Message from our Leadership Team
by Chris Woodcroft
Another wonderful year at Resurrection has come to a close. Congratulations to all our students who have successfully completed another phenomenal year both inside and outside the classroom. June is a month of celebrating and gratitude. We had an opportunity to showcase our amazing student at the Year End Awards Assembly, Arts Night, Coming Together Event, Relay for Life, Athletic Banquet and or our 2019 Graduation! The amazing work these groups of students have put forth and contributed to the Resurrection community is remarkable! Thank you to all our staff who have given up so much of their personal time to assist all our students beyond the classroom experience. Thank you to our Resurrection Catholic School Advisory Council (Parent Council) who have dedicated an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm creating a wonderful atmosphere where all parent voices are heard and respected. Please know we are always encouraging parent involvement as we know it is beneficial to student learning. As we finish off our school year we would like to celebrate and thank Keith Reihe, Sandra Armstrong and Ann Hummel who will all be retiring after lengthy career in Catholic Education with both Resurrection and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Thanks also to Marisa Munroe, Vice-Principal, who has spent the last twenty plus years as part of the Resurrection (and St. Don Bosco) community. Next year Marisa will be sharing her multitude of gifts with the Monsignor Doyle community and we wish her all the best until our paths cross again. We will be welcoming Patrick Eby, as our new Vice-Principal in September. Finally, we wish all our Resurrection Catholic Secondary School students and families a wonderful, blessed and safe summer!
by Marianna Worth
What a busy spring we had at Rez! And now we are in June already, moving through exams and looking forward to the summer break.
Looking back, there is so much to be proud of, in the way that we moved through this year as community.
Our ThinkFast this past Lent, was a tremendous success, raising over $2000 for Canadian Development and Peace. Students raised funds for this great organization and then fasted for 24 hours, while going to school during the day and participating in the ThinkFast activities until 10:00pm.
We were able to offer the Grade 6 retreats again this year to all of our 8 Family of schools. With our Resurrection Faith In Action Team, we lead the Grade 6’s through games and reflections based on building schools where everyone matters in body, mind and spirit.
The Grade 9 Science and Faith retreats went very well in second semester. Even in the rain and the cold, hot dogs and marshmallows were still had, and creatures in the water were still found…fun had by all!
Catholic Education Week, which focused on the theme of Joyful Discipleship, was both engaging and empowering this year, and linked beautifully with our WCDSB Pastoral Theme of “Called To Belong”. At Resurrection we had daily prayer over the announcements, activities through the week, a full school Mass, and homeroom activities with Student Link.
Student Council Catholic Education Week Banner and free pretzels, representing how Christ enfolds us with his love and we are Called to Belong.
All classes throughout the day we invited to come to participate in We Walk for Water during Catholic Education Week.
Rosary Making with religion classes in the Chapel.
Every year, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board sponsors an opportunity for all high school Safe Spaces Teams to have a day of retreat and fellowship at St. Jerome’s. This retreat is called HIPPO (Happiness, Identity,
Peace, Positivity… Obviously!) Students of a sexual minority and allies had the opportunity to meet others, reflect, listen to speakers and engage in dialogue in this wonderful day of fun!
The WCDSB Educators for Justice hosted a Students for Justice dinner at the Fresh Ground Café to share stories and empower other students from around the area to keep working for justice! Our Students from Rez shared about the Dominican Encounter Experience, Safe Spaces Team, and other works of justice throughout the school year.
This year, Rez participated in our very first Pride Week, with prayers of respect and compassion every day over the announcements, flying of the Pride Flag within the school, and activities during lunch.
We also welcome Father Raph Ma, a newly ordained priest into the Congregation of the Resurrection to our school community. Father Raph will be our primary priest supporting our school community, and will be here to support us spiritually in classes and with weekly Masses in the Chapel. Welcome Father Raph!
So many things happening all the time at this wonderful school, and this is just a small example of what is offered through chaplaincy and social justice.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer of rest, fun, peace and great joy! God bless you and thank you for all of your support this year.
by Sean Kritz
Students who require summer school to make up for an unsuccessful course, must register by Monday, June 24 @ 4pm. (Forms available in guidance)
Any student interested in taking a new credit course at summer school in July, are reminded to register ASAP, courses with low enrollment have already been cancelled and other courses are full. Questions? See your guidance counsellor.
Still Interested in Attending College or University in September??
The Admission Information Service (AIS) will be available through OUAC (Ontario University Application Center) from early June to August for applicants who have not been accepted to programs of their choice or for students who still wish to apply to university for September. All known openings in all university programs will be posted by the AIS at www.ouac.on.ca/ais/
Students who did not apply to college are still welcome to apply on-line for September, 2019 to any program that is still accepting applications. See www.ontariocolleges.ca for more information.
Community Service Hours
If you have been unable to find a summer job and are looking for something worthwhile to do, consider volunteering. In addition to completing your community service hours, you will gain valuable skills and experience which will help you to find employment at a later date. Most importantly, you will have fun and make a difference. Many organizations need and want your help. Please visit http://www.volunteerkw.ca/ for opportunities.
Report cards will be available for pick-up in the main office on July 10th and 11th from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Registration in September
Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will take place on August 27th and 28th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Registration information and paperwork will be provided when students pick up their report cards in July.
So Long, Farewell
We would like to extend best wishes to Ann Hummel, who is retiring from Resurrection at the end of this school year. Ann has been an esteemed member of Resurrection since its early days, and he will be greatly missed by students, parents and colleagues alike. Ann’s positive connections with students and families in our community has been invaluable in shaping the vision of Resurrection guidance. We wish Ann all the best in her retirement.
We would also like to extend best wishes to Sandra Armstrong our guidance administrative assistance, who is also retiring at the end of this school year. Sandra’s welcoming smile and gentle demeanor has been the face of Resurrection guidance for several years. Her expertise, organization and passion for the job will be missed by all. We wish Sandra ll the best in her retirement.
We would like to welcome two additions to the Resurrection guidance team for the 2019-2020 school year. Kishanie Jayasundera returns as a guidance counsellor after a small stint in Student Success.
Emily Bryant will be our guidance administrative assistant. Please welcome both Kishanie and Emily.
New Guidance Counsellor Caseloads
Please note changes to guidance counsellor caseloads for 2019-2020.
Caseloads are based on a student’s last name
A – C & U – Z (Mr. Kritz)
D – G (Mrs. Iley)
H – M (Mrs. Stimson)
N – T (Ms. Jayasundera)
International & ESL Students (Mrs. Iley )
by Tom Schnieder
Athletics has wrapped up at RCSS with the completion of the Spring Season. Here are the highlights of another successful season:
Varsity Girls Soccer- D8 Finalists and CWOSSA Representatives
Boys Field Lacrosse – CWOSSA Representatives
Adam Exley – OFSAA Gold Medal in 110 m Hurdles
Abbey Yuhasz – OFSAA Silver in 3000 m
Our annual Athletic Banquet took place in June where we honour the best in Athletics at RCSS. Over 140 students received the District 8 Academic Allstar Certificate which recognizes students who have an over 85 average and play sports at Resurrection. A special congratulations to our Male and Female Athletes of the Year: Adam Grein and Rachel Buttinger
Our Community News
First ECO school’s Platinum Certificate recipient! Thanks to Ms.Zister, Ms. Adams and Mr. Arkell for all their leadership and to our Eco Warriors for their dedication to making our school as environmentally friendly as possible.
$70 000 Raised by our Relay for Life Event!!! What an amazing effort by our full Relay for Life Committee of Students and Staff! A huge thanks to all of the students, staff, friends and family that participated and donated to this successful event.
OFSAA Breakfast – Thanks to Ms. Tyszka and our Athletic Council for putting on a wonderful breakfast for all our OFSAA competitors and their coaches.
Special Olympics – thanks to so many who helped make the day and phenomenal success. Special thanks to Carol Sullivan (Mr. Sullivan’s wife) who was instrumental in organizing the day.
Our final Civvies Day! Thanks to Ms Godkin and our amazing SAC Team for making these days so much fun and collecting significant dollars for our community!!!
Live Art 2019
The Arts Banquet- thanks to our Arts Department for putting on a fantastic Arts Banquet that showcased the many talents of the students at our school as well as recognizing them for their commitment to the arts.
ESL/International Celebration! Thanks to our amazing team of Ms. Iley, Mrs. O’Brien, Ms. Downey, Mr. Meyer, for working with this exceptional group of students all year and in particular celebrating together an amazing year!
Celebrating our diversity and Coming Together as a Resurrection community. Thanks to Mr. Harriott and Ms Milton along with Ms Dameren, Mr. Brenner, Ms Heldman and Mrs Worth for all their support all week long and in particular last night with so many adjustments needed! This group of caring professionals ensured the production was first rate!!!
We celebrated student academics and student athletics during our Awards Assembly and Athletic Banquet in June.
Handball – Money raised for Jump-Start – thanks to Ms. Tyszka and her Athletic Leadership Class for organizing this awesome culminating activity and to our impressive staff team who dominated the students!
7Up Day!!! Another phenomenal success thanks to the organization of Ms. Bencina, Ms. Jayasundera and Mr. Morris and our Phoenix Friends along with our wonderful staff who stepped forward to organize activities and to other staff who stepped up to cover classes! It was a fantastic day for all the future PHOENIX!!!
Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2019 – we are proud of you and wish you continued health, happiness and faith-filled adventure as you move onto the next stages of your lives.