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Important Update on CUPE Strike – Nov 20, 2022

Earlier this evening, the Ontario government and education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario – (CUPE) reached a tentative contract agreement.

As a result, all WCDSB sites and programs will be operating tomorrow on their regular schedules.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through this time of uncertainty.

CUPE Labour Update – Nov 16, 2022

Nov 16, 2022

Dear St. Louis Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners,

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board received notice that Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) could potentially withdraw services again starting on Monday, November 21, 2022, if an agreement is not reached this week with the Ontario Government.

If the CUPE job action happens, All CLASSES at all St. Louis locations will remain OPEN as per our usual schedule for currently registered students.  OFFICES will be CLOSED.

No CUPE staff will be working on site. There will be no new registrations to any programs nor will other services. If there is picketing near the school, we ask for your patience and care as you come onto school property.

To St. Louis students who are also parents of children who attend our Catholic Elementary and Catholic Secondary Schools: All Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Catholic Board will be CLOSED to in-person attendance, and they will move directly to synchronous remote learning. Please arrange alternate care for your children, if you are able, so you may continue to attend your St. Louis classes.

To St. Louis students who have children attending Public Board Elementary and Secondary schools: Please continue to attend classes you are enrolled in. You are not directly affected by this potential labour disruption because the Public Board schools will be open.

For Updates: Please check the St. Louis website https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca for the most up to date information regarding St. Louis programming. Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter.

For information about possible school closures of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary schools: Please visit https://www.wcdsb.ca

St. Louis school and offices OPEN

Labour Updates

St. Louis school and offices OPEN

Updated: November 7, 2022

Dear St. Louis school community,

As a result of this morning’s announcement by the Premier that the Ontario government will rescind Bill 28 and will return to collective bargaining with the Canadian Public Sector Employees Union – Ontario — (CUPE), education workers represented by CUPE have agreed to pause their job action and return to schools effective tomorrow – Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

All St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education sites will continue to be OPEN for in-person learning, as regularly scheduled.  Registration and office services will re-open on Tuesday, November 8.

All WCDSB Elementary and Secondary schools will re-open to in-person learning tomorrow, as well.

To check the status of ANY St. Louis classes, including program updates, school cancellations due to weather or unforeseen events, please check the St. Louis website https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca for the most up-to-date information.

You may also subscribe to St. Louis Newswire (found on the bottom of the St. Louis homepage). Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we pray that both sides will quickly reach a fair and just collective agreement that serves the interests of all.

St. Louis – CUPE Labour Update – for November 7

Labour Updates

Important Update on CUPE Strike

Updated: November 6, 2022

Dear St. Louis school community,

St. Louis Adult Education sites will be OPEN on Monday, November 7, 2022 and teachers will be available for in-person learning, as regularly scheduled. This includes evening International Languages,  and PSW classes as well as Teacher tutor support. No new registrations to St. Louis programs will be accepted, until further notice.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will continue with independent/remote learning activities on Monday, November 7 and until further notice.

Schools will NOT be open to students and transportation will NOT be running. Before/after school programs will NOT be operating.

Teachers will begin synchronous learning activities on Monday, November 7, until further notice.

Students in Elementary and Secondary schools will be able to login to their respective learning management system for more information from their classroom teacher. Visit https://www.wcdsb.ca/students/ for instructions on how to login to D2L and Google Classroom. Instructions are available in multiple languages.

Should you be absent/unable to attend, please inform their teacher.

Please feel free to contact your school if you have any questions or concerns.

For updates regarding the status of ANY St. Louis classes in the coming week, including Monday evening International and Indigenous Language Elementary and Secondary Language Credit classes, please check the St. Louis website DAILY https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca for the most up-to-date information. Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter.

You may also subscribe to St. Louis Newswire (found on the bottom of the St. Louis homepage). Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter.

We will post updated information as it becomes available on our WCDSB Labour Updates page at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

CUPE Labour Update Re: St. Louis Saturday Programs – Nov 5

Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Update

St. Louis Saturday Programs

Released: Nov 4, 2022

Dear St. Louis Saturday Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners,

All St. Louis Saturday classes WILL BE RUNNING, on Saturday, November 5, in-person, as per our usual schedule for currently registered students.

This includes:

  • Saturday Skills Builder at St. Mary’s High School and St. Benedict CSS
  • International and Indigenous Language Programs – Elementary at St. Louis – Kitchener Main and St. Francis Campuses, Resurrection CSS, St. John CES, and Holy Spirit CES
  • International Languages – Secondary Credit (Chinese) at Resurrection CSS

No new registrations to St. Louis Saturday programs will be accepted, until further notice.

For updates regarding the status of ANY St. Louis classes in the coming week, including Monday evening International and Indigenous Language Elementary and Secondary Language Credit classes, please check the St. Louis website DAILY https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca for the most up-to-date information. Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter.

You may also subscribe to St. Louis Newswire (found on the bottom of the St. Louis homepage). Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter.

For information about the status of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary school operations, please visit https://www.wcdsb.ca

Quick Facts:

  • St. Louis supports approximately 2500 learners at one time (ages 6mths to over 70 years old) meeting the continuing education needs of over 12 000 students annually.
  • St. Louis is funded by various ministries (including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Colleges and Universities; Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada; and Employment Ontario)

 

URGENT UPDATE: St. Louis and CUPE Strike – Nov 4, 2022

Labour Negotiations – CUPE 

URGENT Update 

CUPE Strike and St. Louis 

Nov 3, 2022 

Dear St. Louis Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners, 

Due to recent developments regarding the strike by CUPE education workers, it will no longer be possible to operate our St. Louis campuses safely and securely.  

As a result, ALL ST. LOUIS CAMPUSES ARE CLOSED — Friday, November 4, 2022  

We sincerely apologize for this unforeseen late notice. 

As we await further details about ongoing negotiations and the continuation of the strike action, please check the St. Louis website daily https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca for the most up-to-date information regarding St. Louis programming and the direction to students. 

You may also subscribe to St. Louis Newswire (found on the bottom of the St. Louis homepage). Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter. For information about possible school closures of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary schools: Please visit https://www.wcdsb.ca 

NOTE: The St. Louis Graduation Ceremony scheduled for Friday evening at St. Mary’s of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Church, across the street from St. Louis, will proceed as planned. 

 

Important Message – Possible CUPE Strike and St. Louis

Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Important Message

Possible CUPE Strike and St. Louis

 

Nov 2, 2022

Dear St. Louis Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners,

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board received notice that Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) may strike starting on Friday, November 4, 2022, if an agreement is not reached this week with the Ontario Government.

If the strike happens, all Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Catholic Board will be CLOSED, yet for now All programs at all St. Louis locations will remain OPEN in the event of a CUPE strike.

All St. Louis classes will be running daytime, evening and Saturday as per our usual schedule for currently registered students, but it will not be ‘business as usual’. No CUPE staff will be working on site. There will be no new registrations to any programs should a strike occur. Please be aware there may be picketing near the school. If there is picketing, we ask for your patience and care as you come onto school property.

  • To St. Louis students who are also parents of children who attend our Catholic Elementary and Catholic Secondary Schools: Please arrange alternate care for your children to continue to attend your classes if you are able.
  • To St. Louis students who have children attending Public Board Elementary and Secondary schools: Please continue to attend classes you are enrolled in. You are not directly affected by the strike because the Public Board schools will be open.
  • On-site guests and partners will have their campus visits and services rescheduled after the strike is over.

For Updates: Please check the St. Louis website https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca the most up to date information regarding St. Louis programming. Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter. For information about possible school closures of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary schools: Please visit https://www.wcdsb.ca

Quick Facts:

  • St. Louis supports approximately 2500 learners at one time (ages 6mths to over 70 years old) meeting the continuing education needs of over 12 000 students annually.
  • St. Louis is funded by various ministries (including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Colleges and Universities; Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada; and Employment Ontario)

Hairstyling Intake, Term 2 Classes Start and Graduation

What’s new at St. Louis – Oct 31-Nov 4

Hairstyling & Barber Intake

St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centre is hosting a public Intake session for those potential students interested in enrolling in the Hairstyling and Barber Training program. (Pre-registration online is required)

mannequin head with hair design by a St. Louis hairstyling studentAttend an information session, and registration / intake session

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

4:00- 6:00

St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus

LOW COST  ~ PROFESSIONAL ~ QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS  ~ EARLY APPRENTICESHIP

Next class begins January 9, 2023 . In 8 months, learn foundational in-school theory, professional hands-on training, taught by certified teachers, plus  get 2-month work placement experience. Up to 8 elective Secondary School Credits can be earned toward high school completion OR to increase your grades on your transcript, a benefit for any future post-secondary pursuits. AND start your apprenticeship early through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), and the first 220 hours on placement count toward becoming licensed.

 

Term 2 Classes

Only a couple of days left to register for in-person, teacher-led Secondary School Credits Day classes held at St. Louis -Kitchener Main Campus from Wednesday, November 2nd – December 22. Morning and afternoon classes available in Math, English, Physics, Biology or Ontario Literacy Course.  **FREE**

**NEWCulinary & Hospitality classes offered every 2 months– cooking and baking courses on a budget, learn for yourself or your family, learn to earn or learn to graduate!  Term 2 offers credit classes specifically Hospitality & Tourism in the morning, Event Planning in the afternoon. $75 materials fee for each Hospitality course.

Visit St. Louis Guidance Services to REGISTER TODAY — Guidance Services are available Monday to Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm / 1:30pm – 4:00pm

It’s never too late to get your high school diploma or

upgrade for your college or university applications.

**Note: St. Louis school will be OPEN and ALL classes will be running during the CUPE Labour disruptions and pending strike.  Please watch for UPDATES on https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca 

Graduation

The most wonderful time of the year for the St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education school community is GRADUATION!

On Friday, November 4 at 7:00pm. 259 Graduates from the 2021-2022 school year will receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  An additional 53 students will receive their Hairstyling / Barbering or Culinary Training Certificates. For some adults, graduation is the milestone they have been striving for, for a long time.  We are so please to offer an in-person ceremony again at St. Mary’s – Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Church in downtown Kitchener.

 

 

Weather Event – School is Closed – March 23, 2022

Due to poor weather conditions on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, schools will be CLOSED.

ALL St. Louis students taking in-person and online classes offered today,  should visit their virtual classroom for work posted by the classroom teacher.  Teachers will be available remotely during class times.  There are no childcare services offered at St. Louis today.

See you back on Thursday!

March Break for St. Louis

March Break for St. Louis

These past few weeks has been wonderful to have so many St. Louis students return to in-person learning in most programs.  A well-deserved March Break is scheduled for next week.  St. Louis campuses will be closed.  And there will be no St. Louis programming from Monday, March 14 to Saturday, March 19th.

Classes WILL be offered this Saturday, March 12th for the following programs only:

  • International and Indigenous Language programs –  Elementary
  • International and Indigenous Language – Chinese Secondary
  • English Language Saturday classes
  • Citizenship Preparation

We look forward to your healthy return to regularly scheduled classes, starting Monday, March 21st.

Return to School — March 21st

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health made a series of announcements that signal the province lifting some health and safety restrictions on March 21st.  Attached is a letter to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and St. Louis community from Loretta Notten, Director of Education addressing our return to school expectations after March Break. Updates regarding masking, distancing, screening and testing are all key within this letter. For example, we will still require all staff and students to complete the Covid 19 School Screening before entering our buildings.

As we transition through these updated health and safety guidelines, we strongly encourage caution, tolerance and understanding with varying comfort levels surrounding the relaxed Covid-19 measures.

These past two years have been a challenging, long journey, impacting everything, including your learning. At St. Louis, we will continue to support you toward success.

Have a restful and joyful March Break.

 

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