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St. Agnes Update: October 18th, 2019

Fitness Frenzy Launch!

Today, your child brought home important information regarding our school wide fundraiser, Fitness Frenzy. This major fundraiser takes place on Friday November 8th, 2019. Please take the time to read the information provided to each student today, and don’t hesitate to contact us at the school should you have any questions.

We are incredibly grateful to our parent volunteer group who are assisting our Fitness Frenzy leads, Nancy Gawel and Melissa Henderson. Without the support of our parent volunteers this important community building event would not be possible.

Next week, you will receive important consent forms which need to be completed in order for your child to physically participate in our Fitness Frenzy on November 8th. Please complete and return these forms as soon as possible

Stay tuned to NewsWire for more information regarding Fitness Frenzy!

St. Agnes Spirit Wear orders

Your child brought home a letter with information about ordering new St. Agnes Spirit Wear. Ideally, families will order this Spirit Wear online. Our provider is SchoolTee which is based in Ayr, ON. If you would like a paper copy of the order form please place a note in your child’s agenda ASAP. We will send home a paper copy for you to complete and return to the school no later than Monday November 4th.

It is our intention to have all the orders filled and delivered to families in time for Christmas.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please email natasha@schooltee.com or call Schooltee’s toll-free customer service line 1-800-463-5050

Please refer to the sizing chart on the website under the header “Garment Sizing” for additional product information. We also have a limited selection of sample sizing items in the Main Office if you would like to stop by in person.

Federal Election – Oct. 21

As you are all aware, there will be a federal election on October 21st. St. Agnes CES is scheduled to be a polling station from 9:30 am – 9:30 pm. We anticipate that there will be extra vehicle and foot traffic in our parking lot and on the surrounding streets. Please take extra caution if you are dropping off or picking up students or if you will be casting your ballot at St. Agnes.

P.A. Day – Oct. 25

No school for students on this day. Staff will be engaged in professional activities around special education and occupational health and safety.

Progress Reports – Nov. 5

Progress Reports will be sent home on November 5th. Parent/Student/Teacher conferences will be held on November 7th from 4 – 8 pm. Please look for instructions regarding sign up on School Appointments Online to be shared next week. If there are any questions, please contact the office.

Volunteers welcome at St. Agnes!

We are always in need of volunteers at St. Agnes to help out with a wide variety of activities and programs. Please click on the link below to see a variety of ways you can provide your support to the St. Agnes school community. Your child will be bringing home a hard copy of this volunteer recruiting form. Please consider filling out the form and returning it to your child’s teacher. Many hands make light work, and we genuinely appreciate any support you can provide over the course of the school year.

Volunteer recruitment form

Halloween is around the corner

All students are invited to dress up in costumes for Halloween on Thursday October 31st at school.  While we want students to have fun, please use the following guidelines when choosing an appropriate costume for school. If your child is not comfortable wearing a costume they are welcome to wear black and orange for the day to join in the festive nature of Halloween.

If possible, send your child to school in a spare/used/older costume in the event it becomes damaged. You may also send a change of clothes for your child for the afternoon as many children are not comfortable being in a costume all day long.

Your child will be attending class, participating in physical education, going outside for recess breaks, and eating their snacks / lunch in their costume – they need to be able to move comfortably.

  • All costumes should be school aged appropriate.
  • Do not send any props (e.g. pitch forks, brooms, shovels, wands, etc.)
  • Absolutely no face masks.
  • Absolutely no fake blood, fake wounds, or scary/ gory costumes will be allowed.
  • Please do not send make-up / costumes that teachers need to assemble or apply.

If costumes are not appropriate, the student will be asked to change or sent home.

Halloween Treats

The spirit of giving and celebrating friendships is definitely a tradition we encourage and welcome in our school community. However, we would like to remind families that it is not necessary or encouraged to share treats with students as part of Halloween.

Safe Schools legislation requires us to ensure the safety of all students including those with severe food allergies. Home baked goods and store bought baked goods present a significant risk to our staff and students who are anaphylactic. For this reason, we will not accept any offerings to classrooms that pose a risk to any staff member or student in the school. Treats must be store bought, individually packaged, and clearly marked NUT FREE if they come into the school. We cannot accept treats that do not meet these criteria. All treats that are sent to school will be sent home in ziploc bags for parents to distribute to their children. This practice is very similar to checking your child’s Halloween candy prior to it being consumed.

Your understanding and cooperation is genuinely appreciated.

 

St. Agnes Update: October 14th, 2019

ESNS: Lunch program

Tuesday October 15th, 2019 is the first day of our lunch program offered through Elementary School Nutrition Services (ESNS). This is an online service provider who takes on the ordering, payment, refund, etc. portions of offering a food service within the school setting. If you have signed up with ESNS, you will receive an email on Sundays to alert you to your child’s food order for the week. Please check this email carefully to ensure your child has a lunch.

Should you have any questions about this food service please contact ESNS directly at 519-570-3767 or www.esns.ca 

To register and order lunch items please visit the website listed above.

Nutrition for Learning (N4L) Program well under way!

Our N4L bin program is extremely popular with both staff and students. On a daily basis, students and staff have access to items in the dry food bins (e.g., multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, apple sauce) throughout the day, and cooler bag items (e.g., grape tomatoes, snap peas, cheese strings) for PM recess. This method of delivery is far less disruptive to instructional time and still provides important nutrition to those who need it most.

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 October 15th – October 25th: multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, penguin crackers, multigrain vegetable crackers, apple sauce (no sugar added), carrots, snap peas, raisins, grape tomatoes, apples.

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

Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC) minutes: September 23rd, 2019

Thank you to the many parent members who joined us for the first meeting of the year on Monday September 23rd. Please click on the link below to view the minutes of our meeting. You should also check the School Council link on the St. Agnes school website for other important information pertaining to CSAC. All meeting minutes will be posted under this link.

September 23 minutes

Our next meeting is Monday October 28th, 2019 in the Learning Commons from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers welcome at St. Agnes!

We are always in need of volunteers at St. Agnes to help out with a wide variety of activities and programs. Please click on the link below to see a variety of ways you can provide your support to the St. Agnes school community. Your child will be bringing home a hard copy of this volunteer recruiting form. Please consider filling out the form and returning it to your child’s teacher. Many hands make light work, and we genuinely appreciate any support you can provide over the course of the school year.

Volunteer recruitment form

Fitness Frenzy is coming!

We are thrilled to announce that our Fitness Frenzy is just around the corner! Mark this date on your calendar: Friday November 8th, 2019. More information to follow!

Halloween is around the corner

All students are invited to dress up in costumes for Halloween on Thursday October 31st at school.  While we want students to have fun, please use the following guidelines when choosing an appropriate costume for school. If your child is not comfortable wearing a costume they are welcome to wear black and orange for the day to join in the festive nature of Halloween.

If possible, send your child to school in a spare/used/older costume in the event it becomes damaged. You may also send a change of clothes for your child for the afternoon as many children are not comfortable being in a costume all day long.

Your child will be attending class, participating in physical education, going outside for recess breaks, and eating their snacks / lunch in their costume – they need to be able to move comfortably.

  • All costumes should be school aged appropriate.
  • Do not send any props (e.g. pitch forks, brooms, shovels, wands, etc.)
  • Absolutely no face masks.
  • Absolutely no fake blood, fake wounds, or scary/ gory costumes will be allowed.
  • Please do not send make-up / costumes that teachers need to assemble or apply.

If costumes are not appropriate, the student will be asked to change or sent home.

Halloween Treats

The spirit of giving and celebrating friendships is definitely a tradition we encourage and welcome in our school community. However, we would like to remind families that it is not necessary or encouraged to share treats with students as part of Halloween.

Safe Schools legislation requires us to ensure the safety of all students including those with severe food allergies. Home baked goods and store bought baked goods present a significant risk to our staff and students who are anaphylactic. For this reason, we will not accept any offerings to classrooms that pose a risk to any staff member or student in the school. Treats must be store bought, individually packaged, and clearly marked NUT FREE if they come into the school. We cannot accept treats that do not meet these criteria. All treats that are sent to school will be sent home in ziploc bags for parents to distribute to their children. This practice is very similar to checking your child’s Halloween candy prior to it being consumed.

Your understanding and cooperation is genuinely appreciated.

ALL WCDSB school OPEN on Monday October 7th, 2019

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools are OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019

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.

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