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St. Luke CES Spirit Wear

Dear St. Luke families:

As promised, here is the information about the new St. Luke Spirit Wear that we will be offering to students. The online store will be running from Monday, March 22nd to Sunday, April 4th. Marchants is the supplier. They will be offering a variety of items: hoodies, sweatshirts, long and short-sleeved shirts, jogging pants, ball caps, winter hats, and even 3-layer masks! Everything will be shipped to your home address, with free shipping on orders over $75.

There is more information in the attached flyer:

LUK Poster – Mar 2021 – V2 – Print

Here is the link you will need to order: https://www.schoolwear.ca/LUK/

Go, Lightning!!!

St. Luke CES Update – March 11, 2021

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for some important updates.

 

COVID-19 SCREENING/ISOLATION REMINDERS

Students and staff need to check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 school and childcare screening

Staff, students, and children attending childcare with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school and childcare screening tool – even those with only one symptom – must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.

All asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional

If the symptomatic individual tests positive or is not testedand does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual.

 

3-PLY CLOTH MASKS FOR STUDENTS

All students have received a new 3-ply cloth mask from the Ministry. Please encourage your child to wear this as often as possible. No more masks will be distributed from the school this year.

 

STUDENT USE OF PHONES

Students have been reminded that cell phones are not to be used between 8:20 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. unless devices are needed for educational purposes while under teacher supervision. If students need to contact parents about urgent matters, they are to inform our staff and parents will receive a phone call from the school. Please reinforce this expectation with your child at home.

 

LATENESS AND SIGN-IN/OUT PROCESS

Punctuality has always been encouraged at our school and it is even more important now. Teachers go through important entry routines with their students every day to ensure hands are sanitized and masks are on. When students come in late through the front door, our office staff have to abandon their daily essential procedures of COVID-19 screening for staff and students to assist late students with hand sanitizing and checking that masks are on. Please make every effort to ensure your child is dropped off before 8:20 a.m. so they can line up with their classmates and go through the entry routines with their teachers instead of our office staff. Your help with this matter is sincerely appreciated.

If your child comes to school late or leaves school early, e.g., for an appointment, please remind your child to check in at the office upon entry or departure.

 

EXTRA CLOTHES FOR SCHOOL

Please send an extra set of clothing that your child can keep at school in case they need to change during the day. Our yard is very muddy right now and there are other things that happen during the school day that can cause messes requiring a change of clothing. We do not want to have to bother parents during the day so we hope this plan will reduce these types of phone calls that disrupt your day.

 

SPIRIT DAYS

Our Spirit Squad has planned some special theme days. Please see below and mark your calendars!

Wednesday, March 17: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, gold, shamrocks, etc.

Friday, March 19: End the week with a Cozy Pajama Day

Thursday, April 22: Wear Earth colours (blue, green, brown) for Earth Day

 

LUKE LIGHTNING T-SHIRTS FOR STUDENTS

The t-shirts we ordered as a surprise for all students have arrived and will likely be distributed tomorrow (Friday)! We hope your child enjoys this special gift from our school. Students are encouraged to wear their St. Luke Lightning t-shirt every Wednesday for our school spirit days. If you are interested in ordering more spirit wear items for your child, please stay tuned as families will be able to purchase additional items soon!

 

WCDSB PASTORAL THEME: GATHERED TO BECOME

Next week, we will celebrate our Board’s pastoral theme, “Gathered to Become” by displaying the WCDSB chrysalis and butterfly in our foyer. These are the symbols that we will use to represent this theme.

On Monday, March 15th, the chrysalis will be hanging in our foyer, representing a safe and secure environment for a caterpillar to develop into a beautiful butterfly. We, too, need to be in our own environments, to ensure the safety and security of all. While we are in our safe and secure environments, we ARE developing. We are learning, we are adapting and, one day, we will emerge stronger.

Toward the end of next week, a butterfly will emerge in the foyer. The butterfly represents us as changed individuals. We will emerge from our cocoons ready to spread our wings and fly!

Next week, each class will be focused on a variety of activities about butterflies as well as a variety of reflective activities. As a family, think about how our theme of “Gathered to Become” can connect to our current situation.

How can we feel connected to others given the limits of how we can “gather”?

What does “gathering” look like these days?

What is it that we want to “become”?

How can we work at “becoming” the person that God wants us to be? That we want to be?

Things are different these days, but we are still a part of the St. Luke Catholic Elementary School community and we are always “Gathered to Become!”

St. Luke CES Update – March 1, 2021

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for some updates.

MARCH UMBRELLA SKILL: AUTONOMY

Our March Umbrella Skill is Autonomy! Autonomy is our children’s need to perceive that they have choices and that they are the source of their own actions. It is their ability and confidence in making self-directed decisions and choices, especially when the situation is uncertain and not part of the usual routine. Autonomy helps us to feel motivated, engaged and satisfied with our lives and helps us apply energy in the right directions. Good luck practicing your March Umbrella Skill, Lightning!

PARKING FOR ST. LUKE/RISING OAKS EARLY LEARNING

Many parents who need a parking space to drop off or pick up their children from Rising Oaks Early Learning (formerly known as Owl) are unable to find a space because the spaces are taken by St. Luke parents. Traditionally, the parking spaces in front of Rising Oaks has been reserved for their staff and parents. Rising Oaks parents have been issued parking cards to authorize their use of the parking spaces. When they are not able to find a parking space, they often park right in front of Rising Oaks, blocking the access for St. Luke busses. Please be reminded of the following expectations for all of our families:

  1. Our school parking lot is for the staff of St. Luke and Rising Oaks and for authorized visitors.
  2. Our school parking lot is not to be used for drop-off and pick-up of students.
  3. If a child is not eligible for bus transportation, he/she is deemed to be within walking distance.
  4. Parents who still choose to drive their child to/from school should find a parking spot on the city streets surrounding the school.
  5. The roadway in front of the school by the dumpsters and daycare is only for families with students in JK to Grade 1 using the “Kiss and Drop”. No other families should be using this area for drop-off or pick-up.
  6. Please obey the signs posted in front of the school and on the streets.
  7. Please do not park in front of the busses. This causes delays and can be dangerous for our students.
  8. Please do not block the area where the bus for special transportation loads and unloads (by the main entrance).

The City of Waterloo Bylaw office has the authority to come onto our property to ticket anyone in contravention of the posted bylaws. We do not have the human resources to police our driveway and parking lot, so we depend on our families to follow the guidelines so that our school property is a safe and orderly place for everyone. Thank you for your cooperation!

TINY HOMES PROJECT

Our school staff and members of our Catholic School Advisory Council have decided to support the Tiny Homes Project as a Lenten charitable activity. We are using funds from our ESNS hot lunch commission. Our students are learning about the Tiny Homes Project this week. Please see the video to learn more about this initiative that our school community is supporting to show our neighbours who are experiencing homelessness that we care! A Better Tent City on Vimeo

SACRAMENTAL INFORMATION

Please be aware of the following important dates:

March 7, 10 a.m. – First Reconciliation Virtual Meeting

March 7, 6:30 p.m. – Confirmation Virtual Meeting

March 18, 6:30 p.m. – First Reconciliation at St. Agnes Church

April 14, 6:30 p.m. – First Communion Rehearsal at St. Agnes Church

April 18, 2 p.m. – First Communion at St. Agnes Church

May 15, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (to be confirmed) – Confirmation

Please contact St. Agnes Church at (519) 885-4480 if you have any questions.

ICY CONDITIONS ON SCHOOL YARD

Today, our field was very icy, so we closed it during the recesses, restricting our students to the blacktop only. Families who use the paths from/to Windjammer or Bluenose may have to walk through icy areas to get to or from the school over the next few days. Please be careful! We recommend that you slightly alter your route, if possible, so you can walk safely on sidewalks that are maintained by the City or by our snow removal company. The path between Windjammer and our school is not maintained in the winter. Hopefully, we do not have too many more days like this with spring just around the corner.

MUDDY CONDITIONS COMING SOON!

Once the ice melts, we will likely experience muddy conditions on the yard. Please make sure your child has extra clothes at school in case they need to change during the day. Thank you!

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