Monthly Archives: September 2019

Weekly Update: September 30th, 2019

Safe, Secure, & Inclusive Schools: Our first priority as a school community

Please note the following important points as we work through a Labour Disruption across the province:

  • The access points to the school will continue to be locked in our elementary schools. The buzzer will not be answered by the main office. Therefore, your patience while trying to access the school is very much appreciated. You will need to be admitted to the school when the Principal is available to do so. At no time will students, or volunteers perform this duty.

Milk & Lunch program

We will NOT be offering a milk program at St. Agnes this year. After extensive consultation with the board office, and in consideration of the various needs within the school community, the decision to move away from offering milk has been determined.

We will continue to offer pizza, and will consider extending other lunch options to families for purchase. However, this will not happen for the month of October. This means there is no pizza for the month of October.

Once we establish our lunch program, it will be through Elementary Schools Nutrition Services (ESNS). This is an online service provider who takes on the ordering, payment, and refund portions of offering a food service within the school setting.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the logistics of providing the most extensive and safe food service option possible at St. Agnes. More information will be shared with families on NewsWire when it is available.

We are expanding our Nutrition for Learning (N4L) Program beginning Monday, September 30th

The main goal of the Nutrition for Learning program is to provide students with nutritious food to give them a foundation for a successful day of learning all day long. This is provided to students free of charge and is supported through the generosity of community donations and fundraisers.

The N4L program will now be offered every day for St. Agnes students through a snack bin program. Many different foods, that meet strict nutritional guidelines, will be served on a daily basis. Dry food bins (e.g., multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, apple sauce) with snap on lids will be in the classroom all day long. Cooler bag items (e.g., grape tomatoes, snap peas, carrots) will be delivered to the classroom during lunch recess and unused items will be collected during PM recess. This method of delivery is far less disruptive to instructional time and still provides important nutrition to students who need it most. This expanded program will replace the previous Breakfast Program that was served in the gym. Thanks to Nutrition for Learning for their guidance and generosity to our school as we transition to the snack bin program.

We will share the food items being offered each week in our Weekly Update. This will simply be an indication of the items offered during the week, not a day by day menu. Please contact Mrs. Reesor if you would like to learn more about volunteering for this program. Many hands make light work, and this program supports the growing needs of the St. Agnes community. Any and all help is very much appreciated!

N4L September 30th – October 4th: multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, apple sauce (no sugar added), carrots, snap peas, raisins, grape tomatoes, apples

N4L ingredient list (not all snacks will be served at St. Agnes)

St. Agnes Fitness Frenzy: POSTPONED

Fitness Frenzy: POSTPONED

Due to the ongoing Labour Disruption across the province, we will be postponing our school wide Fitness Frenzy fundraiser originally scheduled for Friday October 18th. There are a number of tasks not being completed at this time; the most relevant being the collection of funds and participation in fundraisers. While we have a tremendous volunteer base at St. Agnes, this work cannot be taken on by volunteers.

Please know this is a postponement…not a cancellation. We will re-schedule this important school wide fundraiser once the Labour Disruption comes to an end. Your patience and cooperation at this time is very much appreciated.

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.

School Painting

St. Agnes Interior Painting

The interior of our school will be re-painted beginning Wednesday October 2nd, and running for approximately 3 weeks. The work will begin at 6am and finish at 2pm each day. The painters are employees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

The primer and paint materials are water based and low VOC. These substances are approved for school application. Should you require more specific information please contact the school.

Flames Update: September 22nd, 2019

Picture Day: Monday September 23, 2019

Please remember to send a change of clothes if your child will be wearing a dressy outfit for school pictures. All children will be going outside for recess, and participating in phys ed (if applicable) on this day. And, don’t forget your best smile!

Terry Fox School Run day: Tuesday September 24, 2019

Please be sure to complete the online consent in order for your child to participate in our school Terry Fox run in the community. If consent is not completed, your child will still participate in this important school event; however, they will stay on school property and be supervised. Pledges toward the Terry Fox Foundation can be completed online as part of the consent process.

Don’t forget to wear Red & White in honour of Terry. We are looking forward to a fantastic day!

“If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope”

Rowan’s Law Day: Wednesday September 25, 2019

In 2013 Rowan Stringer, a 17 year old high school student from Ottawa, ON lost her life to Second Impact Syndrome; a brain injury caused by suffering a concussion before fully recovering from a previous concussion. In March 2018, the Ontario Government passed Rowan’s Law. As part of Rowan’s Law, was the proclamation of Rowan’s Day to occur on the last Wednesday of September each year, with this year occurring on September 25, 2019. The goal for Rowan’s day is to;

  • Educate staff and students about Rowan and her story
  • Share key messages and education about concussions
  • Create dialogue about concussions
  • Share resources about concussions and concussion prevention

As a school community, we will continue to engage in conversation around the importance of education and prevention of accidents while students are at school. We will also continue to follow the WCDSB Concussion protocol as a means of communication with parents about their child’s health while at school.

School Cash Online

Please make sure you have signed up for School Cash Online. Our school wide annual fundraiser, Fitness Frenzy, is just around the corner. We are hoping to have the vast majority of pledges be collected through School Cash Online to avoid students travelling to school with cash.

Register HERE 

CSAC: Catholic School Advisory Council meeting

Please join us for the first CSAC meeting on Monday September 23rd, 2019 in the Learning Commons from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Learn about the structure and role of the Advisory Council, as well as opportunities for volunteerism throughout the school year.

All are welcome to attend.

Grade 8 Retreat: Mount Mary

Our Grade 8 students will be attending Mount Mary in Ancaster for a faith retreat from Wednesday September 25th to Friday September 27th. Please remember to return all necessary paperwork to Mr. Henriques or Mrs. Keller.

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardian

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served. 

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

Called to Belong

  “All are one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28

Flames update: September 16th, 2019

Meet the Teacher & Open House

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Meet the Teacher & Open House gathering from 4:30pm to 6:00pm on Tuesday September 17th. Drop by at a time convenient for you and say hello to your child’s teacher. This is an informal meet and greet with the opportunity to hear about what to expect over the course of the year.

PD Day: Friday September 20th, 2019

There is no school for students on Friday September 20th. There is no Extended Day program either. Teaching staff will be working on Assessment & Evaluation practices as part of our School Improvement Planning for Student Achievement. Support staff will also be involved in job specific training and re-certification.

Picture Day: Monday September 23, 2019

Please remember to send a change of clothes if your child will be wearing a dressy outfit for school pictures. All children will be going outside for recess, and participating in phys ed (if applicable) on this day. And, don’t forget your best smile!

School Cash Online

Please make sure you have signed up for School Cash Online. Our school wide annual fundraiser, Fitness Frenzy, is just around the corner. We are hoping to have the vast majority of pledges be collected through School Cash Online to avoid students travelling to school with cash.

Register HERE 

CSAC: Catholic School Advisory Council meeting

Please join us for the first CSAC meeting on Monday September 23rd, 2019 in the Learning Commons from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Learn about the structure and role of the Advisory Council, as well as opportunites for volunteerism throughout the school year.

All are welcome to attend.

Grade 8 Retreat: Mount Mary

Our Grade 8 students will be attending Mount Mary in Ancaster for a faith retreat from Wednesday September 25th to Friday September 27th. More information will be provided to parents via Mr. Henriques and Mrs. Keller.

 

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardian

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served. 

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

Called to Belong

  “All are one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28

September 10th, 2019 Update

Safe & Secure Schools: Our first priority as a school community

As a school community, we take the safety of your children very seriously. Procedures are developed in classrooms, and the wider school community, to ensure that student safety comes above all else. Some examples include: staff only on the yard for arrival and dismissal, playground rules regarding the safe use of equipment and adequate supervision, restricted traffic flow on school property during arrival and departure time, and compliance with legislation enacted to keep students safe at school, to name but a few.

Staff regularly review emergency procedures and are required as part of their employment to engage in training related to Safe Schools legislation. By making parents and guardians aware of this priority within the school setting we hope there will be a greater mutual trust in the decisions being made during the school day. The staff at St. Agnes take the responsibility of educating your children very seriously, and safety will always be paramount in our planning and preparation. We thank you for entrusting your most precious gifts to our care throughout the school day.

Increasing Enrollment

Many parents have expressed concerns related to the increasing enrollment at St. Agnes over the past week. It is important to note that personnel at the board level are closely monitoring all aspects of enrollment and the associated implications. For example:

  • Facilities continues to monitor the number of students and the associated access to plumbing fixtures (i.e., toilets and sinks). St. Agnes is in compliance with all aspects of the Ontario Building Code.
  • Human Resources closely monitors class sizes to ensure we adhere to Ministry of Education limits. It is important to note that all changes to class assignments are directed by the board office from this point on as a means of compliance with ministry reporting.

Split classes: What is being taught?

Many parents and guardians are concerned when their child is placed in a combined grade class. Often times, the belief is a child in a lower grade of a combined class is being accelerated, or the child in the higher grade of a combined class is being held back. Neither of these is true. Your child will be instructed, and evaluated, according to the expectations of the curriculum for their age appropriate grade. Teachers must differentiate the learning for both grades particularly in subjects such as Social Studies (Gr. 1-6), History & Geography (Gr. 7 & 8), Science and Technology, for which there are very discreet strands based on grade. Teachers are also provided with resources to be shared in order to meet ministry curriculum expectations. Finally, all class excursions must be based on curriculum expectations. This means we don’t take a “class trip” but rather we have a grade level excursion in order to enhance learning related to curriculum expectations. If your child is in grade 3, they will be involved in the same experiential learning opportunities as grade 3 students from a 2/3 combined class, for example.

For more information from the Ministry of Education on combined grades please refer to this document, An Introduction to Combined Grades.

Communicated previously…

Anaphylaxis Policy: APH005

The following information is taken directly from our board’s Anaphylaxis policy:

Look-A-Like Products To Peanut Butter (e.g. SchoolSafe Soy Butter – WOWBUTTER; Sunbutter (sunflower seeds); Golden Pea Butter (peas and Omega 3 canola oil)

School Administrator is to communicate to school community to refrain from sending look-a-like products to peanut butter to school with your child.

  • It is impossible to differentiate between these products and peanut butter; in fact, these products are almost identical in colour, consistency, smell and taste to peanut butter. Therefore, the Board is requesting that parents do not send their children to school with look-a-like products to peanut butter such as “WOWBUTTER”, “PEABUTTER” and “SUNBUTTER” in sandwiches until the products are available in a colour other than tan, the colour of peanut butter. If not already done so, please bring the above information to the attention of your school community via your school newsletter and/or school website. If a student brings this product into the school, an alternative setting to eat their lunch/snack is to be provided.
  • products containing or ‘may contain’ peanuts or tree nuts are not to be brought into the school.

All school staff have been made aware of the severity of this condition and have been instructed in the correct procedures regarding anaphylaxis. Prevention, of course, is the best approach. Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we want to inform you so that you send foods to school with your child that are free from peanuts or nut products. If a product says “may contain nuts” it should not be sent to school. In a school setting, cross-contamination is the greatest risk for this type of allergy. Trace amounts of peanuts/nuts can be left on gym equipment, computer keyboards, pencils, etc. As a school community, we cannot take the risk associated with cross contamination. Children’s lives depend on our due diligence. The staff at St. Agnes endeavor to make the school a safe environment for all students, and life-threatening conditions are paramount to all other issues.

If you require further information about anaphylaxis please contact the school.

Communicated previously…

Parking Lot access

As part of our Safe Schools protocol, the school parking lot on Neilson Avenue is not accessible to parents & family members. The parking lot on Bluevale Avenue will only be accessible to parents who are dropping off/ picking up students as part of the Extended Day program. This drop off/ pick up will be monitored by school staff. It is critical that we have no moving traffic in the parking lot as our students arrive and depart each day. Please park at the church and have your child walk on the sidewalk to the school property. Student safety is our primary concern.

School Website Google calendar

Please note that all important school wide information will be posted on our Google calendar. This information will be updated on a regular basis so it is important to check this school calendar.

Meet the Teacher Open House

Join us Tuesday September 17th from 4:30pm—6:00pm at St. Agnes for our Meet the Teacher Open House.  Please note: we will not be serving any food this year as part of our Open House. Teachers will be available in their classrooms until 6:00pm. You can expect teachers to discuss upcoming events, and share subject specific curriculum highlights. Please respect that this event is an introduction between staff and families, and children will be encouraged to show their family around the classroom. Individual feedback occurs at Parent– Teacher conferences in early November. We are looking forward to seeing you on September 17th.

Picture Day is Monday September 23rd.

St. Agnes Catholic Church news

The Children’s Choir gathers on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm at the church. We are hoping to recruit more members! For more information please contact Michelle Schill at stagnessacramental@gmail.com

Sacramental meetings are posted on the School Google calendar. Please speak to the church for more information.

2019-20 School Start up info

Welcome to a new school year!

As part of our start up we have a lot of important information to share.

First Day procedure

Class assignments were sent out via School Cash Online on Friday August 30th, 2019. Your child’s teacher was listed in this notification. All classroom teachers from grade 1-8 will be on the blacktop at 9:05am to gather students from their class. Teachers will have an updated class lists in case students arrive and are unsure as to who their teacher is for the 2019-20 school year.

Students will enter the building at 9:20am with their assigned teacher to begin the regular school day.

Please note that classroom assignments will only be changed based on fluctuating enrollment at the school, not parent/guardian request. If changes are made it is to meet ministry compliance with respect to class size. We have received a large number of new registrations in the last week of August, and will continue to welcome more new families as they arrive to our community. The main office will be a very busy place for the next few weeks as we settle in to a new school year. Your patience and cooperation with is very much appreciated.

Thank you…

Mrs. McGlynn, our Administrative Assistant, has worked tirelessly to prepare for the school startup and we greatly appreciate all that she has done, and continues to do, to welcome our families to St. Agnes. She is one busy lady in the main office! The entire school staff is appreciative of her attention to detail, and organizational skills as we head into the new school year.

Special thanks to our custodian, Mr. Eden. The school is looking fantastic and squeaky clean! With the addition of 3 new cottages comes a tremendous amount of additional work. It is no small feat to keep a rapidly growing community humming along, and yet, Mr. Eden does this with a smile on his face, and never a complaint. We are truly grateful to Mr. Eden for all he does to support the St. Agnes community on a daily basis.

Thank you to our CSAC chair, Melissa Henderson, and the volunteers who coordinated our Welcome to St. Agnes playdate for new families last week. This community is so gracious with their time and energy, and we truly appreciate the work you do!

Thanks to Mark Van Dyke, and the Greenleaf volunteers, who helped clear out the front gardens. Not a small task by any means! Mark also installed new wooden benches in our school yard which have been enjoyed by families and students over the past few weeks. These are very much appreciated, Mark!

Safe Schools

As part of our Safe Schools protocol, all elementary schools in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have a security system installed on our front doors. This means that all the doors to the school will be locked. All visitors to the school should enter through the front doors of the school. You will need to be buzzed in by a staff member. It is very important that once buzzed into the school, all visitors report directly to the Main Office. Once you have signed in with Mrs. McGlynn, you will receive a visitor badge. This will save you the inconvenience of being approached by school staff to identify yourself. Over the course of the next few weeks and months the staff and students will be practising a number of safety procedures including lock down drills. We thank you for your help in supporting the safety of our students and staff at St. Agnes. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Reesor.

Late Students & Safe Arrivals protocol

All students should be on the school property no later than 9:15am. The St. Agnes entry bell rings at 9:20am. Students are expected to enter the school with their classmates through the door assigned by their classroom teacher. If a student enters through the front doors after 9:20 am, the student is considered late. These students will sign in with Mrs. McGlynn and bring a late slip to class. Due to our Safe Schools protocol, students will not be allowed to enter the building via any door other than the front door after 9:20am. If your child is going to be late or absent, please call the school BEFORE 9:00am. If a student is reported absent by the classroom teacher, a call will be placed to each contact person for that child. If a child still cannot be located after attempting to reach parent/ guardian contacts, and the emergency contact, the police will be notified. It is of critical importance that you update contact information with the school each time there is a change.

Parking Lot access

As part of our Safe Schools protocol, the school parking lot on Neilson Avenue is not accessible to parents & family members. The parking lot on Bluevale Avenue will only be accessible to parents who are dropping off/ picking up students as part of the Extended Day program. This drop off/ pick up will be monitored by school staff. It is critical that we have no moving traffic in the parking lot as our students arrive and depart each day. Please park at the church and have your child walk on the sidewalk to the school property. Student safety is our primary concern.

NewsWire & Classroom Newsletters

Important school wide information will be communicated via NewsWire. If you are receiving this today as an email then you are already signed up for NewsWire. Theses communications are automatically posted on our school website. If you are only seeing this communication on our school website you may choose to subscribe to NewsWire by adding your email to the distribution list. Please see the main page of our school website and scroll to the bottom. Please check our school website regularly for important information including the Google calendar which contains important school wide information.

Classroom teachers will also produce an electronic newsletter for the month. These will be posted on the classroom site (e.g., D2L, Google classroom). You will not be provided a paper copy of newsletters unless you specifically ask for one. We are doing our part to  protect the planet through reduced photocopying.

Important Reminders

  • Students are not be on school property before 8:45 am as there is no supervision. Also, students should leave the property immediately at the end of day for the same reason.
  • When school buses are cancelled in the morning due to inclement weather they are cancelled at the end of the day as well. If you choose to send your child to school on bus cancellation days, you are responsible for picking your child up at 3:50pm.
  • Please send appropriate outdoor clothing for students. Whenever possible, students will be going outside for recess.
  • Healthy active living is very important for students and strongly encouraged. However, students are not permitted to ride scooters, skateboards, or bikes on school property. This includes the sidewalk in front of the school. The sidewalks will be very busy at the beginning and end of the day. Please walk scooters, skateboards, bikes once on school property.
  • Students are being encouraged to BYOD…bring your own device to school. However…each student is required to complete a board form which outlines the expectations for bringing and using your own device at school. This form will be provided to all students by their classroom teacher or can be accessed by this link APS017-04F Student Outside Tech Consent
  • Students are not permitted to bring electronic devices outside at recess time. Classroom teachers will lock these devices in the classroom closet while students are outside for recess. Students do not have permission to take photos or videos of any staff or students (including themselves) during recess. If students violate this requirement they will lose the privilege of bringing an electronic device to school.

Anaphylaxis Policy: APH005

The following information is taken directly from our board’s Anaphylaxis policy:

Look-A-Like Products To Peanut Butter (e.g. SchoolSafe Soy Butter – WOWBUTTER; Sunbutter (sunflower seeds); Golden Pea Butter (peas and Omega 3 canola oil)

School Administrator is to communicate to school community to refrain from sending look-a-like products to peanut butter to school with your child.

  • It is impossible to differentiate between these products and peanut butter; in fact, these products are almost identical in colour, consistency, smell and taste to peanut butter. Therefore, the Board is requesting that parents do not send their children to school with look-a-like products to peanut butter such as “WOWBUTTER”, “PEABUTTER” and “SUNBUTTER” in sandwiches until the products are available in a colour other than tan, the colour of peanut butter. If not already done so, please bring the above information to the attention of your school community via your school newsletter and/or school website. If a student brings this product into the school, an alternative setting to eat their lunch/snack is to be provided.

CSAC: Catholic School Advisory Council

If you are interested in being a member of our Catholic School Advisory Council please complete the self-nomination form that was sent as part of the online registration process. This form must be returned directly to the Main Office no later than Friday September 13th at 4:00pm. It is a requirement that you declare your intention to be a member of CSAC via the self-nomination form. Only those people who return a form by the deadline will be considered for membership on CSAC. All Council meetings are open to the public; however, agenda items can only be addressed by members of the Council. Meetings will occur 4- 6 times per year and are one and a half hours maximum. Our first meeting will take place on Monday September 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in our Learning Commons.

Speaking with your child’s teacher

Should you wish to speak with your child’s teacher we kindly request that you leave a message with Mrs. McGlynn in the Main Office. Teachers will not be available to meet with parents/guardians during the school day unless arranged in advance. Please respect the fact that teachers must preserve instructional time in order to help students achieve success; therefore, meetings can only be scheduled during non-instructional times in the day which are very limited.

Students Transported To/From School by Bus

As we begin the school year, we would like to remind all students eligible for bus transportation to/from school and their parents/guardians of the following expectations and procedures. These are taken directly from the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region website www.stswr.ca

  • When traveling to school, students should be at their designated pick-up location five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the school bus.
  • The student and her/his parents should develop a contingency plan should the child miss the school bus when traveling to school (e.g., return home; walk to a neighbour’s home; walk to school, etc.)
  • When departing school, should any student miss her/his bus, that child should immediately go to the school office for assistance. She/he should not walk home.
  • If a student will not be taking the bus, parents are asked to write a note in their child’s agenda
  • Only students eligible to ride a school bus will be allowed to do so when riding to/from school. Those who are not eligible to ride a bus will not be permitted to do so. If a child is not eligible and she/he wishes to visit the home of a classmate, it will be the responsibility of her/his parent to make alternate transportation arrangements.
  • Transported students will only be allowed to ride their designated bus to/from school. A pupil will not be permitted to ride another bus for which they are not eligible.

This is an abbreviated version of expectations and procedures. Links to the complete versions are available on our school website under About Us in the Student Transportation Services section.

Parents are reminded that all scheduling with respect to student transportation is coordinated through STS not the school. Any and all concerns regarding your child’s school bus transportation should be directed to:

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region

602 – 540 Bingemans Centre Dr.
Kitchener ON N2B 3X9
Phone: 519-744-7575

You are encouraged to visit www.stswr.ca  to see bus delays and cancellations, subscribe to receive e-mail notifications for late buses and closures, and follow us on Twitter.

Please do not call the school when your child’s bus is running late as we have no control over transportation delays. We subscribe to the STS Twitter feed and email notifications and therefore, receive the same updates as families through this subscription service. Please add this subscription to your personal email service to receive up to date information.

We are looking forward to an awesome 2019-20 school year. Please stay in touch!