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December 16 – December 20 Updates and Reminders

December 16 – December 20

The week before Christmas is jam packed and full of wonderful activities and celebrations.

December 16 – Turkey Lunch – please remember to bring reusable cutlery and plates.

December 17 – Christmas Concert – Join us to watch our amazing K-6 students perform at 1:00 PM. Doors will open at 12:30 PM allowing families to find a seat once the gym has been set up.

December 20 – Joy Day – Join us for fun-filled morning watching our Intermediate division show off their ballroom dancing skills at 9:30 AM

Theme Days

December 16 – Red and Green Day

December 17 – Christmas Hat or Hair Day

December 18 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 19 – PJ Day

December 20 – New Years Sparkly Day (Glitter and Sparkle)

By |2019-12-13T16:21:06-05:00December 13th, 2019|News|Comments Off on December 16 – December 20 Updates and Reminders

Turkey Lunch – Volunteers Needed!

Hello Holy Spirit,

We are in need of a few more volunteers for our turkey lunch on Monday. If you would like to help out please email Laura at laura.brennan31@gmail.com. This event is only a success each year because of our amazing volunteers! You will be needed at the school by 9:00 AM to help with preparation work or 10:00 AM if you can only help with serving the lunch. Please contact Laura today if you can help us out for the morning. This event runs from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Thank you for considering.

By |2019-12-12T20:15:52-05:00December 12th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Turkey Lunch – Volunteers Needed!

Parish Update

Bambinelli Sunday  At St. Ambrose Parish, you are invited to bring your Baby Jesus figurines from your homes to Mass on Sunday, Dec. 15th at the 9:00am and 11:00 am Mass. After the blessing you are encouraged to take your ‘Bambinelli’ home and wrap it in a box to save it for Christmas. Let this be the first gift you open on Christmas day, as you lay Jesus in the Manger, to allow this moment to be a reminder of the great blessings we receive at Christmas. For the past several decades, the Pope has blessed the Baby Jesus figurines (known as “Bambinelli”) from Nativity Scenes that belong to families in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The blessing takes place on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, and is known as “Bambinelli Sunday. ”

Christmas Confessions at St. Ambrose:  Wed. Dec. 18th 6-7pm; Sat. Dec. 21st 9-10am Confessions will also be heard after the Christmas Novena.  Schedule on http://www.stambrosecambridge.ca

This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to Him in intimate friendship.

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Christmas Eve Masses will be 5pm; 8pm; and 12 midnight  Christmas Day at 9am; and 11am

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December 16, 2019 – Christmas Lunch!!

Christmas Lunch at Holy Spirit!

On December 16th, School Council would like to invite all children and staff of Holy Spirit Catholic School to a wonderful Christmas lunch in the gymnasium. There is a small cost of $3.00 per child for this delicious lunch of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn and corn bread.

Please login to School Cash Online and look for Turkey Lunch.

Santa Claus will be joining our holiday celebration and will visit the children during both lunch sittings.

We are looking forward to a wonderful celebration as a community.

Please see the document below for more information:

Christmas Lunch at Holy Spirit 2019

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December 16, 2019 – Christmas Lunch!!

Christmas Lunch at Holy Spirit!

On December 16th, School Council would like to invite all children and staff of Holy Spirit Catholic School to a wonderful Christmas lunch in the gymnasium. There is a small cost of $3.00 per child for this delicious lunch of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn and corn bread.

Please pay using cash online.

Santa Claus will be joining our holiday celebration and will visit the children during both lunch sittings.

We are looking forward to a wonderful celebration as a community.

Please see the document below for more information:

Christmas Lunch at Holy Spirit 2019

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Bags2School Initiative

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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Tree of Warmth

Dear Families, 

Did you know that 30 000 Canadians are homeless on any given night? Just in  the Waterloo region there are 264 individuals and families that are homeless. This is why the Student Leadership Team is asking for your help! We are hoping to make a difference by collecting donations of new, or gently used hat, mitts and scarves that will be given to members in our own community from December 2nd to December 16th.

The Cambridge Shelter Corporation has expanded an “Out of the Cold” program that ran in local churches during winter months and has turned into a facility called “Bridges”. This program now includes a year-round emergency shelter and a drop-in centre. It offers support, resources  and hope to help homeless individuals address issues they face and move forward. 

They need our help, especially now during these cold winter months. Adult sized hats, mitts and scarves are requested to help keep the homeless warm. We are hoping to donate our contributions to help the “Bridges” program reach the most vulnerable. 

We are asking you to help make a difference this Holiday Season and bring some “hope” to those most in need. Please help us fill our Trees of Warmth with hats, mitts and scarves!

Sincerely,

The Holy Spirit Student Leadership Team

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Waterloo Fire Rescue’s Holiday Wishes Come True!

Make Waterloo Fire Rescue’s holiday wishes come true!

(Waterloo, Ont. – December 2, 2019) Waterloo Fire Chief Richard Hepditch has a holiday wish and he needs your help to make it come true.

“I’m wishing for a fire-free holiday season this year,” says Hepditch. “But I need you to make this come true!” While fire can happen anywhere, at anytime, it most often strikes when we let our guard down – when we’re distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, by our cellphones, by the kids or by the doorbell. All it takes is for a pot to be left on the stove, or a candle left burning unattended, and a family’s holiday celebrations can turn to tragedy.

“Never leave a cooking pot unattended on the stove,” adds Hepditch, “and consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles.” Smoking is another leading cause of fires during the holiday season. “Make sure smokers extinguish cigarettes in large deep ashtrays – not in plant pots which may contain peat moss or shredded bark that can easily ignite,” continues Chief Hepditch. “Ashes should be emptied in a metal container – not the garbage can – and put outside.” Waterloo Fire Rescue also reminds you to maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Install smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. CO alarms are required outside all bedrooms. Test your smoke and CO alarms every month and install new batteries if needed.

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

 Always stay in the kitchen when something is cooking on the stove.
 Place lit candles away from anything that can burn and out of the reach of children and pets where they can’t be knocked over. Remember to snuff out candles before leaving the room or going to bed. Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles.
 Drink responsibly. Attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol is too often a contributing factor in fatal fires.
 Make sure to immerse the base of real Christmas trees in water at all times, to prevent them from getting too dry.
 Check all sets of decorative lights before putting them up and discard any damaged sets.
 Develop and practice a home fire escape plan so that everyone in your home knows what to do if the smoke or CO alarms sound.

For additional information about fire and life safety, please visit the Waterloo Fire Rescue website at waterloo.ca/fire or our Twitter page @Waterloo_Fire.

For more information,

John Percy Public Education Officer
Waterloo Fire Rescue
519-884-6030, ext. 23309
TTY: 1-866-786-3941
Email: john.percy@waterloo.ca
Shaping Our Fire Safe Community

Waterloo City Centre | 100 Regina St. S., Waterloo, Ont. N2J 4A8 | P. 519.747.8509 | F. 519.747.8760 | TTY. 1.866.786.3941 The City of Waterloo is committed to providing accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities. If another format would work better for you, please contact: 519-747-8737, communications@waterloo.ca or TTY at 1-866-786-3941. www.waterloo.ca

By |2019-12-05T13:19:48-05:00December 5th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Waterloo Fire Rescue’s Holiday Wishes Come True!

WCDSB Elementary & Secondary Schools Open & Running Normally on December 4, 2019

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

By |2019-12-03T13:16:59-05:00December 3rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on WCDSB Elementary & Secondary Schools Open & Running Normally on December 4, 2019

December Update!!

December is here and it his brought snowy weather and the feeling of Christmas. As we are often busy with Christmas celebrations and decorations we need to remember to keep the true meaning and spirit in our minds –  the birth of Jesus!

Loving God,

During this holy season of Christmas, we ask for your blessing on all families.

Let Mary’s openness to your wondrous ways be an inspiration to place all trust in you.

Let Joseph’s courage provide hope during times of anxiety and uncertainty.

Let Jesus’ life ignite all families with a spirit of light and love.

May the grace that encircled the Holy Family widen to embrace all families.

For this we pray.

Amen

 

Updates and Reminders

December 16 – December 20

The week before Christmas is jam packed and full of wonderful activities and celebrations.

December 16 – Turkey Lunch – please remember to bring reusable cutlery and plates.

December 17 – Christmas Concert – Join us to watch our amazing K-6 students perform at 1:00 PM

December 19 – Christmas Celebration – Join us for our Christmas celebration with Father Mikulski at 1:00 PM

December 20 – Joy Day – Join us for fun-filled morning watching our Intermediate division show off their ballroom dancing skills at 9:30 AM

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

December 3 – Catholic School Advisory Council @ 6:30 PM

December 6 – PD Day – No School

December 11 – Elf the Musical – Junior Division –  Reminder: If you are planning on ordering a hot lunch for your child they will likely not be back early enough to eat it while it is still hot.

December 16 – Red and Green Day

December 16 – Turkey Lunch

December 17 – Christmas Hat or Hair Day

December 17 – Christmas Concert @ 1:00 PM

December 18 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 18 – DuffleBag Theatre Presentations

December 19 – PJ Day

December 19 – Christmas Celebration with Father Mikulski @ 1:00 PM

December 20 – New Year Sparkly Day

December 20 – Joy Day @ 9:00 AM

 

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