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All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020

Labour Updates St. Louis

February 19, 2020

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Friday, February 21, 2020

Labour Updates St. Louis

February 13, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Friday, February 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 February 21.

All programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 21 —  with the exception of Personal Support Worker programs, which will run on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 21.

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.

Labour Update – Impact on St. Louis

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation  (OSSTF) will have a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4.

ALL WCDSB St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres’ programs will be unavailable.

EXCEPT St. Louis Personal Support Worker programs will be open and running on their normal schedules and at their regular locations.

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

Long-Term Lease Extension for Downtown Kitchener

Catholic Board Announces Long-Term Lease Extension for Downtown Kitchener St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centre Campus

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board today announced plans to maintain its St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campus at 80 Young Street in downtown Kitchener, potentially until 2035.

The opportunity to remain at the very heart of the Waterloo Region community comes as a result of a new lease agreement with the Catholic religious order, the Congregation of the Resurrection (CR) — which has owned the site for more than 150 years.

The school board’s current 25-year lease with the CRs was set to expire in 2020. St. Louis has operated at the site since 2002. Catholic educational institutions (most notably the former St. Jerome’s High School) have existed there since 1866.

The opportunity to renew the downtown Kitchener lease at this time will allow St. Louis to continue offering programs and services to those most in need in the community, while also aligning with the Congregation’s values and mission to “work together for the resurrection of society, bringing His life and love to all: through our personal witness, through the witness of our life in community in which all can experience the hope, joy, and peace of Christ’s resurrection”. The school board and St. Louis look forward particularly to continuing our close relationship with St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Parish.

Renewal work at the St. Francis (Kitchener) campus of St. Louis was planned in anticipation of relocating certain programs and services after the current lease at 80 Young Street expired. This work will continue.

Quotes:

“We are absolutely thrilled with the successful negotiation of a new lease that allows St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres to remain in its current location at 80 Young St.  Waterloo Catholic is grateful to the Congregation of the Resurrection for their willingness to work with us and for recognizing the great value of the programs offered at St Louis.  With our long history of serving a diverse student population, and given the strong Catholic roots in downtown Kitchener, we are enormously proud and happy that this legacy has been recognized and can now continue for years to come. We are also eagerly anticipating the work that this agreement will allow to flourish between St. Louis and the parish of St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows, where a community-focused energy is gaining great momentum.  It is a day for celebration for downtown Kitchener, for Waterloo Catholic and for students of all ages and talents”.

~~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education, WCDSB

“Our founding Father in Education — Resurrectionist Fr. Louis Funken C.R. — had fire in his heart and passion in his soul when it came to the launch of St. Jerome’s in 1866. As a Resurrectionist, ‘he believed that education was a source of life and liberation for those who had the privilege to experience it.’  (Fr. Jim Wahl C.R.)  The Congregation of the Resurrection celebrates his legacy and the legacy of all Resurrectionists who have taught over the years by supporting the WDCSB in its ongoing wonderful ministry at the St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres, formally St. Jerome’s High School”.

~~ Fr. Murray McDermott C.R., Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Resurrection

“The St. Louis site (former St. Jerome’s High School), has been an integral part of our education system in the heart of the City of Kitchener for well over a century. “We are thrilled with the announcement by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Congregation of the Resurrection that this downtown site right across from Kitchener City Hall will continue to serve thousands of students in the years ahead – everyone from new Canadians to those pursuing their lifelong learning goals as adults.”

~~ Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener and St. Jerome’s High School Graduate

QuickFacts:

About St. Louis:

  • The St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres have been a proud part of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for 33 years, serving more than 250,000 learners.
  • The total current number of St. Louis students of ALL AGES served across all programs = 12,500.
  • More than 38,000 hours of additional after school, Saturday and Summer Literacy and Numeracy supports is provided to students from Grades 7-10 annually.
  • The number of day school credits earned by St. Louis students = 6568 – and several hundred adult learners receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma via St. Louis annually.
  • Over the last 15 years, more than 2,800 students have graduated from St. Louis’ award-winning, accredited certificate, apprenticeship and licensing ‘school-to-work’ programs (Chef, Hairstyling and Personal Support Worker).
  • 82% per cent of Chef and Hairstyling graduates and 98% of Personal Support Worker graduates find employment in their fields within six months of graduation.

About the Congregation of the Resurrection:

  • Founded in 1836 in Paris, France, the Congregation of the Resurrection became established in what is now Waterloo Region in 1857. In 1865 the order — under the leadership of Fr. Louis Funcken, C.R. — founded St. Jerome’s College in St. Agatha. The College moved to Berlin (now Kitchener) in 1866, with the buildings eventually becoming St. Jerome’s High School. The College relocated and is now St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo.
  • A fundamental belief of the Resurrectionists is that God calls them to work together for the resurrection of society, so the order’s twin priorities have always been parish work and teaching.
  • Today, Resurrectionist priests, brothers, and deacons work in such ministries as social work, spiritual direction, counselling, administration, hospital chaplaincy, retreat directors, missionary activity, vocations, writing, and various ministries in Canadian and ethnic parishes (mostly Polish, but also German, Italian, Spanish and French).
  • Recent efforts by Fr. Toby Collins, C.R., Fr. Dan Lobsinger, C.R., Fr. Joseph deViveiros, C.R. and the staff team at St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Parish in downtown Kitchener to house and feed the homeless in the face of a severe cold snap were well covered in media reports, and speak to the important ongoing contributions of Waterloo Region’s CRs.

Related Links:

St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres

Congregation of the Resurrection

St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Parish

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 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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For more information, please contact:

John Shewchuk – Chief Managing Officer

(519) 578-3660 | john.shewchuk@wcdsb.ca

St. Louis Holiday Calendar 2019-2020

From all of us at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, have a blessed Christmas with family and friends and a wonderful start to 2020!

2019-2020 Holiday Schedule St Louis

Clear Vision for 2020

When you have clear vision – 20/20 vision – setting goals, seeking guidance and putting plans into action is the easy part.

Really?

That seems so hard, you say.

Most students have shared that when they come to St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, the hardest part was opening the door.

Who stands at our doors – literally and virtually?

  • an aspiring college or university student needing to upgrade or earn a pre-requisite
  • anyone at a crossroads looking to start a new job or develop skills toward a career
  • someone who has been out of school for a while and wanting to finally finish their high school diploma
  • a high school student wanting to finish their last couple of credits quickly instead of a 5th year
  • a hard-working parent, juggling work, family obligations and finding it hard to fit school in the mix
  • a newcomer or landed immigrant wanting to improve their English for a better life
  • or parents wanting to find fun and meaningful learning opportunities outside of school, so their child may be more successful in school

If this is you, then it’s time to open that door and we will work with you to set some goals.

Set Goals

Let’s be real – even the best-laid plans may not turn out the way you expect. You may not achieve every goal you set out, or your goal may change and develop as time progresses. Most paths are not a straight line.

Either way, it’s important to have an idea of how to set goals. Developing SMART goals is a great way to get started.

SMART goals

Not all SMART goals are created equally, either.

To start, think about what long-term goals you want to set. These goals will take longer and have more moving parts. (By the way, finishing your high school as an adult might not take as long as you think it will)

Once you’ve determined a long-term goal (or a couple), break it down and determine:

  • Obstacles that will make it hard to achieve.
  • Resources that can help you hit your target.
  • Benefits of making the goal happen.

Next, you’ll want to further break down your SMART goal into smaller targets or short-term goals. What tasks can you accomplish in the next day or weeks to help you reach your end result?

Seek Guidance

As you approach a new year, share these goals with someone. You are welcomed to come to St. Louis with your 20/20 vision or even your hopes for your future and

  •  St. Louis Guidance Counsellors will work with you to develop an educational plan. They will look at your past education and life experience, explore where you are at now, what you need to achieve your goal and how best to get you there quickly, affordably and successfully.
  • Get a language assessment at the YMCA to determine your English language level. St. Louis ESL/ LINC teachers will work with you in class. They have real-life tasks that will help you communicate better, leading to work, further education and Canadian citizenship.
  • Visit our website to find out what’s required and what benefits you gain from our three skills training programs. There are lots of jobs in food service, hairstyling, barbering and personal support worker. Louis can help you gain employable skills and certificates.
  • Explore the many language offerings available evenings and Saturdays that could enhance your child’s learning in the new year. Feel free to email or call if you cannot find the language you are interested in on our website.
  • Ask your child’s Grade 7 – 10 teacher or Principal what resources they have to help your child do better in school and how a St. Louis after school or Saturday program can help

Put 2020 Plans into Action

  • NOW Culinary Program has a few spots left for the next class that begins January 6th . Call St. Louis school before December 19th to register.
  • December 16-19, 8:30-12:30 / 1:30-3pm + Tuesday and Wednesday evening – Term 3 Secondary School Credit classes begin Tuesday, January 7. Online correspondence courses begin at any time. Visit a Guidance Counsellor Monday to Thursday at 80 Young Street, Kitchener or 150 Main Street, Cambridge. No Guidance services over the holidays.
  • January 13 at 9:00amPersonal Support Worker intake/info session for a class that starts February 19.
  • January 14 at 6:00pmHairstyling / Barbering intake for a class that starts March 23
  • New ESL / LINC registrations are welcome any time after January 6. Bring your language assessment from the YMCA, Immigrant services. ESL/LINC classes resume January 6 at all 7 locations.
  • Register your child online any time for one of 19 International Languages elementary (IL) offered for JK to Grade 8 students. When children learn another language, they tend to do better overall in school. IL classes resume January 11.
  • Register your child online any time if your child is in Grade 7 or 8 and struggling with school. You may also start anytime to get academic help on Saturday mornings or ask your school if they have a homework club.
  • ALWAYS Celebrate the start of a new year by reflecting on what you HAVE accomplished. And know that St. Louis can be here beside you as you build on your hope for more, better or different, pursue opportunities and continue a pathway to educational success.

Don’t stand at the door and wait for someone to open it for you.

You can wish for it, hope for it, dream of it.

By all means, do it.

OSSTF One-Day Strike December 4

LINC, ESL, Core Essentials and Childcare Centres are CANCELLED TODAY ONLY (Wednesday, Dec 4)

The following programs and childcare centres at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education are CLOSED TODAY, Wednesday, December 4, 2019: 

  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) at all St. Louis locations 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) at all St. Louis locations 
  • Core Essentials in Kitchener and Cambridge 
  • Spots for Tots Licensed childcare at St. Louis Kitchener Main campus 
  • LINC childminding at St. Louis Kitchener Main and Highland Campus 

These classes will OPEN again on Thursday, December 5. 

ALL other programs will be running as usual. These include all St. Louis Secondary School Credit courses, International Language, Culinary, Hairstyling and Personal Support Worker programs.

OSSTF staff at St. Louis will not be at work on December 4, as they are on strike TODAY.  

LINC, ESL, Core Essentials and Childcare Centres may be Cancelled Wednesday

Notice to Students and Community Partners:

(as of December 2, 2019)

The following programs and childcare centres at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education MAY be closed on Wednesday, December 4, 2019:

  • LINC
  • ESL
  • Core Essentials
  • Spots for Tots and LINC childminding

OSSTF, the union representing our co-workers in these programs, have been engaged in provincial negotiations for several weeks.  As part of this process, OSSTF has indicated that if sufficient progress is not made in these negotiations by Wednesday, December 4, they will engage in a one-day strike on that date.  The LINC, ESL, Core Essentials programs and Spots for Tots / LINC childminding cannot run without the work of our valuable instructors and childcare workers.

Please check St. Louis website https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca, Twitter and Facebook before attending class or dropping off children on Wednesday, December 4. Information will be updated here:

           

ALL other programs including our Secondary School Credit programs will be running as usual.

St. Louis Graduates the Class of 2019

Congratulations Graduates!

On Friday, November 15 we all experienced the power of our students’ remarkable achievements.  It was a great night and the pride on the faces of the graduates and their families was amazing!  Our 437 graduates received their long-awaited Ontario Secondary School Diploma, 21 Culinary Arts program graduates and 61 Hairstyling and Barber program graduates received their Certificates.  We wish all graduates the best of luck and blessings as they enter the next chapter of their stories.  This coming Friday, November 22 there will be PSW graduation and 85 St. Louis trained Personal Support Workers will earn their Certificates. We look forward to another wonderful evening of celebration!

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