Monthly Archives: February 2022

Upcoming / Important Dates:

Please visit our school calendar regularly for updates.

February 14 ~ Valentine’s day & Red, white, pink day

February 15 ~ School Spirit Day; wear school colours and/or spirit wear

February 16 ~ ROWPH Vaccine Clinic at Monsignor Haller School (2:00 – 6:00 pm)

February 18 ~ Celebrating the Closing ceremonies of the Olympics – wear red, Canada clothing and/or sports jersey

February 21 ~ Family Day / No school

February 22 ~ Two’s Day (02-22-2022) / Twin Day – more information to come

February 22 – March 11 ~ Unity Bridge: Sent to Build

February 23 ~ Pink Shirt Day: Anti-Bullying Day; Sacrament of Reconciliation @ Blessed Sacrament Parish 6:30 pm

March 1 ~ Shrove Tuesday (pancake day)

March 2 ~ Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break

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Covid-19 Vaccine clinic at Monsignor Haller School

A Covid-19 Vaccine clinic will be held at our school this week in the Library on February 16, 2022 from 2:00-6:00 PM.  Please see attached for an important parent letter and COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Children Age 5 to 11 (English).

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ENGLISH—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.ACCESS

 

Linked below are the Covid 19 Vaccine Fact sheet in additional languages.

Arabic: Arabic – COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Children Age 5 to 11 

Arabic Video: Arabic COVID-19 Vaccination Hear Stories from out community for children ages 5 to 11.

Spanish: Spanish – COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Children Age 5 to 11 

Tigrinya: Tigrinya – COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Children Age 5 to 11 

 

Please connect with ROWPH if you have any questions.

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News From the Nest

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, read the information carefully, 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.

Chromebooks ~ Prior to Christmas break and early January, some families requested a Chromebook and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot device to support their child(ren) during our province wide remote learning. At this time, we are kindly requesting that these Chromebook devices, charging cords and wi-fi hotspots please be returned to our school so that we will be prepared to allow our Grade 4 – 8 students to participate in the MDI survey that will take place in the near future, and support classroom instruction.  If you still have school devices at home, please know that this item is now overdue. Please have it returned to the school no later than Monday, February, 14. Sincere thanks to the families that have already returned their devices, charging cords and/or hotspot devices (if needed during remote learning). Much thanks for your continued support.

Valentine’s Day ~ A quick update to let you know that Valentine’s Day Cards will now be allowed at school. The Board, in consultation with Public Health, reversed their decision and are now allowing cards to come in from home. Our staff will continue to implement our COVID protocols for the distribution of the cards. To continue building student engagement and a positive school climate, we will be encouraging staff and students to wear pink, red, and/or white, and we will be playing school-wide bingo! Your child(ren)’s teacher will have more details around any specific class celebrations. We still ask for treats and baked goods to remain at home.

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.

Report Cards ~ Term one report cards will be sent home Thursday, February 17th. These reports are the assessment and evidence of learning collected and documented from September until now through all of our in person learning and any format of remote learning. Letter grades are given for students in grades 1-6 and percentage marks are given for students in grades 7-8. Teacher comments focus on your child’s strengths and next steps for learning improvement. Kindergarten students will also receive their term one Kindergarten Communication of Learning highlighting key learning and next steps in learning. If your child has an Individual Education Plan, the IEP will be sent home along with the term one report card. Although formal interviews occurred in November, please feel free to connect with your child’s teacher if you have concerns or questions about your child’s progress.

Nutrition for Learning Toonie Cards ~ Sincere thanks for the generous support of the Toonie Card Campaign as this is a very important fundraiser and 100% of all funds raised will be applied directly to the Monsignor Haller Nutrition for Learning Program. Donations continue to be accepted until Monday, Feb. 14 if you would like to support this very worthy cause.

Upcoming / Important Dates:

Please visit our school calendar regularly for updates.

February 14 ~ Valentine’s day & Red, white, pink day

February 17 ~ Family Day / No school

February 18 ~ Celebrating the Closing ceremonies of the Olympics / wear red, Canada clothing and/or jersey

March 2 ~ Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break

 

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Important COVID-19 Student Vaccine Clinic Information from the Medical Officer of Health

Important COVID-19 Student Vaccine Clinic Information from the Medical Officer of Health

February 8, 2022

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in helping us to keep our schools open and safer for in-person learning.

 

Vaccines are safe and continue to be the best way to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. Getting as many of our residents vaccinated is also important for the protection of our youngest children (0-4) years, who are not yet able to get the vaccine.

 

Clinics for 5 – 11 year olds and their families are being held across the Region. These clinics provide first and second doses to children. A parent or guardian must come with the child to a clinic. First, second and booster doses are also available to household or family members. All clinics are walk-in only, no appointments. You and your child can also visit a pharmacy in your community to receive a vaccine. Please visit RegionofWaterloo.ca/GetaVaccine to see a listing of all clinics and participating pharmacies.

Preparing Your Child for Vaccination

While COVID-19 vaccines are safe, we understand you or your child may have questions about the vaccine. Please speak to your child about why it is important to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If your child has a fear of vaccination, please visit COVID-19 Vaccines for Children. If you have questions about COVID-19, vaccines for children and youth please read the Vaccine Information Sheet for Children or you can book a confidential phone appointment with a SickKids clinician by visiting COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support to help keep our schools open and our community safer for all.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang,

 

Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health

 

Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

 

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Student Vaccinations for Grade 7, 8, 9 & 10

Important Information re: Annual Public Health Student Vaccinations for Grade 7, 8, 9 & 10

If your child is in Grade 7, 8, 9 or 10 this school year (2021/2022), they are eligible to receive their school program vaccines (hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal) or complete the series if they have already started them.

 

These vaccines are normally provided in each school but, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, are now available at Public Health offices in Waterloo and Cambridge.

 

Before booking an appointment, parents/students should update their immunization records using one of the following methods:
  • Online at the following link: https://bit.ly/3v9rwPT
  • By calling 519-575-4400 ext. 5001 (Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm) or Fax 519-885-7260
Online translation is available for those who require it.

 

If you have questions about the School Vaccine Program catch-up process, please call 519-575-4400 ext. 5001.

 

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Tuesday, February 8th is Safer Internet Day 2022!

Tuesday, February 8th is Safer Internet Day 2022!

Safer Internet Day is when organizations around the world join forces to help make the online world a safer place for young people. 

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), through Cybertip.ca, has been seeing an increase in online sexual violence against teens, with the pandemic escalating the frequency and tactics even further. This Safer Internet Day, C3P is urging families and educators to talk with youth about what constitutes online sexual violence, how to safely navigate these situations online, and where to go for help.

 Why is an urgent response needed?

Cybertip.ca has seen a spike in online harm impacting youth in the past year:

37% increase in overall online victimization of children

97% increase in reports of online luring

38% increase in reports of the non-consensual distribution of an online intimate image, with a 39% increase in youth reporting

74% increase in reports of sextortion involving platforms youth use every day

When sexual violence occurs, youth, in most cases, are not telling anyone…not friends, caregivers, or their teachers.

*Looking for More Information? Check-out the Online Safety FREE INFORMATION NIGHT for Parents and Caregivers – don’t miss it! february 8, 2022 from 6-7p.m.*

“ONLINE DANGERS: Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Cyberbullying,” is an online panel presented by Public Safety Canada, that will tackle some of the most difficult topics youth, parents, and caregivers face today cyberbullying to online child sexual exploitation. A panel of experts from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Kids Help Phone and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will define the issues, tell parents and caregivers what to look out for, and discuss how they can talk to their kids. 

Though this panel is tailored towards parents and caregivers, much of the information will be valuable for educators to learn more about these issues and how to better support families. 

The English and French panels will be live at the same time on February 8, 2022, from 6-7 P.M. EST. Participants are encouraged to register for a session based on their language preference at https://proofexperiences.swoogo.com/onlinedangers/. Registration will close an hour before the event.

 Aware of a Concern? 

C3P Reporting and Support Services

Cybertip.ca – If you are worried about something that has happened to a child/youth online or are concerned about an adult’s online activities involving children, Cybertip.ca is here to help.

NeedHelpNow.ca – A resource to help youth that have been negatively impacted by the sharing of an intimate or sexual image, or have been sexually victimized online. This site contains information for youth as well as adult caregivers.

 If you have any questions about these resources, please contact:

 

Karyn Kibsey | Manager, Training and Education
CANADIAN CENTRE for CHILD PROTECTION INC.

615 Academy Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3N 0E7

Email: karyn@protectchildren.ca

Tel: 204.560.2100 ext.726

Twitter: @Karyn_Kibsey

www.protectchildren.ca

 

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MDI survey for students Gr. 4-8

Dear Parents,

Before March Break, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) will be conducting a variety of school climate surveys to collect information from students, staff, and parent/guardians.  While the Ministry of Education requires all school districts to conduct these surveys (Education Act s.169.1(1)(a), (a.1), (a.2) and PPM 145), we are committed to providing a safe, caring, and inclusive place for everyone in our schools.  The purpose of the school climate surveys is to assess the perceptions of safety (e.g., from students, staff, and parent/guardians), make informed planning decisions about programs to help prevent bullying and promote safe and inclusive schools, determine the effectiveness of programs on an ongoing basis, and build and sustain a positive school climate.  Below you will find details related to each survey.

We will administer the Ministry created school climate surveys for Parents/Guardians and School Staff between February 22nd and March 11th.  For more information about the Ministry created surveys, please visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/climate.html.  The URL links to participate will be provided soon.

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Chromebook Return / Remote Learning Support

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Prior to Christmas break and early January, some families requested a Chromebook and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot device to support their child(ren) during our province wide remote learning. At this time, we are kindly requesting that these Chromebook devices, charging cords and wi-fi hotspots please be returned to our school so that we will be prepared to allow our Grade 4 – 8 students to participate in the MDI survey that will take place in the near future, and support classroom instruction. Please return your child’s device by Thursday, February 10th.  This will allow our Librarian to document that the device has been returned and sanitized for school wide classroom usage. 

If you are currently participating in the temporary remote learning option and require your Chromebook, please feel free to keep your device until the option for learning is no longer available.  All students are anticipated to return to face-to-face learning following Family Day weekend on February 22.  However, this is yet to be confirmed.

Much thanks for your continued support,

Cathy Kuntz

Principal, Monsignor Haller CES

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