Monthly Archives: June 2020

A Farewell from Mrs. Maurer

Dear Parents & Students:  When I think of Holy Family Catholic School, I think of an incredible family of staff, parents and students.  A community of kindness and caring like no other.  You have shown me so many kindnesses and the support that you have given to me over my years as your Admin. Assistant is so greatly appreciated.  I will cherish the memories and the friendships as I retire and am venturing forth into new adventures.

I will miss you “Guardians” and your smiles and hugs!  Hopefully we will meet again!

Thank you … for everything!

May God bless you with good health, happiness and love always.  Take care Holy Family Guardians!

Rosemary

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Year End Principal Message

Greetings Holy Family Community,

I wish to send this message to share my gratitude and thanks for the time I have been the principal of Holy Family Catholic School. It has been a year that has tested us as a school, community and nation. I believe the students, staff and families of Holy Family have met the challenges with calm, grace and fortitude. It is an example of the unique character and strength that makes Holy Family and New Hamburg a special place.

When I joined Holy Family three years ago, I quickly recognized how special the students are. They were optimistic, embracing, willing, eager to learn, friendly, quick to smile, and cared deeply for each other. I said on my first day and continued to say throughout my three years, “the students are the highlight of the school”. This is largely due to you; their parents, neighbours and community members. Thank you for sending us such wonderful young people.

During my first address to the school parent community, I talked of my pride and sense privilege to be given the responsibility and obligation to lead and safeguard your child’s education, health, safety, and social, emotional and spiritual development. I hope my passion and commitment to this mission was demonstrated to you and your children. I truly believe education and the school experience can change lives and consequently shape a kinder, more inclusive, compassionate, safer and healthier world. It is my focus as principal to lead the staff in providing instruction, experiences and faith opportunities that will strengthen values, deepen understanding and expand knowledge of our students, so they in turn will be discerning decision makers, supporters of equitable policies and compassionate leaders as they continue through all stages of their life journey.

I hope I have served you well and made a positive impact in your children’s lives as much as they have on mine.

Thank you for entrusting me with such a reward responsibility and obligation to serve.

God Bless and have a safe summer,

Vic Longo – Principal

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Report Card Distribution

Report Cards have been completed and are being prepared for mail out.  They should be mailed this week.  I am anticipating their arrival at your homes no later than the first week of July.

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End of Year “Drive-Bye” – Postponed

Good Morning Holy Family Community,

Due to the weather forecast showing rain throughout the day, we are postponing our drive-bye until tomorrow Wednesday,  June 24th. from 1-2:30 pm.

See you soon!!!

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Unclaimed student item – last Call for pick up Tuesday June 23, 9-1:00

We have now finished our two days for student item retrieval.  All unclaimed items have been brought to the library for a last call item pick-up opportunity.

You can come to the school on Tuesday June 23rd, from 9:00- 1:00 pm.  Any unclaimed items after these dates will be donated to charity.

 

Social distancing practices will be continued.

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Unclaimed student item pick up

We have now finished our two days for student item retrieval.  All unclaimed items have been brought to the library for a last call item pick-up opportunity.

You can come to the school today, June 19th,  from 10:00-11:30 am and Tuesday June 23rd, from 9:00- 1:00 pm.  Any unclaimed items after these dates will be donated to charity.

 

Social distancing practices will be continued.

 

 

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Student belonging Retrieval


Good Evening,

Many of you have asked about retrieving student belongings.  School have been given permission to allow access to our students to retrieve or return items.  The process and information below is with the direction of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Department of Health.

I am developing a schedule which will be shared with you through your child’s classroom teacher in the next day.

Please read over the information below to ensure the safety and health of all.

 

Retrieving student items/returning school items

We have developed a plan and protocols for families to retrieve student items and for you to return school resources. These protocols have been developed by the school board in consultation with the local Department of Health.

To comply with social distancing guidelines, we will schedule times for families to retrieve student items over three days; June 17, 18, 19.

Each individual classroom will be given an hour and a half time slot.  There will be three time slots per day. 9:00- 10:30,   11:00- 12:30, 1:00- 2:30. This is to ensure we can maintain our distancing. You must only come during your time slot, all other classrooms will be locked and entry not permitted. Your classroom teacher will communicate the date and time that has been assigned to your child’s class.

School entry and exit points will be restricted to a few doors to limit movement throughout the building and allowing us to monitor the number of people in the building at any one time. Entry will be limited to two people per family; one child and one parent. Where possible we feel it is safest to have either just the parent or student enter the building.

Student belongings will be put into bags and place on top of the student desk for you to retrieve.   Any school resources that are being returned should be placed on top of the student’s desk.

Important safety reminders

    • keep a minimum of six feet distance between people
    • You cannot pass personal items to staff
    • Washrooms will not be accessible to parents or students.
    • Parents must complete the self-assessment tool prior to arrival:
    •                 https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
    • ONE parent/guardian and their child(ren) can enter the school.
    • There will be no outdoor supervision and the playground is closed.
    • You may bring knapsacks to retrieve items.
    • Any medication stored in the main office will also be available for pick-up at the same time in the main office.
    • Parents will be reminded that this is not an interview, or a time for prolonged conversations, please pick-up your student’s belongings in a timely fashion.
    • Unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the final pick-up day, other than in very unique circumstances.
  • If there are parents/guardians whose health leaves them vulnerable to COVID-19, arrangements can be made to have a separate pick-up date. Please make arrangements directly with the Principal. 

 

  • If there are parents/guardians who are frontline workers and cannot make the pick-up date(s), please contact the Principal directly to make alternate arrangements.

Sincerely,

Vic Longo – Principal

 

 

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Report Card Information Sharing

 

I writing in response to several questions that I have received from parents regarding report cards .

Teachers are currently writing reports cards.  They will be mailed home during the week of June 22.

Report Cards comments and grades are primarily based on the academic period from Feb 1st to March 13th. Teachers may use the work completed during remote learning to support student grades and comments where it is to the benefit of the student. Learning during school closure will not negatively impact a student’s grade or comments.

If the teacher is using work completed during the school closure as part of their evaluation the following statement may appear in the subject area comment box.

“The grade/mark for [enter student name] is based on demonstrated learning prior to the school closure period, as well as evidence of progress gathered during the school closure period.”

You will see that some subjects and/or strands will have an “I” provided in the grade box.  An “I” indicates that the teacher feels there was not sufficient evidence to determine a letter grade or percentage mark. In the case of an “I” being given, the following statement will appear on the report card in the corresponding subject comment area.

“Due to the school closure period, there is insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.”

If a student did not engage in learning during the school closure the following comment may appear in the corresponding subject comment box.

“The grade/mark for [enter student name] is based on demonstrated learning prior to the school closure period.”

The most important thing to know is that learning that took place during the school closure will not negatively impact a students grade or comment.

 

Sincerely,

Vic Longo – Principal

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Principal Message

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June 9th, 2020

Greetings Holy Family School Community,

We are almost there! Our much needed and deserved transition to “Summer Vacation” is approaching.  As we have all experienced over the last three months, we are continually redefining and adjusting to seasonal events and daily life. I am sure our “summer Vacation” will be no different.

I have completed calling all the families for the third time since we left in March. I am amazed and inspired by how the students and families have maintained learning, working from home and adjusting to social distancing.    Each of you adjusted to meet your child’s needs as they demonstrated their readiness and adjustment. Overall, I heard messages of hope, gratitude, appreciation, optimism and resilience. Your example and dedication to your children is what makes the students of Holy Family such amazing group of young people. Your guidance and family leadership during this challenging time will not only serve them well throughout their lives, but also will have a positive impact to the social and academic goals that we have strive to achieve for our Holy Family students.

You might be experiencing that it is becoming more and more challenging to get your child to the worktable, their quality of completed work may not be the same as in March, they may be taking them more time to complete work that a few weeks ago would only take a few minutes.  It’s not you, it’s them!  These are all normal behaviours and trends that we see at this time of the school year.

I encourage you to do what you can and adjust the work and schedule to meet the needs and readiness to learn that your child is presenting. We understand. The priority is everyone’s well-being, a happy home and pleasant family life.

It will continue to be our responsibility and commitment to provide instruction and activities to the end of the school year. You may notice that the quantity and nature of learning tasks and lessons have changed the last few days. This is our response of recognizing the change in our students’ emotional and mental energy to meet demands that a year of learning has impacted. Not to mention coping with COVID-19.

To finish up. I congratulate you and offer my admiration and thanks for being co-educators with us during this learning from home period.   Please continue the learning as you see fit, we will continue to be working with you and for you. And lastly, be well, be happy and enjoy the sunny warm days.

Sincerely,

Vic Longo – Principal

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