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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Today the staff and students at Monsignor Haller participated in a Fire Drill Practice at approximately 10:30am.

Staff and students followed a prepared set of procedures that were explained over the announcements so that each and every person knew where to go and what to do.  Once prepared, we rang the fire bell and everyone exited the building in a calm and responsible manner.

I can honestly say that this was by far the most successful drill our hawks have ever participated in during my 6 years at Haller!

We ask that you spend some time discussing emergency procedures with your son/daughter tonight and reinforce that we practice these situations so that we know exactly what to do if we are ever in a real emergency.

Super job today everyone!

Please contact the office staff if you have any questions or concerns.

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Graduation (for current Grade 9’s) Composites are Here!

Hello Grade 9’s!

We finally received your Grad Composites if you ordered one last year.

Due to the recent change of our student information system however, we no longer have your contact number on file to call you for a pick up.  If you have a sibling still here at Haller, we can send it home with him/her.  Otherwise, please let your friends know that they may pop over anytime or call us for a pick up!

Hope your first couple weeks at St. Mary’s has been good to you!

By |2020-09-29T15:55:14-04:00September 29th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Graduation (for current Grade 9’s) Composites are Here!

Deadline for Switching Learning Environments Today

Good afternoon Hawks!

Today is the day that the window closes to allow students to transition between school delivery methods.  You have until tonight at 6:00pm to complete the survey and update your original selection.

 

It is our sincere hope that you have heard about the safety protocols that we have in place at school, and you feel comfortable enough to rejoin our community face-to-face, but understand if you would prefer another choice.

 

Please know that there are a few families who are currently “waiting at home” to see how things go.  This will not be an option moving forward.  It is expected that you are choosing to return to school face-to-face or selecting St. Isidore as a remote learning option.  Remaining on the class list at Haller but not actually attending is no longer an option.

 

Please see the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website for the details, or follow the following link: https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_42uG03FIHH37JwF

 

 

By |2020-09-28T13:40:39-04:00September 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Deadline for Switching Learning Environments Today

Haller’s *NEW* Backyard!

Check out what WE had done last night at school!

Cannot wait for our Hawks to see our new line painting games!

Thank you to Colin Doyle from Creative Playgrounds for helping to keep our kiddos engaged at recess during COVID.

By |2020-09-26T11:56:36-04:00September 26th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Haller’s *NEW* Backyard!

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Good morning Hawks,

Principal’s Message:

I would like to thank all of our parents on behalf of the school staff for your understanding these past 2 weeks with checking in with us regarding your child(ren) who have been unwell.  In these unusual times, we are seeing more families keeping their sick children home and we appreciate it!  Thank you to those parents as well, who have been understanding in picking up children who become sick at school.  We know it is an inconvenience, but socially responsible at the same time.

Continue to read our newswires and refer to our previous messages regarding Public Health’s protocol regarding COVID symptoms and school direction.   

 

School News:

Student Verification Forms:  

If your contact information or contacts have changed since last March, please call the office asap so we may update our files.  

Sick students who need to be picked up must have a contact to come if the primary parent is unable to pick up.  Spending the day in the Isolation Room is not comfortable, as well as it is needed to keep kids who are unwell waiting for a pick up.

Playground Zones:

Each classroom has a designated playground zone in the backyard in which to keep cohorts in tact.  As we navigate spacing among 10 classrooms, some modifications will be made as we troubleshoot safety concerns.  As such, it is very clear for students where their zones are (school announcements and map as a visual).  Students outside of their zones and/or acting in an unsafe way will be required to contact their parents as a precaution.  Thank you for your support as we endeavour to maintain social distancing and safety procedures in all areas of the school.

Google Classrooms:

Classroom teachers have been emailing and inviting parents to join their child’s Google Classrooms.  PLEASE accept the invitation.  All classrooms will have an online component as a way of communicating and supporting the classroom learning.  Becoming familiar with the google platform now is imperative. 

Emergency Drills:

The safety of students at Monsignor Haller Catholic School is our main priority.  Yesterday, our students and staff participated in a Lockdown Drill in the school at approximately 1:00pm. An emergency situation can take on the various scenarios:

  • “Lockdown”:  Will be used if there is a major incident or threat of violence within the school or in relation to the school;(e.g., intruder)
  • “Hold and Secure”: Will be used when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing, unrelated situation outside the school (e.g., bank robbery)
  • “Shelter in Place”: Will be used when it is necessary to hold all occupants inside a school to protect them from external situations (e.g., chemical spill)

Staff and students listened to a prepared set of procedures to promote consistency, safety and minimize injury. Our staff and students virtually conducted the drill with great success.

We practice a number of safety procedures, including fire drills and lockdowns, throughout the year to familiarize students on how to stay safe in the event of an emergency situation.  We ask that you spend some time discussing the emergency procedures with your son/daughter.  Please contact the office staff if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Upcoming Important Dates: 

September 30th:  Fire Drill Practice (mandatory 6 practices a year: 3 in the fall and 3 in the spring)  (Mrs. Hunter to read instructions over the announcements and students will wear masks and maintain social distancing – much like a recess transition – and walk to their designated fire drill line up)

September 30th:  Orange Shirt Day: To show support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. 

October 2:  Fire Drill Practice

October 8:  Fire Drill Practice

October 9: P.A. Day

October 12: Thanksgiving

 

Parish Updates:

The following is/are the date(s) for Sacraments of Initiation. These are the Sacraments that would have taken place during the shutdown and only for the children who were already registered. 

Confirmation and 1st Communion will be celebrated together on October 23rd at 7 pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Blessed Sacrament Church at (519) 742-5061

 

WCDSB Updates:

St. Isidore Remote Learning School:  https://stisidore.wcdsb.ca/switching-learning-environments/

The window to change learning environments is now OPEN NOW.  It will close TOMORROW at 6pm.  The link is found on the SPOTLIGHT section on the Board website.

September 24th – September 28th – 

This is ONLY a 4-day window.  

 

Stay Safe Hawks!

The Staff at Monsignor Haller

By |2020-09-25T07:51:43-04:00September 25th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Important Information – Remote School Registration

Hello Again Hawks!

 

Today is the day that the window opens to transition between school delivery methods.  Between today, September 24, 2020, and Monday, September 28, 2020, you are able to make a change in your original selection or update your selection.

 

It is our hope that you have heard about the safety protocols that we have in place at school and you feel comfortable enough to rejoin our community face-to-face, but understand if this does not work for your family and you would prefer another choice.

 

Please know that there are a few families who are currently “waiting at home” to see how things go.  This will not be an option moving forward.  It is expected that you are choosing to return to school face-to-face or select St. Isidore as a remote learning option.  Remaining on the class list at Monsignor Haller but NOT actually attending is no longer an option.

 

Please see the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website for the details, or follow the following link:

https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_42uG03FIHH37JwF

By |2020-09-24T12:31:52-04:00September 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Important Information – Remote School Registration

Important Information – COVID Protocol

Good afternoon Hawks,

 

It is so important that we are all doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in every way that we can.

 

I am so thankful to the many of you who are keeping your children home when they have symptoms that could be related to COVID.  You are taking this seriously and we appreciate it.

 

Please know that we are constantly monitoring our students throughout the day, and if symptoms arise we will move them to our isolation room and call a parent for a pick up of your child and any siblings.

 

When this happens, here are your options:
  1. You can contact a health care professional (e.g., a nurse practitioner or your family doctor) who may advise you based on your visit/virtual meeting that the symptoms are not COVID related.  Your child can return to school 24 hours AFTER symptoms go away.  Please note that this will likely NOT be the next day of school. If it is NOT COVID – any siblings who are healthy may return to school.
    or:
  2. You can contact a health care professional (e.g., a nurse practitioner or your family doctor) who will advise that the symptoms may be COVID related.  Please follow their direction to get a test if this is the case.  Your child & siblings can return to school once the results of the test are confirmed negative.  If it is positive, public health will advise you of your next steps.  Please let the school know immediately so that we can begin contact tracing measures.
    or:
  3. You can choose to immediately go to get a COVID-19 test.  Your child and siblings need to isolate until the results come in.  If it is a negative test result, you can return to school, assuming symptoms are no longer present (and after 24 hours).  If it is a positive result, contact the school immediately and follow the direction of public health officials.
    or:
  4. You can choose to keep your child at home to isolate for 14 days.  If symptoms do not arise, they are welcome back at school after that time.  If they do, please seek the advice of a health care professional immediately.
Unfortunately, during this pandemic, you are not able to simply have them rest for the day and return the next day.  You MUST seek the advice of a health care professional or isolate for 14 days.

 

I truly wish that we had discretion in this decision, but given the current circumstances, we do not.

 

Thank you for your continued cooperation, understanding, and support during this difficult time.

Tanya Hunter

By |2020-09-24T12:26:57-04:00September 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Important Information – COVID Protocol

WCDSB Information on Changing Learning Environments

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

When we commenced the school year back in early September, we announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

 

In Secondary Schools: families/students may only transfer between learning modalities at the end of the term (November and, thereafter, end of January).

 

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on our main webpage from Sept 24th  at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m.  Requests must be made within this window of time.

 

For our secondary parents that window will occur from November 4th  at 9 a.m. to November 6th at 6 p.m.

 

You should not access the Transition Form at this time.

 

The form will be available on our main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca
By |2020-09-22T15:13:28-04:00September 22nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on WCDSB Information on Changing Learning Environments

School Contact for Unwell Students

Good morning Hawks,

Please see the attached information from Public Health. We hope this information will be helpful to you if your child becomes ill at school and has to be sent home or if you need to keep your child home due to illness.

If your child becomes ill over the weekend or in the evening and you leave a message for the school to report your child’s absence, please leave the following information:

  1. What are your child’s symptoms? And are they one of the COVID symptoms listed below (as per the Ministry of Health)?
  2. Describe your plan of action as it relates to the attached information (either go for a COVID test, or call your doctor).
  3. Please remember that siblings must stay home as well until you can confirm this is not a COVID positive case, and your unwell child may return to school 24 hours after symptoms are gone.

 

Symptoms of COVID:

-fever

-chills

-cough

-shortness of breath

-sore throat

-difficulty swallowing

-runny nose (not related to allergies – if allergies please contact your doctor for confirmation and medication is appropriate)

-stuffy or congested nose

-lost sense of taste or smell

-pink eye

-headache that’s unusual or long lasting

-digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain

-muscle aches that are unusual or long lasting

-extreme tiredness that is unusual

-falling down often

-for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

 

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Thank you for working with us to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy!

 

By |2020-09-21T09:51:07-04:00September 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on School Contact for Unwell Students

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Good morning Hawks,

Principal’s Message:

We would like to send out a BIG Thank You to all parents and students for making our first 2 weeks as smooth as possible!  This school start-up is like no other we have had in history.  There are many new processes, protocols and procedures that we put in place so that our students have a safe school environment to return to.  We would like to thank all our parents for all the work you have done to prepare your children to return to school, from wearing masks, washing and sanitizing hands, to teaching them about physical distancing.  The staff are committed to continue teaching the importance of all of the safety measures we have in place. 

Don’t forget, at Monsignor Haller every Tuesday is SPIRIT DAY.  If you do not have ‘official’ Haller swag, please check out the Haller Spiritwear Store here:  https://monsignorhallersw2020.itemorder.com/ 

This store will be open until the end of September ONLY.

Staff will be wearing Spiritwear or BLUE, GREY OR WHITE to show our school spirit!

 

School News:

Student Agenda / School Handbook:  

Please be sure you have read and understand the School Handbook (traditionally found in the student agenda planners).  There is much important information including dates, safe arrival and departure routines, cell phone use, internet safety and more.  Please read the Handbook here:  Family School Handbook 2020-2021_ (2)

 

Upcoming Important Dates: 

September 24th:  Lockdown Practice (mandatory 4 practices a year)  (Mrs. Hunter to read instructions over the announcements and students follow along in the event we would ever need to be prepared)

September 30th:  Fire Drill Practice (mandatory 6 practices a year: 3 in the fall and 3 in the spring)  (Mrs. Hunter to read instructions over the announcements and students will wear masks and maintain social distancing – much like a recess transition – and walk to their designated fire drill line up)

September 30th:  Orange Shirt Day: To show support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today

October 2:  Fire Drill Practice

October 8:  Fire Drill Practice

October 9: P.A. Day

October 12: Happy Thanksgiving

 

Safe Schools:

As part of our Safe Schools protocol, all elementary schools in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have a security system installed on our front doors. This means that all the doors to the school will be locked. Due to COVID-19 only essential visitors to the school are permitted. If you are picking up your child early, please call the office (519-579-1230) and we will try to have your child at the front to sign him/her out when you arrive at the buzzer.

 

Class Placements:

A reminder that with the uncertainty of the remote learners moving between platforms (homeschools and virtual school) schools are requested to submit class enrolments regularly to the board office.  

The week before school (Sept. 1) we lost one classroom due to the number of students enrolling in St. Isidore, and had the task of redoing our classroom organizations and teaching assignments.  We currently have 61 remote learners at St. Isidore, leaving our class sizes ranging from approx. 16-23 students as of today. These numbers will fluctuate and could increase or decrease based on families opting to change mode of instruction as per the Board’s timelines (see below for more info regarding St. Isidore).

Families who choose remote and where the board deems the class as then too small, could collapse and students will need to be reorganized into other classrooms again. If students return, that means our class sizes will continue to grow and we may have to move students out of higher populated classrooms into other classes with lower numbers.  

 

Parish Updates!  A Letter from the Parish:

The following is the date for the Sacraments of Initiation. These are the Sacraments that would have taken place during the shutdown and only for the children who were already registered.

Confirmation and 1st Communion will be celebrated together on October 23rd at 7pm

With the guidelines from our dear Bishop, the celebration will look a bit different. More like a special Mass with the children staying in their pews with their families.  There will not be a rehearsal and no professional photos for either sacrament and no gowns for Confirmation. The children will come on the day and we will celebrate them in our new way. Readings will be done by one adult, Father Larry is hoping that a teacher or yourself would like to do this part.

Thank you for your help, Father will be writing a letter for each child who was registered for their sacrament and it will explain everything to the parents. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Blessed Sacrament Church at (519) 742-5061

 

WCDSB Updates:

St. Isidore Remote Learning School:  When can you make the switch from face-to-face learning to virtual learning or from virtual learning to face-to-face learning?

The timelines as of today are as follows: (This information is posted on the website)  https://stisidore.wcdsb.ca/switching-learning-environments/

September 24th – September 28th – The window is open to request a change.  This is ONLY a 4-day window so please mark your calendars!

October 13th (approximately) – The start date from one platform to another.

 

Stay Safe Hawks!

The Staff at Monsignor Haller

By |2020-09-18T08:01:29-04:00September 18th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!
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