Our supplier ESNS has found a new pizza supplier. However, they cannot begin this week and there will be no pizza day tomorrow.
For those of you signed up for hot lunches, you should have received notification from ESNS. To accommodate this new supplier we are switching pizza day to Tuesdays and the other hot lunch providers will rotate through Thursdays.
Thank you for your patience. If you are interested in being a part of the lunch program, please follow these directions.
To Register log on to : www.esns.ca
- Click on the tab SCHOOLS
- Click on your school from the list
- Click on the tab REGISTER
- Complete all the fields in the registration form
- Click on Children to add your student information – select their classroom from the drop down menu – Add additional children if appropriate
- Click on the tab ORDERS
- Complete one order form for each child then proceed to payment
Full detailed instructions can also be found under the HELP Tab
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 www.wcdsb.ca 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.
Director of Education
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: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/
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.
Our Open House will be on Wednesday October 2, 2109 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
This will be an opportunity for your child to show you their classroom and some of the work they have been doing this past month. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress with some detail with a teacher, please contact them to set up another time and they will be happy to meet with you.
We wish to welcome you to the 2019/20 school year! Staff will be busy this weekend setting up and getting ready for another school year.
Our office is currently in the process of being set up and will be operation on Tuesday! Our regular office hours will commence on Tuesday, being 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please note, the office will be closed during lunch from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
There has been much activity in our building this summer, which we are sure you noticed with the amount of trucks parked in front of the school all summer long.
The school will be ready to receive students on the first day of school. However, the renovations are not fully completed yet. There is still work to be completed; which will happen during evening hours, weekends and the PA Day. The school passed inspection and the children will be safe. As a result, we are waiting to host our annual Open House/Meet the Staff Night. More information and a date will come in the following weeks. One of the items not installed yet are our brand new basketball nets (both inside and outside), therefore we ask students to not bring basketballs to school until further notice as we do not have an area for them to play at the current time. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.
Our day will begin on Tuesday at the regular time. There will be supervision on the yard at 8:15 and the bell will ring at 8:30. All staff will be out on the yard with signs indicting who they are and where the students are to line up. Parents will be allowed on the back yard for this morning only. We kindly ask you hug and kiss your children goodbye and help to build their independence by escorting them to the line; but then allow the staff to take over and bring them into the school.
Parking in the parking lot is for staff only. We do not have enough parking for all of our staff as is. There is ample parking on the road if you need to escort your child to the school yard. We continue to have our drop off are at the back. One car at a time is to follow the circle, the pylons will be your guide. Do not get out of your car to let your children out and do not drop them off on the side of the garbage bin, as this has proven to be dangerous. Please let the children out at the gated area of the school yard. There will be staff available before the bell to support this. The front of the school continues to be a drop off zone for busses only. There is ample parking on the streets around the school. Please help us be a good neighbour and do not block driveways. Please inform any caregivers who may drop off your children of this information.
We will send out a September Newsletter some time next week!
Thank you and we look forward to another great year!
There is much excitement happening at the school and we are getting ready for the first day of school.
Due to some construction delays, the office will not be open to visitors next week and staff are not allowed in the building.
Mrs. Stilwell will be available via email as of Monday August 26th. She will be catching up on emails and respond accordingly. She will be working offsite.
Once the school is open to staff and parents, we will let you know via newswire with further information in regards to the first day of school.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this.