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Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Week Ahead…January 29 to February 2

Welcome February!

As we enter the last week of January and look forward to a new month of learning, there is much to be grateful for. In our parent council meeting this past week, there was a sense of joy and excitement around the exciting things happening at Holy Spirit school and an eagerness to collaborate on the fun community building events in the future. From Strong Start reading volunteers to parents helping out at a council event, we are a richer community because of your dedication and support. Thanks for continuing to partner with us in your child’s Catholic education.

Our Lenten Journey is about to begin…

This time of year has us focus on three important themes.  They include: 1. Prayer and Penance (Sacrament of Reconciliation), 2. Fasting (i.e. eating less at times) and Abstinence (i.e. not eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, turning off the TV, etc.) and 3. Almsgiving (i.e. helping out those less fortunate through financial support or items needed). As we journey through this season together, the staff at Holy Spirit will create many opportunities to practice our faith in tangible ways in order to deepen our understanding of what it means live a faith-filled life in community.

Toronto Wildlife Centre Visiting Holy Spirit School Monday!

Our Eco-Team has invited a group from the Toronto Wildlife Centre to present to our community on Monday. They are an organization which rescues local wildlife and align with the stewardship values that the Eco-team embodies. Please consider supporting this wonderful organization as they are visiting our school tomorrow. A link to the Eco-Team poster advertisement is below

Eco Team Toronto Wildlife Campaign Poster

Family Science Night This Thursday!

We would like to invite all of our families to drop in to Holy Spirit School from 6 to 8 PM this Thursday evening for our Family Science Fun Night! We will have facilitators on site from the University of Waterloo and they will be leading some activities geared for all ages. Parents can come with children of all ages and visit the facilitators or explore some independent science stations as well.

There will be 6 stations focused on the following:

  • The Physics of Friction Racing Sleds
  • Aerodynamics and Glider Building
  • Laws of Motion and Crash Testing
  • Soundproofing and Soundwave Investigation
  • Germ Detection and UV Scanners
  • Ipads, Coding and Programming Skills

We hope you are able to drop in for a portion of the evening and have some fun as a family. A special thank you to Parent Council for organizing this wonderful event for our Holy Spirit Community!

See Flyer: Family Science Night Flyer

Lego and Colouring Club looking for Donations…

We would like to create a space for our primary students to spend some time having fun at lunch if they are not interested in spending the entire 40 minute lunch recess outside. Mrs. Rose and Mrs. White are creating a colouring and Lego building club and they would appreciate any extra Lego or Colouring books that your family is no longer using. Your donation will make a real difference in building community among some of our younger students at Holy Spirit School. Please send the materials to Mrs. White’s room. Thank you for your help!


Shrove Tuesday, February 13th…

Shrove Tuesday has traditional roots in our faith, where in England and many other countries, the festival is widely associated with the eating of rich foods made with eggs, sugar and butter, such as pancakes on the day prior to Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and a prolonged period of fasting, so it was common place to enjoy a day of sweets and treat before Lent started.  As a school spirit and faith event, all JK/SK-Gr. 6 students will receive a pancake breakfast on Tuesday, February 13th.

Classrooms will be served from the gym and will be called down between 9:20-11 AM.  Students are encouraged to bring their normal snacks and even a light lunch on this day in case they are in a class that eats early and are extra hearty eaters.  Holy Spirit is an Eco-school –  please bring a plate and utensils for this meal – thanks Eco-club! A special thanks also goes out to our awesome School Parent Council for helping us with this special event!!

NOTE: Since Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th, we would like our community to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 13th so we can keep Wednesday, February 14th as a Holy day of obligation. Thank you for your support on this as partners in the spiritual development of all of our children.

Monday, January 29th

  • Toronto Wildlife Centre Presentation
  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice at Lunch
  • Girls’ Volleyball Game at St. Francis School Afterschool

Tuesday, January 30th

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ 8AM
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ Lunch
  • CARE First Aid Training to Grade 8s in the Afternoon

Wednesday, January 31st

  • #BellLetsTalk Day
    • Please allow your older children to bring a device if they possess one for the purposes of a brief morning activity in support of mental health and reducing stigma around seeking help.
    • We will be giving students in our upper grades the opportunity to tweet/post positive messages that will help raise money for this very important cause.
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ 8AM
  • Boys’ Volleyball Game After School PR @ Holy Spirit School
  • Girls’ Volleyball Game @ St. Augustine School
  • Swiss Chalet Hot Lunch

Thursday, February 1st

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ 8AM
  • University of Waterloo Family Science Night TONIGHT at Holy Spirit from 6 to 8 PM See Flyer: Family Science Night Flyer

Friday, February 2nd 

Groundhog Day is a tradition celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly “see its shadow” and retreat back into its burrow and winter will continue for six more weeks.  Some are hoping for the warm weather to return soon so lets hope that “Wiarton Willy” does not see his shadow.  But keep your winter coats and boots handy for 6 more weeks –  just in case!

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • Shrove Tuesday (February 13th) *Celebrating Valentine’s Today in Classes*
  • Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day (February 14th)
  • First Reconciliation Mass at St. Ambrose (February 15th)
  • Family Day (February 19th)
  • Lenten Confessions (February 23rd)
  • March Break (March 12-16)
  • Fitness Frenzy Kick Off Assembly (March 28th)
  • Holy Thursday (March 29th)
  • Good Friday (March 30)
  • Easter Sunday (April 1)
  • Easter Monday (April 2)
  • Holy Spirit School Easter Mass (April 10th)
  • First Communion Mass at St. Ambrose (April 14th)
  • Fitness Frenzy Fundraising Event (April 18th)
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The Week Ahead: January 22nd – 26th

Free From the Deep Freeze…

Based on the forecast, it looks like our school will be free from plunging temperatures this week, but we will not have a lot of sunshine until later in the week. Please continue to prepare for the weather because if a day begins wet but the rain retreats, it will allow us to spend some time outdoors. It has also been ‘warming up’ inside the building as well. Mrs. Cassidy’s class learned how to do a proper presentation by sharing about their favourite toy. Mrs. Livingston’s class had a student move away and the class said goodbye in a special way. We try to celebrate acts of kindness and powerful examples of learning on our twitter feed. Please consider following us for regular updates.

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Kinbridge’s Incredible Kids Program

On January 29 Kinbridge is partnering with Family and Children Services to launch a great after school program called Ikids. This program is a lot of fun and will help children build friendships, self-esteem and learn problem solving skills. It will be held at their newly renovated space 200 Christopher Drive from 3:45 – 5:15 for 8-10 year old children. Please check out the flyer below for more details.

Ikids Flyer

Monday, January 22nd 

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ Lunch
  • Girls’ Volleyball Game vs. Pere Rene @ Holy Spirit after school

Tuesday, January 23rd

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ 8AM
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ Lunch

Wednesday, January 24th

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ Lunch
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ 8AM
  • Boys’ Basketball Game After School @ St. Augustine School
  • Girls’ Volleyball Game vs. St. Vincent de Paul After School @ Holy Spirit School
  • Pita Pit Lunch
  • PARENT COUNCIL MEETING at 6:30 PM in Library. All parents are welcome to attend.

Thursday, January 25th

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ 8AM
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ Lunch

Friday, January 26th (P.D. Day)

  • Teachers are at school preparing report cards and reviewing assessment data.
  • Support staff are at professional development learning sessions.
  • Students are at home for the day.

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • Bell Let’s Talk Day (January 31st)
  • University of Waterloo Family Science Night at Holy Spirit from 6 to 8 PM (February 1st) See Flyer: Family Science Night Flyer
  • Shrove Tuesday (February 13th)
  • Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day (February 14th)
  • Family Day (February 19th)


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Welcome Back Flames! The Week Ahead January 8 – 12, 2018

Welcome Back Flames! Happy New Year!

The New Year brings so many possibilities and endless opportunities to learn and grow as a community. As we finish Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany, we are reminded that the hope of Advent was not meant to be hidden, but to be shared with everyone. As we remember the Magi who visited Jesus, we remember that Jesus came to love all of us, no matter what land we come from. In that spirit, we begin 2018 as a community of Faith that wants each student to know and feel their value and acceptance within our community. We look forward to many more opportunities to practice this as a learning community together in the coming months. Thank you for contributing to our rich and diverse community at Holy Spirit school.

Joy Day was an Incredible Community Event! 

We are very proud of our intermediate students who participated in showcasing their learning in the area of ballroom dancing. We are also very grateful to the friends and family who attended to support our students as they took the stage. A special thank you to Mrs. Hersh, Mrs. Ianni, Mrs. Lemos, Mrs. Hanley and Ms. Sartoretto for the coaching and mentoring of our intermediate dancers.

Dressing For the Weather 

Reminder that all students must wear proper footwear in the school at all times should have indoor and outdoor foot wear.  Students should bring extra clothes especially socks in the colder or wet days.

All outdoor wear such as gloves/mitts, hats, jackets, snow pants and outdoor foot wear should all be labeled.

Cold Weather & Outdoor Recess 

The colder weather has arrived. The safety of students will always be the first consideration to go out or stay indoors for recess. When the wind chill is -20 or lower, we will keep students inside for recess. When the wind chill is -15 to -19, lunch recess outside will be shortened. We refer to the Environment Canada website when making the decision regarding outdoor play. Lots of Canadian fun for the children outside awaits – please ensure proper dress for the weather.

Bus Cancellations

Under certain conditions such as inclement weather, it may be necessary to close the school, send students home early and/or cancel school board bus and taxi transportation services. If only transportation is CANCELLED, SCHOOLS will remain OPEN.

 Please NOTE the following:


Parents will need to make other transportation arrangements to get their children both to and from school that day. We do NOT make attendance calls to our bus students on transportation cancellation days as we understand them to be staying home.


Parents must call the school for any child who is NOT a BUS student but who is staying home because of the road conditions.  This is part of our board safe arrival program and ensures we have confirmed the whereabouts of all students.

For up-to-date information on school bus delays, cancellations, and school closures, please visit or phone (519) 650-4934.

Cancellation information is available on most local radio stations and at our board website:

  • KOOL FM 105.3, CKGL AM 570, CHYM FM 96.7, DAVE FM 107.5, CJOY CKWR FM 98.5, KICX FM 106.7, CKBT “The Beat” FM 91.5, and FAITH FM 94.3

Monday, January 8th (FIRST DAY BACK IN THE NEW YEAR!!!)

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ Lunch
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ 3:40PM

Tuesday, January 9th

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ 8AM
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ Lunch
  • University of Waterloo Science Outreach to Visit Kindergarten Classes (PM)

Wednesday, January 10th

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ Lunch
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ 8AM
  • Montana’s Cookhouse Hot Lunch

Thursday, January 11th

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ 8AM
  • Boys’ Basketball Practice @ Lunch

Friday, January 12th

  • Girls’ Volleyball Practice @ Lunch
  • University of Waterloo Science Outreach to Visit Kindergarten Classes
  • New Orlean’s Pizza Hot Lunch

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • Grade 8 Pathway’s Night at St. Anne’s School for future Doyle Students (January 17th @ 6:30 PM)
  • First Communion Grade 2 Parent Meeting at St. Ambrose Church (January 18th @ 6:30PM)
  • Grade 2 Commitment Mass Weekend (January 20th and 21st)
  • School Council Meeting (January 24th @ 6:30PM)
  • P.D. Day (January 26th)
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day (January 31st)
  • University of Waterloo Family Science Night at Holy Spirit (February 1st)
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