Monthly Archives: September 2019

NET Canada…Host Families Needed!!

I am reaching out to you because we have decided to become involved in a Net Canada retreat program that will be held in Cambridge at Holy Spirit School.  We are currently looking for host families to accommodate the missionaries that will be coming for a few days.

I am not sure if you have heard of Net Canada (www.netcanada.ca) but it is a Ministry team of young adults that travels all over Canada to different schools and parishes to speak to our youth.  Part of arranging them to do a Retreat at Holy Spirit school is trying to find about 5 host families that will accommodate 2 NET Canada members per home.  I am sending you this email to ask you if you would be interested in hosting NET Canada Missionaries in your home for a few days in October?

Part of making Net Canada retreats possible is providing a place for the missionaries to spend the night, as well as any needed meals for the time they’ll be with you.  This is a tremendous gift to Net Canada! Our missionaries seek to be a gift in return in getting to know the family, helping out around the house, sharing their faith, and inviting them to pray together.

If you think you can offer your hospitality please contact me ASAP. The details regarding their dates, stay, meals, etc. are listed below and in the attachment.

The Host families will be responsible for all meals indicated as well as billeting (sleeping arrangements) of the team for the following dates:

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019  (dinner and billeting)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019  (all three meals and billeting)

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 (breakfast and lunch prior to departure to Hamilton – team will be served dinner and have accommodations in Hamilton on Thursday evening)

Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this opportunity.

Thank you

Host Family Information

By |2019-09-12T12:08:15-04:00September 12th, 2019|News|Comments Off on NET Canada…Host Families Needed!!

First Week Success!!

First Week Success!!

It has been a fantastic first week back at the Mighty Holy Spirit!

Updates and Reminders

Lunch Box Orders

Lunch Box orders are now live and you are able to order lunch for your child. If you have an account you can continue to use it, if you are new to Lunch Box orders please sign up for a new account.

Lunch Box Order 2019

Meet the Teacher Food Truck Evening – Tuesday, September 17, 2019

We will be having Food Trucks instead of a BBQ this year. Please join us for an exciting night, enjoy some dinner from one of the delicious food trucks (all nut free) and then have a chance to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. Dinner will be available from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM with teacher visits happening between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Father Mikulski would also like to invite all Grade 2 families to meet with him to discuss First Holy Communion between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, September 17, 2019!

Volunteer Form

The Mighty Holy Spirit is a busy place and we are always looking for Volunteers to help out with various events and activities. Please complete the Holy Spirit Volunteer Form below:

Holy Spirit Volunteer Form

Strong Start

At Holy Spirit Catholic School we are fortunate to have the support from our community to offer a unique program called Letters, Sounds and Words.  Volunteers from our community help children aged five to seven learn the names of letters, the sound each letter represents and a list of commonly used words in print. This program coordinates well with the Ontario Curriculum expectations and has proven results.  It has been designed specifically for volunteers, who work with one child at a time and enjoy watching the child make great gains in only 10 weeks!

This program is offered to us by the Strong Start Charitable Organization, which is funded through donations from individuals, businesses, Foundations and community groups. You can read more about Strong Start on its website: www.strongstart.ca.  This program would not be possible without the generous gift of time from our volunteers, which Holy Spirit School is currently in need of.

If you or someone you know (friend/family member) is interested in this meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity, please contact the school at 519-621-8973.

***A minimum time commitment of 30 minutes per week for 10 weeks is required.  Volunteers must attend two Strong Start training sessions offered this fall.  The training sessions are offered locally.

Safety Drills

As safety is always a top priority for Holy Spirit school the students will be participating in the following Safety Drills throughout the year; Fire Drills, Lock Down Drills, Tornado Drills, Hold and Secure Drills.

Our School Resource Officer Geoff Fearon will be joining us for some them.

Holy Spirit School Council

Holy-Spirit-School-Council-Executive Nomination-Form-2019-20 – Updated Form

Holy Spirit School Council Letter

Parish Update

Please see the flyer below for more information:

BABYSITTING – HOME ALONE Flyer – St. Ambrose Church Sept 20 2019

School Yard Safety – Before and After School

Parents/adults are not permitted to enter the blacktop and school property during the school day. Just as we do at recesses during the day, we supervise and ensure the safety of students when on school property. These same measures – no adults and/or strangers on school property – will be in place for the full school day – between 8:40-3:55 PM. Parents of Kindergarten students can continue their drop-off and pick-up procedures that are currently in place.

The Safe Schools Act dictates that Parents and Visitors sign in at the office before gaining access to school property or spaces occupied by our students – we need to ensure we exercise the same safety measures as we start and end our day. Accordingly, we consistently have parents, visitors or strangers (construction staff, board staff, etc.) sign in at the office before gaining access to the school yard, hallways and/or classrooms at any point in the day.

Please see the attached document for a reminder of the Drop-off and Pick-up Zones:

Holy Spirit Drop-off and Pick-up Zones

Thank you for helping keep safety at the forefront of all we do at the Mighty Holy Spirit!

Traffic Update

The traffic congestion at the front of the school has improved tenfold. Thank you for your support and understanding as we have been making Holy Spirit as safe as possible.

Please review our Holy Spirit Traffic Policy. Click on the link below to see the memo that went out with the NewsWire.

Holy Spirit Traffic Update

Absent Student

If your child going to be absent from school please remember to call in and let us know they will be away. Please ensure you also contact the school for students who do not travel on the bus and choose to stay home on days the buses are cancelled.  Thank you.

Community Safety: By-law Enforcement

Hello everyone. We are sending the Holy Spirit Community a direct link to the City of Cambridge By-Law Enforcement page to assist our community with access to information on when and how to report concerns. The page is very user friendly and will help in our continued effort to keep our school and neighborhood safe. The site explains how you can report by-law issues, when to notify police, and lists common by law complaints.  Thank for your continued support.

https://www.cambridge.ca/en/your-city/By-Law-Enforcement.aspx

Cornerstone Community Church – Block Party

Please see the flyer below for more info:

Cornerstone Community Church Block Party – 2019 A

 

 

By |2019-09-06T14:18:20-04:00September 6th, 2019|News|Comments Off on First Week Success!!

Student Safety on the School Yard….Reminder

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been a wonderful start to our new school year, the energy and excitement the students bring is amazing.

A quick reminder about School Yard Safety – Before and After School

Parents/adults are not permitted to enter the blacktop and school property during the school day. Just as we do at recesses during the day, we supervise and ensure the safety of students when on school property. These same measures – no adults and/or strangers on school property – will be in place for the full school day – between 8:40-3:55 PM. Parents of Kindergarten students can continue their drop-off and pick-up procedures that are currently in place.

The Safe Schools Act dictates that Parents and Visitors sign in at the office before gaining access to school property or spaces occupied by our students – we need to ensure we exercise the same safety measures as we start and end our day. Accordingly, we consistently have parents, visitors or strangers (construction staff, board staff, etc.) sign in at the office before gaining access to the school yard, hallways and/or classrooms at any point in the day.

Please see the attached document for a reminder of the Drop-off and Pick-up Zones:

Holy Spirit Drop-off and Pick-up Zones

Thank you for helping keep safety at the forefront of all we do at the Mighty Holy Spirit!

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School Council Update

Dear Holy Spirit Parents and Guardians:

School Council is an advisory body that provides parents, staff and community representatives with the opportunity and means to advise the principal and the school board on related school issues.  The Holy Spirit Catholic School Council is also responsible for the organization of many school programs.

These may include:

  • New policies from the Ministry of Education and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
  • Initiatives to promote more parent involvement in school life
  • Fundraising initiatives
  • Support of sacramental programs and graduation ceremonies.
  • Support of classroom and teacher needs: Literacy and Numeracy initiatives.
  • School Improvement Plans
  • Safe and Secure School and Healthy School Initiatives
  • School Renewal: Site Improvement
  • Health, discipline and safety concerns/issues.
  • Support for the marginalized of our school and city community

WHAT ARE THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A SCHOOL COUNCIL MEMBER?

Holy Spirit Catholic School Council Members:

  • Are people of good will who have a special commitment to the faith formation and education of our students.
  • Place the overall interest of the students and Holy Spirit school first.
  • Have a vested interest in preserving the tradition and reputation of Holy Spirit Catholic School and the preservation of the teaching of Catholic education in our publicly funded schools
  • Participate in School Council meetings and school initiatives and programs.
  • Seek to reach a consensus in the decision-making processes of the Council.

We’re looking for a few good people!

If you are interested in participating in the Holy Spirit School Council in the upcoming school year, please complete the candidate form and submit it to the school office C/O Mr. Mendonca by Monday September 16th, 2019. Our first school council meeting will be held on Tuesday October 1st, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND OUR FIRST MEETING REGARDLESS AS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE SEEKING AN EXECUTIVE POSITION.

Please see the link below for the Nomination Form:

Holy Spirit School Council Nomination Form- 2019-20

Holy Spirit School Council Letter

By |2019-09-04T15:21:24-04:00September 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on School Council Update

Welcome Back!

Welcome back Holy Spirit Families!! We hope everyone had a summer filled with fun, family and friends. We are excited for another fun and exciting year and are looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday, September 3. Father Mikulski will be joining us at 11:00 AM to bless the staff, students and our school community before we begin our school year. As a symbolic gesture, students will be bringing their backpacks to the gym so that they can be blessed as well. We would like to invite families to join us during this special celebration.

We also have a couple of reminders as the new school year begins:

Meet the Teacher Food Truck Night

Join us on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 for our meet the teacher night. Food trucks will be at the school from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM with teacher visits occurring between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. We hope to see you for an exciting evening.

Rockton Fair Fundraiser
As fall approaches the Fall Fair circuit begins to take shape. The Rockton Fair has teamed up with the Mighty Holy Spirit to provide our school with a great opportunity. If you or anyone you know are planning to  attend the Rockton Fair please enter the Code: HOLYSPIRIT19 when purchasing your tickets online to support our school.

Please click the link below for more information:
Rockton Fair Fundraising Poster

Traffic/Parking Review
Please review parking and traffic procedures at Holy Spirit. I ask that you please forward this information on to anyone (grandparents, friends, neighbors, etc.) who needs to know.  

  • No entering the school parking lot. The only people allowed to enter the school parking lot are staff or school buses. 
  • No parking in front of the school on either side of the street – please see signage
  • Please use the crosswalk to cross the street to access the school. Do not cross the street from the church parking lot. Traffic is heavy, and this is dangerous. Please walk a little further up and use the crosswalk and the crossing guard to assist you and your children to walk across the street safely. 

We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe at Holy Spirit C.E.S.

See you Tuesday!!

By |2019-09-02T08:32:10-04:00September 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Welcome Back!