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October Newsletter

It’s Going to Be an AWESOME October at Holy Spirit!

We are blessed as a community and we have so many things to celebrate from such a wonderful start to the year. We grew more in number, closer as a community and we are excited to continue our learning journey into the Fall.

October Monthly Calendar is always available @ Holy Spirit Website 

Our monthly calendar is now available at ALL times – great! Don’t forget to check it out as you plan for each week – simply go to our school website and click on the CALENDAR tab at the top of our website page. All school events are noted in this handy online calendar – thanks!

Thanksgiving Prayer

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.

Thank you for all the graces and blessings You have bestowed upon us, our faith, our food and shelter, our health, the love we have for one another, and our family and friends.

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.


The Terry Fox Run

Our students participated with passion as we came together as a community to fight cancer and honour a Canadian Hero. Our students demonstrated perseverance and enthusiasm as they ran a total of 1755km, or even further than Thunder Bay! As of 12 noon on Friday we have raised over $600, but are still shy of our fundraising goal. If you have not had a chance to contribute yet, you will be able to do so until Sunday evening with School Cash Online:

Natural Playground Celebration

Our Parent Council and our partners in the community joined us as we blessed our Natural Playground and celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting. A special thank you to the Eco-Team for their support in preparing for the event and caring for our trees.


A big shout out goes to the Junior soccer team who fought hard in the extreme heat on Monday, September 25th. They still managed a fifth-place finish in their tournament. The team started off well with a 6-0 win over St Anne followed by 2 close losses; 1-0 to St Augustine and 3-2 to St. Vincent de Paul. The Flames rallied for a 4-1 win over St. Margaret in their final game. Ms. Cassidy and Mr. Robertson would like to compliment all of the players on their great sportsmanship and dedication shown throughout the day. Way to go Flames!!!

Congratulations to the intermediate girls 3-pitch team for finishing in 2nd place overall. You demonstrated AWESOME leadership and sportsmanship while playing your best. We are proud of you. Thanks to all the parents for your support.

Student Leadership Team Assembled!

The Student 2017-2018 Student Leadership Team has been assembled and ready to work hard to serve our awesome school and community! Stay tuned for fun school challenges, social justice projects and fantastic spirit days!  The St. Vincent de Paul Society is very grateful to receive 813 donations of non-perishable food items from the Thanksgiving Food Drive! Well Done Flames!

Meet the Teacher BBQ was a huge success!

Thank you to all of our families who came out to Meet the Teacher and see where your child learns. We enjoyed a community BBQ and even had a few students visiting former teachers. Mrs. Hanley was happy to have her visitors!


On September 28th a group of Grade Eight students along with Mme. Silva and Mme. D. from Holy Spirit School attended WE Day in Toronto.  They were inspired by motivational speakers such as the Me to We founder Craig Kielburger and his brother Mark, Spencer West, Rick Hanson and even Prince Harry came to deliver his message about acceptance and unity amongst all and encouraged a new generation of leadership. Stay tuned to see our “Change Makers” in action this school year!

Mt. Mary Brought Out The Best in Our Grade 8s

Many of our grade 8s had the opportunity to spend 3 days away from school on a reflective journey at Mt. Mary Retreat Centre. In between periods of quiet mediation and prayerful reflection, our grade 8s had plenty of fun building community and having a lot of fun. We are grateful for the teachers that make this tradition possible.


Outstanding Online Registrations:

A significant number of students are missing portions of their registrations that should be completed. When we call parents to follow up, we are hearing that they believe that they have taken the necessary steps. However, unless you confirm by Adding it to your cart AND checking out, any changes will not be saved. If you have completed all forms, you will have a receipt and it will show up in your payment history. Please be diligent with this process as it helps us support your children in the most accurate and up to date ways.

Safe Arrival and Bus Safety:

A reminder to please phone in your child’s absence or lateness (519) 621-8973. Our answering service is available 24 hours a day. Messages are picked up between 8:00 and 3:30 pm. The driveway and Gatehouse Drive in front of the school is reserved for BUSES ONLY. Stopping and/or Parking on Gatehouse Dr. in front of the school is prohibited and puts our students’ safety at risk. Please help keep our students safe – Thanks!

Next Parent Council Meeting

Our next Parent Council meeting will be Wednesday, October 4th at 6:30PM in the LIBRARY.

Wilfred Laurier University Soccer Games – Friday, Oct. 6th 

Our Gr. 3-6 students have been invited to watch the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks Men’s and Woman’s Varsity Soccer Teams in an exciting league match up game. The students will be entertained as well as touch on the goal setting and growth mindset needed for these athletes to pursue both academics and athletics at a very early age. It is sure to be a great day for our young Flames!

Holy Spirit FALL Fundraiser – October Kick-off Coming Soon …

Stay tuned for a FALL Fundraiser to help support our great Flames Activities and Events … Our AWESOME School Council meets on Wed., October 4th and we will continue to work hard to benefit our students and school community. More information will follow very soon as the goal of this smaller fundraiser is to support some of our fall, Christmas and annual expenses that build community and celebrate our faith (Sacraments, Christmas Turkey Luncheon, Pancake Day, etc.). THANKS for your continued support of Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School!

Holy Spirit “SPIRIT” Wear Clothing 

Our wonderful Holy Spirit FLAMES Spirit Wear will go on sale in November – Bright Red and Black t-shirts, hoodies and clothing will be available at affordable prices so that our students, staff and parents can get caught wearing the FLAME!

Halloween Safety

Please NO BAKING should be sent to SCHOOL and NO NUTS with our children’s Halloween Treats too – THANKS!

Halloween is fast approaching and is a FUN and memorable time of year for families and our students. Please check with your child’s teacher before sending any Halloween treats to school. We also ask that you be extra careful in checking labels and avoid sending any Halloween treats to school that contain peanuts or nut products. These items can be enjoyed at home. As well note that for safety and re our parents wishing to be the decision makers in their child’s eating habits – we do not want baked goods (i.e. cupcakes, cookies, etc.) sent to your child’s classroom at any time in the school year. Thanks for understanding the need for this safety measure.

The word “Halloween” translates to “Holy Evening” which originates in our Catholic Tradition as the holy evening before “All Saints Day” on November 1st. Many of our Catholic Saints were Martyrs and died a tragic death. Hallowen presents many opportunities to discuss our Catholic Traditions heading to the month of November. With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighbourhoods across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices will make events safer and more fun:

  • Costumes should be light-coloured and flame resistant with reflective strips so that children are more easily seen at night.  (Remember to put reflective tape on bikes and brooms, too!)
  • Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.
  • Remind children to keep away from open fires and candles, as costumes can be extremely flammable.
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover the eyes.
  • Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks – not in the street.
  • Explain to children that calls should be made along one side of the street first and then the other, and that it’s best to cross the street only at intersections or crosswalks.
  • Visit homes that have a porch light on
  • Provide yourself or the children with a flashlight to see better and to be better seen.
  • Have children plan their route and share it with you and the family.
  • Children should travel in groups of four or five.  Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.
  • Make sure children know they should accept treats at the door and must not get into cars or enter the homes or apartments of strangers.
  • Remind children not to eat their treats and goodies until they are examined by an adult at home.  Candy should not be eaten if the package is already opened.

PD Day – Monday, October 23rd  

A Reminder that our next PD Day will take place on Monday, October 23rd – the focus is spiritual development.



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