Monthly Archives: September 2019


Dear Parents,

Due to the current labour situation we are asking for your assistance in the following manner: avoid dropping off student lunches and belongings through the school day, try to have your child here prior to or right at the morning bell and reduce the number of student pick ups/drop offs. There may be delays in answering the front door due to the current labour situation.

We are thankful for your patience and support during this challenging time.

Mr. Smith and Mrs. Adie

By |2019-09-30T14:49:07-04:00September 30th, 2019|News|Comments Off on CUPE LABOUR ACTION

2019-2020 Thanksgiving Food Drive

John Sweeney’s Thanksgiving Food Drive begins with you!

The service to the needy in our parish, offered by our Blessed Sacrament Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society, has increased dramatically again this year. To date they have made 748 calls. Their supplies are very low! The Food Bank is also very low in supplies. Blessed Sacrament’s request for dry good food from the Food Bank is currently limited, often to one fourth in quantity. This further limits the help our parish can offer those right here in our John Sweeney school community. They need donated food in the very near future in order to continue this service to the needy in our area.

Please help and be generous!

We will begin collecting food from Tuesday, October 1 – Friday October 11, 2019.

    The food will be delivered to the parish and will support many in this time of Thanksgiving!

Our Food Drive Top Ten

Peanut Butter

Baby Food


Canned Stew

Canned Fruit

Canned Meat and Fish

Canned Vegetables

Dry Pasta

Pasta Sauce

Pork & Beans

By |2019-09-27T13:18:41-04:00September 30th, 2019|News|Comments Off on 2019-2020 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Order A FREE EpiPen Waistpack

If your child(ren) require an EpiPen, did you know that you can get a waist pack for free?

WCDSB Board Protocol is for the student to have TWO EpiPens at the school.

We encourage students to carry one on them and store one in the office.

Click here to be redirected.


By |2019-09-27T13:20:17-04:00September 28th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Order A FREE EpiPen Waistpack

Orange Shirt Day – Monday, September 30, 2019

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students.

This link gives the story of Phyllis Webstad, who started the campaign

Don’t forget to wear Orange on Monday!


By |2019-09-24T08:38:26-04:00September 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Orange Shirt Day – Monday, September 30, 2019

Important Messag 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:

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.

By |2019-09-27T13:02:06-04:00September 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Important Messag re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Spring Welcome to Kindergarten Parent Survey

Parents of JK & SK Students

In an effort to better understand our enrollment patterns and better inform some of our key strategic decisions, we kindly ask that parents who registered students in JK or SK this year please complete this brief survey.

Copy and paste this into your search bar  OR click on the link provided below

By |2019-09-24T10:06:46-04:00September 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Spring Welcome to Kindergarten Parent Survey

Rowan’s Day – Concussion Awareness – Wednesday, September 25, 2019

In 2013 Rowan Stringer, a 17 year old high school student from Ottawa, lost her life to Second Impact Syndrome; a brain injury caused by suffering a concussion before fully recovering from a previous concussion. In March 2018, the Ontario Government passed Rowan’s Law. As part of Rowan’s law, was the proclamation of Rowan’s Day to occur on the last Wednesday of September each year, with this year occurring on September 25, 2019. The goal for Rowan’s day is to;

 Educate staff and students about Rowan and her story

 Share key messages and education about concussions

 Create dialogue about concussions

 Share resources about concussions and concussion prevention

Age appropriate resources will be provided for teachers to take 20-25 minutes of their day in the classroom to share and discuss some key messages on how we can all help to recognize and prevent concussions in the future.

By |2019-09-24T08:35:25-04:00September 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Rowan’s Day – Concussion Awareness – Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Terry Fox Run – Thursday, September 26th – Wear Red & White

John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run.

Please join our school community and continue Terry’s legacy.

The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation with 79 cents of every dollar going directly to cancer research.

If possible, students are encouraged to wear red and white.

It’s fast, it’s easy and donors will love receiving their tax receipt immediately.

Donate at:

Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer!

By |2019-09-25T08:21:40-04:00September 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Terry Fox Run – Thursday, September 26th – Wear Red & White

Reminder – PD Day Tomorrow

A friendly reminder,

No school tomorrow

Friday, September 20, 2019

Professional Development Day for Cardinal Staff

Have a great weekend!

See you on Monday.

By |2019-09-19T15:21:33-04:00September 19th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Reminder – PD Day Tomorrow
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