Monthly Archives: February 2020

Reminder: All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

February 28, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 2020. 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 March 5.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

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.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

As before, we 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.

Schools Open – All Buses and Taxis Cancelled February 28, 2020

Hi Thunderbirds,

Please see information below, also posted on our board website:

Due to current and expected weather conditions, all school buses and taxis are cancelled today. All schools (including St. Louis) and board administrative facilities are OPEN.

Hi Thunderbird Families:

Tomorrow is Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday. Mrs. McConnell and the Grade 7 and 8’s are making pancakes for our school community. If you have a child with specific food allergies or that has gluten sensitivities please feel free to send in an alternative for your child to eat that morning. In addition, as we are an eco-school and environmentally friendly, we are asking for families to send in a non-breakable plate and utensils for their child. You can send these in a Ziploc bag or baggie of some sort that will be sent back home that day.

Thanks for helping us with this part of the Shrove Tuesday celebration.

Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday

Hi Thunderbird Families:

On February 25th our St. Daniel school community will be enjoying Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday. We have a long standing tradition in our Thunderbird community of enjoying pancakes together. Mrs. McConnell and the Grade 7 and 8’s are making pancakes for our school community. If you have a child with specific allergies and are not able to have pancakes, please feel free to send in an alternative for your child to eat that morning. In addition, as we are an eco-school and environmentally friendly, we are asking for families to send in a non-breakable plate and utensils for their child. You can send these in a Ziploc bag or baggie of some sort that will be sent back home that day.

Thanks for helping us with this part of the Shrove Tuesday celebration. During Lent we will continue our work as faith filled people focusing on sharing our gifts with others and being of service. Thanks again for your support with the utensils and plates for Shrove Tuesday. 

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday Feb 21st and Monday, Feb 24th

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

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.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Important Reminder: Dance-a-thon tomorrow!

Thunderbird Families:

A reminder that our Dance-a-thon is TOMORROW (Thursday, February 20th).

Please be sure to return any tracking forms (all pledges submitted through School Cash Online). You may also support the fundraiser by allowing your child to purchase some “fun” items on the day of the Dance-A-Thon. These include LED glow in the dark items- finger lights, glow foam sticks and LED bracelets ranging from $1.00-$3.00. All items are non-returnable.

Thanks for your support!

Pizza Update

Hello Thunderbird Families:

Just so you know, due to the upcoming strike day on Friday February 21st our regularly scheduled pizza day for Friday will take place on Thursday February 20th. If you have ordered pizza for your student they will get their pizza on Thursday. Thanks.

Dance-a-Thon: Thursday February 20th

Thunderbird Families:

Please note that our Dance-a-Thon date has changed to Thursday, February 20th, 2020.

As a school community, we are dependent on your help, support and commitment to achieve our goals. We have chosen to host this Dance-a-thon because it is inclusive and allows everyone to participate while getting the students active in a fun and healthy way. Pledges will be placed through www.SchoolCashOnline.com.  Cash will not be accepted for pledges. You would have received a parent information package, attached to it is a pledge form for you to track your pledges. Tracking forms are to be returned to your child’s classroom teacher and all pledges must be submitted on cash online by midnight on Tuesday February 18, 2020 to www.SchoolCashOnline.com.

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

  • Every student will receive a white draw ticket to enter to win an amazing Raffle Basket.
  • For every $10 raised, your child will receive a blue raffle ticket to place in the raffle basket.
  • School Advisory Council will provide the following incentives:

Top Fundraiser will receive a $50.00 gift certificate- see choices below.

Second and third place Fundraisers will receive a $25.00 gift certificate- see choices below.

Top Class Fundraisers for each division will receive a special surprise treat!

********* Top Sellers’ Gift Card Choices *********

iTunes, Chicopee Ski Club, Fairview Park Mall, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Conestoga Mall, Sport Chek, Chapters, Movie Theatre, Grand River Rocks, FunworX, Sky Zone   

Additional raffle basket tickets may be purchased through www.SchoolCashOnline.com  Tickets are $1.00 each and will be sold in sets of five. You may also support the fundraiser by allowing your child to purchase some “fun” items on the day of the Dance-A-Thon. These include LED glow in the dark items- finger lights, glow foam sticks and LED bracelets ranging from $1.00-$3.00. All items are non-returnable.

Thank you for your support! 

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