Monthly Archives: October 2019

DANCE-A-THON PLEDGES !!!!

Remember…..Pledges for the Dance-A-Thon  are done through School Cash Online.  As you collect your pledges you may enter them on School Cash and as often as you need.

 

Dance-A-Thon October 24th

Dear Star Families

St. Aloysius is happy to announce that we will be holding our Dance-a-thon on Thursday, October 24th.

Pledge contributions can be made through SchoolCash.Net.

Check out our snacks glow sticks that can be purchased too!

School is open Monday!

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.

Potential CUPE Labour Action – STRIKE on Monday October 7th

Dear St. Aloysius Star Families:

In the event of a CUPE strike on Monday, October 7thall schools in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be closed. Parents are asked to check their normal media outlets for notification as they would in the event of an inclement weather school closure.

Bus cancellations and school closure notices affecting the schools within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be given at 6:00-6:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

Please refer to the WCDSB website (www.wcdsb.ca), the WCDSB social media feed, or listen to the following radio stations for school closure information:

  • KFUN FM 99.5
  • KOOL FM 105.3
  • CKGL AM 570
  • CHYM FM 96.7
  • DAVE FM 107.5
  • CJOY “Magic” FM 106.1
  • CKWR FM 98.5
  • KICX FM 106.7
  • CKBT “The Beat” FM 91.5
  • FAITH FM 94.3
  • CTV – Southwestern Ontario

Please stay tuned!

Important Message re: Planned CUPE Strike

 

October 02, 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 work places 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.  Since 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

Dance-A-Thon Postponed

Parents and Guardians

Please note  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 conclusion of the job action.