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Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Holy Family Catholic School continue to welcome Kindergarten Registrations for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please click the link below to go to the WCDSB registration page

https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/entering-kindergarten/

or
email the school’s Administrative Assistant at Rosemary.Maurer@wcdsb.ca

By |2020-05-12T11:47:12-04:00May 12th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021

Principal Message

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Good Evening,

Once again, I hope this message finds all of you in good health and positive spirits.  If you are like me, you have been following the news and reading the recent develops of lessening the economic and social restrictions.   These are hopefully positive indications that our sacrifices and actions have produce positive result of controlling the spread of covid-19.

The staff and I have weekly meetings to discuss and plan student instructional programming and participation. One of our main concerns with remote learning is the emotional and physical well-being of the students and the stressors learning at home may create. We have heard and observed that student engagement and thoroughness of completed work has tapered off for some students.   You maybe finding it more challenging to motivate your children. This is ok. It is to be expected.  This is a common experience of the typical school environment and understandably amplified while learning at home. Students continuing their learning is important and we take it seriously, however, we need to meet them where they are at.  Please do not take on added stress or conflict if your child is struggling with timelines, quantity or quality of work. Please work with you child’s teacher to problem solve solutions. There are several accommodations and strategies that can be implemented to help support your child and maintain a relaxed and pleasant home life.

As we begin to see more stores open and access to public spaces increase it is understandable to ask when, if and how will we return to school.  At this time, we have not been given any guidance on this question. We hope that the government and Ministry of Education will provide some details this coming week.

Access to the school continues to be limited to myself and the custodial staff. Once we have been given permission from the department of health and the school board, I will develop a process to allow parents to retrieve some of the essential student belongings that were left at school.

Lastly, I have created and shared my own Mr. Longo google classroom with the students. It is my way to keep the connection with the students and hopefully provide some motivation and lighthearted moments. Please check it out.

 

Be well,

Vic Longo – Principal

By |2020-05-11T17:43:38-04:00May 11th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Principal Message

Catholic Education Week- Igniting Hope

 

Greeting Holy Family School Community,

I hope that todays warm and sunny weather provided a source of joy and relief from the challenges that we are facing.  Each year during the first week of May, school boards across Ontario celebrate the unique identity and legacy of Catholic education.  This years theme of “Igniting Hope”, is timely and fitting.  As we go through this difficult time we rely on our faith to believe and trust that better days will come.   The word HOPE is often used to convey compassion and well wishes for others, ourselves and the world.  Holy Family is a community of hope.  We demonstrate hope within and among us through our commitment to each other, unity and willingness to offer words and deeds of support to those in need or who are experiencing challenging times.  Holy Family is a community that is building a future full of hope.

Please click on the link to view Catholic Education Week resources on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website.

Pray@home

Wishing all of you health and peace,

Vic Longo – Principal

 

 

 

Pray@home

 

By |2020-05-03T21:49:55-04:00May 3rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Catholic Education Week- Igniting Hope

Technology/ On line access – Tips for Parents

Dear Parents,

We are in week two of on-line learning, the feedback I am receiving during my conversations with parents and teaching staff is that things are going well.  I am very  proud of the Holy Family staff and impressed with how our students have embraced this new format of learning.  With that said, I am aware of the challenges that learning from home presents.   I have heard from all parents that they are concerned and committed to continuing the learning of their children.  We appreciate your partnership with us.

I would  like to provide some reassurance and comfort around the on-line learning.  First and foremost, the well being of family and home life is the priority.  All of us are experiencing that life changes quickly with daily news releases and government decisions.  It would not be unreasonable to anticipate that home life and children’s mood and motivation will fluctuate.  Routine and structure is important, but if you need to make changes to meet the needs of your children and home life then do so.  Taking a break for half a day or a day may be needed at some point.  Saying, ” we will put this aside for now and get back to it tomorrow” can be a good way to reduce a child’s stress or feeling of being overwhelmed.  Please share your concerns and questions with your teachers.  Due dates are important for scheduling and staying on top of learning, but need to be balance with the realities of home.  We are understanding.

Finally, I have had some questions about how this time of learning will impact student report cards and grades.  This time of students learning is important, but will not negatively impact any final assessment or grading.   The focus is to continue teacher instruction and student learning.  Teachers are providing feedback about what the student is doing well, areas for improvement and use student work to make instructional and programming decisions.  Teachers will heavily weight final assessments using their understanding of a student’s ability and achievement that was demonstrated before the March break.

Below is a link to the school board’s resource support parents with on-line learning.

https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/tips-for-parents/

 

Sincerely,

Vic Longo – Principal

By |2020-04-17T10:41:42-04:00April 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Technology/ On line access – Tips for Parents

Easter well wishes and school update

 

Good Afternoon Students and Families,

As we continue to adjust and hopefully settle into our new and hopefully brief reality, I wish good healthy and well-being for all of you. In challenging times information and connection are important to providing comfort and assurance. From time to time, I will continue to write letters to provide updates and express appreciation.

I continue to communicate with parents through email, phone and occasionally in person (from afar). You have shared your appreciation for the efforts and commitment the staff are making to ensure the continuity of your children’s learning. Your kind and thoughtful comments are appreciated and go a long way to lift our spirits. It is our hope and intention that we in turn are providing comfort and support to you and your children through the connection and instruction we are providing.

I appreciate that this time presents challenges and complexities for all of us in different ways.  I was surprised to learn of how many parents are front line workers in health care and the fire or police services. Many of you continue to go to work outside of the house and several of you are working from home. I also imagine many have or are experiencing uncertainty in your employment status.  All this adds to individual stress levels. During your own challenges you are sharing your gratitude and appreciation for us. Thank you!

I would also like to acknowledge the amazing effort and professionalism of the Holy Family staff and especially teachers. We left for March break anticipating returning at the beginning of April. The development of COVID19 brought changes to our lives; daily and sometimes hourly. Once we knew that our time away from school was extended, teachers where asked to contact students and families, start a digital platform and develop learning tasks, and now instruction. This was new technology for some of us and definitely a new approach to teaching for all. The teachers and staff have met this challenge and continue to meet their obligations as educators. I couldn’t be prouder of them.

I have had requests from parents to retrieve student belongings. Unfortunately, the province and department of health has given direction not to allow people into the school for any reason, nor are we allowed to retrieve items. I apologize for this inconvenience.

The school board has ended to Chromebook distribution period. If you submitted your child’s name and have not received one it may not be a possibility to meet your request.

As mentioned above, our learning from home is up and going.  From monitoring the students’ participation, I can see that they have quickly adapted and become comfortable with the process of logging on, completing assignments and submitting them. Grades k-6 are assigned 5 hours of instruction a week and grades 7 and 8 have 10 hours assigned to them. It is our expectation that students’ complete tasks and participate in teacher instruction. Student work will be assessed and considered in the generation of report card grades and comments. This is new territory for all of us, it won’t be perfect, but we will continue to refine and improve our instructional practices and delivery. Please communicate your concerns and questions with the classroom teacher and/or myself.

On a final note, we are approaching the Easter Weekend. As is the case with our daily routines and experiences, this Easter will present changes to the way we typically celebrate. Although we may not be gathering with family and friends as we did in past years, we are not alone. Holy Family is a strong community. I encourage all of us to reach out to one another to wish each other a Happy Ester and to especially keep in our thoughts and prayers those   who will be working away from home and those who are alone during this weekend.

The Easter message of rebirth and renewal may have greater relevance this year. As we acknowledge and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this Easter weekend, let’s rely on our faith and the Easter theme of renewal to give us hope and optimism that we will come out of this challenging time with a renewed outlook and appreciation for each other, our school community and well-being.

 

Have a joyful Easter

Vic Longo – Principal

By |2020-04-09T12:22:42-04:00April 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Easter well wishes and school update