Monthly Archives: February 2020

Confession and Lenten Activities at Blessed Sacrament Church

Dear Families

Today we offered confessions to our students. To those who missed it due to bus cancellations and weather, Blessed Sacrament Church is offering confessions the following times:

1. Each Saturday through the year from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon there is Confession in the church.

2. There will be a Lenten Penance Service on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. There are as many as 6 Priests at this event.

1st reconciliations are coming up for grade 2’s as well in the next few weeks.

 

Also, next Thursday the church is having a wonderful local artist,

John B. Miller and Friends for Stations of the Cross and Musical Reflection here at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Thursday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come.

 

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Ash Wednesday and Pink Shirt Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow starts the solemn season of Lent.

Pink Shirt Day also falls on Ash Wednesday this year and we have discovered the link between the two.

Therefore, in addition to Pink Shirt Day and Ash Wednesday, tomorrow will also be Random Acts of Kindness Day at Blessed Sacrament School.

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Shrove Tuesday on Bear Wear Day!

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday and Bear Wear Day!

A friendly reminder to pack a plate and cutlery in a plastic bag for tomorrow (the plastic bag will stop the other items in their lunch/backpack from getting sticky)

Students will all receive a pancake as a snack in the morning.

Thank you to our School Council for providing the pancakes!

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All Schools Open Monday February 24, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has cancelled rotating strikes scheduled for next week. As a result, all WCDSB schools and St. Louis campuses will be open and running on their regular schedules on Monday, February 24, 2020.

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Peek at Next Week!

OECTA JOB ACTION

A reminder that tomorrow Friday February 21 and Monday February 24 the school is closed due to OECTA Job Action. As always, please stay tuned to newswire for more information as it develops.

TUEflipping-pancakes-clipartSDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2020

Our Catholic School Advisory Council is once again providing the students with pancakes for a morning snack.  As last year, please send in a plate and cutlery in a plastic bag to support our Eco Initiatives.

Tuesday is still Pizza Day.

 

pinkshirt-web_0WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday – we will have a prayer service in the gym in the morning and students will receive their ashes at this time.

Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday is also Pink Shirt #choosekind! Students can wear a pink shirt this day.

 

Image result for jersey day at schoolFRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Student Council is promoting today as Jersey Day!  Please wear your favourite team jersey to school!

Confessions will also take place in the afternoon for students in Grades 3 – 8.

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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.

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Scholastic Book Fair February 10 – 13

Our annual book fair will be held on February 10 – 13, 2020!

We are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Thursday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Come visit us in our Library!

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Winter Walk & Spirit Wear Day Tomorrow – Wednesday February 5, 2020

Attention Bear Families!

The Eco Team and the Healthy Bears Team are working together to promote a Winter Walk Day on Wednesday February 5th. It’s for all Bears, cubs (students), and mamma/poppa bears (parents). Bus students can walk to their bus stop, students who have to get drives can get dropped off a block or two away and walk part way to school and walkers – well you can do what you do everyday….walk!

We will also be taking a short walk during the school day. Students are encouraged to wear their Bear Wear tomorrow also!

A few lucky WCDSB schools who participate will win a bike rack or scooter rack from the Board.

Come on Bears, let’s walk together!

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We are looking for Strong Start Volunteers – Are you interested?

 

 

Strong Start Program is looking for Volunteers to help administer their program. Strong Start will be holding a workshop to become one of their volunteers at our school on February 11th at February 18th.  If you are interested please read below and register. This program has assisted many of students in our school community.

What Do Volunteers Do?

The Letters, Sounds and Words program is a fun and engaging way for community members to be involved in helping young children learn to read. The program was designed specifically to engage volunteers with little to no previous experience working with children. The required training, prescriptive program manuals, and enjoyable activities make it easy for anyone volunteer.

Volunteer’s work one-on-one with a child aged 5-7 in a local school, playing carefully designed games and activities that boost literacy skills. The games are organized in 4 strands: Letters, Sounds, Words, and Building Words, and children are enrolled in 2-3 strands at a time. It is often the case that a child will see multiple volunteers each week, depending on their volunteer’s availability. Examples of games include: board games, books, matching games, movement games, and even versions of games that are similar to other popular games like bingo and twister. Not only do volunteers help young children learn to read, they help build their confidence and self-esteem.

To learn about the impact of our Letters, Sounds and Words program, visit the Program Results page.

Is This Opportunity Right for Me?

Volunteering with the Letters, Sounds and Words program is a wonderful opportunity to receive on-the-job training, enhance your resume, make new contacts and apply for a letter of reference. After completing one round of the program, volunteers also receive a certificate of achievement recognizing their gift of time. Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and ages have been successful and enjoyed participating in this program.

Before volunteering, please consider:

  • the minimum time commitment for a volunteer is 30 minutes, once a week, for a 10-week period. This is working with one child in one strand.
  • volunteers must be able to volunteer during the regular school day.
  • volunteers must meet the school’s screening processes.
  • volunteers must complete two, 2-hour training sessions prior to volunteering in a school.

If this position is not a fit, please consider one of our other Volunteer Opportunities.

Get Involved.

It’s easy to get involved as a Letters, Sounds and Words Volunteer Coach.

Step 1: Determine which school, neighbourhood, or city you wish to volunteer in.

If you wish to volunteer in a specific school, contact the Site Co-ordinator at the school by phone. When communicating with the Site Co-ordinator, please discuss:

  • the school’s recruitment and screening process (e.g. Police Record Check).
  • when the next program is starting.
  • your availability to volunteer, including days of the week and times.

If you don’t have a specific school in mind, let us match you with one! You will be asked questions during your registration for training that will help us connect you with a school that needs you.

Step 2: Register for a Part 1 and Part 2 training session. Each training session is 2-hours in length. Training is offered days and evenings, during the fall and spring of each year. Please visit the Volunteer Coach Training Schedules page for more information.

Step 3: After completing the required training, connect with the Site Co-ordinator at the school you’ve selected or have been connected with. The Site Co-ordinator will create a volunteer schedule that works for both you and child.

Step 4: We would love to hear from you! After your coaching series is completed, fill out our Volunteer Feedback Survey to share your experience with us.

Thank you so much for choosing to make a difference in the life of a child. 

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IMPORTANT! Updated Closure Information Concerning Strike Action on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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.

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