Monthly Archives: December 2018

A Look Ahead to the New Year!

Good Morning Hawks,

Hoping everyone had a safe and joyous Christmas with loved ones.  This newswire comes a little early, however, I will not be available to send out your “look ahead” the weekend before we return from the holidays, so please note the following:


Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Winter Weather Update

When we experience wintry weather throughout the year schools follow School Board policy when deciding to keep students indoors during winter.

—>Students remain inside when temperatures, including wind chill, are at or below minus 20°C

Otherwise all students will go outside for recesses and lunches. Students must dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside before school, during the two 15-minute recess and the 40-minute lunch break.

If you are requesting your child to stay indoors for medical related concerns, please call the office to speak with us directly or provide a doctor’s note to let us know.  Your child will be directed to bring a book to the front office to read during these recesses.

Please check the weather each day before students leave for school to ensure that they are coming to school dressed appropriately to go outside every day. We are using the Environment Canada weather station website for the information needed to decide on indoor or outdoor recesses. (

In the event of severe weather, please listen to the local radio stations for school closure or bus cancellation information beginning at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are made approximately every quarter hour. Additionally, all cancellation updates can be found on the WCDSB website ( under the Cancellations tab.


Here are some tips for walking to school in the winter:

Wear a hat…up to 50% of body heat can be lost through your head, so keep it covered;

Walk with smaller steps to improve footing on slippery sidewalks;

Wear mittens…they are warmer than gloves;

Use a lip protector (such as a lip balm) on your lips;

Walk with a buddy…talk about all the great winter scenery.


Grade 7 Confirmation Meeting:

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 OR Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Church at Blessed Sacrament, the Confirmandi come with their Sponsor. If the Sponsor is unavailable a Parent should come with them. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm and will be no longer than one hour. This meeting will be to talk about “how they are doing in their preparation to receive the Sacrament”, to answer any questions and to provide information for the Celebration of Confirmation.


A Look Ahead for January 7th-11th: 

Monday: Welcome Back!

Tuesday: Spirit Day!

Mini—Assemblies for divisions to review school expectations and goal setting for the new year!

School Council Meeting at 6pm in the school library

Wednesday: Deacon Shawn visiting Grade 8’s

Thursday: Twin Day!

Grade 6-8 Students Trip to  UW


School Focus:

In addition to academics, we also focus on student learning skills at school.  We promote that school is for learning and we want kids to “Be Safe, Be Happy, and Get Your Work Done!”  to develop great work habits and to be successful.

Specifically, we do a lot of work around the following:


-how to work quietly

-how to work in a group setting (talking about problems, solving tasks together, speaking patiently, doing one’s share of the workload etc.)

-keep to yourself—touching other people when they are trying to learn is very distracting to other kids and to the teacher

-regulating behaviour on the yard and in the classrooms; and

Respecting of all the people in our school family:

-listen when someone else is talking, as to keep from interrupting or trying to talk over them

-wait your turn in all areas of social interactions and conversations

-when someone is talking to you, look at them to show respect

-speaking and acting kindly to other children and teachers—this means at school talking back, being rude or using inappropriate language is not acceptable or appropriate


These areas have been a focus last year as well, and we would appreciate any support you can offer at home to help us at school in order to maximize your child’s learning and the learning of others.  Thank you!


Enjoy your last week of holidays and see you when we return on Monday January 7th!


By |2018-12-28T08:58:07-04:00December 28th, 2018|News|Comments Off on A Look Ahead to the New Year!

Christmas Wishes!

Christmas is coming!  The sights, the sounds and the preparations abound.  As we get ready to celebrate this joyous occasion with family and friends, our lives often become filled with much hustle and bustle, activity and heightened emotion.

Our Advent prayers at school have helped us to focus on and recognize the fulfillment of God’s promise to His people. Christmas reminds us of God’s greatest gift – the birth of His Son Jesus in a Bethlehem stable.

The Staff here at Monsignor Haller would like to wish all of you a very happy and safe Christmas holiday.  See you back at school on Monday January 7th.

Yours in Christ,

Tanya Hunter


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School Bingo Today

Good Morning Hawks,

The school will be playing a few rounds of Christmas Bingo this afternoon!!  ALL students will be receiving an amazing Christmas PRIZE to bring home to use over the holidays.

This game is for students to play as a family.  Siblings will play together to receive ONE ENVELOPE that will come home today.

Please check your child’s mailbag or backpack after school today to ensure it gets home safely!


Happy Holidays!

By |2018-12-20T09:42:43-04:00December 20th, 2018|News|Comments Off on School Bingo Today

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

his Week in the Nest:

On Monday we will come together as a whole school community and share a Christmas Lunch together in the gym.  Thank you to all families who have supported this wonderful opportunity!  Special thanks goes out to School Council who is helping to support our lunch, along with our many volunteers who we will see on Monday helping with the set up, serving, and the clean up. 

One of the reasons why I love this school is because we are truly like a family here. 

All students should bring a drink/water bottle.  Students who are opting out of the turkey lunch will be reminded to being their lunches with them to eat with their class.


Congratulations to the students who will be playing and winning in our FAMILY BINGO game at school this week (we will ensure ALL students win). 

Students will join their siblings for a round of school bingo.  As families win they will come to the office to receive their “prize”.  MOVIE PASSES for each of them AND a pass for a guardian to take them to the movies will be in a labelled envelope.

HUGE thanks to a JK family at Haller whose employer generously donated a movie card to EVERY STUDENT and a guardian to have a movie night over the holidays. 

Please be sure to check your children’s backpack on Thursday or Friday to take out the labelled envelope.  Inside the envelope you will find a card for each of your Haller children and a card for you!  Also included are instructions on how to load the card.  Thank you so much once again for this very generous gift!


This week is also Spirit Week!!  We are celebrating Christmas every day in the Hawk’s nest!

Monday: Spirit Day ~ Red, Green & White Day!

Tuesday: Spirit Day ~ Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

Wednesday: Spirit Day ~ Christmas Hat/Headband Day!  **Christmas Concert at 9:15am **Parents are welcome to attend!

Thursday: Spirit Day ~ PJ Day!

Friday: Spirit Day ~ Scarf, Mitten and Hat Day!



*Please note that because Breakfast Bins are only funded for a set number of weeks per year, bins will resume after the break on January 21st.


School Focus:  Spatial Reasoning; Number relationships and fluency; problem solving 2-3 step problems and explaining your thinking.

Try These at Home:

“Which One Doesn’t Belong” activities can be used for all grade levels and topics. The graphics can be specific or more open-ended. Remember, the idea is to spark your child’s thinking, interest, and curiosity to talk about math, and be able to share their reasoning!  WODB activities do not have a single correct answer. These graphics are designed to be interpreted in a variety of different ways in order to spark deep mathematical thinking and discussion.  Check these out:


Santa Claus is working on his sense of direction.  Can you help him out?


By |2018-12-14T14:32:30-04:00December 14th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Mass Venue Change Today


Due to the current wet weather and unpredictability of what this afternoon will bring, please note: Mass today will be at the school at 1:00pm.

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Our Fundraiser Products are arriving today. Please pop in between 12:30-5pm to pick up your orders.  If you ordered one or two boxes and would like your child to bring them home, call the office at 519-579-1230 and we will send them home that way.

Thank you for your support!  Funds raised are going to support our Turkey Lunch and needs of the students.

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Friday Flash…a look ahead!

This Week in the Nest:

Monday:  Advent Link over the PA.  Ask your child what the link was!

Gingerbread Contest for students in Grades 4-8 who signed up with Mrs. Hunter:)

Junior Achievement Workshop (grade 6)

Tuesday:  Spirit Day!

Mrs. Koehler visiting Grade 2’s

Friday:  Advent Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church 1:15pm


Monday December 17th is our school turkey lunch!  Thank you to our volunteers who are coming out to help set up, serve food, and clean up!  If you haven’t ordered online yet, please call the office.


School Focus:  Number relationships and fluency; problem solving 2-3 step problems and explaining your thinking.

**Advent and Christmas bring many opportunities to practice Math at home. This can include:

  • budgeting for buying gifts
  • measuring ingredients or adjusting recipes for your family favourite cookies
  • thinking spatially when wrapping presents
  • counting lights and ornaments on the tree
  • comparing the number of houses with lights versus the number without on your street
  • or completing fun colouring and arts and crafts ideas

No matter what you are doing with your kids, take some time to explain your thinking and asking them to help with the math will help to develop their mathematical thinking skills.


Try these fun colouring activity with your kids to help them understand grids and coordinates:

Christmas Colouring Coordinates


By |2018-12-09T19:47:18-04:00December 9th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!