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ANCC Community Conversation……

Alison Neighbourhood to Host Community Conversation

Alison Neighbourhood Community Centre, (ANCC) will host a Community Conversation for people who live and work in the Alison Neighbourhood on Saturday February 22 beginning at 12:00pm. Guests can expect lunch from nearby Azores Bakery, and Samosa Corner and a chance to have an informal conversation about one of four topics: Youth, Older Adults, Community Safety, and New to Canada. Engaging programming for children of all ages, and transportation to and from ANCC will also be available.

Thank you,

Courtney

Strong Start Volunteers Needed…..

Strong Start Volunteers are Needed

Volunteers are needed to coach children in our Strong Start reading program at St. Anne School. Volunteer Coaches will work with Kindergarten and grade one students who need an extra boost in learning letter names, sounds and sight words. Through fun literacy games and activities, coaches teach children in a one-to-one setting. The program schedule is flexible and requires a minimum of half an hour a week for a ten week period. Training sessions for coaches are running throughout February. You can learn more about Strong Start at www.strongstart.ca or contact Julie Silva Julie.Silva@wcdsb.ca if you have any questions.

Dance-a-Thon Fundraiser this Friday…..

Get those pledges in for your chance to win……

A Chromebook……

A new bike from THE HUB bicycle shop……

Or….. your own NINTENDO SWITCH…….

Themed baskets filled with other prizes will also be raffled off

VALENTINE Dance-a-Thon This Friday

Plaid Phoenix 7

Parish Update……

Prayers for the Sick – Wednesday mornings 10:00am – 10:30am in the Church, everyone is welcome to join with other parishioners to pray for those among us who are suffering from illness and who need our prayers for healing and strength.  This is a weekly prayer gathering.  Please use the South Street side door.

Parents in Touch Prayer Group of St. Ambrose Parish, invites you to join them on Tuesday mornings, at 10:00 am for the Rosary, and other prayers, at the side altar of Our Blessed Mother. Come pray for parents, children, family, friends, teachers and one another.

Exercise for Adults/Seniors Tuesday and Thursdays at St. Ambrose Church from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in our Church Hall.  Join us for fellowship as together we exercise to maintain and improve upon our physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. This is offered by a trained volunteer through Community Support Connections.

St. Ambrose Parish Children’s Catechism Program 
• Religious education for Grades 1 – 8
• Sacramental Preparation

• RCIC: Rite of Christian Initiation of Children

This on-going program is offered by the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate offers children’s religious education Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church Hall. The program is open to students in non-Catholic schools, as well as Catholic schools.   The program has already begun but new registrants are welcome.  Please contact Sr.Bernadette at srbernadette@solisisters.ca  to inquire about the program.

 Children’s Liturgy at both 9:00 am  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)

Expanded OECTA Job Action – Week of February 10, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools are open and running on their normal schedules during the week of February 10, 2020.

However, 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, they are expanding their previously announced list of activities no longer being performed by teachers. The new list takes effect on February 11, 2020.

Below you will find the full list.

In practical terms, this means that because schools will not be able to assign teachers any additional supervision or “on-call duties” where they backfill for another teacher, any activity that typically requires a supply teacher or backfill in the local school will be cancelled. This is a necessary step to help maximize the number of supply teachers available to cover classes board wide.

One of the impacts of implementing this contingency plan is that sports events and field trips may need to be cancelled. Some events will proceed as planned if they do not generate the need for a supply teacher.

If there are fees associated with a cancelled field trip or event, they will be reimbursed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times, and we continue to 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.

Walk to School Wednesday……

Winter walk day is almost here……

Join us as kids and families all across the region get active and…. walk to school.

If you are not a bus student – you are a walker!

Dress warm and walking can be fun….

Walking is social……

Walking is healthy……

Walking is eco-friendly – and it gets the brain ready for a great day of learning!

Walking is safe, when we all stick together…..

Join us on the school yard, along with some special guests to walk, even after you arrive at school…..

Park the car. Join family and friends. Walk to school February 5th!

Lunchbox Orders Feb 4….

Hello Families,

All Lunchbox orders planned for Tuesday, February 4th have been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 5th as a result of the labour action and schools being closed.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

Feb 4 Closure – Labour Action Update……

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.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

ADDITIONALLY – As a result of pending strike action announced today by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), all of the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will also be closed on February 4 — except for all PSW (Personal Support Worker) programs that will be running as per the normal schedules and locations.

As before, we remain hopeful the government, OECTA and OSSTF will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Your Help?

Hello Families,

Funds raised through our Bingo nights help to fund so much at our school. As one example, we are able to reduce the cost of most trips by covering the cost of busses with our Bingo fund. But…….we need your help to run Bingos. Our School Council works so hard but needs more volunteers.

If you can help – please contact School Council via (stannecambridgeschoolcouncil@gmail.com)

We hope to hear from you.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff