synchronous learning – Monday, Nov. 7th and until further notice

Dear St. Mary’s Families 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will continue with independent/remote learning activities on Monday, November 7 and until further notice.

Schools will NOT be open to students and transportation will NOT be running. Before/after school programs will NOT be operating.  Teachers will begin synchronous learning activities tomorrow, Monday, November 7, and until further notice.

St. Mary’s High School will continue with the regular school day schedule (see below).  Teachers will also post class times and the school day schedule on their Learning Management System (e.g. D2L, Google Classroom) to support students. Students will be able to login to their learning management system for more information from their classroom teacher. Please visit for instructions on how to login to D2L and Google Classroom. Instructions are available in multiple languages.  Should your child be absent/unable to attend remote learning please inform their teacher.

St. Mary’s Regular School Day Schedule 2022-2023 

Period 1: 9:00 – 10:15
Period 2:

CUPE Strike – no update as of 1 pm – Sunday, Nov. 6th

Good afternoon, St. Mary’s community –

We hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and the extra hour today!

At this time, we do not have further details about the status of the CUPE job action and the learning format for tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 7th). We are hopeful to hear more details in the coming hours.

As we are notified, we will share with all of you. The WCDSB will also communicate through the board NewsWire. You can also check the WCDSB website at: for continued updates.

Should you wish to sign up for the school and/or board NewsWire, please see links below:

Thanks and take care,

St. Mary’s High School

Important Update on Potential CUPE Strike

Dear Parents & Guardians:

As reported in several media outlets, CUPE has indicated that they will be withdrawing services to school boards in Ontario on Friday, November 4, 2022.

CUPE represents education workers at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board that include school administrative assistants, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library technicians, child and youth care workers, lunch hour supervisors and some central office staff. There are approximately 1200 full/part-time CUPE workers in our schools.

Our education workers provide support for safety through supervision duties and safe arrival protocols. Many CUPE members have specialized training to make sure our schools are safe and fully accessible to students with exceptional needs.

In the event of a full withdrawal of services by CUPE, our schools will migrate to remote learning. Devices are being deployed today and tomorrow so students can access learning on Friday.

Students will be able to login to their respective learning management system. Friday,

possible switch to remote learning – Friday, Nov. 4 – due to potential strike

Good evening, St. Mary’s Families –

As you may be aware, contract negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario (CUPE) and the Ontario government have yet to produce an agreement.

While we encourage both sides to come to a fair agreement, we do understand that if one is not met there could be a strike by CUPE as early as Friday, November 4.

As a result, the school board is currently planning for a switch to remote learning for our students, should that become necessary.

Should we need to pivot to remote learning, students will be asked to refer to the strategies and devices they used during the school closures throughout the pandemic. Most students should have access to a device and internet access to complete work assigned by their classroom teachers.

St. Mary’s does have a limited supply of devices to distribute to unique and extenuating circumstances where students would not have access to

Oct. 28 – Incident at St. Mary’s HS – Communication to Community

Good afternoon, St. Mary’s Families –

As you may be aware, earlier today shots were fired on school grounds outside of St. Mary’s High School.

Police have since determined the weapon involved was a “starter’s pistol” and the blank cartridges were fired into the air.

Police believe this to be a targeted incident.

School staff immediately informed Waterloo Regional Police of the incident and the school was briefly placed in a school-initiated lockdown, before shifting to a hold and secure, which was then lifted at the direction of police.

We are thankful that there were no injuries, however, we understand this situation was traumatic.

Police have issued a description of the suspect.

WRPS News Release:

WCDSB social workers were immediately dispatched to the school to assist any students and staff who may be experiencing trauma as a result of today’s events.  That support will be ongoing.

The school board is cooperating fully in the ongoing

SMH Community Christmas Dinner – Dec. 1st

You are invited to our annual SMH Community Christmas Dinner!

In keeping with our Kindness Matters theme and the spirit of the Christmas season, all students of our school, along with their families, are invited to come and share a complimentary pasta dinner with salad and garlic bread, in addition to house-made Christmas desserts and an apple cider and hot chocolate station.  In addition to dinner, a festive photo booth, Christmas music, a Christmas craft station (for our youngest guests), and a special appearance from Santa are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (doors will close at 6:30 pm)

Location: Cafeteria, St. Mary’s High School

Meal: Spaghetti (tomato sauce and meat sauce will be available – the meat sauce is halal)

We look forward to sharing the joy of the Christmas season with you!

There will be

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