Monthly Archives: May 2020

St. Luke CES Update – May 30, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for a few updates…

Access to the School

As you know, we are already making tentative plans for the pick-up of personal items and report cards, drop-off of school items (library books, text books, etc.), locker clean-out, and all of the other necessary year-end procedures. We are just waiting for approval to proceed with the communication of our final plans. Please check NewsWire regularly during the month of June so you don’t miss out on important and time-sensitive information.

Volunteer Appreciation

As we look ahead to the June calendar, we are truly sad that we will not be able to spend it with our students. We are also disappointed that we will miss some special year-end celebrations, especially our year-end mass and volunteer appreciation social. We are so grateful to our volunteers. Thanks for all you do to support us! Please see the attached message for you.

Volunteer Appreciation 2020

June Umbrella Skill

As we enter the month of June, we begin to focus on the “Healthy Lifestyle” Umbrella Skill. Healthy Lifestyle is one of those Umbrella Skills that really help with the others. For example, if we get enough sleep, eat nutritiously, and exercise, we feel better about ourselves, which might make us more resilient, more likely to develop a growth mindset or do something that intrinsically motivates us. Good luck working on this month’s Umbrella Skill, Lightning!

2019-2020 St. Luke Yearbook

The deadline for ordering your 2019-2020 St. Luke Yearbook is fast approaching. Please see the attached flyer and make sure you order by June 15th!

St Luke CES 2020 Yearbook Flyer

Statement from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board re Pride Month

After receiving feedback from the broader community – but, more importantly, also from some of our students — it is clear that the WCDSB’s decision to fly a provincially developed image on a flag during June, to mark Pride month, which was intended to send a message of unity and support, has instead led to division.

Out of sincere respect for all viewpoints shared, the school board will not fly any flag during Pride month.

The proposed flag will be displayed in school foyers throughout the 2020-21 school year, as the school board consults with the LGBTQ community on next steps leading to Pride Month 2021.

Mr. Ennis is retiring!

Dear St. Luke families:

Mr. Ennis (Grade 8 teacher) is retiring at the end of June. He has had an outstanding career and has touched countless lives – as a teacher and a coach. We are collecting ‘retirement wishes’ for Mr. Ennis. If you have a child in Mr. Ennis’s class, please encourage her/him to send a message via the link in the attached flyer. You are welcome to forward this information to anyone who has been a student or colleague of Mr. Ennis.

Thank you for your help in giving Mr. Ennis a special send-off!

SteveEnnisRetirement2020

St. Luke CES Update – May 27, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather! It seems like we moved very quickly from frost warnings to heat warnings!

Here are a few updates from our school and from the Board…

Picking Up Students’ Personal Belongings and Returning School Items

We are starting to work on plans for the pick-up of students’ personal belongings and return of school items such as textbooks and library books. The following information will give you some idea of what can possibly be expected. We will communicate detailed instructions closer to the date.

  • We will schedule one or two days during the last week of June for the drop-off of school items and pick-up of students’ personal belongings. Students’ belongings will be bagged and will include the final Report Card/Communication of Learning.
  • We will schedule families by surname alpha order and provide a time frame in which to come to the school. Families must come within the assigned time frame so we can ensure visits are spaced out.
  • Families who have borrowed Chromebooks for distance learning will not be expected to return them in June – the exception being Grade 8 students or any other students who are leaving our school at the end of June.
  • This ‘exchange’ process will likely happen at the exterior gym doors (at the back of the school).
  • A separate process will be organized for Grade 7 and 8 students to enter the school to clean out their lockers.
  • Any student or parent who comes to the school in June will be asked to come alone, i.e., only one person per family.
  • Our processes will align with recommendations from the Board, Ministry and Public Health and everyone who comes onto school property will be expected to follow the detailed instructions that will be communicated later.

VBS at St. Agnes Church

Dear St. Agnes Community,

As the St. Agnes VBS committee, we have reconsidered camp dates, and hope to be able to run a safe camp in August. The final decision whether or not to proceed with VBS this year, will be made on a later date. Regardless of all the uncertainties, we welcome volunteers to contact us anytime. Please email vbs.stagnes@gmail.com.

In the meantime, we hope that you all stay safe and healthy!

Leslie, Lisa, Andreas

VBS Committee

Find the Umbrella Contest

Hello WCDSB community! The sun is shining and we’re ready for the #WCDSBFindtheUmbrella contest. Enter to win a gift card and share some good news. Visit https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/find-the-umbrella/ to enter the draw and learn about more The Umbrella Project. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/gGj_7JVstgw 

WCDSB Schools to Mark Pride Month: June 1 – 30, 2020

For many years, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has embraced the vision of Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools being “Heart of the community”, fostering “success for each” and creating “a place for all.”

To bring that vision to life, the WCDSB has prioritized equity, inclusion and belonging in the school board’s Multi-year Strategic Plan, as well as the board’s Pastoral Plan and Well-Being Plan.

As Catholics, we believe that we are wonderfully made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us. We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with care, compassion, and respect.

The month of June is designated as Pride Month across the province of Ontario, and indeed much of Canada and the globe.  This month, and each and every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.

We will promote this message throughout the month of June, and WCDSB will also fly the following flag for the entire month of June at each of its buildings and school locations.

We believe the message – We are all wonderfully made – We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19) captures a powerful message that we hope will resonate well in each of our school communities and across the broader Waterloo Region community.

Letter from the Minister of Education

Dear St. Luke families:

Please find attached a message from the Minister of Education to Ontario’s parents:

Letter to Parents May 19 Announcement FINAL EN FORMATTED – SIGNATURE

As communicated in yesterday’s NewsWire, throughout this closure period, all WCDSB schools are taking direction from the Ministry, Public Health and our Board. As we receive recommendations for year-end procedures, our staff will work together to put plans in place and we will continue to keep all families informed via NewsWire.

St. Luke CES Update – May 19, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

We learned today that schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year. The official announcement can be found below. With today’s announcement, we are sure you will have questions about many things such as Grade 8 graduation, final report cards, the process for picking up your child’s personal belongings and returning school items such as textbooks, library books, etc. Throughout this closure period, all WCDSB schools are taking direction from the Ministry, Public Health and our Board. As we receive recommendations for year-end procedures, our staff will work together to put plans in place and we will continue to keep all families informed via NewsWire.

In the meantime, we still have six weeks of distance learning left in this school year so we are not winding down just yet! We are proud of all of our students for doing their best during this challenging time. Please continue to emphasize with your children the importance of persisting with their learning over these next six weeks. Together, we’ve got this, Lightning!

School Closure Announcement

The Government of Ontario has announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of this current school year. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. Please visit https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca for all the most up-to-date information. The official government announcement is available here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/health-and-safety-top-priority-as-schools-remain-closed.html 

 

Live Mass to Celebrate Catholic Education and Happy Mother’s Day

Dear St. Luke families:

 

Please consider joining a live mass with Bishop Crosby to celebrate Catholic education. It is today at 11 a.m.

Click Here to Watch Live Mass

 

Our St. Luke staff would like to wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day! Please see the WCDSB message below:

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board wishes to extend our best wishes for a most blessed Mother’s Day! We would love to honour all the women who support and nurture our most precious gift, the students of WCDSB! During this time we realize that heading out to purchase a token of appreciation is not possible so with this consideration we would ask that you please have your child open the following link and present the “gift” wherein to you! Happy Mother’s Day!

Click here to access the Mother’s Day gift

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