Monthly Archives: February 2020

Boundary Review Update

St. John Boundary Review

BRC Committee Work Completed

In addition to the BRC documents that were posted yesterday in preparation for last night’s meeting, the approved minutes for the January 29, 2020 meeting has been posted on our website this morning.

Please note that the Committee’s work was completed last night and therefore:

  • The last meeting (March 4, 2020), which was tentatively scheduled if needed, has been cancelled.
  • The StJohnReview email inbox is no longer being monitored and your concerns should be directed to the Board of Trustees.

Just a reminder that there will be 3 Board of Trustees Meetings:

  • March 23, 2020 – opportunity for delegations.
  • April 6, 2020 – opportunity for delegations.
  • April 27, 2020 – decision to be made by the Board of Trustees.

 

 

 

By |2020-02-28T12:29:45-05:00February 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Boundary Review Update

Labour Updates- School Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on March 5.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

By |2020-02-28T08:55:55-05:00February 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Labour Updates- School Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

Wear your Pink Shirt tomorrow!

Tomorrow is PINK SHIRT DAY. Pink shirt day is a day where we celebrate standing up for what is right and standing up against bullies. Wear a pink shirt tomorrow and earn 1 colour house point for your team.

Don’t forget tomorrow is also the beginning of our book drive (goes until Friday)! Bring in books you would like to donate for those who are in need in our community. Picture books to novels are welcomed! Earn 1 point per book! (Maximum 5 points per student)

By |2020-02-25T15:32:57-05:00February 25th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Wear your Pink Shirt tomorrow!

A message from Student Council:

Student Council Reminders:

Tomorrow is a busy day, but please remember to bring in a few non-perishable food items! These non-perishable food items will help people directly in our community! It is a 1-day food drive so don’t forget! One point per item (max. 3 points per student).

This Wednesday until Friday we will be running our used book drive! We are encouraging all students to sort through a few books they no longer read or need and donate them! The books will be distributed to a few community centers throughout Waterloo. Picture books to novels are welcomed! 1 point per book (max. 5 points per student).

 

By |2020-02-24T12:38:00-05:00February 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on A message from Student Council:

“Drive-to-Five”

Dear parents,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKOXfa8NfTY&feature=youtu.be

Our school encourages all students to get to and from school in active ways. There are many benefits for students to walk, cycle and roll to school – including physical and mental health benefits, environmental benefits, and traffic safety benefits. There are many resources available at stswr.ca under the ‘Walk Zone’ tab to support parent efforts to help their children get to and from school in active and safe ways.

Having said this, we know that sometimes parents do need to drive their children to and from school. In these cases, we encourage a “drive-to-five” approach in order to keep traffic away from the school site where so many little bodies are on foot. We urge parents to follow our guideline and map for legal, safe parking that is a 5-10 minute walk from Our Lady of Lourdes. You will see signs indicating how far you are from school. Older students can walk on their own from the drop-off location. Parents can park and accompany smaller children.

Taking a “drive-to-five” approach to getting students to and from school has many benefits. Students experience both physical and mental health benefits by breaking up sedentary time before and after school. Walking and cycling also makes for safer and more connected communities, because we get to know neighbours and other families, and we reduce traffic congestion around the school. It is also excellent bonding time when parents walk or cycle with their children to and from school.

Thank you for supporting our students to get to and from school in the safest and healthiest ways possible.

Sincerely,

Terri-Lynn Geisel

Principal

By |2020-02-24T10:06:11-05:00February 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on “Drive-to-Five”

Important Notice – OECTA Strike Cancelled – All WCDSB Schools Open on Monday

IMPORTANT NOTICE – OECTA Strike Cancelled – All WCDSB Schools Open on Monday February 24

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has cancelled rotating strikes scheduled for next week.

As a result, all WCDSB schools and St. Louis campuses will be open and running on their regular schedules on Monday, February 24, 2020.

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Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 26

From its humble beginnings in 2007 in small-town Nova Scotia, Pink Shirt Day has spread across the globe as a way to take a stand against bullying and to show support for those who have been affected by it in schools, workplaces, homes, and online.  Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

On February 26, 2020, we encourage everyone at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to practice kindness and wear pink to school or work to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. The focus for 2020 is “lift each other up.”

 

By |2020-02-19T13:35:28-05:00February 19th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 26

OECTA Labour Update

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

By |2020-02-19T13:11:48-05:00February 19th, 2020|News|Comments Off on OECTA Labour Update

Pancake Tuesday – February 25, 2020

We will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday on February 25. Each classroom will be making pancakes to mark the beginning of Lent.  Please send your child(ren) with a plate and cutlery to cut down on environmental waste.

We will be using Aunt Jemima’s Complete Pancake mix which is peanut free.  If your child is gluten free, a gluten free pancake will be made available.  If you have any concerns regarding food allergies, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

 

 

 

By |2020-02-18T13:33:33-05:00February 18th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Pancake Tuesday – February 25, 2020

Student Council Events at Our Lady of Lourdes

Student Council Events – Next week Student Council will be running two events:

One-Day Food Drive:

On Tuesday February 25th, we are going to be celebrating a 1 day food drive. We are going to try and collect as many non-perishable goods in one day! Bring in 1, 2, 3, or more canned goods. Earn one point for every can! (Maximum 3 points per person). Let’s go OLOL!

Book Drive: 

From Wednesday February 26th until Friday February 28th, we are running a book drive! There are lots of children in our community who are in-need of something as simple as a book. Any gently used books from picture books to teenage novels are welcomed.

Start sorting through those books OLOL & get ready to donate! For every book you will earn one colour house point per book! (A maximum of 5 points per student).

By |2020-02-18T12:54:17-05:00February 18th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Student Council Events at Our Lady of Lourdes