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Spring Fundraiser Update

Our Spring Fundraiser was a HUGE success! You raised $2000 for students the at the Mighty Holy Spirit. Pickup will be tomorrow (Wednesday, April 17, 2019) from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who will be helping with the organization and pickup of the flowers.

Thank you for supporting our students.

By |2019-04-16T10:40:40-04:00April 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Spring Fundraiser Update

Parish Update

Holy Week at St. Ambrose Church – 210 South Street, Cambridge

Sacrament of Reconciliation during Holy Week:
Tuesday, April 16             7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17       6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 20         10:00 am – 11:00 am

Through the Sacrament of Confession we grow in self-knowledge, self-control, the understanding of sin and the necessity of asking for pardon from God.   This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to Him in intimate friendship.

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Holy Thursday commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Ordination. The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday begins the Triduum, which is the three-day commemoration of the heart of the Christian faith: Christ’s death and resurrection. The Triduum includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and reaches it high point at the Great Easter Vigil (Saturday night). Various traditions and customs are associated with Holy Thursday, such as the washing of feet, reconciliation and Eucharistic adoration. After the Holy Thursday evening Mass the altar is cleared of all cloths and adornments, the holy water fonts are emptied, and the Blessed Sacrament is carried through the church in procession to a place of repose.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for an extended period of time is then encouraged. The Consecrated Hosts from Holy Thursday Mass are then used for Good Friday.

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Service for Families with young children – 11:00 am
Traditional Good Friday service – 3:00 pm
Stations of the Cross  – 7:00 pm

On Good Friday, the entire Church focuses on the Cross. The congregation comes together to contemplate the events that lead to our Lord’s crucifixion.
The Church – stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open – is as if in mourning.
The liturgical observance of this day of Christ’s suffering, crucifixion and death evidently has been in existence from the earliest days of the Church. No Mass is celebrated on this day, because Holy Communion, which had already been consecrated on Holy Thursday night, is given to the people.
The somber quality of this day reminds us of Christ’s humiliation and suffering during his Passion. We can see that the parts of the Good Friday service are:
1) Liturgy of the Word – reading of the Passion; 2) Intercessory prayers for the Church and the entire world, both Christian and non-Christian; 3) Veneration of the Cross; 4) and Communion.

Easter Vigil Mass – Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm
(please be aware this Mass is approximately 2 hours)

The Easter Vigil liturgy is the most beautiful liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church.
Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, it is the Easter vigil liturgy that marks the beginning of the Easter season.

1) Service of Light  – The atmosphere in the Church is different: The Holy water fonts are empty, all the lights dimmed, the tabernacle is empty. The service begins outside the Church or at the back of the Church. A ceremonial new fire is lit and blessed. The Paschal Candle is prepared while the priest marks the candle.
The candle is then processed through the church. Everyone lights their individual candle from the Easter candle and continue until the whole church is alight. The Paschal candle symbolizes Christ, the Light of the World.

2) Liturgy of the Word – During the Easter Vigil, nine readings, (seven Old Testament and two New Testament) are provided.  These readings help us meditate on the wonderful works of God for his people since the beginning of time.

3) Liturgy of the Baptism  – During this time the Easter water is blessed, new members who have been studying Catholicism in the RCIA program are welcomed into the Church through the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation, and the faithful are blessed with the new Holy Water and renew their baptismal promises.

4) Liturgy of the Eucharist  – The Mass resumes, with the special prayers inserted during the Eucharistic Prayer. The whole congregation is called to join at the sacrificial table that Christ prepared for us through His death and resurrection.

EASTER SUNDAY MASSES

Join us in celebration of the Risen Saviour, who is Christ the Lord!

9:00 am    and   11:00 am

By |2019-04-16T07:31:26-04:00April 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Parish Update

Rowan’s Law Consultation (Concussion Safety)

On March 27, 2019, the government publicly posted a consultation paper on the Ontario Regulatory Registry to seek feedback from the public on the draft regulation for Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety). The draft regulation is intended to provide details and clarity about the requirements in Rowan’s Law, which is administered by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The deadline to provide feedback through the public consultation paper is April 18, 2019.

Public consultation is encouraged and we invite parents and community partners to provide comments through email via the link at the bottom of the Ontario Regulatory Registry site.

Ontario Regulatory Registry – Rowan’s Law Consultation

By |2019-04-11T11:14:06-04:00April 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Rowan’s Law Consultation (Concussion Safety)

Shaping Futures Parent Event

Please see the attached poster for information about this fantastic opportunity.

Shaping Futures Poster

April 27, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
St. David Catholic Elementary School
Motivational Speakers – Becky Keller-Duke (4-time Olympian) & Rick Osborne (Youth Addiction)
RSVP by April 11, 2019

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Notice of April 10, 2019 Public Consultation Centre for Myers Road Reconstruction

The Region of Waterloo invites you to attend a Public Consultation Centre for the Myers Road (Water Street to Branchton Road) Project in the City of Cambridge. The Project Area includes Myers Road from Water Street to Branchton Road, excluding the new roundabout at the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and Myers Road.

The scope of the proposed work includes reconstruction of the existing roadway, new curb and gutter, new multi-use trials, turn lane improvements, new street lighting, and new pedestrian islands. In addition, there will be upgrades to some sections of the underground pipes and services. The work is tentatively scheduled to be completed in 2020 and 2021 in the Region’s Transportation Capital Program.
All interested parties are invited to attend an informal “drop-in” Public Consultation Centre for this project as follows:

Wednesday April 10th, 2019
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Cambridge Christian School
229 Myers Road, Cambridge

Plans and other project information will be available for your review and staff will be present to answer your questions. Your comments and input on this project are requested to assist the Project Team in finalizing the Recommended Design Concept for this project. The plans will also be available for viewing after April 10th, 2019 on the Region’s website or at the Regional Administration Building, Design and Construction, 6th Floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. If you are unable to attend the Consultation Centre and would like to make your views known, please address your comments by April 26th, 2019 to Skylar Van Kruistum, P.Eng., Region of Waterloo.
Yours truly,

Skylar Van Kruistum,
P.Eng. Senior Project Manager,
Transportation Capital Projects
519-575-4757 x3182
svankruistum@regionofwaterloo.ca

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Reminder!! Staying Informed: Navigating the Teen Years

Holy Spirit,

There is a great opportunity for parents with children in Grade 7 and Grade 8. St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School is hosting a Parent Night on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 PM titled Staying Informed: Navigating the Teen Years.

Topics will include:

  • supporting your child with anxiety
  • what to know about cannabis
  • technology and social media use

There will also be a number of community agencies on site to share resources and answer any questions you may have.

Please click on the link below to see the flyer:

Parent Night Flyer

By |2019-04-07T16:51:38-04:00April 7th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Reminder!! Staying Informed: Navigating the Teen Years

Holy Spirit Parent Input Form for Class Placement

Parent Input into Class Placement

As we approach the end of another successful school year, preparations have slowly begun to ensure that our class structures are in place for September. Preparing class lists is a process that involves hours of work, on behalf of all staff, to ensure that the needs of all our students are met. Lists are fluid documents that may be changed and revised several times from now until the beginning of school in September. A great deal of thought and reflection goes into the placement of each child. Many factors are considered in student placement including: academic abilities, social groupings, and gender ratio. In addition, we consult Board and Ministry of Education guidelines including those for combined classes.

Each new school year is a tremendous opportunity for students to meet new friends and expand their circle of acquaintances. Our goal is to place a child where they will achieve the most success academically while trying to balance their social development. A balanced class reflects the diversity and needs of our school community and all our students.

Through collaboration and communication with support staff, classroom teachers and the special education teachers, our goal is to create classes that:

  • Are balanced with all types of learners across all classes taking into consideration academics, social factors and gender.
  • Create a positive learning and social environment for all students considering learning needs and past experiences with peers.
  • Review all students with IEPS to plan for special needs and accommodations.
  • Plan for a positive and productive transition for all students.

Communication is essential to this process. We are seeking specific input from parents that focuses on unique needs and situations. For parents who feel their concerns are significant enough that it may impact classroom placement, we have implemented the parent input process where parents may fill out an online google form to share concerns or issues that may impact placement or transition planning. The information provided will be kept confidential and reviewed by the principal and vice principal. However, considerations for placement may need to be shared appropriately with staff assisting in class placements.

Please be clear that parents are not required to fill in this form. This form is only intended for parents who feel they need to communicate a specific concern to the school team for consideration.

When parent input in the format below is received, the principal and vice principal will sort parent input based on special considerations.

Special Considerations: A Special Consideration is a unique need or issue regarding a child that the principal, vice principal and school staff determine will significantly affect his/her placement. Special Considerations are intended to avoid unfavorable groupings with other children or to repeat an issue that has happened in previous years. Special Considerations may be based on the following:

  • Significant and uncommon social, emotional or physical challenges.
  • Past personal history with individuals that may impact your child.

Special Considerations should take the form of one or more of the following:

  • Identifying the accommodation needed that may affect class placement
  • Identifying the peer that is requested as a positive support to directly address the special need
  • Identifying a past experience that should not be repeated

Our goal through our placement process is to work to address concerns and to identify any additional supports needed during the transition from one grade to the next. So, if you have a significant concern about your child’s placement, please follow the directions below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parent input process is not intended to provide the opportunity to request a specific teacher. Any request to be placed with a specific teacher will be disregarded and consideration will focus on the student need identified. If you submit more than one consideration, please be clear which is the most important as it is not always possible to accommodate more than one consideration.

 

Please click on the link below to access the Holy Spirit Parent Input Form:

Holy Spirit Parent Input Form for Class Placement

By |2019-04-02T10:30:48-04:00April 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Holy Spirit Parent Input Form for Class Placement

April Update!!

April Showers bring May Flowers! Hopefully the cold weather is behind us as we are starting to hear the birds singing in the morning and the days are beginning to feel longer. SPRING is around the corner!!

God our Father,
You formed us from the dust of the earth
And brought us to new life in Christ
Through the waters of Baptism.
We ask you to change our hearts
As we journey through these forty days of Lent.
Help us to see Jesus in everyone we meet,
And to serve him in all persons,
Especially the poor, the sick and the lonely.
By your grace, may our prayers and sacrifices this Lent
Help us grow closer to each other and to you,
As one family in Jesus.
We make this prayer to you in His name.

Amen.

 

Grade 2 Sacramental Update

A very special congratulations goes out to the Grade 2 students who received their sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday, March 21, 2019.  May God’s grace continue to guide and bless you!

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM @ St. Ambrose Parish.

School Climate Survey Reminder

Every two years we are asked to complete a School Climate Survey to help us promote an environment of respect, safety and belonging for all students. We are asking for your input and thoughts in regards to how you feel the school climate is at the Mighty Holy Spirit. Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey

We thank you for your time and appreciate your input.

Pancake Tuesday

Thank you to all of our AMAZING volunteers! Such a great event could not happen without you. The students love it!

Fundraiser Update

The Spring Fundraiser has been a success. You will be able to pickup the orders on April 17, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Thank you for your participation.

FITGO Update

CONGRATULATIONS HOLY SPIRIT!!! We are the winners for the Monsignor Doyle Family of schools. Let’s continue eating healthy and being active!

Intermediate Homework Club

There is a homework club offered for intermediate students before school on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday every week. It is a great place to finish up homework and get some extra help when needed. Homework Club begins at 8 AM in Rm. 119.

Kindergarten Registration

Please register online before stopping by to sign the paperwork. We look forward to meeting you and beginning this new partnership.

                                                                                                 

Parish Updates

Stations of the Cross will be held at St. Ambrose Church every Friday evening of Lent at 6:30 pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) – This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to Him in intimate friendship. Available weekly on Wednesdays 6:00 -7:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Children’s Way of the Cross on Friday, April 5 at 6:45 pm at St. Ambrose Church. Please join us for this Lenten devotion.  Everyone is Welcome!

Hamilton Diocese Youth Rally – we would like to invite all youth in our parish in Grades 7 to 12 to join other faith-filled youth for this yearly rally. This year it will be held at Bingeman’s Centre in Kitchener on Saturday, May 25th. If your child is interested in attending, please contact Barb at the parish office so that a group from our parish can be registered together! God’s Holy Word holds so much promise and love for young people, and together, through the 2019 Youth Rally, we will learn more about how to pray with scripture and make the Gospel come alive through words and deeds. For more information visit http://www.hamiltondioceseyouthrally.com

Congratulation to our Girls Volleyball Team

Way to FLAMES!! Our Girls Volleyball Team captured 1st place at the Regional Volleyball Tournament at RIM Park. Holy Spirit’s first Regional Championship!!

Some friendly reminders…

CCAT and CAT-4

A reminder that CCAT (Grade 4) and CAT-4 (Grade 7) testing will take place this month.

CCAT (Grade 4) – April 8, 2019 – April 15, 2019

CAT-4 (Grade 7) – April 23, 2019 – April 30, 2019

Please try to book appointments around these dates. Thank you.

Traffic Update

The traffic congestion at the front of the school has been improving. 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.

Play Structure

As Spring begins to arrive we will update everyone when the play structure is officially open.  The office will notify all staff and students when play structures open in the Spring. Thank you for understanding.

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

April 2 – Autism Awareness Day – Wear Blue

April 10 – Western Day – Dress like a Cowboy/Cowgirl

April 12 – PD Day – No School

April 15 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick-Off

April 15 – Grade 7 Vaccinations

April 19 – Good Friday – No School

April 22 – Easter Monday – No School

April 30 – Catholic School Advisory Council (Previously Parent Council) Meeting @ 6:30 PM

May 4 – Sacrament of First Holy Communion – St. Ambrose Parish @ 1:00 PM

A few photos from this month…

By |2019-04-01T11:21:28-04:00April 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on April Update!!