Weekly Update: Oct. 7th-Oct.11th

posted Oct 4, 2019, 10:33 AM by Chris Risto

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Weekly Update: Oct.7th-Oct. 11th, 2019

In this issue

Labour Relations Update

Thanksgiving Prayer 

Week at a Glance

Go Family Resource

CSC Message  

Musical Theatre 

              Please click HERE for the most recent Labour Relations Update. 

Thanksgiving Prayer
Thank You, God, for all the wonderful blessings, for our daily meals, for clean drinking water and for sunlight, and for the cool breeze. I'm thankful for my family, my friends and my health. I'm thankful for my friends, to love and be loved. Thank You for this great country and for the freedom it offers. I'm thankful to be alive and praise You for all these wonders. I'm thankful that You have been so gracious to give Your only Son to us who gave his life and bore the unbearable for us sinners. On this Thanksgiving Day, I take the opportunity to give thanks for countless other things You provide us with on a daily basis. Amen.

Week at a Glance 

Monday, October 7th

  • Swim to Survive (Mrs. Milne’s class) 

  • Fall Food Drive - collecting non-perishable items for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard

Tuesday, October 8th

  • Last Day to contribute to our Fall Food Drive! 

Wednesday, October 9th

  • PIZZA lunch (for those who have ordered) 

Thursday, October 10th

  • Thanksgiving Mass at 9:25 am. All are welcome to attend. 

Friday, October 11th

  • PD Day. There is no school for students on this day. 

*Please note that Monday, October 14th is Thanksgiving Monday and schools are closed. 


Labour relations update for the OCSB Community

Last updated: October 4, 2019,  11:15 am

The provincial union representing CUPE has given notice they will be on strike as of Monday, October 7th if a deal is not reached at the provincial bargaining table. On a hopeful note, the parties that are meeting provincially have agreed to continue bargaining this Friday and over the weekend to try and avoid strike action.

If a strike by CUPE does occur, all Ottawa Catholic schools (K-12) will be closed for students as of Monday, October 7th.


This decision came about following careful deliberation. CUPE represents approximately 1300 full-time employees and nearly 1000 casual workers in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. We did not feel we could safely operate our schools without their services.

CUPE employees include educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), office administrators (OAs), library technicians, learning technology technicians, full-time adult ESL Instructors and a number of central Board staff.

We are committed to keeping you informed. Our Board and school websites will be the location for public announcements and updates regarding the labour disruption. As soon as we have an update, a second message will be sent to parents on Sunday evening using School Messenger to update you regarding the outcome of the provincial negotiations.

Thank you for your continued prayers, patience, and understanding.

Strike impact on our services and facilities

 If, as of Sunday night, the parties do not settle, services taking place in our schools will be affected as follows:

Classes and Transportation
  • All schools will be closed for students except for St. Nicholas Adult High School.

  • The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) will cancel all transportation for Ottawa Catholic schools

Community Use of Schools
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board school facilities such as gymnasiums, libraries, cafeterias and classrooms will remain open to those who have a Community Use of School permit. 

Child care and before and after school care
  • All Extended Day Programs (EDP) in our schools and all child care programs for Kindergarten and school age children operated by the Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation will be cancelled. Parents will be reimbursed for any closures exceeding 3 days annually.

  • All Early ON Centre programming will be closed. 

  • All Toddler and Preschool programs operated by the Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation will not be affected and will continue to operate normally.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the GoFamily resource for parents! The Go Family Map was developed by the Parent Resource Centre in collaboration with the Ottawa Best Start Network.  This interactive map shows the locations and contact information for child and family services in Ottawa. These services are either free or have a minimal cost and have been divided into several categories, which reflect the different needs of our growing population.


A Message from your Catholic School Council 

Hi everyone,

Please share the following link https://signup.com/go/MdPsvEH for popcorn friday parent volunteer to sign up.  There are details in the system when they click it....  This is a new platform which seems easy enough to use and work with.  Any feedback would be appreciated.


Musical Theatre Workshops for Children

Calling all Grade 3 to 6 students! Once again, the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa is offering Children’s Musical Theatre Workshops. This series of five Saturday morning classes gives children the opportunity to learn about acting, singing and choreography. No experience is necessary! 

Saturdays, Oct.26 - Nov. 23 9:00 a.m - 12:00 noon at St. Paul High School

Cost: $100. Space is limited. Learn more and register.


Please visit our school WEBSITE for additional information throughout the year as well as a calendar with all important dates and times for various events. Follow us on TWITTER and be sure to visit our FACEBOOK page! 


St. Luke School, Nepean

60 Mountshannon Drive

Nepean, ON  K2J 4B8

Phone: 613-825-2520
Email: Luke.Carleton@ocsb.ca
Website: luk.ocsb.ca
Twitter: lukecarleton