Monthly Archives: December 2019

Christmas Cafe: Cookies & Baked Goods request

St. Agnes Staff & our Catholic School Advisory Council are excited to welcome you to our Christmas Café & Open House on Friday December 13th.

We will be serving coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the gym.  You can enter the gym through the doors nearest the parking lot on Neilson Avenue at the front of the school.  If you would like to bring some cookies or baking to share, please feel free to do so.  Please make sure all items are labelled with an ingredient card as a consideration for food allergens.  You can drop off goodies as early as 8 AM on Friday, December 13th.  As a reminder, St. Agnes is a nut- free school.

Please open the attachment below for a detailed invitation and RSVP link.

Christmas Cafe invite

We are looking forward to a fantastic Christmas gathering, and we hope you are able to join us!

December 5th update

Spiritual Development Day: Friday December 6th, 2019

All school and administrative sites across the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be closed on Friday December 6th, 2019. This is our board wide Spiritual Development day. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather as a Catholic system to nurture and celebrate our faith. Students will not be at school or extended day programs on Friday December 6th.

Fitness Frenzy

A heartfelt thank you to our Fitness Frenzy co-leads Nancy Gawel & Melissa Henderson for all the work and tireless effort that went into making this school wide fundraiser a tremendous success. We had fantastic support from our community members, and parent/ guardian volunteers all day long. Our guest instructors and St. Agnes staff made sure the day was eventful and engaging for our students. Many hands make light work, for sure!

The final total for our fundraiser was $7680. Thank you to all our families who were able to contribute to our fundraiser. Your generosity will go a long way toward supplementary classroom resources, guest speakers for students, and enhanced learning opportunities for students (e.g., Scientists in Schools). Should we have any additional funds we will allocate these monies toward offsetting student expenses such as the equalization of student agendas, bussing, and field trips.  We are truly grateful to all for your support with Fitness Frenzy.

Advent Resources for Families

Have you been looking for ways to engage in meaningful family oriented Advent themed activities? Well look no further! We have a great resource for you to use at home.

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APH 008: Inclement Weather procedures

Below is a summary of important points regarding our school board policies related to Inclement Weather. Please reference this policy for detailed information regarding cancellations and early dismissals.

  • We will reference www.weather.ca for accurate forecasts using PointCast location. You can also check this information from home. Simply type in the postal code for the school (N2J 2M3) and get localized information.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –14°C or warmer students will be outside for the entire duration of recess.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –15°C to—19°C students will be limited to 20 minutes of outdoor time at a time.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –20°C or colder students will be kept indoors.
  • Students cannot arrive on school property prior to 8:45am as there is no supervision on the yard or in the building prior to this time. Students will not be allowed in to the building prior to 8:45am on extreme cold days.

It is critical that students be dressed appropriately for Canadian winter.

  • Please make sure your child has a hat, mitts/ gloves, snowpants, winter coat, boots. If you need assistance providing this for your child we are happy to help out. We have a number of items (new & gently used) that have been donated to our school to assist families in need.

School Bus Cancellations due to Inclement Weather

All arrangements and decisions regarding student transportation are coordinated by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region. For detailed information regarding the procedures for Inclement Weather and Student Transportation decisions please refer to STSWR Inclement Weather 2019-20 .

It is extremely important for parents/ guardians to subscribe to the STSWR email notification service to be informed of any delays to your child’s transportation. 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 STSWR 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.

Student Illness

It is the time of year when many students contract common colds, strep throat, and influenza. In order to prevent the spread of germs and illness we encourage proper and regular hand washing procedures as outlined by the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit. We also adhere to their “Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Infections Diseases in Schools”. It is imperative that parents/ guardians keep children home when they are not well. If your child has experienced vomiting or diarrhea, they should not return to school until 24 hours have passed since their last episode. While this presents challenges for working families it is critical that sick children stay home. We will send children home if they report having vomited the night before as this is a Public Health guideline meant to keep all staff and students safe. We appreciate your cooperation with this expectation.

 

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.

Please join us!

Angels in Action: Project Warmth

As our school community begins our Advent journey, the St. Agnes Pastoral team and Social Justice team invite families to actively participate in our Angels in Action: Project Warmth campaign. This year, we will be collecting donations of NEW hats, mitts and socks for all ages. Our goal is to fill the display cases in the front foyer with these donations from November 25 to December 13.  Our donations will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Agnes parish. This is such a necessary need in our community so please give generously.

Christmas Cafe invite: Friday December 13th

St. Agnes Staff & our Catholic School Advisory Council are excited to welcome you to our Christmas Café & Open House on Friday December 13th. Please open the attachment below for a detailed invitation and RSVP link.

Christmas Cafe invite

Advent Mass: Friday December 13th

We will be celebrating our community Advent Mass on Friday December 13th at 11:00am at St. Agnes parish. All are welcome to join us for Mass.