Monthly Archives: January 2020

Extended Day Update – February 4, 2020

Extended Day Programs

Tuesday February 4, 2020

As a result of a one-day strike scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, classes at WCDSB schools will be cancelled.

Please note:

WCDSB operated Extended Day Programs

WILL continue to operate on Tuesday February 4, 2020

Any student registered for Tuesday February 4 can attend (similar to a PA Day)

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Labour Update – Schools Closed – Feb. 4/2020

One-day Strike Notice

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.

Secondary school credit courses, hairstyling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

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.

By |2020-02-12T13:15:40-05:00January 29th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Labour Update – Schools Closed – Feb. 4/2020

Wear Blue Tomorrow! Bell Let’s Talk Day!

Holy Spirit Flames Join the Conversation!

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 29 and we at Holy Spirit are joining in to help create positive change.

Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. Over the past 9 years, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues. 

In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights in 2019, 84% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012.

However, there is still work to be done to ensure all Canadians have access to the mental health support they need. This year, on Bell Let’s Talk Day Canadians are encouraged to share the actions, large and small, that they are taking to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues.

That’s why we’re joining in on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to help create positive change.  The Student Leadership Team will share daily action announcements and create a bulletin board with information, resources, and strategies to deal with mental health. In addition, teachers will have access to slideshows and lessons that they can use in their class. We are also encouraging all students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday, January 29th to show our support.

When it comes to mental health, every action counts. 

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every text, mobile and long distance call made on the Bell network, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view, or use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will contribute 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.

You can also learn more about some of the organizations providing meaningful mental health supports and services throughout Canada and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home.

Let’s all work together to improve the lives of Canadians living with mental health issues and help create positive change.

THE STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM

By |2020-03-13T11:32:54-04:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Wear Blue Tomorrow! Bell Let’s Talk Day!

Minsitry of Health: Coronavirus Update

January 27, 2020

Dear school community members:

Re: Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

As you will likely know, on January 25, 2020, Ontario identified its first presumptive confirmed case for the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Today, January 27, 2020, Ontario has confirmed that the wife of the first case has tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s public health laboratory.

The health and well-being of Ontarians, including and especially our students and school staff, is Ontario’s top priority. Students, parents and school communities should rest assured that the province is working together in close cooperation with its partners in both the education and health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

These presumptive confirmed cases were not unexpected and the health system’s response has ensured that the risk to the general public from these cases has been minimized. The first patient was promptly identified prior to transport to the local hospital, health care workers wore appropriate personal protective equipment, and the patient was immediately placed in isolation, where they have remained. The second case has been in self-isolation since arriving in Toronto. These presumptive positive cases do not change the overall risk to Ontario, which is still considered low.

While this issue continues to emerge, we anticipate in the coming weeks that there may be additional cases identified in Ontario, other parts of Canada, and other countries who have individuals with travel history to the impacted area or other significant epidemiological links. Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and include a range of illnesses from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They can cause mild, moderate or severe respiratory illness in some people. Symptoms of the 2019-nCoV include fever, cough and difficulty breathing and studies are underway to try and understand this virus better. As of today, cases of this new disease have been identified in other areas of China, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan and in the United States, among others. We continue to monitor this situation closely along with our local and federal public health colleagues.

The 2019-nCoV virus has been identified at the same time that influenza (also known as the flu) and many other respiratory viruses are circulating in Ontario, which is common at this time of the year. The precautions to protect yourself against common respiratory ailments can also be used to help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV. Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness, which include: • get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only); • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; • if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; and • if you or your family members are ill, stay home.

Residents who return from recent international travel with history of travel to affected area and become ill with respiratory signs and symptoms such as cough and fever should report their travel history to any health professional, or emergency department staff, when they visit.

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, recently expanded monitoring protocols by making this novel coronavirus reportable to public health by a health professional so that if potential cases are identified in your area, the relevant local public health unit can quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests, and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection.. Information has also been provided to hospitals to increase their screening processes for individuals who present with signs and symptoms of this new virus and have travelled to Wuhan, China. This will help ensure cases are identified promptly and actions taken to prevent its spread.

More Information can be found on the following websites: Ontario Ministry of Health: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus

Find your Local Public Health Unit: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx

Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirusinfection.html

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china Sincerely,

Dr. David Williams Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health

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‘Bag2School’ Campaign Success!!

‘Bag2School’ Campaign Success

Congratulations to our Holy Spirit families.  You have found extra space in your homes and helped the earth while doing so. Our school collected 1450 kilograms of clothing and textiles raising $217.50! More importantly, that is 1450 kilograms textiles that won’t end up in a landfill.

Donated items are Re-used and Recycled!

Mr. Dosen’s Grade 4 class had the most weight collected and will receive a class ice cream sundae party to reward their efforts.

Money raised through the Bag2School Campaign will go towards a guest speaker for Earth Week!

Thank you for your contributions!

Love, Your Eco Team

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Important Update re: WCDSB Extended Day Programs OPEN on January 21

Important Update: On January 21, 2020 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.

A previous communication indicated extended day programs would not operate that day.

An updated version of that earlier message is provided below.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 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, January 21. 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 January 21.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on 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 administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

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.

By |2020-01-20T19:59:32-05:00January 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Important Update re: WCDSB Extended Day Programs OPEN on January 21

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 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, January 21. 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 January 21.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

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.

By |2020-01-20T19:58:21-05:00January 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Bell Let’s Talk Day – January 29th, 2020

Holy Spirit Flames Join the Conversation!

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 29 and we at Holy Spirit are joining in to help create positive change.

Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. Over the past 9 years, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues. 

In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights in 2019, 84% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012.

However, there is still work to be done to ensure all Canadians have access to the mental health support they need. This year, on Bell Let’s Talk Day Canadians are encouraged to share the actions, large and small, that they are taking to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues.

That’s why we’re joining in on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to help create positive change.  The Student Leadership Team will share daily action announcements and create a bulletin board with information, resources, and strategies to deal with mental health. In addition, teachers will have access to slideshows and lessons that they can use in their class. We are also encouraging all students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday, January 29th to show our support.

When it comes to mental health, every action counts. 

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every text, mobile and long distance call made on the Bell network, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view, or use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will contribute 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.

You can also learn more about some of the organizations providing meaningful mental health supports and services throughout Canada and download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to begin your own conversation about mental health at home.

Let’s all work together to improve the lives of Canadians living with mental health issues and help create positive change.

THE STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

By |2020-03-13T11:33:38-04:00January 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Bell Let’s Talk Day – January 29th, 2020

Parish Update!

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – now have their own email address to ask for assistance with food/clothing/furniture email is stambrose.ssvp@gmail.com phone is 519-623-8674

Sacrament of Confirmation Registration Grade 7 students of our parish schools should have received their Confirmation Registration forms from their teachers. Please complete the form and return it to Father Mikulski personally at the end of any weekend Mass from now until January 26, 2020. (not to the school or office)

Weekly Sacrament of Reconciliation available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:30 am; Wednesday at 6:00 pm; First Fridays at 5pm; Saturdays at 9am.  This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to Him in intimate friendship.

By |2020-01-17T08:51:05-05:00January 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Parish Update!