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Online Kindergarten Registrations

Good Afternoon Guardian Nation!

I am forwarding to you details about Online Kindergarten Registration for September 2021! Please see the message below.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

Online Pre-registration for Kindergarten is Open: It’s Time to Sign Up for School!!

It’s time to sign up for the 2021-22 school year – and registering to attend one of Waterloo Region’s 43 Catholic elementary schools has never been easier.

  • Children born in 2017 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten (JK).
  • Children born in 2016 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten (SK).

Parents can access the Online Pre-Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing Kindergarten Registration.

To finalize your child’s registration, please contact your local Catholic school directly, for individual registration dates and times.

QUICKFacts

~~ When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian.

~~ If you are non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policyOur secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.

~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2021-22 will be web-posted before the end of this current (2020-21) school year. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.

~~ For information about French Immersion programs in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, please click here: French Immersion Registration Information.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 185-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

By |2021-01-14T15:12:30-05:00January 14th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Online Kindergarten Registrations

Synchronous Learning Connectivity Issues

Good Morning Guardian Nation!

I hope all is well on this fine Thursday morning. We seem to be experiencing some widespread connectivity issues with our synchronous learning, which appears to be affecting many across the board using the Google Platform. We are receiving many reports of lagging, inability to hear, and losing connections. The board is investigating and the problem is hopefully going to be resolved later this morning.

Thank You in advance for your patience and understanding.

Keep up the good fight and show your resilience Guardians!

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-01-14T10:28:49-05:00January 14th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Synchronous Learning Connectivity Issues

Letter from WCDSB Director of Education

Good Morning Guardian Nation

I hope everyone is well on this beautiful Friday morning. Our first week of online learning is almost complete and has proven to be a success. A HUGE Thank You goes out to all Holy Family Staff, students and families. Your resilience is shining through and I am very proud of all of your efforts this week! As I mentioned yesterday in a message to the community, our online learning has been extended until at least January 25th. Please read the attached letter from WCDSB Director, Loretta Notten, with regards to this extension.

School Building Closure Update to WCDSB Parents Jan 8th 21

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy  Family CES

By |2021-01-08T11:14:39-05:00January 8th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Letter from WCDSB Director of Education

Online Learning Extended until January 25

Good Afternoon Guardian Nation

I hope everyone is well on this beautiful, sunny Thursday afternoon. As of 3 pm this afternoon, the Provincial Government has extended the Online Learning for Elementary students until at least January 25th. Remote learning as it is being delivered this week will continue. Thank you in advance for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-01-07T15:22:27-05:00January 7th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Online Learning Extended until January 25

Letter from the Minister of Education

Good Morning Guardian Nation!

I hope everyone had a somewhat smooth first day of online learning. Everyone settled into the new routines and the overall feedback was very positive. Thank You to all families and staff for your effort in making this transition as seamless as possible. We are looking forward to welcoming back our Guardians on January 11th!

I have attached a letter from Stephen Lecce, the Minister of Education, for you. Please read the letter which outlines the government’s plan for Online Learning.

Ministers_Letter_to_Parents_-_January_2_2021_FINAL

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-01-05T09:06:55-05:00January 5th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Letter from the Minister of Education

Online Learning This Week

Good Afternoon Guardians!

Just a reminder that we are taking attendance this week as per usual practice. Your children need to check in with their teachers each morning and afternoon, virtually. If they are not planning to connect on a given day, or they are sick and not able to connect, please contact the school and leave a message on our attendance line. You could also send your child’s teacher an email to let them know.

Please make sure to let your child’s teacher know if there is anything that your son/daughter needs to engage in the online learning taking place.

Thank You so much for your help and cooperation with this.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-01-04T13:17:46-05:00January 4th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Online Learning This Week

Online Learning: Week of January 4th

Happy New Year Guardian Nation!

On behalf of all the staff, I want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year filled with many blessings and God’s grace! After a tricky 2020 we are wishing you all new joys, new hopes, new dreams, and continued health and happiness!

We wanted to provide you with some information regarding the announcement from our Provincial Government that students would start the new year learning virtually/remotely on January 4th to the 8th and with a return to face to face learning on January 11th.  This decision was made to slow the transmission of COVID-19 across the province.
We recognize the transition to remote, online learning may pose challenges for some of our families and staff, especially during the first week of January as we shift to the new learning requirements.  We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding as we make these mandatory adjustments.
The Minister of Education has communicated an expectation that remote learning is embraced on January 4th in both elementary and secondary school settings.  Please note that there are significant differences in this lockdown compared to the spring of 2020.  Unlike the spring remote learning that took place, students will now attend school as normally would for the full day with a balanced approach between synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous learning (not in real-time).
The school day will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with breaks for recess and lunch included.  Synchronous sessions will be “live” with the classroom teacher, planning time teacher (regular and itinerant) and French teacher.  Other times, it may be in small groups while others are working asynchronously. Your child(ren) may not be working on a computing device for the entire time allocated for synchronous learning, they may be working independently during real-time learning, away from their device, with the teacher available for support in the virtual classroom.
It is important to note that Monday will look a little different than the rest of the week.  A majority of the day will be spent to allow teachers to coordinate with each other and plan the rest of the week.  Classroom teachers will be setting the schedule.  As the school day at Holy Family begins at 9:00 a.m., all students are expected to be on their Google Classroom site at 9:00 a.m.   Attendance will be taken when students log into the synchronous learning classroom. Attendance will also be taken at 12:45 p.m.  If your child(ren) will be absent, please make sure to call the office and let us know as we will be following up on all students who are absent.  In addition, if you will be choosing for your child(ren) not to attend remote learning, please call the office on Monday.
Your child(ren)’s teacher will provide you with specifics about the classroom schedule in terms of what subject areas are taught.  There are minimum requirements for engaging students during remote learning each day. The Ministry outlines the minimum number of scheduled synchronous learning time to be offered to students each day:

  • Kindergarten: 180 minutes
  • Grades 1 – 8: 225 minutes

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher.

If you have technology needs, please let your child(ren)’s teacher know directly on Monday and we will see what arrangements we can make.
This kind of teaching and learning is still quite new to both educators and students and is happening in the midst of another pandemic lockdown.  As such, it is important that we are all patient with one another, show compassion and empathy, as we navigate these extraordinary times together.  We will continue to provide the necessary communication to support a successful return to in-person learning within the timelines provided by the Ministry of Education.  We thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we respond to these new learning requirements.
Other information …
For students who are currently attending St. Isidore (remote school), it will continue to operate as normal.  Extended Day Before and after school program will be closed.  No student transportation services will be provided during this time.  It will be resumed on Monday, January 11th.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province.  To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 for immediate access to support.  As well, school board staff, including social workers and child youth care workers, may be available to offer support.  Please feel free to contact the school, if you require assistance.  School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca  Our WCDSB also has a Mental Health and Wellness Page where you can find resources:  WCDSB Mental Health
We look forward to working with your children virtually from January 4 – January 8, and resuming face-to-face learning on Monday, January 11th. As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. I wish you all a very Happy and Safe New Year!

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Richard Setler
Proud Principal
Holy Family CES

By |2021-01-02T14:08:00-05:00January 2nd, 2021|News|Comments Off on Online Learning: Week of January 4th

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

By |2020-12-22T08:44:23-05:00December 22nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Return to School Update: December 22

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

By |2020-12-16T19:24:46-05:00December 16th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Christmas Update from WCDSB Director Loretta Notten

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

By |2020-12-10T09:19:11-05:00December 10th, 2020|News|Comments Off on We are Proud of You Mrs. Afonso!
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