Monthly Archives: October 2019

Mike’s MONSTER MASH is underway!!

The envelopes have went out and the students are excited to earn some school wide rewards!  Please consider pledging our students for our upcoming Dance-A-Thon to be held on Halloween!!  Take a look at the link below to see the great prizes that students can win!  This is our major fundraiser and we hope that you will join in on the fun and fund raise for St. Mike’s!!

school council monster mash flyer

ANGEL UPDATE OCT 15-18

Wishing all of our Angel families a blessed Thanksgiving!  This time of year puts us all in the mindset of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, and expressing appreciation for each other.  It allows us to view our world through a lens of gratitude. As families in Canada gather around dinner tables to celebrate this holiday, we will be giving thanks for our family, friends, good health and the wonderful St. Michael community.  May you and your loved ones enjoy all of the warm blessings that this holiday has to offer.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Thank you for your amazing generous spirit in supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive. We are a blessed community with so much to give – and our Angel’s did not let us down!  All of the food that was brought in during this campaign will go to the less fortunate in our community.  Our school goal was to bring in 600 items but we surpassed this goal reaching a total of 720 items!  Way to go everyone and a special thank you goes out to the Make a Change Committee for their work in supporting this great cause!

KISS AND DROP JK/SK PARKING AREA

Just a reminder that you must have a parking pass to enter into the Kiss and Drop Parking that is designated for our JK/SK families.  In addition, when using this service you must pull up to the parking area and place the car in park.  There are parent and student volunteers that are there to help your child arrive safely in the Kindergarten outside play area.  All staff and volunteers will be wearing vests that will identify that they are there to help.   Parking is not allowed in the front of the school.  If you would like to park your car and walk your child to the JK/SK area, then please ensure that you park on Winterhalt Drive at the back of the school or on the street parking.  The front of the school is for bus traffic and Kiss and Drop only.  Thanks for your help and understanding as we all work towards a safer school experience for all.

HALLOWEEN DANCE A THON!                                 

Our major fundraiser is just around the corner and we need your support.  We are holding our Dance a Thon on Halloween.  Pledge forms have already gone home and we are excited at the opportunity to raise funds for the many school initiatives such as as new technology, pride of place initiatives and experiential opportunities for our students!  We hope to raise over 8000 as a school community!  Please consider pledging your child/ren for this great cause!

 

Monday October 14th – Thanksgiving Day (no school)

Tuesday, October 15 – Catholic School Advisory Council Mtg 6pm

Wednesday October 16 – Intermediate Homework Club

Thursday October 17 – Intermediate Homework Club

Friday October 18 – Laurier Football Field Trip

Wednesday October 23 – JK/SK Steckle Farm Trip

Friday October 25 – PD Day

 

FOOD DRIVE THIS WEEK!

Starting Monday October 7th the St. Michael’s Make a Change Team will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for our local St. Vincent du Paul Society.
The Make a Change Team (formerly our Social Justice Team) will be collecting food items for one week. Last day to send in food items is Friday October 11th.
Our goal this year is to collect 600 items. With over 300 students in our school, that means if each student brings in 2 items, we will be well over our goal.

All items are welcome, especially the following:

  • Canned tuna, salmon, sardines,
  • Canned meat (ham, turkey, chicken and luncheon meat)
  • Pasta (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti and sidekicks)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Minute rice
  • Tins of beans
  • Jam, honey and peanut butter
  • Pancake mix & pancake syrup
  • Apple & tomato juice
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Hamburger helper
  • Baby food
  • Cereal-especially Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes
  • Shampoo, hand soap & toothpaste.

Thank you – St. Michael’s Make a Change Team

 

GREAT NEWS! SCHOOLS OPEN MONDAY!

Great News! Schools open Monday

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools are OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustees’ Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019 – and all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.

MONDAY – STRIKE UPDATE

Dear Families:

Please be advised that tomorrow morning we may see our schools closed due to the CUPE Strike.  Earlier this week, a message was sent to all of our families alerting you to the potential of a strike. At the time I am writing this sentence, negotiations between CUPE and the province are still currently going on. The board is treating the developments in this situation much like we would alerting families about inclement weather. In the hopes that a deal can be reached in the middle of the night, the board will not close schools until it is absolutely necessary to do so. The deadline to provide adequate notice to our transportation partners is 6AM. If we learn any developments sooner, I will share with you as soon as I am able to. I will also check the board website tomorrow morning and send out another Newswire updating our families where we stand at that point.

Our hope is that a resolve will take place between both sides to best serve our students.

Thank you.

 

Important Message re: Planned CUPE STRIKE

Important Message re: Planned CUPE Strike

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.

Sincerely yours,

Loretta Notten — Director of Education

 

FOOD DRIVE STARTS NEXT WEEK!

St. Michael’s Annual Fall Food Drive
Starting Monday October 7th the St. Michael’s Make a Change Team will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for our local St. Vincent du Paul Society.
The Make a Change Team (formerly our Social Justice Team) will be collecting food items for one week. Last day to send in food items is Friday October 11th.
Our goal this year is to collect 600 items. With over 300 students in our school, that means if each student brings in 2 items, we will be well over our goal.

All items are welcome, especially the following:

  • Canned tuna, salmon, sardines,
  • Canned meat (ham, turkey, chicken and luncheon meat)
  • Pasta (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti and sidekicks)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Minute rice
  • Tins of beans
  • Jam, honey and peanut butter
  • Pancake mix & pancake syrup
  • Apple & tomato juice
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Hamburger helper
  • Baby food
  • Cereal-especially Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes
  • Shampoo, hand soap & toothpaste.

Thank you – St. Michael’s Make a Change Team

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

We appreciate our volunteers at St. Michael School!  We are still needing some support in the following areas!  Please see what you can do to support the school community – every little bit helps!

Strong Start Reading Volunteer Training

Would you like to become a Volunteer Reading Coach? If you have 30 minutes or more each week for 10 weeks, and would enjoy working one to one with a young child, playing games and activities to boost literacy skills, we want to hear from you! Visit www.strongstart.ca or contact your child’s school for further information. Register here to become a trained Volunteer Reading Coach Volunteer Training Schedule.

Kiss and Drop Volunteers!

If you have 15 minutes in the morning from 8:45-9:00 we would love some help with our Kiss and Drop Program.  You will assist parents who have JK/SK students in dropping their children off in the Kindergarten play area before school starts.  Please just call the office if you can help – even for just one morning per week!