Monthly Archives: January 2020

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday February 4, 2020

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.

January 28th Update

Best wishes to Mr. Eden!

This week, we say farewell to our custodian, Mr. Eden. Friday, January 31st, will be his last day with us at St. Agnes. Beginning next week, Mr. Eden will be joining a new school community in our board.

Mr. Eden has been a source of positive energy, and hard work every day during his time at St. Agnes. He has been instrumental in supporting EcoSchools and Healthy Schools, and works with students and staff to keep our building safe and clean every day. We wish Mr. Eden nothing but the best!

Our new custodian will be Mrs. Hutchings during the school day, and Mr. McGrath for the after school hours. Mr. McGrath takes over for Mr. Jankowski who moved on to one of our secondary schools in the new year. Welcome to both of our new custodial staff members.

Coronavirus information

Every school in the WCDSB has been asked to share this communication which has been provided jointly by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health. Please click on the link below:

CMoH Jan 27EN

We have been encouraged to redouble our efforts in our schools by reminding/ re-enforcing:

  • good hygiene – washing hands thoroughly and with soap or sanitizer;
  • covering one’s mouth and nose when one sneezes or coughs;
  • staff and students stay home when ill.
  • It is also wise to get a yearly flu vaccine, available from clinics or pharmacies.

You may also find the Ministry of Health’s dedicated website helpful as a resource of information.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

Grade 8 Pathways Presentation

Grade 8 students and parents are reminded of the Pathways Night at St. Luke Catholic School on Tuesday January 28, 2020. This is an important evening to discuss the transition to high school. Please click on the link below. This information has been previously communicated through your child’s classroom teacher.

Pathways Night

Spirit Wear days: Every Thursday

Wear red, black, and white every Thursday and show your spirit, Flames!

Twin Day: Friday January 31st

Plan to dress like a friend today!

N4L January 27th – January 31st: multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, penguin crackers, multigrain vegetable crackers, apple sauce (no sugar added), carrots, apples.

Please note: cheese strings & yogurt tubes will only be served in select classrooms due to food allergies.

Check our School website frequently

Just a reminder that our school website contains a number of valuable, up to date sources of information. Examples include our school web calendar, a WCDSB info feed, our St. Agnes Twitter feed, links to School Cash Online, links to online school registration, links to Student Transportation Services, our Catholic School Advisory Council information and meeting minutes, etc. Please check the school website regularly.

January 20th update

January 21st: One Day OECTA Strike Notice

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. 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 January 21.

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 offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but 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 January 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.

ESNS food orders on January 21st, 2020

If the one day strike takes place on Tuesday January 21st, ESNS will cancel all orders and issue a refund to families who placed orders.

Check our School website frequently

Just a reminder that our school website contains a number of valuable, up to date sources of information. Examples include our school web calendar, a WCDSB info feed, our St. Agnes Twitter feed, links to School Cash Online, links to online school registration, links to Student Transportation Services, our Catholic School Advisory Council information and meeting minutes, etc. Please check the school website regularly.

January 22nd, 2020: Feast of St. Agnes

Our community will come together to celebrate mass at 10:45am at St. Agnes Church. We will be led by our Grade 1 students from Mrs. Maric, Mrs. McPhie, and Mrs. Buzek’s classes. All are welcome to attend. Students will be involved in faith based activities together for the afternoon in the school.

PD Day: Friday January 24th, 2020

There is no school for students on this day.

Spirit Wear days: Every Thursday

Wear red, black, and white every Thursday and show your spirit, Flames!

N4L January 20th – January 24th: multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, penguin crackers, multigrain vegetable crackers, multigrain bagels, apple sauce (no sugar added), carrots, hummus, apples.

Please note: cheese strings & yogurt tubes will only be served in select classrooms due to food allergies.

 

 

January 13th, 2020 Update

Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations

This month, our Grade 1 students are sharing with our school community what it means to be a caring family member. They have been reading announcements, created a bulletin board in the main foyer of the school, and are planning for our school wide mass to celebrate St. Agnes on January 22nd. Thanks for your great leadership, Grade 1 students!

January: I am a caring family member

  • I love God, myself and my family
  • I care about and respect my ‘family’ at school, at Church, in the community, and the world
  • I care about and respect God’s creation and everything in it

Because I care, I pray for all my families, and I will live my life like Jesus.

 

Parking Lot access

Communications regarding access to the parking lot were sent across NewsWire beginning September 1st, 2019. Please see important information below regarding ongoing safety concerns with the parking lot on Bluevale Avenue.

As part of our Safe Schools protocol, the school parking lot on Neilson Avenue is not accessible for drop off or pick up for students during the school day. The parking lot on Bluevale Avenue is only accessible to families who are dropping off/ picking up students as part of the Extended Day program. It is critical that we have no moving traffic in the parking lot after 8:45 AM as our students arrive each day. Please park at the church and have your child walk on the sidewalk to the school property.

With the colder weather we have seen an increase in the number of drivers accessing the parking lot on Bluevale after 8:45 AM each day. We kindly request that school day families stop accessing the Bluevale lot regardless of whether or not a staff member is present. When the large orange pylons are across the lot it means the lot is off limits. This measure is intended to keep staff and students safe; it is not meant to inconvenience families.

Another growing concern is the number of drivers who leave their cars idling while in the parking lot. Some cars enter the lot prior to 8:45 AM and sit in the lot idling for upwards of 20 minutes each morning waiting to drop off school day children. Again, we kindly request that school day families stop accessing the Bluevale lot. Finally, we ask that all cars be turned off while you drop off/ pick up your child from Extended Day. This is both a safety concern as well as an environmental concern.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation with these requests.

PD Day: Friday January 24th, 2020

There is no school for students on this day.

 

Spirit Wear days: Every Thursday

Wear red, black, and white every Thursday and show your spirit, Flames!

 

N4L January 13th – January 17th: multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, penguin crackers, multigrain vegetable crackers, multigrain bagels, apple sauce (no sugar added), carrots, hummus, apples.

Please note: cheese strings & yogurt tubes will only be served in select classrooms due to food allergies.

 

Why Attendance matters

You will begin to see increased messaging regarding school attendance. This is a Waterloo Catholic DSB priority, and we have been asked to share specific messages with our school communities across a variety of platforms.

Please click on THIS LINK for information on the impact of lates and absences.

Remember the morning bell rings at 9:20am, and the afternoon begins at 1:05pm. Students are expected to enter the school with their class; otherwise, the student is marked late.

Please be mindful that each interruption to a classroom is a disruption to the learning environment for all.

If your child arrives late they should report to the Main Office to collect a late slip before going to class.

 

Reporting your child’s absence

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.

 

Visitors sign in at the Main Office

A reminder to all visitors: please report directly to the Main Office after you are buzzed into the school. If you need to speak with a teacher, you will be asked to make an appointment rather than going directly to a classroom during the school day. If you are at the school to volunteer, you will receive a visitor badge once you have signed in with Mrs. McGlynn. This will save you the inconvenience of being approached by school staff to report to the Main Office. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) Labour Update

Statement issued by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)

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, teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.

A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of Waterloo Catholic District School Board students and schools and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

We do 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.