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HOLY FAMILY “DRIVE-BYE” FAREWELL EVENT

 

Dear Parents and Families,

The end of the school year is typically filled with a mixture of excitement and sadness as we look forward to summer activities yet say good-bye to each other. Unfortunately, the current situation interrupted the process of transitioning from school to summer vacation. The opportunity to say farewell, best wishes, stay safe and see you in two months is important to have.

The Holy Family staff have come together to create a way to say goodbye to this school year and our students. We are host a HOLY FAMILY “DRIVE-BYE”.

On June 23 between 1:00pm and 2:30pm, Holy Family Staff are going to line Hunter St. and Grandview St. to wave good-bye and offer well wishes to students and families.

There are a few important safety measures and expectations that we need to share with you.

  1. Holy Family has contacted local authorities and the by-law enforcement department to ask permission for and has been granted approval to host this event, as long as we comply with the rules listed below.
  2. Police and other community agencies will be notified of our event to inform and respond to concerns that may come from the community on the day of the event.
  3. The teachers and staff will be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

It is important that we all follow these public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all and that we are in compliance with the agreement we have with the township.

    1. Participants need to remain in their vehicle during the entire event.
    2. Participation is for vehicle drive-by only , no pedestrian walk-by
    3. No interacting or gathering outside of the vehicles.
    4. Do not pass items to teachers/staff
    5. Teachers/staff will not distribute items to occupants of vehicles
    6. Teachers/staff must always remain on the sidewalk
    7. Follow the rules of the road.
    8. Vehicles must continually move along the roadway – no stopping

To help limit road congestion and be respectful of our neighbours we have developed the following schedule.

  • Families with last names from A-M can drive by between 1:00pm and 1:45pm
  • Families with last names from M-Z can drive by between 1:45pm and 2:30pm

Feel free to decorate your cars and make this a celebration of getting through this unprecedented school year.

All of us are so excited to see the students and say goodbye in the only way we can this year.

See you on June 23rd.

Staff of Holy Family

By |2020-06-08T18:33:31-04:00June 8th, 2020|News|Comments Off on HOLY FAMILY “DRIVE-BYE” FAREWELL EVENT

Staffing changes for the 2020-2021 school year

Greetings Holy Family school community,
I would like to share with you some important staffing changes that will happen for the 2020-2021 school year.
Each year the school board reviews principal placements and makes transfers to meet the needs of the school system.  That said, I have been transferred to St. Bernedette Catholic School in Kitchener. The news is met with mixed emotions.  I have become attached to the students and value the passion and investment to community and family that is a huge part of the Holy Family school community.  Holy Family is receiving Mr. Richard Setler as the new Principal.  He is currently the VP at St. Dominic Catholic School in Kitchener.  Mr. Setler will be a great fit and will serve the students, staff and parents with care and dedication.
In addition, Ms. Jardine has been successful in applying to another school.    It is our loss, but a positive change for her.  We are in the process of hiring her replacement.
Mrs. Gruber has taken a one year alternative teaching placement to provide flexibility in her work hours.  She is leaving the school for the 2020-2021 school year and anticipated to return for the 2021-2022 school year.  we have hired Ms. Lindsey Eden to teach grade 2 next year.  Ms. Eden comes highly recommended and will bring energy and instructional expertise to the primary division.
I have made some changes to the 2020-2021 teacher grade assignments.  These changes where made to meet the needs of the students and school community.  Mrs. Hurren will be teaching grade 8 next school year.  This left the grade 7 position open to be filled with a new hire.   Mr. Kyle Sutter will be joining the Holy Family staff as our  grade 7 teacher as a perminent hire.  Mr. Sutter has experience teaching students with diverse learning needs.  His skill of connecting with students will be a great asset to Holy Family.   The students will gravitate to his refreshing energy and positive personality.
Holy Family continues to grow.  Our projected school population required adding another grade 4 class and increasing the 4  jk/sk classes to 24 students each.   These changes will require adding an additional Early Childhood Educator and hiring a new teacher for the grade 4 position.
Ms. Cater has two pieces of exciting news.  First, She will be beginning her maternity leave at the end of June and be off next year enjoying time with her husband and two children.  In addition,  Ms. Cater has been successful in applying to a teaching position with St. Margaret Catholic School in Cambridge.  This will allow her to work closer to home and maximize her time to young family.   Ms. Cater has been a influential teacher and leader at Holy Family for several years.  She will be greatly missed, but we wish her well as her family grows.
Sincerely,
Vic Longo – Principal
By |2020-10-05T16:39:41-04:00June 1st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Staffing changes for the 2020-2021 school year
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