An Exciting Week Ahead…

It was so great to see so many Holy Spirit Families out at the BBQ. If you were not able to connect with your teacher, please do not hesitate to reach out to your classroom teacher to book an alternate time. The week ahead is full of lots of great activities and 3 days with special clothing colours. On Wednesday, we are acknowledging Rowan’s Day and having special conversations around concussion safety. To honour Rowan’s memory, we are asking our students to wear Purple on Wednesday. To recognize Terry Fox and his great marathon, we are asking students to wear Spirit Wear or Red and White on Thursday. To honour our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people affected by the legacy of Residential schools, we are asking everyone to participate in Orange Shirt Day on Friday. More information on Rowan’s Law and Orange Shirt Day can be found at:

Rowan’s Law

Please Complete Any Remaining Start Up Permission Forms…

In order for students to participate in Terry Fox and for us to celebrate them with Team pictures with their friends, we need all the permission forms completed online. Please ensure you have completed your initial start up permission forms on the web at schoolcashonline.

 Construction Continuing on Junior/Intermediate Natural Playground

There is construction fencing in place around the work being done and students will be completely safe during the building process. We look forward to the final product which should be completed in 3 or 4 weeks, weather permitting.

Also, we would like to remind the community that there should be no hard Frisbees on the yard. Please ensure your child leaves that equipment at home unless requested by the Ultimate Frisbee Coach.

Terry Fox Run THIS WEEK On Thursday, September 27th

On Thursday September 27th, 2018, Holy Spirit School will be proudly participating in a Terry Fox School Walk.  Over 8500 schools across Canada are taking part in the Run/Walk this year and that means that over 3 million students will be fundraising for cancer research in Terry’s name.  Here at Holy Spirit, we feel hat coming together as a school community for this walk allows us to celebrate the life of Terry Fox, his Marathon of Hope and it also allows us to show our incredible school spirit as we come together to help others. Students are encouraged to wear their Holy Spirit Gear or Red and White for this walk.

Our walk this year is an opportunity to take action, show leadership and make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer.  We are all touched by cancer in some way and it is up to us to take action. And so, for this year our fundraising goal is $1,300.00.  To help us reach our goal, each student is asked to donate a Toonie for Terry. We know we can do this! We are an incredible school filled with school spirit and we know we can meet this challenge head on, just like Terry did!

Spirit Wear is Available to Order!

Please check out the link below and order your spirit wear so it can arrive before the Christmas rush in December. We hope everyone will be able to wear some Holy Spirit Gear with pride.

Youth Cannibas Infographic

As you continue to have age-appropriate discussions with your children at home around wise choices and challenges they may be faced with, we wanted to provide you with a supportive infographic. Please read the material over and if you feel your child would benefit from a conversation, there is some additional information that may be helpful to you.


Fire Drill Safety Week

Each term we conduct a number of safety drills to ensure we are prepared in the event of a real emergency. Please speak with your children about the importance of full participation in a safety drill. Fire drills should not be a surprise to any of us, and if your child experiences anxiety please remind them that the drills will be taking place throughout the week.

Thanksgiving Food Drive Starts Tomorrow

Our student leadership team is organizing a Thanksgiving Food Drive in support of our St. Vincent De Paul charity. So many people in our community would be grateful for any support you can provide. A letter detailing the needs  within the Cambridge community is found in the link below.

Thanksgiving Food Drive 2018

A Focus on the Fundamentals of Math

As a Province, we are transitioning toward the a Focus on the Fundamentals of Math. As we value our partners as partners, we wanted to pass along this guide to parents supporting this focus at home. Please take a few minutes to read over the material below when you have a moment.

Parents’ Guide to Focus on the Fundamentals

A recent publication by Kenneth Leithwood, a global leader in research on student achievement, stated, “A substantial body of evidence indicates that among all forms of parental involvement, high but realistic parent expectations, has the greatest impact on student achievement by a large margin.” (Principal Connections, Winter 2017 Issue 2) As we journey this year, please know how much of an influence you have on your child’s achievement. The greatest impact that you can make is to set and maintain high expectations for your children this year at Holy Spirit School.

Hot Lunch Orders

Many students choose to participate in our hot lunch program. Each Wednesday we have a different vendor and every Friday is Pizza Day. Please do not feel obligated to participate in every hot lunch offering that we provide. However, when you choose to use the service, all of the proceeds go directly to programs that enhance the educational experience of all students at Holy Spirit School. All are welcome to participate when it works for your family.

 Monday, September 24th

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive Starts Today!
  • Fire Drill #1

Tuesday, September 25th

  • Fire Drill # 2
  • Parent Council Meeting @ 6:30PM in the library. All Parents Welcome.

Wednesday, September 26th

  • Rowan’s Day For Concussion Awareness. EVERYONE WEAR PURPLE
  • Fire Drill #3
  • Reading Club in Library
  • Hot Lunch Pita Pit

Thursday, September 27th

  • EcoClub in library
  • LockDown Drill

Friday, September 28th

  • Pizza Lunch
  • Kids Create Club in Library
  • Every Child Matters ORANGE SHIRT DAY (WEAR ORANGE)

Looking Ahead Beyond this week… 

  • Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee Tournament (October 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Monday (October 8th)
  • Flag Football Tournament (October 18th)
  • Municipal Election *Holy Spirit is a Polling Station (October 22)
  • P.A. Day (October 26th)
  • Grade 7s at Camp Brebeuf (November 1 and 2)
  • Progress Reports Go Home (November 6th)
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Conferencing (November 8th)
  • P.A. Day (November 16th)
  • Grade 7 Commitment Masses (November 24 and 25)
  • Advent Confessions (November 30)
  • School Family Advent Mass @ St. Ambrose Parish (December 5th)