Monthly Archives: September 2020

WCDSB Message: Important New Guidelines for Siblings of Ill Students

We have had a very good start to the school year so far, and our staff are doing a great job keeping our schools healthy, clean and safe.  All of our COVID safety protocols appear to be working and we are so grateful to all our staff and students.

Last Thursday (September 24th), Region of Waterloo Public Health updated the guidance and protocols involving school attendance for siblings of ill students.

PREVIOUSLY – any school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students were required to “self-isolate” at home until their ill sibling / child had either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor to return to school — and were free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

NOW — any school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students are allowed to attend school so long as they are asymptomatic themselves and will rigorously “self-monitor” for the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. This means a sibling will NOT be sent home at the same time as a child who may not be feeling well. However, their ill sibling must still self-isolate until they have either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor to return to school – and are free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

PLEASE NOTE — Symptomatic children or school staff who have a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or have travelled in the past 14 days, (and their household contacts) must still self-isolate pending the test result of the symptomatic individual, and must not attend work or school until the symptomatic individual(s) receive a negative test.

We do want to continue maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for all our students, so we also encourage all families and individuals to use the Ontario government’s school screening tool, available at:

The screening tool is also available on our WCDSB homepage at

Please look for the yellow banner at the top of that page.

St. Luke CES Update – Sept. 28, 2020

Good afternoon, St. Luke families! Here are a few more updates for this week:


It is that time of year again! This is the 40th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope! Our run/walk this year will be different as all things 2020 have been. Each class will be choosing their own run/walk date this week. Please consider donating to our secure St. Luke link: This link is our only method of collecting donations. Terry showed us that anything is possible if you try. We can all make a difference in the world and change people’s lives for the better. Cancer has touched the lives of so many people. Together we can find a cure. Thank you for supporting this great cause!


Public Health has revised their guidance for asymptomatic siblings. If a child is sent home or kept home due to COVID-19 symptoms (but they have not been in contact with a confirmed case and have not travelled in the past 14 days), the siblings should “self-monitor” while awaiting test results/medical clearance of the symptomatic individual. This is a change from “self-isolate” at home, so siblings can now stay at school while self-monitoring. Should symptoms start, then self-isolation would be required.


As previously communicated, please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. Due to the need for regular mask breaks and fresh air, we will be going outside in misty or light rain conditions.


In keeping with our physical distancing measures, our safety drills (fire and lockdown) will be modified. We had a lockdown practice on Friday morning. Teachers explained the steps we would follow in case of a real emergency. We will conduct our fire drills soon, and students will be evacuating the school one class at a time.


St. Luke CES Update – Sept. 25, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of September. Aside from our health and safety routines, it actually feels pretty normal around here! The students have been incredible at following our new expectations and they are all working hard at being super learners and super friends. Way to go, Lightning!

Here are a few updates:


Starting Monday, September 28th, students are allowed to bring a skipping rope or a soccer ball from home. The students were informed of this exciting news today, along with some rules:

  • Students are responsible for their own items. Items should be labelled. No other student may handle their items. Items are stored in backpacks during class time.
  • Skipping ropes are for personal use only and may not be shared.
  • Soccer balls can be kicked back and forth between students within the same cohort. No hands may be used and soccer games are not permitted at this time. Students must still maintain physical distance which is not possible during a game situation.

Our staff will be monitoring the use of equipment on the yard. If students respect the guidelines around the skipping ropes and soccer balls, we may introduce basketballs in our next phase. We will also consider adding more equipment to our physical education classes.


Now that we are all connecting more through technology than through the use of paper, we find that parents are sometimes reporting absences by emailing their child’s teacher. It is not a problem to make your child’s teacher aware of an absence, but please continue to call the office (519-884-4912) by 8:20 a.m. to report your child’s absence. The attendance is managed by Mrs. MacKay, our Administrative Assistant, so it is imperative that she is informed.


If you need to inform the school of changes to your contact information, please email


If you ordered a 2020 Grade 8 Grad Composite or a 2019-20 Yearbook, please come to the school between 8:30 and 11:05 a.m. or 12:05 and 3:30 p.m. You can ring the buzzer and we will bring the composite or yearbook out to you. If you would like us to send the composite home with a younger sibling, please email


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


WCDSB Message: Information On How to Change Learning Environments

Dear Parents/Guardians:

When we commenced the school year back in early September, we announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

In Secondary Schools: families/students may only transfer between learning modalities at the end of the term (November and, thereafter, end of January).

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on our main webpage from Sept 24th  at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m.  Requests must be made within this window of time.

For our secondary parents that window will occur from November 4th  at 9 a.m. to November 6th at 6 p.m.

You should not access the Transition Form at this time.

The form will be available on our main webpage in the spotlight section –

COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information from Public Health

Dear St. Luke CES families:

Please see the attached information from Public Health. We hope this information will be helpful to you if your child becomes ill at school and has to be sent home or if you need to keep your child home due to illness. If you call the school to report your child’s absence due to illness, please indicate your child’s symptoms and your plan of action as it relates to the attached information.


Thank you for working with us to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy!

Message from St. Agnes Parish re First Communion and Confirmation

Spring 2020 First Communions (grade 3 students) have been rescheduled for….

First Communion             2pm
St Agnes   October 13 (Tues)  October 17 (Sat)
St Matthew  October 14 (Wed)  October 18 (Sun)
St Luke  October 20 (Tues)  October 24 (Sat)

If you were enrolled in the First Communion program for 2019-2020 please complete the re-registration survey below so we know your intentions for the rescheduling this fall.

Spring 2020 re-registration survey

2020-2021 First Communion students (Grade 2)

Your program and registration will start in November once last year’s First Communions are complete.

Spring 2020 Confirmations (grade 8 students) have been rescheduled for…

  rehearsal 6:30pm Confirmation 2pm
St Agnes/St Matthew Oct 21 (Wed) Oct 25 (Sun)
St Luke Oct 28 (Wed) Nov 1 (Sun)

If you were enrolled in the Confirmation program for 2019-2020 please complete the re-registration survey below so we know your intentions for the rescheduling this fall.

Spring 2020 re-registration survey

2020-2021 Confirmation students (Grade 7)

Your program and registration will start in November once last year’s Confirmations are complete.


If there are any questions, please contact Michelle Schill    You may always speak to Fr. Aleks directly as well – please just call the office to arrange.

St. Luke CES Update – Sept. 8, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

Today was a great day! We welcomed our Grade 1 and 2 students and hosted visits with our Junior Kindergartens and their parents. We are excited to have our Senior Kindergartens and our Grade 3 and 4 students join us tomorrow! Aside from the masks and some new health and safety routines, it really does seem like we are back to normal. It is wonderful to see and hear the students in our school again. We have missed them so much!

Parents, we want to thank you for working with us as we navigate these new systems. You have been incredibly supportive and we couldn’t do this without you! You have had so much to read and figure out over the last few weeks. We will keep the information coming and may need to tweak things as we go.

Boomerang Lunches

One such tweak is our recycling program. Due to a shift in priorities with our custodians’ cleaning schedules, we will not run our green and blue bin programs at this time. We are asking students to bring Boomerang Lunches. What is a Boomerang Lunch? Everything in the lunch that is uneaten goes back home – leftover food, containers, recyclables or garbage. We know this will not be popular with everyone – especially when one experiences a messy lunch bag! There is a COVID-related benefit to this plan, though: It eliminates the need for students, who are unmasked while eating, to walk around the classroom to deposit garbage and recycling in the proper bins. We hope we can count on your support with packing nutritious Boomerang Lunches for your child.

Students Going Home for Lunch

Students who go home for lunch will leave by their usual door (which is closest to their classroom). If you are picking up your child for lunch, please decide on a meeting spot at the front of the school – as you would if you were meeting your child after school. Students will not be dismissed through the main entrance.

Mr. Tignanelli has Retired!

We announced most of our staffing changes in June but another change happened toward the end of the summer: Mr. Tignanelli has retired! Mr. T. had a positive impact on so many students throughout his career and we will miss him! We welcome Ms. Orsini to St. Luke CES as our new Grade 7 teacher.






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