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Pancake Tuesday, Feb 25

Shrove Tuesday is Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Students will enjoy pancakes in the morning. As we are an Eco-School, students are encouraged and reminded to bring their own plate and fork. This will help cut down on waste.

 

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per 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 24.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides 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.

 

 

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.

THANK YOU!

Hey Tiger Community!

A HUGE thank you for your donations today for our Winter Wonderland Dance. We have raised more than $1500.00 in donations and will be able to sponsor 3 Special Olympics Athletes for the 2020 Special Olympics Provincial Games occurring in the Waterloo Region, May 2020.

 

Let’s sponsor a Special Olympics Athlete: Winter Wonderland Dance

Hi Tigers,

St. Vincent de Paul School will be hosting a “Winter Wonderland” Dance on January 31st, 2020 to celebrate the New Year! Each Division will have a scheduled time in the gym where they can dance and have fun with their friends!

We are asking for a minimum $2.00 donation from each student for participation in the dance (there will be other denominations available online if you would like to donate more than $2.00 to this cause). The funds raised will go towards our sponsorship of an athlete for the 2020 Special Olympic Games! Funds can be paid via School Cash Online.

Thank you for your support!

 

WCDSB Schools Closed 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.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

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.