It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten is an exciting time for children and families. For many, it’s the first school experience in their learning journey. At Waterloo Region District School Board, we want to assure families that their children will receive the best education for their child’s needs from kindergarten to graduation. In kindergarten, students learn about the world […]

Parenting Essentials Video Series with Parents for Children’s Mental Health

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) and Parents for Children’s Mental Health are proud to announce the Parenting Essentials video series, featuring recordings of webinars that took place in the fall of 2020. The first video in this series offers an overview for any parents, and caregivers, interested in learning more about the complexities […]

Friday, January 22 is a PD Day for elementary students

Friday, January 22, 2021 is a professional development (PD) day for elementary school staff. Elementary students will not engage in synchronous learning classes. All Before & After School Programs including Extended Day Programs will be closed while schools are closed to students. The focus of the PD Day will be teacher-directed assessment, evaluation and reporting […]

EXTENSION: Elementary Mode of Learning Change Requests

Due to the declaration of a provincial emergency and the extension of remote learning, we have heard from many families that they are experiencing difficulties in making a decision given these uncertain times. In an effort to be responsive to your concerns, we have extended the deadline for elementary families to request a change to […]

Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Event – January 19

As part of our ongoing Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, we are inviting parents and caregivers to attend a webinar on January 19, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. In partnership with Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program from St. Mary’s Hospital, the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) as well as the Waterloo Region Police Service, this event marks […]

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency

We want to provide WRDSB families with further information regarding the declaration of a second provincial emergency and the most recent direction from the Ministry of Education. By January 20, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise the Ministry of Education, in conjunction with local public health units, which school boards will resume […]

Free Google Meet Workshop for Families

This week, Cobblestone Collective, in partnership with Google Canada, is offering a free one hour workshop for families on how to use Google Meet. Topics covered in the workshop include learning how to navigate Google Meet, finding links to your child’s online lessons, troubleshooting tips and understanding how students participate in their online learning. When […]

Update for Families of Special Education Students in Specific Secondary and Elementary Congregated Classes

Further to our announcement yesterday regarding the extension of remote learning, we wanted to provide more information to students and families in our Secondary and Elementary Congregated Classes. Today, we received an update from the Ministry of Education in which they have mandated that school boards will provide in-person learning opportunities for their most complex […]

Province Announces Extension of Remote Learning

Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that school closures and distance learning will continue for elementary schools through Friday, January 22 to help limit the spread of COVID-19. No changes for secondary students have been announced.  All elementary and secondary students are now scheduled to return to in-person learning on […]

Responding to Events in the US at Capitol Hill: Resources for Families and Students

All of us are disturbed by the events that unfolded in Washington, D.C. yesterday with many distressing images that raise legitimate questions about democracy, the rule of law, white privilege, and anti-Black racism. Educators have been provided with resources to engage students in these conversations, in an age appropriate manner. Staff are available to provide […]

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