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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:


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.


By |2019-09-27T13:23:09-04:00September 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

School Advisory Council Meeting:

Parents are welcome to attend our second meeting on Tuesday October 1st at 6pm int he school Learning Commons (library).

Pizza Lunch:

Our pizza lunch Thursdays begin this week!  If you did not order online for the month of October , you can order for November in a few weeks.  You will receive a notification from Schoolcash Online when you can order.  If you need more information or assistance, call Mrs. Neves at the office 519-579-1230


Our agenda company failed to deliver our full school order this year (Ontario-wide).  Your child’s teacher will use some other form of communication until this is resolved.  Some students did receive their agendas,  others are still waiting.  Apologies on behalf of the agenda company.


Upcoming Dates:

Monday:  ORANGE SHIRT DAY! Everyone to wear an orange shirt to remember and support the Residential School Experience

Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white!

School Advisory Council Meeting 6pm in the Learning Commons (Library).  All welcome!

Wednesday:  Grade 6 & 4 classrooms at Shades Mills


Parent Tip!

Questions to ask your child after school instead of “How was your day?”



By |2019-09-27T08:40:27-04:00September 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

IMPORTANT: School Forms

Good afternoon Hawks!

We have a number of unreturned school forms that we are still collecting.  The most pressing form is the Walking Form that gives students permission to walk to church and in the neighbourhood (McLennan Park, Sheridan Nurseries, McLellan Hill etc.)

We have our Terry Fox run/walk this Thursday morning and those students who are not permitted to walk to McLennan Park will have to stay behind and walk around the school.

We also have mass on Thursday afternoon.  Students without a walking form will stay back and watch a mass in the library on the brightlinks screen.

For your convenience Mrs. Neves will send out extra paper copies home in the next 2 days in case your copy got lost in the craziness of “back to school!”

Thank you for your help in returning these forms by Thursday September 26th!

By |2019-09-24T15:10:21-04:00September 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on IMPORTANT: School Forms

Called to Belong Twilight Retreat Cancelled

… Sent on behalf of the Faith Formation Council


Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates below will be cancelled until further notice:

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)


Thank you for your understanding.

By |2019-09-24T15:03:48-04:00September 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Called to Belong Twilight Retreat Cancelled

Rowan’s Day – Wednesday September 25th

Rowan’s Day – Concussion Awareness – Wednesday, September 25, 2019


In 2013 Rowan Stringer, a 17 year old high school student from Ottawa, 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


Age appropriate resources will be provided for teachers to take 20-25 minutes of their day in the classroom to share and discuss some key messages on how we can all help to recognize and prevent concussions in the future.


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By |2019-09-24T09:09:51-04:00September 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Rowan’s Day – Wednesday September 25th

Fall Craft & Market Show

Hello Hawks!

I need your help in boosting our advertising for our Craft & Market Show!  I am humbly asking for your help, as I am not as social media savvy as some of you😊

There are so many reasons why I am trying to draw in as many customers as possible:

  • I have 45+ vendors who have donated table fees to attend our event, and I would like to do my best to bring in the customers to make their day successful as well
  • We will be holding a raffle of the prizes donated by vendors & donations received will go directly to our gardening and outdoor play equipment

So please, please INVITE friends on your social media, family, friends,  neighbours and any businesses that will allow you!

Fall Craft & Market 2019 August 2019


By |2019-09-23T09:12:20-04:00September 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Fall Craft & Market Show

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

School News:

Opening Mass:

Our opening mass of the year will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament on September 26th at 1:15pm. Please join us if you can.


Pizza Days!

Please know that pizza days will be ordered ONLINE only this year.  This manner of ordering will eliminate paper waste and streamline our weekly pizza ordering process at the office.  Pizza begins on October 3rd.

Please call Mrs. Neves in the office if you need support with setting up SchoolCash Online


Fall Craft & Market Show:

Please mark your calendars and come to the school’s Craft & Market Show on Oct. 26th from 9:00am-3:00pm at St. Mary’s School.  I am looking for donations of chili crockpots and coffee boxes to be donated.  Please call Mrs. Hunter if you can help make this event a success!


Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white!

Wednesday: MADD Presentation for Grade 7 and 8 students

Thursday: Toonies for Terry!  Terry Fox Run/Walk

School Mass at 1:15pm at Blessed Sacrament

Friday: Ukulele Presentation for Students (gr. 1-8)


School Focus:  Numeracy

Parent Guide:  Fundamental math skills from Grades 1 to 8

Most students learn math facts gradually over a number of years as they build their knowledge and confidence in their own ability to do math.

The link below provides examples of some fundamental math concepts and skills that students are expected to learn in elementary school by the end of primary grades (1-3), junior grades (4-6), and intermediate grades (7-8).

This guide is designed especially for Parents!

Parent Guide Math Fundamentals

By |2019-09-20T10:29:20-04:00September 20th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

WE Day Trip – Bus Delay

Hi Hawks!

Mrs. Neves and Mrs. Gaiger had a wonderful time with our Social Justice Team in Toronto today at WE Day!

Please know that Mrs. Neves called to let us know the BUS has been DELAYED for pick up in Toronto.  Therefore there will be a delay in the pick up time at The Aud.  Mrs. Neves confirmed that parents may reach out to her via email for time updates at:





By |2019-09-19T15:09:24-04:00September 19th, 2019|News|Comments Off on WE Day Trip – Bus Delay
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