Yearly Archives: 2020

Return to School Update: December 22

Good Morning Guardian Nation

I hope this message finds you well, rested and ready for Christmas. I am sure that some of the recent news coming from the Provincial Government has raised some questions for you. I have attached a letter from WCDSB Director, Loretta Notten, for you to read that may answer some of your questions. More information will surely be coming out in the not too distant future.

I would also like to take the time to wish everyone in the Holy Family School Community a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

School Building Closure Update to WCDSB Parents Dec 21st 20

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

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Christmas Update from WCDSB Director Loretta Notten

Good Evening Guardian Nation,

I hope this email finds you and your family well. As you can imagine, the school is abuzz with activity as we finish off the last days before our very well deserved Christmas Break. As I have been visiting the classes and walking around the school these last few days, I cannot help but notice the activity and anticipation that emanates from every classroom. All students are busy at work on Advent Art, Christmas Snow Globes and other holiday themed projects. The hum of the school feels good and is most welcome in these trying times. Thanks goes out to all staff, students and families for their continued efforts in making the most of our current situation. On this note, I am sharing with you a Christmas Message from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Director, Loretta Notten. Please take the time to read through her letter as it contains some important updates.

Christmas Letter 2020

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at the school. It has been my pleasure to serve you and the entire Holy Family school community to this point, and I am very excited for what the coming months hold in store.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

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We are Proud of You Mrs. Afonso!

Good Morning Guardian Nation

I hope this message finds you well! All of us that are part of the Holy Family School Community have been on an amazing roller coaster ride over the last 3 nights, as we watched our own Mrs. Afonso on Family Feud Canada. We worried and bit our nails as we watched, but we mostly cheered her and her family on as they did an AMAZING JOB! As always, all good things must come to an end, as they did for Mrs. Afonso last night. Regardless of last night’s outcome, we are all super proud of her and her family. All of you represented yourselves very well and should be proud of your efforts. Well Done!!!

Mrs. Afonso has received tremendous support from the school community during her time on Family Feud Canada, and she wanted to say Thank You to everyone in our Holy Family School Community. She writes:

Well, that’s a wrap! We managed to win Fast Money once, win the game twice and appear on three episodes and it was nerve wracking and exhilarating at the same time. A childhood dream of my sister’s and I come true. What I didn’t expect was how much love and enthusiasm we received and you all made my heart overflow. 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Setler and the Holy Family staff for all their support this week.  Their enthusiasm was obvious through the announcements made, Newswires sent to families to watch and some classes even watched the episodes at school over lunch.  

Most of all, I want to thank all of you, the families and students.  I have been teaching at Holy Family for 15 years and have taught many of your children and have watched them grow up.  To see the school come together to watch my family on Family Feud Canada has made an already incredible experience, an unforgettable one.  Every morning the children gathered during my supervision to discuss the show and ask me, “Have you had your Greek Salad with Caesar dressing yet?”  or “Why didn’t you say, olives, Mrs. Afonso?”  or “I was going to bring you Caesar dressing this morning.” or “I love your dance Mrs. Afonso!” or “I know your real name now!” Thank you for all your love and support and even making me feel like a celebrity.  Also, thank you for the video clips and photos of your children cheering us on!  I will treasure them.

I hope I made you proud because I am certainly proud to be a teacher here at Holy Family!  I am sad that they didn’t show any of my family’s shout outs or my playing with my earring, but know this…I was thinking about all of you and hoping that when you watched, you shared some smiles, some laughs, some suspense and most importantly, some time together as a family.  Perhaps, even a new love for game shows, which by the way, some of the students had no idea what game shows were.  LOL

All my love,

Monica Afonso-Magolon
Hybrid Teacher
Holy Family

Thanks for the ride Mrs. Afonso! It was awesome and one that we will not forget!

 

Holy Family CES Staff and Community

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Mrs. Afonso Triumphs on Family Feud!

Good Morning Guardian Nation

I hope all are well on this beautiful, sunny Tuesday morning! As you may have heard, Mrs. Afonso was on Family Feud last night and her team was VICTORIOUS!!! Congratulations goes out to her and her family on their win. They will be defending their title tonight as they go for their second straight victory. The episode will air at 7:30 PM on CBC, or on CBC Gem. Please watch and cheer her on as she does Holy Family proud! As well, just a reminder that tonight is our Holy Family Pizza Night at Twice the Deal Pizza. Holy Family will receive a portion of the proceeds from tonight’s food sales between 4 and 8 pm. Getting a pizza and watching Mrs. Afonso crush the competition sounds like a great plan for tonight!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Good Luck Mrs. Afonso!

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

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Buses Cancelled: Schools are Closed Today

Good Morning Guardians!

  • Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES are cancelled.
  • All schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students will be provided with asynchronous student work by 10 am, as each classroom teacher has a Google Classroom site.
  • Normal bell times will be followed to allow students to contact their teacher through the LMS or email.
  • All Extended Day Childcare Programs are CLOSED.
  • All programs and services offered by St. Louis Continuing Education and Adult and Learning Centre are cancelled.

Please help us to ensure that your child logs on to their Google Classroom site as there either is work or will be by 10:00 am.  Make sure to find some time to get outside and enjoy the snow!  Happy December 1, Guardians!

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What Do You Do In The Event Of Inclement Weather

Good Afternoon Guardian Nation!

As you may have heard, there is a possibility of some nasty weather coming our way this afternoon into this evening and tomorrow. I have included some information below for your perusal.

Excerpt from Special Message from the Director of Education

In the event of an inclement weather day being declared, and the buses are cancelled due to the weather and unsafe driving conditions, our school will be closed and students will have a remote learning day. Teachers will communicate through their Google Classroom. Teachers will post work in the morning, no later than 10 a.m. and students will work on their own timing in their home. This will allow all students to access learning and we will be continuing to keep one and all safe.

For updated information please monitor the WCDSB website, social media feeds, and radio stations for information on cancellations.

Thanks for all that you are doing to keep our community safe. Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance.

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

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Advent Week #1 and End of November Update

 

Advent Week #1

Hope

 Advent Wreath Blessing
Lord our God,
                      we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
                                     he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and it’s light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Welcome to another season of Advent!  The themes of Advent include Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.  Advent is not a season of gloom and despair; it is an invitation to hope, to embrace the light of Christ and to be at peace with one another, to live in joyful expectation of the life of the world to come.  Let us prepare our hearts for Christmas by discovering God and know God in the love of others.

Thank you to our families and our teachers who were able to connect virtually, or over the phone in collaboration of supporting your child(ren) at Holy Family.  Learning over the past eight months has looked very different than what we have ever seen.  So far, everyone is hanging in there.  We are focused on academics and the well-being of everyone here so that we can stay healthy and continue to learn in school.

Please help your child to remember to bring their masks (at least 2 per day) to school each day (every student was provided with 4 masks from the WCDSB and the Ministry).  Your child(ren) also needs a water bottle to stay hydrated every day.  The drinking fountains are closed and they need to use the water bottle refilling stations with their own bottle.

Parents, please, please, please continue to complete the student self-assessment every morning before school for each child in your family before sending him/her/to school. The assessment will help with the decision for students to go to school or stay home based on Public Health symptom guidelines. The staff at Holy Family really appreciate your dedication to doing this in order to help keep our school community as safe as possible! Visit wcdsb.ca for the most current news and COVID19 updates.

We know it’s difficult, especially with our older students, for them to keep their social group extremely small at this developmental stage of their lives (especially if they have the choice). Parents, please continue to help with this to keep our students and families safe; please help to say no to get-togethers outside the school for the time being. More information can be found on the Waterloo Public Health website about current guidelines. Thank-you.

Umbrella Project for December: Self Compassion

Please find below an important message from Dr. Jen at The Umbrella Project!

Stop judging yourself as a parent so harshly!

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Children don’t come with step-by-step instructions and there is a reason that millions of parenting books exist, all with different solutions to the same problems. Just like snowflakes, each child is completely unique and therefore responds differently to the world and our attempts to guide them.  How many times has an idea worked brilliantly for one of your children and not at all for the next? Every feel like one day you have this parenting thing nailed and the next day want to give up completely? Such is the nature of raising another human with their own agenda and parents deserve to treat themselves with a high level of compassion on the tough days.

Unfortunately, research and experience show us that this is not the case. As parents, we are terrible critics of our own best efforts to raise our children and we now know that the more we judge our own parenting, the more likely it is that our child will develop symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The solution – Less self-blame and more non-judgmental acceptance of our own parenting skills. In other words, show our children what self-compassion looks like in action. None of us are perfect parents, you will make mistakes and that’s OK!

It sounds simple but remembers that most of us have a very vocal inner critic, evaluating our every move. Start by noticing your own self-judgement and then try to think of what you might say to a good friend who was in the same situation. Say these words to yourself and remember, beating yourself up in an effort to be a better parent is having the opposite effect on your child’s wellbeing. Instead, take ownership of your feelings and choices, recognize when you make mistakes, apologize, keep learning and move on.

You’ve got this!
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Winter Weather

Just another reminder to make sure that your child(ren) are coming to school with the proper winter gear to be worn outside at recess. As stated earlier in the year, our goal is to have the students outside as much as possible this year. Hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, extra mittens and socks are all must haves this year. Please make sure that your child(ren) is outfitted properly so they stay as warm as possible.

Wishing you and your family a very blessed Advent Season!

 

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

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School Spirit Wear Store Closes Tomorrow!

Good Afternoon Guardians!!

Our new Holy Family Guardians Spirit Wear Store is closing soon!!! It closes tomorrow, November 13th. Please go look at the awesome articles of clothing that can be purchased to show your AWESOME school spirit! There are many items to choose from and all look amazing! Make sure to grab something for your child(ren) for our upcoming Spirit Days!

The link to the store is below:

https://toss-store.com/collections/holy-family-guardians

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Have a great night!

Your Partner in Catholic Education!

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2020-11-12T15:59:11-05:00November 12th, 2020|News|Comments Off on School Spirit Wear Store Closes Tomorrow!

Picture Day Tomorrow!

Dear Guardian Nation

I hope this email finds you well. I have some good news to share about School Picture Day. Our School Picture Day is tomorrow! Individual photos will be taken on this day with enhanced safety protocols put in place to keep everyone safe. If you would like to learn more about the safety protocols that Lifetouch will be using, please click on the link below:

Safety Protocols for Lifetouch

Group Pictures are on hold for the time being. They may happen in the spring depending on how things progress with COVID.

To order pictures online, please go to mylifetouch.ca using this Picture Day ID: QX100205Q0.

I cannot wait to see how fantastic our Guardians look all dressed up tomorrow!

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

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School Picture Day Reminder

Dear Guardian Nation

I hope this email finds you well. I have some good news to share about School Picture Day. Our School Picture Day will be on Thursday, November 12th. Individual photos will be taken on this day with enhanced safety protocols put in place to keep everyone safe. If you would like to learn more about the safety protocols that Lifetouch will be using, please click on the link below:

Safety Protocols for Lifetouch

Group Pictures are on hold for the time being. They may happen in the spring depending on how things progress with COVID.

To order pictures online, please go to mylifetouch.ca using this Picture Day ID: QX100205Q0. There is an advertisement coming home today regarding the photos. Please ask your son or daughter to share it with you!

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2020-11-09T15:27:53-05:00November 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on School Picture Day Reminder
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