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Week of October 14, 2019

We hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend and were able to spend time with families and friends!   We do have much to be grateful for!

Congratulations to our Grade 4 students!  On October 10th, our Grade 4 students received the Good News.  Thank you to our families, teachers and Father Ross for their support on their special day!

 

 

Fundraiser!!  Many thanks to our Catholic Parents Advisory Council who have kicked off our fundraiser for the school year.  Each year, we rely on our school fundraiser and because of your support, we were able to purchase new athletic jerseys, paint a new gym mural, support Grade 8 Graduation, Shrove Tuesday, pay for busses to attend mass at St. Patrick’s Church, and replenish classroom equipment for student use. This year, we will be selling Domino’s Pizza coupons and pepperoni, beef jerky, and summer sausage from Carmichael Meats.  Pizza coupons must be sold by October 17th for delivery of October 18th and meat products are due October 25th.  All orders are on school cashonline to make it easier for you! This year we would like to focus on purchasing some new technology for our Library Learning Commons!   Every little bit helps and we thank you for making Christ the King even better!

 

Rosary Liturgy:  October is the month of the Rosary in honour of our Blessed Virgin Mary.   Please join us at Christ the King at 10:30 this Wednesday for our Rosary Celebration.  Father Ross will be leading us and all parents are invited to join us!

 

 

Picture Day is this Friday!  Don’t forget to bring your smiles to school on Friday, October 18th.  All students will be photographed!

 

 

 

By |2019-10-14T20:19:06-04:00October 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of October 14, 2019

All Schools are OPEN 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.

By |2019-10-06T21:18:25-04:00October 6th, 2019|News|Comments Off on All Schools are OPEN Monday October 7, 2019

Possible CUPE Full Strike Monday, October 7

This morning, I read an announcement over the PA system that informed our students about the potential job action.  Here is what was communicated to your child:

Some of you may have already heard from your families or friends or from the news that there is a possibility of a strike affecting our school, beginning on Monday morning.  If there is a strike, it means that some of our school staff will not be coming to work.   We hope and pray that this will not happen – but if it does, it means our school will have to close until the strike is over, and you will not be able to come to school.  We are doing our best to make sure your families have as much information about this situation as possible. They can keep up to date by visiting the school board’s website.  If our school does have to close on Monday, we hope it will only be closed for a short time and we can all be back together in our classrooms soon.”

In the event of a CUPE strike on Monday, October 7th parents are asked to check their normal media outlets as they would in the event of an inclement weather school closure.  Updates are also available on our Board website https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sica

 

By |2019-10-04T15:16:23-04:00October 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Possible CUPE Full Strike Monday, October 7

Cancelled: October 9th Called To Belong Twilight Retreat

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

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)
Thank you for your understanding.

System Faith Formation Team
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Potential Full CUPE Strike- Monday, October 7, 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 workplaces 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.  Sincere 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

By |2019-10-02T14:36:51-04:00October 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Potential Full CUPE Strike- Monday, October 7, 2019

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving for All

Timothy 6:18 “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

This Thanksgiving, Christ the King will be working with St. Vincent de Paul to collect donations for our Thanksgiving Food Drive. A number of families struggle to provide a Thanksgiving meal let alone meals each and every day. Using the compassion God has given us, CTK is asking for your help to donate any non-perishable food items that you and your family can spare. Our school goal is one item per person, and anything helps.

The class that collects the most non-perishable food items will win an afternoon of movie and popcorn with their class!

Non-perishable/canned food items can be brought to school from Sept 30th – Oct 10th.  Certain items that are in particular need include:  canned veggies/meat/tuna, pancake mix, granola bars, snack food, pasta, and sauce.

Thank you for your support! 

By |2019-09-29T19:55:53-04:00September 29th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Thanksgiving Food Drive

Week of September 30, 2019

Thank you to all of our families who have generously donated to the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope.  As a school, we were able to surpass our goal and raised $853.00.  Amazing work Bobcats!  Since we met our goal, Mr. Figueiredo will be shaving his head tomorrow morning in front of the school!  Looking forward to seeing what he will look like.

 

Orange Shirt Day is tomorrow!  Remember to wear your Orange Shirt on September 30th in honour of residential school survivors and in memory of those who did not.  The Orange Shirt Day campaign provides all Canadians with an opportunity to participate in a collective act of reconciliation.

 

There is a mandatory Confirmation Meeting at St. Patrick’s church this Tuesday, October 1st at 7pm.  

 

Sports Update: Congratulations to 3 of our teams who participated in their tournaments this week.  The Intermediate Boy’s 3-Pitch and Junior Co-ed Soccer team finished off in third and our Girl’s 3-Pitch finished in first!  Awesome job boys and girls!

 

Lunchbox Orders:  Just a reminder that every Tuesday is our Lunch Box orders.  Please visit www.lunchboxorders.com if you wish to purchase a hot lunch for your child.

The lunch program features the following options:

  • Mondays (Sept-Oct. and Apr. – June only):   Menchies
  • Tuesday: Rotating menu of East Side Marios, Pita Pit, Swiss Chalet and Montana’s, and Remember Me Catering for Milk and Cookies
  • Wednesday:  Booster Juice
  • Thursday: Remember Me Catering for Milk and Cookies
  • Friday:  Mr. Sub

All orders, updates, and cancellations must be submitted by SUNDAY at NOON for the following week.

Medication at School:  If you will require your child to receive ANY form of medication, either over the counter (Tylenol, cough medicine), or prescription, the school is required to have on file, your signed consent. Please contact the office, our board website or your child’s teacher if you require an “Administration of Oral Medication” Form for your child (ren). We are not able to accept a verbal request to administer any form of medication.

By |2019-09-29T15:28:06-04:00September 29th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of September 30, 2019

Walk to School on Friday, September 27th!

This week is an important week in the Climate change movement all over the world. Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist who is raising global awareness of the risks of Climate change.  This Friday, our very own CTK Eco-Warriors team is asking all students to ‘Walk to School’ as a way to do our part to help raise awareness.  They have created a video and have come up with a few tips:

  • Plan to get up early and walk or ride a bike or scooter.  Most students live within walking distance to the school. If you live further away, ask your parent to park further away and walk to school together.  Every little bit counts.
  • What if it is raining?: Plan ahead. Wear appropriate rain gear and don’t forget to splash in those puddles along the way.
  • Take the time to talk to your parents and explain why you think walking instead of driving to school is important.  Start the discussion at home and think of other ways you can help reduce emissions at home.
  • Can my parent still drop me off at school? Yes but the parking lot will be closed tomorrow to symbolize our commitment to walking to school.  Please leave some extra time to park and walk.

Let’s stand together this Friday and be the ‘Stewards of the Earth’, showing that we care and we hope for a better future for all.

WALK TO SCHOOL FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27th!

 

By |2019-09-26T09:42:11-04:00September 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Walk to School on Friday, September 27th!

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardian

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served.

 

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)

Kitchener – Wednesday, October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

 

Called to Belong

  “All are one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28

By |2019-09-26T09:18:04-04:00September 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardian

Week of September 23, 2019

Catholic Schools Advisory Committee:  Our first meeting is this Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 pm in the Library Learning Commons.  Parents, come get involved and make our school even better.  We meet approximately 4 times throughout the year.

Sports Teams:  Good luck to our Intermediate Boys’ and Girls’ 3-Pitch Team and our Junior Co-ed Soccer Team who will be participating in their one-day tournaments.  Intermediates will be playing on Monday, September 23 and our Junior’s will be playing Thursday, September 25 in the afternoon.  We will be cheering you on back at school!  Go BOBCATS go!  Many thanks to our coaches, Mrs. Fischer, Mrs. Van Os, Mrs. MacDowell, Ms. Fernandes, and Mrs. Magliocco and to our parent volunteer drivers for making this day possible!

Rowan’s Law Day:  September 25 marks an important day for concussion awareness and education.  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 of 2018, the Ontario government passed a law known as Rowan’s Law.   Rowan’s Law is about education. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge, we can change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity and injury. Rowan’s Law will make it easier for those who experience concussions to SPEAK UP, get the help they need, and take the time necessary for recovery, with the support of everyone around them.  Christ the King is committed to the health and wellness of our students!

Terry Fox Walk:  This Friday, we will be participating in our annual Terry Fox Walk.  As a school, we are trying to raise $800.00 to help fight cancer.  So far, we are about halfway achieving our goal as we have raised $386.00!!  Please consider donating a toonie or more to our school fundraising page by clicking here.  Help keep  Terry Fox’s dream alive and help beat cancer!  Families are more than welcome to come join us on our walk.  Please be at school by 12:15 pm.

 

Every Child Matters:  On Monday, September 30th, all staff and students are reminded to wear orange to honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.  The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school.  The message that Phyllis wants to pass along on Orange Shirt Day — and every day — is that every child matters!

 

 

By |2019-09-22T18:55:54-04:00September 22nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Week of September 23, 2019