Monthly Archives: October 2020

Reminder: St. Luke CES Online Fundraising Campaign

A friendly reminder that our school’s Maple Syrup & Coffee Fundraising Campaign is soon coming to an end. Until November 2nd, you can receive free local shipping (coupon code “stlukeoct2020”), a chance to win a $100 Indigo gift card, and help St. Luke Catholic School — all while supporting some great local businesses while you’re at it.

You can always order your favourite products on the The Shop Around The Corner’s site all year round and know that a portion of your purchase will go to our school.

Thank you so much from St. Luke Catholic School!

SAC Maple Syrup Fundraiser Flyer

St. Luke CES Update – Oct. 23, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for some recent updates.



All students will be receiving four reusable cloth masks. The black one is from the Ministry and the three grey ones are from the WCDSB. If students prefer their own masks that they have been wearing, they are welcome to continue to do so.



Our school calendar has been updated. Please check it out:



October 24 – First Communion for our Grade 3s – 2 p.m. at St. Agnes Church

October 30 – Orange and Black Day

November 1 – Confirmation for our Grade 8s – 2 p.m. at St. Agnes Church

November 20 – Progress Report Distribution (postponed from original date of November 10)

November 23 – PA Day

November 24-26 – Interviews – telephone or virtual



Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our traditional in-person Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences this year. You will be contacted by your child’s classroom teacher soon to schedule a virtual or telephone interview to discuss your child’s progress so far. These interviews will take place between November 24th and 26th. If you would like to connect with your child’s French, Planning Time, or Itinerant Planning Time teacher, please contact the teacher to set up an interview: (,,,,,,



Our Fall Food Drive is still going and will wrap up on November 9th. The amount of food that has come in so far is incredible. We think this is the most food we have ever collected – and this is the lowest student enrolment since our school opened in 2001. Our community is always in need of these donations but especially so during these challenging times. Thank you so much for your generosity!



Recently, there was a formal observation by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region of traffic patterns around our school. The data was shared with us this week and we are happy to inform you that it was a very positive report. The School Travel Planning Facilitator observed many of our students walking or riding bikes and noticed that the adults operating vehicles were doing so safely and courteously. Although this is certainly good news, there is always room for improvement to make our school zone even safer and encourage even more healthy active travel. Stay tuned for more information on this subject.



Last year the WCDSB launched our Pastoral Theme: Called to Belong. We could not have foreseen what the future held, yet the Spirit was with us, guiding our theme and moving us to create a deep sense of BELONGING and connection during such a difficult journey. We feel the same about the second year of our three-year Pastoral Plan, entitled Gathered to Become. In John 6:35, Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life.”

Let this year of Becoming truly be a year of Transformation.  As the Eucharist transforms us, so let us be the “Bread of Life” to all we encounter.  May we experience transformation this year – from the challenges of new learning situations, platforms and learning environments – to allow us to emerge from our chrysalis healthy and strong and to successfully be able to spread our wings and soar.

Please enjoy our new Gathered to Become Pastoral Launch video


St. Luke CES Online School Fundraiser

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see the attached information SAC Maple Syrup Fundraiser Flyer and the information below about our online school fundraiser.


What if you could buy products you need anyway while supporting your children’s school and activities?


The Shop Around the Corner was born to do just that. You make everyday purchases – like coffee, maple syrup, and household products – and a percentage of each purchase goes directly to your

organization. Our team carefully curates top-quality, highly effective products with an eco-friendly focus. The best part? You can shop knowing that your purchases will make a difference, all year round.


Local Maple Syrup & Coffee Fundraiser


Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to and you will arrive at The Shop Around the Corner. Click on “Shop Now”. Choose from one of our “care packages” or from a selection of other everyday items.
  2. Enter coupon code “StLukeOct2020” for free shipping within Waterloo region on orders placed by October 31, 2020. Flat rate Canada-wide shipping available. Free shipping is always available on orders of $99 or more.
  3. Select Organization “St Luke Catholic” from drop-down menu.
  4. Enter a Student’s Name to give credit for their fundraising efforts.
  5. Continue filling in your shipping and payment details, and know your generous support will go a long way. You will receive a confirmation of your order, and a second confirmation within 2 weeks of the end of this campaign, letting you know when your order is on its way.


To student fundraisers:

The highest fundraiser will be awarded a $100 Indigo gift card!


Please share this email or the flyer attached to help your organization grow funds during this campaign. And consider shopping year-round to continue your support. We’re always adding great new products to our line-up!


Suggested Care Packages (or create your own)


Sappiness Squared

Local Maple Syrup: 2 for $32


Sappy + Social

Local Maple Syrup & Fair-trade Organic Coffee: 2 for $33


Double Double

Fair-trade, Organic Coffee: 2 for $34


The Shop Around the Corner

Call: 519.221.9946



Celebrating Halloween at St. Luke CES

Dear St. Luke families:

With Halloween approaching quickly, we thought we should inform you of how we plan to celebrate this occasion at school this year. Although our staff feels strongly that it is important for kids to be kids and to have something exciting to look forward to, especially during these times, we are going to modify our traditional celebration due to the challenges that come with these COVID-19 times. We have decided to have students and staff wear orange and black this year instead of costumes. There are a few reasons for this change. Many parents will choose to not send their children out for trick-or-treating this year so might not be purchasing a costume at all. We would not want families to feel they have to go out and buy a costume just for school. Also, the Halloween parade that we have had in the gym for the past few years would not be able to happen this year. Lastly, wearing masks all day is a lot to ask of our students, especially our younger ones, and adding a costume into the mix could complicate matters. We will also be asking that no treats are sent to school with children. We will not be distributing any items, food or non-food, to students.

We realize this news will be disappointing for many. The good news is that all students will engage in fun Halloween activities in their classrooms on Friday, October 30th.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

Fall Food Drive at St. Luke CES

St. Luke Catholic Elementary School is holding a Fall Food Drive!

Now more than ever, people in Waterloo Region and around the world are affected by food insecurity. The Food Bank of Waterloo Region helps to provide nourishment to those people who experience food insecurity in our community. Last year, 34,552 people were served by the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, of which 37% were families. Please consider giving your child non-perishable food items to bring to school between October 13 and November 6. Let’s reach our goal of collecting 60 pounds of food so we can provide 50 meals for members of our community! Please see below for a list of Most Needed Food Items:

  • Canned Fruit
  • Stew, Chili & Soup
  • Beans in Sauce
  • Hot & Cold Cereal
  • Canned Meat & Fish
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Dry Beans
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Vegetables

St. Luke CES Update – Oct. 7, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for some important updates.

Class Reorganization

We have just found out this week that, due to the number of students switching to virtual learning at St. Isidore, we are losing a Junior class and one of our teachers will now be teaching a virtual class at St. Isidore. Classes will be reorganized and several students and teachers between Grade 3 and 6 will be impacted. A letter with more details will be sent home tomorrow with the students who are affected by this change. Students who are making a move will start in their new classes on Tuesday, October 13th. Our staff will work together to make this transition as smooth as possible. We ask for your patience and kindness as we work through this reorganization.

Message from St. Isidore Administration

Attention parents and students who will be joining the St. Isidore Catholic Virtual School after Thanksgiving. To ensure you can join your virtual class next week, please take some time now to make sure you know your login and password and that you can access your Board email and GAFE account. St. Isidore teachers and administrators will be contacting you through email to provide you with important information regarding your virtual class, so it is important that you can access this. Please note – invitations to your class may not come before Monday, October 12th.

COVID-19 Screening Tool

The COVID-19 Screening Tool can now be found on our school website: Please remember to use the tool every day before sending your child to school.


The lanyards we ordered for students (to help with storage of masks during recesses and Physical Education) were supposed to be delivered by the end of September. Unfortunately, the company did not follow through, so we had to place a new order with a different company. We expect these new lanyards to be delivered to us during the week of October 13th.

Terry Fox Fundraiser

Thanks so much to our St. Luke families and friends for the generous donations to the Terry Fox fundraiser. As of today, we have raised $2,130.00!!! The fundraising page will be kept open until the spring so, if you did not get a chance to donate during our Terry Fox Week, there is still time!

PD Day – Friday, October 9th

This Friday is a PA Day so there is no school for students. Hopefully, you have received your fridge magnet with this information and other important dates. If not, please contact the office and we will send one home for you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although this has been a year like no other, there is still so much to be grateful for. Let’s take some time this weekend to count our blessings. Our staff would like to wish all our St. Luke families a Happy Thanksgiving!

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