Monthly Archives: December 2019

St. Ambrose Parish

Bambinelli Sunday  At St. Ambrose Parish, you are invited to bring your Baby Jesus figurines from your homes to Mass on Sunday, Dec. 15th at the 9:00am and 11:00 am Mass. After the blessing you are encouraged to take your ‘Bambinelli’ home and wrap it in a box to save it for Christmas. Let this be the first gift you open on Christmas day, as you lay Jesus in the Manger, to allow this moment to be a reminder of the great blessings we receive at Christmas. For the past several decades, the Pope has blessed the Baby Jesus figurines (known as “Bambinelli”) from Nativity Scenes that belong to families in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The blessing takes place on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, and is known as “Bambinelli Sunday. ”

Christmas Confessions at St. Ambrose:  Wed. Dec. 18th 6-7pm; Sat. Dec. 21st 9-10am Confessions will also be heard after the Christmas Novena.  Schedule on

This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to Him in intimate friendship.

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Christmas Eve Masses will be 5pm; 8pm; and 12 midnight  Christmas Day at 9am; and 11am

Poinsettia Pick up

Just a reminder to all parents Poinsettia pick up is 3:45 pm to 6:30 today!  All lost and found items have been placed on tables just outside the gym, if your child is missing items please check the tables we have several items that must belong to someone.

Student transportation update

All students eligible for transportation should check the website if your child is on a bus route but you do not want your child to ride the bus,  please contact the school- a do not ride form must be completed for your child or they will automatically be placed on a bus!  Even if the teacher is aware your child gets picked up if transportation has them on a route we need to fix it on our end.

Student Transportation Update

This message is for students eligible for transportation.  STSWR has updated the transportation network which may have changed stop times or locations.  Students eligible for transportation can to go  and click on student login to retrieve updated busing information.  Ontario Education Numbers are needed in order to log in and access transportation details which can be found on a report card from any school in Ontario.


Students can check their transportation eligibility by going to and clicking on Transportation Eligibility.  It is recommended that eligible students verify the details as stop locations and times may have changed.

WCDSB schools OPEN December 4th, 2019

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.


PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.


December News and Important Dates

An Advent Blessing

“God of hope, as we enter this season of Advent, we pray that this time will be different. This Christmas we will stop rushing, we will breathe, and take notice of You and Your works in the world. May we be mindful of our actions, that they be peace-filled and our words loving as Christ is in the world. Amen”


Friday, December 6 is a PD DAY. There will be NO SCHOOL that day.

Christmas Break:

Christmas Break will be from December 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Classes resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Special Christmas Activities:

There are a LOT of special days and activities planned for this month:

Wednesday, December 4: Poinsettia Pick Up: In the gym from 3:45-6:30

Tuesday, December 17: Christmas Breakfast with Santa: In keeping with tradition, we will be having a Christmas Feast for all students on Dec 17. This year, we will be having a “Breakfast with Santa”. All students will receive pancakes, bacon and homefries. As we are working towards our EcoSchools Certification, we are asking all students to please bring in their own re-usable plates and utensils from home.

Tuesday, December 17: Intermediate Christmas Crafts in the afternoon

Wednesday, December 18: Our Junior Students will be performing Christmas Plays in our Learning Commons. Our Grade 5 students will be performing in the morning and our Grade 6 students will be performing in the afternoon. Parents are welcome!

Wednesday, December 18: Family Advent Evening Mass at St. AmbroseJoin us for a Family Advent Mass at St. Ambrose at 7:15 pm. Our students will be doing the readings.

Thursday, December 19: Our Kindergarten to Grade 4 students will be having a Christmas Concert in our Gym from 9:30-11:45. Parents are welcome!

Theme Days:

Monday, December 16Wacky Hair/Hat Day

Tuesday, December 17Christmas Sweater/Shirt Day

Wednesday, December 18: Wear Gold and Silver Day

Thursday, December 19Wear Red and Green Day

Friday, December 20Pajama Day

Tree of Hope:

Christmas is a time for giving and helping the less fortunate. This year, St. Vincent de Paul School is participating in a “Tree of Hope” drive to help the community around the school. We would greatly appreciate your support and contributions to this very worthy cause. Together, we can make a difference in so many lives this Christmas.

Family & Children’s Services Regarding the “Tree of Hope” Collection…

This year we will be collecting items that are to be donated as part of an emergency fund held by Family & Children’s Services. These items are used as a last minute resource for families in emergency situations within the community. Many of the families they see make up the working poor. They have exhausted all other available supports trying to provide shelter and basic necessities for their children. The staff and volunteers at Family & Children’s Services do everything they can to aid these families towards their goal of protecting their child and building a healthy family environment, but often when a family is hungry and basic needs aren’t being met, nothing else matters.

Here is a list of the items: Please note that due to health regulations,  all items must be NEW.


  • Diapers (all sizes) **huge need
  • Baby wipes **huge need
  • Baby Formula- powdered and liquid
  • New bath towels, washcloths etc
  • Baby Gates
  • Pull Ups (all sizes)
  • Clorox/Lysol Wipes, various cleaning supplies
  • Laundry supplies
  • New bed linens (all sizes)
  • New pillows
  • Personal hygiene products (feminine hygiene, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap)

Please send all items by Wednesday, December 18th, 2019. Your help and support is greatly appreciated

Reminders: Dressing for the Weather

Just a reminder that students must wear proper footwear in the school at all times. Students should bring extra clothes, especially socks in the colder and wet days. All outdoor wear such as gloves, mitts, hats, jackets, snowpants, etc. should all be labelled

Cold Weather and Outside Recess

The colder weather has arrived. The safety of students will always be the first consideration when deciding if the students go out or stay indoors for recess. When the temperature including wind chill is -20 or lower, students will be kept indoors for recess. When the temperature including wind chills is -15 to -19, lunch recess outside will be shortened.

Bus Delays and Cancellations

Under certain conditions, such as inclement weather, it may be necessary to close the school, send students home early and/or cancel school buses and taxi services. Please note: if your child is a bus student and buses have been cancelled, you do not need to call in your child’s absence. For up to date information on school bus delays, cancellations and school closures, please visit You can also check out our board website and look for “Cancellations and Delays” link at the top of the home page. It is also available on the following radio stations:

  • KFUN FM 99.5
  • CKGL AM 570
  • CHYM FM 96.7
  • DAVE FM 107.5
  • CJOY FM 106.1
  • CKWR FM 98.5
  • KICX FM 106.7
  • The Beat 91.5
  • CTV – Southwestern Ontario


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