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The Week Ahead April 23 to 27

Bring On the Sunshine…

As we begin to switch from Winter mittens to Springtime sunscreen and water bottles we are grateful for the sunshine. There are many exciting things happening this week at Holy Spirit School. Our Gr. 4s will begin CCAT testing and we will also conduct some of our safety drills for lock-downs and tornadoes near the end of this week. Check out the specifics of all of the activities happening at Holy Spirit below.

Congratulations to Grade 7 Students Being Confirmed

Despite the challenging weather at the beginning of the week, our Grade 7 class was confirmed on Monday night. It was a joy for our school community! A special thanks to the families of the confirmandi who were celebrating the sacrament earlier in the week. Also, thank you to Mrs. Hanley, Ms. Sartoretto and Mrs. Lemos for your unwavering commitment to your students throughout their sacramental preparation. You will notice the pictures below are from Twitter. We regularly post updates and highlights on our Twitter feed and encourage you to follow.

MYSP Survey. Everyone is invited to participate!

MYSP stands for Multi-Year Strategic Plan. The board is seeking feedback from all stakeholders, and as parents in our community your voice is so very important. Please take some time to add your thoughts as the strategic priorities of the board are determined over the coming weeks and months. The survey can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

WCDSB MYSP Community Survey

Safe Drop-Off and Pick-Up Routines Updated…

As mentioned in previous Newswire Communications, information regarding our Safe Drop-Off and Pick-Up routines was being sent home this month. Last week the information went home with the youngest and/or only child from each family in our school. The changes go into effect Monday, April 30th. Please take a moment to review the information and reach out if you have any questions about the new process. If you did not receive this information, an electronic copy is available from the link below. We really value our parent community and are grateful to our staff and parent council partners for working hard to implement the necessary protocols that apply to all schools in our district.

Yard Safety April 30

Fitness Frenzy was a HUGE SUCCESS!

A link to pictures and details from last week’s event is below, but we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our incredible parent council volunteers who really made this event come to life. The funds raised will literally transform the yard of the school and impact so many families. Thank you to everyone who donated funds and continue to support the Holy Spirit community. A huge shout-out to Kim Piche for her inspiring leadership and positive approach to make such a large event happen!

https://holyspirit.wcdsb.ca/fitness-frenzy-was-a-huge-success/

Upcoming Events For Our Community:

Dr. Jean Clinton May 16th & Family Movie Night May 24th 

An excellent speaker on children’s mental health and wellness, Dr. Jean Clinton, is going to be speaking at St. Benedict’s on Wednesday, May 16. Please RSVP to the details on the flyer below as there will be dinner provided and childcare available! You won’t want to miss out on this local opportunity.

Also, our student leadership team is representing Holy Spirit School at a Global Peace Day. To show our support for our young leaders, we are hosting a Family Movie Night showing Paddington 2 on May 24th. All details were sent home by letter and it will be a great time for you and your children to have some low cost entertainment while supporting the student leaders at Holy Spirit. We hope you can join us for some fun.

Jean Clinton May 16th

Upcoming Opportunities for Your Child This Summer…

As we get closer to our summer, we will continue to share opportunities for your child to participate in learning activities in June and July. Check out the fun camps in the links below!

Fish Tank Summer Camp – Junior Achievement

Kinbridge Summer Camp

Update from St. Ambrose Parish

Spring Bake Sale Sunday, April 29th in the Church Hall after 9am and 11am Mass.  All are Welcome!

 Monday, April 23rd

  • Folk Dance at Lunch
  • P.A.L.S. Primary Games During Last Recess
  • Menchies Monday

Tuesday, April 24th

  • Grade 5 Math Contest
  • Grade One Students at Red’s in the Hood Play
  • Primary Intramurals @ lunch in Gym
  • P.A.L.S. Primary Games during last Recess

Wednesday, April 25th

  • Prayer Club at Morning Recess
  • Reading Club in the Library
  • Folk Dance Practice at Lunch
  • Climate Change and Global Warming Earth Week Presentation for Grades 4-8
  • Badminton Clinic Afterschool in the gym
  • Hot Lunch Subway
  • Administrative Professional (Secretary’s) Appreciation Day

Thursday, April 26th

  • Badminton Practice at Lunch
  • Eco-Club in the Library at Lunch

Friday, April 27th 

  • Folk Dance Practice at 8AM in the Gym
  • Kids Create Club in Library at Lunch
  • Primary Intramurals at Lunch in the Gym
  • Hot Lunch: Pizza

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • Grade 7 CAT4 Testing (April 30 – May 4)
  • Fire Drills 4, 5 and 6 (April 30 – May 4)
  • New Safety Drop-Off/Pick Up plan takes effect (April 30)
  • Catholic Education Week Begins (May 7th)
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at Holy Spirit (May 8th)
  • Holy Spirit Open House @ 9:30 AM (May 8th)
  • Track and Field (May 10th and 11th)
  • Mother’s Day (May 13th)
  • Kindergarten Orientation (May 17th)
  • Victoria Day (May 21st)
  • Holy Spirit Family Movie Night (May 24th)
  • PA Day (June 1)
  • EQAO Testing (May 22nd -June 4)
  • Cross Country Meet (June 4)
  • Father’s Day (June 17th)
  • Year End Mass (June 19th)
  • Kindergarten Celebration (June 21)
  • Mission Fund Day (June 22nd)
  • Final Report Cards Go Home (June 26)
  • Graduation Mass (June 27th)
By | 2018-04-22T22:16:07+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Week Ahead April 23 to 27

Fitness Frenzy was a HUGE Success!

Holy Spirit Families:

We are incredibly proud of our students and their efforts to support our major school fundraiser, the Fitness Frenzy. So many students raised money, but all students made efforts toward fitness goals and supported each other through the afternoon. During 9 minute rotations, students experienced CrossFit, Zumba, Lacrosse, Karate, Pilates, Bootcamp, Just Dance and so much more! There were 26 classrooms full of activities and we were very grateful to our community partners for their support in leading fitness activities and donating prizes.

Your child may have experienced a new activity and you may be wondering where you can sign them up. These are the organizations in our community that supported our Fitness Frenzy:

  • Cambridge Youth Soccer
  • Cheer Sport Sharks
  • Idea Exchange Galt Library
  • Kinbridge
  • Triple Arts Karate
  • Fit Body Bootcamp
  • Toronto Rock Pro Lacrosse
  • Premier Martial Arts

This year there were two classes that stood out in terms of participation. Mrs. Lamarre’s class raised over $900 and raised the most of any class. However, when we analysed the average amount raised per student based on class size, Mrs. Thorton’s class was at the Top. Both classes will be receiving a Pizza Party at the end of the month!

Although we still have some pledge money coming in, the total raised exceeded $13 000 as of 9:00 AM this morning. INCREDIBLE WORK FLAMES FAMILIES! This money will be combined with our other grants to fund phase 2 of the greening project. Parent council is currently working with a team at the board office as we go through the tendering process. As soon as we know more, we will let everyone know about the construction timeline.

Here are some fun pictures from the event…

 

By | 2018-04-19T15:35:23+00:00 April 19th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Fitness Frenzy was a HUGE Success!

Grade 7 Confirmation Tonight at 7 PM

Parents and students – just a reminder that our Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Ambrose Parish is still a GO for tonight – set to start for 7 PM.

The students are to meet in the church basement at 6:15 pm to organize their Confirmation gowns and seating with their sponsors. We look forward to this very special evening!

See you tonight at St. Ambrose Church – take care and safe travels!

By | 2018-04-16T07:04:49+00:00 April 16th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Grade 7 Confirmation Tonight at 7 PM

SCHOOLS are CLOSED Today

Due to current weather conditions ALL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED and all school buses, taxis and special education routes operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled. All evening rental permits are cancelled. All Extended Day Children Programs are CLOSED.

By | 2018-04-16T06:36:05+00:00 April 16th, 2018|News|Comments Off on SCHOOLS are CLOSED Today

The Week Ahead April 16th to 20th

We were #HumboldtStrong at Holy Spirit School…

We have many things to be grateful for this week. Our community came together and dressed in Jerseys with the rest of the nation as we kept the families affected by the Humboldt tragedy in our prayers. We remembered with our flag at half-mast, we wore green in our Mass where we offered prayers for the families and a Jersey on Thursday. It was a sad week across the country, and our school family joined with the rest of our community as we faced this tragedy together. We are grateful to Mrs. Cassidy, Ms. Staples and Ms. Devincentis for leading us in ways to remember this week.

 

Congratulations to Grade 2 Students Receiving Their First Communion…

Despite the challenging weather, it was a beautiful celebration of a very special sacrament. The grade 2 students were well prepared by their teachers. A special thank you to Mrs. White, Ms. Caprio, Mrs. Martins and Mrs. Smyth. Also, Mrs. Lemos and Mrs. McNally led the Junior Choir as they provided amazing music during the mass. Finally, all of the students arrived looking wonderful with tremendously supportive families. Thank you for joining us during this very special mass.

 Monday, April 16th

  • Folk Dance at Lunch
  • Grade 7 Confirmation: Students arrive at St. Ambrose Parish for 6:30PM
  • P.A.L.S. Primary Games During Last Recess
  • Menchies Monday

Tuesday, April 17th

  • Grade 4 Math Contest
  • Primary Intramurals @ lunch in Gym
  • P.A.L.S. Primary Games during last Recess
  • Badminton Clinic Afterschool

Wednesday, April 18th

  • Prayer Club at Morning Recess
  • Reading Club in the Library
  • Folk Dance Practice at Lunch
  • FITNESS FRENZY FUNDraiser in the Afternoon
  • Badminton Clinic Afterschool in the gym
  • Hot Lunch Swiss Chalet

Thursday, April 19th

  • Badminton Practice at Lunch
  • Eco-Club in the Library at Lunch

Friday, April 20th 

  • Folk Dance Practice at 8AM in the Gym
  • Kids Create Club in Library at Lunch
  • Primary Intramurals at Lunch in the Gym
  • Hot Lunch: Pizza

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • CCAT Testing in Grade 4 (April 23rd -27)
  • Lockdown and Tornado Drills (April 23-27)
  • Administrative Professionals (Secretary’s) Appreciation Day (April 25th)
  • Grade 7 CAT4 Testing (April 30 – May 4)
  • Fire Drills 4, 5 and 6 (April 30 – May 4)
  • New Safety Drop-Off/Pick Up plan takes effect (April 30)
  • Catholic Education Week Begins (May 7th)
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at Holy Spirit (May 8th)
  • Holy Spirit Open House @ 9:30 AM (May 8th)
  • Track and Field (May 10th and 11th)
  • Mother’s Day (May 13th)
  • Kindergarten Orientation (May 17th)
  • Victoria Day (May 21st)
  • PA Day (June 1)
  • EQAO Testing (May 22nd -June 4)
  • Cross Country Meet (June 4)
  • Father’s Day (June 17th)
  • Year End Mass (June 19th)
  • Kindergarten Celebration (June 21)
  • Mission Fund Day (June 22nd)
  • Final Report Cards Go Home (June 26)
  • Graduation Mass (June 27th)
By | 2018-04-15T13:37:59+00:00 April 15th, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Week Ahead April 16th to 20th

Wear Green Tomorrow and Sports Theme for Thursday

Holy Spirit Families:

Today the flag flew at half-mast in all of our WCDSB schools as we prayed for everyone affected by the tragedy in Saskatchewan. In solidarity with the families of Humboldt, our school is wearing green tomorrow which is the same colour as the Broncos Jersey. This simple act of clothing selection is a way to stand in support and unity of the team and its community.

On Thursday, please wear a Sports Jersey or Team Hat as another way to show our support. Thanks so much Flames!

 

By | 2018-04-09T16:56:40+00:00 April 9th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Wear Green Tomorrow and Sports Theme for Thursday

The Week Ahead April 9 to 13

Lots to celebrate…and the Snow won’t keep us down!

There were many wonderful things happening at Holy Spirit school over the past week, and so many great things ahead. The kindergarten classes were exploring our hallways on a symmetry scavenger hunt. The grade three classes were experimenting in Science as they explored concepts of volume and capacity. Some grade 6 classes went on a soccer skills field trip while others had a ukulele concert for their kindergarten buddies. Don’t worry, the other grade 6 classes get to do the soccer trip this week! Our grade 2 classes are busy preparing for their first confirmation coming up in less than one week, which will be followed by our grade 7 confirmation a week from tomorrow (April 16th).

AND while all the learning is happening, there is a buzz around the school because Fitness Frenzy is coming up soon. So many students are excited for their chance to win some prizes. BUT more importantly, our students care deeply about their school and want to make a difference. The values of education and partnership between home and school would not be possible without the continued support of all of our parents. Thanks for all you do! We also celebrated our students’ positive choices and acts of kindness by doing our Spirit Meter Reward on Friday. It was a lot of fun!

 Monday, April 9th

  • Folk Dance at Lunch
  • Gr.7 Confirmation Retreat
  • P.A.L.S. Primary Intramurals
  • Menchies Monday

Tuesday, April 10th

  • Easter Mass @ 10:45 AM at Holy Spirit School
  • Junior Choir @ Lunch in Mrs. McNally’s room
  • P.A.L.S. Primary Games during last Recess
  • Parent Council Meeting @ 6:30PM. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, April 11th

  • Prayer Club at Morning Recess
  • 1st Communion Retreat for Grade 2 classes
  • Reading Club in the Library
  • Folk Dance Practice at Lunch
  • Badminton Clinic Afterschool in the gym
  • Hot Lunch Pita Pit

Thursday, April 12th

  • Junior Choir @ Lunch in Mrs. McNally’s Room
  • Eco-Club in the Library at Lunch

Friday, April 13th 

  • P.A. Day. Teachers will be working on Assessment and Evaluation Professional Development. No School Today For Students.

Saturday, April 14th 

  • First Communion Mass at 1PM @ St. Ambrose Parish

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • Confirmation Monday Night (April 16th) at 7PM @ St. Ambrose Parish
  • Fitness Frenzy Fundraising Event (April 18th)
  • CCAT Testing in Grade 4 this week (April 23rd)
  • Catholic Education Week Begins (May 7th)
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast At Holy Spirit (May 8th)
  • Holy Spirit Open House @ 9:30 AM (May 8th)
  • Track and Field (May 10th and 11th)
  • Mother’s Day (May 13th)
  • Kindergarten Orientation (May 17th)
  • Victoria Day (May 21st)
  • EQAO Testing (May 22nd)
  • Father’s Day (June 17th)
  • Year End Mass (June 19th)
  • Mission Fund Day (June 22nd)
  • Graduation Mass (June 27th)
By | 2018-04-08T11:38:29+00:00 April 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Week Ahead April 9 to 13

Fitness Frenzy is Full On!

Holy Spirit Families:

We wanted to send you a special reminder that our Fitness Frenzy pledge money is due this coming Thursday, April 12th. This is the last weekend you will be able to connect with friends and family who would be able to support our kids as they commit to a fun and active afternoon in support of our school. Some pictures from last year’s event are below. We appreciate how our entire community pulls together for this event as all of the proceeds go to improve Holy Spirit with more greening and natural play structures. Thank you for partnering with us on this!

 

By | 2018-04-07T08:50:55+00:00 April 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Fitness Frenzy is Full On!

The Week Ahead April 3 to April 6

Welcome Back Flames!

We are really excited for the week ahead and hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family and friends. Please Note: Wear Blue Tomorrow in support of World Autism Day!

We ended our week last week with a powerful and moving Stations of the Cross liturgy led by Mrs. Nguyen’s class. They artfully brought the book ‘The Proud Tree’ to life and took our school on a reverent journey through Christ’s final days on earth. BUT, we know how the story ended and each of us can experience the joy of an Easter Sunday! A huge shout out to Mrs. Nguyen and her wonderful grade 5 class! Outside of the liturgy some of our ELKP classes were having their own version of the last supper complete with juice and bread. Our older students were reflecting on what the story means to them. Our team cares deeply about providing opportunities for students to learn more about their faith in an authentic and age appropriate way. It was a fabulous week!

Tuesday, April 3rd 

  • World Autism Day ***Everybody Wear Blue Today****
  • Grade 4/5 Math Contest Practice at Lunch in Library
  • Junior Choir Practice in Mrs. McNally’s Room at Lunch
  • PALS Primary Intramurals

Wednesday, April 4th

  • Prayer Club at Morning Recess
  • Reading Club in the Library
  • Folk Dance Practice at Lunch
  • Badminton Clinic Afterschool in the gym
  • Hot Lunch Quesada

Thursday, April 5th

  • Eco-Club in the Library
  • Badminton Practice at Lunch
  • Junior Choir Practice in Mrs. McNally’s Room at Lunch
  • Badminton Clinic Afterschool in the Gym

Friday, April 6th

  • Pizza Day for Lunch
  • Folk Dance Practice at 8 AM
  • ICE CREAM SPIRIT REWARD AND BONUS EXTENDED PM RECESS. GREAT WORK FLAMES!
  • Kids Create in the Library

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • Holy Spirit School Easter Mass (April 10th)
  • First Communion Mass at St. Ambrose (April 14th)
  • Fitness Frenzy Fundraising Event (April 18th)
  • CCAT Testing in Grade 4 this week (April 23rd)
  • Catholic Education Week Begins (May 7th)
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast At Holy Spirit (May 8th)
  • Track and Field (May 10th and 11th)
  • Mother’s Day (May 13th)
  • Victoria Day (May 21st)
  • EQAO Testing (May 28th)
By | 2018-04-02T21:15:23+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Week Ahead April 3 to April 6

A Few Noteworthy Items before Easter…

Reminder to Save a Few Dates…

Holy Spirit Families:

Thursday, April 12 Monsignor Doyle will be hosting a FREE Family Wellness Night featuring a Coffee House and Freestyle Soccer players. Save the date and check out the flyer below.

Family Wellness Night April 12

Also, another reminder about our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast taking place on May 8th at 8:30AM. We would love to have anybody out who has supported Holy Spirit through volunteering. It could have been as simple as driving one time to a sports tournament or helping out during a field trip. Whether you made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday or read weekly with our Strong Start program, we want to honour your choice to be a part of the Holy Spirit volunteer community.

Safe Arrival and Departure Plan is Being Updated…

As a school community we have been reviewing our safe arrival and departure plan, and what that looks like as a community at the beginning and end of the day. Our parent council partners have been working closely with our board and school team to revise our pick up and drop off protocols. We will be releasing further details in the weeks ahead, but we wanted everyone to know that these improvements will come into effect on Monday, April 30th. Please look for more information about this transition during the month of April.

Have a Safe and Blessed Easter…

Holy Spirit celebrated a beautiful Stations of the Cross Liturgy which reminded us how deeply we are loved. God’s infinite grace is available to all of us, and we are all worthy of being loved. Take time to reflect on the message of hope as you spend time with those dearest to you.

Have a wonderful Easter!

 

By | 2018-03-29T16:19:58+00:00 March 29th, 2018|News|Comments Off on A Few Noteworthy Items before Easter…