STEO is changing school bus pickup and drop off schedules for September 2020 for schools in the regions of Leeds, Grenville, Dundas, Prescott and Russell. St. Joseph Catholic School will be affected by these changes for September 2020. Unified bell times are being phased in over a three-year period for both CDSBEO and UCDSB, and have been successfully implemented in all Lanark area schools this year. The new elementary school start times will range from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and all high schools will begin their school day at 8:00 a.m. Parents will receive more information as it becomes available. For additional details please visit www.steo.ca/belltimechanges.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) provided notice that their members will escalate strike action to a full one-day withdrawal of services on Friday, February 21, 2020. This one-day, full withdrawal of services is in addition to existing sanctions which will continue in effect after February 21, 2020.
OECTA represents more than 857 teachers or 59 per cent of the CDSBEO workforce. Safety of students is our greatest priority and due to the full withdrawal of classroom teaching services, the Board is not able to ensure adequate student safety and well-being, therefore, all CDSBEO elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on Friday, February 21, 2020.
We would encourage parents and guardians to have alternate childcare plans in place for Friday, February 21, 2020. Parents who have children that attend childcare and/or before and after school care programs in CDSBEO facilities should contact their individual provider for details on childcare operations during the strike.
This labour disruption arises out of the current central negotiations process involving the Government of Ontario, the Council of Trustees’ Association (which includes the Association representing Catholic school boards – the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association), and OECTA. Please note that the CDSBEO does not control decisions regarding provincial strike action.
The decision to close schools to students is complex and is made with careful consideration. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.
Details and updates of the strike situation will be posted regularly through social media and on this web page. Please keep our students, staff and families in your prayers as we move forward in these challenging times.
Please find our February Elementary E-bits edition below.
Click here to access the Winter/Spring 2020 Leeds and Grenville Family Program Guide . This free publication is a resource guide of information about programs, services and events available in the community for families with children from birth through to the teenage years.
You can also access the resource here: https://www.leedsgrenville.com/en/services/EarlyON.aspx
Information shared from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit related to Stress.
St. Mary’s Cathedral Epiphany Christmas Carol-Sing!
Sunday, January 5, 2:00-3:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston
Help fill the Cathedral with your favourite carols of the Christmas season, led by Jeffrey Moellman, the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and organ.
Bring your friends and your best voice — carolling without the cold!
Festive seasonal refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, Council #728.
Canned good donations will be accepted for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank,
and monetary donations will be accepted to benefit the restoration of the organ of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Tax receipts are available for any donations over $25.
We’re coming back to TLTI in Lansdowne on the holidays! “Home Alone Safety for Kids” will be upstairs at the Fire Hall from 9-3 on Thursday Jan 2nd. Boys and girls ages 9-12 will learn important safety skills using games, videos and other fun activities. Red Cross Babysitter Training (ages 11 and up) will be in the same location on Friday, Jan 3rd from 9am-4pm. Both courses teach street safety, stranger danger, tricky people, internet and fire safety, safe snacking and first aid. Babysitter Training builds on those skills by learning how to care for others, including younger siblings, demonstrating and practicing child and infant CPR, how to use an epi pen and asthma inhaler/spacer. We review the safety skills you have been teaching all along. $55 for either course includes take home workbook. Please contact First Aid/CPR instructor Colleen Cameron by text 613 498 4415 or email email@example.com to save a limited spot for your child. You can also register directly on www.leeds1000islands.ca and click on “Recreation and Leisure”. Payment is due on the day of training. You will receive a reminder notice. Please bring a nut free lunch and doll or teddy (for the babysitter class).
CC First Aid Training
TEXT 613 498 4415
Training Partner with the Canadian Red Cross
First Aid, CPR (all levels), Babysitter and Home Alone Training Courses across Eastern Ontario