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Holy Spirit Parent Input into Class Placement

As we approach the end of the 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.

The Parent Input Form will be open until Friday, May 8, 2020.

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

Holy Spirit Parent Input into Class Placement Form

By |2020-04-21T16:30:12-04:00April 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Holy Spirit Parent Input into Class Placement

LAST CHANCE!! WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@Home is going.

The tool we are using is called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups. This is why you are asked if you are a student, parent, staff member, administrator, or community member.

Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

Once you have shared your thoughts, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much you agree (5 Stars) or disagree (1 Star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.

You can return to the exchange as often as you like to *STAR* thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more that one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

The Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21, 2020.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to: wcdsbresearch@wcdsb.ca

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.

For younger children (Grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.

Thank you in advance for your participation in helping us make WCDSBLearn@Home a success!

By |2020-04-21T11:33:54-04:00April 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on LAST CHANCE!! WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Supporting Children After A Tragedy

As we are navigating through these unprecedented times we are now mourning after a senseless act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the province of Nova Scotia and everyone affected. Please see the resource below to help get through these difficult times.

By |2020-04-21T11:18:26-04:00April 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Supporting Children After A Tragedy

WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Thank-you for joining this important conversation! We are interested in learning about how WCDSBLearn@Home is going.

The tool we are using is called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is voluntary, and your feedback will be very important for helping us make sure that we are providing the needed supports for students, staff, parents and community members.

To make sure that the conversation is about the topics most meaningful to you, we have set up separate conversations for different groups. This is why you are asked if you are a student, parent, staff member, administrator, or community member.

Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/763676673

Once you have shared your thoughts, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign *STARS* based on how much you agree (5 Stars) or disagree (1 Star).  This helps us determine the ideas that are most important to the group.

We encourage all participants to read and consider 20-30 thoughts.

You can return to the exchange as often as you like to *STAR* thoughts.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to join more that one conversation – choose a new group by opening the invitation link in a new tab in your web browser.

The Survey will remain open until Tuesday April 21, 2020.

If you have any difficulty with the survey, questions can be sent to: wcdsbresearch@wcdsb.ca

Parents/guardians who consent, are also welcome to share this link with their child(ren) to participate in the thought exchange.

For younger children (Grades K-8), please support them in participating as their feedback will be very important during this process.

Thank you in advance for your participation in helping us make WCDSBLearn@Home a success!

By |2020-04-15T10:47:25-04:00April 15th, 2020|News|Comments Off on WCDSBLearn@Home – How Are We Doing…?

Easter Blessings

Holy Spirit Families,

The staff at the Might Holy Spirit wish you a Blessed Easter.

Dear God,
Thank you for giving us such good gifts.
For our families who love us.
For yummy food and tasty drink.
For so many different beautiful animals.
For parks with tall trees and soft grass.
For birds that fly among the clouds.
For seas and streams that are fun to paddle in.
And thank you for your son Jesus.
We like to read about Him in the Bible.
He taught his disciples about you.
He healed people who were sick.
He walked on water,
And even died and came back to life.
Help us to remember all the things He did
And celebrate Him during this special week.
Amen.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.

 

By |2020-04-09T13:11:48-04:00April 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Easter Blessings

Grade 8, SK and Sibling School Photos – UPDATE!

Dear Families,

We have been in contact with Lifetouch regarding this year’s Grade 8 Graduation, SK and Sibling school pictures.  As you know we haven’t been able to distribute proofs due to COVID-19 and recent school closures, but it’s not too late to order school pictures. Just call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your access credentials to place your order. Please use the specific Picture Day ID below when requesting your access code.

Gr 8 Grads – QX309225QP

SK Grads – QX329225QP

Siblings -QX659225QP

Thank you.

By |2020-04-09T12:44:13-04:00April 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Grade 8, SK and Sibling School Photos – UPDATE!

Cyber Security Webinar Series

Please see below for the information regarding a great opportunity. Click on the link to for more information and to register:

https://www.seatgiantevents.ca/event/webinar-series-on-cybersecurity

Webinar Series on Cybersecurity

In collaboration with Invest Durham, Durham College’s Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation is proud to present the webinar series on Cybersecurity.

Our webinars will also provide you with documents, sample content and checklists for you to use in your work. Furthermore, connections will be made with industry leaders who are offering in-kind services as well as others at nominal costs.

SESSIONS:

· April 16: Securing online learning for students and teachers in public schools

Speakers:
· Dino Miele, former CIO District School Board of Niagara. CEO and Founder of Spark Niagara
· Chris Demers, CIO Waterloo Catholic District School Board and VP Board of Directors, Ontario Association of School Business Officials
· Ted de Vos, Founder and President of Simnet
· Chris Marvell, Manager of IT, Lambton Kent District School Board
· Amit Chopra, Director of Information Systems, Lakefield College School

· April 23: Securing financial transactions and confidential data

· April 27: Developing a compliant cybersecurity framework

· April 30: Securing business transformation and working remotely

Speaker details will be released shortly.

By |2020-04-09T12:43:52-04:00April 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Cyber Security Webinar Series

Kindergarten Registration is Still OPEN!!

Several years ago, we established a very easy-to-use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible.

Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020, are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible.

There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

For non-Catholic families wishing to register in a WCDSB elementary school, the school Principal will reach out to you to complete the required interview process – again – at an appropriate time in the most appropriate manner, including via phone.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process!

By |2020-04-08T10:31:50-04:00April 8th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Kindergarten Registration is Still OPEN!!