Monthly Archives: November 2021

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)

St. Luke Hat and Mitt Drive

 

St. Luke School Hat and Mitten Drive

Once again the families of St. Luke School 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!

November 2021 Updates

It is hard to believe that we are already into the fourth week of the month. November proves to be another busy month with special events and occasions to observe. We extend a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated staff that work tirelessly to provide unique learning opportunities for our students.

Progress and Kindergarten Communication of Learning reports have been sent home and we hope you were able to read them and recognize the strengths in learning so far and celebrate successes for the start of the year at school. It is important to acknowledge the strengths and successes especially after being away from the physical school building several times in the past few years. These initial reports highlight progress towards the end of the year expectations. There is still lots of time to reflect on next steps for growth in learning and set goals for the school year. Conferences are scheduled for this upcoming week and we look forward to connecting with our families. Thank you for your continued support as partners in education.

As we begin a new week, listed are a few important information items and upcoming dates:

Thank you …

  • for your continued diligence in completing the Covid-19 School Screening tool for each child every day. Completing the screening, wearing masks, maintaining proper hand hygiene, and distancing are all ways we can help to keep the children in our care and our community safe. Follow the direction of the screener and if you need to self isolate, it is imperative you follow PH direction until the self-isolation is complete. See the PH Poster for details here: factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.
  • to all that worked hard to make a difference last week as we celebrated Kindness and Anti-Bullying Awareness Week. We all learned how it takes a village to stand up and stomp out hatred in every form. Thank you to everyone who participated in our daily Friendship challenges,.
  • for your support in the upcoming weeks as we will share our Advent  initiatives – and we delight in our community support and how blessed we are to celebrate our faith in our school.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

The date and time for your child/children’s interviews should have been included in the report envelope. We look forward to continuing working with you and your child(ren) (our students!) to help each one of them learn, experience success, build relationships, and practice our faith every day.

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. St. Luke and our parent community have something in common: We both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each party can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–Teacher Interviews are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers.

Here are some tips on ways that you can make the most of a parent-teacher interview so that everyone benefits, especially your child.

  1. Interviews are a two-way conversation. Like all good conversations, parent–teacher interviews are best when both parties talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.
  2. Keep the emphasis of the conversation on learning. Good parent–teacher interviews focus on how well the child is doing in school. They also talk about how the child can do even better. To get ready for the conversation, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the interview. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher. Think about ways you would like to be further involved in your child’s learning so that you can discuss them with the teacher.
  3. Discuss opportunities and challenges for your child. Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

WCDSB Updates

Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information. Here is the link: http://www.wcdsb.ca.

Please see the attachment for information on a presentation put on by the Catholic Communities Foundation of Waterloo Region: Fundamentals for a Bright Future Building Resilient Families: Fundamentals-for-a-Bright-Future-Building-Resilient-Families

School bus operators in the Region are actively looking to hire up to 20 school bus drivers immediately. Positions are part-time and perfect for stay-at-home parents, retirees, people new to the Region, shift workers, and post-secondary students. Training is provided and no previous experience is required. Interested candidates can find more information on the STSWR website.

Important Reminders

  • Be sure to sign up for the STSWR Subscription Service: The subscription service allows users to receive delays and cancellations to their email address or via SMS text. The subscription service allows you to receive an e-mail or text for all delays over 10 minutes and all cancellations that effect your bus route or school. An e-mail will be sent to your address, or a text to your phone number, as the delay or cancellation is posted to our STSWR website. get detailed instructions on how to subscribe to features.

Cuddle Up and Read Initiative

Did you know that reading at home with your child supports well-being and early literacy skills? During the summer of 2021, the Waterloo Region participated in a Cuddle Up and Read campaign and we think that we can keep this going! Click on this link to learn more: Cuddle Up & Read – Advice from Dr. Jean Clinton – YouTube

How to Read At Home With Children-It’s Easier Than You Think!

Advice from Dr. Jean Clinton

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Looking For More Information?

Let’s Get Our Students and Their Families Connected to Their Local Library:

Umbrella Project

Help Your Child Recognize Their Fixed Mindset Voice

The story we tell ourselves is a choice. By recognizing and acknowledging when we are using self-defeating and fixed self-talk, we can start to choose a growth mindset voice instead. Recognizing that we have a choice of which voice to hear is a big step towards using a growth mindset voice. When you hear your child using a fixed mindset frame of reference, remind them that, much like opening our umbrella to protect us from the rain, the choice is up to them. Knowing this choice exists can help children take control and feel empowered in situations where they would normally feel powerless.

Here are some fixed mindset statements and alternatives we can choose:

Upcoming Dates To Note

Nov. 22nd – 26th Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wed. Nov. 24th St. Luke Spirit Wear Day – show your pride

Thurs. Nov. 25th International Day For Elimination of Violence Against Women School 

Mon. Nov. 29th Advent Week 1 Celebration

Wed. Dec. 1st St. Luke Spirit Wear Day – show your pride

December 20 – January 2, 2021 Christmas Holidays.  

Monday January 3, 2022  First day back from Christmas Holidays!  Welcome 2022

Have a wonderful week. 

Respectfully yours,

 

Rosemary J. Kavanagh

Principal St. Luke

BUS 264 On time!

Good news Bus 264 is on time today!  Thanks for your help this week!

No School Friday November 19, 2021

Friday, November 19, 2021 is a Spiritual Development Day for all WCDSB staff and there is no school for students.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Parent Teacher Interviews

  • Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 18th, 2021. Interviews for all students are scheduled from November 22nd to 26th and will be done virtual or by phone. Classroom teachers will be sending home a letter today to schedule your interview. If you wish an interview with Planning Time, French or Special Education, please let the classroom teacher know for follow-up.
  • Assessment, evaluation, and reporting are intended to lead toward student improvement and increased student learning. The Progress Report provides an opportunity for early feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely. It does not, however, contain levels of achievement or grades (these will be provided on the Term 1 and 2 Report Cards in February and June). When preparing for your interview, you are encouraged to
    • Review the progress report for improvement statements
    • Speak with your child about their successes and areas for improvement
    • Take note of homework and review routines in your home
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