St. Louis Celebrates Community and Diversity

This week St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres came together to celebrate.


We celebrate community. We celebrate our diversity. We celebrate the many people who helped toward the renovation of our Main Campus.  Mostly, we celebrate the everyday inspiration felt when students enter our school with hope of new beginnings, seize the opportunity to pursue their educational goals, and realize their success and full potential.

We began this week with a welcoming event and renovation tour to publicly thank school board and community champions who were part of the enhancements to our facilities and learning environments.  The St. Louis Kitchener Main Campus renovation at 80 Young Street was spring boarded after a renewed 15-year lease agreement was signed in January 2020 with the Catholic religious order, the Congregation of the Resurrection (CR) – which has owned the site for more than 150 years.

Renovation at Kitchener Main Campus

Over the last 3 years, significant infrastructure and fixtures were replaced and numerous learning environments were renovated, including a transformed hair salon, PSW lab and upgraded commercial kitchen.  With an equity and inclusion lens, universal washrooms, foot wash stations and multi-faith artifacts, and accessible signage and mobility features were added. We are enormously proud of this physical transformation, the partnership and shared legacy with the CR’s and more importantly of the impact St. Louis continues to have on learners of all ages in our community.

Heart of the Community

While the construction plans were being executed, our school community of staff, students and administrators came together to spend the last several months deciding on how we may showcase the value that St. Louis brings as the heart of the community.

The results so far:

  • A new Welcome wall, in 22 of the top languages either spoken or taught at our Main Campus
  • 3 student-chosen Unlearn© murals representing global diversity, flesh tones and various pathways to success
  • Celebration of Diversity & Community – A St. Louis Mural – a stunningly colourful art installation of 360 tiles, painted by students and staff, and arranged to reflect the hopes and aspirations of all involved

Faith, Equity & Inclusion

Beside this Celebration of Diversity & Community mural is a living document demonstrating our commitment to the ongoing conversation and continual growth as a school community.

This Equity statement begins like this:  At St. Louis, we continuously strive to create an environment where equity and inclusivity are paramount; a space where diversity is celebrated, and all voices are heard.  We work daily toward achieving our vision of Hope, Opportunity, and Success for All. To assist us in realizing this vision, we commit to the following guidelines, under the categories of Professional Development, Practices and Programming, and Positive Interaction.  For the full statement of this formal conversation, commitment and guidelines READ MORE.

Beautifully stated by St. Louis Principal, Lisa Mackay, “The (equity) statements contained, represent what we strive for each day in our programs… It is through these daily choices, actions and practices that we make our campuses inclusive learning communities where people thrive, feel welcome and can reach their potential. We know that as human beings we don’t always get it right, but it is imperative to always be aware of what is needed and expected, to reflect and learn and to work together to create the community we all want and deserve.”

With the old lockers of the St. Mary’s and St. Jerome’s high school era gone, and a refreshed look throughout the building, our walls and halls are filling up once again with a hope-filled future. There are many more opportunities for St. Louis to add to the remaining blank walls, just as there are many opportunities for our St. Louis students to start anew, at any point in their learning journey, and share their stories of success.

Hope, Opportunity, and Success for All

St. Louis Holiday Calendar – All Campuses

St. Louis Holiday Calendar – All Campuses

The holidays are approaching. St. Louis Programs and courses end at various times this month. Now is the time to register for programs and classes starting in January and February.

  • ESL/LINC offices close starting this Friday.
  • Last International and Indigenous Languages classes are this Saturday.
  • Term 3 Secondary School Credit Classes start Jan 10 and Guidance is available until Thursday, December 22 to register new and returning students.

St. Louis is CLOSED December 24 to January 8. Please check out our Holiday Calendar for stop and start dates for ALL of our Programs.

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


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 


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.



IMPORTANT St. Louis Start-up Dates 2022

IMPORTANT St. Louis Start-up Dates 2022

Here are some St. Louis start-up highlights:

  • Term 1 Secondary Credit Courses begin daily classes face-to-face Wednesday, September 7Register online starting Aug 29 and earn a credit in less than 8 weeks.
  • Self-directed online courses begin Monday, September 12 with options to earn credits around your schedule. Register online starting Aug 29 Certified teacher tutor support available in-person.
  • International Languages Secondary School Credit courses are part of the above credit course registration process.  Register online starting Aug 29 for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish classes.
  • Licensed Child Care is available onsite to support St. Louis students.  Registration will begin on September 6.
  • A NEW cohort of PSW and Hairstyling students begin in September.  St. Louis has small class sizes that will allow for in-person learning and skills development.
  • Core Essentials will be offered in-person in small class sizes beginning September 12.
  • ESL may be offered in-person and online morning, afternoon, evening and Saturdays this Fall starting on September 12. Online Registration is open now.
  • LINC will be offered in-person morning and afternoon and classes start September 12. Online Registration is open now.
  • Children’s language programs will start on Saturday, September 24 or Monday, September 26. Online Registration is open now.

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!


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,


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.


Gongxi Facai

Be Prosperous



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