Resurrection Catholic Secondary School 

Leadership Team Report

It has been an amazing start-up for our PHOENIX community and we have much to be thankful for.  Our two main school priorities of faith formation and student achievement have been shining through in a myriad of celebrations and events over the past six weeks.  On October 9th, we welcomed families and students to celebrate our annual Academic Awards Night.  This is always a highlight of the school year as it provides us with an opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work and dedication of our students. We recognize that a big part of their success is the ongoing support of family, friends and their teachers and we are truly thankful for everyone’s efforts.  We are currently in the middle of our Thanksgiving food drive and so far the response has been strong. If you are able, please consider sending any non-perishable food items to the school so we can provide support to those who are in need this Thanksgiving. We will also continue to collect food donations until halloween to support the Waterloo Region Food Bank.   A reminder that progress reports will be distributed to students on Tuesday October 15th during period one and our Parent, Teacher and Student conferences will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 1:30pm – 8:00pm.  Appointments can be arranged between students and teachers and we always encourage your child to attend with you, if possible. 

We are truly thankful and blessed to be a part of the Resurrection Catholic Secondary School family. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

–  Chris Woodcroft, Leisha Craftchick and Patrick Eby



Chaplain Corner Fall Newsletter

It sure has been a busy opening to the school year! So many wonderful activities to welcome our new students and staff to the school, and an Opening Mass that was truly awesome! Father Freitas lead our community in a Mass, where all are Called to Belong. It is such a blessing that our community can come together to celebrate our diversity in peace and respect for one another. It was simply a marvel to behold, how all of our students were so attentive and prayerful, as we gathered as an entire community in the gym for Mass, and on an out of uniform day!!! Father Freitas talked about how we can be kind and responsive to those around us, and that we should continue to be the welcoming and loving community that we already are. What an outstanding message for our community!

The leaves are changing colours, and we are already enjoying the frosty mornings and warm autumn days. And we are reminded that change is all around us, and change is good. Our mindset naturally  changes with the season too, and there is something so beautiful about how we notice ourselves beginning to look for ways to express gratitude and to share with those in need. Our Thanksgiving Food Drive, which will close with a Thanksgiving in-class prayer service is such a beautiful example of how we can let go of what we have, and offer it to those in need, praying in gratitude for the things we have been given.

We will be continuing to collect food right up until Halloween, when our Social Justice League heads out into the community on Halloween night to scare away hunger by collecting food instead of treats.

All donated non-perishable food items go toward to Waterloo Region Food Bank. If you would like to make any other donations, please feel free to send items into the school with your student, and they will be added to our growing pile of goodness in front of the chapel. Thank you for your generosity!

As we move into this weekend of Thanksgiving, I pray that all our Phoenix Families may experience a harvest of many blessings. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Service Learning Update

Our Service Learning Course students heading to Kenya in April 2020, are busy with fundraising and awareness building for the upcoming Service Learning Trip to Kenya.  They spent the day in Toronto at WE day getting INSPIRED to bring new initiatives to Resurrection that align with the “WE are Innovators” and “WE are Mindful” platforms established by the ME to WE organization.  They also partnered with the Resurrection groups going to Italy and Dominican Republic to host a community garage sale that allowed for fundraising as well as story-telling and awareness building through conversations with members of our community.  The students send gratitude to all the staff, students and people that contributed to the organization, collection and donations given at that event.  So, what are we up to now?  The students have been out at Oktoberfest events volunteering time to direct parking and set up for evening celebrations.  They are currently organizing a Kenya Culture Night for Dec. 4th that will include food, vendors, music, speakers and a silent auction. They will be running a poinsettia drive during the month of November so please consider ordering from our students and asking them questions about their upcoming Service Learning course.  Tickets for the Kenya Culture Night will go on sale mid-November via cash online.  Finally, they have been out speaking to business partners in our community about the opportunity to sponsor them through a corporate donation.  If you would like to learn more about the program, donate an item for the silent auction, order a poinsettia or become a corporate sponsor please contact or



Breaking the Mold Youth Conference Nov 14-16 2019

Hands on learning in the “Amazing Race” style tradeshow, interactive workshops to enhance your knowledge and experience regarding cultural experiences, identifying your gifts, trades, obstacle race and skills competitions.


Ontario Universities’ Indigenous Student Resource Portal

Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP

Indigenous Youth Employment & Training



IAL (Italgione Attraverso l’Innovazione)

Our IAL students have been actively engaged in a variety of activities as they work towards their development of the Italian language through the Religion curriculum.


Religion: Called to Jesus is the focus of this first Unit of study (Sept/Oct). Using the Parable of the Good Samaritan as a springboard, topics such as “Who am I?” and “Who is sitting next to me?”, along with Bible 101, Hope & Despair, Gospel Portraits, being bread for others, Christ in Human Events, and Walk to Emmaus are being considered. Class begins every day with Ave Maria (read in Italian) followed usually by another prayer/video clip. Frequent journal entries are completed, including Gratitude entries! Summative assessments are underway!


Italian Level One:  The students have become quite familiar with basic salutations. A closer look at vocabulary from recent movie “Simon Birch”, as well as other school life and weather, is being gradually introduced. Language acquisition is following this pattern:  Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. A Carta D’Identita Summative will be introduced in next few days!


Highlights:  Community Garage Sale on September 21st where IAL students came together with other REZ students travelling internationally (Kenya and Dominican Republic) to raise awareness of their trips. We were blessed with a lot of community support and great attendance!  Our students interacted with many people who came to offer donations!


Guest Speakers:  International Certificate Program (Oct 2nd), Junior Achievement (Oct 13th), Father Raphael Ma (Oct 25th), Canadian Educational Exchange Program (Oct 30th), Days for Girls (TBD) For each unit of study, comprising approximately 2 months each, we will invite a variety of community members to present to the class.  Stay tuned for more on these partnerships!


Retreat:  Focus – Walk to Emmaus, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church (Oct 23)


Spirit Wear:  Last spring, we came together as a class and designed our own Spirit Wear, with the help of Hoff Sports. Students will be encouraged to wear these as we travel through Italy – photo opportunities 🙂


Andiamo in Italia:  Itinerary/details will soon be finalized for our trip in March 2020.  We will travel through Italy, traversing 7 regions, 12 cities/towns, and engaging in a plethora of culture, language opportunities, official tours of historic centers, churches, meeting a variety of people, experiencing day-to-day life in some of Italy’s bigger cities as well as its truly authentic smaller towns/villages, etc.

Click here for the updated itinerary for their upcoming experience!



Bag 2 School Campaign, October 21st – 31st

The Eco warrior team is running a textile recycling drive through the organization Bag 2 School from October 21st – 31st, including Parent/Student/Teacher interview day!

Students and parents are encouraged to bring in any clean clothing in reasonable condition, shoes (tied together, please), belts, purses, handbags and other soft bags. This drive helps prevent these items from ending up in our landfills. In most western countries, 6-12% of landfill waste is made up of discarded textiles. Instead of being thrown into landfills as garbage, quality textiles can be re-used as affordable second-hand clothing both in North America and overseas. Any items deemed unsuitable for resale will be taken to textile recycling facilities where they will be broken down and remade into useful materials, such as fleece jumpers and even US dollar bills.  Did you know that the Waterloo Region landfills will be full in 15 years? Help reduce waste in our community by donating textiles you no longer use. Check out for more information on this organization.

Thank you for supporting our school and our environment.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

The OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) will take place on Tuesday, March 31st 2020.  In preparation for this test, all Grade 10 Students will be participating in a Practice OSSLT exercise on Wednesday, October 16th in their Period 2 classes.  The test itself will be an abridged version of the official OSSLT, but will include key components of the test to help students prepare and practice for what is to come.

Students will be provided with multiple opportunities in a variety of mediums to help prepare them for the OSSLT throughout the year.  Please contact Kishanie Jayasundera ( or Mary Jo O’Brien (   should you have any questions with regards to the OSSLT.


Are you a Female considering a Career in the Skilled Trades?

Build  A  Dream  Young Women and Parent/Guardian Career Discovery Expo for Grades 7-12

Thursday November 14 2019 5:30-9:00 PM  ( Doors Open at 5PM)   425 Bingemans Centre Dr. Kitchener

Register at


Guidance Update

Grade 12 and Post-Secondary Options

Navigating information regarding the many and varied options for post-secondary education can be a daunting and overwhelming task for both students and parents. Counsellors met with Grade 12 classes to review the application process and opportunities to gather information about Universities and Colleges. If you, and/or your child are struggling with the wide variety of decisions available, consider taking advantage of the following opportunities:

  1. Attend one of the many individual college or university presentations that are being hosted here at the school. These presentations take place at various times during the school day and provide an excellent window into all that different schools have to offer. A full list of University and College presentations is available at  
  2. College Fair at Conestoga College (Doon Campus) will take place on October 22, 5:30-7:30pm  Representatives from all Ontario Colleges will be available to answer questions about their campuses and their programs.
  3. University Fair at Cameron Heights in Kitchener October 15th, 7-9pm
  4. Parent Information Session on University and College applications at Resurrection Thursday Oct. 24th 6:30pm-7:00pm in the Michael Schmitt Hall (Room 101). – Note: this is the same evening as Parent-Teacher Interviews
  5. Research your options and get the most up to date information on-line. For college information go to and for university information go to Both of these sites contain a wealth of information on programs and requirements.


Take Our Kids to Work  is on Nov 6, 2019

This is an annual event which involves students in Grade 9 spending the day in the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host, where they experience and learn about the world of work.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to invite their children to join them at work, but if this is not possible, there are other ways for your child to participate: 

  • Ask a relative, neighbour, or family friend to take your child to work. 
  • Ask another parent, such as a parent of your child’s friend who is taking their child to work, if your child can join them for the day.
  • Contact local businesses and ask if they are participating in Take Our Kids to Work day. Inquire if someone within their organization would be willing to host your child, providing you make the necessary transportation arrangements.

More info at


Walk–In Counselling Available  “Front Door”

Do you have concerns about your teenager’s behavior, emotional state, or mental health? Are you concerned about possible self-harm or drug use issues? Are these issues creating family conflict for you? The Walk-In Counselling at Front Door helps families with children up to 18 years of age to get started on the road to understanding. Through a single family counselling session, the experienced counsellors there help identify issues and equip families with tools and strategies to address their concerns. The focus of the session is determined by each family’s unique needs. Front door  is located at 770 King Street E., Kitchener. Walk-In counselling hours are Saturdays: 9am-3:30pm and Wednesday: 12pm – 6:30pm. Appointments are available on a first come basis and are free of charge. Family member directly involved in the concern are encouraged to attend.


Community Service Hours

Students can submit their community service hours by completing the following form and submitting it to guidance.  CLICK HERE for volunteer tracking form

Students can still submit using Hour Republic, however, we have found many prefer the paper tracking sheet/form.



University Applications

IF you will have six Grade 12 U/M level courses by the end of the year you are eligible to apply  directly to a Degree  Program  at University.

You will need a personal  OUAC PIN number which  has now arrived in Guidance. Please see Guidance to collect it.

Once you have collected your PIN number you can  create your account at  and apply to the Universities of your Choice.   Three Choices for $150. and $50 for every extra choice.  Deadline to apply  is January 15 2020 but we encourage much earlier!

College Applications

If you plan to apply to one of Ontario’ College’s  exciting 2 or 3 year Diploma Programs,  or a one year Foundations Program , or a Skilled Trades Program  or a 4 year Degree at a college, you can  create an account at .  It costs $95 for 5 Program choices (no more than 3 Programs at the same college).   Equal Consideration Deadline : Feb 1 2020.  We encourage applying much earlier.

Colleges  now have many diploma to degree pathways  as well as direct entry Degree Programs. See



St. Michael Parish Update

Click here to see the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving Food Drive Information 2019



What’s Happening in the Arts?


We are gearing up for “The Little Mermaid” opening November 28th 2019!  Tickets will go on sale November 1st. Shows are November 28th/29th at 7:00 pm. Saturday November 30th a 2:00 Family matinee performance!  Doors will open at 1:00 for young children to have their face painted as a sea creature/mermaid, take pictures with our outstanding cast or join us dancing on the stage!  Save the date!


Our dance classes are studying cultural dances including swing and salsa this month and learning about the importance of dance as a way to cultivate community and joy!  The grade 9 class will be integrating their salsa moves into “Under the Sea” for The Little Mermaid for which they’ll be invited to join the cast for performances.

The dance team is working hard to prepare a routine for KW Bowl to show their support and school spirit for the Resurrection Football teams on October 24th here on the Resurrection field.  They will also be performing on the Resurrection stage for a beautiful tribute to all those lost or suffering due to conflict in the world on November 8th for our Remembrance Day Assembly. Look for us on the school twitter and instagram!


Visual Art

Rez’s 2019 Christmas Card Designs

The grade 12 visual art class has been hard at work creating their Christmas themed paintings for this year’s Christmas cards.  Each year 4 designs are selected. Stay tuned – selections announced in early November. Would you like to purchase your own set of cards? Orders taken in November through School Cash Online.



Sithij Weerasinghe visits from the University of Waterloo to talk about the Fine Arts and Digital Arts Programs.


Allysa Misola came to visit the grade 12 portfolio development class to speak to the students about the Digital Arts and Global Studies Program at the University of Waterloo.


Ana Flitton is in her 3rd year in the Graphic Design program at Conestoga College. She discussed course work, portfolio building and interview preparation.


Arts Council

Arts Council has been busy meeting every Monday in room 107 to work on numerous projects. So far the council has worked on:

  • Dance & Yoga studio posters
  • Little Mermaid spirit wear, banners, tickets and posters
  • Thanksgiving banner
  • Orange T-shirt banner 
  • Acts of Kindness banner
  • Spirit Wear designs 
  • Live Arts banners 

And many more! We still have many requests coming in daily for the Arts Council! 🙂 


Art Club

Art Club runs from Monday to Thursday at lunch in rooms 105 and 107. This quiet space is designed for students to come and de-stress. It is a place where students can eat their lunch, work quietly on a current art project, sketch in a sketchbook or do homework. Art Club is open to all students. See Ms. Erickson or Ms. Carey for more info.


Live Art                                

Our next Live Art takes place on December 5th at lunch in the Forum. Live Art is an event that showcases artists in Cosmo, Comtech, Stage Tech and Visual Art. Students work “live” creating updo’s, nail art, drawings, paintings, digital art, light and sound tech, and a live photo shoot. All are welcome! Students need to register to participate. See Ms. Heldman, Ms. Erickson, Mr. Brenner or Mr. Forndran. Spirit wear is now available for purchase through School Cash Online. Join our google classroom for more information – the classroom code is 07qcfv8.


Live Art Evening

On the evening of Thursday Dec 5th we are proud to host our 1st Live Art Evening Event. Continuing on with the lunch tradition, students will once again be working “live” in our Forum from 7 – 8 pm. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to attend. Free admission or bring a canned food donation. There will also be an art showcase of student work from grades 9 -12. Come on out and see our talented artists in Cosmo, Comtech, Stage Tech and Visual Art. Any students interested in working “live” for this evening event see Ms. Heldman, Mr. Forndran, Mr. Brenner or Ms. Erickson. Join the Live Art google classroom for more info.


Photography Club

Photography Club is up and running again this year! Anyone can join at any time, and we have our meetings on the first Monday of each month at lunch in Rm 103. We take photos for the yearbook and various school events throughout the year. 



Rez Music has been crushin’ it! The Grade 9 Vocal Class sounded absolutely ANGELIC at our opening Mass, all ensembles are in full SWING, and the recording studio has been fired up with lots of musicians laying down tracks.

In class, Grade 9 rock stars have been creating some musical MEME-ories, creating backbeats with loop programs, BeLEAFing in Vivaldi by creating some seasonal hits, and getting in the Thanksgiving mood with food raps. Guitarists have been strumming up a storm, and have been singing and strumming the 12 bar Blues where they are down about: homework, climate change, and sandwiches missing mayo. Grade 11 muSICkians achieved inner peace by creating meditation music and using it in a yoga session, getting into OKTOBERFEST season with some serious polka action and writing “coming together to celebrate” hits. 


Rez Music rooms are cranked up after school with the Sr. Band OWNING Outkast, getting funky with “September” and getting in the Halloween SPIRIT with “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters.” Jr Band is getting their 90’s Grunge on with a little “Brain Stew” and just belting out some Queen, while the Show Choir hasn’t missed a beat with “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Shut Up and Dance” and “Someone Like You.” Also, the Pit Band has just kept swimming through all of the “Little Mermaid” music and have been making waves “Under the Sea”…. it is O-FISH-ial…. this show is gonna be a true SHELL- abration.  🙂

But the craziness doesn’t stop there!!! Rez Music is looking forward to strutting their stuff at the Academic Awards Night, meeting on Oct 21 about our trip to CHICAGO, and showcasing our talent at the Grade 8 Night, and “The Little Mermaid” at the end of November.

Looking Ahead in the Arts

Little Mermaid Production November 28th, 29th and 30th

Live Art Dec 5th at lunch

Live Art Evening Dec 5th  7 – 8 pm at Rez in Forum

Christmas Concert Dec 12th