Good afternoon Holy Family Guardians!
Many of you have probably heard your child(ren) talk about “snack” in their classroom or mention they had a snack from the “classroom bin”. This year we began a Nutrition for Learning program. The aim is to provide nutritious food within reach of all students throughout the day. With nutritious snacks accessible in the classroom student have the opportunity to meet their nutritional and hunger needs. Research has shown that being nourished can improve a student’s focus on learning, memory and engagement in the classroom.
This program has strict nutritional and food safety guidelines which the school follows. There is no cost to the individual student. The requirement is for the school support the program with a small donation. This was done at the beginning of the year when we sent an information card home requesting a $2 donation. Thank you.
Teachers do not limit a child’s access to the snacks. However, for the primary and JK/SK students, teachers ensure that snacks and lunches from home are eaten first.
You can learn more about the Nutrition for Learning program by clicking on the link below.
The Holy Family picture retake day will be on October 29th. Smiles are mandatory!
September was a busy month and I am so grateful to the teachers, staff and parents who made it so successful. We started the year off welcoming the “Faith Cross”. We had a week of activities encouraging the student to reflect on the importance of their faith. Each student received a wood cross necklace as a reminder that we are united in our belief in Jesus.
We have implemented two new programs this year. One is the Umbrella project. This project focuses on building the individual skills of a child so that they can effectively handle life’s events and experiences that can be upsetting, disappointing or frustrating. This program is created by Dr. Jen Forristal(Naturopathic Dr. and Therapist) and is being supported by the board. My hope is that when students are equipped with the skills to deal with life’s challenges they will be able to respond to them internally and outwardly in a way that is emotionally healthy, and in return feel more confident and positive about the world they face. This month’s focus is Gratitude. We encourage students to recognize all that they have rather than what they don’t have.
Nutrition for Learning is up and running. This program provides balanced nutritional snacks for students to access throughout the day. When students are nutritionally fuelled throughout the day they are more likely to be focused, engaged and prepared to handle the social emotional demands of school.
As October begins we are preparing for progress reports which will be sent home on November 6th.
Ms. Jarvis and the teachers are putting the final touches on this years Halloween dance- a-thon; our major fundraising activity.
We continue to strengthen the school – parish connection and deepen the students’ knowledge and experience of their faith. With Father Stephen’s leadership, we have scheduled our monthly masses, school visit and new this year, adoration of the Eucharist.
We look forward to a beautiful and productive October.
Wow–has September ever flown by! We have been very busy learning and settling into our routines and the students have been doing a fantastic job. I am truly blown away and honoured I get to teach such a great group of kids for the year.
First off, I want to take this time to thank all the wonderful parents that have welcomed me into the Holy Family community. I also want to thank parents that have sent supplies for the classroom such as Kleenex, crayons, glue sticks, etc. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
The following is a list of what we will be covering in the month of October. For more details and to see what we covered in September, check out the hard copy of our class newsletter that I sent home.
In the month of October, we will start “Number of the Week” (1-4) and practice writing it and showing it in different ways. We will also be exploring ways to sort and types of patterns this month.
We will continue our literacy centres and writing/tracing our names throughout the month of October. We will also begin our Jolly Phonics Program, with a letter we study each week. In addition, we will study 2 “words of the week” every week.
We will continue to learn healthy strategies for dealing with unpleasant emotions (e.g. anger, sadness, etc.) through our school’s “Umbrella Project” initiative.
Ms. Kate Butter & Mrs. Sarah Lichti
It was great to see so many families on Meet the Teacher Night. Your child(ren) were very excited and proud to show you where they learn and play. Parents, remember to check out our classroom website for pictures of our learning as well as reminders for upcoming events. Mr. Zippy comes home every night, please remember to send it back to school the next day. Special Me starts this month. This is a great way for your child to share what makes them special as well as develop oral language skills. In Math, we have been learning how to represent numbers in different ways (using a ten frame, tally, number, word). Ask your child how many ways they can make a number at home! We will be learning about patterns and how we can represent a pattern (AB, ABA, AAB). In Language, we will be beginning our Letters and Sounds program. Each week we will learn a new letter (the sound it makes and how write it) as well as learning two new words of the week. In Science, students have shown a great interest in the season of Fall and the amazing colours, sizes, and types of leaves that are falling onto the ground. We went on a leaf hunt and have used these beautiful leaves for activities in the classroom. We made a graph representing our favourite leaf! We also have discovered beautiful art we can make with leaves through leaf rubbing. In Religion, we are learning different strategies to cope with various emotions (e.g. sad, angry, scared) through our school’s Umbrella Project initiative.
Mrs. Jardine, Mrs. Simpson & Ms. Floto
Mrs. Sike and Mrs. Grimberg, FDK, Rm.8
September passed quickly! Summer is over and the beautiful Fall season is upon us. It has been a time of adjusting to new routines in Kindergarten. We have accomplished a great deal as we learn how to manage our day at school. We have learned so much about each other. The SK (Year 2) students have been so helpful in assisting our JK (Year 1) students gain familiarity with the classroom and school routines.
Thank you so much for being diligent in checking the message bags every day for any information from school. Please continue to return it to school daily and please use the communication book for any messages.
The Star Student envelope is sent home each week (Friday) with the child who will be Star Student for the following week. This is a good opportunity to develop oral language skills.
Don’t forget to check out the class website for pictures of your child learning at play and for any updates/reminders.
In Religion and Family Life we have been learning and role playing ‘Making Good Choices.’ We will continue to practice selecting a good choice to solve a problem, referring to posters to remind us of problem solving strategies. Students will acquire the skills to cooperate, share, resolve problems and demonstrate respect. The focus will be on making better choices. We discussed how everyone can and needs to be included and ‘there is always room for one more.’
We are beginning Jolly Phonics as part of our Language program. We learn about letters, sounds and actions which help us when we write. Also, we have begun a Shared Reading folder of songs, poems, and finger plays which we use through a variety of movements and actions, while focusing on important language features such as rhyme and repetition. The letter of the week and words of the week correspond to the selected poem to provide context for the words/letters/sounds.
In Math we are exploring number by counting, representing quantity (how many) and number formation. We will continue to explore patterns in the calendar and create and describe our own patterns using colours, actions, numbers and letters (e.g. ABAB, ABBABB).
We have been writing everyday during language tasks: personal messages/stories, observations of leaves, procedure of making applesauce and the list goes on. SK’s are encouraged to use ‘have a go’ writing of sounding out some words, while JK’s draw a picture and tell us their message as we scribe.
We have been off to a great start this year in Grade 1! It was great to meet so many families at the open house, thank you for your warm welcomes and generous contributions of kleenex and spoons! We are continuing to work on our classroom promise to make Room 9 a safe and enjoyable place to learn. There are many friendships being formed and leaders who are stepping up to set a good example, keep it up! September was filled with many exciting days, including Say Hi day, the Terry Fox walk and Colour day, which we will continue throughout the year. In language we have been reviewing all of the single letter sounds, which will continue into October. Each student has played word games, learned about rhyming families and read with me, so I am now able to get the Home Reading program up and running in October. Stay tuned… In math we have been working on patterns, which we will build upon in October, to include number patterns and skip counting. In science we are learning about seasonal changes and cycles. Keep up the fantastic work, Grade 1s!
It has a been a fantastic first month of school in Grade 1/2! We have settled into our daily and weekly routines, and have spent time getting to know each other! We have already celebrated two birthdays, invited our families into our classroom for Open House, participated in Say Hi Day, walked for Terry Fox, and dressed in our favourite colours for Colour Day! We have been learning about place value and ordering/comparing numbers in Math. In Language, we have been practicing our journal writing, and how to retell a story (beginning, middle, and end). In Science, the Grade 1s have been focusing on Daily and Seasonal Changes, while the Grade 2s are learning about Air and Water in the Environment. We are looking forward to another Mass in October, as well as Thanksgiving, Halloween, and other theme days! Star of the Week and our home reading program will begin in October as well. Continue to monitor D2L for daily updates. Keep up the great work, Grade 1/2s!
Welcome to October! We have had a busy September getting to know each other and starting our curriculum subjects. In Math, students have been making shape patterns using two attributes (i.e., size and colour). They have also been working in groups to make growing and shrinking patterns using numbers and pictures. Please review how to skip count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s with your child as this will help them with their number patterns. In Science, we are learning about the six groups of animals. Students will also learn about animal adaptations. In Writing, students are learning how to add detail to their writing using the 5 W’s and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, how). We are writing a descriptive story about our Thanksgiving Turkeys. In Reading, we are learning about making connections to the stories we are reading. I wish all families a Happy Thanksgiving!
We have successfully made it through the first month of school and eager to take on the next! We have been fortunate enough to celebrate our first mass with Father as well as some families and friends from the community. As part of our Religion program, our class has been focused around prayer and learning mass. We have been discussing the purpose of prayer in our lives as well as making our own prayers to display at our classroom prayer table. In Language, we have been learning to expand our vocabulary and completing sentences with detail. We will be developing a descriptive paragraph on bats this month. Our home reading program will begin this month where children can log their nightly reading and work towards prizes! We will also be moving into procedural writing. In Mathematics, the students have really been practicing their sense of number and numeration. We finished up place value and moved right into addition and subtraction of two digit numbers. We will expand into 3 digit with re-grouping by the end of the month. Nutrition for Learning started this past week and the students are loving the healthy snacks that are available to them to supplement their lunches. Fall is starting to show its true colours, with cooler weather and rain so I suggest that students bring an extra pair of socks to store in their cubbies. I hope that you and your families enjoy a restful and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend together!
Mrs. Gruber 3/4
Already we are a busy bunch, learning and growing more each day. We have explored many interesting topics since the beginning of the school year, including; Problem Solving in Math, Place Value, Number Talks, Building Community in Religion and Family Life, Investigating “Fact or Opinion” within Literacy activities using Persuasive texts (ie; Should There Be Zoos, Should Children Choose Their Own Bedtimes), Listening to the novel, Evangeline Mudd, Early Settlers (Gr. 3), Early Societies – 3000 BCE – 1500 AD (Gr.4), and much more! This class is filled with curious minds who eagerly participate in all of our daily activities. It has been such a pleasure to get to know the children over the past month and very nice to talk to so many parents on Meet the Teacher night. We are looking forward to an exciting October as we dive deeper into many of the topics we began in September. We also have an amazing field trip to look forward to in November!
Wow! October already…. time really does fly when you are having fun!!! We are well on our way to becoming a cohesive classroom full of respect and collaborative learning. Our class is working hard on integrating The Umbrella Project into our classroom. October leads us into our focus on GRATITUDE which we reflect on through our gratitude journals.
In Writing we are going to continue working on our Biography unit. The summative assessment will focus on their own Autobiography. In Math, we are going to finish up with our Number Sense unit on place value and ordering numbers and moving on to Pattern and Algebra. Students are regularly working together on Number Talks, Fraction Talks and Number Line Talks also. In Social Studies, we will continue to explore Canada and its provinces, territories and physical regions.
The Dance A Thon is coming up fast and we are excited for all of fun activities we have planned. Student donation forms will be coming home by the of the week so that you can ask for donations over the holiday weekend! Don’t forget about our pumpkin carving contest too!!!
I wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!!!!
Grade 5 October Update
This month we are taking our learning of instructional writing to the next level by creating directions to our own games. We will be making our games and sharing them with our classmates to demonstrate our learning! In Math we will wrap up our Patterning unit and move onto Number Sense and Numeration where we will learn about the order and value of numbers higher than we ever have before. We will be studying operations, but don’t worry it’s not the kind you need to do in the hospital. Science and Social Studies are in full swing with Body Systems and learning about our government system. Parents remember to vote in the upcoming Municipal election on Oct. 22 and talk to us about what helps you choose to vote the way you do. We are so grateful for our warm and welcoming community in Portable #2.
Ms. Mcleod Gr. 6
September has seem to fly by for us in Grade 6! It is great to see all of the students getting into routine and following our classroom rules. This month we will be focusing on the following things:
Writing: autobiography (writing in paragraphs) and report writing
Reading: extending our understanding by responding to short story questions, as well as, starting a classroom novel
Math: prime and composite numbers, ratios and percentages and area
Science: animal kingdoms
Social Studies: Canada’s Interaction with the Global Community (specifically looking at organizations around the world that help with global issues)
Art:the element of shape
Health: healthy eating
Gym: cooperative games and soccer skills
Mrs. Hurren – Portable One
Welcome Fall…and some serious Grade 7 learning! It’s hard to believe that we have already spent a month together. September was full of portable routines, learning expectations and ‘getting-to-know-you’ activities, and I am excited to say that we are heading in the right direction. Although our September virtue of “Community Building” is no longer our primary focus, it will still be at the forefront of our daily activities as we strive to learn and work together as a family. Our October virtue is “Gratitude”; have a discussion with your son/daughter about what gratitude means to your family and examples of gratitude that can be found in the world. In Math, we are working our way through operations with integers and will move onto patterning and solving simple algebraic expressions. In Language, we are reading the novel “Fish in a Tree”, focusing on the elements of a story, making connections and questioning. We will practicing our descriptive writing and will be taking a closer look at sequence text pattern. I look forward to seeing completed Ecosystem projects in the coming weeks!
Portable One Shout Outs: Congratulations to our Intermediate Boys and Girls 3-pitch and ultimate Frisbee teams.
Math Challenge: One day in the Sahara Desert it was 58°C. In the Gobi Desert a temperature of -46°C was recorded. What is the difference between these two temperatures?
I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend – we have much to be grateful for!
Mr. V Gr. 8
It’s hard to believe October is here already… what a great first month it has been with the Grade 8s! September was spent working towards the virtue of Community, and I challenged the students to come up with ways to showcase our community involvement. I was blown away with the responses, and the student’s have decided to volunteer our time at the Wilmot Family Resource Centre, we will be assisting in their Food Bank October 16. For the month of October we will focus on the virtue of Gratitude – I look forward to seeing the 8s put their hearts and minds into this theme and coming up with some equally impressive ideas.
With September wrapping up, we have also completed our first Math unit focusing on Working with Numbers – a strand of Number Sense and Numeration. Please look for a unit summative package to be coming home with students. I encourage you to take some time to look over the work samples and test with your student, and sign and return the package.
There will also be an information night coming this month for our Grade 8 Mount Mary Retreat. Please watch for information – I hope to see you there. Shout outs this month go to the 3-Pitch and Ultimate Frisbee teams, those who participated in our Terry Fox activities, and to all the 8s who put their names forward for Student Council. Keep up that Guardian Spirit Room 2!
Planning Time, French and Special Education
From the Desk of Mrs. Afonso-Magolon
It was lovely to meet so many families during our Open House. Since I teach 5 classes, I was moving from class to class. If we didn’t have an opportunity to meet and you had some questions, please feel free to send me an email at Monica.Afonso@wcdsb.ca .
With the first month under our belts, children are more familiar with their routines and expectations. These are very important to establish and reinforce especially when we only have 40 minutes per day together.
Did you know? It is expected that children engage in Daily Physical Activity (DPA) every day for 20 minutes at school. Please ensure children have running shoes for indoors and outdoors every day.
Halloween is just around the corner, we will spend time discussing and reviewing Halloween safety as part of the Healthy Living Curriculum (i.e., Personal Safety and Injury Prevention).
Remember to look for the October newsletter in your child’s agenda/communication folder for more information on the expectations that will be addressed this month.
JK/SK: The children are enjoying sharing their special item. Please remember to send your child’s share item on the assigned date. In order to limit children’s sitting time, we only present a few per day. Have your child practice sharing his/her item at home, so they are more confident and comfortable in front of their peers.
Finally, this month the language of wellbeing from our umbrella project will be gratitude. This will be a continuous focus and speaking point through class lessons, announcements and school activities.
Mrs. Valant’s October News
In Phys. Ed., all of the classes are still working on routines, following instructions and being safe in the gym. We have been engaging in various cooperative and math-themed games to get back in the groove here at Holy Family!
**Please be reminded that shoe-tying is a skill that needs to be mastered. Safety is paramount and untied laces make for slips, trips and falls, for the specific student but also for other classmates. Your help in assisting your child(ren) in learning this skill is greatly appreciated!!
Miss Butter’s and Mrs. Lichti’s class is currently working on acting out the Five Little Pumpkins story. We have tried our hand at choral reading and will very soon be making our own props to act the story out. In addition, we have looked at what “5” means and how it can be expressed, as well as looking at ordinal numbers and how they are used in our everyday lives, e.g. first, second, third, etc.
In Miss Esbaugh’s class, we have been reviewing our families of instruments and where each instrument belongs: strings, percussion, woodwind and brass. We have also been looking at the elements of music and how they affect our feelings about a piece of music, e.g. happy, sad, angry. We will also be looking at different genres of music and what makes them unique, e.g. blues, classical, country.
In Mrs. Rice’s and Mrs. Gruber’s classes, we are extending the cultural aspects currently being studied in Social Studies, to look at foods and types of music and instruments that originated in various countries, e.g. Scotland’s bagpipes and delectable dish of haggis.
As always, please feel free to contact me at the school with any questions or concerns.
October ~ Special Education
Classroom teachers and support staff have been busy collaborating in order to create the Individual Education Plans (IEP) for Term 1. Thank you to those families that returned the Parent Consult Form – it is important to keep the school up to date with any changes to your child’s medical needs and to inform us of any assessment information i.e., Speech/Language Therapy Reports, Occupational Therapy, etc., Term 1 IEPs will be sent home on or before Tuesday, October 16th, 2018. Please sign and return the extra signage page to the school once you have gone over the document.
Students with a new SEA claim (Special Equipment Amount) i.e., Chromebook / iPad, have received their equipment. I will be working with the students and their classroom teachers to make sure they know how and when to incorporate the technology into their daily routine. Parents will be invited, in the near future, to be a part of a training session here at the school, to ensure that you understand how to use the technology in order to support your child.
I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend together.
Mrs. Mash 🙂
Mme Paquette – French
October is already upon us. Time sure flies by when you’re having fun. Students are well on their way with learning what DJ DELF has to offer. All grades are in the process of learning how to listen, speak, read, and write in French.
We have played and continue to play a matching game (jeu d’association). This builds the proper vocabulary needed to speak in French.
All grades have listened to and continue to listen to the unit song. It is a fun way of learning the proper listening strategies.
I am looking forward to continue engaging all of the students with DJ DELF.
During the month of October our Umbrella Project skill and focus is Gratitude. It will be part of our daily reflections, discussions and activities. Together we can reinforce the important of gratitude with our students. Below are some of the ideas and information we will be discussing with your child(ren) throughout October.
WHAT IS GRATITUDE?
● Gratitude is a skill and takes practice! Gratitude is:
● The quality of being thankful
● An acknowledgement of goodness
● Readiness to show appreciation and return gratitude
● Recognizing sources of goodness outside of ourselves and how they contribute to
WHY DOES GRATITUDE MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?
Gratitude is often described as a relationship-strengthening skill. Recognizing what others
contribute to our lives and acknowledging them for this has been shown to make us feel better,
reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and generally boost our health. Gratitude helps us
realize what we have. When we take a moment each day to list or to simply think about all the
things we are grateful for we feel more content and happy. This could simply be acknowledging
that we have food to eat, clothes to wear, a good friend, a supportive family, or a loving pet.
Even people in the toughest situations bounce back faster when they are grateful. Regularly
expressing gratitude helps us see the positive things in our lives, rather than focusing on the
negatives. Gratitude also increases our compassion and makes us more likely to “pay it
forward” and help others in need, so it’s a great way to spread goodness and improve others
happiness while improving our own at the same time.
RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF GRATITUDE
1. Gratitude boosts feelings of joy, pleasure and happiness
2. Gratitude helps us bounce back from stress and adversity more easily (examples include
Vietnam war veterans recovering from post traumatic stress)
3. Counting your blessings instead of sheep isn’t just a saying; Gratitude helps us fall
asleep faster and wake up more refreshed
4. Feeling grateful allows us to forgive more easily
5. Gratitude improves our friendships
6. Gratitude helps us feel more connected to our school and community
Our school is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run this Thursday (Sept. 27). Please join our school community and support this worthy cause.
click: http://www.terryfox.ca/HolyFamilySchoolNewHamburg to be taken to our school’s fundraising page. Thank you for keeping Terry’s dream alive!
You are warmly invited to join a group of Moms and Dads who want to pray for our school community once a month.
When: every last Monday of the month–
(The first one will be this coming Monday Sept 24!)
Time: 8:45-9:30 (some teachers may join us for 5 min before school starts). If you cannot come for 8:45, come as you are able to.
Where: meeting room off the main office of
Any questions, please contact Jenn Albrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!!
Once again Holy Family Catholic School is pleased to be hosting its annual Terry Fox Walk on September 27th in the morning (Rain date September 28th). 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 email@example.com 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 $31,000 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.
Tomorrow is Holy Family’s picture day. All individual student photos will be taken. Due to scheduling conflicts the grade 4 – 8 classes will have their class photos taken on picture retake day.
Welcome to The Umbrella Project!
This school year, your child will be participating in The Umbrella Project. The Umbrella Project is a curriculum designed to help your child learn the skills of emotional wellbeing. This year we will be focusing on gratitude, grit, self-compassion, autonomy, mindfulness, resilience, intrinsic motivation, integrity and hope. Developing these skills will help your child lead a happier, more successful life. Learn more on the umbrella of emotional wellbeing on our website here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/video/
You are invited to follow along with your child’s learning journey for each new skill by subscribing to our weekly newsletter (details below) where we will provide information, stories, challenges and tips about fostering the skill your child is focusing on in class. Caregivers have a powerful impact on childhood wellbeing and your participation will help to deepen your child’s understanding of these important skills.
You can also follow the Umbrella Project on social media for additional tips, resources and information. Find all the details here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your stories, ask questions, and give feedback about what has worked well in your home. We would also love to hear your suggestions for improvement. Our goal is to help children prepare for all of life’s weather and we welcome opportunities to grow and improve.
Health and happiness,
Dr. Jen Forristal
Founder of the Umbrella Project