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IMPORTANT NOTICE – OECTA Strike Cancelled – All WCDSB Schools Open on Monday February 24

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has cancelled rotating strikes scheduled for next week.

As a result, all WCDSB schools and St. Louis campuses will be open and running on their regular schedules on Monday, February 24, 2020.

By |2020-02-21T22:00:03-05:00February 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on IMPORTANT NOTICE – OECTA Strike Cancelled – All WCDSB Schools Open on Monday February 24

Lunch Lady Hot Lunch *New Date*

Good Morning Holy Spirit Families,

The Lunch Lady Hot Lunch’s which were scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2020 have been reschedule to Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Therefore if you had an order placed for Monday, February 24 your child will be receiving it on Tuesday, February 25.

Thank you for your understanding.

By |2020-02-20T11:37:42-05:00February 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Lunch Lady Hot Lunch *New Date*

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Students will be able to indulge in pancakes during the morning. Please remember to help out the environment by bringing a PLATE and FORK for your child to use.

Please note this does not replace lunch, please continue to pack a lunch.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who make this day possible.

pancake

By |2020-02-20T08:44:15-05:00February 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Shrove Tuesday

Extended Day Programs – February 21 and February 24

Extended Day Programs

Friday February 21, 2020 and Monday February 24, 2020

As a result of strike days scheduled for Friday February 21 and Monday February 24 classes at WCDSB schools will be cancelled.

Please note:

WCDSB operated Extended Day Programs WILL continue to operate on Friday February 21 and Monday February 24

Any student registered for Friday February 21 or Monday February 24, can attend as scheduled (similar to a PA Day)

By |2020-02-20T08:37:55-05:00February 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Extended Day Programs – February 21 and February 24

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

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.

By |2020-02-20T08:35:46-05:00February 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

Parish Update

Confirmation Candidates Enrollment Ceremony and Rehearsal –  The Sacrament of Confirmation for the grade 7 students of our parish is quickly approaching. Students are asked to attend any of the Masses on Saturday, February 29 at 5pm, or Sunday, March 1st at either 9:00 am or 11:00 am. The enrollment ceremony and rehearsal will be held immediately after Mass.

First Reconciliation and Communion candidates – the preparation program will resume on the weekend of March 7 and 8, after any of the weekend Masses.

Children’s Liturgy  at both 9:00 am  and  11:00 am Mass   At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required)

By |2020-02-18T12:28:33-05:00February 18th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Parish Update

Pizza Day Update

Hello Holy Spirit,

Due to possible strike action on Friday, February 21, 2020 we will be moving Pizza Day to Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Thank you for your understanding.

By |2020-02-14T09:34:32-05:00February 14th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Pizza Day Update

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 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 Friday, February 21, 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 February 21.

All programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 21 —  with the exception of Personal Support Worker programs, which will run 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 job actions will remain in effect before and after February 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 |2020-02-13T17:59:22-05:00February 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

Expanded OECTA Job Action – Week of February 10, 2020

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools are open and running on their normal schedules during the week of February 10, 2020.

However, as part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that in the absence of a negotiated collective agreement, they are expanding their previously announced list of activities no longer being performed by teachers. The new list takes effect on February 11, 2020.

Below you will find the full list.

In practical terms, this means that because schools will not be able to assign teachers any additional supervision or “on-call duties” where they backfill for another teacher, any activity that typically requires a supply teacher or backfill in the local school will be cancelled. This is a necessary step to help maximize the number of supply teachers available to cover classes board wide.

One of the impacts of implementing this contingency plan is that sports events and field trips may need to be cancelled. Some events will proceed as planned if they do not generate the need for a supply teacher.

If there are fees associated with a cancelled field trip or event, they will be reimbursed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through challenging times, and we continue to 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 |2020-02-11T09:44:32-05:00February 11th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Expanded OECTA Job Action – Week of February 10, 2020

Parish Update

Prayers for the Sick – Wednesday mornings 10:00am – 10:30am in the Church, everyone is welcome to join with other parishioners to pray for those among us who are suffering from illness and who need our prayers for healing and strength.  This is a weekly prayer gathering.  Please use the South Street side door.

Parents in Touch Prayer Group of St. Ambrose Parish, invites you to join them on Tuesday mornings, at 10:00 am for the Rosary, and other prayers, at the side altar of Our Blessed Mother. Come pray for parents, children, family, friends, teachers and one another.

Exercise for Adults/SeniorsTuesday and Thursdays at St. Ambrose Church from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in our Church Hall.  Join us for fellowship as together we exercise to maintain and improve upon our physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. This is offered by a trained volunteer through Community Support Connections.

St. Ambrose Parish Children’s Catechism Program 
• Religious education for Grades 1 – 8
• Sacramental Preparation

  • RCIC: Rite of Christian Initiation of Children

This on-going program is offered by the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate offers children’s religious education Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church Hall. The program is open to students in non-Catholic schools, as well as Catholic schools.   The program has already begun but new registrants are welcome.  Please contact Sr.Bernadette at srbernadette@solisisters.ca  to inquire about the program.

 

Children’s Liturgy at both 9:00 am  and  11:00 am Mass  At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required)

By |2020-02-07T11:10:39-05:00February 7th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Parish Update