Monthly Archives: January 2022

WCDSB MDI Notice of Collection – Parent Notice

Student Survey ~ Please see the link below regarding the upcoming Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) survey that will be completed by our Gr. 4-8 students and students throughout WCDSB schools. This survey allows for student voice and provides staff insight into how our students are coping in our school community.

WCDSB MDI Notice of Collection – Parent Notice

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News From the Nest

This week we celebrated Bell Let’s Talk Day. This is an opportunity to explore mental health to end stigmas surrounding mental health/illness. As a school, we endeavour to keep these important conversations going throughout the school year. Sincere thank you to Steve Seftel, former Monsignor Haller student / retired NHL player and Mental Health advocate, for speaking with our Gr. 4-8 students and sharing his story.

Staff and Student Health & Safety ~ Self-screening continues to be an important component of keeping all staff and students safe. Families are reminded to complete the covid screener for each child and sign the attestation form every day. It is very important that anyone feeling ill should not attend school. A huge thank you to all our families who use the screener, follow the protocols, and sign the green verification form each day.

Temporary 2-week learning option ~ the next 2-week block begins on Monday, January 31 until Friday, February 11.  Please connect with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) today if you are choosing the online option.

Student Survey ~ Please see the link below regarding the upcoming Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) survey that will be completed by our Gr. 4-8 students and students throughout WCDSB schools. This survey allows for student voice and provides staff insight into how our students are coping in our school community.

Kindergarten registration 2022– 2023 ~ happening now! No experience needed

Children born in 2018 are eligible for JK/Year 1 Kindergarten. Children born in 2017 are eligible for SK/Year 2 Kindergarten. (*You do NOT need to re-register if your child is already at Monsignor Haller.)

Once you have completed your online registration, please contact the Mrs. Neves at 519-579-1230 to complete the process.

Nutrition for Learning Toonie Cards ~ Families will be receiving Toonie cards this week in support of the Nutrition for Learning Program within our school community. The Toonie Card Campaign is a very important fundraiser and 100% of all funds raised with this Toonie Campaign will be applied directly to the Monsignor Haller Nutrition for Learning Program. Please return the Toonie Cards by Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Thank you so much! 

Upcoming / Important Dates:

Please visit our school calendar regularly for updates.

February ~ Black History / Black Heritage Month

February 2 ~ Umbrella Project Assembly: recognizing Authenticity/introduction of Self-Efficacy

February 1 ~ CSAC Meeting (6 pm) – all welcome to attend

February 17 ~ Family Day / No school

March 2 ~ Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break

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Strong Start Volunteers Needed for Reading Support

Are you looking for a Fulfilling Volunteer Opportunity?

Are you interested in volunteering with children in Kindergarten and Grade 1? The Strong Start “Letters, Sounds and Words Program”, which is offered at our school, provides an opportunity for volunteers to work one on one with a kindergarten or grade 1 child.

What is the time commitment?  A minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks.

What is involved?  The volunteer plays a variety of literacy games with a child to help him or her develop early reading skills. A four hour training program is provided for all volunteers prior to working with a child. Detailed manuals and resources are also provided for volunteers. Children in the program really enjoy their time with the volunteer and make amazing gains in their early reading skills.

How to learn more about this opportunity? Contact Miss Murphy for more information about volunteering at our school in this valuable program.  The Strong Start website also provides detailed information. Go to www.strongstart.ca, and click on the “Volunteer Experience” section of the website.

 

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News From the Nest ~ important updates

We are very excited to start our week in-person in light of recent events including snow impact learning day and recent water pipe bursts!

Please review the important information below.

Daily Screening ~ Families are reminded to continue screening your child(ren) for COVID symptoms before coming to school each day. Please continue using the Covid-19 School Screening tool EACH morning before students arrive at school, and follow the directions provided from the screener. If your child(ren) tell you they feel unwell in the morning and keep your child(ren) home. It is very important that we continue our diligence in keeping all students, staff and families safe. Each student has received a Rapid Antigen Test kit containing 2 tests to be used when a child demonstrates symptoms at home. 

 

NEW ~ Potential for Short-term Switch to Virtual Learning ~ As we continue working to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students – while also strictly adhering to all public health guidance concerning COVID-19 screening and isolation requirements – we will, from time to time, experience some challenges in ensuring an appropriate number of school staff are available to ensure the safety and security of all.

This could periodically result in the need to switch some individual classes from in-person learning to virtual learning for short periods of time.  At this time, this is not necessary, but I wanted to provide you with a “heads up”, as this may be a reality in the near future.  If a classroom teacher is required to isolate but is healthy and can continue the learning with the students, we believe that this is the best option.

After the most recent period of government mandated virtual learning, we understand that this may not be welcome news, and we assure you that we are striving to maintain in-person learning for all of our students as frequently as possible.

Thank you in advance for your patience, as we continue the fight against COVID-19.

 

NEW ~ Anticipated Transportation Service Interruptions ~ Student Transportation  wants to share an important update. Bus operators are now experiencing an increase in driver absences due to COVID-19 isolation.

Although more than 90% of our routes are operating normally, some routes are experiencing more frequent and prolonged delays (50 minutes or greater). As a result, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will need to cancel some routes for a short period of time when driver absences cannot be covered. 

This temporary measure will be effective Tuesday, January 25, 2022, until Friday, February 18, 2022. 

STSWR will continue to evaluate this approach to reducing delays and adjust the approach in order to continue to reduce the impact on students, families, and caregivers.

We understand the significant impact this decision will have on our students and their families and caregivers. STSWR does this only as a last resort. We hope that proactively implementing and communicating this course of action will allow families and caregivers to better prepare for and react to the cancellation of bus routes.

What Happens If A School Bus Route is Cancelled?

Effective January 24, 2022, a school bus route will be cancelled if a driver is isolating due to COVID-19 and there are insufficient drivers to cover the isolating driver’s routes.

The duration of the cancellation period will be communicated immediately to affected students and families. 

For Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) Students and Families

For students and families in the WCDSB, if a school bus route is cancelled due to a COVID-19 related driver absence, there are three options for families: 

  • Where possible, families should find alternative transportation for their students for the 5 to 10 day bus transportation cancellation period.
  • If that is not possible:
    • Students may participate asynchronously remotely by accessing their class Virtual Learning Environment (D2L or Google Classroom) or
    • Students may access asynchronous lessons on TVO and STVLElementary;

Stay Informed

Families will be informed the day prior to any cancellation and cancellation will be posted on the STSWR website with an expected return date.

 

Upcoming / Important Dates: 

Please visit our school calendar regularly for updates.

Jan. 26 ~ Bell Let’s Talk Day

Jan. 27 ~ Gr. 8 Virtual Transition to High School Meeting (6 pm) 

Feb. 1 ~ CSAC Meeting (6 pm) – all welcome to attend

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Update Inclement Weather Procedures

Cold Weather and Outdoor Breaks

When schools are open, special consideration must be given to the safety and well-being of students while they are outside at recess, lunch, or for other outdoor activities. The following temperatures (including windchill) and actions should be followed during winter months:

  • When the temperature is between -20°C and -27°C, principals will move to a shortened outdoor recess and lunch period. This period will not be longer than 15 minutes.
  • When temperatures are colder than -27°C, students must remain inside

Temperatures and conditions vary across the Region. The following website shall be used to assess local conditions:

www.weather.ca

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PD Day tomorrow

A reminder to parents and students that Friday, January 21, 2022 is a PD Day. There is no school for students.

Have a wonderful, fun-filled, safe long weekend!

 

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Opportunity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) male students – Gr. 7 & 8

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) male students – Gr. 7 & 8 will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by many successful Black men, including some very famous ones through this organization. More information is in the attachments. Feel free to share the attachments.

A Young Man’s Plan Mentorship Program was established by community grassroots organizations, Black Parents Connected and Diversified Youth Initiative to provide a supportive and safe virtual environment for our young BIPOC (Black Indigenous and People of Colour) boys/men ages 12- 18 years of age from the Region of Waterloo, GTA, and beyond. Knowing the power of networking, supporting, and modeling, A Young Man’s Plan strives to create a network of professionals and community leaders who will share their unique skills, talents and knowledge to encourage our young people, while building strong characteristic skills, and create a stable foundation that leads to a successful future.

There is a Zoom session this Saturday for parents and students to learn more about this organization. ZOOM INFORMATION FOR SATURDAY JANUARY 22, 2022 diversifiedyouth.com is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: A Young Man’s Plan Parent & Youth Information Session 

Time: Jan 22, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join

Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96571264288?pwd=anY5eTV5TVJReEdRQzRyUlh4N0lkQT09

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Meeting ID: 965 7126 4288 Passcode: 369738 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adFbxdGnjc

A Young Man’s Plan Region of Waterloo info letter.docx
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