Good morning Hawks,

Principal’s Message:

Our system’s Pastoral Theme this year is “Gathered to Become” with the theme of transforming from the chrysalis to becoming a butterfly. We are finally gathered together as a school community, and we will celebrate being Catholic with prayer, activities and reflections.

Peace, Love and Butterflies

The lesson of the butterfly is letting go of the past and move forward into a next phase of existence; to experience something new & wonderful. We all transform through multiple stages in life. It is only through this exertion that we emerge into the beautiful butterfly we will be next.

We are like butterflies from every stage of our lives from birth to adulthood. We endure the growth pattern, many times without realizing our own strengths.

So often we find many living in fear, afraid of change because uncertainty is uncomfortable. We all have been there. But there is great joy in the journey, if we just allow it. We can start to embrace the hard lessons. Because, without those, we cannot continue to move forward. You have to make mistakes, just learn from them, so you can grow.

Butterflies are wonderful teachers. They represent spiritual rebirth, transformation, creativity, endless potential, and needed change. It is challenging to look at ourselves before looking at all the chaos going on around us, and ask ourselves, are we ready to break free?

 As we await to host the chrysalis next week, we ask ourselves: Am I ready to emerge from my chrysalis, and soar like a beautiful butterfly? 

By Drake White, The Nectar Bar

 

School News:

Pancake Tuesday:

Shrove Tuesday, also known as “pancake day”, is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Due to Covid-19 protocols we will not be able to serve pancakes to the school.  However we will be encouraging all families to PYOP – Pack Your Own Pancakes on Tuesday, February 16th so students can enjoy pancakes for lunch!

 

Report Cards:

Term One report cards will be sent home next Friday February 19th.  Students are aware that the assessment and evidence of learning collected and documented from September through remote learning will be reported on in this report card.  

 

Grade 9 Registration:

Calling all Grade 8’s!  Please read the following information regarding registration:

-Course selection opened for all St. Mary’s and St. Mary’s family of schools on Wednesday February 4th

-Guidance Counsellors will be working with our grade 8 teachers to help support course selection

-Courses need to be selected by February 26th

 Please be sure to read the notices as they come through.  For more information, see this St. Mary’s website that is dedicated to course selection: St. Mary’s Course Selection Website: St. Mary’s Course Selection Website

 

Year 1 / Junior Kindergarten Information:

Kindergarten registration for the 2021 – 2022 school year is happening now!  Please email Mrs. Neves or register online at https://haller.wcdsb.ca/

Children born in 2017 are eligible for JK/Year 1 Kindergarten.

Children born in 2016 are eligible for SK/Year 2 Kindergarten

 

Upcoming Important Dates: 

Monday, February 15th – FAMILY DAY – No School 

Wednesday, February 17th – Ash Wednesday & Liturgy

Friday, February 19th – Term 1 Reports go home 

Wednesday, February 24th – School Wide Examination of Conscience

Monday, April 12th – “March Break” / Spring Break Begins *new date

Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday

Monday, April 5th – Easter Monday

Monday, May 24th – Victoria Day Holiday

Friday, June 4th – PD Day – no school

Monday, June 28th – Term 2 Reports go home

Tuesday, June 29th – Last day of school

 

Parish Updates:

Blessed Sacrament has updated their website to include an online registration form for students wishing to fulfill the Sacrament of Holy Communion and Confirmation.  Do not assume you are already signed up if your child is in grade 2 or grade 7.

Please find a link to a letter from Father Larry and the registration form (page 9 when you open the link called 2021 First Sacrament Registration Form)

First Communion:

Link for Parish:  Eucharist | Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kitchener, Ontario (blessed-sacrament.ca)

Confirmation:

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kitchener, Ontario

 

Please call the Parish Office if you have any concerns or questions:  (519) 742-5061

 

WCDSB Updates:

Recognizing that nerves are fraying and frustrations growing in the face of having to live with COVID-19, the public sector institutions of the Region of Waterloo (Public Health / School Boards / Municipalities / Hospitals / Universities-Colleges, WRPS, etc.) have banded together in a special multi-lingual “In This Together” campaign to promote kindness, tolerance, understanding and — most importantly – cooperation, as we continue to weather this storm.

Please see the attached InfoSheet for information: In This Together Roll-out Infosheet

 

WCDSB IT is turning off ELEMENTARY STUDENT access to Classic Google Hangouts effective Thursday, February 4 until Wednesday, February 10.

 Please see the following with families to discuss with their children:

 K-5 Help Kids Make Friends and Interact Safely Online Family Tip Sheet

 Grades 6+ Help Kids Make Friends and Interact Safely Online Family Tip Sheet

 K-12 Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior Family Tip Sheet

 

Stay Safe Hawks!

The Staff at Monsignor Haller