Monthly Archives: November 2018

Grade 8 Night at St. Mary’s

Grade 8’s and Families:

St. Mary’s is hosting their Grade 8 night tomorrow evening, Thursday November 29th.  Event details:

6:30-7pm – presentation in gym

7:00-8:30pm – tours of the school (guided or self-guided)

They will be doing a draw on this evening and giving away two free uniforms from McCarthy’s!

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Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Our School Christmas Show will be on Wednesday December 19th.  Watch for flyers to come home!

*Cookie Fundraiser orders due Nov. 25th

*Picture Retakes are on December 4th

New this year in collaboration with the school and School Council , we are excited to introduce or first Christmas School Lunch!  Details on Schoolcash Online and via a school flyer that was sent home this week.


Winter Weather:

It looks like it’s staying…the unpredictable cold, snowy, wet weather.

It is that time of year when students need to be reminded of the necessity of dressing properly for the weather (e.g., mittens, hats, scarves, snowpants, boots, etc.). Items that are labelled will be easier for your child to track down, as many boots and mittens look very similar.  A number of items make their way to the Lost and Found and are often not claimed, so be sure to remind your child to check there if they have lost something. We ask that each child have indoor footwear (e.g., running shoes to wear in the school and boots to wear outside).

Younger students who are not wearing snowpants or winter boots will be reminded to play on the drier blacktop area.  We do not have access to a washing machine or dryer at school – therefore children without winter clothing are encouraged to stay out of the wet snow and to bring an extra set of bottoms and socks in their backpacks.

Research indicates that fifteen minutes of fresh air allows students to refocus on their studies.  We will monitor the weather conditions daily and make decisions based upon our local conditions. Except under unusual conditions, students go outside during am/pm recesses and the longer lunch recess.  Please remember that children who are too ill to go outside should be resting at home. If you or someone you know needs an extra set of snowpants or boots, please let the school know and we can try to help.


Carizon Resource for Families:

Parent Intro Monsignor Haller

CRP Teacher Info Flyer (Monsignor Haller)

 


This Week in the Nest:

Monday: Junior Achievement in Grade 8

Girl’s Basketball Tournament at Monsignor Doyle

Tuesday: Spirit Day!

Grade 3/4’s to the University Rocks Museum (pm)

Our Christmas Spectacular is on Saturday Nov. 24th from 9:30-2:00pm!!  This is a school fundraiser Mrs. Hunter organizes to support our “school greening and outdoor life”.  Please come and show your support!!

Vendors include: Sweetlegs, Haller Student Baking, Avon, Craft and Home Décor, Usborne Books, Chirstmas Ornaments, Baking, Wooden Bird Houses and so much more!


 School Focus:  Proportional Reasoning

“It is estimated that more than half of the adult population cannot be viewed as proportional thinkers. (Lamon, 1999). That means that we do not acquire the habits of proportional reasoning simply by getting older.” Source:  Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Teaching Developmentally. 2nd Canadian Edition (Van de Walle & Folk, 2008, p.370)

Try This at Home!

Prompts to Support Parents:

“why?”

“can you prove your idea?”

“how did you get the answer?”

“are there other ways to get the answer?”

“where would you use this skill outside of school?”  “how is this different?”

“what problems of your own can you make?”

“can you verify MY answer?”

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Winter Weather!

It looks like it’s staying…the unpredictable cold, snowy, wet weather.

It is that time of year when students need to be reminded of the necessity of dressing properly for the weather (e.g., mittens, hats, scarves, snowpants, boots, etc.). Items that are labelled will be easier for your child to track down, as many boots and mittens look very similar.  A number of items make their way to the Lost and Found and are often not claimed, so be sure to remind your child to check there if they have lost something. We ask that each child have indoor footwear (e.g., running shoes to wear in the school and boots to wear outside).

Younger students who are not wearing snowpants or winter boots will be reminded to play on the drier blacktop area.  We do not have access to a washing machine or dryer at school – therefore children without winter clothing are encouraged to stay out of the wet snow and to bring an extra set of bottoms and socks in their backpacks.

 

Research indicates that fifteen minutes of fresh air allows students to refocus on their studies.  We will monitor the weather conditions daily and make decisions based upon our local conditions. Except under unusual conditions, students go outside during am/pm recesses and the longer lunch recess.  Please remember that children who are too ill to go outside should be resting at home. If you or someone you know needs an extra set of snowpants or boots, please let the school know and we can try to help.

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Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Good Morning Hawks!

I imagine all our kiddos building snow forts, making snow angels and tobogganing on this perfect snowy day!  Enjoy the weather and stay safe this weekend!


This Week in the Nest:

We have quite a bit going on in the upcoming weeks…please note the following:

*Pottery-To-Go is on Thursday November 22nd for grades 1-8.  Cost is $3.00 per student paid on SchoolCash

*Mount Mary (Grade 8’s) Forms and 1st Payment: Nov. 19

*Cookie Fundraiser orders due Nov. 25th

*Picture Retakes are on December 4th

New this year in collaboration with the school and School Council , we are excited to introduce or first Christmas School Lunch!  Details to follow shortly.  Please watch for information on newswire  and/or SchoolCash.


Friendship Week this Week!!

Tuesday: Spirit Day!

Grade 3’s to Toyota on a field trip!

Waterloo Warriors to Visit the grades 6 & 8

Thursday:  WEAR PINK Day!

Pottery-To-Go Day!!  Please be sure your $3.00 potion of the activity is paid  on SchoolCash

 

Our Christmas Spectacular is on Saturday Nov. 24th from 9:30-2:00pm at Blessed Sacrament Parish!! 

This is a school fundraiser Mrs. Hunter organizes to support “school greening and outdoor life”.  Please come and show your support!!

Vendors include: Sweetlegs, Haller Student Baking, Avon, Craft and Home Décor, Usborne Books, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Steeped Tea, Christmas Ornaments, Baking, Wooden Bird Houses and so much more!

 


School Focus:

Research says that when parents are involved in their children’s learning—there is increased success at school!   Not sure how to help at home?  Come to the Math Literacy for Parents on December 6, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish Hall (at the Board Office on Weber Street, Kitchener) :  Are you a parent of a child in our Board?  Would you like to learn more about how students learn math?  This session will expose parents to a variety of experiences that will model the types of tasks students engage in.

 

Numeracy Skills!  Students can be practicing number fluency regularly.  Math facts that are recalled quickly and readily by your child are important when solving multi-step problems.  Not having to struggle with the basic math fact components allow kids to work on the thinking and application parts of a problem.

Early Years:  Counting to 20 and beyond and number recognition to 20

Primary:  Addition and Subtraction math facts (single digits and then double digits with regrouping)

Junior:  Multiplication and Division math facts

Intermediate:  Flexibility with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and integers

Prompts to Support Parents: Talk to your kids about math!!  Present problems in real life (especially with money), and use these prompts to have them show their understanding:

-justify,  explain or prove their answers

-compare, determine, define, describe, identify, list, predict, summarize

 

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Friday Flash…a look ahead

Friday Flash,,,a look ahead

In the Nest This Week:

We would like to thank everyone that joined us for the Parent/Teacher Interview evening yesterday.  It really is the only formal time in the school year for parents to meet with their child and child’s teacher.  Thank you for making time for building the relationships between home and school.

This is a gentle reminder that Friday, November 16th is a PA Day, therefore there will be no school for students on that day.

Our Remembrance Day Celebration will take place on Monday, November 12th at 10:45 over the announcements. Thank you to the students in grades 3, 4 and 5 who will be leading the ceremony!

 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday:  Remembrance Day Celebration.  Wear Black and Red to show respect for the veterans.

Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white!

JK Observation Visits

Wednesday:  Happy Birthday Haller.  You are 47 Today!

JK Observation Visits

Grade 8 Day at S. Mary’s High School (pizza lunch included!)

ThursdayWacky Sock Day!

Friday:  PD Day:  teaching staff will be involved in Student Achievement Activities, specifically Mathematics

 

School Focus: Proportional Reasoning

What is It?  Read up on it!   http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/studentsuccess/proportionreason.pdf

Where does it fall in student learning?  It is embedded through all the mathematics curriculum until grade 12:

 

 

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Progress Report Cards

Good Afternoon,

Today your child is bringing home his/her Elementary Progress Report Card for the current school year.  The purpose of the Progress Report is:

“To show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects.” (Growing Success, 2010 Ministry Document. p. 50.).

The Elementary Progress Report Card is intended to become a central part of the discussion with students and their parents in the context of proactive conferences with teachers that will allow students and parents to gain a better understanding of student’s learning skills and work habits as well as learning goals.

Please complete the response form on page 2 on the Report Card by including parent/guardian and student comments and a Goal for Improvement.  We would ask that you bring this signed form to the conference with you so that it can be attached to your child’s report in their Ontario School Record.  The response section provides an opportunity for you to comment positively and constructively on your child’s progress and achievement during the school year.  This section attests to how home and school can work together to improve student learning.  If you have any concerns other than these, please direct them to your child’s teacher via phone call or note.  When completing the response form, you and your child may wish to consider the following questions:

Students:

What is something that you do well?

What do you want to learn more about this term?

How do you need to improve this term?

What will you do to improve your work or your effort?

Parents:

What do you see as a real strength for your child?  What do you see your child doing well?

Where have you seen your child struggling or having difficulty?

What does your child need to improve?

What steps will you take during this term to help your child?

We thank you for the support you have provided during the beginning of this school year to ensure successful learning for your child.  Just a reminder that Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday. Sign up times were sent home for you to select a time last week.  You will receive your 15 minute scheduled time in your child’s Report Card envelope.  If you are unable to make that scheduled time, please call the office or your child’s teacher and we will provide you with other options.  Thank you!

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Friday Flash…a look ahead

In the Nest This Week:

 Progress Report Cards:

On Tuesday your child is bringing home his/her Elementary Progress Report Card for the current school year.  The purpose of the Progress Report is:

“To show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects.” (Growing Success, 2010 Ministry Document. p. 50.).

The Elementary Progress Report Card is intended to become a central part of the discussion with students and their parents in the context of proactive conferences with teachers that will allow students and parents to gain a better understanding of student’s learning skills and work habits as well as learning goals.

Please complete the response form on page 2 on the Report Card by including parent/guardian and student comments and a Goal for Improvement.  We would ask that you bring this signed form to the conference with you so that it can be attached to your child’s report in their Ontario School Record.  The response section provides an opportunity for you to comment positively and constructively on your child’s progress and achievement during the school year.  This section attests to how home and school can work together to improve student learning.  If you have any concerns other than these, please direct them to your child’s teacher via phone call or note.  When completing the response form, you and your child may wish to consider the following questions:

Students:

What is something that you do well?

What do you want to learn more about this term?

How do you need to improve this term?

What will you do to improve your work or your effort?

Parents:

What do you see as a real strength for your child?  What do you see your child doing well?

Where have you seen your child struggling or having difficulty?

What does your child need to improve?

What steps will you take during this term to help your child?

We thank you for the support you have provided during the beginning of this school year to ensure successful learning for your child.  Just a reminder that Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday. Sign up times were sent home for you to select a time last week.  You will receive your 15 minute scheduled time in your child’s Report Card envelope.  If you are unable to make that scheduled time, please call the office or your child’s teacher and we will provide you with other options.  Thank you!

 


Remembrance Day:  This year Remembrance Day is on Sunday, November 11th. At Monsignor Haller, we would still like to honour and remember those who have given so much, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. We will be having a moment of silence and reflection on Monday, November 12th at 10:50am.


Parking Lot Update:  Just a reminder to our new families, the school parking lot (private property) is closed Monday through Friday from 8:00am—4:00pm.  There is a huge tire/sign blocking the parking lot indicating to parents that students may not be dropped off in the lot.

To prevent being ticketed or towed, families are welcome to drop off students along Laurentian and on Shea in the marked areas.

 


Weather Forecast!:  Our weather changes daily, and as such, students should be prepared to be outside in any weather (mist, snow, sun, wind etc.)

 


Photo Re-Take Day:  December 4th.  Students who missed their picture day or who need re-takes, come to school ready to SMILE!

 


 Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white!

Mrs. Mikuljan and Ms. Boutzis’ class are off to the Joseph Schneider House!

Report Cards Go Home

Thursday:  Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences


School Focus: Catholic Faith

Please see the flyer attached if you are interested in supporting the Catholic Community Foundation.

 

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