Resurrection Catholic Secondary School Leadership Report:

Welcome back to our PHOENIX community! We have had a fantastic start-up to the new school year!  At Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, we have two main priorities: faith formation and student achievement.  We are in the second half or our Pastoral Year of “Called to Belong” where we will continue to embrace all our learners and celebrate the diversity and uniqueness that each student and staff member brings to our school.  We ask our community to provide a warm PHOENIX welcome to our thirty new and returning staff members to our school.  Our PHOENIX Friends provided a number of opening activities to our grade nine students this past week and we look forward to meeting all of them as our leadership team visits each grade 9 period 3 class this week.  We had the opportunity this week to all host our grade level meetings with all our students from grades 10, 11 and 12.  The overall messages of Safe Schools, Faith Formation, Student Achievement and being a proud PHOENIX were delivered to the entire student body. Resurrection is proud to offer a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities to our students and our grade nines had a first hand glimpse during the co-curricular fair this past Friday.  We are very grateful to the many staff members who volunteer their time to share their expertise and passion with our students through the multitude of activities, initiatives, clubs and teams that are offered at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School.  We look forward to our learning journey together as disciples of Christ with our anchor document this year once again being Renewing the Promise a Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education.  “Our Christ-centred Catholic schools have the ability to offer the same experience of inviting discipleship for staff, students, and families” (A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education, 2018).

– Chris Woodcroft, Leisha Craftchick and Patrick Eby

 

Chaplaincy Corner Fall 2019

Welcome back to all of our Phoenix Families! How exciting it is to have a fresh start and new opportunities to be a blessing for one another. As we continue with our WCDSB Pastoral Theme Called to Belong, we can think about the many opportunities this year where we can continue the work of building a school community which is based on learning, growing, and faith.

There are many ways that we can share in this task of building together. Every time we gather for a faith celebration, even in our diversity, we can gather together in peace and respect and love for one another. When we collect for weekly missions, sending thousands of dollars to various charities, giving without receiving, we grow in our understanding of justice.  In those moments of conflict, which happen naturally when we move through our day in this village called Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, we can work to peacefully resolve our differences with compassion. When we are intentional in our collaboration and building pathways towards listening and dialogue, we enter into a place of understanding, and therefore building the foundation of learning peace and growing in peace, and being peace. And this starts a movement, a creative force which grows outward, beyond our school walls!

So this year, let us endeavor to participate in every activity, or club, classroom, or team, with joy and enthusiasm. I invite you to be part of living out that call to belong and actively build our school community based on learning, growing and faith. I am so excited as your Chaplain to take this journey with you and wish you a wonderful school year filled with joy and peace.

Wishing you all many blessings,

Marianna Worth – Chaplain at RC.S.S.

 

The New Service Learning Program – Kenya

This year 17 Resurrection students under the leadership of Mr. Ben Brenner and Ms. Laureen Damaren will be  taking the Service Learning Program travelling to Kenya in May of 2020.  The students will be connecting with the schools, missions, and parishes of the community while exploring the land and enhancing their leadership through a combination of meaningful service learning and educational activities. The focus of the course will emphasize hands on learning about development, world issues, leadership, environmental conservation and biodiversity through interactive seminars. Our students will be engaged in looking for sustainable solutions to systems of poverty through inquiry, research, problem solving and collaboration.

       

 

Rez Reads…for the fun of it!

We’ve only just begun our school year, but already the library is in full swing.  Within 5 minutes of the doors being opened on the first day, a student had signed out a book – to read, just for fun!  Again this year, we’ll be starting up our Rez Reads book club.  Students are invited to join the Google classroom (code b8qr93) to find out more and get involved.  In previous years, we’ve met authors, argued about and voted on our favourite books, and even went to a movie!

Of course, the library’s web site has lots of information to help students with research too – including tips on how to properly site, links to recommended web sites, and access to amazing research databases.

Check out the library’s web site (from the school’s main page, click on Student Services, then Library) or follow the library on Twitter or Instagram @rcsslibrary

Looking forward to another great year Phoenix!

Ms. Martin, your librarian

   

MESSAGE FROM ST. MICHAEL PARISH 

Welcome to a new school year. Beginnings are great! You start fresh, you come re-energized, you enter invigorated. At least that is the way I feel as I come to the beginning of my time as Pastor of St Michael Parish. I feel very blessed to be the Pastor here – this is the parish where I grew up – and I attended school locally – what a joy to now be back in Waterloo as a priest serving the school communities of Sir Edgar Bauer, St Nicholas, St David and Resurrection as part of our parish community. I look forward to being a visible presence in each of the schools, and equally hope to assist all the staff, students and parents as we journey sacramentally together.

I am pleased that you have chosen a Catholic education for your child, and that you have chosen our parish school to assist you in the ongoing education of your child. While a Catholic school does not replace the parish, and enrollment in a Catholic school does not take over the role of the home, all do complement each other. When a child comes to their parish each Sunday, attends a Catholic school each week, and prays with their family each day; they come to live as one who knows they are loved by God eternally.

St Michael Parish has the reputation of being an active and welcoming parish. In part this is due to the wonderful spirit of familial cooperation that exists between the individuals, institutions and organizations of the parish. In fact we often say that at St Michael Parish we have a place for all. This year we are especially excited to be expanding our Children Ministry to host opportunities from Children Age 2 – Grade 4 at both our 9:00am and 11:00am Masses. We are also putting together a great Youth Ministry for children in elementary grades (Grade 5-8) and in High School – come check it out! Ultimately, it is when we gather together at Sunday Mass that this sense of oneness is most beautifully expressed and manifested.

Find out more about our parish at on our website – http://www.stmichaelw.ca . This is an exciting time to be a part of our Family of Faith . There is always room for you and I hope to have the chance to meet you. Please don’t to contact me at the parish office (519-884 9311) if you have any questions or concerns.

Together let us give your child the best Catholic education possible through active involvement in the school and parish life. Please be assured of my prayers for your child. May each of us pray that parish, school and home will continue to work together.

 

Together in the Lord’s Service

Father F. Freitas, Pastor

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Lord’s Day Mass Schedule

Saturday – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday – 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. (Children’s Ministry – Age 2- Grade 4) and 7:00pm

 

Update from Guidance

Counsellor Alpha
Student Last Name
Sean Kritz A – C
Nadine Iley D – G   & International & ESL Students
Laurie Stimson H – M
Kishanie Jayasundera N – T
Sean Kritz U – Z

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 will be meeting with Grade 12 classes in the next couple of weeks to review the application process and opportunities to gather information about Universities and Colleges. If you, and your sons and daughters 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 http://bit.ly/visits-2018
  2. College Fair at Conestoga College (Doon Campus) will take place on October 17, 5:00-7:00pm  & October 18, 9:00am – 2:00pm. Representatives from all Ontario Colleges will be available to answer questions about their campuses and their programs.
  3. Research your options and get the most up to date information on-line. For college information go to www.ontariocolleges.ca and for university information go to www.electronicinfo.ca 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  www.thelearningpartnership.ca

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. http://www.frontdoormentalhealth.ca/

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The Little Mermaid is coming to Resurrection!  

Auditions are beginning on Sept. 16th for our production of The Little Mermaid.  Anyone that loves to act, sing, dance, play an instrument or be involved with stage lighting, sound, costumes, make-up or hair design is welcome! If you missed the meeting please see: Ms. Damaren, Ms. Lamont or Ms. Bencina for more information.

The shows are November 28th -30th and tickets will go on sale in October through Cash on line. Don’t miss your opportunity to be “Part of our World”.

Construction Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Now Available!

Did you know that Resurrection CSS, has recently been afforded a new Construction SHSM? This will make available a variety of experiential learning opportunities previously unavailable to students interested in Construction Sector careers. The program will provide new and cutting edge equipment bring students into the 21st century with the most up to date equipment. See https://www.highskills.ca/majors/construction/ for more information.