Monthly Archives: October 2019

First Holy Communion Meeting for Parents of Grade 2 students

Parents of Grade 2 students at Holy Family Catholic School:  The first meeting for First Holy Communion will be on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church.  Please mark this important date on your calendar as you will be receiving the dates for First Holy Communion meetings and the request form at this meeting.

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Fundraiser Update

There are a few updates I wish to share with you about our fundraiser. First off, thank you to the parents who donated baked good to today’s sale and thank you to the volunteers who spent a good part of the day managing the tables. We raised over $500!!! The current total of our Dance-a-thon donations is over $9000. This is an incredible sign of your commitment and generosity to Holy Family students and staff. THANK YOU!

I would like to remind you that we wish to have all donations in by tomorrow morning so that we can distribute the prize vouchers for the student incentive program. We will continue to accept donations, but will not be able to provide students with vouchers past tomorrow morning.

Thank you again and we look forward to holding our Halloween Dance-a-thon this Thursday.


Vic Longo – Principal

By |2020-10-05T16:37:39-04:00October 28th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Fundraiser Update

Halloween Bake Sale and Donation Reminders

Good Evening,

Tomorrow begins our first fundraising event with the school bake sale.  If you are donating baked goods for the sale please drop them off  at the office before school start so we can set up and organize for the day.   In addition, we are encouraging that cash donations are submitted to Cash on line as soon as possible to help us record and distribute the ticket for our student incentive draws.

Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.

By |2019-10-27T18:58:37-04:00October 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Halloween Bake Sale and Donation Reminders

Photo Re-Take Day – November 21st, 2019

Parents:  If your child was absent on Photo Day or if there was an issue with your child(ren)’s photo, please be advised that Holy Family’s Photo Re-take Day is on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 in the morning.  Please mark this date on your calendar if it pertains to your child(ren).

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Halloween Dance-A-Thon

Halloween Dance-A-Thon next week!

This is our ONLY major school fundraising event.

Remember to return pledge forms on Monday.  This helps us issue prize tickets to students.

Please check student agendas for full details. If every student raises $40 we will hit our goal!

Please click here to donate:

Thank you for supporting Holy Family Catholic School!

By |2020-03-13T11:36:08-04:00October 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Halloween Dance-A-Thon

Halloween Costume expectations

Dear Parents and Students:

As we approach Halloween and our Dance-a-thon, I wish to provide reminders regarding expectations for wearing costumes.  Our intention is to ensure that students and staff have a positive and safe day.  Costumes need to reflect the respectful Catholic School environment which we promote and have created at Holy Family.  Masks and replicas or props portraying weapons are not allowed.  The staff and myself will use our discretion to maintain a safe and respectful school setting.


Vic Longo – Principal

By |2019-10-24T09:25:51-04:00October 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Halloween Costume expectations

Vounteers Wanted- New Hamburg Christmas Parade Float

Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes the New Hamburg Christmas parade…Holy family school would like to enter a float in the parade but we need your help…we are looking for a small trailer to pull in the parade.. volunteers to help decorate the float and children and parents to ride on the float or walk beside it the day of the event…the parade is expected to take place in the evening of Sunday December 1. Please contact Lisa Heinbuch at if you are able to help.

Thank you

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End your day with “High low high”
This is a quick exercise you can do around the dinner table or as a family before bedtime.
Have each member of your family recall a high point, a low point and then another high point of
their day or week. Take time to listen to each person and ask questions if you want. In order to
practice empathy for someone else, we need to understand their journey.
For your kids, it’s very beneficial to hear what went well in your day, what you are proud of and
also the challenges you are working through. For parents, this is a great way to get your kids
talking about the specifics of their day and improve your parental empathy for the daily rain they

By |2019-10-23T13:29:35-04:00October 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on EMPATHY UMBRELLA PROJECT TIP

Bake Goods Needed for Halloween Fundraising Bake Sale

Bake Goods Needed – Monday October 28th!

Calling all Bakers and Non Bakers!

Please send baking with students or drop off at 8:45am on Oct 28th.

Thank you for your support.


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November FitBit

November 2019 – Plant-Based Protein Foods

Canada’s food guide recommends that we fill ¼ of our plate with protein foods, and choose plant-based protein foods more often. Plant-based protein foods tend to be higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat than protein foods that come from animals. Eating less saturated fat and more fiber is good for heart health. On top of that, plant-based protein foods can be less costly, and are easy to prepare!

Beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds are a few protein foods that come from plants. Of these, there are quite a few varieties and endless preparation ideas! Most of the time, you can add these foods to the dishes you already make for your family.

Here are some easy ways to include plant-based protein foods in your favourite meals:

  • Add beans or lentils to soups and stews instead of meat.
  • Top salads with chickpeas.
  • Add tofu to your favourite stir fry.
  • Spread hummus on a wrap or pita and fill with vegetables like lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
  • Use beans in burritos.
  • Blend soft tofu into soups to make them thicker and creamier.

Or, try this lentil recipe:

Curried Vegetable Lentil Stew

Makes: 6 servings

Get creative and substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. Try replacing the potatoes with cauliflower, squash or sweet potato, or use spinach instead of green beans.


2 tsp                     canola oil

1 whole                red onion, chopped

4 whole                garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp                  ginger, minced (or 1 tsp ground)

2 Tbsp                  curry paste or curry powder

1 tsp                     garam masala*

¼ cup                    cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp                  whole wheat flour

2 ½ cups              low sodium vegetable broth

2 whole                potatoes, diced

1 whole               bell pepper, chopped

6 oz                      green beans, chopped

1 (540 mL) can   low sodium lentils


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, curry paste, garam masala and half of the cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  2. Stir in flour until absorbed, then slowly pour in the broth. Stir until combined.
  3. Add potatoes, bell pepper, green beans and lentils and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve with remaining cilantro.

*Garam masala is a spice mixture made of cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.


Adapted from Visit and for more information and recipes for protein foods that come from plants.

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

By |2019-10-21T15:58:18-04:00October 21st, 2019|News|Comments Off on November FitBit
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