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November News and Updates

November News and Updates

The month of November marks a special occasion for all of us to take time from our busy schedules to remember the men and women who have given so much of themselves to ensure our safety and freedom.  As we remember the many sacrifices made for our freedom this month, please continue to pray for peace in our world.

Peace Prayer

Loving God, teach us to be people of peace. Teach us to love one another, that there may be peace in our families. Teach us to strengthen one another, that there may be peace in our school. Teach us to live and work justly, that there may be peace in our city. Teach us to give equal respect and opportunity, that there may be peace in our nation. Teach us to be peacemakers in all that we do. Amen.

Remembrance Day Liturgies

On Monday, November 11 we will be having two Remembrance Day liturgies. Our Full Day Kindergarten and Primary classes will attend a liturgy at 9:30 am and our Gr 4-8 will attend a liturgy at 10:45 am. Thank you to Father Mikulski for joining us on this day of Remembrance.

Reminder: Missing a School Day or Late?

If your child is going to be absent from school or late, please remember to call the school and let us know. You may also leave a message during off school hours.

Bus Delays, Cancellations and Inclement Weather Procedures

It’s hard to believe that we have already had our first few snowflakes in the air! At this time, a few important reminders for families about the Inclement Weather procedures.

If weather conditions or other emergencies warrant the closing of school, notice will be available by checking on the following sites:

  1. Check our school website: https://stvincent.wcdsb.ca and click on the Delays/Cancellations button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed.
  2. Check the WCDSB website www.wcdsb.ca and the RED Cancellation button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. The GREEN light means everything is open and buses are running.
  3. Listen to your local Waterloo Region radio stations for cancellations:
    • KFUN FM 99.5
    • KOOL FM 105.3
    • CKGL AM 570
    • CHYM FM 96.7
    • DAVE FM 107.5
    • CJOY “Magic” FM 106.1
    • CKWR FM 98.5
    • KICX FM 106.7
    • CKBT “The Beat” FM 91.5
    • FAITH FM 94.3
    • CTV – Southwestern Ontario

    4. The Before and After School programs will also be closed if the school is closed.

***Please note that if the school buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not be sent out later in the day regardless of changes or improvements in the weather. Families who choose to drive their children to school on days where buses are cancelled will also be responsible for picking them up at the end of the day. Also, if buses are cancelled, ALL field trips and excursions requiring transportation will also be cancelled.***

Dressing for the Weather

Just a reminder: students are outside for two 15 minute recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather – including snow pants, hats, mitts, etc. so they can enjoy their time outside.  Please also consider sending in a change of clothes in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you to bring in a change of clothes.

We will do shortened lunch recesses (20 minutes outside, 20 minutes inside) when the temperature with wind chill is between -15 and -19. If the temperature with wind chill is below -20, students will stay in for recesses.

School Yard Safety – Before and After School

Just a reminder that parents/adults are NOT permitted to be on our school yard/blacktop before, during or after school. The Safe Schools Act dictates that parents and visitors MUST sign in at the office before gaining access to school property or spaces occupied by our students. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

PD Day:

Friday, November 15 is a Professional Development day. There will be NO SCHOOL that day.

 

Important Reminders and Halloween

A few reminders for this week:

Progress Reports:

Progress reports will be going home on Tuesday, November 5. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 7. Please ensure you have completed and sent in your Parent-Teacher Conferences form. Your Parent-Teacher Conference time will be sent home with your child(ren)’s Progress Report.

Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and is a fun and memorable time of year for families and our students. Please check with your child’s teacher before sending any Halloween treats to school. We also ask that you be extra careful in checking labels and avoid sending any Halloween treats to school that contain peanuts, nut products or tree nut products. Please also refrain from sending in any baked goods for your child’s classroom at any time of the school year.

Students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school. Please note the following:

  • Costumes cannot promote violence or have accessories or props that could be used as weapons
  • Masks are not permitted
  • No scary costumes please – we do not want to scare anyone

Attendance

At this time of year, we invite you to reflect on your child’s progress at school. This is also a reminder to take a look at the top right hand corner of this report at the number of absences and lates that your child has.

We know that children who attend school on a regular basis are more successful in many areas of their lives. Regular attendance at school increases opportunities for growth. We encourage you and your child to stay on the path to success because Attendance Matters. Please be in touch with us if you need support in improving your child’s attendance.

 

Terry Fox – Rescheduled for Thursday, Oct 17

Hi Tigers

Due to the rain today, we are rescheduling our Terry Fox Walk for tomorrow, Thursday Oct 17. The forecast at this point looks overcast and rather cool, so please come dressed for the weather!

Terry Fox Reminder

TIGERS!

Look at all the donations that have rolled in during our TOONIES for TERRY campaign.

If you still want to donate it’s not too late! Send those TOONIES in and help support Cancer Research.

 

Looking at the weather tomorrow, there is a VERY GOOD chance of rain. 

IF it is raining, our walk will occur on Thursday. Please send your child dressed appropriately BOTH days just in case!

Thanks so much for all your support!

 

Rescheduled Terry Fox Run – October 16, 2019

ST.VINCENT de PAUL TERRY FOX RUN

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 (rain date: Thursday, October 17th)

Bring a TOONIE FOR TERRY on or before October 16th to help raise funds for cancer and carry on the dream. Toonies will be collected by teachers and forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation. 

Please ensure your child’s GREY form for neighbourhood walks is returned in order for your child to participate in the Terry Fox walk. When a student brings in a Toonie they will be given a TIGER PAW to print their name on and will be displayed in the school.  

Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

Thank you so much for your support!

 

UPDATE: Schools OPEN on Monday, Oct 7

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustees’ Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019 – and all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.

See you tomorrow Tigers!

Parish Update

Parish Update

Children’s Catechetical Program Religious education for Grades 1 – 8 . Again this year the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate will offer a children’s religious education program, on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church Hall, starting October 3, 2019. The program is open to students in non-Catholic schools, as well as Catholic schools. Please contact Sr. Bernadette at srbernadette@solisisters.ca to register or to inquire about the program. The registration form is also available from our parish website under “youth”

Our Children’s Liturgy program is offered at both 9:00 am Mass 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). ADULT VOLUNTEERS to assist with this program would be greatly appreciated. More hands make for less work. Please contact the parish office if you can help.

St. Ambrose Parish has committed to participate in the 40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil by covering every Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting Friday, September 27th and ending on November 1st (All Souls Day). The Vigil is held directly across the street from the Freeport Hospital, 3570 King Street East, Kitchener. Also, you are also welcome to attend the Prayer Vigil at anytime between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

Education Assistants
Personal Support Workers
Child and Youth Care Workers
Early Childhood Educators
Lunch Hour Supervisors
Administrative Assistants
Payroll and Accounting Associates
Computer Technicians
Library Technicians
Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A: CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform. Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.