Monthly Archives: March 2022

March/April Updates Spring where are you?

“Lent is a call to renew a commitment grown dull, perhaps, by a life more marked by routine than by reflection.” – Joan Chittister

Welcome to the last day of March, as we approach the month of April!  We had a wonderful first week back from March break.  It has been amazing to see the children finding new and old friends, and seeing smiles on faces again. With three quarters of the school year already behind us now, we praise and give thanks to God for blessing our school community with so many wonderful gifts to date. 

Please refer to this week’s information and reminder updates below:

Thank you …  

  • The COVID-19 school and child care screening tool has been updated (March 21st) with new isolation requirements for household members. Please be sure to follow the instructions in the screening tool.  Daily screening is important to keeping everyone healthy. Anyone in our community with any symptom should not enter the school. Thank you for your support and screening each day.
  • For remembering to wear a mask in school for the first 14 days if you travelled internationally over the March Break in accordance with the federal travel guidelines.
  • For continuing to show respect regarding personal choices about wearing masks.

School Highlights 

  • Grade 8 students and parents. We are happy to announce that this year, we will be having an in-person graduation mass and ceremony!  The date is Monday , June 27rd, 2022.  Details will follow in the coming weeks directly to parents/guardians of the graduates from the classroom teachers.
  • Grade 7 and 8 students and parents – Please review letter from Public Health.Gr_7_and_8_Hepatitis_B__HPV_and_Meningococcal_catch_up_parent_letter_2022
  • The fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd, 2022. Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world come together for Autism Awareness Day, to Light It Up Blue in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them.  Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month, aiming to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world. Join us for World Autism Awareness Month to help us spread kindness and autism awareness by wearing a blue shirt on Friday, April 1st.

Important Reminders

  • Please let us know if you are moving or won’t be returning in September 2022. We are beginning preliminary planning for next year’s class sizes and the information is helpful with the planning process.
  • Some students will want to start bringing their bicycles or scooters to school now that the nice weather has arrived (kinda). Please review the traffic safety rules with your child(ren) and ensure that the bike, scooter are in good working condition.  Please ensure that your child wears his/her bicycle helmet.  Also, please note any student choosing to travel to and from school on one of these devices will be required to walk the bike, scooter onto school property.  For safety, bike, scooter racks are at the front of the school – please remind your child to lock his/her bike or scooter.
  • EQAO Testing – Grade 3 and 6 – This year’s cohorts of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will participate in the Primary and Junior EQAO testing. The testing is based on the regular grade level curriculum expectations for reading, writing and mathematics. This is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning based on their respective grade level curriculum expectations. We will be forwarding our specific dates of testing for St. Luke once confirmed.
  • CSAC – Catholic School Advisory Council – Parents EnGaged in Education School Council Newsletter March 2022 mar-22

 

 

WCDSB Updates

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

March 27th – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord: Psalm 34

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent remind us that God is always waiting for us to return to Him so we can receive the abundance of life he offers us. The first reading tells of how the Israelites celebrated Passover on the plains of Jericho. In the second reading, Paul tells us to be reconciled to God. And in the gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son, which is sometimes called the parable of the forgiving father. Take some time during this week to reflect on someone who may need your compassion, forgiveness and care.

More information and resources on how to celebrate the Lenten season as a family can be found on the Diocese of Hamilton’s website found here.

 

Taking Action Against Racism

Talking with our children regularly about racism and the harmful effects of racism and discrimination is a necessary first step to eradicating racism in our school community and in our society. These are important conversations for us to have in the classroom, but in order for children to truly incorporate these values as their own, these conversations must be happening at home as well. When parents stay silent about racism, kids can get the message that racism doesn’t matter or that it is someone else’s problem. To help put an end to racism, everyone has to take an active role, no matter who they are.

Here is a video that can help you begin the conversations at home with your children.  https://youtu.be/dYnkJl3HDxM

Knowing where to start can be challenging for parents, but there are excellent resources that can be found online to help you. This article provides practical guidelines on how to begin having these conversations with your children depending on their age: Talking to Your Kids About Racism

Upcoming Dates To Note

Sat. April 2nd         World Autism Day

Mon. April 4-11       CCAT Testing – Grade 4s. 

Fri. April 8th           Professional Development Day – no school for students 

Tues. April 12th       Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. 

April 19-22               CAT-4 Testing – Grade 7s         

Have a wonderful week.  Stay safe and be well.  Remember to follow us on twitter @Lukes_Lightning to see all the great things happening at our school.

 

Respectfully yours,

Rosemary J. Kavanagh

Principal St. Luke

Sacrament Dates and Holy Week Masses at St. Agnes

Please find below the upcoming dates for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.  Also find attached the Holy Week schedule for Masses at St. Agnes

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Monday April 4 @ 6:30– St Luke

Tuesday April 5 @ 6:30– St Matthew

Wednesday April 6 @ 6:30– St Agnes

 First Communion:

Tuesday           April 19 @ 6:30– St Luke rehearsal

Wednesday     April 20 @ 6:30– St Matthew rehearsal

Saturday          April 23 @ 1pm– St Luke First Communion

Saturday          April 23 @ 3pm– St Matthew First Communion

 

Tuesday           April 26 @ 6:30– St Agnes rehearsal

Saturday          April 30 @ 1pm– St Agnes First Communion

 

Confirmation:    

(note updated Confirmation times!!)  

Tuesday           May 31 @ 6:30– St Luke & public  schools rehearsals

Wednesday     June 1 @ 6:30– St Matthew & St Agnes rehearsal

Saturday          June 4 @ 1:30pm— St Luke & public schools Confirmation

Saturday          June 4 @ 3:30pm— St Matthew & St Agnes Confirmation

Confirmation:    

(note updated Confirmation times!!)  

Tuesday           May 31 @ 6:30– St Luke & public  schools rehearsals

Wednesday     June 1 @ 6:30– St Matthew & St Agnes rehearsal

Saturday          June 4 @ 1:30pm— St Luke & public schools Confirmation

Saturday          June 4 @ 3:30pm— St Matthew & St Agnes Confirmation

 

 

Easter week schedule

April 9/10         Palm Sunday  5pm, 9am, 11am, 7pm

April 14             Holy Thursday   7pm Mass, 8pm Holy Hour, 9pm-7am prayer and adoration

April 15             Good Friday       10am- Family & Children’s Liturgy

                                                            3pm- Traditional Liturgy

April 16             Easter Vigil      8pm Mass

April 17             Easter Sunday   9 am, 11am  (no 7pm Mass)

 

 

If you have any questions please contact St. Agnes Parish directly at 519-885-4480 for further information.

Bus 286 Delayed 10-20min Mechanical Failure

Bus 286 experienced mechanical failure in our St. Luke parking lot.  Transportation is sending a replacement bus asap.  The delay is expected to be 10-20minutes.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Waterloo Region Public Health Catch-up Clinics Grade 7-12

Region of Waterloo Public Health Now Offering Grade 7 to 12 Immunization Catch-Up Clinics

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, all primary and secondary students need to have proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, pertussis and varicella (chickenpox).  If your child was born in 2006 or later, they are also eligible to receive or complete their series of Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.   Public Health is offering clinics to help get students back on track with their vaccinations.

If your child is in grade 7 to 12 this school year (2021/2022) and not up-to-date on their routine vaccines, you will receive a letter in the mail letting you know which vaccines are missing.

Parents of students in grades 7 and 8 will also be sent information through the school to invite them to book an appointment to start or complete their child’s school program vaccines (hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal). 

Starting in April 2022, appointments will be available at The Public Health Vaccine Clinics at 435 The Boardwalk in Waterloo and at 99 Beechwood Rd in Cambridge for students who need immunization.

Before booking an appointment, parents/students should update their immunization records with Public Health using one of the following methods:

  • Online at the following link: https://bit.ly/3v9rwPT
  • By calling 519-575-4400 ext. 5001 (Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Phone 519-575-4400 Ext 5001
  • Fax 519-885-7260

 Appointments for students in grade 7 to 12 can be booked online using the following link https://bit.ly/3pyLr8f or by calling 519-575-4400 ext 5001.  Translation is available for those who require it. 

If you have questions about the Vaccine Program catch-up process, please call 519-575-4400  ext. 5001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Closed Weather Impacted Day

Weather Impacted Day – Schools Closed

(Asynchronous Remote Learning)

All St. Luke students will participate in a Weather Impacted Remote Learning day. Educators will provide asynchronous learning resources from home. Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms for resources to learn at home today.

Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled.

All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.

All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.

Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB and WRDSB Learning @ Home for resources.

 

Rock Your Socks World Down Syndrome Day March 21

Hello Lightning Families,

Remember to wear your “funky” or mismatched socks tomorrow as Monday, March 21 is WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY. Show your support for everyone with Down Syndrome.  

 

 

Welcome Back after March Break 2022

“May the Lord always give us hope for the future and the strength to keep going.”

– Pope Francis

 

Welcome Back everyone! We hope you had a restful March Break with your family and friends. We are grateful for the week we just had to recharge and re-energize for the remaining months of school.  Our return on March 21st brings a few operational changes to the school regarding our COVID safety protocols which were shared in the letter prior to March Break (a copy of the letter is provided below).  Please continue to complete the COVID screening each day and should your child experience any symptoms, they should remain at home and check the online class platform for work.  The screener is updated and will help to guide decision making.

We have accomplished so much together through this past fall and winter and now spring is here.  We are grateful we still have many great days of learning ahead.  There are many important reminders over the next few weeks, especially as we continue on our Lenten journey and prepare for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Please refer to this week’s information and reminder updates below.

Thank you …      

  • for your ongoing understanding and support throughout this school year. While the relaxation of some of the protocols is certainly a sign of hope that we are on the way back to a more normal reality, I also recognize that some of our students, families and staff may feel uncomfortable with the shift in our response to COVID-19. Please continue to be mindful of this as we move ahead. It has been a tremendously stressful couple of years for everyone and I do not want to overlook the challenges that we will face through the post-pandemic period.
  • to all of our families who completed our 2022 School Climate Survey. We had 31 families who provided their voices around our school climate.

Updates About COVID-19 Protocols  

  • The COVID-19 school and child care screening tool has been updated (March 9th) with new isolation requirements for household members. Please be sure to follow the instructions in the screening tool.
  • While families are not required to provide confirmation of screening results to the school each day, please continue to complete the school screening tool daily, follow its advice, and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • If you were lucky enough to travel internationally over the March Break, please remember that your child will need to wear a mask in school for the first 14 days after your return in accordance with the federal travel guidelines.
  • While students, staff, and visitors are no longer required to wear masks in the school building, some people may continue to wear their masks, and we encourage everyone to make a choice that is going to help them feel safe.  We have to be mindful not to engage with or judge others if their views do not align with our own.  We can kindly remind our child(ren) of the same.  Whether someone chooses to continue wearing a mask or not, we are all responsible to be respectful and inclusive towards each other.
  • Students will experience loosening of distanced seating, cohorting and some classrooms will return to less restricted practices of teaching, collaborating and communicating.
  • Rapid tests are available for use if any student is feeling symptomatic. If you have a symptomatic child and you would like a rapid test, please contact the main office and we will provide one for you.  We will not administer these tests at school, but can provide them to you in most cases, to complete at home.
  • Students in Grades 7 to 8 require a dated note signed by a parent/guardian to leave the school property at lunch if they usually stay at school for lunch (SCH001F_LunchArrangeExtended). This note is only for one day at a time and should not be written as a blanket permission to leave school property for lunch.  Only students in Grades 7 and 8 should be leaving school property at lunch with parental consent given they are not supervised by an adult.
  • All athletics and extracurriculars can now begin to fully resume.
  • Staff will continue to review these changes with students to help them feel happy and safe here at school.
  • Please refer to the following document for other notable changes from the Ministry of Health dated March 9th. There are two flow charts in this document that can help you with next steps should your child(ren) experience symptoms or if you child(ren) have been exposed to someone who tested positive. Management Cases Contacts Omicron

School Highlights  

  • Grade 8 Students and Parents – It’s here…the Headstart Program information.  Mark your calendars for March 21st to register (FYI – you may need your child’s OEN number which is found at the top of any report card): This is a terrific opportunity for all students when considering the transition to secondary school.
    HeadStart to Grade 9 – St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education
    Transition Meetings – SST Info_Links to share with parents_guardians
  • Saturday, March 26th at 8:30 p.m. is Earth Hour. The purpose of Earth Hour is to unite everyone in the world towards a common goal of protecting the planet. Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. It has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. At school we will observe Earth Hour together on Friday afternoon.
  • March 23rd is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. We thank all of the crossing guards who support our students and their families to arrive safely at our school each day.
  • Attention St. Isidore families. Are you interested in returning to St. Luke in September?  If so, please contact the office to register for the fall.
  • CCAT and CAT-4 Information letters have been sent home – Grade 4 and Grade 7 students will be participating in testing that is coming up in April.

Important Reminders

  • With the dawning of Spring, we know that the weather can vary greatly not only day to day, but by the hour. Please ensure that your child(ren) has proper attire for all types of weather including outdoor shoes and/or rain boots as our field can be quite muddy. Having children dress in layers is a practical way to make sure they are dressed appropriately for any outdoor weather conditions.  Please have your child pack an extra pair of pants and socks just in case!
  • St. Luke is a NUT FREE building. Although we cannot guarantee a nut free environment for students nor an “allergy free” area at school, we can make our school as safe as is reasonably possible with your help.  To provide the minimized allergen environment, students are asked to bring lunches, snacks free of peanuts and tree nuts as well as products that have the “may contain peanuts/tree nuts” warning on them.  We also have other additional allergies within our building such as gluten, eggs, mango and bees.  Thank you for your cooperation with keeping our students safe.    
  • WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY – Students and staff are invited to wear “funky” or mismatched socks on Monday, March 21st. Show your support for everyone with Down Syndrome.
  • WCDSB Updates

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

In case you missed it, here is the letter from our Director of Education bringing updates about the return to school on Monday, March 21stMarch School Update to WCDSB Parents March 10th 22

March 20th – Third Sunday of Lent

This Sunday’s gospel is about the Samaritan Woman at the Well.  The woman is considered tainted and goes to the well at a time when others are not expected to be there.  She is surprised to encounter Jesus who begins a conversation with her and also accepts a drink offered from the well. She feels his full love and acceptance and realizes he “knows” her.  She is so moved she goes to the village to tell others of this encounter and begins to spread the good news. The woman was changed by her meeting with Jesus and in turn she brought about change for others.  We are called to share our faith story and speak of our relationship with Jesus.  Often it is through our encounters with others that we are given a new look into our own faith story.

More information and resources on how to celebrate the Lenten season as a family can be found on the Diocese of Hamilton’s website found here

Have a wonderful week.  Stay safe and be well.  Remember to follow us on twitter @Lukes_Lightning to see all the great things happening at our school.

Respectfully yours,

Ms. Rosemary J. Kavanagh

Principal St. Luke

WCDSB Schools Raising Funds for Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief

Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools have begun a campaign to raise funds to assist humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

Funds raised will be collected via School Cashonline until March 18, 2022, then forwarded by the school board to the Canadian Red Cross on behalf of all students, staff and Trustees.

Families who wish to donate privately may do so via the Canadian Red Cross website at:

https://www.redcross.ca/

Student Safety and School Parking

Student Safety and Parking 

Safety is of primary importance to all members of the St. Luke community. Families who have a child in a car seat are permitted to use the parking lot for a quick drop off. Although we encourage all students to walk to school, the following are the guidelines that we expect of all parents/caregivers who drive students:

  1. Parking lot use, both in front of and at the side of the school, is restricted to those who are coming into the school to volunteer, for a meeting, or signing students in or out.
  2. The roadway in front of the school by the dumpsters and daycare is only for families with students in JK – Gr. 1 using the “Kiss and Drop”. No other families should be using this area for drop off.
  3. The barrier free parking spots at the side lot of the school are for vehicles displaying the appropriate pass allowing them to park there. They are not to be used as a drop off spot.
  4. Follow the signs posted in front of the school and on the streets.
  5. Please do not park in front of the buses. This causes delays and can be dangerous for our students.
  6. Please do not block the area where the bus for special transportation loads and unloads.
  7. When entering the school parking lot, please be mindful of children and families walking on the sidewalk.  Pedestrians have the right of way.

Be advised that the City of Waterloo Bylaw office has the authority to come onto our property to ticket anyone in contravention of the posted bylaws.

Thank you for your cooperation and making student safety a top priority!

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