Monthly Archives: September 2019

Orange Shirt Day tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1st.

Just a reminder,  Holy Family, will be marking Orange Shirt Day tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1st. Please wear orange tomorrow to show your support and awareness for First Nations survivors of the Residential Schools in Canada.
Melissa Valant
Planning Time Teacher
Holy Family Catholic School
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Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at:

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

By |2019-09-30T07:44:55-04:00September 30th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Holy Family Parish Faith Formation Gr. 1-12

Father Stephen is inviting children in grade 1 to 12 to participate in the Faith Formation Program in the Parish.

Classes are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month after 10:00 am mass.

Please register by contacting or complete the attached registration form and drop off at the Parish or return to the school.

2020 emmaus registration


By |2020-10-12T21:12:23-04:00September 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Holy Family Parish Faith Formation Gr. 1-12

Terry Fox Run – Friday, September 27th, 2019

With only 2 more days until our Terry Fox Walk, we are very excited to have already raised more than $1000.   Thank you so much for your generosity!  If you would still like to donate, please visit:

We are also looking for a few more parents to help supervise students along our route.  If you are able to help out, please come to the office at 12:30 on Friday so we can give you a location.  If you would like further information, please email:

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Important Holy Family Dates and Events

Below are a few important dates of events that will be taking place throughout the year.   All events and dates are posted on our school Calendar and twitter.  Please check out both to be aware of upcoming events.

Event Date Time
School Council Meeting Tuesday September 17 6:30pm
Say Hi Day  – Wear Yellow /Black Wednesday September 18 school day
Terry Fox Run Friday September 27 school day
School Council Meeting Tuesday October 1st 6:30pm
Halloween Fundraiser – Oct 28-31 Mon Oct 28 – 31 school day
* Bake Sale Mon Oct 28 school day
* Halloween sock day Tues Oct 29 school day
* Halloween shirt day Wed Oct 30 school day
* Dance-A-Thon Day! Thurs Oct 31 school day
School Council Meeting Tues Nov 5 6:30pm
Mount Mary – Grade 8 Wed Nov 27 – Fri Nov 29
Wilmot Community – Santa Claus Parade (float) Sun Dec TBD
Christmas Concert TBD
Student Turkey Dinner Thurs Dec 19 Lunch
Bell Let’s Talk Day Fri Jan 31 school day
School Council Meeting Tues Feb 4 6:30pm
Paul Davis Internet Safety Students/Parents Wed Feb 19 school day/6:30pm
Pancake Breakfast – Dads/Grandpa/Guardian volunteers Tues Feb 25th morning
School Council Meeting Tues April 7 6:30pm
First Communion Sunday April 19th church service
School Council Meeting Tues May 5th 6:30pm
School Council Meeting Tues June 2 6:30pm
Family Fun Night Thurs June 18
Grade 8 Graduation JUNE ?
Bible Celebration TBD
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2019 -2020

Thursday, December 12, 2019; 7:00 – 8:00

Meeting with the parents; Procedure for requesting sacraments of
Reconciliation and First Communion. Introduction of the instructions by Father

Enrolment Ceremony: ( completed applications turned in at Mass ) December 21 and 22 at 5.00PM and 10.00AM weekend Masses.

Thursday, January 16,2020; 7.00 to 8.00 PM – Meeting with the children only. Preparing them for First Reconciliation.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 7.00 to 8.00 PM – Meeting with the parents in the Parish Hall. Discussion of the booklets for the
children.  Father will meet with the children upstairs in the Church.

– Meeting with both the parents and the children.  How to use the booklets to help your children to prepare for First Communion and the order of the Mass.

FIRST RECONCILIATION: April 2, 2020 7.00PM to 8.00Pm


FIRST COMMUNION: Sunday, April19, 2020 at 12.00 PM

When your child has been baptized in another Catholic Parish, you must bring
a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate from that Parish and submit it to
the Holy Family Office to accompany the request form.
Father Stephen Gilbert 519-662-1744
Lynn & Dennis Noonan 519-390-0065
Joan Kittel 519-662-2813

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Terry Fox Run 2019

Dear Families;

Once again Holy Family Catholic School is pleased to be hosting its annual Terry Fox Walk on Friday, September 27th in the afternoon. All monies raised through our event will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation to further the cause of cancer research. Our walk will follow the same course as in previous years. Our route will be both on school grounds (for Kindergarten classes) and off school grounds as our course winds along Huron Street, Bleams Court, Grandview Avenue and Hunter Street. Students will be encouraged to complete the course as many times as the teachers see fit. Teachers, parents and supervisors will be on hand to supervise and assist students along the way. If you are interested in joining us to help supervise, please email or call the school at 519-662-1734. We also invite you to participate by walking, jogging or by cheering for your children as they complete their laps.

We are very proud to be associated with The Terry Fox Foundation and believe that our involvement will launch a successful, positive and meaningful school year. We are very proud of our contribution to cancer research; to date, more than $32,000 has been raised by the pupils in this school community for cancer research since 2001.

We are going completely paperless this year. All donations will be accepted, and tax receipts provided, through the Terry Fox Foundation website.

Our school is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Please join our school community and support this worthy cause.


to be taken to our school’s fundraising page. The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation with 82 cents of every dollar going directly to cancer research. Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer.

We hope to count on your support. Let’s keep Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer alive. Thank you in advance.

By |2019-09-16T15:18:46-04:00September 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Terry Fox Run 2019

October 2019 – Fitbit –

October 2019- Pumpkin Power

The arrival of fall means pumpkins are in season in Ontario! Not only are pumpkins fun to carve, they are also delicious and nutritious. Pumpkins are an excellent source of Vitamin A, iron and protein. The seeds and the inside flesh of a pumpkin can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Grab a pumpkin and try a recipe this fall!

Buying and storing pumpkins

  • Check out a local pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. Many farms offer more than just picking pumpkins, making it a fun family adventure outdoors!
  • Buying local foods helps support farmers so they can continue to grow fresh and affordable produce.
  • Look for small pumpkins with firm and smooth orange skin as they will have a good flavour for cooking. Large pumpkins with thin walls are less flavourful for cooking, but are perfect for carving! You can scoop out the seeds from a carved pumpkin and roast them for a tasty and healthy snack!
  • A whole pumpkin can keep for several months in a cool and dry location. Once you cut your fresh pumpkin, it can stay wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Cooking with pumpkin

  • Cut a pumpkin open and scoop out the seeds and the fibre strands from the centre.
  • Pumpkins can be baked, boiled, steamed or cooked in the microwave. When the pumpkin is cooked, the flesh is easily scooped out from the hard peel and can be mashed or puréed.

Try this pumpkin recipe:


Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Makes: 6 servings




12                          jumbo whole grain pasta shells

1 1/4 cups           non-fat ricotta cheese*

3/4 cup                pumpkin purée

1/2 cup                parmesan cheese, grated*

1/2 tsp                 garlic powder

2 Tbsp.                 dried basil

1/4 tsp                 ground sage

1/2 tsp                 salt

1/2 tsp                 pepper

1 cup                    pasta sauce


  1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain and separate onto baking sheet to let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, pumpkin, parmesan, and spices. Save 1 Tbsp. parmesan for topping.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a baking dish that holds all of the pasta shells in a single layer.
  4. Spread pasta sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Fill each shell with about 3 Tbsp. of pumpkin mixture, and place shells close together on the sauce in baking dish.
  5. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and bake for 15 more minutes.
  6. Serve with a side salad or your favorite side vegetables!

*Choose low-sodium, low-fat cheese when possible

Recipe adapted from



Adapted from Visit for more information on pumpkins and healthy eating.

Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

By |2019-09-16T14:27:25-04:00September 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on October 2019 – Fitbit –

Picture Day – Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hello Parents,

Picture Day is coming on Thursday, September 26.

Order your pictures on using your Picture Day ID which can be found on your Picture Day order form.

By |2019-09-12T09:36:03-04:00September 12th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Picture Day – Thursday, September 26, 2019
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