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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

Communication Update

Good morning Our Lady of Lourdes Families,

I wanted to share some information with you as things are changing rapidly and I want to keep you informed.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher.  Electronic communication is best since no one is allowed in the school building to check calls left on the school answering machine.

As we move to teacher-led distance learning, our teachers have been working to contact students and families to find out who may need a Chromebook. If you did not hear from your child’s teacher, please contact the teacher(s).  Emails are found on our school website: https://lourdes.wcdsb.ca/

We are expecting an announcement from the Ministry of Education with more details about the remote learning plan. An announcement introducing WCDSBLearn@Home was shared.  Click the link for more information: https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/

I would also suggest that you continue to monitor announcements teachers are posting on your child(ren)’s classroom platform.  Many of our planned events for the remainder of the school year have either been postponed or cancelled until further notice.  Any events that have been cancelled will be refunded through Cash On Line. Please be patient as we work through this process. 

The opportunity to receive Sacraments through the Church is on hold for now. Any questions about receiving sacraments can be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  

Please continue monitoring Newswire for any school updates as information is evolving quickly.  We will do our best to keep you informed.

Please know that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the Easter season.

We are praying that you remain healthy.

Sincerely,

Terri-Lynn Geisel

Principal

Our Lady of Lourdes CES

 

 

 

By |2020-03-30T11:55:24-04:00March 30th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Communication Update

Google Read and Write

Opening Read and Write app on a Home Device Parent In

If your child currently uses Google Read and Write to support their learning, please see the attachment on how to activate the Read and Write app on a home device (laptops and chromebooks).

Attached is an updated handout, for those who prefer handouts.

In addition please see the ‘how to video’ link as follows.

https://youtu.be/fPDuw_udNes

 

By |2020-03-29T12:15:11-04:00March 29th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Google Read and Write

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

Principal Message ~ School Closure COVID-19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday was the first day of the previously announced two-week closure of all schools in Ontario to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

I know that this is not easy for you.   We have all been impacted by COVID -19 in some way.   I know that many of you wanted to be in school.  The staff at Our Lady of Lourdes CES wanted to be there to greet you.  Our staff wanted to talk to our students about their March Break and wanted to dive back into teaching and learning.  We wanted to feel the excitement of the first day back from March break.  However, these are extraordinary times.

I want to let you know that both the school and the WCDSB wish to stay in communication with you and we will keep you updated on the latest developments, resources and any impact on schools and learning.

Best Health Practices: it is vitally important for all of us to monitor and follow the direction of medical officials. 

I know there are many questions that you have regarding the continuation of learning.  The Ministry of Education has launched a website: ontario.ca/learnathome where students can continue their learning for the next two weeks while schools are closed.  I would also suggest that students review the work that has been completed in their classes to date.    As the situation unfolds, the Ministry of Education will be providing more direction if schools are closed beyond the two-week period.

I know that for our grade 8 class this is a challenging time for you. You are concerned about your courses, graduation and your last year of elementary school.  

Keep the Faith: our local diocese has a webpage with helpful resources so Catholics can remain in touch with their faith while churches are closed. 

Stay Mentally Healthy: the WCDSB FOS Social Worker is available to talk on the phone or through email should you have any questions or concerns or feel like she can be a support to your child(ren) or family. The following website has valuable information to support student mental health during this time.

https://smho-smso.ca/blog/how-to-support-student-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

We know that the uncertainty, significant alterations to daily routines and structures, and changes to social interactions with important people in our lives can result in accumulated stress. 

Please know that each and everyone of you are missed and that the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes CES will pray for everyone every day.  We will see each other soon and for me personally, that gives me great hope.

Please stay safe and healthy. 

Sincerely,

Terri-Lynn Geisel

Principal

 

 

By |2020-03-24T09:49:31-04:00March 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Principal Message ~ School Closure COVID-19

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