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335 RED OSIER Road, Waterloo, N2V2V7

335 RED OSIER Road, Waterloo, Ontario N2V2V7

5Bedroom(s)
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This home is located in a popular and safe community close to SJAM schools, shopping, transit, and parks. The main level has Hardwood Flooring, an open concept, a gas fireplace, and the large windows make it the perfect entertaining place, facing the greenbelt. The Kitchen is tiled with ceramic flooring, a Stainless Steel Stove, a Dish Washer, and Refrigerator.
$1,499,900

407 WHITE BIRCH Avenue, Waterloo, N2V2T3

407 WHITE BIRCH Avenue, Waterloo, Ontario N2V2T3

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
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Welcome to 407 White Birch Avenue, located in desirable Laurelwood. This immaculately maintained home features three bedrooms, three baths, and a natural-light-filled open concept main floor. The kitchen offers a breakfast bar and is next to a dining area and living room with sliding doors to the backyard.
$799,900

450 GATESTONE Boulevard, Waterloo, N2T2J1

450 GATESTONE Boulevard, Waterloo, Ontario N2T2J1

8Bedroom(s)
6Bathroom(s)
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** PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 14th, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. ** THIS STUNNING LAURELWOOD FAMILY HOME IS EXQUISITELY LOCATED IN WATERLOO'S #1 NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR RAISING A FAMILY!! This quiet, safe and secure family-friendly neighbourhood boasts some of the nations top ranked public schools and is only minutes from UW and WLU.
$1,475,000

450 GATESTONE BLVD, Waterloo, N2T2J1

450 Gatestone Boulevard, Waterloo, Ontario N2T2J1

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This Stunning Laurelwood Family Home Exquisitely Located In Waterloo's Finest Neighbourhood For Safe & Secure Family Living!! Recently Professionally Decorated In Tasteful Designer Shades.
$1,475,000

714 ROCK ELM Street, Waterloo, N2V0C2

714 ROCK ELM Street, Waterloo, Ontario N2V0C2

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Vista Hills! This impressive 4+ bedroom , 4 bathroom family home is perfect for multi generational living. Main floor features large dining room, gorgeous kitchen with an abundance of cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry, backsplash, 12 foot island overlooking family room with gas fireplace, walkout from dinet to 12 x 20 ft composite deck and fenced yard.
$1,379,000

344 AMBERWOOD Drive, Waterloo, N2T1S8

344 AMBERWOOD Drive, Waterloo, Ontario N2T1S8

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FULLY RENOVATED BUNGALOW AVAILABLE IN WATERLOO'S MOST DESIRABLE BEECHWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD! Welcome to 344 Amberwood Drive, this home has been tastefully renovated from top to bottom with premium finishes in every room. Beautiful wide plank engineered hardwood spans throughout the main and lower floor of this home.
$1,450,000
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Overview

St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School (just St. Nicholas from now on) is located at 525 Laurelwood Drive, in the northwestern Waterloo neighbourhood of Laurelwood. It’s a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, and it offers Extended Day Care. Its phone number is (519) 884-9198.
 
St. Nicholas is a fairly new school: it was built in 2001, making it the second-newest WCDSB elementary school on our current list (the newest on our list is Saint John Paul II Catholic Elementary School). St. Nicholas thus offers the best of both worlds, to a certain extent: it has a more modern design and newer facilities than schools from earlier decades, but it’s also more well-established in its community than a brand new school.
 
The student population at St. Nicholas currently stands around 420, and they are taught by a staff of nearly 50. Their team name is the St. Nicholas Spirit. As for the school’s name itself, it comes from one of the world’s most famous Saints, and one of the most prominent Russian Orthodox Saints, Saint Nicholas.
 
Originally named Nikolaos of Myra, Saint Nicholas lived in the Eastern Roman Empire (specifically, near modern day Demre, Turkey) from 270 to 343. Saint Nicholas was devoutly religious, a friend of the poor and saviour of sailors, and he earned a reputation as a secret gift-giver: a kind, caring old man.
 
This image, of course, led to the Dutch Sinterklaas, which in turn gave us ‘Santa Claus.’ Ho-ho-hold the phone, was that an etymology lesson? It sure was!
 

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Location

Laurelwood is consistently one of the most popular neighbourhoods in all of Waterloo, and a major part of its popularity stems from its access to multiple highly-regarded schools. Indeed, three out of the top five elementary schools in the entire Waterloo Region are located in Laurelwood (Abraham Erb and Laurelwood Public Schools, and St. Nicholas) as well as one of the top-ranked secondary schools in the region (Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School). And that’s not even including the several nearby schools that rank highly, too!
 
St. Nicholas stands across from the quite respectable Old Oak Park (its numerous trees surely provide learners with ample oxygen) but the true highlight of St. Nicholas’ location lies to the north and northeast. Laurel Creek Conservation Area, and its massive Laurel Creek Reservoir, is enjoyable, educational, and enormous (the ‘three E’s of a great park’) – and it’s just a short walk away. You can read more about the Conservation Area here!
 
Laurelwood is a suburban neighbourhood, but it’s not without access to shopping and community opportunities (the Laurelwood Shopping Centre and the John M. Harper Branch of the Waterloo Public Library, for example). If you’re interested in learning more about Laurelwood specifically, you can read our article on it here.
 

Faith

St. Nicholas is part of St. Michael’s Parish. St. Michael’s Catholic Church is located between Uptown Waterloo and the campuses of both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Serving over 3000 families, as well as many university students, two elementary schools, and one secondary school, St. Michael’s is a large and active Parish. This Church was built in 1965.
 

 

Ranking

First, an explanation of where our rankings are coming from: the Fraser Institute. Each year, the Fraser Institute assesses elementary and secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. For Ontario elementary schools, they make use of results from the Grade 3 and Grade 6 Testing conducted by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), which assess Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
 
St. Nicholas’ ranking as of 2017 (the latest available results) is 8.1/10 – solidly in the top quadrant (Green) of schools. Incredibly, this places St. Nicholas in the top 10% of the over 3000 elementary schools all across Ontario. On a more local level, St. Nicholas is the second-highest rated elementary school in the entire WCDSB (including schools from Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and the Townships).
 
Not only is St. Nicholas’ current score highly impressive, but the school has also excelled in past years. Their score in 2016, for example, was 8.8/10, and in the past five years the school has not once fallen from the Green quadrant.
 

Extracurricular Opportunities

There are many options available to St. Nicholas students, of the social, hobby, athletic, and community-varieties. In terms of athletics, St. Nicholas students can participate in intramural (and intermural) team and individual sports, either facing fellow St. Nicholas students or participating with their peers against other WCDSB elementary schools.
 
There are multiple clubs, interest groups, and activities outside of sports, too, including everything from choir to excursions to Camp Brébeuf (located northeast of Guelph, off of the Eramosa River).
 
The Catholic School Council at St. Nicholas works throughout the year to raise funds for student activities, school projects, and more. But the charitable efforts at St. Nicholas are directed far further than just the school itself. St. Nicholas is proud to have a “Social Justice Team made up of faith inspired students” at the school (WCDSB). Past projects have included support for Haiti, Syrian refugees, and multiple food drives.
 


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    After Graduation

    St. Nicholas is part of the Resurrection Catholic Secondary School family in the WCDSB. After Grade 8, Graduating St. Nicholas students are zoned for Resurrection. Resurrection is located right on the threshold of the Kitchener/Waterloo border, off of University Avenue West (it stands on the Kitchener side). Because it’s not in the same neighbourhood as St. Nicholas, students are eligible for bussing. You can read more about Resurrection CSS here.
     

     

    Staying Informed

    St. Nicholas has important dates just about every month – whether a unique assembly, a community event, or something more education-specific. You can keep an eye on St. Nicholas’ online Calendar to ensure you (or your children) never miss something (no one wants to miss a St. Nicholas BBQ day!): view it here.
     
    If you’re looking for more detail, St. Nicholas’ online News Page is perfect. St. Nicholas regularly posts ‘Spirit Updates’ that cover just about everything going on at the school (see the whole list here). With these, you’ll be able to read more about upcoming events, and take a look at upcoming opportunities (for example, you can read about the St. Michael’s Youth Alpha program for Grade 7 and 8 students here).
     
    Last, but certainly not least, is the St. Nicholas Twitter account (view it here). Through the pictures and updates shared here, you can get a closer look at what’s going on at the school. St. Nicholas is, as noted, one of the top-rated elementary schools in the Waterloo Region, and surely incredible classroom activities like this one are yet another part of the reason why.
     

     

    Conclusion

    St. Nicholas is a wonderful school, in a wonderful neighbourhood. With dedicated educators, impressive extracurricular involvement, close ties with St. Michael’s Parish, and even bearing the name of one of the world’s most beloved (and jolliest) Saints, there’s much to admire about St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School. Happy learning to all, and to all a good night!
     

    Written by Will Kummer

     

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