Monthly Archives: September 2019

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – 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.

 

 

 

 

Thank You in Participating in the Annual Terry Fox Run!

Staff at St. Elizabeth CES would like to thank, and congratulate, the amazing St. Elizabeth superstars for their participation in the annual Terry Fox School Run! It was great to observe their determination and enthusiasm! Over 9,000 schools across Canada participated in the Run this year, taking up Terry’s cause as their own. This strong show of solidarity will help to ensure that Terry’s legacy will continue across our great country.

A big thank you also goes out to all those who have donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.  Access to online fundraising will remain open until March 2020. Please feel free to continue to donate and support: http://www.terryfox.ca/StElizabethCESCambridge.

 

Way to go Eagles!!!

 

Meet the Teacher Night

Come join us September 25th from 5:30 – 7:00 at St. Elizabeth Catholic School for our 2019-2020 Meet the Teacher Night.  You can meet your child’s teacher and learn all about the interesting things happening in the classroom.

 

In the atrium we will have displays for:

  • Spirit wear
  • ECO Schools and Litterless lunches
  • School Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twilight Retreat “Called to Belong” is Cancelled

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)

 

Thank you for your understanding.

Spirit Wear 2019

Spirit wear is available again this year.  You can order online directly from the company or paper order forms will be available at Meet the Teacher Night on September 25th.  Grade 8’s have been given information about ordering Grad wear that can also be ordered online or paper orders will be accepted.

 

Terry Fox School Run

The Terry Fox School Run is less than a week away and St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School is approaching the finish line.  Please help us in supporting the doctors and researchers that are striving for a cure to cancer.  Donate at:

http://www.terryfox.ca/StElizabethCESCambridge.  

We are so proud to be carrying on this incredible Canadian tradition at our school. #terryfoxliveshere

October Fit Bit 2019- Pumpkin Power

The arrival of fall means pumpkins are in season in Ontario! Not only are pumpkins fun to carve, they are also delicious and nutritious. Pumpkins are an excellent source of Vitamin A, iron and protein. The seeds and the inside flesh of a pumpkin can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Grab a pumpkin and try a recipe this fall!

 

Buying and storing pumpkins

  • Check out a local pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. Many farms offer more than just picking pumpkins, making it a fun family adventure outdoors!
  • Buying local foods helps support farmers so they can continue to grow fresh and affordable produce.
  • Look for small pumpkins with firm and smooth orange skin as they will have a good flavour for cooking. Large pumpkins with thin walls are less flavourful for cooking, but are perfect for carving! You can scoop out the seeds from a carved pumpkin and roast them for a tasty and healthy snack!
  • A whole pumpkin can keep for several months in a cool and dry location. Once you cut your fresh pumpkin, it can stay wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Cooking with pumpkin

  • Cut a pumpkin open and scoop out the seeds and the fibre strands from the centre.
  • Pumpkins can be baked, boiled, steamed or cooked in the microwave. When the pumpkin is cooked, the flesh is easily scooped out from the hard peel and can be mashed or puréed.

Try this pumpkin recipe:

 

Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Makes: 6 servings

 

Ingredients:

 

12                           jumbo whole grain pasta shells

1 1/4 cups           non-fat ricotta cheese*

3/4 cup                 pumpkin purée

1/2 cup                 parmesan cheese, grated*

1/2 tsp                  garlic powder

2 Tbsp.                 dried basil

1/4 tsp                  ground sage

1/2 tsp                  salt

1/2 tsp                  pepper

1 cup                     pasta sauce


Directions:

  1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain and separate onto baking sheet to let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, pumpkin, parmesan, and spices. Save 1 Tbsp. parmesan for topping.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a baking dish that holds all of the pasta shells in a single layer.
  4. Spread pasta sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Fill each shell with about 3 Tbsp. of pumpkin mixture, and place shells close together on the sauce in baking dish.
  5. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and bake for 15 more minutes.
  6. Serve with a side salad or your favorite side vegetables!

*Choose low-sodium, low-fat cheese when possible

Recipe adapted from www.foodhero.org

 

 

Adapted from unlockfood.ca. Visit unlockfood.ca for more information on pumpkins and healthy eating.

Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services