Monthly Archives: September 2019

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardians

… Sent on behalf of the Faith Formation Council

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates below will be cancelled until further notice:

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Thank you for your understanding.

Reminders for Sept 24th – 26th, 2019


Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 – Picture Day 

Picture Day is coming tomorrow.
Feel free to order your child’s school pictures online at:  mylifetouch.ca  using your Picture Day ID  QX109253Q0, or fill out the order form that was sent home; enclose the EXACT payment , and return to school tomorrow with your child.  Money order or Cheques can be made payable to “Lifetouch Canada”.  Photographer will not make change.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 – Open House 5:30-7:00pm
Come out on Wednesday at 5:30-7:00pm to meet your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and see where their classroom is this year.  The school will be open for 1.5 hours for parents/guardians to stroll through St. Luke and meet the staff within St. Luke for the 2019/2020 school year.

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run in the morning
We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in our 8th Terry Fox Run this year at St. Luke School on Thursday, September 26th.
We are collecting a Toonie for Terry, but any monetary donation would be appreciated. You are able to make a donation through Cash Online:
https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Home/Index
Thank you for your continued support in this very worthwhile cause!

Terry Fox Run

Dear Families,
We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in our 8th Terry Fox Run this year at St. Luke School on Thursday, September 26th.
Terry Fox was a true hero who continues to inspire many people.
We are collecting a Toonie for Terry, but any monetary donation would be appreciated. You are able to make a donation through Cash Online:
https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Home/Index
Thank you for your continued support in this very worthwhile cause!

INTERMEDIATE Homework Club

Homework Club for Intermediate Students at St. Luke

Parents/Guardians:
We wish to inform you that starting September 16th until June 5th of an opportunity to support your child outside of regular instructional hours.
To help our students work on assignments, projects, or homework in a quiet environment with teacher support, we are offering a Homework Club at St. Luke four times a week from 2:50-3:50pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) that your child can participate in. Students who choose to participate are not required to come every time, however they are encouraged to build a routine.
If you and your child decide to take advantage of this valuable opportunity, we ask that you child informs you of the days that they attend. Any further questions please direct them to your child’s classroom teacher.

Thank you  –  Mr. Tignanelli and Mr. Reidel

ESNS – Teacher Changes

ESNS Notification – Classroom Changes

If your child has been effected by classroom changes and you have ordered them ESNS lunches please visit the ESNS website at www.esns.ca and change your child’s teacher’s name .
This can be done by signing in and then going to “Profile”>>”Children”>>”Edit”.  From here you will see the drop down to change the teacher and home room.
The ESNS program starts next week.
To prevent any confusion with lunches please take the time to make these changes.
Thank you.

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardians

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardians

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served.

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

Called to Belong

“All are one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28