Recognizing our uniqueness as teachers in Catholic schools, we are an Association committed to the advancement of Catholic education.
As teacher advocates we provide professional services, support, protection and leadership.
Five students from OECTA Waterloo have been recognized by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) for excellence in writing. The Young Authors Awards/Prix jeunes écrivains acknowledge English and French writing, from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, in categories ranging from poetry and short stories, and from plays to non-fiction.
“It’s always exciting to get a glimpse into the minds of young writers” says Chris Stockie, OECTA Waterloo President. “In this year’s Young Author’s/jeunes écrivains program, topics ranged from fantasy and science fiction, to how the Internet affects the lives of students. It was great to see students enjoying the creative process of incorporating comedy into their work. The fantastic work from these students is truly a testimony of the amazing teachers we have in the WCDSB!”
OECTA has sponsored the Young Authors/jeunes écrivains awards as an effective literacy program in Catholic schools since 1985. Winners are selected from hundreds of entries from across the province. For every student who makes it to the provincial level of competition, there are thousands more who participate in, and benefit from, the program locally.
Warm congratulations to the winning entries for 2017 from Waterloo:
Alexandra Rose, St. Anne (Kitchener), Grade 3-4 Story entitled “Caribbean Mist”
Mateo Nosic, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Grade 5-6 Story entitled “Fixing the Fixed”
Caitlyn Mask, St. Kateri, Grade 7-8 Story entitled “The Things We Leave Behind”
Candice Rubie, St. David CSS, Grade 9-10 Story entitled “7 Minutes”
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With elections now complete, we would like to introduce you to the OECTA Waterloo Unit Executive for the 2017-2018 school year:
President - Patrick Etmanski
Treasurer - Mark Devlin
Recording Secretary - Amy Brillinger-Tuka
Past President - Chris Stockie
Elementary Vice-President - Simon Dallimore
Occasional Vice-President - Jeannette Cowen
Secondary Vice-President - Ed Wyse
Elementary Assistant CEO - Dorothea Kruger
Elementary Councillors - Sharon Farrow & Heather Poje-Fascinato
Elementary Secretary - Mary Deimert
Occasional Assistant CEO - John Kearns
Occasional Councillors - Giuseppe Sicoli, (vacant)
Occasional Secretary - Kyle Sutter
Secondary Assistant CEO - (vacant)
Secondary Councillors - Breeann Hureau, Michael Kearns
Secondary Secretary - Kelly Tronko
Warm congratulations to Amy Shantz, a Grade 1 French Immersion teacher at St. Anne Catholic School in Kitchener, who is the very first winner of the Kitchener Citizen Community Teaching Award!
Amy was nominated by the parent of an autistic student in her class, and is described as a teacher who shows care, compassion, and respect for all her students and the families that she works with. Amy inspires her students, thinks outside the box and has introduced exciting learning experiences for all of her students. Parents, colleagues, students and community members all think that Amy is so very deserving of this recognition.
Mme Shantz always takes the time to share personal messages of support with all of her students and shares constant updates with parents. Everyone feels special and supported when they interact with Amy.
Excellent work, Amy - congratulations!
“Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living”
The National Day of Mourning was first declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. More than 100 countries now observe a Day of Mourning on April 28.
There are three basic rights that workers should know about:
- the right to know about workplace hazards,
- the right to participate in ways to best address these hazards, and
- the right to refuse unsafe work when hazards go unaddressed.
This April 28, let’s demand more of what works:
• quality, proven training
• health and safety programs developed by and for workers
• laws and regulations that support primary prevention and a hierarchy of controls.
On Saturday April 22, join with millions of Canadians to celebrate Earth Day 2017. As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and with a new mandate to connect kids to nature and build resilient communities, Earth Day Canada is asking people across the nation to #EarthPLAY for Earth Day, and support better outdoor play in our parks, schools, and on neighbourhood streets.
Recent data suggests that most children get outside for less than an hour each day. This has important consequences for children’s health and well-being. Also, kids who don’t get outside, and who aren’t stimulated by their environment, often grow up with less motivation to protect our planet.
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