Monthly Archives: February 2020

Bus Cancellation Days

Dear parents of bus students:


If buses are cancelled due to inclement weather and you choose to drive your child to school, please remember that you will have to pick them up at 3:20pm. If road conditions are poor, please leave yourself some extra time so you will be at school by the 3:20pm. bell as we do not provide supervision for students after this time. Before you drive your child to school, please discuss with your child where your after school meeting spot will be. This meeting spot is to be outside the school so you can find one another.


Thank you for your help, parents. This pre-planning will reduce some of the confusion we experience on these out of the ordinary days. Hopefully spring will come quickly so we don’t have to worry about inclement weather any more!
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Friday Flash Update


Our FIT GO Challenge will be rescheduled to the spring due to job action next week.

Thank you!


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Labour Update

Labour Updates

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020

February 28, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Thursday, March 5, 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 March 5.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on March 5, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on March 5 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per 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 job actions will remain in effect before and after March 5.

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.

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Students at Mount Mary

Grade 8 Parents:

We are happy to share that you will get your children back as scheduled today!  We have spoken with the bus company & the bus driver and the pick up in Ancaster is still confirmed.

Kids will be arriving tired and smelling like last night’s campfire at about 2pm today.

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Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Morning Hawks!

FIT GO Challenge!:

Our Well-Being Team will be kicking off a FITGO Challenge this week!  Student reps from the Well-Being Team will pop into classrooms Monday morning to drop off a “FITGO” bingo card for classes to check off challenges in the areas of:


-Healthy Bodies

-Healthy Eating

-Healthy Minds &

-Healthy Environment

Each class is trying to earn points for each day (5 challenges each day, one in each category, only 5 days!)  The top three classes will earn a HEALTHY prize.

*TEACHERS can boost their class’ points.  How?  By tracking the most steps each day. The Well-Being reps will tally teacher steps and the top 3 teachers will get bonus points to add to their class total each day.  We hope that ALL classrooms check off ALL items.  The WHOLE school will receive a small reward at the end.

This initiative addresses Well-Being and aligns with our School Improvement Plan under the Catholic, Community, Culture & Care pillar.


40 Bags in 40 Days!

Just like our Advent Reverse Calendar where families donated one item of a specific request, we will be inviting families to donate items to provide supplies for the St. Vincent de Paul Society leading up to Easter.  Next week begins our first week of almsgiving.

**Please see the attached flyers.  (Week 5 should read granola bars on Wednesday instead of Good Friday)

Week 1 March 2-6:  (all items can be new or gently used) Socks, Gloves/Mittens, Hats, Scarves, Blankets

40 bags 40 days

LENT WEEK 1 items_


Fiction Festival:

If you have not heard about the Fiction Festival, it is the BEST event at Haller with the MOST participation from students and staff…and it’s coming soon!

Stay tuned!


This Week in the Nest:

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

Wednesday: First Reconciliation for grade 2 students at 6:15pm at Blessed Sacrament

 Friday:  Grade 3 trip to Shade’s Mills


School Focus:

Math Before Bed:

What is the sum of the numbers covered by the grey squares?

How do you know?

What did you do?  “Justify your thinking.”

Find more:


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Mount Mary Updates!

Grade 8 Parents,

Your kids are having a blast…got to sleep last night by 12:30am we hear.

Here they are enjoying the winter outdoors together!

We hope the weather co-operates and they return at their scheduled time tomorrow at approximately 2pm.

We will let you know if this changes at all.

Have a wonderful day!

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Camp Brebeuf Smiles

Grade 7 Parents…here is proof how much your kids LOVED Camp Brebeuf!

And yes, they went to sleep early!

They are off to Laurel Creek today with their hot pizza lunch being delivered for noon.


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Grade 7’s arriving early today!

Grade 7 Parents –

Students will be picked up slightly earlier from Camp Brebeuf due to weather.  They should be arriving between 3:30-4:00pm.  Mrs. Rice will have students with cell phones text/call parents today to confirm pick up.

Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you

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Friday Flash…a look ahead!

This Week: 

Shrove Tuesday:

Please see the flyer about our upcoming Shrove Tuesday Celebration where School Council along with Staff prepare and serve a breakfast for all students.

*Please note— this year students are asked to bring their own utensils or they can roll up their pancakes.


 Every student will have the opportunity to enjoy pancakes and maple syrup with their friends! The following information will assist in making an educated decision where allergies may be of concern: Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix is made in a “Peanut -Free” facility but NOT a “Nut Free” facility. (The product is processed in a separate part of the facility from the nut products, and there is very little risk of contamination as per the manufacturer). The Maple Syrup is also Aunt Jemima.  We are asking parents to use their judgement in deciding if the options mentioned above are safe for their children. We encourage those who cannot eat our pancakes, to bring in a pancake/snack from home to enjoy with their peers at the same time.

This Week in the Nest:

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

Grade 7’s are off to Camp Brebeuf—have a great time!


Wednesday: Grade 8’s are off to Mount Mary for their spiritual retreat!  Enjoy this amazing experience!

Grade 7’s return at approx. 4:30pm from Camp Brebeuf


Thursday: Gr. 2 & 7 trip to Laurel Creek (all day)

Friday: Grade 8’s return at 2pm from Mount Mary


School Focus:

Math Tips for Parents/Guardians

“The key to understanding math is making sense of it. Many students believe that math is a set of formulas that have to be remembered – this belief is associated with low achievement. Math is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.”

Tips for Supporting Your Child

  1. Talk to your child’s teacher when you have questions.
  2. Be Positive – every child can learn mathematics with perseverance.
  3. Be Less Helpful – always try to have the math come from your child and not the other way around.
  4. Try not to tell your child how to do the math. They may not understand your thinking. Instead, ask questions that encourage understanding (“Why did you do that?”, “Why does that work?”, “How do you know you are right?”, “Is there another way you could do it?”).
  5. Encourage your children to question and wonder with them.
  6. Set High Expectations – children need to learn to persevere, to adjust thinking and strategies if their first attempt at a solution is unsuccessful. Encourage them to keep trying, if your child gets frustrated, take a break and come back to it.


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Pancake Chefs Wanted

Hi Hawks,

We are looking for a few more volunteers to whip up pancakes for Shrove Tuesday (Feb 25).

Please call the office to let us know if we can send home 2 boxes to be cooked and brought to school for Tuesday morning.  We would hate to cancel the breakfast event.

Thank you,

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