Monthly Archives: January 2019

School Parking Lot

Good afternoon Hawks,

Please note the school’s parking lot is closed in the mornings and after school for parents to drop off and pick up.

Although the weather is especially cold this week, we ask parents/guardians to park on the side streets. There is limited parking, so if you are driving, please allow time to find a spot before picking up your child.

Thank you

By |2019-01-29T15:15:22-04:00January 29th, 2019|News|Comments Off on School Parking Lot

Buses Cancelled Today

Good Morning,

As you may know, bus routes are cancelled all day today.

All schools are open.  Should you drive your child to school today, please note that when buses are cancelled in the morning they do not run in the afternoon and you will need to pick your child up at 3:20pm.

Stay warm today!

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Volleyball and Homework Club Cancelled Today

Good Afternoon Hawks,

Due to the oncoming weather concerns, the after school events (volleyball and homework club) are cancelled this afternoon.  Students will be dismissed as per their regular routine.

Thank you

By |2019-01-28T14:12:59-04:00January 28th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Volleyball and Homework Club Cancelled Today

Smart Cities Challenge!

Dear Parents / Guardians, Children & Youth…

We need your help!

Last year the Federal Government launched the “Smart Cities Challenge”, a national competition that encourages communities to come up with innovative technology solutions to their most pressing challenge. The top prize is $50 million!!!

Waterloo Region entered the contest with a focus on healthy children and youth. We want to make our community THE BEST in Canada for kids.

And we were chosen one of just five Canadian communities to compete for the award!

To help us win the $50 million, we are asking you (should you choose to participate) to assist your child(ren) in signing a special petition urging the competition judges to recognize the participation and support we have from local young people to win the smart cities challenge.

The petition is open to ALL children and youth up to age 18 and is available for your child(ren) to sign at:

Let’s hear all those #WCDSBAwesome Waterloo Catholic District School Board voices!!!

For more information, please visit

You can follow along @SmartWatRegion on Instagram and Twitter. Use #SmartWR #SmartCitiesCanada and #bestcommunityforkids when chatting on social media.

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Friday Flash…a look ahead!

This Week in the Nest:

Students in Grade 7 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be administered the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (CAT-4) between April 23 –30, 2019.

The CAT-4 is a national standardized achievement test designed to measure achievement in the basic skills commonly taught in schools across Canada. The specific skill areas in which your child will be assessed include language arts, reading and mathematics. The CAT-4 takes approximately four hours to complete over a three-day period.

The CAT-4 will provide information for parents, students, teachers and administrators about how well students perform in the basic skill areas. This information will be used to provide direction for curriculum and program delivery at the system, school, and individual student levels.

If you wish your child to not participate in the testing, please contact the school principal by April 9, 2019.

We ask that you ensure your child is well rested and if at all possible avoid appointments during this time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kelly Roberts at 519-576-3660 or


Students in Grade 4 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be administered  the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test Level 10 (CCAT 7) between In the period of April 8-15, 2019.

The purpose of this board-wide screening of the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test Level 10 (CCAT 7) is to:

Identify your child’s cognitive areas of strength and areas of need

Provide information about your child’s learning style

Provide information to your child’s teachers in order to help them meet instructional objectives

The CCAT 7 is divided into three sections (verbal, quantitative, non-verbal) and each section has three tests. The CCAT 7 will be administered over a three-day period and each testing session will last about 40 – 45 minutes out of the regular school day.

You will be notified if exemptions from any or all sections of the test may apply and be recommended for your child. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this assessment, please inform your school principal no later than March 22, 2019.

In June, you will receive the results of your child’s cognitive achievement in the three batteries.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school principal.


This Week: 

Tuesday: Spirit Day!

Wednesday: Bell Let’s Talk Day!

Thursday: Grade 8 and Senior Kindergarten Graduation Photos.  Sibling Photos too (if desired)


 School Focus:

Have you ever heard your child say “nothing” when asked what he learned at school that day??  Me too.

Here are some precise questions to ask your child(ren) about their day.  These questions are deliberate prompts to assist all of us with engaging in our children’s learning:

  1. What did you learn in reading/math/science today?
  2. How did you do? How did it go?
  3. What did you do if you did not understand? What strategy did you use?
  4. How can you improve on your learning?
  5. What are you most proud of?
  6. I am so proud of you for …..


By |2019-01-25T11:35:54-04:00January 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Hi Hawks!

It’s a quiet week ahead.  Let’s hope the weather brings us some cheer:)


This Week: 

Tuesday: Spirit Day!

Friday: PD Day:  no school for students


 School Focus:


Ask you child about our visit from FRISBEE ROB today!!

Robert McCleod uses frisbees to share his message of:

  • The importance of Physical Literacy
  • Learning from Failure (he shares his own stories)
  • Getting Unplugged (Screen time)

He treated the whole school to an awesome performance this morning, followed by class workshops throughout the day!  Check it out at:

FRISBEE ROB challenges ALL of us to unplugged for 30 minutes a day…see the challenge:



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Friday Flash…a look ahead!

 This Week in the Nest:

I would like to take a moment to give a huge shout out to our School Council members!!  This small group of amazing parents meet regularly with school staff in order to promote student success and engagement at Haller!!

So far this year they assisted with helping to support Christmas Angels in our school community; and will be assisting with our annual Pancake Tuesday School Breakfast!  Look for our Council Fundraiser to be launched in the upcoming weeks!

Like the old saying, “many hands make light work,” we are always looking for more hands…even if only to lend a hand with gardening, whipping up pancakes, joining in a meeting, or sharing ideas.  If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, you are so welcome to call the school office for more info!

Pizza: Closed for January orders.  Schoolcash is now open for February.  Any questions or concerns, please call Mrs. Neves and she can help you!

Popcorn!  Our Popcorn Sellers are offering popcorn for purchase each day at morning recess for $2.00.  If your child would like a bag, send them with a toonie:)

This Week: 

Monday: Grade 8 students are off on the residential retreat at MOUNT MARY!

Tuesday: Spirit Day!

Wednesday: Grade 8 students return at approx. 2:00pm from MOUNT MARY!

Thursday: Eucharistic Adoration at 10:15am at Blessed Sacrament Parish (all parents welcome!)

Friday: Frisbee Presentation all day!  Ask your child about it after school today!

 School Focus:

Have you heard about the “Counting Principals” in math before?  These 8 principals are critical for mathematics success AND they begin to develop in children as young as 6 months old — all the way through elementary school.

See the attachment for the Counting Principals, along with explanations of each:

Counting Principles- summarized

You can check out The Guides to Effective Mathematics Instruction for games you can try at home to practice the counting principles at home:

These are amazing resources you can use at home to support what your child is learning at school!  Is it  usual that children practice what they learn from school at home?  YES!!  This is the time children have to process their learning from a busy day, in a safe, quiet, supportive environment with a parent.

We are partners parents!  What you do to help at home is very appreciated and only serves to assist your children in their educational success!!


By |2019-01-11T12:17:36-04:00January 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!