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Panthers’ WAG – October 21 – 25, 2019

Monthly Theme: EMPATHY

 

LUNCH HOUR SUPERVISOR

We are looking for a new Lunch Hour Supervisor – this is a paid position with the Board, and involves 1 hour per day (from 11:05 – 12:05). If you are interested, please call the main office (519-743-4401).

 

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON – October 31

Our major school fundraiser is back!  This year, our Halloween Dance-a-thon will be on Thursday, October 31st. Each student had a letter and pledge form that went home at the end of the week. We are hoping to raise money to help support some of the programs and initiatives that are offered to students here at St. Paul, such as recess bins, field trips, Scientists in Schools much much more. Our Catholic School Council is working feverishly putting this event together and is always looking for help in organizing this wonderful event. Please call the office if you are able to volunteer on the 31st

Prizes:  Pizza parties will be awarded to classes who raise the most per capita in each division. As well, top fundraisers in each Division win a prize.

Grand Prize: For every $20 raised students will receive a ballot for our grand prize draw – a $250 Gift Certificate to either Best Buy or Toy R Us!

Prize Raffle – as always students receive a raffle ticket for every $5 raised. If you have any items that could be donated for the Raffle, please drop them off at the Office. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Cake Raffle! – One of the biggest hits at the Dance-a-thon is our Cake Raffle! – Please contact Maryann Pierson if you can donate an item to the cake raffle (mpierson56@gmail.com

DECORATIONS – Do you have any leftover Halloween Decorations that could be used to decorate the Gym or other areas in the school for our Dance-a-thon? Please drop off at the Main Office if you can help!

 

STRONG START VOLUNTEERS

Do you have an extra hour or two each week?  Do you like working with and reading to young children? St Paul CES is looking for volunteers to help with our Strong Start Reading Program. Strong Start helps young readers develop their literacy skills which then helps students be more successful throughout their education. Training is provided. If you are interested, please contact the school (519-743-4401). 

 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats, and water-resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside. 

Please also consider sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in a change of clothes. 

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This month our focus is on building Empathy. All the Umbrella Skills can be built with practice and this month we are working to build the empathy piece of your child’s umbrella of wellbeing skills.  

EMPATHY TIP #4

Help kids see what they have in common with others.

Having high empathy is linked with increased happiness and scholastic achievement. To build this important skill help kids see what they have in common with others. One of the biggest predictors of prejudice and a failure to empathize with members of other groups, is having little or no contact with people who aren’t like you. Research shows that schools can boost empathy by fostering an inclusive, warm attitude towards cultural diversity and you can do this at home too. Take stock of how often your kids play with others who are different than them. Do your girls play with boys and vice versa? What about other cultures? What about the adults around them? How wide is your child’s perspective?  Encourage diversity to learn about and empathize with others. See this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building empathy: https://umbrellaproject.co/category/empathy/

 

NUTRITION FOR LEARNING COMMUNITY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

Come for breakfast and leave knowing you made a difference in the lives of local students.

Join us on Friday, November 8th as Nutrition for Learning and local well-known restaurants present a special Chef’s community breakfast at the Stanley Park Community centre. Each ticket sold will provide enough funds to feed one classroom in one of our local schools.

Your support will help us ensure our students continue to have access to healthy food at school. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/65427891585 

 

FEDERAL ELECTION

St Paul is once again a polling station for the upcoming Federal Election on October 21st. While this does not overly impact our students, it does mean our school will be a busier place as voters come and go. This also means our parking lot will be busier than usual, so please plan accordingly and please continue to follow the parking bylaws. Where possible, particularly at the end of the day, please consider parking on a side street and walking to the school to pick up your children. 

 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Oct. 20, 2019

MATH AT HOME

Can you solve this? Using your math strategies, try to solve this puzzle – get a little math talk going around the dinner table!

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

  • Federal Election! – We are a Polling Station
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • Gr 7 Immunizations

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Wednesday

Thursday:

  • Mad Science begins at Lunch for students who have signed up

Friday:

  • PD Day – No school for students, staff will be focusing on Professional Development in the areas of Special Education and Health and Safety

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Panthers’ WAG – October 14 – 18, 2019

Monthly Theme: EMPATHY

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your long weekend. As we celebrate this time of thanksgiving, I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude. I am truly grateful for the work we do together to support all students at St Paul and to ensure they belong. I have witnessed over the past six weeks many instances of students, staff, and parents going beyond, giving their own time to ensure students (and staff) are cared for and that they are loved and celebrated for their strengths and their challenges. I know the extra energy this takes and I am so thankful and so proud to be a part of a community that expresses the core values of our faith. For me, these values are most clearly articulated in Matthew’s Gospel (25: 31- 46) when Jesus spoke of the final judgment and what you do for the least of these, you do for me. I truly believe that each day we look at the face of God in each of the students, their families and staff we encounter and that we are called to love and treat them as though they are our own. And I believe we do this consistently here at St Paul. And so, as we celebrate with our families, I am grateful for our school family as we grow together and continue to exemplify the Board vision statement  – Heart of the Community – Success for Each, A Place for All – in so many ways. 

 

LUNCH HOUR SUPERVISOR

We are looking for a new Lunch Hour Supervisor – this is a paid position with the Board, and involves 1 hour per day (from 11:05 – 12:05). If you are interested, please call the main office.

 

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The St. Paul Social Justice Club is running a Thanksgiving Food Drive from Monday, October 7th – Friday, October 18th, 2019.  We are accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items. Please be as generous as possible when you consider the less fortunate in our community. All donations will be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society through St. Francis Church.  

Wishing our Panther Families, a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

The Social Justice Club, St. Paul School

 

PICTURE DAY IS COMING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019.

After Picture Day, order your pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found below or on your Picture Day order form .

St Paul Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, October 15

Picture Day ID: QX109245QP

 

 

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON – October 31

Our major school fundraiser is back!  This year, our Halloween Dance-a-thon will be on Thursday October 31st. Each student had a letter and pledge form that went home at the end of the week. We are hoping to raise money to help support some of the programs and initiatives that are offered to students here at St. Paul, such as recess bins, field trips, Scientists in Schools much much more. Our Catholic School Council is working feverishly putting this event together and is always looking for help in organizing this wonderful event. If you can volunteer on October 31st for an hour or two, please contact the Office

Prizes:  Pizza parties will be awarded to classes who raise the most per capita in each division. As well, top fundraisers in each Division win a prize.

Grand Prize: For every $20 raised students will receive a ballot for our grand prize draw – details on the prize to follow

Prize Raffle – as always student receive a raffle ticket for every $5 raised. If you have any items that could be donated for the Raffle, please drop them off at the Office. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Cake Raffle! – One of the biggest hits at the Dance-a-thon is our Cake Raffle! – Please contact Maryann Pierson if you can donate an item to the cake raffle (mpierson56@gmail.com

Dance-a-thon 2019 Pledge sheet

 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute  recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats and water resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside. 

Please also consider in sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in a change of clothes.

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This month our focus is on building Empathy. All the Umbrella Skills can be built with practice and this month we are working to build the empathy piece of your child’s umbrella of wellbeing

skills.  

EMPATHY TIP #3 Start a phone bin

Technology provides us with a great many benefits but one downfall is its impact on our empathy levels. When we are immersed in our devices we get less practice with face-to-face interactions, communication and interpreting people’s feelings, all key components of empathy. To build empathy this week, start to carve out device-free time in your home with a phone bin. Use it over dinner, while playing a family game or walking to get ice cream. Have everyone with a device throw it in the bin and just enjoy each other’s company without distraction. Try to find a few chances every week to connect this way. Time without technology is critical in helping our children develop empathy. Even before they themselves have these devices, our empathy levels as parents are impacted by this divided attention and we are modeling behaviours that are very important for our child’s future development. In my home, I find my 7 and 9 year old will ask for this device-free time now. A great start for when they get their own technology to manage.

 

MAD SCIENCE

Mad Science is returning to St Paul this Fall – please see the attached information regarding the two sessions that will be offered. Please direct all questions and payments to the MAD SCIENCE: 

Mad Science Discovery Lab

Mad Science Secret agent Lab

 

FEDERAL ELECTION

St Paul is once again a polling site for the upcoming Federal Election on October 21st. While this does not overly impact our students, it does mean our school will be a busier place as voters come and go. This also means our parking lot will be busier than usual, so please plan accordingly and please continue to follow the parking bylaws. 

 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Oct. 13, 2019

 

MATH AT HOME

Can you replace the ? with a number that fits the patterns?

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

  • Happy Thanksgiving! No School
  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight

Tuesday:

  • PICTURE DAY!

Wednesday:

  • Pizza Wednesday

Thursday:

  • Octoberfest day! Wear your Octoberfest gear or house colours

Friday:

  • Mrs Kowalski, Mr Cangiano and Mr Litschgy’s classes attending the WLU football game

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Terry Fox Walk

Terry Fox Walk

 On the afternoon of Thursday, September 26th, St. Paul students and staff participated in the annual Terry Fox Walk. We all looked great as we wore red and walked to support cancer research.  The weather was beautiful and we all had a chance to be physically active.  This year our school raised $1200.00 for cancer research!! Awesome work Panthers! A special congratulations go out to Miss. Delooze’s Grade 1 class and Mrs. Kowalski’s Grade 6/7 class who raised the most money and won the free pizza lunch! Thank you for all of the generous donations!  We had such a great afternoon!!

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The St. Paul Social Justice Club is running a Thanksgiving Food Drive from Monday, October 7th – Friday, October 18th, 2019.  We are accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items. Please be as generous as possible when you consider the less fortunate in our community. All donations will be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society through St. Francis Church.

Wishing our Panther Families, a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

The Social Justice Club, St. Paul School

School is OPEN on 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.

 

We will have our regular Pizza day on Wednesday! Please order through Cash Online by Monday night

 

Panthers’ WAG – October 7 – 11, 2019

Monthly Theme: EMPATHY

LUNCH HOUR SUPERVISOR

We are looking for a new Lunch Hour Supervisor – this is a paid position with the Board, and involves 1 hour per day (from 11:05 – 12:05). If you are interested, please call the main office.

PIZZA WEDNESDAYS

All Pizza days will be cancelled until the current CUPE job action is ended. We apologize for the inconvenience. Once the job action has ended, families who have purchased pizza through cash Online will be refunded. 

 

POTENTIAL CUPE STRIKE – MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH

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.

As per our student agendas:

In case of inclement weather, the radio stations will broadcast information regarding severe weather warnings, school closure and bus cancellations. Families may want to have a plan in place at home to respond to the radio announcements. Bus cancellations and school closure notices affecting the schools within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be given between 6:15 and 8:30 a.m.

C.H.Y.M. (AM 570) (FM 96.7) Kitchener – Waterloo         KICX (FM 106.7) Kitchener – Waterloo

Oldies 1090 (AM1090) Kitchener – Waterloo                       C.J.O.Y. (AM 1460) (FM 106.1) Guelph

KOOL FM (FM 105.3) Kitchener – Waterloo                       CKWR (FM 98.5) Kitchener – Waterloo

Dave FM (FM 107.5) Cambridge                                             Faith FM (FM 94.3) Kitchener – Waterloo

The Beat (FM 91.5) Kitchener – Waterloo

Cancellation information is also posted on the Boards websites at www.wcdsb.ca.

 

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON – October 31

Our Catholic School Advisory Councils play a vital role in our schools and your contributions and efforts are always appreciated.

 As a point of information, please be advised that based on the current “strike action” on the part of CUPE members, all fundraising activities are to be put on hold. In the full expectation that this will be revisited upon the conclusion of the job action.

 We recognize that much planning and organizing may have already been done and apologize that events will need to be postponed.

CUPE members in the WCDSB include Administrative Assistants, Educational Assistants, Library Technicians, Personal Support Workers, Lunch Hour Supervisors, Child and Youth Care Workers, Payroll and Accounting Associates, Computer Technicians, Communicative Disorders Assistants, and Early Childhood Educators. As fundraising activities often require the collection of monies, additional administrative tasks, and alternative supervision schedules we are unable to responsibly manage this based on “strike actions”.

Thank you for your understanding and please note that we fully expect that all activities will resume once job actions have been resolved.

Please note  – information will be coming out regarding the Dance-a-thon, but dates, etc may need to be altered based on the current job action

 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats, and water-resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside. 

Please also consider sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in a change of clothes. 

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

This month our focus is on building Empathy. All the Umbrella Skills can be built with practice and this month we are working to build the empathy piece of your child’s umbrella of wellbeing skills.

  

EMPATHY TIP #2 End your day with “High low high”

This is a quick exercise you can do around the dinner table or as a family before bedtime.

Have each member of your family recall a high point, a low point and then another high point of their day or week. Take time to listen to each person and ask questions if you want. In order to practice empathy for someone else, we need to understand their journey. For your kids, it’s very beneficial to hear what went well in your day, what you are proud of and also the challenges you are working through.  For parents, this is a great way to get your kids talking about the specifics of their day and improve your parental empathy for the daily rain they face.

 

MAD SCIENCE

Mad Science is returning to St Paul this Fall – please see the attached information regarding the two sessions that will be offered.

PLEASE NOTE – we offer this program only to students in grade 1 – 6

Please direct all questions and payments to the MAD SCIENCE: 

Mad Science Discovery Lab

Mad Science Secret agent Lab

 

PICTURE DAY IS COMING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15.

After Picture Day, order your pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found below or on your Picture Day order form .

St Paul Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, October 15

Picture Day ID: QX109245QP

 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Oct. 6, 2019

 

MATH AT HOME

            

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

Tuesday:

  • Paradise Lake trip for Ms Kowalski, Mr Cangiano and Mr Litschgy’s classes

Wednesday:

 

 

Thursday:

Friday:

 

Have a great week Panthers!

NO PIZZA ON WEDNESDAY

Please be sure to send lunch in with your children on Wednesday!

Due to the current uncertainty regarding the CUPE negotiations, we will be CANCELLING OUR PIZZA DAY THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2. We will continue to re-evaluate on a week by week basis. Once the CUPE job action is concluded we will either refund those who have already purchased pizza for this week or apply funds to a future pizza day

Panthers’ WAG – September 30 – October 4, 2019

Monthly Theme: EMPATHY

LUNCH HOUR SUPERVISOR

We are looking for a new Lunch Hour Supervisor – this is a paid position with the WCDSB and involves 1 hour per day (from 11:05 – 12:05). If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact the main office.

 

ONGOING LABOUR NEGOTIATIONS – CUPE

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

 

PIZZA ORDERS THROUGH CASH ONLINE

Due to the current uncertainty regarding the CUPE negotiations, we will be CANCELLING OUR PIZZA DAY THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2. We will continue to re-evaluate on a week by week basis. Once the CUPE job action is concluded we will either refund those who have already purchased pizza for this week or apply funds to a future pizza day

 

ORANGE SHIRT DAY – Monday, September 30th

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. 

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students. 

This link gives the story of Phyllis Webstad, who started the campaign http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Background information on Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters

https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/what-is-orange-shirt-day

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/national-orange-shirt-day-promotes-healing-and-reconciliation-1.2782559

http://www.etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/FNMI/Pages/OrangeShirtDay.aspx

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT  

This month our focus is on building Empathy. All the Umbrella Skills can be built with practice and this month we are working to build the empathy piece of your child’s umbrella of wellbeing
skills.

What will empathy do for my child? CREATE STRONG SOCIAL NETWORKS.

Empathy is the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and understand what they may be feeling. It is a key ingredient to successful relationships with our friends and family. High levels of
empathy result in lower levels of conflict, better problem-solving. It also helps us make new friends, keep the ones we have and build a stronger social network. Having a strong social network helps us live longer and is one of the best predictors of our health and happiness.

Each week we will add one simple step you can use at home to build your child’s umbrella skills.

EMPATHY TIP #1
Help your child recognize and label their own feelings. Understanding what you are feeling in a given situation helps children learn to empathize. When we ignore or suppress feelings it’s difficult to understand them in others. At home, make sure your child understands that all of their feelings are okay, including sadness, anger, frustration and how to recognize those feelings. Help them give these feelings a label. Then set clear boundaries about what is and isn’t okay to do with the feelings. For example, it is normal to feel angry at a sibling but not okay to hit them as a result. This simple step helps children learn to calm themselves, cope better with life’s ups and downs and empathize with others

 

PICTURE DAY IS COMING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15.

After Picture Day, order your pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found below or on your Picture Day order form .

St Paul Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, October 15

Picture Day ID: QX109245QP

 

WCDSB “CALLED TO BELONG” TWILIGHT RETREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

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. 

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

 

ST FRANCIS PARISH

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Sept. 29, 2019

 

MATH AT HOME

 

Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:

Monday: 

  • Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters
  • Science Outreach in the grade 3 classes
  • Nutrition for Learning begins this week

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

 

  • NO PIZZA THIS WEEK

 

Thursday:

  • MADD Presentation for Intermediate students

Friday:

 

Have a great week Panthers!

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.