Monthly Archives: October 2019

Thank You!!

Thank you to our amazing Catholic Advisory Council and all of the amazing volunteers that made today possible. The students had a blast dancing away, getting their pictures taken and dressing up for Halloween. These events are not possible without you!

Once again thank you for all you do for the Mighty Holy Spirit.

By |2019-10-31T15:42:14-05:00October 31st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Thank You!!

Halloween Dance-A-Thon Tomorrow!!

The Mighty Holy Spirit Halloween Dance-A-Thon is here. Just a reminder that:

There will be glow sticks being sold at the Dance-A-Thon (2 for $1)
There will be a prize for the best dressed costume for each class
We will be offering a photo booth for everyone to have there picture taken free of charge (courtesy of Marisa Pinto Photography)

Also remember to wear appropriate Halloween costumes:

  • Costumes should not be such that they interfere with classroom activities
  • Students must be able to sit, walk, breathe, see and hear. No masks that cover the face.
  • No fake weapons of any kind are allowed.
  • Costumes that are provocative, revealing, sexual in nature, or employ questionable props are not allowed.
  • Costumes that depict violence, alcohol or drugs are not allowed.
  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, gender identity, heritage, race, ethnicity or religion are not allowed.
  • All students are asked to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the Christian values of Holy Spirit C.E.S and the WCDSB.
  • Appropriate and safe footwear must be worn.

Thank you for all of your support. We are looking forward to a great day!!

By |2019-10-30T15:47:10-05:00October 30th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Halloween Dance-A-Thon Tomorrow!!

Parish Updates

Grade 2 Parents are reminded to return their child’s Sacramental Registration form to Father Mikulski at the end of  any of the weekend Masses  from now until November 10, 2019.   Please hand it to Father directly please. (not to the office)
Sacramental Registration Form

Bake Sale – Sunday, November 24, 2019 Donations of baked goods and raffle prizes (new items only; gift cards) would be greatly appreciated.  Prizes can be brought to the church office during the month of November.  Volunteers to set-up and assist on the day of the sale would be appreciated.  Please contact Myra if you can help.

Our Children’s Liturgy program is offered at both 9:00 am Mass and 11:00 am Mass. At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required). ADULT VOLUNTEERS to assist with this program would be greatly appreciated. More hands make for less work. Please contact the parish office if you can help.

By |2019-10-29T16:25:23-05:00October 29th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Parish Updates

Halloween and Dance-A-Thon Updates

Dear Families,

Students at Holy Spirit will be wearing Halloween costumes on October 31st during our annual school fundraiser dance-a-thon.

In order to ensure that all our students have a fun and safe day, there are a few guidelines that I would like all parents/students to follow with respect to costumes:

  • Costumes should not be such that they interfere with classroom activities
  • Students must be able to sit, walk, breathe, see and hear. No masks that cover the face.
  • No fake weapons of any kind are allowed.
  • Costumes that are provocative, revealing, sexual in nature, or employ questionable props are not allowed.
  • Costumes that depict violence, alcohol or drugs are not allowed.
  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, gender identity, heritage, race, ethnicity or religion are not allowed.
  • All students are asked to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the Christian values of Holy Spirit C.E.S and the WCDSB.
  • Appropriate and safe footwear must be worn.

Thank You for your support

Dance-A-Thon Raffle Ticket Scale

Donation Amount $ # of Raffle Tickets
Under $5 1 Raffle Ticket
$5 2 Raffle Tickets
$10 5 Raffle Tickets
$15 7 Raffle Tickets
$20 10 Raffle Tickets
$25 12 Raffle Tickets
$30 15 Raffle Tickets
$35 17 Raffle Tickets
And so on…  
By |2019-10-29T16:06:41-05:00October 29th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Halloween and Dance-A-Thon Updates

Halloween Dance-a-thon Reminder

Are you ready to show off your dance moves? The Mighty Holy Spirit Halloween Dance-a-thon is 2 days away.

There will be glow sticks on the day of the Dance-A-Thon (2 for $1)
There will be a prize for the best dressed costume for each class
We will be offering a photo booth for everyone to have there picture taken free of charge (courtesy of Marisa Pinto Photography)

 

By |2019-10-29T09:11:37-05:00October 29th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Halloween Dance-a-thon Reminder

Halloween Dance-a-thon Reminder

The Mighty Holy Spirit Dance-a-thon is next Thursday. Remember to return your pledge forms by Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Thank you for your support!

By |2019-10-21T15:26:34-05:00October 21st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Halloween Dance-a-thon Reminder

October Update!!

October Update!!

September has come and gone and we are now into the full swing of things. There were plenty of great highlights in September and we are looking forward to what October has in store.

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen

 

Updates and Reminders

Halloween Dance-a-thon

The Halloween Dance-a-thon will take place on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Great music, great dancing, great prizes and all proceeds go back to the Mighty Holy Spirit.

Rockton World Fair

If you are looking for a great day attend the Rockton Fair. use code HOLYSPIRIT19 when purchasing tickets online and Holy Spirit will receive some of the proceeds.

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

Holy Spirit Online Spirit Wear Store

Please check out the link below to see the Holy Spirit School Spirit Wear flyer and website:

HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL ONLINE STORE 2019

Lunch Box Orders

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

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.

Parish Update

Children’s Catechetical Program Religious education for Grades 1 – 8 Again this year the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate will offer a children’s religious education program, on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church Hall, starting October 3, 2019. The program is open to students in nonCatholic schools, as well as Catholic schools. Please contact Sr. Bernadette at srbernadette@solisisters.ca to register or to inquire about the program. The registration form is also available from our parish website under “youth”

Our Children’s Liturgy program is offered at both 9:00 am Mass and 11:00 am Mass. At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required). ADULT VOLUNTEERS to assist with this program would be greatly appreciated. More hands make for less work. Please contact the parish office if you can help.

St. Ambrose Parish has committed to participate in the 40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil by covering every Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting Friday, September 27th and ending on November 1st (All Souls Day). The Vigil is held directly across the street from the Freeport Hospital, 3570 King Street East, Kitchener. Also, you are also welcome to attend the Prayer Vigil at anytime between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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 is 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

Important Dates

October 9 – Lunchbox Montana’s
October 11 – Lunchbox Domino’s
October 14 – Thanksgiving – No School
October 16 – Lunchbox Subway
October 16 – Girls Basketball Game @ Holy Spirit
October 16 – Camp Brebeuf Parent Meeting (Gr. 7) @ 6 PM
October 17 – Boys Volleyball Game @ Holy Spirit
October 17 – Girls Basketball Game @ Pere Rene
October 18 – Lunchbox Domino’s
October 18 – Flag Football Tournament @ RIM Park
October 21 – Lunchbox Lunch Lady
October 22 – Boys Volleyball Game @ St. Augustine
October 23 – Lunchbox Quesada
October 23 – Boys Volleyball Game @ Holy Spirit
October 23 – Girls Basketball Game @ St. Vincent de Paul
October 25 – PD Day – No School
October 28 – Lunchbox Lunch Lady
October 29 – Boys Volleyball Game @ Pere Rene
October 30 – Lunchbox Swiss Chalet
October 30 – Boys Volleyball Game @ Holy Spirit
October 30 – Girls Basketball Game @ St. Elizabeth
October 31 – Halloween Dance-a-thon
November 1 – Lunchbox Domino’s

 

By |2019-10-08T12:53:56-05:00October 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on October Update!!

UPDATE – All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools are OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustees’ Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019 – and all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.

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Lunch Box Orders Update!

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With anticipation of a possible school closure starting Monday, Oct 7, Lunchbox Orders will be managing scheduled lunch deliveries on a day by day basis.

If a strike is in effect, Lunchbox Orders will be cancelling orders the day before the scheduled delivery.  A notification will be sent to you by email by 7pm the evening before the delivery day.

If a delivery is cancelled, a credit will be placed on your Lunchbox Orders account for the cancelled order.  Credits will be applied to your next transaction at the time of check out.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team at 1.877.426.6860 or by email at info@lunchboxorders.com.

Thank you.

By |2019-10-04T15:17:17-05:00October 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Lunch Box Orders Update!

Peanut Butter Substitutes

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s);

It has come to our attention that there are a number of peanut substitute products that are currently being marketed as tasting “just like peanut butter”. As you are all aware, we have many students at St. Holy Spirit who have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and other forms of nuts.

While the good intentions behind the development of such products certainly can’t be argued, allowing students to bring the product into a school in which a student is known to be allergic to peanuts / peanut butter is problematic and could potentially have devastating consequences. However, should a food product that looks, smells and tastes like real peanut butter (but isn’t real peanut butter) be permitted in a school it places all of our staff in a position of having to decide definitively if the product is – or isn’t – real peanut butter. We are not qualified food experts and are in no position to make such decisions — particularly where exposure to real peanut butter can literally cause someone’s death.

Consequently, we would ask that you do not send any such product to school with your child(ren). If you have any concerns or questions about this, please feel free to give me a call at the school.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school safe.

Yours truly,

Paul Mendonca             Dan Mastroianni
Principal                         Vice Principal

Peanut Butter Substitutes

By |2019-10-04T11:00:00-05:00October 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Peanut Butter Substitutes