Update for WRDSB Families on Return to Learning in 2021

Yesterday the Premier of Ontario, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that starting January 4th both our elementary and our secondary students will begin the new year learning virtually from home and our schools will be closed to students during this time. The Premier and Minister of Education have made clear […]

Supporting Student Learning, One Device at a Time | WRDSB 2020 Champions

In March of 2020, the entire Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) shifted to remote teaching, learning and working. This would not have been possible without the work of Dawn Marshall, ITS Assistant Supervisor of Operational Support, who was repeatedly recognized by those who nominated her as a WRDSB 2020 Champion. Speaking with each of […]

A Message from the Ministry of Education

The following message is shared on behalf of the Ministry of Education   Dear parent/guardian, Thank you for your ongoing efforts which have made the school re-opening process possible, and for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff. The holidays are going […]

Holiday greetings from the Director

Dear WRDSB community, As we near the last few days of 2020, let’s reflect on the year we shared together. It was a year unlike any other in public education, or indeed our lifetimes. In the face of an unprecedented global pandemic, the closure of schools, and social uprising in response to anti-Black racism, our […]

It’s Almost Time to Register for Grade 1 French Immersion

French language programs at the WRDSB begin in Grade 1. To find out more about the French program pathways and learning opportunities for students, visit our website: www.wrdsb.ca/french/french-programs/ and watch our presentation. Core French – no application required Core French is taught to all students in our elementary and secondary schools as part of the […]

Being an Equity Champion at Elgin Street PS | WRDSB 2020 Champions

During a time when our administrators have the added responsibility of keeping our students and staff safe during a pandemic, Amanpreet Dhaul, Vice-Principal at Elgin Street Public School in Cambridge, has continued to make her school a welcoming place for all. Her kind demeanour, professional leadership and personal connection caught the attention of newly welcomed […]

Preparing for All Learning Scenarios in the New Year

The Waterloo Region District School Board has taken a proactive approach in preparing for any possibly learning scenario for the 2020-21 school year. On December 16, the Ministry of Education provided school boards across the province with notice to encourage staff and students to take home anything they may need for distance learning before the […]

Elementary Students: Requesting a Mode of Learning Change

Families of elementary students who wish to change their child’s mode of learning (in-person to distance learning or from distance learning to in-person), will have the opportunity to do so from Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 15, 2021. To request a change in your child’s mode of learning, please contact your child’s school. Please […]

Diversifying Perspectives in Kitchener, One Book at a Time | WRDSB 2020 Champions

If books can inspire, then Dinah Murdoch and the KW Little Free Diverse Libraries project has already made an immeasurable impact across our community since its launch earlier this year. Motivated by a quote from the book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Murdoch immediately identified with the words of […]

Supporting Every Student in the Move to Distance Learning | WRDSB 2020 Champions

“Ikigai” is a Japanese concept for finding one’s purpose and reason for being, and for Kimiko Shibata, it is the driving force behind her work supporting student learning as an English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Literacy Development (ELD), Itinerant Resource Teacher, with a current focus on Elementary Distance Learning. It began as […]