Monthly Archives: October 2021

Fall Update to Families from Director Notten

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that you continue to be well and that you are enjoying some of the beauty that the fall season affords us.  We are pleased that, for the moment, cases seem to be slowing provincially and in the region, and in general, currently we are seeing fewer cases in our schools.

This letter brings a few important updates of which we would like you to be aware as they are important to your understanding as to how things are unfolding and precautions we wish to continue to enforce, so that we may continue on a safe, healthy and positive path as a community.


As we have shared before, please know that one of the most important things you do each and every day is to complete the screening tool before you as a staff member or student (or parent of a student) arrive at school.  Any individual who fails the screener or who is symptomatic in any way should not be reporting to school.  That is part of our collective responsibility to one another.


We have started our conversations with Waterloo Region Public Health about vaccination for our 5-11 year olds but at this point, things are still in the planning and approval stage.  As updates become available and we have specifics to share, we will be in touch as promptly as possible.


On October 28th, the government did share additional updates in relation to program with PCR testing and rapid antigen testing (“Test to Stay”).  In both cases these programs feed from pilot programs in the province,  and will be utilized when deemed necessary.  Both are in relation to when there are positive cases being experienced in a given school community.  There are specific criteria tied to their use and are not general surveillance/screening tools.

Sports / Athletics

As reported in my last letter, we have been pleased to see the return of athletics and sport to our schools and for inter-scholastic play to have returned for those age 12 and older.  The criteria to play is full vaccination and/or proof of a negative test.  This strategy is being used in a very targeted way for students who are not able to use our other usual strategies to ensure their safety – that is – they are unable to ensure masking and social distancing.  We have been heartened by how well received the return to athletics has gone, and remain enormously grateful to our (coaching) staff for supporting this “return to play/competition”.  The tests we were able to provide, through the support of a local partner, are no longer available to us.  At a provincial level, informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, they have indicated we are no longer able to access or provide the tests.  We are disappointed by this decision as we did feel it was a safe and equitable way to deliver sports.  Our policy that a player /athlete must be fully vaccinated or provide evidence of a negative test has not changed.  Families will now have to source the tests.  Below we provide some links where those purchases may be made.  Of course, vaccination remains an option.

Inclement Weather Protocol

Every year at this time we like to share some reminders about protocols for snow days.  As you know – there are sometimes days in the winter when we have to cancel bussing due to the weather and unsafe driving conditions for our buses.  In the past, if roads were still passable, we would leave schools open.  On those days however, we often pooled classes based on the number of staff who fully attended and the number of students.  This year, as was the case last year, that is not possible due to our covid cohort- related restrictions.  In consultation with the public board, with whom we share bussing, when we cancel buses, we will close schools and have a remote learning day.  Your teacher will communicate with you in advance so you know where to look for school work for the day and protocols on such days, but in broad terms, the teachers will post work in the morning, no later than 9:30 a.m. and students will work on their own timing in their home.  It will allow all students to access some learning and we will be continuing to keep one and all safe.  We realize it may not be a perfect solution and learning day, but bus snow days rarely were.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and hope that we are not in this situation too often.

Potential Travel

A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are continuing to ensure a safe and happy school experience for all.

We are grateful for your support and partnership as we navigate this unique year.


Loretta Notten

Director of Education

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FlipGive Fundraising

This year our school fundraising efforts will continue to include a no-contact fundraising opportunity for Monsignor Haller CES community through FlipGive.

FlipGive provides a platform where we earn cash back on every purchase, we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. You will create an account using the link below and then the next time you shop online for products or gift cards you can earn a percentage back for the school. You will be able to shop using the FlipGive website or app (free download available in the app store and google play).

Join our team now and you’ll get a $10 bonus the first time you shop:

When you sign up, you need to make a purchase through Flipgive within the first 14 days of sign up to receive the bonus.

Or if you already have an account, please use this code to find our school: QH4DTB

The most important step is remembering to use the website or app to make your purchase through the link/app so that FlipGive can ensure the companies send the portion of the purchase back to our school team.

If each school family made one purchase through FlipGive we would raise almost $1000 through the bonus $5 that is given to the team each time a member shops through our school link for the first time.

Any questions can be directed to Jesse Vokes through email at


Monsignor Haller Catholic School Advisory Council

Want to learn more? Check out this 2-minute video: FlipGive Information

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Monsignor Haller school will welcome our students to dress in costumes or they may wear orange & black or purple & black on Friday, October 29. Please consider your child’s costume. We kindly ask costumes with lots of props, pieces and accessories can be lost, broken or ruined at school. If it is a cold or wet day, you may want to save your good costumes for ‘Trick or Treating’.

Costumes should reflect our Catholic values. Violent or scary costumes, including weapons as accessories are not appropriate for school. Please keep these costumes at home, and use face paint instead of masks that cover the eyes.

Sincere thank you to Mrs. Beska, Mrs. Rice and Miss Hunter for coordinating our Halloween Spirit Week activities. Please check out the schedule on our school calendar.

We look forward to an exciting week of Halloween activities ahead!

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News from the Nest

Good evening Haller Hawk families,

Please review the following information for ‘News from the Nest‘:

School Cash Online ~ Please log in and be sure to complete the startup forms as soon as possible. Thank you!

Spirit Days ~ Every Tuesday is Spirit Day. Spirit wear is available now for purchase through the online portal at Please do not delay in placing your order if interested. Spirit wear orders close Monday, November 1st.

Hot Lunches and Pizza Days ~ Coming soon; We are happy to share that Lunchbox by SchoolCash Online will be offered at our school this year. Pizza days are scheduled for Thursdays, and orders will also be completed through SCO soon.

Student Census ~ Gr. 4 – 8; Our grade 4-8 students will be participating in a Census to provide greater insight from our students Nov. 1 – 12. Please visit the WCDSB website for more information.

Daily Screening ~ Families are reminded to continue using the Covid-19 School Screening tool before students arrive at school, and follow the directions provided from the screener. It is very important that we continue our diligence in keeping all students, staff and families safe.

Umbrella Project ~ The Haller Hawk community is once again highlighting various skills of the Umbrella Project throughout the school year. Please review the attached information for valuable information for families. Empathy has been the focus for October. Empathy – Google Docs

Student Safety ~ We kindly ask all families to have a conversation with their children if they are walking to/from the school. Last week, some of our students were dangerously close to being hurt as they were crossing the street in between cars. Please review street safety and the importance of crossing the street with the traffic lights and/or at the corner, and looking both ways before crossing the street. Thank you for your diligence in helping us to keep our students safe.

Upcoming / Important Dates: Please visit our school calendar regularly for updates.

Nov. 18 ~ Progress Report Cards sent home

Nov. 19 ~ PA Day / No School for students

Nov. 25 ~ Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences


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Reminder: School Screener

Happy Friday to all of our Hawk Families,

This is a gentle reminder that all families are required to complete the School Screener each morning before sending your child(ren) to school.  The School Screener is updated as Public Health protocols change.  This electronic tool will also advise families regarding next steps for siblings and current travel guidelines.

COVID-19 school screening

You must stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms. Everyone in your household (unless they are fully vaccinated) must also stay home until you get a negative COVID-19 test result, or you are cleared by public health, or you are diagnosed with another illness.

If your child is required to have a covid test before returning to school, please email the results to for our records.

We are very appreciative for your continued diligence for the safety for all of our students, staff and families.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Kuntz


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Saturday Skills Builder Program ~ Gr. 7 and 8 students

Saturday Skills Builder is BACK on Saturday mornings and is open to ANY Grade 7 or 8 student who  could benefit from additional instructional time. Skills Builder will begin online, and could shift to in-person as the school-year progresses and it is safe to do so.

Saturday Skills Builder (Gr. 7 & 8)

Dates:  Saturdays, 9:00am to 12:00pm ONLINE (until in-person learning permitted),

October to June (regular attendance is not required, but strongly encouraged)

Skills Builder is a FREE literacy and numeracy support program for Gr 7 and 8 students attending ANY school within Waterloo Region.  If your child needs help to get through this transitional time and grades or study habits are suffering, encourage them to get the extra help they need. Taught by Certified Intermediate teachers, Skills Builder will provide instruction and additional resources to assist with the skills and tasks that follow this year’s curriculum.

Skills Builder is intended to help students who need:

  • more time and attention outside of school hours
  • a different approach to learning
  • to hear, see, and apply new knowledge more than once

CLICK HERE to register online

For more information:


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Before School Supervision / Student Safety

For student safety, families are reminded that students should only begin arriving to the school at 8:35 as there is no staff supervision available prior to this time. Our school bell will ring at 8:50 am.

In Partnership,

Monsignor Haller Staff

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Monsignor Haller School Spirit Wear

Monsignor Haller CES is pleased to offer families an opportunity to purchase school spirit wear if interested. Please see attached flyer for online purchasing. A paper copy of the order form will be sent home early this week if this form of ordering is preferred.

Should you wish your items to be a surprise and/or a Christmas present, please indicate this information when you order and we will be sure to contact you to arrange for spirit wear pickup.

All spirit wear orders are due by Friday, October 29, 2021.

MHAL spirit wear – student form 2021

By |2021-10-17T18:53:58-04:00October 17th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Monsignor Haller School Spirit Wear
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