CUPE Labour Negotiations Information

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:

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.

Rowan’s Law Day Wednesday September 25th

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.


WCDSB ‘Called to Belong’ Twilight Retreat 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.

Catholic School Council REMINDER of date change

We are so please to see such a great response to parents wanting to be part of this year’s Catholic School Council. The first meeting will take place on Monday September 30th at 6:15 p.m. in the school Literacy Room. An earlier communication stated the first meeting was on September 23rd.


Terry Fox Run (Walk) at St. Margaret

September 2019

Dear Families,

On Thursday September 26, 2019 students in Kindergarten to Grade Eight will be taking part in the Terry Fox National School Walk Day (rain date Fri. Sept. 27).

St. Margaret School is proud to play an important role in keeping the legacy of Terry Fox going.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the heroic efforts of Terry as well as donate much-needed funds for cancer research.  Through our participation in the Terry Fox School Walk, we hope to encourage leadership in our students and create positive agents of change in our wonderful school community.

Our school Terry Fox challenge is for all students to bring in one ‘Toonie for Terry” to assist us in reaching our school goal of $700.00. Toonies can be brought in up to and including our run date of September 27th. If families prefer to make a larger donation, donations can be made directly on line. Simply go to:

The site is secure and receipts are sent to your email address. All monies raised will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation and 82 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research!

Our walk will kick off with a pep-rally in the gym shortly following morning announcements (approximately 9:00 am). Family members are welcome to join us. Please let your child’s teacher know ahead of time if you plan on coming.

On our walk day all students are encouraged to wear red and white to show support for our Canadian hero.

We hope you will join us as our school community bands together in the fight against cancer. Thank you in advance for your support!


The St. Margaret Staff

Catholic School Council

What a great ‘Meet the Staff’ evening!!

Thank you to our Council members and all volunteers for making it a success. A special thanks to the students from St. Benedict that came to help set up.

It was great to see so many families make the evening a priority.

Here is our start-up letter outlining the Hot Lunch program for this year. We will have hot lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Wednesday September 25!!

Lunch Box

Welcome Back Message

St. Margaret Community

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

We wish our Grade 8 Graduates all the best as they begin their Secondary School experience. We welcome our many new families and know they will be supported by our amazing community. Throughout September we will focus on relationship building and getting to know each other.

Thank you for patience as we worked through our first ‘sneak peek’. We will pass out the student agendas when they arrive.

We welcome Father Ross Campbell to our school community on September 10th during our opening school mass. We look forward to his presence in the school this year.

We said good bye and good luck to: Ms. Kasunic, Ms. Connolly, Mrs. Nicholson, Mrs. Mouta, Mrs. Milito (Maternity Leave), Mrs. Mendes, Mrs. Gracie, Mr. Glofcheski, Mr. VanTrigt.

We welcome NEW staff: Mrs. Kavanaugh (Gr. ¾), Mr. Ma (Gr. 4/5), Ms. Wegierak (Gr. 7), Mrs. Matic (Spec. Ed.), Mrs. Bolland (EA), Mrs. Bradley (EA), Ms. Beha (Planning Time), Mrs. Greenwood (CYW), Mrs. McCourt (ESL), Mrs. Grosz (Social Worker).  New Itinerant Staff will also be working with our students in Health and the Arts.

Remember our main communication from the office will come through Newswire. The calendar will be updated on an on-going basis to keep you posted on upcoming events.

Our Catholic School Council has worked tirelessly to organize our ‘MEET THE STAFF’ evening Wednesday September 11th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Staff will be in classrooms from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to say hi, and let the students share their new classroom. Please remember this is a social time to ‘meet and greet’. If you have questions or concerns about your children, please contact the school at a different time! Our first official Council meeting is Monday September 23rd. Stay tuned for the upcoming events and activities that are provided for the students and school!

This is year 2 of our Umbrella Project. Each month the theme will guide some school and class activities. An assembly at the end of the month will help us celebrate the goals of the month related to the skill.            September Umbrella Skill – BE A WELCOMING FRIEND

– No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

– A smile is the universal welcome.

– Choose to shine.

– Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.

– If you must choose something, choose to be kind.

– Be kind whenever possible.

– Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.


Please continue to pray for our families that need support!

I look forward to working together as a St. Margaret TEAM!

Mr. J. Schnarr


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