Monthly Archives: September 2019

Parish update……

Hello Families,

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 nonCatholic 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.

Thank you,

St. Ambrose Parish

 

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

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.

Thank you,

WCDSB

Terry Fox Run / Walk……

Hello Families,

Our school’s Terry Fox Run/Walk event is this Friday

We hope that every student can donate a Toonie to support cancer research

Please bring your Toonie or donation in this Friday.

Gathering as a school community to participate is always one of the best events of the year.

Thank you for your support

 

Orange Shirt Day……

Hello Families,

Orange shirt day is an annual event to remember the impact of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

On Monday September 30th, we encourage all staff and students to wear an orange shirt to remember that all children are important and loved.  Every child matters.  By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to stand up against other injustices that may impact all children and students.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

Catholic School Advisory Council…..

Hello Families,

The Catholic School Advisory Council (Formerly Catholic School Parent Council) will be meeting on Tuesday, October 1, @ 6:00 in the school library.

At this time we will determine this years Executive Council. The positions include:

Chair, Co-Chair (Optional), Secretary, Treasurer

If you would like your name to stand for one of these positions, or if you would like to nominate another person, please complete the attached form and hand it in to the main office by Monday, September 30th.

School Advisory Council Nomination Form

If more than one person is interested in a role, a vote will be conducted with attending members.

Our Advisory Council is vital to the growth and well-being of our school. We thank all current members for the hard work, dedication, and support of our students.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

 

Terry Fox Run/Walk……

Hello Families,

Our school’s Terry Fox Run/Walk event is this Friday

We hope that every student can donate a Toonie to support cancer research

Please bring your Toonie or donation in this Friday.

Gathering as a school community to participate is always one of the best events of the year.

Thank you for your support

 

Picture day is coming……

Hello Families,

Wednesday, October 2nd is picture day for individual and class photos.

We can’t wait to see all the big, bright smiles.

Don’t forget to fill out the form indicating the package you would like to purchase.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

 

Agenda Delay…..

Hello Families,

Please note that the distributor for our school agenda’s is backlogged and delivery has once again been delayed. This is an issue for most schools across the region. The school board is working with the company in an effort to correct the issue.

Most classes are using D2L or Google classroom to keep you updated.

The front pages typically in the agenda with important school information about our school can be found on our web page by clicking “About Us”, “Our School”.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

 

P.A. Day Reminder……

Hello Families,

Tomorrow, Friday September 20th, is a P.A. Day and the school is closed.

Thank you,

j.