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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.

 

Family Day Weekend for St. Louis Students

Family Day Weekend for St. Louis Students

Due to the observance of Family Day in Ontario, St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres will not be offering courses or programs on Saturday, February 19th or Monday, February 21st. All in-person and online classes will resume on Tuesday, February 22nd.

What can I do this weekend?

Family Day is a Provincial Statutory Holiday that only a few Canadian Provinces observe. In Ontario, Family Day isn’t recognized as a holiday by the federal government. Therefore, federal civil servants do not have the day off. However, many stores, city services and attractions in Waterloo region will be either closed or operating on reduced schedules.  Visit your local City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, City of Cambridge or Region of Waterloo websites for local activities and services this weekend.

Family Day meaning

Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families. It also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday – adding a welcomed long weekend.  We hope you will take this time to connect with your families both natural and chosen, near and far, however you are able to.

Continue to keep our communities safe and see you next week!

Enjoy!

SNOW ALERT – February 18, 2022

Due to poor weather conditions on Friday, February 18, 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 today at St. Louis.

Have a safe Family Day weekend and see some of you back in school on Tuesday!

Year of the Tiger – 2022

On behalf of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, the International and Indigenous Languages Program (IILP) at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres and the Grand River Chinese Language school,

新年快乐

Xin nian kuai le

Happy New Year

Year of the Tiger

This year – the Year of the Tiger, runs from February 1st to the Lantern Festival on February 15th , 2022.  The Tiger ranks third among the animals of the Chinese zodiac and is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, and bravery. During the Chinese New Year celebrations children could wear hats or shoes with a tiger image for good luck.

The St. Louis IILP Chinese language school, previously host to over 1500 people at magnificent Chinese New Year events, presents a virtual celebration again this year.  Chinese language students showcase their learnings each year through music, dance, dramatic performances, traditional garments, as well as many exhibits of art and accolades for essay competitions.  Students will continue to make their families proud, as they demonstrate their knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, as well as their strength, and courage for the year ahead.

Virtual events will be held this morning, Saturday, February 5th and again on Monday evening, February 7th . These events are not open to the public.

Families of the children attending the IILP Chinese language school wanted to extend warm new year’s greetings to all.

恭喜发财

Gongxi Facai

Be Prosperous

 

About

For information about Chinese, Traditional Mandarin and the many other languages offered FREE for children and young adults to learn on Saturday mornings, Monday or Wednesday evenings and for 4 weeks in July,

Visit: International and Indigenous Languages Program – Elementary  or   International Languages Credit Courses

WCDSB and St. Louis launch two Nigerian language programs

WCDSB and St. Louis launch two Nigerian language programs for Children Kindergarten to Grade 8

February 4, 2022 — The Waterloo Catholic District School Board and St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres are pleased to announce the start of two new International and Indigenous Language Program (IILP) schools this week. Of the thirteen languages currently being offered remotely to students Kindergarten to Grade 8, we now welcome Nigerian languages, Igbo (E-boo) and Yoruba (Yo-RU-ba) to the Saturday morning program complement.

Yoruba will begin this Saturday, February 5th.

Igbo will begin next Saturday, February 12th.

Interest and enrolment spread rapidly over the past 6 weeks to attract close to 75 children from the Igbo and Yoruba language communities into the program. Although these language schools’ new beginnings are imminent, students interested in these two languages are welcomed to enrol at any time. Learning will begin remotely from home. When Saturday morning programs can resume to in-person learning safely, classes will be moved to our new St. Francis Campus (Queens Blvd and Westmount area).

 

What will they learn?

For 43 years, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has assembled numerous language communities together to provide a robust International and Indigenous Languages Program (IILP) for both Elementary and Secondary learners. Various cultural communities within Waterloo Region have offered language learning for their children, JK to Grade 8.  Learning language among children ones own age is very different. By using music, games, storytelling, interactive and educational activities as well as increased use of technology, students learn the value of using another language.

This Ministry of Education mandated funding is available to school boards who then accommodate language learning when approached by cultural communities. To start a language school, a minimum of 23 learners (JK to Grade 8) is required. Regardless of which publicly funded school children attend during the day, all students are welcome to learn any of the languages offered after school, on weekends or in summer.  Note: prior knowledge of the language is not necessary.

How to Register?

Program details about these and other Saturday morning programs may be found at https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/programsandcourses/il/elementary/ . Registration is online.

Classes are currently offered in a learn-at-home format led by a qualified instructor hired by WCDSB, until such time as we are permitted to return to a physical classroom.

Quotes:

“We are excited to welcome these two Nigerian language communities to the International Languages – Elementary Program and add them to the St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education legacy in Waterloo Region. Some language schools in the Region have been in existence for over 127 years, like the Sir Casimir Gzowski Polish School, and 45 years with the local Portuguese community.”

“We are enormously proud when we help a cultural community in their efforts to preserve language and culture. WCDSB and St. Louis became ambassadors for the first Rohingya language school in the world in 2012. That legacy has been recognized and can now continue for years to come. By inviting new language communities like Igbo and Yoruba to St. Louis / WCDSB, we are demonstrating a commitment to the value of diversity, inclusion and quality education.”

~~ Susan ElNagar, Program Manager, International Languages

“When a child hears their language spoken, especially while out in the public, they instantly feel a sense of community ~ a sense of belonging. Language is an integral part of cultural identity and a shared connection to roots brings communities together.”

~~Grace Ogor, Igbo Community member

“Youth growing up in an environment with little cultural outlets need intentional opportunities like this language school to foster usage and continuity of their mother tongue. While entertainment and social media give a general appreciation for the language that otherwise may not be spoken in daily life, learning with their peers would give an avenue for personal connections. The gift of learning their mother tongue would not only keep the language alive, but also gives them the confidence to stay rooted in culture – to explore other creative expressions, beyond our imagination.”

~~Aramide Taiwo, Yoruba Community member

Quick Facts:

History of St. Louis International Languages Program:

  • History of International Languages in Ontario is 44 years old in 2021.
  • Prior to 1977, heritage language schools were delivered by various cultural and linguistic communities.
  • In July 1977, Ministry of Education introduces Heritage Language Program to be offered through Continuing Education in or through School Boards.
  • By July 1989, Heritage Language programs become MANDATED and are funded through the Ministry of Education.
  • In 1993, the program name changed from Heritage to International Languages and then International and Indigenous Language Programs
  • To date, St. Louis International and Indigenous Language Program has over 1300 children participating in language learning during the 2021-2022 school year.  Summer Programming usually sees another 400 children.

About St. Louis:

  • Established in 1986, the St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres have been a proud part of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for 35 years, serving more than 260,000 adults, youth and children.
  • St. Louis focuses on supporting adults and youth to complete their OSSD, upgrade for post-secondary, or learn an employable skill; help newcomers to learn or improve English; and offers many after-school, weekend and summer learning options for children.
  • Over the last 15-20 years, more than 2,800 students have graduated from St. Louis’ award-winning, accredited certificate, apprenticeship and licensing ‘school-to-work’ programs (Culinary, Hairstyling and Personal Support Worker).

Related Links:

St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres  ; @StLouisWCDSB , St. Louis Facebook

Nigerians in the Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 185-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

SNOW DAY – Feb 3, 2022

Due to poor weather conditions on Thursday February 3rd, 2022, schools will be CLOSED.

weather alert using a snowflake and caution sign

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

Snow Alert for Evening Classes ~ Feb 2, 2022

weather alert using a snowflake and caution sign

Due to declining weather conditions, St. Louis campuses are closed this evening, February 2, 2022.

Please visit your class virtual site for further directions on student learning for tonight.

 

Welcome Back to In-Person Learning – UPDATE February 22, 2022

As restrictions continue to shift, so does the mode of delivery for the course offerings at St. Louis.

The following programs are currently offered in-person (as of February 22nd):

  • Personal Support Worker Certificate program is full, in-person learning, in class  (Kitchener Main Campus, Fairview Mennonite Homes) or at designated placement
  • Hairstyling/ Barber Training program is full, in-person learning, in class (Kitchener Main Campus) or at designated placement
  • Culinary Arts Training program continues at designated placement locations
  • Spots for Tots licensed childcare is in-person for registered children of parents who are learning onsite (Kitchener Main Campus)
  • Core Essentials (Literacy and Basic Skills) students continues to have the option of in-person or online learning (Kitchener Main and St. Benedict Campuses)
  • Correspondence Tutoring services are available offers in-person or online options (Kitchener Main Campus) – check and book according to day and evening schedules
  • LINC and Care for Newcomer Children – CNC / Childminding for qualifying families is full, in-person learning, in class (Kitchener Main, St. Francis, and Highland Campuses)
  • ESL students continue to have the option of in-person or online learning, whichever one they registered for at most locations (Kitchener Main, St. Mary’s 77 Young, St. Francis, Emmanuel and St. Benedict Campuses)
  • Students who are earning credits while they work, either at an in-person or remote job, are encouraged to have regular contact with your St. Louis Credits@Work teacher.
  • Homework Clubs at over 30 Catholic Elementary Schools and all Catholic Secondary Schools have resumed to in-person learning, before / after school or lunch (depending on school’s designated time)

** All other programs continue in a remote, online format until further notice**

Looking for Guidance Services?

LAST CHANCE  to REGISTER For:

  • Term 4 in-person or online Day credit classes beginning March 2nd (8:45am-11:30am / 12:30pm-3:30pm, ending May 2, 2022)

Guidance Services are also either in-person or remote. ALL current and prospective students must first complete the Guidance Intake formAll students NEW to St. Louis and WCDSB need to complete the New Student Registration Form.  Regular Office Hours: Now to June 30, 2022: Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 12:30pm/1:30-4:00pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm . Closed Fridays for PLAR and online appointments.

Upcoming Skills Training Intake Sessions:

Next Personal Support Worker Certificate Training Intake Session will be in-person on Monday, April 25, 2022, 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  Pre-registration begins soon!

Next Hairstyling and Barber Training Intake Session will be in-person on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 4:00-6:00pm. Classes start September 2022.  Pre-Register TODAY.

Stay tuned for details about the Culinary Arts Training programming for a September start.  Expressions of interest welcomed or for further inquiries, please call 519-745-1201 x201 or email Maria.Sukarieh@wcdsb.ca

** For more information on all St. Louis programs, visit https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca **

 

SNOW DAY ~ Jan 17, 2022

weather alert using a snowflake and caution sign

Due to poor weather conditions on Monday, January 17, 2022, schools will be closed.

ALL St. Louis students taking in-person and online classes offered both day and evening, should visit their virtual classroom for work posted by the classroom teacher.  Teachers will be available remotely during class times today.

There are no childcare services offered today at St. Louis.