Monthly Archives: March 2020

Together we pray……

Our world has been disrupted by the Covid-19 virus, and we are truly concerned for those who are being affected in so many ways. It’s times like this that we need each other most. Let’s lookout for one another and get through this together.

Today we pray for “HOPE” in all the world……

Lord, help me to hear you saying, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. 

Lord, your word says, you are the hope for hopeless so I’m running to you with both hands stretched out and grabbing on to you. Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20).

God, you know those things in my heart that I barely dare to hope for, today I give them to you, I trust them to you.

God, you are my hope and I trust you.

In these challenging times, it is as vital as ever to treat each other with kindness and respect.

We will get through this by coming together in the spirit of hope, and choosing to be nice to one and all.

Amen.

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COVID 19 Closures and Cancellations……

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s order for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to remain closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/title.html), the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is taking the following actions to further assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all WCDSB schools (including all St. Louis Adult Education campuses) are closed.
  • Effective March 16 all Extended Day programs are cancelled. Families registered in WCDSB operated programs will not be charged fees during this time period.
  • Effective March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 all Community Use of Schools permits are cancelled.
  • WCDSB Co-op placements, Dual Credit and SWAC programs are cancelled.
  • The March 23, 2020 public meeting of the Board of Trustees is cancelled. Any delegations pertaining to the St. John CES Boundary Review will be received as planned on Monday, April 6 at the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting, and again at a Special Public Board Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The March 26, 2020 Blessing & Dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre is postponed to a later date to be determined.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we will continue working with local Public Health staff to ensure our schools remain clean, safe and welcoming in anticipation of the resumption of school in April. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette and to follow all Public Health guidance and directives.

We ask all WCDSB stakeholders to continue monitoring our special COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information (https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/)  — and our prayers continue for all those around the world who have been or will be affected by COVID-19.

ECO Team Announcement……

Our schools Eco Team is announcing WASTE-LESS lunches every Wednesday

Food preparation will always involve some waste, but with reusable containers and planning, we can waste-less when packing lunches each day.

Tips for Waste-Less Lunches
·          Involve children in the waste-less lunch goal
·          Plan lunches with kids
·         Have lunch containers that are reusable & pack food and drinks in reusable containers
·         Use reusable cutlery
·         Buy bulk instead of single servings. Buy a large yogurt and put smaller portion in reusable container.
·          Make lunch fun and creative. Try making a Bento Box or a Snack-able lunch
·         Cut up fruit and veggies into small bite size pieces
·         Avoid the morning rush pack lunches the night before and keep in refrigerator
·         Give children responsibility. Children can learn food preparation by helping to make lunches and help clean reusable containers.

This week and all Wednesdays onward – let’s make less waste at lunch.

 Think Green ~ Be Keen

YOUR EAGER ECO TEAM

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REMINDER – All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. 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 March 5.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

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.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

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.

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