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Catholic Education Week Action at Holy Family

Good Afternoon Guardians!

What an awesome Catholic Education Week we have had! I was amazed at all of the awesome activities that our Guardians were involved in this week. From a Dance Contest in Mrs. Hurren’s class to competing against the Grade 4/5s in Multiplication Blooket in Ms. Mohamed’s class, I had some great experiences with our Guardians. I also had the awesome privilege of joining classes this week to read Giant Steps that Changed the World to our students. Their answers, discussion and insights to the story made feel that the next generation is ready to do great things in our world! I cannot wait to see their impact! Here are a few of the highlights from this week!

Enjoy a well deserved weekend of rest and relaxation with your family.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-05-07T14:22:57-04:00May 7th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Catholic Education Week Action at Holy Family

Catholic Education Week Director’s Message

Good Afternoon Guardian Nation,

I hope this post finds you and your family well. Our Catholic Education Week has flown by and I am very proud of the efforts of all students and staff. As the week draws to a close, I would like to share the video message from Loretta Notten, WCDSB’s Director of Education. Please click on the link below to access the video.

Director’s CEW Message

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and restful weekend.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-05-07T13:46:14-04:00May 7th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Catholic Education Week Director’s Message

Catholic Education Week Starts Monday!

Good Morning Guardian Nation!

Catholic Education Week is almost here! We are very excited for next week! There are some awesome resources and activities that we are going to be sharing with our students and community. Please watch for them. Prayers, reflections, stories, videos and activities for each day will be posted at https://www.wcdsb.ca/nurturing-hope/ and we invite you to follow along at home. We will be using the hashtag #WCDSBNurturingHope for Catholic Education Week on Twitter so follow along to see what is going on! You can also check in for some great family activities at the following link:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/04/Suggested-Family-Activities-for-Nurturing-Hope.pdf

As always, please contact us at the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

 

By |2021-04-30T10:59:32-04:00April 30th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Catholic Education Week Starts Monday!

Asymptomatic COVID Testing at WO This Sunday

Good Afternoon Guardian Nation

I hope this email finds you well. I just received word that there will be a Clinic this weekend at Waterloo Oxford for Asymptomatic Covid testing. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Testing Clinic Registration Letter — May 2

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-04-27T14:31:21-04:00April 27th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Asymptomatic COVID Testing at WO This Sunday

Extended Day Program for 2021-22

Good Afternoon Guardian Nation

I hope this email finds you well on this cool Thursday. Please see the attached flyer that was sent out from the school board regarding the Extended Day Program for next year.

The pre-registration step is important for planning and getting our programs ready for our students next year. Please click on the following link for the flyer.

The Extended Day Program flyer

Take Care

Your Partner in Catholic Education

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-04-22T15:50:10-04:00April 22nd, 2021|News|Comments Off on Extended Day Program for 2021-22

Holy Family April 18 Update

Good Morning and Happy Sunday Guardian Nation!

I hope this email finds you well! As you are aware by now, the province has mandated that all schools in Ontario are to transition to teacher-led remote learning beginning on Monday, April 19th.  At this time, the government has not provided a date when schools are expected to reopen. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any needs and we will do our best to support you and your family.

Our school Learning Management System platform is Google Classroom or D2L.  Your child(ren) should be familiar with this platform and should know their usernames and passwords to login in.  If your child does not know their username or password, you can contact the teacher and they will provide it to you.  Families experiencing technical difficulties are asked to please call the Help Desk at 519-578-3677 extension 2316 or click on the following link: Technical Support
 

Communication with classroom teachers can continue to take place using previously arranged communication methods. Make sure you and your child(ren) stay in communication with their educators when in need of additional learning.  Please note that teachers will be engaged in their virtual classroom during the instructional day and may not be able to respond immediately to inquiries.

 

Please see the attached WCDSB Virtual Code of Conduct to further support your child’s learning remotely. The following document provides some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning: Virtual-Code-of-Conduct

 

Thank you in advance for all of the support you will be providing your children and their educators during this time. We know that it can be difficult to balance work, school, and family time, and we appreciate how flexible and creative you were when we were online after Christmas.

 

Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.
 

Monday, April 19th
This will be our first day “back to school” and students will be engaged in asynchronous learning meaning that the work is provided.  This day will be like our adapted learning “Snow Day.”  Teachers will post work on their google classroom by 9:30 a.m. for students to complete during the day. Teachers will use the day to make the transition to the online platform and get things set up for Tuesday.

 

Tuesday, April 20th
We will generally follow our regular school schedule, including a 9:00 a.m. start time for individual classes. You can expect recess and lunch breaks, French, Music, Drama, Dance periods, etc. to occur at their usual times. Synchronous teaching does not mean that teachers and students are in front of the camera for the entire day. Synchronous teaching involves some time for a lesson and then even some possible asynchronous work for the students with the teacher being available for questions from students, either through email or an open meet link.

 

Daily Attendance Reporting
We have been directed by the Ministry of Education that morning (9:00 a.m.) and afternoon (12:45 p.m.) attendance must still be taken and parents contacted if absences/lates are not reported. In an effort to prevent unnecessary phone calls and to maintain regular school routines as much as possible, it is important that your child log in on time.  If your child is going to be absent for the morning start or for the entire school day, it is very important to submit their absence/late arrival prior to 9:00 a.m. The regular school day schedule will continue as follows:

 

School begins at 9:00 a.m.
First recess for ALL students will begin at 10:10 a.m. and end at 10:25 a.m.
Lunch Hour will begin at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m.
Last recess for ALL students will begin at 2:05 p.m. and end at 2:20 p.m.
School Dismisses 3:30 p.m.
 
WCDSB Updates
Please
visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information.  Here is the link: http://www.wcdsb.ca
Cancelled Photo Day
We regret to inform you that as a result of the Provincial shutdown and the classification of essential services, our Graduation Photo Day that was scheduled for April 23rd is CANCELLED. We are working with the company to reschedule and we will update you as soon as we can. We apologize for the inconvenience.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

 

 

 

By |2021-04-18T11:28:00-04:00April 18th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Holy Family April 18 Update

Holy Family Return to Learning After April Break

Good Evening Guardian Nation

I hope this email finds you well and that your family has enjoyed the first day of their Spring Break. I trust that you have heard the news form our Premier that schools will be returning to remote learning effective April 19th. With regards to this announcement, I have attached a letter from the WCDSB Director, Loretta Notten, on this change. Please take the time to read it over.

WCDSB Online Learning Announcement Update

I hope you and your family enjoy the rest of a much deserved Spring Break.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-04-12T20:57:24-04:00April 12th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Holy Family Return to Learning After April Break

Spring Break News

Good Afternoon Guardian Nation

I hope this message finds you well. Please see the two attached letters with respect to our greatly anticipated Spring Break and Return to School. One is from the Director of the WCDSB, Loretta Notten, and one from myself.

April Break Messaging to Families from Director of Education

Spring Break Letter

Wishing you and your family well on this glorious early Spring Day.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-04-08T15:34:00-04:00April 8th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Spring Break News

Easter Update from WCDSB Director Notten

Good Morning Guardian Nation

I hope this email finds you and your family well. I am forwarding to you a letter from WCDSB Director Loretta Notten. Please see the attached letter for her Easter Message.

Easter Community Ltr 2021-04-01

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a most blessed Easter Weekend. May Christ’s glory, and the promise of this joyous time of year, bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-04-01T12:01:41-04:00April 1st, 2021|News|Comments Off on Easter Update from WCDSB Director Notten

Pokemon Cards

Good Evening Guardian Nation

I hope this message finds you well. Just want to give a quick message regarding Pokemon Cards at Holy Family. Over the last few days, there has been an increase in the number of students bringing Pokemon Cards to school. This has created some unique challenges. Due to the popularity of these cards, groups of students are congregating too close together and not abiding by the social distance rule of staying 1 metre apart. Also, there has been a number of incidents where students are trading cards with each other. This is an issue as students should not be handling other students’ belongings right now. As well, some conflicts have arisen over trades that have taken place where someone feels that they have come out on the short end of the trade, and therefore a conflict ensues. To alleviate all of these issues, I am asking that all Pokemon Cards be left at home. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this matter.

Feel free to contact me at the school if you have any questions.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-03-31T19:29:07-04:00March 31st, 2021|News|Comments Off on Pokemon Cards
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