Good morning Hawks,

 

Principal’s Message:

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our hawks who made it look easy, once again!  Tuesday was the first day of a fairly major switch at Monsignor Haller with many students moving classes or welcoming others into their class.  The students adapted so well, lined up with their new classes, got into the building and the learning began!

A huge THANK YOU to all of the parents for your continued support with these unique situations that are beyond our control!

A huge THANK YOU to all of the students who once again, are so resilient and took the change in stride!

And, of course, a HUGE THANK YOU to the teachers who spent many hours over the Thanksgiving Weekend planning and preparing for their new classes!

None of this could happen without sacrifice, patience, teamwork, and a genuine care for our Monsignor Haller Hawks!

At Monsignor Haller every Tuesday is SPIRIT DAY.  All staff and students are encouraged to wear Spiritwear or BLUE, GREY OR WHITE to show our school spirit!

 

School News:

Fundraisers:

Please check your schoolcash online account for purchasing PUMPKINS for our Council’s fundraiser.  Attached here is the Council letter with both our Pumpkin and From Farm to Table options to support school fundraising this fall: Beg Year Fundraiser

Halloween:

Many of our traditional schoolwide events have been cancelled or postponed since the start of this new school year.  One that we would like to continue within our school community is to welcome all our hawks in costumes on Halloween!! (Oct. 30).  Alternatively, your child may choose to come in black and orange, or a Halloween t-shirt etc.

As always, if your child chooses to dress up, please be conscious of the type of costume your child is planning on wearing to school.  Students wearing / bringing weapons or other inappropriate costumes that violate our Catholic values will be asked to change.  Students are encouraged to think about the costume they want to wear and leave props, pieces & accessories at home to avoid them being lost, broken or ruined at school. Especially is if it a cold or wet day  —  it  is best to save the good costumes for Trick or Treating (hoping children are allowed to go out this year).   

Please note that treats of any kind (cupcakes, cookies, Halloween candy, chips or chocolate) will not be passed out this year and families are refrained from sending them to school.  Thank you very much for your understanding!! 

We look forward to marking this holiday with some of our annual traditions such as schoolwide Halloween Bingo, staff costume theme, <virtual> Halloween Parade and more!

Upcoming Important Dates: 

October 23rd:  First Communion and Confirmation for the students who registered last year: at 7:00pm at Blessed Sacrament Parish (Sunday best – no need to purchase gowns/suits)

November 2: School Advisory Council Meeting at 6pm via Google Meets

November 23: Faith PD Day

 

Parish Updates:

If you know of any family needing help with food or Christmas hampers, please call the school or the church and we can assist in connecting St. Vincent de Paul or have the family call the church so we can help set up something. 

The SVDP will be working again with the Christmas Program and Blessed Sacrament Church will be one of the pickup sites for families this December.  The biggest change is that there will be NO toys collected. They are asking for gift cards to Walmart or Giant Tiger only. Families will be given the food needed and gift cards to go and buy what they want. 

If you choose to support our Angel Tree this year, we are asking that gift cards be delivered to the school by November 18th.  We realize this seems early but they need to have the time to organize packages for each family.   

Thank you for your continued support with the Church and with St. Vincent de Paul. 

 

WCDSB Updates:

Last year the WCDSB launched our Pastoral Theme: Called to Belong.  We could not have foreseen what the future held, yet the Spirit was with us, guiding our theme and moving us to create a deep sense of BELONGING and connection during such a difficult journey.  We feel the same about the second year of our three-year Pastoral Plan, entitled Gathered to Become.   

 In John 6:35, Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life.”   

Let this year of Becoming truly be a year of Transformation.  As the Eucharist transforms us, so let us be the “Bread of Life” to all we encounter.  May we experience transformation this year – from the challenges of new learning situations, platforms and learning environments – to allow us to emerge from our chrysalis healthy and strong and to successfully be able to spread our wings and soar.

 Please enjoy our new Gathered to Become Pastoral Launch video https://youtu.be/PBQFPsoeE9Q

 

Stay Safe Hawks!

The Staff at Monsignor Haller