the Theodore Court Case Appeal. To learn more about this threat to Catholic education, and find out how you can help defend parental choice, please visit opencatholiceducation.ca. The Regina Catholic School Board and the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association are working together to protect your choice in your family's education. We hope to share successful results of our appeal soon.

As we move into the month of February, we wish our high school students every success in their second semester, which starts on Monday, February 3. Teachers' Institute is February 7, so there will be no school for elementary students. We hope you all will enjoy some time together as a family during the February break. There will be no school for any students the week of February 17-21.

Happy Valentine's Day on February 14th!


Board of Trustees Newsletter

March 02, 2020

Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

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We are now in the season of Lent, and we look forward to journeying with all our students and families toward the miracle of Easter and the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

"Lent is a time of grace, a time for recognizing that our lowly ashes are loved by God and for letting God gaze upon us with love, and in this way change our lives. We were put in this world to go from ashes to life."

Pope Francis, @Pontefix

It has been a busy start to 2020, and we continue to pray for success in all our schools. Thank you to everyone who took time in February to let their teachers and school staff know how much they are appreciated. These small moments mean so much to our staff. March brings an opportunity for many of you to visit with them in person at Student Involved Conferences. We are also excited to hear the progress of our band students at the Annual Band Days this month.

We continue to wait for news about the Theodore case appeal. Until we have new information, you can read more about the case and our appreciation for the gift of publicly funded Catholic education at opencatholiceducation.ca.

We have a day of no school for students this month. March 20 is a day of work for all our teachers, but students will stay home. Thank you for staying engaged in your child's education.


Board of Trustees Newsletter

May 05, 2020

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Greetings from the Regina Catholic School Division Board of Trustees!

We are Regina Catholic Schools. Currently closed. Continually learning. Constantly praying.

With Easter season comes the hope and promise of new life. During this unprecedented time of school closures and self-isolation, we embrace that hope.

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation."      ~ Mark 16:15

We pray for all our families, as together, we navigate this very new world of mindful hand washing, working remotely where possible, and students not seeing their teachers every day. We know this is difficult. Our theme is, "Let Your Light Shine," and we see that light everyday through the helpers within our school division. Caretakers are spending extra time ensuring our schools are disinfected so that everyone who enters is safe. Teachers are learning new ways of delivering lessons to students. Students are adjusting to something completely new. Community School Coordinators and Nutrition Workers are making sure our families have a place to turn for help. School Counsellors are checking in with students to touch base and have conversations. Parents are finding creative ways to fit learning into their days. Please remember, whatever your struggle, it's important to stay connected and reach out when and if you, or someone you love, needs help.

Posted below, we've shared with you again the school year calendars for the 2020-2021 school year. We don't know when we will return to traditional classrooms, but we do know that learning will resume after the summer break on September 3, 2020, and we continue to prepare for the next school year.

Beginning a new month gives us a chance to look ahead. To maintain safety and continue to following the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines, we have cancelled the Distinguished Alumni Gala, as well and our Moving in Faith annual event. However, supplemental learning continues, and we encourage all students to participate as much as possible. Please use this opportunity to "Take Back Your Year" and prepare for the next level, whether that is the next grade, first year of high school, or post-secondary education. Our teachers will meet their students where they are next year, but this supplemental learning truly is important.

The only business day in May without school is Friday, May 15, when teachers have meetings scheduled. This gives students a four day weekend with Monday, May 18 being the Victoria Day holiday.

 s as we journey through this pandemic together.


Carmichael Outreach Center Sock Drive 2017.

December 04, 2017

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Carmichael Outreach Center Sock Drive 2017

This is a reminder that Jean Vanier School is doing another sock drive for the less fortunate gentlemen of Regina. ​ 

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Catholic Education Matters Raffle!

February 26, 2019

Tickets are available at Jean Vanier School

First Prize - Original Artwork by Jason Robins
Second Prize - $250.00
Third Prize - $100.00

Tickets - $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00
Email events@rcsd.ca to get your tickets.

Draw Date: May 4, 2019


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CEC Centralization Message

April 16, 2019

Please see the correspondence below from your Board of Trustees.

CEC Centralization Message to Families April 16, 2019.pdf

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October 11, 2019

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October 24, 2019

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS

November 21, 2019

​List of items for Christmas hampers is attached.  Please have a look and see what we need.

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Christmas Hamper Items.pdf

Controlled Return of Mass

May 15, 2020

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Please see the letter below from the Archdiocese of Regina. It outline careful plans to begin celebrating Mass once again. Masses will be limited to ten people, as outlined in provincial guidelines. 

Letter to Clergy re- allowing Mass during COVID-19 - May 14 2020.pdf

Distinguished Alumni Nominations

October 05, 2018

The Regina Catholic School Division theme is, "Let Your Light Shine." This theme is based on Matthew 5:16, which says, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." We believe our almuni are doing good works, letting their lights shine before all the world, and giving glory to our Father in heaven. Because we feel so strongly that our alumni are following Matthew's gospel, we want to recognize those who are outstanding representatives of Regina Catholic Schools.

In May 2019, the Regina Catholic Schools Distinguished Alumni Program will recognize our first recipients. Do you know a graduate of our school division who is letting their light shine boldly? We invite you to nominate them. We are accepting nominations now; the deadline for nominations is Tuesday, November 22, 2018. More details are online now at www.rcsd.ca/Board/DistinguishedAlumni., and the nomination form is available below.

RCSD Distinguished Alumni Nomination 2019.pdf

​Thank you for helping us identify those who are spreading the word of God beyond the halls of our schools. We are proud to be able to honour those who are making a difference, a difference which began in the Regina Catholic School Division.​

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Easter Message

April 08, 2020

We are Regina Catholic Schools. Currently Closed. Continually Learning. Constantly Praying.

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30

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Click to view video message.

We entered Holy Week during what has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging months in many of our lives. Things will get better. In the meantime, we follow directions from the Response Planning Team, Chief Medical Officer, the Government of Saskatchewan and prayer.

As a school division, we hope you're enjoying the reconnection of teachers and students this week, and finding the supplemental learning plan helpful. While we adjust to this different delivery model, let us adjust our mindset and remain positive. We are not stuck at home; we get to stay safe in our homes. We are not sick; we get to make sure that we remain healthy and protect our families. We are not socially distant, though we are practicing good social distancing. We are finding new ways to connect with friends, colleagues and loved ones from the security of our homes.

We will get through this together.

We have good people who are prioritizing our safety leading us through this uncertainty. All emotional reactions are valid and acceptable. Know you are not alone, and there is help.

As we approach the Easter Triduum, we are reminded that in the midst of this scare, a bright light is shining in the resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It is in that light that we rest our hope and knowledge that God is walking with us in this journey of managing the pandemic.

Masses will be online via livestream this year for Holy Week. We encourage all to join in this special time to celebrate together. You can view the livestreamed events by clicking here.

April 9, 7PM: Holy Thursday

April 10, 3PM: Good Friday

April 11, 8:30PM: Easter Vigil

April 12, 9AM: Easter Sunday Mass

Mother Teresa, now a saint, once said, "What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." Today we are asked to stay home and love our families. As you do this, we pray for your continued health and safety and wish you all a Happy Easter.


Education Engagement Survey

April 12, 2019

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Dear Partners in Education,

A new online survey has been launched inviting Saskatchewan residents to provide their input into the future of education. In addition to the meeting opportunities we are facilitating to gain input, we encourage all staff, students and parents to provide their input by taking the survey. Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested. You can find more information and a link to the survey on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/provincial-education-plan
We encourage all of our stakeholders to take the survey it is for students and for non-students (parents, staff members and all other educational stakeholders). Thank you for a taking an active role in shaping the future of education in Saskatchewan. 
The survey will be open until May 10, 2019.

Equity Head to Toe

September 29, 2017

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Melissa Mikel  will speak with Regina Catholic School Division staff on  Thursday, November 16.  We have opened up her session to an open invitation for our parents to attend as well. Equity Head to Toe introduces a practical and meaningful approach to equity in the classroom: engaging students with their head (knowledge), heart (compassion) and feet (action). Participants will be engaged in interactive activities and introduced to free resources that are readily available to use in their classrooms; they only require an open mind and readiness to explore. Parents can apply these lessons at home.


The session runs in the Gratton Room,  3120 - 14th Avenue, on Thursday, November 16 from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.

Extreme Weather

January 15, 2020

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Regina Catholic Schools' policy is to cancel all transportation services when the temperature hits -45 or colder according to Environment Canada as of 6:00 am.  That means yellow school buses, paratransit, and cabs.  If this is the case, all extra curricular activities are also cancelled for the day. 
We anticipate this is the case for today,  Thursday, January 16, 2020.
All schools remain open.
For safety reasons it is very important to inform your child's school either by phone or email if you choose to keep them home .


Family Letter from Response Planning Team

March 22, 2020

As we settle into this new reality, we thank you for following the guidelines for health and safety. In general, thorough hand washing and social distancing are highly recommended by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

It's important to remind all families that the term "social distancing" means to stay away from others. This means playdates and social gatherings should all be cancelled. In particular, we want to remind families, and ask you to share this with your children, that this is not a time to socialize in person. Consider monitored social media use, FaceTime, Skype, and other ways to stay connected without being in the same building. We are aware many students enjoy their time away from school because they like spending time "hanging out." Even our teens, who will undoubtedly find this very difficult, must stay home. We know our students will miss their friends, but we also know our students want all their friends to stay healthy. Please see the included list of activities sorted into red, yellow, and green light categories for social distancing. Refrain from all activities listed as red light, and carefully consider any yellow light activities to determine possible risks for your family.

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(Image above is not ours. It brilliantly explains what is safe during this time of social distancing, and we're very grateful to whoever created this!)

Below is a message from the Saskatchewan Government's Response and Planning Team (RPT). We ask that you read this carefully as the Regina Catholic School Division takes direction from the RPT on how we will deliver education moving forward.

Thank you for staying informed, and checking your email inboxes and www.rcsd.ca regularly for updates.  

As has been stated numerous times, the situation is fluid. We appreciate your patience and calm. A reminder to visit www.Saskatchewan.ca/Coronavirus for all your COVID-19 related details, direct from the source.

Finally, let us remember to pray through this.

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

~Joshua 1:9

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools


Government
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Saskatchewan

March 20,2020

Dear families:
 
Ministry of Education
2220 College Avenue
Regina,Canada S4P 4V9

Saskatchewan has an Education Response Planning Team, consisting of officials from the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials and the Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents, that is meeting daily to support  the education system in our response to COVID-19. For provincial updates and messaging regarding response to COVID-19 please continue  to monitor Saskatchewan.ca.

The Response Planning Team would  like to share the following with families:

•    First, thank you to students, parents and caregivers for your understanding during these extraordinary times. We appreciate  your patience and your flexibility. We are working hard to address the needs of students, staff and school communities as schools close starting today, March 20.

•    The closure is considered indefinite. How long schools are closed and classes are suspended will depend on decisions made by Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer.

•        For the upcoming week,we feel it is most important for school staff to pause, enact social distancing and focus on caring for themselves and their families. More information will be coming from school divisions about the next steps. Essential services, such as maintaining our buildings, will continue during this pause.

•        Premier Scott Moe and Education Minster Gordon Wyant have committed that students will progress to the next grade or class and those who are eligible to graduate will do so.

•    As has been stated, we are committed to ensuring that supplementary  educational opportunities will be provided for students. Further information on this will be forthcoming.

•    We know there are many questions about the details and the Response Planning Team is actively working on this. We are committed to supporting students.

•    Education staff are continuing to be employed and paid, as they normally would be.

•    The Response Planning Team is continuing to provide updates and information to School Divisions.School Divisions will continue  to provide  information to students  and parents  as it is available.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 

The Response and Planning Team

RPT Letter to parents March 20 2020.pdf

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

February 04, 2020

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FREE Microsoft Office 2016

December 13, 2017

​Giving someone a new laptop this Christmas?  You'll need this link.

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The Regina Catholic School Division provides all its staff and students with Microsoft Office 365 accounts for as long as anyone is part of the division. Office 365 provides access to important Microsoft Office programs – such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook through a web portal.
Thanks to Regina Catholic School Division’s agreement with Microsoft, our students and faculty can download and install Microsoft Office 2016 on their home computers for free!  You can install Office on up to 5 devices.  This is the same version of Microsoft Office that our students and teachers use in the classroom and integrates with Office 365.
To find out how to download Microsoft Office 2016 for free at home, click here​.

From the Archdiocese of Regina

March 19, 2020

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March 18, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of the Archdiocese of Regina,

Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ.

In this challenging time, it is as important as ever for the Church to be close to the People of God, and I want to assure you of my spiritual closeness as we face the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.  Please know of my prayers and pastoral concern.

At this time, the Church must weigh what appear to be competing values, the health and safety of our broader civic community, especially of the most vulnerable; saving lives; and the immense spiritual value of access to the liturgy of the Church and the sacraments.  We are blessed by our longstanding spiritual tradition that the grace of the sacraments is available outside the sacraments themselves, in particular through an act of spiritual communion.

After careful and serious discernment – in light of directives from all levels of government (including a provincial declaration of a state of emergency and the closure of our schools), consultations with Catholic and secular healthcare representatives, the Council of Priests, and with reference to the decisions of other dioceses – we recognize the serious threat to public health that large gatherings create at this time.  This is a matter of protecting the vulnerable who  might be exposed to the virus at such gatherings. It is also about slowing the spread of this disease and mitigating the burden on our healthcare system.  Having witnessed the situation in Italy, we dare not contribute to an overwhelmed system in which the vulnerable are unable to access the care they need.

In light of this, and in this time of Lent where we join our sacrifices to Christ's in a special way, I am calling on our pastors and the faithful of the Archdiocese to offer what may be the most profound spiritual sacrifice of our generation. As of Friday, March 20, 2020, the following measures are to be enacted throughout the Archdiocese:

1.   Sunday and Weekday Masses are hereby suspended until further notice.  We will be constantly monitoring the situation and issuing updates accordingly.

Further, in keeping with the Code of Canon Law no. 87, I grant to all the Catholic faithful dispensation from their Sunday obligation until further notice.

Recognizing that the celebration of the Eucharist lies at the very heart of our spiritual lives, a roster of clergy, including myself, will celebrate daily and Sunday Masses from Resurrection Parish in Regina to be livestreamed available at the following link:  https://livestream.com/accounts/17094656

2.   I will preside at the Chrism Mass scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020, joined by the Deans. Oils will be distributed by the Deans to their deaneries. While this celebration will be closed to the public, it will be livestreamed.  Information about the livestream will be disseminated through our website, email lists, and social media channels.

3.   Baptisms, funerals, and weddings should be strictly limited in size, with immediate family only. Larger celebrations should take place at a later date when all restrictions have been lifted. Discernment should take place in consultation with families and their pastor, keeping in mind all government limitations on group size, travel restrictions, and health criteria surrounding social distancing and at-risk groups. For funerals, a graveside service with a memorial Mass at a later date is encouraged. Pastors are encouraged to arrange for private confessions ensuring all health and safety guidelines are followed.

4.   Only essential gatherings (e.g., of Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils) are to take place. These must adhere to all government restrictions and health guidelines. Holding such meetings electronically should be strongly considered.

5.   Information regarding Holy Week celebrations, sacramental preparation, First Communions and Confirmations, Initiation for Adults, ministry to the sick, and considerations for the ongoing financial needs of parishes will be forthcoming.  Please refer to our special COVID-19 page on our website: https://archregina.sk.ca/content/covid-19-updates.

6.   Recognizing the great importance for our Church to continue to foster and support the spiritual lives of the faithful, at the discretion of the pastor or administrator Churches may remain open to the public for private prayer and devotion.  A separate communication will contain important considerations for doing this as safely as possible.

7.   Community Care: The Archdiocese is organizing a comprehensive "Good Samaritan" care program to coordinate outreach efforts to those who may lack the necessary social supports to effectively meet their spiritual and material needs at this time.  If you are interested in volunteering for this important initiative, please contact outreach@archregina.sk.ca.

As we have all watched this pandemic develop and spread, I have been asking myself, and continually take to prayer, the question, "How am I being called to serve and be close to the people of God at this time?"  I conclude this letter by asking that every pastor and administrator in our Archdiocese take time to pray and dialogue with lay leadership about how they can most meaningfully and helpfully reach out to their people and provide for their spiritual needs through this crisis. And I encourage every member of the faithful in our Archdiocese to prayerfully consider how they are being called to reach out to one another and to those in need, keeping in mind all relevant health directives.

The Lord is never absent from us.  We are called, not only in times of joy and celebration, but in times of trial and sorrow, to live faithfully, meaningfully, and compassionately.  Even as we follow the most prudent health directives and honour our Christian duty to protect the vulnerable, we are called to be present to and with one another, if not physically, then spiritually.  May we join together in prayer and service this Lent so as to open ourselves to God's grace, that the God who raised Jesus from the dead may also use this experience of suffering to show us a glimpse of the resurrection.

Yours in Christ,

✠Donald J. Bolen

Archbishop of Regina

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COVID-19 Update - March 18, 2020.pdf

Grand Prize Winner!!

April 24, 2019

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The Regina Catholic School Division was makes the 2019 Grand Prize Winner of the Follett Challenge!!! We can’t wait to celebrate more after the break, but took some time to share the news during the holiday! Congrats to the whole Tinker Tub team: Leader Sherry Chase, Genna Rodriguez, Jillian Laursen, Kyle Webb, Gordon West, and all our Teacher Librarians!

https://player.vimeo.com/video/332265655

Help Available

March 20, 2020

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​It's okay to not be okay. These are difficult times. Here are some places you can reach out to for support if needed.


Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Text: CONNECT to 686868

Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Live Chat: www.kidshelpphone.ca  


Mobile Crisis Helpline Regina:

Professional Crisis Counsellors are available to help you with any problem that you are having difficulty coping with.  People of all ages are welcome to call from youth to seniors.  Crisis Counsellors will listen, provide support, direction and help you get connected to community resources. 

Mobile Crisis Helpline: 306-757-0127

Crisis Suicide Helpline: 306-525-5333

http://www.mobilecrisis.ca/


Crisis Services Canada

Providing suicide prevention and support to the people of Canada.

Phone: 1-833-456-4566

Text: "Start" to 45645 (available 4pm – midnight ET)

https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/

 

SK Healthline 811

SK Healthline 811 recently added a line to connect individuals to Mental Health Supports during this challenging time.

https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/HealthLine/

 

Catholic Family Services Regina

Free walk-in counselling services available.

Phone: 306-525-0521

https://www.cfsregina.ca/

 

Family Service Regina

Free walk-in counselling services available.

Phone: 306.757.6675

https://familyserviceregina.com/

 

Canadian Mental Health

https://cmha.bc.ca/news/managing-anxiety-covid-19/

 

211 Saskatchewan

Is a free, confidential information and referral system for thousands of community and social services available across Saskatchewan

https://sk.211.ca/


Anxiety Canada

Expert tools and resources to help Canadians Manage Anxiety.

https://www.anxietycanada.com/


Drug Class 

Taught by Rand Teed, filled with resources to help yourself and others in dealing with addiction.

https://www.drugclass.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/Drug-Class-The-Official-Fan-Page


Help Available

March 26, 2020

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If you or someone you know needs help during this pandemic, please know that there are places you can go. The City of Regina is working with the provincial government and many non-profit organisations to address critical needs in our city. The primary concerns are food security and safe shelter. 

Please visit the City of Regina website for more information on making connections.

Regina Community Partners

We continue to pray for those feeling uncertain during these difficult times. Please join us in praying for all those struggling with the basic necessities.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  ~Matthew 25:35-36

Important: Restriction of Services

March 09, 2020


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March 9, 2020

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) have been unable to negotiate a new agreement.

The Regina Catholic School Teachers' Association (RCSTA) and STF have given us notice that teachers will withdraw their voluntary services.  The notice given to the Regina Catholic School Division is that this Restriction of Services sanction will begin Thursday, March 12, 2020.

As a result of the restriction of services from the STF all extra-curricular activities in all our schools are cancelled. There will be limited supervision outside of school hours. Student-led conferences will continue as scheduled.

It is important to note that while teachers are continuing to provide supervision for 15 minutes before classes begin, 15 minutes after school ends, and during the lunch hour, students will not be permitted in school outside of those hours. Students should not arrive for school earlier than 15 minutes prior to the first bell, and should leave in their usual manner (walking, division transportation, parent pick up, etc.) no later than 15 minutes after school.

As always, our top priority is the safety of students and staff. Your cooperation in staying informed will help ensure all students remain safe. Updates will be posted on our website, www.rcsd.ca.

INFORMATION ON FLU SEASON

February 14, 2020

​How to differentiate cold, allergy or flu.

 

SYMPTOMS

 

 

COLD

 

ALLERGY

 

INFLUENZA

FeverRareRareVery common 39-40 C (sudden onset)
HeadacheSometimesUnusualUsual – can be severe
General aches & painsSometimes mildRareUsual – often severe
Fatigue & weaknessSometimes, mildRareUsual - severe
Extreme fatigueUnusualRareUsual early onset – Can be severe
Runny, stuffy noseCommonVery commonSometimes
SneezingCommonVery commonSometimes
Sore ThroatSometimesUnusualVery common
CoughSometimesUnusualVery common
Chest discomfort, coughingSometimes, mildRareUsual – Can be severe
Symptoms last5 – 10 days Up to 2 weeks


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JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

January 07, 2020

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Jean Vanier Christmas Hamper Donations

December 04, 2017

As we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ, we will be participating in a variety of service projects at Jean Vanier School.  One of these includes the preparation of Christmas hampers for families in our local community.  We will be creating Christmas hampers which will include food items, a toy or other gifts for each child, and gifts for the parents/guardian(s). 

Please see the list of items we will be collecting.Christmas hamper 2017.pdf

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Jean Vanier Oktoberfest 2018

October 25, 2018

Jean Vanier Oktoberfest Dance!!

The students of Vanier and St. Augustine grade 5, had a great time dancing the afternoon away.   As you can tell by the smiles, Oktoberfest is enjoyed by all.  ​Okt 2018.jpg

Kids Plus Accident Insurance

July 05, 2018
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For your convenience, RCSD has made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc (iA Financial Group).

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

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For complete plan details, please visit kidsplus.ca.

Learning Update

March 27, 2020

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March 27, 2020

Dear Families;

Thank you all for your patience this week as we took a "pause" in educational operations as directed by the provincial government. We hope you are well. We pray our collective efforts have made a difference, and continue to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are sharing with you a letter from the province's Response Planning Team (below), which is the framework we will use to create our plan for supplementary learning.

You can expect more information via email from your child(ren)'s teacher(s) and/or school(s) early next week. The work sent to you gives a chance for high school students to improve current grades, and allows all high school and elementary students keep their minds engaged during this pandemic. It will help us all prepare for the following school year.

There are still many questions for which we are seeking answers. We are excited about the possibilities as we plan to work and learn from home until further notice.

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools


From the Ministry of Education:

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March 27, 2020

Dear Saskatchewan Families:

Providing students continued opportunities to learn

The Saskatchewan Education Response Planning Team, made up of education representatives, have been working hard on new ways to address the learning needs of students. Staff and school communities are focused on ensuring the safest and most appropriate way of offering education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A special thank you to students and families for your ideas, understanding, patience and flexibility during these extraordinary times.

We have come up with some guidelines for school divisions across the province. The main principles the team used to develop the guidelines are important messages for families to know:

  • Saskatchewan school divisions are committed to providing all students an opportunity to learn and to support well-being.
  • Families and caregivers are not expected to deliver Saskatchewan curriculum.
  • Teachers, administrators and school staff want to remain connected to the students, families and communities they serve.
  • Teachers are best positioned to offer, during this time of physical distancing, some learning opportunities to the students they are currently teaching, should their students/families choose to take advantage of them.
  • In effort to engage all students, we will need to support teachers and staff in many different ways of delivering and offering learning opportunities.
  • The learning opportunities will be to support families and caregivers in a continued learning structure for students if they choose to use them. 
  • Learning programs and decisions should be made with the most flexibility to ensure vulnerable students are given the opportunity to be successful.

When school divisions receive these guidelines they will, in consultation with principals and teachers, be determining the most appropriate learning opportunities based on the local circumstances of their communities, schools, families and students. Your local school division staff will begin to connect with families and students as deemed most appropriate.  

We want to acknowledge and thank the dedicated families, school boards, administrators, teachers and other education staff members for their continued commitment to students during this difficult time. Please continue to practice physical distancing as outlined by the Chief Medical Health Officer.

We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and we encourage families and staff to stay up-to-date though Saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. This website for COVID-19 information is for the public and care providers and will be updated frequently with the latest information. 

Saskatchewan Education Response Planning Team

Make the Regina Catholic School Division a Winner!

January 21, 2019

​The Regina Catholic School Division is in the running to win $60,000, and we need your support to win!

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We entered the Follett Challenge, a program which rewards schools for applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking. As part of the competition, we created a short video about what makes our program unique. 

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Please support us by viewing our video and voting for our submission at: http://follettchallenge.com/videos/1166. Twenty percent of our total score is based on how well we spread the word about our video and earn votes. You can cast one vote per day January 21 – 25, 2019, so be sure to visit often, and share with anyone you can convince to vote for us!

The Grand-Prize winner will be announced on April 24, 2019 and will receive $60,000 in Follett products and services. The winner also gets a celebration featuring New York Times Bestselling author and NEWBERY medal-winner, Kwame Alexander! 

Thank you for your support.  Your vote could make the difference in helping earn the crown of the Follett Challenge champion! 

MARCH NEWSLETTER

March 03, 2020

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May Long Weekend

May 18, 2017

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There is NO school for Jean Vanier students Friday, May 19th up to and including Tuesday, May 24th.  We wish you all a wonderful long weekend and see you on Wednesday.

Monthly Newsletters

January 31, 2018

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Jean Vanier Monthly Newsletters.  If you require a prior month, please contact the office.

June 2019 Newsletter.pdf

SCSBA FB guide pdf.pdf

May 2019 Newsletter.pdf

Too Sick to Attend School.pdf

Sask health Communicable Disease 2018.pdf


Moving In Faith 2017

May 03, 2017

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Moving in Faith 2019

May 06, 2019

Registration is on now for Moving in Faith 2019! This is our tenth annual Moving in Faith event, and we can't wait!

Register h​ere, and join us for a 2K or 5K route, plus lots of family fun including face painting, dino bouncers, balloon animals, soccer, taekwondo, yoga, and a FREE hot dog and drink for all participants.

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My Children, My Decision

March 25, 2019

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The following is a letter from a teacher and parent in the Regina Catholic School Division.

Dear Director of Education Domenic Scuglia,

The choice to move my children to the Catholic division was a conscious one, however, after comparing my own professional experience of both public and Catholic schools it was an obvious choice. In my career as a teacher, inspired by Reggio Emilia, I recognize the importance of community and the need to address the physical, social/emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the child. During my time working in public schools, non-profit organizations and being self-employed, I did not feel the ability to embrace the values in the same manner as I have been able to within the Regina Catholic School Division. My children now attend a Catholic school where the whole child is being nurtured and therefore, my children's love of learning and their natural state of wonder has returned. They are beginning to see the value they have in being who they are and can offer their gifts to help serve their friends, their school and larger community.

While entering as an employee, I was immediately welcomed. I felt as if my strengths were valued and that I was able to admit my areas of growth without judgement. Supports were available to help me prepare and grow as a Catholic teacher so that I may share those same values with my students. I am accepted and valued within my Catholic school family, a sense of belonging that I had yet to experience as a professional. When I observed how the staff approached the students and the community members, I realized that the Christian values that I was raised with are at the centre of all the teachings and weaved throughout the day in all interactions and expectations.

Values such as love, peace, gratitude, hospitality, forgiveness and compassion are basic values for humankind but we tend to have difficulties seeing this represented in our media and often schools and workplaces. The difference is that Regina Catholic Schools is a division that believes so deeply that these virtues should lead actions and decisions in relationships and conflict. When approaching people and situations from a consciousness that is not ego centred, rather it is coming from a place of love. This does not mean that hard conversations are avoided and conflicts not resolved, instead, it is the opposite. The Bible teaches these values throughout the liturgical calendar and are at the core of the whole school day. I quickly realized that I found a place of employment that aligned with my personal and professional goals. I was able to collaborate with like-minded people in the school and support the families that I so loved working with. I have been able to challenge myself, offer my strengths and grow in the areas I most valued as an early childhood teacher; intellectually, physically, socially/emotionally and most of all spiritually.

As a parent, I know the importance of addressing the whole child. If one area is neglected the other areas are quickly affected. This became more evident in my children's lives as the social/emotional piece was not being addressed and began to impact their sense of self and belonging in the community (spiritual development). I knew that if I found the environment I so wanted for myself in the Catholic division then my children definitely deserved the same environment in which they could grow in all areas of development. My children's experiences in the Catholic Schools have offered them physically and emotionally safe environments, learning that has challenged them academically by caring adults and has actively engaged them in their school and larger community. My children now see themselves playing an integral role in the community and Catholic schools have strengthened the values that we placed in the home at an early age. I truly value the work the adults do in my children's school to help guide them to be responsible, accountable and faithful individuals and encourage them to grow their Christ-like behaviour.

In this changing and evolving world, our young people are dealing with challenges that we could have never imagined when we were younger. It is necessary the students be guided and encouraged to treat others respectfully online and Catholic Schools gives the platform to discuss digital citizenship. Our children are managing connections to the digital world through social media and ever-changing information presented to them. The digital connections my children are involved in gives them the opportunity to learn and practice modelling their Christ-like behaviour online and in turn, gives me the confidence as a parent that my children are being guided to be kind and honest while working online. Catholic values are woven through all areas related to the school day and not just apparent in a Religion class.

My children are now happy and eager to go to school, their teachers have high expectations for them academically as well as socially. The spiritual development is a difficult one to address in public schools because of the limitations in speaking about humans as spiritual beings. In our Catholic schools we teach the Bible's stories, how we belong in the world and share the gifts or talents we possess. Our unique abilities are honoured and mistakes, forgiven. The difference in my family's life  is obvious due to the support the Catholic community has offered us. I am humbled by the love and compassion that I have experienced from the people within the Regina Catholic School Division and wish that every family could experience the same sense of belonging.  We expect our tax dollars to continue to go toward education, and toward maintaining options for families like ours. No one should tell me I can't choose where my children are educated. My children, my decision. Please don't let anyone take that away.

Sincerely,

Jada Fiissel

My Children, My Decision

April 05, 2019
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New School Name

April 28, 2020

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Help us choose a new name for Jean Vanier School.  We are looking for the right name for the school, and in following Administrative Application 6400, want your input. Please send suggested school names (should be the name of a Catholic Saint or be of Catholic significance) to rcs@rcsd.ca by Tuesday, May 12 at noon. Your suggestion must include rationale about why that name would be the right fit for the school. 

For more information about Jean Vanier School, please click here.

For more information about why we're changing the name of Jean Vanier School, please click here.

October Newsletter

October 11, 2019

October Newsletter

October 24, 2019

Orange Shirt Day 2017

September 29, 2017

Orange Shirt Day

September 30- Orange Shirt Day (Regina Catholic Schools Acknowledgement October 2, 2017)
How a six year old's first day at residential school inspired a movement across the country which people wear orange to honour residential school survivors. Originated from a campaign started by Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor. She tells her story of her shiny new orange shirt that was taken away on her first day of residential school. 
September 30, was chosen because it marks a time in history where children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in residential schools. This opportunity sets the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. 
Mandated by the Government of Saskatchewan August 2016- www.saskschoolboards.ca 
"The more we talk, the more we learn and the more people remember." Ellie Colling
#everychildmatters     #orangeshirtday​
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Parent Night: Guest Speaker Tony Dalton

May 06, 2019

​All parents ​and guardians are invited to hear from guest speaker Tony Dalton. He will speak on Wednesday, May 15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School.

Please RSVP to 306-751-4647 or f.baht@rcsd.ca to confirm your attendance. 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 14, 2019

​Parent/Teacher Conference Manager is up and running.  Please click the link below to access Conference Manager and book a time for your student conference with your child's teacher.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Physical Activity Information Night

May 03, 2017

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Playgrounds

March 24, 2020

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Dear Families;

We pray you are all well and making family memories to bring a bright light into a somewhat dark time.

It's important to remember our playgrounds should be as empty as our classrooms. Playground equipment is not cleaned regularly and the COVID-19 virus could be present on surfaces. Playing basketball with friends, even if the players remain several feet apart, leaves the surface of the ball to carry germs between players. We ask all residents to stay off all school playgrounds during this time of social distancing. Please consider getting your physical activity at home, in your yards, or by taking a walk, run or bike ride while maintaining a safe distance from others outside of your household.

While you are at home, and our school-based staff remains at home, our leadership team continues to develop plans as we wait for guidance from the provincial government's Response Planning Team (RPT). We have a highly qualified and talented staff and expect to be able to begin working with them again once this week's "pause" ends. We expect to have news about division provided learning for our students to share with you next week.

Thank you for staying informed, and checking your email inboxes and www.rcsd.ca regularly for updates.  

As has been stated numerous times, the situation is fluid. A reminder to visit www.Saskatchewan.ca/Coronavirus for all your COVID-19 details, direct from the provincial government.

His Holiness Pope Francis has asked us all to join him tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in praying together the Lord's Prayer to implore God to rid the world of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together tomorrow at noon local time, we will say the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us, the Our Father.  The Archdiocese of Regina will live-stream a special prayer service on Facebook at that time. We invite you to watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/ArchdioceseofRegina/. The prayer will be led by leaders of Christian churches in Regina.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools

Response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020

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March 12, 2020

While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our city, or in our schools, Regina Catholic Schools is working on its planning to minimize any potential impact on our student and staff. Our Pandemic Planning Team is working with public health officials and the Ministry of Education to monitor the situation and prepare for possible outcomes. 

Our focus is on the health and safety of our students and staff members. This requires that we all work together to limit exposure and transmission of the virus by increasing our personal hygiene habits. Staff members are reminding students about proper hand washing, and our care taking staff clean all surfaces thoroughly.  

Based on the latest information provided to us by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Public Health Agency of Canada, Regina Catholic Schools is taking, or preparing to take, the following actions:

Student, Staff or Family members who become ill:

While the school division has no authority to implement quarantine or isolation requirements, nor is it currently recommended by health authorities, we strongly advise anyone who is feeling ill to stay at home.

Individuals who are in self-isolation should monitor their symptoms and immediately report worsening of symptoms to a health care provider or public health authority for further assessment. 

School and Division-hosted events:

As of today, there is no indication from health authorities that local events need to be cancelled or postponed. However, we will address events on a case-by-case basis and our team will make an informed decision based on current information.

Travel:

We are not here to make decisions for you about international travel, but should you travel to affected areas, please remember the recommendations from the Saskatchewan Health Authority to self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days. While the school division has no authority to implement quarantine or isolation requirements, it is our hope that you follow the Health Authority recommendations. Missing two weeks of school upon return may have an impact on your child(ren)'s education, but it is necessary should you make a decision to travel.

Attendance:

In our schools, we continue to encourage good hand washing practices. Thank you for reinforcing this message at home. While we encourage good school attendance, please remember that if a student is ill, they should remain at home until they are well. We want all our students to be in class, well, and ready to learn.

Website:

There is more information available online at www.Saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. This includes the most up to date information about COVID-19 for the public. We appreciate all our families accessing health care information from there, as we can remain confident this information is coming from experts on public health and infectious diseases.

Here are several documents from the Saskatchewan Health Authority:

Coronavirus2019-Public-QA-Mar+11+2020.pdf 

Protect-Yourself-Virus-Poster-Mar-4-2020.pdf

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Regina Catholic Schools wishes to assure our stakeholders that we are basing our preparedness planning and our decision-making on the guidelines and recommendations of government and medical officials with the training, knowledge, and expertise required to manage health concerns. We will continue to monitor the situation, put our plans into action, and provide updates as the situation changes and future decisions are made.

Our prayers are with all who are ill because of COVID-19 and all other sicknesses. We pray for their healing. We trust the Lord will guide all health care workers as they treat infected individuals with care, and share information to keep us all safe.

They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills. ~ Psalm 73:4-5

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools


Safety First

January 29, 2018

Student safety is always our number one priority, and we're blessed to have support from our friends at Regina Public Schools and the Regina Police Service, who created a video sharing an important message. Special thanks for Regina Police Chief Evan Bray for sharing these important words.

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Motorists, please remember to pay very close attention in all our school zones. Thank you for helping keep our children safe!

Saskatchewan Abilities 2017 Summer Fun Program

June 01, 2017

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​The Summer Fun Program provides children and youth living with a disability an opportunity to enjoy safe and fun outings within the community, enjoy friendships, develop skills and have fun through organized group recreational and leisure activities,.

School Closures

March 16, 2020

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March 16, 2020, 11:20 AM

Dear Families and Staff;

We thank you for your continued calm, and for staying informed. We are in regular communication with the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the Chief Medical Officer. Please check www.Saskatchewan.ca/Coronavirus for the most current information.

The government announced school closures beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. If you are able to, you can keep your children home right away. It is your decision if you want to pick your children up. Please inform schools of any absences.

In the meantime, in addition to information already shared, we have the following to share about the rest of this week:

  • Everyone returning from international (outside of Canada) travel as of Saturday, March 14, 2020 must self-isolate for 14 days. If symptomatic, call 811. Self-isolation means stay home, do not go to work or school, manage symptoms at home and avoid visitors and family members in the home.
     
  • Everyone returning from out of province travel as of Saturday, March 14, 2020 should self-monitor for 14 days. If they become symptomatic, they should go home and contact 811.
     
  • If family members have travelled outside of country, there is no need to self-isolate, but you should self-monitor for 14 days. Self-monitoring means attending work or school, but watching for symptoms and going home immediately should they occur.

  • In schools we are promoting social distancing and hygiene etiquette practices as much as possible.  
  • Student/Parent/Teacher conferences are cancelled.

  • All field trips are cancelled as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. Area band and the Ukrainian Program are cancelled until further notice. All guest presentations in schools are cancelled. Elders, Knowledge Keepers and contracted employees will still work with students.

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" ~ Mark 4:39-40

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools


School Closures: Update March 18

March 18, 2020

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March 18, 2020, 12:30 PM

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare for our schools to close indefinitely beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Saskatchewan Government instructed us to pause all educational operations from Friday, March 20 to Friday, March 27 inclusively. This means our staff will be away from schools, and there will be no expectation they respond to work related questions until we have further direction from the Saskatchewan Government's Response Planning Team. We are working with the Response Planning Team on guidelines around supplemental curriculum support for our students. We know there are many questions about this. When we have direction, we will reach out to families with answers.

As has been stated numerous times, the situation is fluid. We appreciate your patience and calm. A reminder to visit www.Saskatchewan.ca/Coronavirus for all your COVID-19 related details, direct from the source.

Finally, let us remember to pray through this.

Dear Lord, Source of healing,

Cast the light of health and well-being on those who've been exposed to coronavirus,

those who have contracted the disease, and those - God forbid - who contract the disease in the future.

Bless them, protect them and bring them speedily to full recovery.

Bless all who are ill with healing of body, healing of soul, and healing of spirit.

Amen.

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools


School Closures: Update March 19 4:30PM

March 19, 2020

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March 19, 2020, 4:30 PM

With prayers for health and safety, beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2020, at the direction of the Saskatchewan Government, we will close our schools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

From Friday, March 20 until Friday, March 27, we will pause all school operations. We want you to stay home. We want our staff to stay home.

We know you have questions. We still have more questions than answers. We are waiting for direction from the Saskatchewan Government's Response Planning Team. So far, the updates we have which impact our families are:

  • We expect that teachers will have opportunities to continue learning activities after March 27. You don't need to rush and finalize grades. There will still be opportunities for students to progress on the mark they have at this time.  We are not closing off the school year at this time.
     
  • In the upcoming week, as recommended by the Chief Medical Health Officer, it is most important for staff to pause, be able to enact social distancing and focus on the care and well-being of themselves and their families. Further direction will be coming from school divisions in term of plans for next steps in the context of the COVID-19 response.

  • While the suspension of classes has been deemed to be indefinite, it is not known what timeframe will be involved as this will depend on decisions made by Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer.

    Thank you for staying informed, and checking your email inboxes and www.rcsd.ca regularly for updates.  

    As has been stated numerous times, the situation is fluid. We appreciate your patience and calm. A reminder to visit www.Saskatchewan.ca/Coronavirus for all your COVID-19 related details, direct from the source. 

    Finally, let us remember to pray through this.  

    Do not fear, for I am with you,

        do not be afraid, for I am your God;

    I will strengthen you, I will help you,

        I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

    ~Isaiah 41:10

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools


SCHOOL SUPPLIES

August 25, 2017

​As in the past, Jean Vanier encourages families to drop off supplies for the students (personal items, medical supplies, etc) prior to our students' first day.  Stop in on August 30th or September 1st, if you can and stay for a coffee and to catch up.Looking forward to seeing you all for another wonderful year!​

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SENSORY SANTA

December 05, 2019

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SPIRIT WEAR

January 07, 2020

​Spirit wear will go on sale this week.  Students will be sized in their classrooms.  The CSCC will be sponsoring $10 towards the purchase of a t-shirt for each student.  The cost to parents will be $5.00.  We will send out more information in the coming days.

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SSLC accessibility project

January 29, 2018

​Jean Vanier is so excited to learn that the SSLC accessibility project is complete!!  Both washroom and pool deck are now equipped with a roof lift system.  This is such wonderful news for our school, parents and guardians that use the pool and the community.   We are so thankful Sandar Schmirler Leisure Centre has completed this much needed lift system.

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Statement on Jean Vanier

February 26, 2020

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The Regina Catholic District School Division is shaken by the reports of sexual abuse that have surfaced about Jean Vanier. We are praying for the victims who came forward, and all victims of abuse, as well as the L'Arche communities who are hurting.

While we are shocked and saddened by this revelation, we are committed to live out our Gospel values by embodying the spirit of love, faith, hope and inclusion within each of our school communities. 

Over the next few months, we will begin conversations with the school community of Jean Vanier School. We will also consult with the Archdiocese of Regina. It is our hope these conversations will give us a clear idea of what, if any, changes are needed within the school division. While Jean Vanier is mentioned in Catholic Studies and Elementary Religion Program, he is not a main focus. Teaching staff will be asked to not use the small portions of content referring to him until further decisions are made.


Supplemental Learning

March 30, 2020

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As the operational "pause" in our schools comes to an end, our school administration and staff are busy working on supplemental learning opportunities for your child. You can expect your child's classroom teacher to reach out to your family early this week to provide more information about the learning plan. They, along with your school administration team, will be asking how they can best support the delivery of learning for your family.

Attached is the Regina Catholic Schools Supplemental Learning Plan. This document provides a broad structure outlining the learning opportunities moving forward. Your child's teacher(s) will be providing more information this week.

Any questions or concerns regarding supplemental learning opportunities may be addressed with your child's teacher(s) and school-based administration. Our teachers are working hard to be flexible with learning opportunities, and we ask you to be patient as they develop their plans.

May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy.

Children's children are a crown to the aged,

and parents are the pride of their children.

Proverbs 17:6

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Parent Message - RCS Supplemental Learning Plan.pdf 


Terry Fox Bake Sale Fundraiser!

September 29, 2017

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Jean Vanier will be holding their annual Terry Fox Bake Sale Fundraiser on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29th.   Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the school office.  Thank you so much for your generosity once again.

Theodore Court Case Appeal Decision

March 25, 2020

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On March 25, 2020, we received some very good news: the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the appeal of the Theodore case in a unanimous decision. This decision overturns the 2017 ruling that sought to restrict public funding for students who choose to attend Catholic schools in Saskatchewan but lack a Catholic baptismal certificate. 


Essentially, this means nothing changes. We thank you for your support of Catholic education in Saskatchewan.

 

Background information on the Theodore case can be found at www.opencatholiceducation.ca. 


TRANSPORTATION Notice

August 25, 2017

​Parents, you will be receiveing an email or letter by Monday August 28, 2017 confirming pick up and drop off times.    If you have any questions or have not recieved the information for your child, please contact the Transportation person, Elena Chase, 306-791-7214.  


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U of R Pie in The Face

January 25, 2018

​If you have the opportunity, this would be a great fundraiser to support. 

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Update on COVID – 19 and School Closures

March 16, 2020

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March 16, 2020, 2:40 PM

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this rapidly changing environment. You have likely heard the latest news outlining restrictions and guidelines for COVID – 19 for the country and the province. Please visit www.Saskatchewan.ca/Coronavirus for more details, including directions for those who are self-isolating or self-monitoring. School divisions had a conference call with the Ministry of Education and the Saskatchewan Health Authority this afternoon.

The press release issued this morning from the provincial government outlined the following:

On Sunday, March 15, the Chief Medical Health Officer indicated that school closures would be based on a number of factors including:

• Evidence of sustained transmission within the community;

• Rapid increase of local cases; and

• Transmission without a known link to travel or confirmed cases.

There continues to be no evidence that any of the above three criteria have been met, but in response to growing cases, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the following this morning:

  • For the period of March 16 to March 19, pre K-12 classes will wind down.  This means that parents who are able to keep children home should do so immediately, with no absence or grade impacts.  Parents with limited childcare options have a window to plan for class suspensions.
  • Children remaining in schools between March 16 and March 19 face a low risk of exposure to COVID-19.  A preventative approach of proactive school closures beginning March 20 means reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Every student will receive a final grade based on their current grade, and students will progress to their next grade level next year.  Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.  The Ministry of Education and School Divisions will work with Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Institutions to adapt entry requirements for programs commencing in the next academic year.

In this afternoon’s conference call, school divisions were informed the Ministry of Education has set up a committee, which will work through these guidelines and provide interpretations for school divisions.

For now Regina Catholic Schools is operating based on the following guidelines:

  • All parents who are able to keep their students at home from March 16 – March 19 should do so. For those who cannot, our schools will be open to students until Thursday, March 19, 2020. Friday, March 20 is the first day schools students will all stay home.
  • We are unsure when school will resume. In the event that we are not returning prior to the end of the school year, the immediate direction for students and teachers is that students should clean out desks and lockers and take all personal items home today. For students not in attendance, we will provide direction regarding locker/desk cleanout later this week.
  • School issued uniforms and equipment should be returned immediately to the school.
  • At this time we are working on what the supplemental curriculum and final grades will look like. Further direction will be coming in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

We realize you will have many more questions in the upcoming days. The situation is fluid and we are taking direction from the Ministry of Education and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. We will continue to provide updates as we make decisions and more information becomes available.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. ~2 Peter 1:5-7

God bless,

 

Regina Catholic Schools


Update on School Closures

March 25, 2020

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Dear Families;

Thank you for staying informed and keeping us in your prayers. We appreciate that so many of you joined us as we watched faith leaders in Regina share scripture and pray together at noon today.

We are still in 'pause' mode until Friday, and looking forward to working with our school-based staff next week as we move into providing learning opportunities.

Your teachers and school-based staff will connect with you next week about the plan moving forward. We hope to have something from the provincial government's Response Planning Team to share with you very soon.

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ..

~ Ephesians 4:11-13

God bless,

Regina Catholic Schools


Updates in Reaction to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

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March 13, 2020

We thank everyone for remaining calm with the frequently changing information regarding the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to rely on the Saskatchewan Health Authority website (www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus) for accurate and up to date information as we move forward. The Regina Catholic School Division's Pandemic Team will provide updates to staff and families as needed.

We are communicating regularly with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shahab, as well as the Ministry of Education. Based on their recommendations, we are taking the following steps:

  • Continuing to check www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus. This website has the most current information.
  • Caretaking staff will ensure they are using influenza cleaning protocols.
  • Continuing to promote hand washing in all schools, and reminding students to avoid touching their faces.
  • Encouraging social distancing in schools. For us this means no hand shaking, hand holding, high fives, hugging, etc.
  • Cancelling all school assemblies at this time.
  • Limiting all gatherings to no more than 250 people.
  • Sharing the  Saskatchewan Health Authority recommendation to self-monitor for anyone returning from out of country travel– if symptomatic, 2 weeks of self-isolation and seek advice from health care by contacting 811.
    • For students and staff returning from international travel in affected countries (https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices), they should remain at home and self-monitor for 14 days.
    • For students and staff returning from travel in any other countries, they may attend school. They should self-monitor for 14 days, and if they have any symptoms, they should self-isolate, call 811 and follow health care practitioners' instructions.

At this time, there is no direction for school closures.

Thank you for staying informed. We pray all our staff and families are healthy during this time, and ask the Lord to bless us all.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

    in him my heart trusts;

so I am helped, and my heart exults,

    and with my song I give thanks to him.

~Psalm 28:7

Thank you,

Regina Catholic Schools