Year End!!

Hello Holy Spirit families. We wish all of you a blessed summer filled with good health, lots of sunshine and all of God’s blessings.  It has been a year like no other. Our faith in God and in one another has allowed us to persevere.

We bid farewell to several staff members who are moving on to different journeys in their lives.

To Mme. DiGiantomasso and Mr. Dosen, we wish you health and happiness as you embrace the wonderful world of retirement and all of the joys it has to offer. You have made an indelible mark on this community and you will be missed.

To Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Freitas and Mademoiselle Kim,  who are moving on to different teaching positions within the WCDSB. We wish you well and we know that you will make an impact wherever you go.

To Ms. Robson, we thank you for all that you have done to support our students and families over the last few years. We wish you well on your new journey.

To Ms. Gomes, Mr. Clouthier and Ms. Walker. You have been wonderful additions to our Holy Spirit community! We wish you all the best moving forward and we hope our paths cross again.

Be well, everyone. May God bless each of you and your families.

 

Take time to claim your strength;
they are gifts of God.

Take time to have fun;
it’s God’s way of teaching you your strengths.

Take time to grow yourself;
only you can grow you.

Take time to trust yourself;
God trusts you.

Take time to be self-reliant;
it is better than being dependent.

Take time to share with others;
they will bless you, and you will bless them.

Take time to have hope,
you are a child of God.

Let’s put ourselves into the hands of the Lord,
and pray that God will bless us and our families
during the wonderful months of summer.
May we all help make our home a place of relaxation,
joy, love, peace and safety.
May we be generous and considerate,
not thinking only about ourselves,
but helping others enjoy the blessings of a summertime.

Lord God, Creator of all things,
guide our steps and strengthen our hearts,
during these months of summer and vacation days.
Grant us refreshment of mind and body.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Today is #TheMightyHolySpirit Report Card and Belonging Pick Up Day!!

Hello #TheMightyHolySpirit,

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! 

Today is the Day!!  #TheMightyHolySpirit drive-through pick-up!! Please see below for the new procedures and information.

#TheMightyHolySpirit Drive-Through Belonging and Report Card Pick Up Plan

Please see the schedule below for your pick-up window, it is organized by class. If you have multiple children who attend the school and would like to pick everything up at once please reach out to the classroom teacher and let them know which one of your time slots you would like to pick up your belongings. The teacher will be sure to have your child’s belongings ready at that time slot.

Time Teacher
9:10 – 9:40 Fioretti, Borges
9:40 – 10:10 Morris, Holmes
10:10 – 10:40 Mederak, Thornton
10:40 – 11:10 Rose, White
11:10 – 11:40 Martins, Lojek-Smith
11:40 – 12:10 Clegg, Cunningham, Livingston
12:10 – 12:40 Walker (Dosen), Clouthier
12:40 – 1:10 Gingerich, DiDanieli
1:10 – 1:40 Cassidy, Hanley
1:40 – 2:10 Lemos, Gomes
2:10 – 2:40 Hersh, Sousa, Fossey

When driving through it is extremely important to follow the following:

  1. Enter at the far end of the parking lot and follow the cones. See diagram below.
  2. Stay in your car at all times.
  3. When a staff member approaches, let them know your child’s name and teacher(s).
  4. They will bring your child’s belongings to the car as well as the Report Card.
  5. Return any outstanding items, Chromebooks (with charger) and Library Books.
  6. Please be patient, we will do our best to have you on your way within a couple of minutes.

#TheMightyHolySpirit is truly an amazing community!

Paul Mendonca and Daniel Mastroianni

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Annual CSAC Report

This year’s Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC), commonly known as Parent Council, comprised of nine parent members, two school administrators, one teacher representative, and one community representative. The Council met virtually through an online platform throughout the year as per Covid guidelines. Meetings were held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

In a non-covid year, the Council would organize and lead two school-wide fundraisers to support growth at the school. This year we unanimously voted to not proceed with a fundraiser during the pandemic year.

Also this year, for the first time, we were unable to provide the much anticipated Turkey Lunch to celebrate Christmas. The Council voted by majority to spend those allotted funds on the students in a covid-friendly manner. This year each student received a t-shirt, movie day with popcorn, and a coupon for a local bakery. This project was completed in partnership with Holy Spirit.

The Council will continue to meet virtually for the 2021-2022 school year until covid precautions are lifted. If you or someone in your family is interested in joining the council for the upcoming school year, enrolment forms will be available in September. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join as voting parent members or as designated members (chair, treasurer, fundraising lead, parish representative, secretary).

The Council members wish everyone a safe summer break.

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UPDATED – Report Card and Belonging Pick Up – June 28, 2021

Hello #TheMightyHolySpirit,

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! 

As you know the Delta variant has taken hold of Waterloo Region and our numbers have been rising. Public Health has informed WCDSB that Belonging Pick Up will no longer be occurring with guardians/students coming into the building. Instead we were to look at an alternate arrangement.  #TheMightyHolySpirit will be organizing a drive through pick up which will ensure the safety of students, staff and parents/guardians. Please see below for the new procedures and information.

#TheMightyHolySpirit Drive-Through Belonging and Report Card Pick Up Plan

Please see the schedule below for your pick up window, it will now be organized by class. If you have multiple children who attend the school and would like to pick everything up at once please reach out to the classroom teacher and let them know which one of your time slots you would like to pick up your belongings. The teacher will be sure to have your child’s belongings ready at that time slot.

Time Teacher
9:10 – 9:40 Fioretti, Borges
9:40 – 10:10 Morris, Holmes
10:10 – 10:40 Mederak, Thornton
10:40 – 11:10 Rose, White
11:10 – 11:40 Martins, Lojek-Smith
11:40 – 12:10 Clegg, Cunningham, Livingston
12:10 – 12:40 Walker (Dosen), Clouthier
12:40 – 1:10 Gingerich, DiDanieli
1:10 – 1:40 Cassidy, Hanley
1:40 – 2:10 Lemos, Gomes
2:10 – 2:40 Hersh, Sousa, Fossey

When driving through it is extremely important to follow the following:

  1. Enter at the far end of the parking lot and follow the cones. See diagram below.
  2. Stay in your car at all times.
  3. When a staff member approaches, let them know your child’s name and teacher(s).
  4. They will bring your child’s belongings to the car as well as the Report Card.
  5. Return any outstanding items, Chromebooks (with charger) and Library Books.
  6. Please be patient, we will do our best to have you on your way within a couple of minutes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are working through the ever changing protocols and procedures. 

#TheMightyHolySpirit is truly an amazing community!

Paul Mendonca and Daniel Mastroianni

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Waterloo Region Public Health: Youth Vaccine School Clinics

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is hosting school vaccine clinics across Waterloo Region between June 22 – 26, 2021 for youth and their families.

School vaccine clinics

Youth aged 12-17 and family members they live with can book appointments at these vaccine clinics to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available between June 22 – 26, 2021. Free parking is available on-site at all the clinics.

Grand River Collegiate

175 Indian Rd, Kitchener, ON N2B 2S7

Southwood Secondary School

30 Southwood Dr, Cambridge, ON N1S 4K3

Huron Heights Secondary School

1825 Strasburg Rd, Kitchener, ON N2R 1S3

How to book an appointment?

To book an appointment please email youthclinics@regionofwaterloo.ca with your name, contact information, and preferred clinic location. Someone will call you back to complete the booking process (within 48 hours).

You can also book an appointment by calling the YMCA settlement services at 226-339-4964.

These clinics do not take walk-ins, an appointment is needed.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Youth must be 12 years old at the time of their appointment.

Youth will be able to get their second dose quicker than other people so they will have both their shots before the 2021/2022 school year.

What vaccine will be given?

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years of age and older. See the resources below for more information.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe.

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End of Year Update from the Director of Education

June 9, 2021

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that this communication finds you well.  It has been an eventful few weeks since last we communicated and today’s letter will bring some important updates.  As you well know at this point, it was announced by the Premier on Wednesday, June 2nd that in person schooling would not be returning this school year.  We know that for many students and indeed for many staff this was a disappointing update and not the news for which we were hoping.  It is difficult to be ending a second year in a row remotely, but we do know it will set us up for a safe and healthy summer, and hopefully a strong return to in person learning in the fall.

End of Year Activities

We are conscious that without a formal return to school, we once again have to contemplate bringing closure to our year and also complete some tasks associated with return of school materials and retrieval of personal belongings.  It will also be an opportunity to return any learning devices students were loaned from their schools or any textbooks they may have.  In order to facilitate this process, the last day of synchronous learning for all elementary schools, including St Isidore, will be Thursday June 24th.   June 25th, June 28th and June 29th will be asynchronous learning days, where work will be posted and students will be invited to come into their schools to return materials and connect with teachers.

Elementary Schools:

Keeping in mind all our obligations to our health and safety protocols, our elementary aged students will be invited to come to their schools at an appointed time to say a final in-person good-bye to their teacher and to allow for some personal connections with some classmates.  Principals will develop a schedule for their school and communicate those details to students and families once they are finalized.  We hope to not inconvenience parents more than once as they bring their children to the school for their good-bye.

Recognizing Elementary Graduates:

Graduates will also receive communications from their schools with details about virtual graduation ceremonies, and about any drive-by / walk-by graduation ceremonies that are planned.  This will allow for a celebration of this milestone, for photos and final in person good-byes.

Secondary Schools:

The last day for synchronous learning in Secondary with be June 22nd, with June 23rd and 24th as final assessment days.   The dates of June 24th and 25th will be used for device retrieval and textbook collection (June 28th and 29th will be available as need be as well).  School Administration will communicate the schedule and process.  June 24th is the last day for Community Active Living and ELL students.

Recognizing Secondary Graduates:

As has been previously communicated, a great deal of preparation has been underway for our graduates.  The secondary schools have been coordinating efforts and engaged in much planning to ensure our graduates are celebrated to the best of our ability.  Comprehensive virtual graduation ceremonies are currently planned for the fall and in-person celebratory drive-by/walk by ceremonies are planned for this spring.  We want to honour the considerable accomplishments of our many graduates.  We are very proud of you!  More details about these events will be provided by your local school.

Transition Survey Results for 2021-2022 School Year

Thank you to all parents and families for completing our Transition Survey for next school year.  We have just under 600 students registered for St Isidore elementary school next year and approximately 200 students who desired online learning for secondary.  As the 200 secondary students are spread over 5 schools, 4 grades and multiple courses,  a decision has been made that delivery will occur through a hybrid model (online and in-person students are in the same class), so that students can learn online and still access most of the course offerings they might desire.

Learning Kits for next year

Finally, just a short word to say that once again we will be providing students and families from grades JK – 12 with WCDSB Learning Kits.  Look here to see what to expect:

 Student Kits – List of Items.pdf   It is a small way to ensure heath and safety, while saying to you that you matter to us!  We value your faith in WCDSB and we cannot wait to welcome you back!

Thanks for your continued support and let’s have a great end to the school year, and an even better, healthier summer and school year ahead!  It’s going to be #WCDSBAwesome !

Sincerely

Loretta Notten,

Director of Education

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An Invitation to Pray Together for the Next Nine Days

As we come to the close of this unprecedented year, we naturally look back and reflect on the joys and struggles, the successes and the challenges – it has been quite a year!  Our WCDSB educational community has persevered through so much.

The suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus brings meaning to all our experience.

Please join with Father Gary Schlack, from St. Ambrose Parish in Cambridge, who invites us today to turn with one mind and one heart and one voice to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Join Father Gary, and so many others, as we participate in nine consecutive days of prayer  (Novena) from June 3 to June 11, leading up to the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Watch Father Gary’s Message on the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

Daily Prayers

Download the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from The Institute for Catholic Education

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Transition Survey for 2021/2022 School Year Open – May 31 to June 3

Transition Survey for 2021-22 School Year:

As mentioned in March and even more so now, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  We are working on staffing and budget, and we must make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, we are now asking ALL families to confirm if they have a desire for online learning for their child(ren).   Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice.   If you do not complete the survey – we will assume your child is returning to face-to-face learning.  May 31st through June 3rd – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June.  If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

A few things to note about your choice for online learning:

  • This is a single choice for the full year (September through June)
  • Vaccinations are expected for students 12 – 17; pediatric vaccine for those 5-11 are in development but cannot be confirmed at this time
  • All staff that wish to be vaccinated will be vaccinated by September
  • If you were a French Immersion student and you were online this year, if you choose a second year of online learning you will forfeit your spot in French Immersion
  • In secondary we expect to begin the year in a quadmester model with students attending two classes per day. If things progress well, we hope to see a semester model (carrying 4 courses over the course of half the year) by the second half of the year.  There is also the hope that extra-curriculars may return at some point next year.
  • There will not be the opportunity for inter-scholastic or varsity sports if you attend school virtually.
  • If there are not sufficient numbers for a dedicated online secondary school, a hybrid model will be considered.  This involves students connecting remotely to the face-to-face class using video conferencing, (as opposed to a dedicated virtual class).
  • Certain secondary subjects may not be possible or may be significantly compromised in their delivery through our online offering – for example, technology courses, some SHSM red seal specialities, senior level sciences and some performing arts.

We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn.  We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students, when all things are equal.  Please give this decision careful consideration.  The transition survey will be available directly from our Board homepage or can be accessed directly here:

Transition Survey 2021-22

By |2021-05-31T09:22:48-04:00May 31st, 2021|News|Comments Off on Transition Survey for 2021/2022 School Year Open – May 31 to June 3

Thank You #TheMightyHolySpirit!!

Hello #TheMightyHolySpirit,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank #TheMightyHolySpirit Community for an amazing 8 years. I have been able to call Holy Spirit home as a teacher for 5 and half years and I have been privileged to be able to begin my journey as a Vice Principal at Holy Spirit for the last 2 and a half years. I will miss the students, staff and community as I move to St. Aloysious Catholic Elementary School beginning in September.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Amanda Kuntz to #TheMightyHolySpirit Community. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the community and will be a great addition to the team. I know she looks forward to getting to know this amazing community.

Once again, thank you!

Daniel Mastroianni

Vice Principal

Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School

By |2021-05-28T10:20:18-04:00May 28th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Thank You #TheMightyHolySpirit!!
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