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An Important Message from Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Dear Parents and Teachers,

I am contacting you about updated directives to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis. The spread of the virus in our province and around the world is a matter of grave concern for all of us. Our diocese upholds the priority of care for the spiritual, physical, and mental health and well-being of our fellow parishioners and citizens.

Sacraments: All celebrations of Baptism, First Eucharist, First Reconciliation are postponed until the Chief Medical Officer has advised it safe to resume larger gatherings. At that point, It’s not possible to confirm or even reschedule a new date for the celebration of First Holy Communion.

After this period of trial has finished, we will once again gather together to worship God in the celebration of the Eucharist. This will be a moment of great celebration for all of us. Until this time, let us hold the words of the Lord to the prophet Isaiah in our hearts:
“Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

with prayers,

Fr. Rafal Tomon, Pastor

By |2020-04-01T14:47:14-04:00April 1st, 2020|News|Comments Off on An Important Message from Our Lady of Lourdes Church

St. John Boundary Review Board Meeting on April 6, 2020

St. John Boundary Review Update

St. John Boundary Review
Board Meeting on April 6, 2020

This is a reminder that there will be a Board of Trustees Meeting (held online) on Monday, April 6, 2020 starting at 6:00pm. Staff will present the Final Staff Report to the Board of Trustees and there will be an opportunity for delegations.
Delegations wishing to address a committee or the Board are required to e-mail Alice.Figueiredo@wcdsb.ca by the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Each delegation will be allowed ten minutes. For further information, please see the Protocol for Delegations.
The Meeting agenda will be posted on the Board’s website by the end of this week, with instructions. Please continue to monitor the website for updates.

By |2020-03-31T12:02:14-04:00March 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on St. John Boundary Review Board Meeting on April 6, 2020

Introducing – WCDSBLearn @ Home

March 27 Update

Dear Parents / Caregivers –
As you may be aware, on March 20th the Ontario government launched the Learn at Home online portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Please click on the above link for additional information.

Wishing all our Flames’ families a safe and healthy weekend.

By |2020-03-27T18:38:51-04:00March 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Introducing – WCDSBLearn @ Home

Cancellation of EQAO Testing; Introduction of WCDSB #STEAMDays

The COVID-19 situation in Ontario is continuing to evolve and WCDSB is committed to keeping you informed. As updates are available or new questions emerge, we are posting to our Board website. We encourage you to continue checking there for updates.
Please be aware that the Minister of Education has provided direction to cancel all Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments for the 2019-20 school year. The Minister has also directed that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) be waived as a graduation requirement, as set out in Section 6 of Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016, for students who are otherwise able to graduate in the 2019-20 school year. These changes provide the conditions to enable students to fulfill graduation requirements in our current context.
The government and WCDSB remain committed to ensuring learning will continue for our students. The Ministry and WCDSB will be posting online learning resources, and we encourage you to stay tuned for more about this resource and other distance learning supports and opportunities.
At WCDSB we are also launching #STEAMDays – a fun and interactive way to keep the learning happening at home as we work our way through the unprecedented COVID-19 shutdown.

Please view the VIDEO to learn more.
In times like these, it is vital for one and all to come together – and #STEAMDays will provide a convenient platform for parents and educators alike to share ideas, resources and fun ways to keep the learning process going.
As ideas are shared, we will gather some of them and post via our website: www.wcdsb.ca/STEAMDays


By |2020-03-23T09:10:43-04:00March 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Cancellation of EQAO Testing; Introduction of WCDSB #STEAMDays

Mudpuppy Chase, May 3, 2020

Our Lady of Lourdes is once again excited to participate in the Mudpuppy Chase Family Race. The event is put on by the Kitchener-Grand River Rotary and all proceeds go to helping out children’s charities in the Waterloo Region. Children under 6 can take part in our 600m dash, for an exhilarating start for a little runner. Students can choose from a 3k distance, the older students and adults can enjoy the full 5k race adventure!

You can register for this year’s event at https://mudpuppychaseroadrace.com/schools. Search for, and register under, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Team Captain Joanne Bink. There are prizes for top fundraisers and category winners. Let’s work together to meet our school goal of $1500, and start preparing this March Break for a day of fun, family and fundraising!!


By |2020-03-13T14:22:22-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Mudpuppy Chase, May 3, 2020

Lunchbox Orders Update

In lieu of the school closure, we will be cancelling the deliveries scheduled from March 23 – April 3.

We will be notifying parents of the cancellation and a credit will be placed on their Lunchbox Orders account.

We will ensure your school’s lunch calendar is updated to reflect the cancelled delivery dates.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1.877.426.6860.

With thanks,


Melissa Roberts

 Office: 519.780.0496 | Cell: 226.979.5770

Toll Free: 1.877.426.6860




By |2020-03-13T12:49:24-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Lunchbox Orders Update

IMPORTANT — Public Communication re COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/title.html), the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:


  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.


The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/)  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19

By |2020-03-13T12:24:44-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on IMPORTANT — Public Communication re COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations

Labour Updates-

Tentative Collective Agreement Reached — OECTA

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As a result, OECTA has suspended all strike activity pending ratification of the agreement.

OECTA members across the province will participate in ratification votes on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

By |2020-03-13T10:27:05-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Labour Updates-