Dear St. Luke families:

It sure was unusual to not be back at school today after March Break. We hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy. Please see below for a few updates:

 

KIWANIS FESTIVAL – Unfortunately, the Kiwanis Festival has been cancelled so our choir will not be able to perform this year. Hopefully they will at least be able to perform for our school community before the end of the school year. They have been practicing so hard and will surely be disappointed in this news.

 

SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC – Please click on the link for a family resource to support students’ mental health at this time: https://smho-smso.ca/blog/how-to-support-student-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/.

 

STEAM DAYS – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has launched a new online campaign called #STEAMDays to assist parents in keeping their children engaged and learning as we work our way through the unprecedented COVID-19 shutdown.

Please view the attached VIDEO to learn more.

In times like these, it is vital for one and all to come together – and #STEAMDays will provide a convenient platform for parents and educators alike to share ideas, resources and fun ways to keep the learning process going.

As ideas are shared, we will gather some of them and post via our website: www.wcdsb.ca/STEAMDays

Any assistance your organization can provide in helping communicate #STEAMDays would be most appreciated.

Please visit on social media via:

Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire #STEAMDays

Facebook: @wcdsb #STEAMDays

Instagram: @waterloocdsb #STEAMDays

 

LETTER FROM MINISTER OF EDUCATION – Please see the attached letter:

Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020

 

Lastly, please know that our staff members terribly miss being with our students and we look forward to being back together again. We hope you enjoy this poem, written recently by an Irish priest:

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

March 13th 2020