Monthly Archives: February 2020

Planning in advance when busses are cancelled

Dear parents of bus students:

If busses are cancelled due to inclement weather and you choose to drive your child to school, please remember that you will have to pick them up at 2:50 p.m. If road conditions are poor, please leave yourself some extra time so you will be at school by the 2:50 p.m. bell as we do not provide supervision for students after this time. Before you drive your child to school, please discuss with your child where your after school meeting spot will be. This meeting spot is to be outside the school and not in the office. Lastly, if you make arrangements for someone to pick up your child who is not on your emergency contact list, please write a note to your child’s teacher or call the office with the name of the adult who will be picking up your child.

Thank you for your help, parents. This pre-planning will reduce some of the confusion we experience on these out of the ordinary days. Hopefully spring will come quickly so we don’t have to worry about inclement weather any more!

BUS STUDENTS TO BE PICKED UP AT 2:50 PM TODAY


A friendly reminder that if your child(ren), usually takes the bus to school and attended St. Luke CES today,
that you will have to pick them up as ALL BUSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.
The dismissal bell rings at 2:50pm. 
Please ensure that arrangements are made to have your child(ren) picked up at this time.

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.

Notes from the office for the week of February 24th to 28th, 2020

Dear parents:

Please see below for some information/reminders for this coming week:

Monday, February 24th – no school

Tuesday, February 25th – Shrove Tuesday – Students will receive pancakes in the morning, thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers. Students, please remember to bring a reusable plate and cutlery.

Wednesday, February 26th – Ash Wednesday – Parents and guests are welcome to join us for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy at 1:30 p.m. in the gym.

Wednesday, February 26th is also Pink Shirt Day in the WCDSB! This is a day to remember to practice kindness and lift each other up! When we do this, we work together to reduce conflict and bullying behaviours.

As a reminder, 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.”

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. If students and/or parents need support from our staff with conflict or bullying situations, please do not hesitate to report the concern. We are here to help!

Important Information Re: 2020 Faith in Action Elementary Skills Challenge Days

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

Due to ongoing job action undertaken by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) — and the teacher supervision requirements associated with the Faith in Action Elementary Skills Challenge Days — the Skills events scheduled for March 4th and March 5th, 2020 at Conestoga College have been cancelled/postponed.

The school board is currently looking at alternatives to the original event and will communicate these with schools as they become available.

As a school system that places a high emphasis on innovation and experiential learning we are very proud of the preparation students have done up to this point and are encouraged that the skills they have built will continue to be applied in their classes and beyond.

We also thank you for the support you – as our partners in education – have offered the students in terms of volunteer driving and supervision during the many workshops that have already occurred.

While students, parents, and staff are bound to be disappointed with the cancellation of this year’s Faith in Action Skills Challenge, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times.

We continue to remain hopeful for a fair, negotiated resolution to the current labour disruption and the WCDSB Skills Team continues to look for innovative ways to keep our students engaged in their learning.

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.

Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday is just around the corner: Tuesday, February 25th! We will need volunteers so that we can make this special celebration happen again for our students. If you are interested in helping us out, please email Melinda Hannusch at stlukewaterloovolunteer@gmail.com.

Once again this year, the school will not be offering gluten-free, egg-free, or dairy-free pancakes. It is a huge responsibility to try to cook these on the same premises as the other pancakes and at the same time try to avoid contamination from the regular ingredients. Instead, we are inviting parents of students with allergies to send in their own pancakes from home. We will provide the syrup and heat up the pancakes at the same time the regular pancakes are served to the rest of the class. In that way, all students can enjoy this treat without fear of being made sick. Please send the pancakes labelled with the student’s and teacher’s name, and have your child bring the pancakes to the gym when they come in the school at 8:20 a.m.

St. Luke CES is an Eco School and we are striving for GOLD recertification this year. We are hoping for a waste-free pancake breakfast. Please consider sending a reusable plate and cutlery on Tuesday. To prevent sticky messes in lunch bags, you could send a clean, empty container with a lid, or you could send a large, reusable Ziploc bag to contain the mess.

Please remember that the pancakes are just a small snack, served in the morning. Students will still need to bring a lunch on Tuesday.

Revised Report Card Memo

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Enclosed is your child’s report card, which is an important reflection of the work done throughout the school year, and the mark, learning skills and teacher comments traditionally give us a fulsome picture about a student’s learning.

In early January, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:

  • OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.

You will notice that the report card your child has brought home reflects these directives.  With that said, our teachers remain committed to the WCDSB’s strategic direction to nurture a culture of innovation and foster maximum opportunity for success for all. Reporting student achievement (of which report cards are one component) is the result of thoughtful and ongoing assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers continue to display professionalism in this regard and value your role and partnership.

We would encourage you to please read the report card, with care, along with your child, and discuss how it might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses.

We join you in hoping for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.