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Strong Start Volunteers are Needed

Volunteers are needed to coach children in a 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 one hour a week for a ten week period. Training sessions for coaches are running throughout September and October. You can learn more about Strong Start at or contact Julie Silva if you have any questions.

Update: 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.

We are being told that our schools should arrive in 4 weeks.

We apologise for the inconvenience and also thank our school council who covers the full cost.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

Procedures for Monday – Possible CUPE Strike……

Hello Families,

It is our hope that CUPE and the government will be able to reach an agreement that is equitable for all involved.

In the event that a strike happens and schools are closed Monday – information will be shared in the same way as when schools are closed for inclement weather. Please monitor the WCDSB web site, and local news outlets.

It is our hope that a resolution is reached, but we suggest planning for alternativer child care during the job action.

Let us pray together as St. Anne has taught us…………

Good St. Anne,

you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior.

By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son,

kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek.

Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins,

the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties

and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary.


Lunchbox Orders during Possible CUPE Strike…….

Message from LUNCHBOX……

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With anticipation of a possible school closure starting Monday, Oct 7, Lunchbox Orders will be managing scheduled lunch deliveries on a day by day basis.

If a strike is in effect, Lunchbox Orders will be cancelling orders the day before the scheduled delivery.  A notification will be sent to you by email by 7pm the evening before the delivery day.

If a delivery is cancelled, a credit will be placed on your Lunchbox Orders account for the cancelled order.  Credits will be applied to your next transaction at the time of check out.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team at 1.877.426.6860 or by email at

Thank you.

CUPE Job Action Update……

Hello Families,

Please see the attached message from the Director of Education, or you can review the information below.

Parent Letter CUPE Job Action Oct 2 2019

October 02, 2019

Dear Parent or Guardian,

On Wednesday September 25th, 2019, we received word that CUPE would be initiating a “work to rule” campaign in all of our schools and work places on Monday September 30th, 2019.  We are writing today to provide an update on the CUPE strike action which is currently taking place in our schools.

At WCDSB CUPE represents the following working groups:  Administrative Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, Personal Support Works, Child and Youth Workers, Lunch Hour Supervisors, Library Technicians, Communicative Disorder Assistants, Payroll and Accounting Associates and Computer Technicians.  In each case CUPE had informed us of “struck work”, which are duties that might otherwise be performed by these individuals, which is no longer occurring.

In all cases, our school safety and a Christ-centred learning environment remains of paramount importance to us, and our administrators are working diligently to ensure that we are compensating as best we can for the duties not being performed.  Having said that, it is important for all to acknowledge that it is not “business as usual” across the board, and in some cases compromises have been required, until we are through the job action.

This morning we received notice that a full CUPE strike may commence on Monday October 7th, if an agreement is not reached this weekend.  If the strike proceeds, this will mean CUPE members will not report to work.  As CUPE represents 1100 of our school based staff, we would not be able to safely operate our schools.  Therefore, IF the strike proceeds, we will be proceeding to closing our schools commencing Monday October 7th, 2019.

The declaration of and continuation of the strike is a result of central (provincial-level) negotiations and decisions that will be made at that level.  At WCDSB we do not currently control the decisions regarding the strike or its remedy.  Since there is a possibility that schools may be closed for an indefinite period of time, we recommend that you immediately begin making alternate plans for the care of your children, in the event that the strike proceeds.

We hope you find this update helpful.  Please note that updates are regularly being posted to our website and there is a Frequently Asked Questions section there as well, which may prove helpful.  In the meanwhile, we offer our prayers that CUPE and the government are able to reach a fast, fair and respectful collective agreement.

Sincerely yours,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Reminder – Picture day is tomorrow……

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

Thanksgiving food drive……

Hello Families,

Please support our food drive is you are able. All food will be donated to local families through St. Ambrose Parish and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Your support makes a difference with people right in our community.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff