Yearly Archives: 2021

COVID Outbreak at St. Luke School

St. Luke Families and Community;

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have defined an outbreak as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period.  Affected cohorts have already been notified.

Outbreak Letter to Parents and Community of St. Luke

 

Getting Ready for January 2022

Good afternoon St. Luke Families,

All WCDSB schools are endeavoring to be ready IF we need to pivot to remote learning in January.  This is not the current situation.  However, we need to give some thought to which students would need a chromebook should we be contemplating such a scenario.  If you need a device should remote learning become necessary due to possible COVID-19 safety protocols, please take some time to complete the survey in the link below.

We will do our best to accommodate every student based on our standardized supply of chromebooks.  We are hoping that families who have devices at home, will allow your child(ren) to access these home devices during the school day if needed during possible remote learning.

Our hope is to be back at school on Monday, January 3, however if we pivot to remote learning, we will deploy the devices on January 3 and January 4, 2022.     Chromebooks will need to be returned back in good shape to school regardless of the return date.

The link to the form is: https://lf.wcdsb.ca/Forms/APS017-07F – Computer & Internet – Remote Learning, Request & Take-Home Consent (Form APS017-07F)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Ms. Kavanagh

Shoes too tight? Need some winter boots?

St. Luke has partnered with Factory Shoe. If making a purchase on a shoe over $35, just show/scan the card (or even just let them know you’d like to use St Luke’s fundraiser) and Factory Shoe will donate $5 per shoe purchased to St Luke School.  Scan cards will be sent home with families in the next little while.

 

Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for St. Luke Students

At St. Luke we continue to practice our protocols at school and need everyone in the community to continuing to do the same at home.

As you might have heard, in an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the Christmas break, we are pleased to be able to provide take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every child who attends our school.  We received these kits on behalf of the Government of Ontario.

Quick Facts:

  • The rapid antigen screening kits are intended for use by any child that attends a publicly funded school, regardless of their vaccination status. 
  • This testing option will not be available to students who have been learning remotely since September 2021.
  • Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary. 
  • Students are not required to participate in order to return to the classroom after the Christmas break.

Instructions are enclosed inside every kit, but we also thought you might find this video clip  helpful to watch as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRrcdgrGlR8

Please note that there are 5 tests inside every kit.  One kit per student will be sent home tomorrow Tuesday, December 14, 2021.  It is recommended that a test be administered every second day prior to January 3rd, 2022.

The following are a few key health reminders:

  • Parents are expected to screen their children every morning to ensure they are healthy, when we return after Christmas holiday we will again require parents complete the same daily screener attestation form that we used in the fall; this will run for 2 weeks to get everyone back in the practice of screening. Daily Screener Website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • It is very noteworthy that if there is a person in your household that has symptoms, all non-vaccinated students must stay home (siblings will fail the screener, get the red screen and be told to stay home) All involved must stay home until the ill child has tested negative, has an alternative diagnosis or stays home for 10 days. (siblings will fail the screener, get the red screen and be told to stay home. This is the link to the local testing Clinics: https://www.grhosp.on.ca/care/visitors/covid-19/covid-19-testing-clinics
  • All students born in 2016 or later are now eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination – Please note that parent permission is always required for Vaccination – you can follow this link for our local Vaccination Clinic info: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration.aspx  There are additional clinic opportunities at some Kitchener schools, as follows:
  • After-school vaccination clinics (4-8 p.m.) December 9 & 14: Wilson Avenue Public School, 221 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener and December 15 & 16: Sunnyside Public School, 1042 Weber Street East, Kitchener
  • Full-day school vaccination clinics (9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) December 4: Queensmount Public School, 21 Westmount Road, Kitchener and December 19 & 20: St. Bernadette Catholic School, 245 Lorne Avenue, Kitchener
  • To book an appointment for your child and any family members who still need a first or second dose of the vaccine, please visit the Region of Waterloo website: regionofwaterloo/GetaVaccine
  • Rapid Antigen test kits – there is a kit available for every student in the school to take home for Christmas holiday, there are 5 tests in each kit, families are encouraged to use these as a tracking mechanism to make sure everyone is healthy coming back to school in the new year.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the school at any time.

Thank you for all your support and understanding!  Stay safe, stay healthy and God bless!

Sincerely,

All Staff at St. Luke

 

Morning Bell 8:20am

Morning Bell

Our morning bell rings at 8:20 am and it is important for your child(ren) to arrive prior to this time. Supervision on the yard begins at 8:05 am. Arriving at school on time allows students to experience positive interactions with others and participate more fully in learning activities. As well, it helps reduce classroom interruptions and distractions allowing teachers to focus on teaching lessons to all students. Let’s work together to avoid the last minute rush and eliminate the congestion in our front parking lot in the morning.  Thanks everyone!

December 2021 Update November 30, 2021

Advent picture

 

First Week of Advent – HOPE

We are entering into the Holy Season of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting.  This is the first week of Advent and we celebrate HOPE.  We wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Hope allows us to surrender to God’s trust and follow in His path.  Each week, as a school community, we light a candle as we prepare for His holy birth.

 

Hat, Mitt, Scarf and Socks Drive

Families are invited to share in this festive season by donating new hats, mittens and scarves to our Giving Tree. The donations will be hung on our Giving Tree in the school front foyer and will be donated to those in need in our local community. We will also be accepting new warm socks, specifically wool socks which last longer and are warmer. We will be accepting donations from December 1st – 15th. Thank you so much for your generosity during this season of giving!

 

Inclement Weather Protocol and Bus Cancellation Plan for WCDSB

As the weather begins to change, we would like to remind our school community of the protocols in place when busses are canceled due to unsafe driving conditions for our school buses.  This year, as was the case last year, when school busses are canceled, our school will be closed and we will have a remote learning day.  Your child’s teacher will communicate with you/your child in advance so you know where to look for school work for the day. Teachers will post work in the morning, no later than 9:30 a.m. and students will work on these learning tasks at their own pace while at home. 

Potential Travel

A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from their return have passed.  This is federal policy – guidance is found on our webpage. 

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

Building Resilient Families – Speaker Series

Consider joining us today Tuesday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m. for the next instalment in the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region’s Speaker Series – ‘Building Resilient Families’.  Find out more information and to register visit https://www.ccfowr.ca/speaker-series Space is limited.

Daily Screening

Thank you to all of our parents for doing a great job with screening your children for COVID symptoms before coming to school each day.  Please continue to be diligent with this safety measure and help us maintain a safe learning environment for all of our students and staff.

Looking Ahead…

Tuesday, December 14:  Dress in Red and White – colours of the candy cane!

Wednesday, December 15:  Wear Red and Green or your favourite Christmas sweater!

Thursday, December 16:  Wear a Santa Hat or Reindeer antlers!

Friday, December 17:  Twas the night before Christmas:  wear your coziest winter jammies

 

Friday December 17

Last Day of School Before Christmas Break…Merry Christmas and may the Peace of Christ be with you!

January 3

First Day of School after Christmas Break!  Happy New Year 2022! 

 January 21

PA Day (no school for students)

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