Monthly Archives: April 2021

Preparing for Remote Learning – Monday, April 19, 2021

Dear St. Luke CES families:

We hope you have had a healthy and restful spring break.

As you are aware, the Ministry announced a return to remote learning effective Monday, April 19, 2021.

On Monday, April 19th, we are planning an adapted school day with asynchronous learning, similar to the Weather Impacted Learning Days we have had this year. Your child’s teacher will post work on Google Classroom or D2L by 9:30 a.m. and students have the day to work independently on the tasks that have been shared. Teachers will spend the afternoon planning for synchronous learning which will start on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, April 20th, we will begin our period of remote synchronous learning, which will be just like it was after Christmas holidays. School bell times (8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m.) and teachers’ regular schedules will be adhered to. Teachers will be taking attendance in the morning and afternoon. Please continue to follow regular attendance procedures by calling the school office (519-884-4912) if your child will be absent from school for a day (or part of a day).

Thank you for your ongoing support, parents. We know how hard this year has been on our students and their families. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this latest transition easier for you.


Kendra Duench, Principal

Preparing for Spring Break

Dear St. Luke CES families:

Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept our school open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom.

As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for four weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators across the province.

The mental health and well-being of children continues to be a key government priority and schools will remain open for in-person learning through the Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order. The spring break will continue as planned, from April 12th to 16th, and schools will reopen for in-person learning on April 19th.

In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the spring break to do our part to keep schools open, for in-person student learning.

At this critical point in the pandemic, the following  public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by your school board.
  • Screen every day, including during spring break, for COVID-19 symptoms before attending child care (theCOVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool is available to assist families with symptom screening).
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

During the spring break, students in Grades 1 to 8 can continue to engage in their own learning through supplemental, curriculum-linked activities available at TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison. These rich, engaging opportunities allow students to keep up with their learning and interests. Secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House and Portes ouvertes pour les cours TVO ILC in French-language. Mathify (English) and Eureka! (French) are also available to provide one-on-one online tutoring services for elementary and secondary students. Mathify covers online math tutoring in English for Grades 6 to 10 and Eureka! supports all subjects for French-language students in Grades 1 to 12.

For the week of April 12th to 18th, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing. The Ministry of Education will be working with school boards to offer school based clinics. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to have their children tested to support a safe return to school on April 19th. Children attending child care, and child care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.

As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If your child or anyone in your household is ill, stay home and follow the guidance in the school screener.

By following public health advice, we can all enjoy a safe spring break and continue to support in-person learning in our school.

Have a safe, fun and restful break.


Kendra Duench, Principal

St. Luke CES Update – April 1, 2021

Dear St. Luke families:

Please see below for some updates.


Today is the first day of April and we have introduced a new Umbrella Skill. This month’s skill is intrinsic motivation. What is intrinsic motivation? Intrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards rather than external or outside rewards like money or grades. Internal rewards are the pleasure we get from doing a task or solving a problem. An intrinsically motivated person will work on a math question, for example, because it is enjoyable. Building this skill helps us to remove the fear of failure. It’s not all about the end result! Good luck practicing April’s Umbrella Skill, Lightning!


Please see the attached memo:



Last call to order spirit wear! Families have until April 4th to order!


Please note that there is no school on Good Friday (April 2nd) or Easter Monday (April 5th). Let’s all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 over the long weekend by celebrating with our household members only. Easter is a time of hope, so let’s be hopeful that we are almost through this challenging time and be thankful for our blessings. We look forward to seeing students back at school on Tuesday, April 6th. Happy Easter, everyone!


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