Monthly Archives: March 2020

Greetings and Updates

Good afternoon Hawks,

Community is incredibly important during times of isolation. I am feeling the loss of face-to-face daily interactions with all of our students – but they are always on my mind and in my heart because they are family.

In this time of distance learning/teaching, we are finding new ways to communicate, engage, support, and encourage each other to get active and stay stimulated.  Our teachers have been working to contact you and your child to check in and see what supports are needed to foster community and to ensure that learning happens for all students.  

As we continue to await Provincial news on education, the Haller staff have been meeting virtually and talking regularly so we are prepared to move in a forward direction. We are grateful to each of you for connecting with us and reading carefully the updates sent out via newswire and Google Classrooms.

In this odd and isolate time, it is even more important for our students to celebrate being a Hawk!  The Monsignor Haller staff will continue to send you a virtual Monday Message each week via our twitter feed (@monsignorhaller – we have sent you two messages already!), and our Friday Flash newswires will be renewed as well.  

NEW:  look for the fun VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK activities to participate in!  Encourage your child to send in photos to their Google Classrooms and / or tweet it out tagging @monsignorhaller.

Above all else, please stay connected, stay safe, and take care of yourself and your loved ones during this unprecedented time.

Missing everyone and talk soon,

Mrs. Hunter

#onceahawkalwaysahawk

“In times of crisis, less is more. Pare down. Focus on what matters most. Nurture yourself and those you love. We are all in this, and will get through it–together.”
By |2020-03-31T14:51:53-04:00March 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Greetings and Updates

Distance Learning Update

Good Morning Hawks,

Our teachers at Monsignor Haller have been reaching out to you via their school website, email or phone call to check in with each student and family.  Please be sure to check for any updates online and/or pick up the call so we know that we have reached everyone.  There is a great deal to consider as we try to move to distance learning in the upcoming days.  We are gathering some information at this time and hope to have a more formal understanding of distance learning and assessment from the Ministry.

The board and ministry have materials available online and students are welcome to explore these:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-helping-students-learn-from-the-safety-of-their-own-home.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

https://www.wcdsb.ca/STEAMDays/

As always, please check https://www.wcdsb.ca/ and the school’s website for updates.

 

Kindly pass along to your friends and neighbours so we are able to connect with each student.  Knowing how to communicate with be essential in the days moving forward so we can best provide support and learning.

Above all else, please stay connected, stay safe, and take care of yourself and your loved ones during this unprecedented time.

“In times of crisis, less is more. Pare down. Focus on what matters most. Nurture yourself and those you love. We are all in this, and will get through it – together.”

By |2020-03-26T08:46:08-04:00March 26th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Distance Learning Update

Special Message from the Chair of the Board & Director of Education

March 24, 2020

 

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

 

Since last we reached out to you, the global situation in relation to COVID-19 has continued to worsen and here at home we have seen unprecedented actions taken by our federal and provincial governments.  As you know, schools are now closed and it would appear that this will stretch beyond the Easter weekend, although exactly when we might return to face to face learning is not yet clear.  These decisions are being informed by a concern for preserving the health and safety of all, and in this regard we know that each of us shares this common goal.  Nonetheless, the news that students will be home indefinitely may be disconcerting to you and your child.

 

We want to assure you that at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we will be working to the best of our ability and in collaboration with the province, to ensure that your child is connected to learning opportunities.  We will use the initial two weeks for the board to support our teachers in establishing at least an initial contact with all of their students through the most appropriate means possible, including mail, phone, email or other channel.  We will try to use this time to establish what is needed to support teacher-led learning and to aid you as families, to the best of our abilities under the circumstances.

 

We also want to acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students.  We would encourage you to visit our board website where a number of resources can be found that may be helpful to you or your child, as you navigate this time.  We are also truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

 

While we are in the process of “gearing up”, we would remind parents that WCDSB has launched #STEAMdays (https://www.wcdsb.ca/steamdays/) a fun and interactive way to be connected to activities that have a daily focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics.  Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website Learn at Home (https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home) and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.

 

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.  Remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

 

Sincerely,

 

Loretta Notten                                                              Bill Conway

 

Director of Education                                                  Chair of the Board

 

By |2020-03-24T16:50:18-04:00March 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Special Message from the Chair of the Board & Director of Education

Ministry Letter to Parents

Good morning Hawks,

I hope you are hanging in there and have been able to find a way to enjoy your March Break.  Certainly there is news coming out each day with more information about Covid 19.  The Minister of Education has released a letter to all publicly funded schools in Ontario and we hope to have more information to share with you in the upcoming days.

Please find the letter here:

Minister Letter to Parents – EN – March 22 2020

I hope everyone is feeling well, in spite of the stress and concern that is in no doubt weighing on us all.  Please check the WCDSB homepage for up to minute news, updates and resources at www.wcdsb.ca. 

Missing our Hawks today,

~Tanya Hunter

By |2020-03-23T09:01:11-04:00March 23rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Ministry Letter to Parents

Pop Up Snacks – Nutrition for Learning

Good Morning Hawks,

Nutrition for Learning is continuing to make stops at local schools to hand out snacks for kids!  They will not be able to reach every school, including our school, but ALL kids are welcome to visit ANY of the pop up locations.

Tomorrow will be the following local schools near Monsignor Haller:

Blessed Sacrament School: 9:00am

Trillium School: 9:30am

Our Lady of Grace: 10:30am

Chandler Mowat Area (Community Centre?): 11:30am

So grab your sister or your brother or a friend and head over to grab up a healthy snack!

Check out their schedule for Pop Up Snack locations at @Nutrition4Learn or at https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/

Stay safe everyone.

By |2020-03-22T09:53:44-04:00March 22nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Pop Up Snacks – Nutrition for Learning

Pop Up Snacks – Nutrition for Learning

Good Morning Hawks,

Nutrition for Learning will be making stops at local schools to hand out snacks for kids!  They will be local schools: Our Lady of Grace at 10:30am and Country Hills at 11:00am today.

Check out their schedule for Pop Up Snack locations at @Nutrition4Learn or at https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/

Stay safe everyone.

By |2020-03-19T10:32:09-04:00March 19th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Pop Up Snacks – Nutrition for Learning

Headstart Program – GRADE 8 Students

Grade 8 Parents:

You will want to sign up early for this program.  The HeadStart Program is offered at all local Catholic High Schools for students entering grade 9.  This program FILLS UP QUICKLY.

Register online at:

HeadStart is TWO FULL DAYS:

Session #1:  Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27, 2020

OR

Session # 2: Monday, August 31 and Tuesday September 1, 2020

8:30am-2:30pm (to mimic closely to a regular school day)

 

 

By |2020-03-13T13:56:14-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Headstart Program – GRADE 8 Students

Tentative Collective Agreement Reached – OECTA

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As a result, OECTA has suspended all strike activity pending ratification of the agreement.

 

OECTA members across the province will participate in ratification votes on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

 

By |2020-03-13T12:45:32-04:00March 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Tentative Collective Agreement Reached – OECTA
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