Monthly Archives: January 2020

Parish Update!

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – now have their own email address to ask for assistance with food/clothing/furniture email is stambrose.ssvp@gmail.com phone is 519-623-8674

Sacrament of Confirmation Registration Grade 7 students of our parish schools should have received their Confirmation Registration forms from their teachers. Please complete the form and return it to Father Mikulski personally at the end of any weekend Mass from now until January 26, 2020. (not to the school or office)

Weekly Sacrament of Reconciliation available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:30 am; Wednesday at 6:00 pm; First Fridays at 5pm; Saturdays at 9am.  This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to Him in intimate friendship.

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Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) Labour Update

As part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that in the absence of a negotiated collective agreement, teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.

A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of Waterloo Catholic District School Board students and schools and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

We do remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

By |2020-01-10T12:56:57-05:00January 10th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) Labour Update

Registration is Open: It’s Time to Sign Up for School!!

It’s time to sign up for the 2020-21 school year – and registering to attend one of Waterloo Region’s 43 Catholic elementary schools and five Catholic secondary schools has never been easier. In fact, a quality, inclusive, faith-based education is just a click away for families of Kindergarten students thanks to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Online Registration system.

QUICKFacts

~~ Parents can access the Online Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing either Kindergarten RegistrationElementary Registration or Secondary Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found on each page under the “Registration Options”

~~ Children born in 2016 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten (JK).

~~ Children born in 2015 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten (SK).

~~ When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian.

~~ If you are non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policyOur secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.

~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2020-21 will be web-posted in April, 2020. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.

~~ For information about French Immersion programs in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, please click here: French Immersion Registration Information.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

By |2020-01-08T13:39:39-05:00January 8th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Registration is Open: It’s Time to Sign Up for School!!

Strong Start Volunteers Needed!

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.

By |2020-01-07T14:24:04-05:00January 7th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Strong Start Volunteers Needed!

Bags2School Initiative Begins!!

Our Holy Spirit Eco-Team is participating in a textile recycling drive through Bag2School.

Please donate any unwanted clothing – hats, belts, purses, footwear (tied in pairs please) – and soft/stuffed toys. To help raise the maximum funds for your school, please ask your relatives, neighbours and friends to go through their closets too – a team effort makes all the difference!

Textiles will be accepted from January 6th- 14th.

Prize incentives will be awarded to classes that contribute the greatest weight of textiles.

Bag2School will pay our school $200/ton. These funds will go towards the cost of an ECO themed presentation for our school. Thank you for your support of this Eco-Team initiative.

Please see the document below for more information:

Bags2School

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January Update!

January Update!!

A new year is upon us and many new and exciting opportunities await.

Dear Lord,

As a new year begins, I look to You for our hope, joy and peace.

Give me the courage to do all that You ask of me.

Please also make me brave to not do what isn’t from You.

Show me how to walk in grace and embrace Your love for me even more.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

 

Updates and Reminders

Sacrament of Confirmation Registration

Grade 7 students received their Confirmation Registration form in December from their teachers.  Please complete the form and return it to Father Mikulski personally at the end of any weekend Mass from now until January 26, 2020. (not to the school or church office)

Pathways Night

Grade 8 families join our Monsignor Doyle Team at the Mighty Holy Spirit on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Come and here about the transition to High School and have the opportunity to ask any burning questions you or your child may have.

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

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. Check the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region website – www.stswr.ca – for bus updates and cancellations.  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

January 7 – Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting @ 6:30 PM – Library

January 9 – Grade 8 Pathway Night @ 6:30 PM – Holy Spirit School

January 15 – Dress up as your future Career

January 24 – P.D. Day

January 29 – Bell Let’s Talk Day

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Parish Update!

Sacrament of Confirmation Registration Grade 7 students of our parish schools should have received their Confirmation Registration forms from their teachers. Please complete the form and return it to Father Mikulski personally at the end of any weekend Mass from now until January 26, 2020. (not to the school or office)

Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word program is offered at both 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses. After the Opening Prayer of the Mass, Father invites the children 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)

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Pathways Night @ Holy Spirit!

Grade 8 Parents/Guardians & Students Join Us!

Where: Holy Spirit School @ 6:30 PM

When: Thursday, January 9, 2020

All Elementary Schools from the Monsignor Doyle CSS family are invited for this special Pathway presentation. Secondary Administration, Guidance, Spec. Ed., Student Success and Pathways will all be available to answer your questions.

By |2020-01-06T14:44:53-05:00January 6th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Pathways Night @ Holy Spirit!