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Wishing our St. Luke CES Families a Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, families of St. Luke CES! Our students will be celebrating Easter Mass this Wednesday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m. in our school gym with Father Aleks. Please join us if you are free.

Reminder to RSVP for Parent Math Night

On Thursday, May 2nd, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., St. Luke CES parents are invited to an interactive workshop, where you will learn some current thinking about math teaching and learning as well as assessment and evaluation. There will be hands-on activities for parents that will model how math tools and real-life problems are key to engaging children in math thinking and learning. Math resources and websites will be on display. WCDSB numeracy consultants and staff from our school have planned an exciting and worthwhile learning experience for our parents. This evening is not intended for students.

PLEASE RSVP TO MRS. LISHMAN AT nancy.lishman@wcdsb.ca BY THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE. We would like to have accurate numbers for our awesome door prizes!

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH MATH

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH MATH

Dear St. Luke CES parents:

We have organized a two-part plan to build the capacity of our parents to support their children with math learning at home.

Part 1: PARENT MATH NIGHT

On Thursday, May 2nd, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., St. Luke CES parents are invited to an interactive workshop, where you will learn some current thinking about math teaching and learning as well as assessment and evaluation. There will be hands-on activities for parents that will model how math tools and real-life problems are key to engaging children in math thinking and learning. Math resources and websites will be on display. WCDSB numeracy consultants and staff from our school have planned an exciting and worthwhile learning experience for our parents. This evening is not intended for students.

PLEASE RSVP TO MRS. LISHMAN AT nancy.lishman@wcdsb.ca BY THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE. We would like to have accurate numbers for our awesome door prizes! (Expenses for this Parent Math Night are covered by our Parents Reaching Out grant from the Ministry of Education.)

Part 2: CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK – MATH LESSON OPEN HOUSE

On Monday, May 6th, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., we will be opening our doors for parents to observe their students during a typical math lesson. Parents will see their children collaborating with peers to solve challenging and meaningful math problems, using math tools to support their thinking, sharing a variety of strategies and explaining their thinking. Our hope is that it will be easier to support math learning at home if parents can see what happens in math class at school. We hope you can join us!

Reminder: School Climate Survey

A reminder to parents that the Ministry-required school climate survey will be implemented from March 18th to April 5th in our WCDSB schools. Grade 4 – 12 students will take part. Parents are also encouraged to complete the parent survey provided by the school during this time.

School Climate Survey for Parents

Dear parents of St. Luke CES:

The WCDSB has a Ministry requirement to conduct a School Climate Survey every two years with students, staff and parents. We are asking that you please complete the parent survey between March 18th and April 5th, 2019. It can be accessed through this link: https://wcdsb.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8A2BYWebSfj90Ed?school=LUK.

The focus of the survey is on bullying/harassment of students. In case you are not aware, our school’s bullying/harassment prevention plan was created through the work of our Safe Schools Committee, which consists of students, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff members and principal. We met in Term 1, put a plan together, and will review our plan by the end of the school year. The plan is linked here for you in case you would like to review some of the strategies we are using this year at St. Luke CES: M:\Safe Schools\Safe Schools Template B 2018-19.pdf.

Strategies for addressing bullying/harassment include annual training for all staff, our playground supervision schedule and plan (including zones and use of green/blue sheets), staff use of official Ministry forms for reporting bullying to the principal, weekly class meetings, and a whole-school restorative justice approach. Also, information related to our school’s code of conduct is included at the front of all student agendas. Although we formally raise awareness about prevention of bullying and harassment during the Ministry’s Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week every November, at St. Luke CES, we always address bullying when it is reported and emphasize on a daily basis the importance of treating each other with respect.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday was a wonderful celebration to prepare for Lent. We had 21 volunteers who started at 6:30 a.m. to prepare over one thousand pancakes for our students and staff. The pancakes were delicious and our volunteers’ efforts are very sincerely appreciated. A special thank you goes out to Virginia Young, who took the lead with the big event this year. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a time of penitence before Easter. Today, all students received ashes during our Ash Wednesday liturgy with Father Aleks. It was great to see so many parents and relatives at our liturgy today. As a reminder, parents and relatives are welcome to attend all of the religious celebrations we plan for our students. All celebrations are included in the calendar on our school website:  https://stluke.wcdsb.ca/calendar/. We hope you will mark your calendars so you can join us for these special celebrations that make our Catholic school a school with a difference.

St. Luke CES Fundraiser Results

Dear families and friends of St. Luke CES:

We are excited to announce the results of this year’s school fundraiser. We raised a whopping $10,371.05!!!

There were several school-wide incentives and our students earned them all:

$3000 = Extended recesses – We will wait for warmer weather to book this.

$5000 = Gum day – Students enjoyed their gum yesterday.

$6000 = Half day of games or listening to music – Afternoon of Friday, March 8th

$8000 = No homework for March 2/3 weekend

$10,000 = School-wide surprise treat – This will be a food treat so we will book this after Lent.

The top pledge earners in each division won a $25 Conestoga Mall gift card. Congratulations to Mason W., Kiera A. and Tyler M.! There was a draw for all students who collected over $100. Congratulations to Oscar M. who won the $100 Conestoga Mall gift card.

Top-selling Kindergarten/Primary class: Mrs. Mantle/Mrs. Alcantara – These students will receive a surprise today.

Top-selling Junior class: Mme Lanis – Pizza party TBD

Top-selling Intermediate class: Mr. Beesley – Pizza party TBD

Thank you to all families, friends and staff who donated raffle prizes. There was a lot of excitement about the bike donated by ESNS. Congratulations to Lane M.!

We would like to thank all donors for your tremendous generosity! Funds raised will be used to purchase resources that benefit all of our students.

Most importantly, we would like to thank our incredible Grade 8 leaders as well as all parent volunteers who made our school fundraiser such a huge success. Countless hours were dedicated to planning the fundraiser and supporting the dance-a-thon event. A special thank you to Melinda Hannusch, who chaired the fundraiser committee this year. We couldn’t have done this without all of our wonderful volunteers!

Way to go, Lightning!

Faith in Action Skills Competition

Cheers to our Skills Canada Team for their ingenuity and teamwork at this year’s competition. Our Junior Robotics, Lego Mechanics and Coding teams all did very well as they demonstrated good communication and critical thinking skills. The Intermediate Robotics, Lego Mechanics, Coding and Stop Motion Animation all earned gold certificates for showing very good collaboration and programming skills.  Here are our team members:

Junior
Robotics Lego Mechanics Coding
Robert B.

Xavier D.

Cameron M.

Michael M.

Addy U.

Hailey S.

Danica G.

Lauren N.

Alexander H.

Anthony P.

 

Intermediate
Robotics Lego Mechanics Coding Stop Motion Animation
Madi S.

Yohannes G.

Thomas R.

Connor M.

Ian C.

Elyze R.

Sienna V.

Gabriel P.

Kyler M.

Artchie S.

Russell F.

Landon R.

Owen F.

Once again congratulations to all team members.