Monthly Archives: November 2019

St. Luke Hat and Mitten Drive

Once again the families of St. Luke School are invited to share in this festive season by donating hats, mittens and scarves to our Giving Tree.
The donations will be hung on our Giving Tree in the school front foyer and will be donated to those in need in our local community.
We will also be accepting warm socks, specifically wool socks which last longer and are warmer.
Thank you so much for your generosity during this season of giving!

Reminders from the Office

Dear parents:

We continue to experience problems with some drivers not respecting our drop-off and pick-up procedures. All drivers must obey parking signs on school property and on the streets surrounding the school. Our school busses are often not able to drive up to the bus zone because vehicles are blocking their access. Even upon direct requests from bus drivers and our staff, some drivers have not been cooperating. We will be seeking support from our school resource officer and by-law officer. Eliminating traffic altogether, by closing our driveway and lot to all vehicles other than busses, is an option we will have to explore if this unsafe situation does not improve. Please be respectful of our school’s procedures and do your part to help us build a positive school community at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School.

Secondly, please be reminded that our visitor policy applies to the yard in the morning before school, which means that parents should not be on the yard with the students. Yard supervision begins at 8:05 a.m., so parents are able to safely drop off their children between 8:05 and 8:20 a.m., knowing their children will be supervised by our staff. Our staff and students are often not able to distinguish between adults who are parents or adults who are strangers, so we ask that parents help us by saying goodbye to their children once dropped off at the blacktop.

We appreciate your cooperation with both of these important matters.

Notice for Parents of JUNIOR Students

Dear parents of students in Grades 4 to 6:

We thank you for your patience as our school board continues to try to resolve the planning agenda issue with Premier Agendas. We received Junior agendas in August with information from another school board on the inside and outside of the back cover. We were unwilling to distribute them, hoping that their error would be rectified quickly. Unfortunately, it seems that we are at an impasse with Premier and these faulty agendas will not be replaced. At this late point in the school year, we think our best option is to “X” out the public board’s information and provide our Junior students with these agendas today. We feel badly that Premier could not provide your child with what we ordered for them and, again, we thank you for your patience as we attempted to properly resolve this problem.


Student Transportation Notifications

It is recommended that parents/guardians who have children attending St. Luke and take student transportation, sign up for notifications pertaining to their child’s bussing.
By subscribing your email to Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region you will be updated each time their is a delay or cancellation to your child’s bussing to and from school.

Please read the attached document for the step by step instructions for signing up for STSWR, so you are able to receive these notifications.

Instructions STSWR

Belonging Week – November 18-22, 2019

November 18th to 22nd is BELONGING WEEK at St. Luke CES. This is our Board’s new name for the Ministry’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. Bullying is defined by the Ministry of Education as: “typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.”

In a school community where all students believe they belong, we can reduce bullying behaviours. Our school staff work with students on a daily basis to help them build their social skills, empathy and capacity to problem solve and resolve conflicts. We are adopting a whole-school Restorative Justice approach, whereby all members of our school community strive to create a positive and peaceful school setting where everyone feels like they belong. When conflict occurs, as it does in all relationships, the goal is to listen to each other, have all participants accept responsibility for their role in the conflict, and commit to doing their part to repair any harm that was done. Children learn better from this supportive teaching approach than from harsh, punitive measures. All children deserve a chance to learn from their mistakes.

There is a theme for each day of our Belonging Week:

Monday – A Peaceful Community

Tuesday – An Inclusive Community

Wednesday – A Respectful Community

Thursday – A Community of Kindness

Friday – A Community that Builds Relationships

There will be daily prayers and classroom activities that reflect each day’s theme. On Wednesday, November 20th, our St. Luke Spirit Squad is inviting all students and staff to wear pink to show that we are committed to always being kind and respectful to each other.

Please take a moment to enjoy this short video in which Jean Vanier speaks about appreciating one another as human beings and encouraging children to create a classroom and a world where we can discover that we belong to each other:

Together, let us pray the prayer of St. Francis and ask for help to bring peace to our communities:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Remembrance Day Service

Our Grade 7s are leading a Remembrance Day service tomorrow, starting at 10:30 a.m. in our gym. Parents are welcome to join us.

God, we give You thanks for all who served and continue to serve our country. In remembrance of those who made the supreme sacrifice, make us better people, and give us peace in our time.  Amen.

Picture Retake Day at St. Luke – November 11th

Picture Retake Day is coming to St. Luke on Monday, November 11th, 2019 in the afternoon.

If you are interested in having your child retake their school photos or if your child missed picture day, please correspond with your child’s teacher via agenda/email/note to ask for a LifeTouch Photo Form.  You may also, call the office directly and speak to Mrs. MacKay (519)884-4912.

Donations to Candy Mountain

It has become a special tradition at St. Luke’s School to donate any ‘extra’ Halloween treats to the Canadian Food for Children organization.
All Halloween treats (chips, chocolate bars, hard candies, etc.) will gladly be accepted in Mrs. Moser’s room 154 until November 21, 2019.
A big ‘thank-you’ to everyone for your generosity!  Sharing is caring!

Final Total for Terry Fox Fundraiser

We are pleased to share that our school community raised $1322.00 for this year’s Terry Fox fundraiser! Thanks so much to everyone who supported this important cause!

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