Monthly Archives: February 2020

St. John’s Thunder Purple T-shirts

Good evening,

You will have noticed your children coming home with a new shirt. The shirts were distributed yesterday at our assembly; the St. John’s Thunderdome is full of purple pride and enthusiasm!

We wanted to provide T-shirts to all of the children so they can show their pride in their school. We invite them to wear them anytime, especially Thunder Thursdays! We would also appreciate them wearing the shirts on school trips.

Have a great evening,


Pancake Supper Tonight at the Church!!

St. John’s Pancake Supper Reminder

Our annual pancake supper is tonight!  Do not miss out on this opportunity to support our school & parish community.  

WHERE:  St. John’s Church Parish Hall (enter by the side door, off Waverly St.)

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 25, 2020, from 5 to 6:30 pm; food will be served until 6:15

WHAT: Meal includes pancakes, ham, hash brown potatoes and a drink

Entertainment will be provided by St John’s Choir

PRICE: Family tickets — 4 for $20 (and $3 for each extra person);  Individual tickets — $5 each

BRING: Your loonies and toonies so you don’t miss out on our raffle table 

ALL proceeds will be used to help offset the cost of our Grade 8 Graduation

Tickets are available at the Main Office until 4:30 and then at the door of the hall!

School is OPEN on Monday

Great news everyone!

After some progress in the negotiation talks this week, OECTA has cancelled their rotating strikes for this week.

This means that we are back at school for a normal school day on Monday.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility.

Paul Gladding


School Closed Friday and Monday




بسبب الإضراب سيتم إغلاق المدرسة غداً

برنامج الرعاية المطوَّل سيظل مفتوح





ብምኽንያት ምሕሳም መማህራን ( ሾፐሮ)፡ ጽባሕ ቤት ትምህርቲ ተዓጽዩ ክውዕል ኢዩ። ናይ ሕጻናት ደይኬር ግን ከም ልሙድ ክሰርሕ ኢዩ


በኣስተማሪዎች ሰላማዊ ኣድማ ምክንያት፡ ነገ ትምህርትቤታችን ዝግ ይሆናል። የሕጻናት ደይኬር ግን አንደ ዘወትር ይሰራል።

Mr. Paul Gladding


Report Cards and Next Week

Good Afternoon Parents,

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your Family Day together.

We will have an altered schedule next week; the school is closed on Monday February 17th for Family Day. The school is also closed on Friday February 21st as a result of a teacher strike day. We all remain very hopeful that things will be soon settled between the government and the teachers’ union.

Report card note: the following is a correction to the memo that you received in your child’s report cards.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Enclosed is your child’s report card, which is an important reflection of the work done throughout the school year, and the mark, learning skills and teacher comments traditionally give us a fulsome picture about a student’s learning.

In early January, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:

  • OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.

You will notice that the report card your child has brought home reflects these directives.  With that said, Our teachers remain committed to the WCDSB’s strategic direction to nurture a culture of innovation and foster maximum opportunity for success for all. Reporting student achievement (of which report cards are one component) is the result of thoughtful and ongoing assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers continue to display professionalism in this regard and value your role and partnership.

We would encourage you to please read the report card, with care, along with your child, and discuss how it might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses.

We join you in hoping for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.


Paul Gladding, Principal


Public Meeting for the Boundary Review Meeting Wednesday evening at Holy Rosary

Dear Parents,

I am writing to remind you that there is a Public Meeting regarding the St. John’s Boundary Review this Wednesday night; February 12th from 3:00 – 8:00pm in the gym at Holy Rosary CES. Parents are encouraged to attend, this is a time to learn more about the boundary review, ask questions and offer your personal feedback.

For parents that have transportation concerns there will be a bus provided to take you to the school. The bus will pick you up at St. John’s at 5:30 pm. The bus will then return to St. John’s to drop you off by 7:30pm.

ዝከበርኩም ወለዲ

ኸም ዝፍለጥ ብዝሒ ተመሃሮ ስለዘለና ኣብ ሓደ ሓደ ቦታታት ዘለው ተመሃሮ ናብ ካልእ ቤት ትምህርቲ ከም ዝከዱ ሓበሬታ ሂብናኩም ኣለና ። ንደሕሪ ጽባሕ ሮቡዕ የካቲት 12, ካብ ሰኣት 3፡00 ክሳብ ሰዓት 8:00 ኣብ ጂም ናይ  ቤት ትምህርቲ Holy Rosary CES ሓበሬታ ብዛዕባ ናይ ዶብ ቤት ትምህርቲ ክንህብ ኢና። ሕቶን ርእይቶን ኽንቅበል ኢና።

ናይ መጎዓዝያ ጸገም ዘለኩም ኣውቶብስ ኣብ ቤት ትምህርቲ St. John’s ኸነዳልወልኩም ኢና። ካብ ቤት ትምህርቲ ሰዓት 5.፡30 ተበጊሳ ስዓት 7:30 ኣብ ቤት ትምህርቲ St. John’s ከትመልሰኩም ኢያ።

If you have any questions please let me know,

Mr. Paul Gladding,



St. John CES Boundary Review – Public Meeting Notice

St. John CES Boundary Review – Public Meeting Notice

Waterloo Region, ON – On October 30, 2019 a WCDSB staff report recommending a school boundary review involving St. John CESHoly Rosary CESOur Lady of Lourdes CES and St. Nicholas CES – with the purpose of reducing enrolment pressure at St. John – was approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Boundary Review Process currently ongoing is designed to ensure that the public has opportunity to comment on the proposed boundary solution, the impact on affected students has been considered, and that decisions are based on an efficient and equitable use of system resources. The process is overseen by a Boundary Review Committee. Composition and responsibilities of the committee are described the Board’s Pupil Accommodation Review Process. The process includes two public meetings – the second of which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Holy Rosary CES (details below).

Information about the review is available online at:

Comments may be submitted via email to:

Public Consultation — St. John Boundary Review

Schools involved: St. John, Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Nicholas

Open House: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School; 485 Thorndale Drive, Waterloo

Purpose: To receive feedback on the preferred option – Option 7 – and implementation recommendations, prior to finalizing the option for recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Options that have been recommended to be discarded will also be displayed. Drop in any time between 3pm and 8pm to view the preferred option and implementation recommendations, speak with school board staff and provide feedback to the Boundary Review Committee.

Preferred Option – Option 7

 Proposes to move students, effective September, 2020:

  • Areas B and E from St. John to Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Areas F and G from St. John to Holy Rosary
  • Areas X and Y from Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Nicholas
  • Area M from Holy Rosary to St. Nicholas (students living in this area who were previously moved from St. Agatha would be “grandparented” to Holy Rosary)
  • All students currently attending these schools on out-of-boundary permission would return to their designated home school.

Grade 7 students currently living within an affected school’s boundary will be permitted to stay at their current school. These students will be provided with transportation if they qualify based on the Board’s transportation guidelines.

Grade 7 students currently attending an affected school but living outside of the school’s boundaries will be permitted to stay at their current school. These students will not be provided with transportation.








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Nutrition for Learning is looking for your support

St. John’s Nutrition for Learning program provides universal access to nutritious food for all students.  During the week of February 3rd-7th Nutrition for Learning is running an online fundraiser to raise money to support our school nutrition programs.  Follow the link to make an online donation and support the program at St. John’s.

Thank you,

Paul Gladding


Strike on Tuesday – no school for Students

Good afternoon,

There is a Ontario Catholic teachers strike on Tuesday, please see the message below, translated into some of the languages of our school community.

The strike tomorrow is the only one that affects our school this week – the strike days in the public board later in the week have no impact on the St. John’s School community.

Paul Gladding







بسبب الإضراب سيتم إغلاق المدرسة غداً

برنامج الرعاية المطوَّل سيظل مفتوح





ብምኽንያት ምሕሳም መማህራን ( ሾፐሮ)፡ ጽባሕ ቤት ትምህርቲ ተዓጽዩ ክውዕል ኢዩ። ናይ ሕጻናት ደይኬር ግን ከም ልሙድ ክሰርሕ ኢዩ


በኣስተማሪዎች ሰላማዊ ኣድማ ምክንያት፡ ነገ ትምህርትቤታችን ዝግ ይሆናል። የሕጻናት ደይኬር ግን አንደ ዘወትር ይሰራል።

Message re: Coronavirus from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health

January 27, 2020
Dear school community members:

Re: Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

As you will likely know, on January 25, 2020, Ontario identified its first presumptive confirmed case for the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Today, January 27, 2020, Ontario has confirmed that the wife of the first case has tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s public health laboratory.

The health and well-being of Ontarians, including and especially our students and school staff, is Ontario’s top priority. Students, parents and school communities should rest assured that the province is working together in close cooperation with its partners in both the education and health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

These presumptive confirmed cases were not unexpected and the health system’s response has ensured that the risk to the general public from these cases has been minimized. The first patient was promptly identified prior to transport to the local hospital, health care workers wore appropriate personal protective equipment, and the patient was immediately placed in isolation, where they have remained. The second case has been in self-isolation since arriving in Toronto. These presumptive positive cases do not change the overall risk to Ontario, which is still considered low.

While this issue continues to emerge, we anticipate in the coming weeks that there may be additional cases identified in Ontario, other parts of Canada, and other countries who have individuals with travel history to the impacted area or other significant epidemiological links.

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and include a range of illnesses from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They can cause mild, moderate or severe respiratory illness in some people. Symptoms of the 2019-nCoV include fever, cough and difficulty breathing and studies are underway to try and understand this virus better. As of today, cases of this new disease have been identified in other areas of China, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan and in the United States, among others. We continue to monitor this situation closely along with our local and federal public health colleagues.

The 2019-nCoV virus has been identified at the same time that influenza (also known as the flu) and many other respiratory viruses are circulating in Ontario, which is common at this time of the year. The precautions to protect yourself against common respiratory ailments can also be used to help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV. Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness, which include: • get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only); • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; • if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; and • if you or your family members are ill, stay home.

Residents who return from recent international travel with history of travel to affected area and become ill with respiratory signs and symptoms such as cough and fever should report their travel history to any health professional, or emergency department staff, when they visit.

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, recently expanded monitoring protocols by making this novel coronavirus reportable to public health by a health professional so that if potential cases are identified in your area, the relevant local public health unit can quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests, and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection.. Information has also been provided to hospitals to increase their screening processes for individuals who present with signs and symptoms of this new virus and have travelled to Wuhan, China. This will help ensure cases are identified promptly and actions taken to prevent its spread.
More Information can be found on the following websites: Ontario Ministry of Health:

Find your Local Public Health Unit:

Public Health Agency of Canada:

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory: Sincerely,

Dr. David Williams Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health

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