Monthly Archives: September 2019

Public Messaging Re: CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

Cancelled: WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates below will be cancelled until further notice:

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

SEB Terry Fox Run: Thursday Sept 26th

Sir Edgar Bauer Catholic School is honoured to support the Terry Fox Run on Thursday, September 26th! We are proud of this amazing tradition at our school and we are thrilled to announce that, to date, we have participated for 12 years, raising $21,527.63 for cancer research!

Please help us to support our school during this important initiative and carry on Terry’s dream of a world without cancer. Donate through one of our students or to our school run at http://www.terryfox.ca/SirEdgarBauerCSWaterloo. Thank you!

Meet The Teacher Night at SEB!

Hello Families:

Hoping everyone is able to join us tomorrow night. It is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with our community and see your child’s classroom. Details in the link below.

Meet the Teacher 2019

Looking forward to a great night. Thank you to our Catholic School Advisory Council for supporting.

Opportunity for Parents/Guardians of WCDSB: “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardian

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

 

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served. 

 

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

 

Called to Belong

 

  “All are one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28

Mandatory Mass Permission Form

We are blessed to be celebrating our Opening Mass at St. Michael Church with Father Freitas on Tuesday, Sept 17th at 10:00 a.m. All family and community members are invited to join our celebration.

Parents: If you have not yet completed the school start up forms PLEASE complete as soon as possible on line through School Cash On-Line. Our Mass permission form is included in this package. This form needs to be completed for students to attend.

Thank you.