News from St. Ambrose

Confirmation Candidates Enrollment Ceremony and Rehearsal –  The Sacrament of Confirmation for the grade 7 students of our parish is quickly approaching. Students are asked to attend any of the Masses on Saturday, February 29 at 5pm, or Sunday, March 1st at either 9:00 am or 11:00 am. The enrollment ceremony and rehearsal will be held immediately after Mass.

First Reconciliation and Communion candidates – the preparation program will resume on the weekend of March 7 and 8, after any of the weekend Masses.

Children’s Liturgy  at both 9:00 am  and  11:00 am Mass   At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required)

Pizza day on Friday Feb 21 changed to Thursday Feb 20

Due to the schools being closed on Friday Feb 21 Pizza day is changed to Thursday therefore anyone who has purchased pizza for the 21st will receive it on the 20th.

  • All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Friday, February 21, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

Bus 48

We received notification bus 48 will be late it has just arrived here at St Vincent de Paul

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

  • All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Friday, February 21, 2020. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 21.

All programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 21 —  with the exception of Personal Support Worker programs, which will run on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

A Few February Updates

Hello Tigers!

First Term Report Cards

First term report cards for students will be sent home on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Please be sure to review and sign your child’s report card. Please send back the parent signature slip as well as the envelope, which will be used to send the Second Term report card home.

Family Day – February 17

Please note that Family Day is February 17.

Pancake Day – Shrove Tuesday: February 25

Shrove Tuesday has traditional roots in our faith, where in England and many other countries, the festival is widely associated with the eating of rich foods made with eggs, sugar and butter, just like pancakes, on the day prior to Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and a prolonged period of fasting, so it was common place to enjoy a day of sweets and treats before Lent started. As a school faith event, all students will receive a pancake breakfast on Tuesday, February 25th. Students are encouraged to bring their normal snacks and lunch on this day. St. Vincent de Paul is an Eco-School—please bring a plate and utensils for this special meal.

Special Olympics Athlete Presentation

A huge thank you once again for all of your donations. We were able to sponsor THREE Special Olympic Athletes. On Tuesday, February 18, our school will be having a presentation from one of the Special Olympics athletes.

Valentine’s Day: Friday, February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Please remember, if you are sending in treats with your child that they must be NUT FREE!

 

 

Expanded OECTA Job Action – Week of February 10, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools are open and running on their normal schedules during the week of February 10, 2020.

However, as part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that in the absence of a negotiated collective agreement, they are expanding their previously announced list of activities no longer being performed by teachers. The new list takes effect on February 11, 2020.

In practical terms, this means that because schools will not be able to assign teachers any additional supervision or “on-call duties” where they backfill for another teacher, any activity that typically requires a supply teacher or backfill in the local school will be cancelled. This is a necessary step to help maximize the number of supply teachers available to cover classes board wide.

One of the impacts of implementing this contingency plan is that sports events and field trips may need to be cancelled. Some events will proceed as planned if they do not generate the need for a supply teacher.

If there are fees associated with a cancelled field trip or event, they will be reimbursed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times, and we continue to remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

 

 

St Ambrose News

Prayers for the Sick – Wednesday mornings 10:00am – 10:30am in the Church, everyone is welcome to join with other parishioners to pray for those among us who are suffering from illness and who need our prayers for healing and strength.  This is a weekly prayer gathering.  Please use the South Street side door.

Parents in Touch Prayer Group of St. Ambrose Parish, invites you to join them on Tuesday mornings, at 10:00 am for the Rosary, and other prayers, at the side altar of Our Blessed Mother. Come pray for parents, children, family, friends, teachers and one another.

Exercise for Adults/SeniorsTuesday and Thursdays at St. Ambrose Church from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in our Church Hall.  Join us for fellowship as together we exercise to maintain and improve upon our physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. This is offered by a trained volunteer through Community Support Connections.

St. Ambrose Parish Children’s Catechism Program 
• Religious education for Grades 1 – 8
• Sacramental Preparation

  • RCIC: Rite of Christian Initiation of Children

This on-going program is offered by the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate offers children’s religious education Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church Hall. The program is open to students in non-Catholic schools, as well as Catholic schools.   The program has already begun but new registrants are welcome.  Please contact Sr.Bernadette at srbernadette@solisisters.ca  to inquire about the program.

Children’s Liturgy at both 9:00 am  and  11:00 am Mass  At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required)

Closure Information Concerning Strike Action on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

ADDITIONALLY – As a result of pending strike action announced today by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), all of the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will also be closed on February 4 — except for all PSW (Personal Support Worker) programs that will be running as per the normal schedules and locations.

As before, we remain hopeful the government, OECTA and OSSTF will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

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