Monthly Archives: November 2020

School Closed on Inclement Weather Days When Buses are Cancelled

The below message if for all parents/guardians of St. Luke CES to inform you of the Inclement Weather Protocol for School Year 2020-2021.

Excerpt from “Special Message from the Director of Education”:
“As you know – there are sometimes days in the winter when we have to cancel bussing due to the weather and unsafe driving conditions for our buses.  In the past, if roads were still passable, we would leave schools open.  On those days however, we often pooled classes based on the number of staff who fully attended and the number of students.  This year that is not possible due to our COVID cohort- related restrictions.  In consultation with the public board, with whom we share bussing, when we cancel buses, we will close schools and have a remote learning day.  We have communicated in our Wednesday announcements our expectations.  The approach will allow all students to access some learning and we will be continuing to keep one and all safe.  We realize it may not be a perfect solution and learning day, but bus snow days rarely were.”

Excerpts from Inclement Weather APH008:

STSWR (Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region): Inclement Weather 2020-2021

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Celebrating Advent at St. Luke CES

Dear St. Luke families:

This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and we only have three weeks left until Christmas holidays! Although preparing for Christmas will look a little different this year, we are still very excited about this special time of the year. Here are a few ways that we will be celebrating Advent at school:


On November 30th, December 7th, and December 14th after morning announcements, we will have whole-school virtual Advent liturgies.


Now that we are in the ‘Red-Control’ classification in our region, we are hesitant to ask families to go out and shop in order to donate to a hat/mitten drive, angel tree, etc. We have been in touch with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Agnes Church and they are really excited about a monetary donation from our school community. Donations will be gratefully accepted through School Cash Online from Monday, November 30th until Friday, December 11th.

Families from our own community can connect with St. Vincent de Paul to receive gift cards for food, clothing or even gifts for their own children. Families seeking assistance can call 519-504-8399.


Here are the spirit days for December:

Monday, December 14 – Wear your favourite Christmas hat (Santa Hat, Reindeer Antlers, Elf Hat, etc.)

Wednesday, December 16 – Wear a warm Christmas sweater (or a red, white, or green top)

Friday, December 18 – Wear your coziest winter jammies


We are planning one more super-duper, top secret Christmas surprise for our St. Luke families! Stay tuned!

Picture Day Tomorrow – Friday, November 20

Picture Day is coming!
La journée de la photo approche!
The easiest way to order school pictures is online at Make sure to order before Picture Day Friday, November 20.

Le moyen le plus simple de commander des photos d’école c’est en ligne sur Assurez-vous de commander avant le jour de la photo [saisissez la date de la photo].

Click on the following link to get started:


St Luke CES



Let’s stay the course in the fight against COVID-19!

Dear St. Luke families:

We have all heard about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our region and the reports of cases in Waterloo region schools. We are really hoping this does not happen in our school, so we are simply reaching out to you to thank you for all you are doing to protect our school community and to ask for your help with the following…

  1. Please continue to be diligent with screening:
  2. Please follow the advice of Waterloo Region Public Health. They are asking us all to do our part by limiting all social interactions to only those we live with. We need to avoid socializing with friends and family outside of our household. We need to stay home and only go out for essential trips (grocery store, medical appointments).
  3. We also ask that you please double-check your child’s masks that they wear to school to make sure that they fit properly – that they cover the nose and mouth, and that they don’t slip down past the nose. We are noticing that some of our youngest students could use some extra practice with masks at home.

Following health and safety protocols can be frustrating and exhausting, but we must stay the course. This is a tough battle, but we all know what we need to do to triumph. We’ve got this, Lightning!

St. Luke CES Update – Nov. 10, 2020

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for some updates.


Tomorrow, November 11th, students are invited to wear red and black as a symbol of remembrance, gratitude, and hope. All students will receive poppies. Our Grade 8 Legacy Committee will be leading a whole-school virtual Remembrance Day Service and we will observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. Let us all take some time to remember those who have sacrificed so much and be grateful for the freedom we have today!


As previously communicated, Progress Reports will be sent home on Friday, November 20th. Teachers will be conducting virtual or phone interviews between Tuesday, November 24th and Thursday, November 26th.

Please note the WCDSB statement, which will be found on all reports: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. As a result, the rate of progress described on this report card may differ from previous years due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on student learning. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress throughout the term.”


Please be reminded that there is no school for students on Monday, November 23rd, as this is a Spiritual Development PA Day for WCDSB staff.


The first virtual meeting for the 2020-21 sacramental program (First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation) at St. Agnes Church will be held on Sunday, November 22nd. Please register online


Please continue to go through the screening tool with your child(ren) before each school day: The link can also be found at the top of our school website. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep our school community safe!


The third week of November is traditionally recognized as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This year, Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week will be a time to not only discuss bullying but to focus on connectedness, resiliency, advocacy and on the transformational ways we are Called to Become a stronger WCDSB community. 

At St. Luke CES, during the week of November 16th to 20th, we will celebrate the launch of the WCDSB Pastoral Theme of “Gathered to Become – Transforming Communities”. Each day will focus on BECOMING to help promote a safe school and a positive learning environment. There is a sub-theme for each day:

Monday – Becoming Aware/Mindful

Tuesday – Becoming Creative

Wednesday – Becoming Connected

Thursday – Becoming an Advocate/Resilient

Friday – Becoming Community

Trespassing Incident at St. Luke CES

Dear parents:

There was a serious incident at our school today. Around 2 p.m., three teens (two girls and one boy) came onto school property while one of our Grade 8 classes was outside with their supply teacher. The teens were asked to leave but they refused. They verbally harassed the teacher and some students. While the teacher was calling the office for backup, one of the teens assaulted one of our students. Our student did not require medical attention but was understandably shaken up, as were most of our Grade 8 students. Police are involved and are already investigating.

If your child was made aware of this situation and talks to you about it, please reassure her/him that the police and the adults at the school are managing the situation.


Kendra Duench, Principal

BUS 264 – LATE

All students on Bus 264 will be 20-30 minutes late returning home today.

There has been a malfunction and another bus is on it’s way to the school to pick up the students.

The children are all safe and outside being monitored by staff members until the new bus arrives.

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Mental Health Supports for Students

Your child’s/teen’s mental health is important to us, just like it is to you. There are proactive things we can do to promote wellness in spite of the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. We hope you can use the attached flyer as a starting point to talk to your child/teen about where to go for help if they are struggling. You can learn more about how to promote wellbeing and a wide range of supports and resources at the WCDSB Mental Health and Wellness webpage at

Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry alone (1)


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