Holy Family Catholic School

Holy Family Catholic School
649 Murray Street Wallaceburg, Ontario N8A 1W1
Phone: 519-627-6003
Principal: Gloria Grieve
Fax: 519-627-9558
Secretary: Heather Barnes
Our Mission
Walking together in Christ’s light with parish and family, we are called to build a safe and inclusive
Catholic learning community and to serve as partners in the formation of life-long learners by:
Living our faith;
Promoting educational achievement and innovation, and;
Fostering stewardship, leadership and social justice.
October 2014
Thanksgiving Mass
Friday, October 17 @ 9:15 AM
Top Fundraiser
Orders and money due to office
by Wednesday, October 15th.
Grade 8 Faith Day at St. Joseph
Chatham 9:15—1:00
Wednesday, October 23rd
PD Day—Friday, October 24th
Fall Photos—
Tuesday, October 29th
Our Day
8:50 First Bell—students may enter the
9:05 Start of the Day Bell
First Nutrition Break: 11:35-12:15
(students who walk home for lunch will
do so at first break)
Second Nutrition Break 1:55-2:35
Dismissal: 3:25
Please note students are NOT to arrive
prior to 8:50. This is a safety concern and
there is NO supervision before 8:50
Thank you to the parents for using the
loop to drop off and pick up students.
Please refrain from parking on Roy Street
as it is unsafe for your child(ren) to ’run’
through the parking lot to meet you in
your car. We also ask that you do not
use the laneway on the south side of the
school to drop off your child(ren). This
will help us keep our school family safe.
The Cardinal
Principal’s Message
In October, school is in full swing. The most beautiful time of the fall
season occurs during these days. We often associate October with
Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en.
October is one of the months set aside in the Church calendar with special
prayers to Mary. We will be learning more about the rosary this month.
Dolores will be in to pray part of the Rosary with classrooms on Tuesdays
and Wednesdays at least once a month throughout the year. We are very
fortunate to have Dolores share this ministry with us.
On Thanksgiving, we are invited to take time to respond to God in gratitude
for all His blessings, especially for the gift of His Son, Jesus. As a school
community, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a school Mass at the
Church on Friday, October 17th at 9:15 am. Please feel free to join us.
Thanks to the many parents who have been very cooperative in using the
parking lot and the loop as set out at the beginning of September. Your
patience waiting in line and keeping the loop moving when your children at
not the first ones outside have made the loop more successful and safer for
everyone. As the weather becomes more cooler, we have noticed more
drivers entering and exiting the parking lot using Murray Street rather than
Roy Street. This has caused some near misses for families walking to their
vehicles. Please help to keep our students safe by entering off Roy Street
or using the loop. Thanks to the students who are walking down the
sidewalk along the exterior of the school rather than through the parking lot.
Thanks for helping us to develop independent skills with our students by
dropping them off and picking them up at the outside doors before and after
school. They are learning very quickly to prepare themselves for learning.
I will contacting all parents with a cell phone number recorded with a
request to use Remind as a direct form of communication regarding school
emergencies, such as school bus cancellations, school closures. If you are
agreeable, all you have to do is accept my invitation
when it comes to your cell phone.
Thanks for making our September start a great one!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Holy Family is a nut safe school. Please refrain from sending
nut or “may contain traces of nuts” to school to
help keep all of our Holy Family students safe!
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The Holy Family School Advisory Council has organized a fundraiser in order to
purchase technology for student use, e.g. chromebooks, iPad minis and to purchase
more math manipulatives.
Dieleman Fundraising Sales is a Canadian company that provides a variety of food and
food related products. The brochure includes the products that are available to order. If you require an
extra order form, please contact the office.
All orders and money must be sent to the office by Wednesday, October 15th. Only prepaid orders will be
accepted. Please make cheques payable to Holy Family Catholic School. All orders come frozen and must
be picked up on the designated day of delivery early in November. A notice will be sent out once the company determines that day for us. Students should not be going door to door to sell the items but are encouraged to ask family and close friends to order from the Simply Delicious Catalogue.
Over $170,000.00 raised in the past three years for our students!
Our Catholic Principals and Vice Principals are pleased to inform you that ‘Christmas in Muskoka’ will be
back at the historic Chatham Armoury from Dec. 2 to 6th! This fundraiser generates money for all of our
grade seven students who attend the Muskoka Leadership Camp in May!
Kick Off – Saturday, Oct. 4
To kick off our fundraising efforts, we will be participating in the ‘Ford Drive One 4
UR School Program’. Ford of Canada recognizes the need and has developed the
‘Drive One 4 UR School’ to connect dealers with their local community.
On Saturday, October 4 at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School on Lark Street in
Chatham, Victory Ford will have fifteen vehicles for our parents and friends to test
drive. Ford will make a donation of $20 for every test drive that takes place up to
$6,000.00! (one test drive per household). Bring a friend or family member—they
must have a valid driver’s license. Please join us on October 4!
These events benefit all the grade 7s in our school.
Holy Family Open House/BBQ
Thanks to the parents who attended the open house/BBQ. The turnout was great despite the rainy weather.
The staff was very happy to meet the families of new and returning students. By working in partnership with
home, school and parish we can ensure a successful year for all our students. Thanks to the parents who
signed up to volunteer their time and talents in our school . The winners of the two Canteen Cash Cards
were Brookelynn/Katie and Sawyer. Just a reminder Canteen Cash Cards are available at any time during
the school year.
EQAO results have been released. We noted gains in students’ written responses and multiple choice
questions. We feel we are moving in the right direction. Current grade 4 and 7 students received letters with
their individual results from last year EQAO Assessment. Interested parents may view school, board and
provincial results at http://www.eqao.com/results. As a staff we are examining the results and student
surveys. We are currently setting our School Goals for the 2014-2015 school year based on this data and
other data we have gathered. Our school goals will be shared in the November newsletter.
Helping Your Child to Succeed at School
Each month in this space, look for tips on ways in which you can help support your child’s learning.
Here are 10 tips to help your child do homework. Homework is an important part of learning. When you
support your children’s homework routine, you can help them do better at school. These are simple ways in
which you can help them get the most out of their homework.
Dan Parr
Director of Education
Source: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/abc123/eng/
1. A routine is good. Homework can be habit forming and that's good news for you and your child. Work
out a homework schedule and make sure children adhere to it. It won't be long before homework is complete without your getting involved.
2. Give space for homework. Distractions and homework don't mix. So do your best to create a bright
and quiet space where your child can concentrate on schoolwork. Make sure it's away from distractions like
TV, music and loud siblings.
3. Practice makes perfect. Repetition reinforces learning. That's why it's helpful to have kids practice
reading, writing and math with you every day. Ten to 15 minutes a day can work wonders, whether reading
a favourite book together, or helping measure ingredients in the kitchen.
4. "How was your day?" Every school day is an adventure. Kids will do and learn so much they'll be
bursting to tell someone all about it. So take a few moments every day to chat about the school day—and
be a good listener.
5. Check in occasionally. When kids do their homework all alone, their concentration can often wander.
Check in once in a while and see how it's going. Ask if there are any questions. Sometimes kids just need to
talk about a homework problem to figure out the answer.
6. Turn everyday activities into homework. Teachers give homework and so can you. Include children
in everyday tasks and assign activities such as searching newspapers, reading recipes, creating shopping
lists, plotting out routes on a map, etc. Small activities can often teach big lessons.
7. Make kids proud of their effort. Getting the answers right is important, but it's only part of what homework is all about. Doing a thorough and neat job is important, too. Make it a habit to sit down and go over
completed homework. Look at it together for thoroughness and overall quality of work. Always look for
something positive.
8. Motivate with applause. "Hey, you did a great job". Words like these have an amazing effect on children. Encouragement gives them confidence and makes them feel good about doing their best. At the end
of every homework session, try letting your son or daughter know that you appreciate and admire the effort.
9. Encourage curiosity and questions. Learning really begins when kids start asking questions. Who,
what, where, when and why are magical words of discovery that make learning more interesting and fun.
Give your children the confidence to ask for help if the homework is difficult or confusing.
10. Know what's going on at school. Unfortunately, kids don't always tell parents everything. Make a
point of staying in touch with teachers, especially if you have a question or concern. Let teachers know they
can always call you if there is a problem.
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Counting on Math - Math at Home
Encourage children to appreciate math homework as an opportunity to review and practice what they have
learned at school.
Be A Cheerleader! Motivate your child through praise and encouragement when they put forth an effort
to work on math. Celebrate sticking with it and working hard on math.
Talk to them about their math work. Ask children questions about what they are working on instead
of telling them how to do it. Ask, “Where should we start?” “What do we know?” “What do we need to find
out?” “What can we do to help us solve the problem?” Talking about math out loud can help children focus
their thinking.
Make it Fun! Games such as Prodigy offer practice for grades 1-8. Children can create an entire world
where math is the key to success. They are able to play alongside their friends and share their successes in a
completely safe environment.
Check out the “Tools and Tips for Parents” page hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Education
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Read All About It - Reading at Home
Encourage your child to LOVE reading. Home and school partnership is an important key to developing this love. Here are some
ideas to support your child at home.
Don't Leave Home Without It! Bring along a book or magazine any time your child has to wait, such as
at a doctor's office or a long car ride. Remember that many of their electronic devices have options to download reading material as well. Always try to fit in reading! Try downloading free books from The ChathamKent Public Library website. http://www.chatham-kent.ca
Use Electronic Devices to Your Advantage Encourage sites and programs that promote reading skills
in an engaging way. Try Reading is Fundamental Game Station
http://www.rif.org/kids/readingplanet/gamestation.htm or www.dogonews.com
Turn Reading Into Something Special Take your children to the library, help them get their own library card, read with them, and buy them books as gifts. Have a favourite place for books in your home or,
even better, put books everywhere. Take turns reading aloud at bedtime. Children of all ages enjoy this special time with their parents
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Sports Updates
Senior Volleyball Season has begun! Thanks to Mrs. Bunda and Mr. Demeter for
coaching the teams!
Members of the girl’s team are: April, Gabi, Tessa, Shylynn, Lexeia, Kayla, Georgia,
Abbey, Hanna, Jocelyn, Taylor, Jessica, Jenna and Makayla.
The member of the boy’s team are: Bryson, Owen, Hayden, Dylan, Alex, Tanner,
Anthony, Parker, Marshall, Andrew, Brodie, Adriaan, Aidan and Ben.
The Cross Country Meet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4th. The team has taken part in 2 mini-meets in
preparation for the Board Meet. The runners have shown improvement and sportsmanship.
Thanks to Mrs. Vandenbogaerde and Mrs. Henry for coaching the team!
Defiance Fun Run for Life
Monday you received a letter regarding Run For Our Life! All classes will be taking part
in this excellent programme as part of their daily physical activity. Please ensure your children are dressed
for the weather. We will not go outside during rainy weather but will during cool weather. All students will
take part in the daily physical activity of walking/running as part of their regular school day. We hope to have
100% of our student take part in the challenge—all that is required is your signature on the form. Great prizes
to be won and a healthy lifestyle are benefits of participating!
Before and After School Kids Club (childcare) openings!
The Family Centre has spots available in our Before and After School Program . Please call Courtney at
519-627-7122 for more information or to register.
Math Night
On Tuesday, October 21st, we will hold our first in a series of Math Nights. We will begin in the gym at 5:30
with a presentation followed by some sharing of math strategies and activities parents use at home to support
their child in the area of mathematics. Families who attend will receive dinner and some math manipulatives
to take home. A flyer will go home soon for parents to return letting us know how many people will be in
attendance. Watch for this exciting opportunity supported and suggested by the School Advisory Council and
the staff at Holy Family.
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*Thursday, October 2nd at 7 pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Church – ROC (Rite of Confirmation) Parent Meeting
*Saturday, October 4th and Sunday October 5th – In honour of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster’s 10th Anniversary Bishop
Fabbro will be presiding at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Family on October 4 th and the 9:00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart &
12:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians on Sunday, October 5 th (on Saturday evening there will be dinner with
Bishop Fabbro and music from Classic Vibe at the Wilkesport Hall – tickets available at the parish office)
*Wednesday October 8th – 7pm-8:30pm - Edge Night for Grade 6-7 students at HF Annex
*Wednesday October 15th – 7pm-8:30pm - Spark Night for Grade 4-5 students at HF Annex
*Friday October 17th - 9:15 a.m. - Holy Family School Mass - Holy Family Church
*Wednesday October 22nd – 7pm-8:30pm - Edge Night for Grade 6-7 students at HF Annex
*Sunday, October 26th - 1st Reconciliation Preparation for Parents and Child – after the 12:30 pm Lifeteen Mass in the
Parish Centre
*Wednesday October 29th – 7pm-8:30pm - Spark Night for Grade 4-5 students at HF Annex
*Thursday, October 30th – 7pm – ROC Sponsor Night at Our Lady Help of Christians Church
School Advisory Council
Thank you to the parents who willingly put forth their name to be part of the Holy Family School Advisory
Council. Their commitment and dedication on behalf of our families and students is greatly appreciated. Our
first Council meeting was held last night and lots of planning for the school year has already begun due to their
enthusiasm. Your School Advisory Council consists of Mandy Gunby, Maggie Laprise, Colleen Janssens,
Melissa McTavish-Dupcik, Emma Persyn, Kim McAuley, Sherry Alves and Ncole Alves (co-chairs).
Hallowe’en Safety Tips
Walk, Slither and Sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
Look both ways before crossing the street.
Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
Wear light coloured reflective type clothing.
Plan and share your route with your family.
Always go out with an adult or a group.
Visit homes that have a porch light on.
Never go into a stranger’s house.
Be cautious of animals and people you don’t know.
Don’t eat your treats until an adult checks them.
If you need help, go to a Block Parent home.
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