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School Letter on Opioid Crisis

As you may be aware, the issue of opioid ODs – and the and involvement fentanyl and bootleg fentanyl – has been a growing concern for some time. The Waterloo Regional Police Service and Region of Waterloo Public Health agree it has reached a “crisis” point. There have been 35 suspected opioid-related deaths in Waterloo Region so far this year – nearly the same number as in all of 2015 combined.

The attached letter has been co-signed by Chief Larkin and Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Liana Nolan, along with Loretta and WRDSB Director, John Bryant.

Letter to School Boards – Opioid Crisis


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Thank You and Best Wishes!

Holy Spirit School Community,

We are coming to the close of another wonderful school year, full of lots of great memories. Just some of them include: Opening BBQ and Meet the Teacher, Mount Mary Gr. 8 Residential Retreat in Ancaster, Terry Fox Walk/Run in September, Flames Sports Teams, CORE Training for all of our Juniors, School Advent Mass, Christmas Assemblies, Joy Day and our wonderful Intermediate Ballroom Dancing Team, our festive School Christmas Turkey Luncheon, Pancake Day, Fitness Frenzy, Stations of the Cross, Crowning of Mary, Christian Meditation, our awesome Eco-initiatives and receiving our school receiving a GOLD Certification, awesome tree planting and Naturalized Play Spaces installed, our super fun Community Spirit-meter (full of pompoms, hot chocolate day, Despicable ME3 Movie), special school liturgies and sacraments at our terrific St, Ambrose Parish, Bible Celebration, Book Fair, our cute Roots of Empathy Babies, field-trips to very cool places (African Lion Safari, Rock Climbing, Hamilton War Plane Museum, etc.), and so much more! We want to take this time to say thanks to our awesome students, school council, parents and staff – Thanks for all you do!

We want to say a special thanks and farewell to some members of our super staff team who will be leaving us at the end of this year: Mr. Amorim, Ms. Monteiro, Mrs. Eugenio, Ms. Saulnier, Ms. Diniz, Ms. Gomes, Ms. Weiditch, Mrs. M. McNally, and Ms. McCullough. Thanks for all you have done to benefit our school community; we are the richer for it! Continued blessings and best wishes next year!

We also want to extend a special thanks and blessings to our Vice-Principal, Mr. Purificato. Your time at Holy Spirit will be treasured and we wish you continued success! The Our Lady of Fatima School Community is truly fortunate to have you as their new Principal to start next year!

Below are some words from Mr. Purificato …

This last September was a very exciting time for me. It felt like a bit of a homecoming, as I was part of the original staff when Holy Spirit first opened in 2001. I was welcomed back by old friends and received friendly greeting from new ones. The community was very friendly and I felt at home. So, it is with bittersweet feelings that I am announcing that I will be leaving Holy Spirit at the end of this school year. I have been reassigned as Principal of Our Lady of Fatima in Hespeler for September 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Holy Spirit community for a fantastic year and known that this school, its families, and staff will always hold a special place in my heart.

Mr. Purificato, Vice-Principal


At this time, we would like to introduce and welcome Mr. Eli-James Hunt who will be joining the Holy Spirit community as our new Vice-Principal for next year. We also want to welcome Mrs. Lemos to our Intermediate Division, as well as Mrs. Mansson who will be joining our FDK Team. Welcome! We are very fortunate to have these new staff members sharing their talents and energy as part of our awesome staff team!

We have more great events happening in these remaining 2 weeks so stay tuned to our Newswire and Twitter! As well our Greening and Naturalized Playspace construction will continue over the summer – again, thanks to our dedicated and energized School Council!

Time seems to move so quickly so we wish our students and families continued blessings and best wishes as we end our year and look forward to lots of great moments over the summer – take care!

Mr. J. Dinner, Principal

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Adopt a Tree

As part of our school ground greening and natural play project, we have recently planted 12 new trees at Holy Spirit. School Council is asking families to help water our new trees over the summer.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call the office 519-621-8973 or complete the attached “Tree Watering” form and send it back to school. 

Tree Watering



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June Newsletter


NEW Newsletter Format 

Our NEW Newsletter format takes you directly to our website … there you will find all communication (i.e. Twitter, Newswire Information Items, etc.) and a school year calendar that notes all key events in the school each month. Just click on the Calendar Tab at the top of our Web Page.


EQAO Provincial Assessment – Concludes June 5th

Congratulations goes out to our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students for their hard work during important EQAO Testing.  Results will be released at the end of August and individual student reports will be sent home in September.  We celebrate our students learning and are proud of what they know and can do – Way to go Flames!


Regional Track and Field Meet – Thursday, June 8th

Our wonderful School Meet was on May 25th at Monsignor Doyle – now our qualifying athletes on the FLAMES Track and Field Team will travel to University Stadium on Thursday, June 8th for our “AAAA” Regional Meet.  We have a fantastic group of athletes from Grades 4-8 on the team and special thanks goes out to Mr. Luciani and Mr. Mastroianni for coaching!


Library Books Due – Friday, June 9th

 With the arrival of June, our library must shift into inventory mode to organize and store all of our wonderful resources for the summer. Please return all books to the library by Friday June 10th.  Mark this date on your calendar to help ensure all your child[ren]’s resources are returned by this date.

Inventory will be taken in the weeks to follow. Thank you for your continued support of the library. It is sincerely appreciated.



Junior Boys and Girls 3-Pitch – Wednesday, June 21st

Our Junior Boys and Girls 3-Pitch teams will be representing Holy Spirit on June 21st. Our Boys’ Team is at Churchill Park and our Girls’ Team is at Victoria Park. Good luck athletes! A special thank you to our coaches Mrs. Whyte, Ms. Staples, Mrs. Thornton, Ms. Lamarre, and Ms. Diniz.


Mission FUN Day –  Friday, June 16th

On Friday, June 16th, Holy Spirit will have their Annual Mission FUN Day event. We will help several local charities (Kids Ability, Kinbridge, etc.) with the funds raised from this FUN school carnival event. Please stay tuned for more information … THANKS for your support


Happy Father’s Day – Sunday, June 18th

A Father’s Day Prayer …

“Lord, we give thanks for Fathers

For their love and affection.

For their support and guidance.

For their humour and playfulness.

Bless all fathers and help them to continue

to model God’s unconditional love.

Lord Bless all men who are father

figures for children.

Bless the important modeling

they do for children.

By caring and nurturing children

they give them a glimpse

of the goodness and tenderness of God.

We ask our prayer through Christ our Lord.”



 Year End Mass – Tuesday, June 20th

In the spirit of healthy living and a fun walk as a school community, our students will walk to St. Ambrose Church on Tuesday, June 20th. This special Year End Mass will begin at 10:20 AM. Please join us if you are able so that we can gather as a faith community to celebrate the gift of this wonderful school year.

St. Ambrose Parish News

Celebration of the Holy Mass

Please join us in the Celebration of the Holy Mass this summer and anytime.  Saturday at 5:00 p.m., Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  You are welcome here.
Children’s Mass
Our next monthly Children’s Mass will be held Sunday, June 18th at 11:00 am. Families with young children are invited to attend this Mass.  Children will be invited to sit in the Sanctuary for the homily.


 Congratulations Grade 8 Grads!

Our Grade 8 Graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017.  The ceremony will start at 2 PM at St. Ambrose Church followed by a Family of Schools Dance at Msgr. Doyle and then an Awards and Diploma Ceremony to follow at the Portuguese Oriental Club. We have an  amazing group of Grade 8 students and we wish our graduates continued academic and athletic success at secondary school and beyond!


School Council Update

As we come to the end of another successful school year, our Holy Spirit School Council would like to thank all our Staff, Students and families for their support. We had a fantastic school year with many wonderful events (i.e. Christmas Turkey Luncheon, Fitness Frenzy, etc.) and look forward to the exciting new Greening and Naturalized Play-spaces to be installed in the coming weeks and months – a lot of hard work has gone into the design of our new school grounds …

Some of the new things you can look forward to seeing in the schoolyard in September include:

– 10 new trees

– Armored stone outdoor classroom

– Tree stump tables

– Mud kitchen

– Tire play areas

– Bridge and rain garden

– Food and butterfly garden

We would like to thank the following organizations for donating money to help create our new school ground:

– Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds

– Nutrition for Learning

– Region of Waterloo Community Environment Fund

– Cambridge Sunrise Rotary

– Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

– Armoured Touch Inc.

– rand River Conservation Authority


Building Community by Bucket Filling – MOVIE Spirit Meter Reward – Despicable ME3

The Holy Spirit Catholic School FLAMES are ALL going to participate in a school wide MOVIE Field trip to – Despicable ME3 – on OPENING DAY – at Cambridge Galaxy Cinema on Friday, June 30, 2017. This is a community building “Spirit Meter” school reward and an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful school community! Students will depart from the school at approx. 9:30 AM transported by bus to and from the event.  They will return to the school for a regular scheduled lunch to begin at approximately 12:45 PM.  The movie ticket cost for each person attending is only $6.00. Thank you School Council for supporting the cost of transportation! The movie showing takes place in the morning and the concession booth will be CLOSED at this time. Students should eat a good breakfast and a brief nutrition break will be offered to eat their snacks before we leave the school. A Permission Form will go home soon. Thank you, students, parents and staff for filling each other’s buckets with small and big “acts of kindness”… YOU are the reason our COMMUNITY ROCKS!


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