Monthly Archives: January 2020

Blue and White for Let’s Talk Day!

Hey Crusaders!
Don’t forget to wear your blue and white for “Let’s Talk” day.  Bring some attention to the fact that we need to end the stigma around mental health issues!

See you soon!

By |2020-01-29T06:47:39-05:00January 29th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Blue and White for Let’s Talk Day!

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 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, February 4, 2020.  This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.  As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District Schools Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4, 2020.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7:00am – 6:00pm) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centers campuses will be cancelled on February 4th.  St. Louis guidance and corresponding services will also be unavailable on February 4th.  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, 2020.

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 |2020-01-28T14:57:40-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Let’s Talk Day is tomorrow!

Hey Crusaders!

Tomorrow is “Let’s Talk” Day.  This is a day where we focus on ending the stigma around mental health issues and encourage anyone dealing with these issues to be brave enough to step forward and seek help.  This may mean talking to a trusted friend, a responsible classmate, a loving parent or a colleague.  Whomever it is for you, don’t be afraid to seek help…Let’s Talk!

To mark this important occasion and to emphasize it’s focus we will wear blue and white tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing all of you, and remember, if you are feeling “off”, LET’S TALK!

By |2020-01-28T14:51:20-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Let’s Talk Day is tomorrow!

Social Networking Safety Evening for Parents! Save the Date – Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hey Crusaders!

Canadian Martyrs Catholic School is partnering with Our Lady of Grace Catholic School to bring you and your children some important information regarding “Social Networking Safety”.  Mr. Paul Davis will be at Canadian Martyrs in the morning of Tuesday, February 18, 2020, to speak to the students in grades 5 – 8 in regards to the many issues that they may face when navigating the online world, and some key actions that they can take to keep themselves safe.

Mr. Paul Davis will also be available at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School for a parent information evening on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30pm.  He will speak to parents for an hour and be available to answer questions that you may have.

Navigating the online world and maintaining respect and safety when using various social media platforms IS AN ISSUE FROM TIME TO TIME AT CANADIAN MARTYRS.  I would encourage all parents of students in grades 5-8, or anyone with a phone, to attend this evening.

Babysitting for younger siblings will be available at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School during the event.  Please RSVP to the main office to let us know you are coming.  Also, please invite your friends and family to this event as the information applies to all!

By |2020-01-28T12:26:34-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Social Networking Safety Evening for Parents! Save the Date – Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Graduation Photos, SK Graduation Photos and Sibling Photos are coming to Canadian Martyrs!

Hey Crusaders!

Mark your calendars!

Monday, February 3, 2020!

Grade 8 Graduation Pictures!  SK Graduation Pictures!  Sibling Photos!

Remember to add Monday, February 3, 2020 to your calendars and don’t forget your smiles!

By |2020-01-28T09:59:42-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Graduation Photos, SK Graduation Photos and Sibling Photos are coming to Canadian Martyrs!

Coronavirus Update from Canadian Martyrs and the WCDSB

Good Morning Crusaders!

As you will likely know, on January 25, 2020, Ontario identified its first presumptive confirmed case for the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  Please see the attachment for a joint letter from the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health.

Wuhan novel coronavirus information – Minister of Health

Please do what you can to protect yourselves by redoubling your efforts to ensure:

  • good hygiene – washing hands thoroughly and with soap or sanitizer;
  • covering one’s mouth and nose when one sneezes or coughs;
  • staff and students stay home when ill.
  • it is also wise to get a yearly flu vaccine, available from clinics or pharmacies.

The fact is, that Ontario is very prepared and has effective protocols, which are currently operating very well, following our guiding principles that:

  • we do well to ground our response in the facts, and
  • do what we know to be good practice

Also for your reference, we attach a link to the Ministry of Health’s dedicated website where up-to-date information will be shared about the virus and its spread.  It is anticipated that there will be more cases and more spread before the outbreak is fully contained.  That said, we encourage all of you to maintain a sense of calm, tolerance and informed responses to this issue.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks Crusaders!

By |2020-01-28T09:49:22-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Coronavirus Update from Canadian Martyrs and the WCDSB

REMINDER: PD Day on Friday, January 24, 2020

Hey Crusaders,

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, January 24, 2020 is a PD Day and there is no school for students.  We are excited to be back and look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Have a good weekend Crusaders!  Enjoy the snow!

By |2020-01-23T14:14:22-05:00January 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on REMINDER: PD Day on Friday, January 24, 2020

REMINDER: 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, 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 January 21.

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

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7:00am – 6:00pm) 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 that 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 |2020-01-20T14:13:16-05:00January 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on REMINDER: WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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, 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 January 21.

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

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7:00am – 6:00pm) 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 that 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 |2020-01-17T16:13:05-05:00January 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Potential Withdrawl of Services by OECTA on Monday

As a 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 if a collective agreement isn’t reached today or over the weekend, that starting Monday, January 13, 2020 teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.

A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of our school and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

We do remain hopeful the two sides can come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interest of our students.

 

By |2020-01-10T09:51:46-05:00January 10th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Potential Withdrawl of Services by OECTA on Monday