Monthly Archives: January 2020

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

School Advisory Council Meeting:

Due to the scheduled school closing on Tuesday February 4th, our Council meeting will be cancelled.


Breakfast Bins:

Monsignor Haller Catholic School feeds approximately 260 students 5 days a week from September to June. Our student nutrition program would not be able to run without the efforts of all our great volunteers and from the support of the school community.

Monsignor Haller School needs your support to ensure that the Nutrition for Learning program is available for our students.

100% of donations through this portal go directly to the Monsignor Haller Student Nutrition Program.  Your donation supports your choice of school to help with our mission to support overall child well-being and the ability to learn, by ensuring that every student has the opportunity to attend school well nourished.

All of our schools are listed below and the link will take you directly to the donation page for the desired school of your choice and your donation will be directed to their specific program at that school.

Thank you for your support of the children in our community.

 To donate go to:  https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/schoolfinder/


This Week: 

Monday:  Intermediate Retreat Parent Meeting 6pm in the library

Tuesday:  Scheduled School Closing (All Catholic Schools) & School Council Advisory meeting Cancelled – Spirit Day is rescheduled to tomorrow.

Wednesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white for a chance to win a prize if your KINDNESS KOUPON is drawn!

ThursdayCRaZY sOCk dAY!!

Friday:  Kids on the Block Puppet Show (junior students—next week will be primary students)

 


School Focus:

Did you know that EQAO is NOT just a grade 3 and 6 test?  Sure, students write them in grades 3 and 6, but they are actually called Primary Assessments and Junior Assessments.

The learning that students need to be successful on these tests accumulate in each grade.  For example, kids learning about geometric attributes in grade 1 will need this learning as concepts build in grade 2 and then in grade 3.

Are you smarter than a 3rd grader?

Try these questions at home with your children:

Primary Assessment Sample Questions:

http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/primary-division/educators/Pages/example-materials.aspx

 

By |2020-01-31T08:06:06-05:00January 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Lunch Box: Feb 4th Orders Rescheduled

Good afternoon Hawks,

Students who ordered lunch from Lunch Box for Tuesday February 4th will receive their lunch on Monday February 3rd due to the scheduled school closure.

Please call the office if you have any questions.

Thank you!

By |2020-01-29T14:29:51-05:00January 29th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Lunch Box: Feb 4th Orders Rescheduled

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one day strike Feb 4, 2020  This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

 

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

 

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

 

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

 

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

 

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

 

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.
By |2020-01-28T15:17:25-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Bell Let’s Talk Day!

Don’t forget – tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk day!   This year WCDSB’s theme for Bell Let’s Talk is “It’s the Little Things,” celebrating the small gestures (at home, at school, in the community) that we can do to build one another up, show kindness, and express gratitude.  What can you take time to do tomorrow that will help boost someone who is in your school or community?  Is there something that has been really meaningful that someone else has done for you? Tweet it!  We want to celebrate the things that can make a difference in the lives of others.

 For every correctly addressed tweet (# not @, follow the capitalizations/spaces/no apostrophe, be sure it’s the one with the emoji as shown above), Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.

Thank you for your commitment to building positive mental health in the WCDSB community!

 

By |2020-01-28T14:28:41-05:00January 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Bell Let’s Talk Day!

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Health Tips to Stay Healthy

You may have heard about the new virus (Coronavirus) – the over-arching key messages centered around the fact that Ontario is very prepared and has effective protocols, which are currently operating very well, and the guiding principles that we do well to ground our response in the facts and what we know to be good practice.

To that end – we are encouraged to redouble our efforts in our schools to ensure:

  • good hygiene – washing hands thoroughly and with soap or sanitizer;
  • covering one’s mouth and nose when one sneezes or coughs;
  • staff and students stay home when ill.
  • It is also wise to get a yearly flu vaccine, available from clinics or pharmacies.

Attached is a letter which has been provided jointly by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.  This letter should be shared with your community and should be helpful in providing the necessary facts and insights needed at this time.

Coronavirus

By |2020-01-27T13:53:27-05:00January 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Health Tips to Stay Healthy

This Week in the Nest…

This Week in the Nest:

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, Fr. Joseph de Viveiros C.R. will be celebrating Mass for staff, students and parents from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. This celebration will bring a close to our Board’s Pastoral theme from this past year, Called to Belong. While our gathering at St. Anthony Daniel Parish will close one chapter, it will also give life to this coming year’s Pastoral theme, Gathered to Become.

Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Daniel Parish in Kitchener.  A reception in the Parish Life Centre will immediately follow Mass. We anticipate that each school community be represented at this upcoming celebration. We are inviting all principals, staff members, and students along with their parents to join us for this celebration of faith.


Our Annual Marble Tournament has begun!!  You haven’t heard about the Marble Tournament before??  Ask your child and find out if he/she signed up!

It’s one of the most popular clubs at Haller where all students from JK up to grade 8…and teachers too!!…are invited to play and compete to take the title of Marble Champion!


Welcome back Mrs. Rice from her maternity leave.  She is back in the Hawk’s Nest this Monday January 27th in grade 7/8!  A huge thank you and goodbye to Mrs. Picassinos who joined us since September in room 5.  Wishing her all the best in her next teaching assignment!


ArtShine Art Program:  Artshine is presenting today.  See flyer below!

 


Schools in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board administers the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (CAT-4) for students, previously in Grade 7 between March-June 2020.  This year, we hope to include students in Grade 1-8.

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 March 1, 2020.

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 Kelly.Roberts@wcdsb.ca.


Students in Grade 4 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be administered  the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test Level 10 (CCAT 7) in the period of April 2020.

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 1, 2020.

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:

Every Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white for a chance to win a prize if your KINDNESS KOUPON is drawn!

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?

I am so proud of you for …..

By |2020-01-27T08:09:58-05:00January 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on This Week in the Nest…

Eucharistic Adoration Today – Cancelled

Good morning Hawks,

This message is for parents and family members who are attending our school Eucharistic Adoration celebration this afternoon.

Father Naveed is ill and the celebration is cancelled.

 

Thank you,

By |2020-01-23T09:12:49-05:00January 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Eucharistic Adoration Today – Cancelled

Reminder: All WCDSB Schools Closed Tomorrow: Tuesday, January 21st

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

 

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

 

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

 

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

 

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

 

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

 

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

 

By |2020-01-20T14:17:59-05:00January 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Reminder: All WCDSB Schools Closed Tomorrow: Tuesday, January 21st

Lunch Box Update

Dear Parents,

With anticipation of a possible school closure on Tuesday, Jan 21, Lunchbox Orders has rescheduled the Tuesday lunch to Monday, January 20.

If you have an order placed for the January 21 delivery, the lunch has been moved to the new delivery date on Monday, January 20.

If you have not placed your order for next week, you may do so until Sunday, January 19 at NOON.

Questions?  Please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team at 1.877.426.6860 or by email at info@lunchboxorders.com.

 

If you are interested in signing up for Lunchbox orders, you may use the above information.

Thank you

By |2020-01-17T10:38:42-05:00January 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Lunch Box Update

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Good Morning Hawks,

There have been a few inquiries from families and students regarding a school closure scheduled for next Tuesday January 21st.

I encourage families to sign up for the WCDSB’s NEWSWIRE alerts.  These alerts will provide you with up to date and correct information regarding any labour disruptions.

You will find the subscription link at:

Intermediate Retreats:

There is a Camp Brebeuf and Mount Mary joint retreat meeting for parents and students to attend on Monday February 3rd from 6pm-7pm at the school. 

We are still waiting on many student’s paperwork and payment for the retreats.  If your child is not planning on attending their Spiritual Retreats, please call the office to let us know and we will mark his absence.  At the meeting, you will meet representative from Camp Brebeuf and Mount Mary who will explain their retreats and what students may look forward to.  Please come prepared with any questions and / or to hand in the paperwork.

 

Nutrition for Learning Volunteers:

We are currently looking for volunteers for 2 or 3 mornings a week to help organizing our classroom breakfast bins.  It takes about 20 minutes before the school bell rings.  Please call the office if you would be available to volunteer for one or all of the mornings needed.  Thank you for considering!

 

School Focus:

So, what are these levels of achievement?

Historically, students were often compared to others in their class, course, or grade when being assessed and evaluated. Fortunately, teachers now use content and performance standards from the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations to ensure that assessment and evaluation practices and procedures are fair, transparent, and equitable for all students.  Achievement levels can be found in the curriculum documents and in our Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting document called Growing Success.

With term one report cards around the corner teachers will begin to collate and determine the final evaluation grade for term one (September—February).  See the achievement level descriptors below.

Students in the intermediate grades understand that work ethic, completion of assignments and time management play large roles in forming the work habits needed to be successful in high school.  Grade 8 has students soon deciding their pathways (academic, applied, essential, community living) along with teacher recommendations as course selections for grade 9  become a focus.

We encourage and motivate students every moment of every day…now it’s your turn!  It’s not too late to put forth your best effort and initiative to meet the success we know is there!

By |2020-01-17T09:03:57-05:00January 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!