Monthly Archives: December 2019

Lost and Found

Good morning,

I am always sad and disappointed when we address lost and found items. It is not uncommon for students here to ask for warm winter clothing, yet when we go to spread out the lost and found we have around 300 items, there are full tables of hats and mitts and coats and snow pants.  All classes are taking time to stop by and look at the items that are all spread out. Please encourage your children to come and take their lost items.

Thank you,

Paul Gladding


School is on this Wednesday; Weather is coming – be prepared; We are looking for Lunch Hour Supervisors; Parking lot woes

Good afternoon everyone,

I am writing with 4 pieces of news

Public Board Closure (WE ARE OPEN) – The potential one day strike announced by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will not affect WCDSB elementary and secondary schools. Our school will be open as usual on Wednesday and running on a normal schedule.

Winter Weather – There is some winter weather coming our way tomorrow; this seemed like a good time to remind the kids to come dressed for the elements.  Please dress warmly and be prepared to be outside for all recesses. The following are the guidelines we follow for keeping the students indoors in cases of extreme temperatures: when the temperature is between -15°C and -19°C: students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minutes at a time; when temperatures are colder than -19°C: students must remain inside. Temperatures and conditions vary across the Region. The following website shall be used to assess local conditions:   If winter weather ever becomes extreme and school or buses are being cancelled those announcements are made on the board and school website as well as through local radio stations.

Lunch Hour Supervisors (LHS) – we are in need of and are hiring one daily LHS position at St. John’s. We are also looking for adults in the community that might be interested in filling in for this role from time to timer on a suppl;y list. This is a one hour paid position; anyone interested please contact Mr. Gladding or Mrs. Macdonald at the school office.

Parking Lot Woes – anyone who has ever tried to pick up students at the end of the day here knows that it can be a problem and often turns into a traffic jam that stops our buses from getting out. I will be outside at the end of the day for the next couple of days handing out a set of rules and a map that should help to improve this problem.

Stay warm and have a good evening,

Paul Gladding



Reminder – Friday is the Bake Sale; last day for donations and hot chocolate orders

Good evening St. John’s Thunder – Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow (Friday Dec. 13) is the last day to bring in donations (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balm).

Also, tomorrow is the last day to order Hot Chocolate. If you have ordered hot chocolate, it will be delivered to you on Tuesday, Dec. 17th

Lastly, tomorrow is the YUMMY Bake Sale — bring in loose change and come visit the Grade 8 classroom. 

Bus Talk today, Blacklight Dance, Bake Sale / Hot Chocolate and our Salvation Army drive

Good afternoon,

A few updates and info items today.

Thank you to all who attended the Christmas in the Thunderdome last Week, it was very fun night full of Christmas cheer. Thank you very much to our wonderful and crafty volunteers and to our staff that made the evening run.

Bus talks – this afternoon we brought each bus group down to the library to review their seating plan and bus behaviour expectations. Please follow up at home to review these as well. All of the items we focused on were about promoting safety and providing a reasonable environment for one another and the bus driver.  The students were reminded to #1. Stay seated; #2. Keep the noise to a reasonable level and #3. To keep their hands and feet to themselves.

Grade 8 Charity Initiatives – Our Grade 8s are working with the Salvation Army to take care of folks that need some help this Christmas. They are running a Bake Sale on Friday morning until lunch; all products will cost between 50 cents and $2. They are also selling Hot Chocolate; orders are being taken this week and deliveries will come on Thursday; the cost is $1 and with marshmallows is $1.25.  Finally they are running a Teen Hygiene Products Drive; they would appreciate donations of  toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, socks, razors, menstrual products, shampoo/conditioner and soap

Blacklight Dance  – Our dancers have been working very hard this fall to prepare for their big show day this Thursday. There will be shows for classes during the day and a show for parents and community members at 5pm – everyone is welcome.

Have a great evening,



Clarity about the Strike in the Public Board – no impact on us at St. John’s

Good afternoon everyone,

I am hoping that the message from the school board below clarifies the school day tomorrow. There is currently, talk of a one day strike that will close schools in the public board. This has no impact on us at St. John’s and we are open for business as usual.   Some parents may be affected by changes at the St. Louis Adult Learning Center, please see below.

Have a good day,



Message from the WCDSB:

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.


PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

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