Phone: 519-884-9198

Spirit Update 19

School Council Speaker Series – Det. Illes

Last month, Detective Sandor Illes of the Internet Child Exploitation unit with the Waterloo Regional Police presented information on keeping our children safe. He provided interesting and surprising information regarding internet and app safety.

FACT: young children have been lured by predators through on-line scrabble games apps

Detective Illes advised that OPENDNS is a great computer filter to use at home.  It is customizable to your filtering needs and keeps kids from viewing inappropriate content.


Helpful instructions for installing OPENDNS can be found at

Filtering programs are not available to block inappropriate images.  The reliable search engine recommended for children is BING as it allows the blocking of all inappropriate images directly through the search engine.

Detective Illes and his team frequently update their twitter page (no twitter account required).

They will update ongoing internet trends and safety issues that they are seeing.

Further FYI reading information:

Pornography Addiction among Children and Teens…It’s Time to Talk

By the age of 18, 90% of young people have viewed pornography on the internet, many on a daily basis. What they see are violent and degrading images; many are becoming addicted. By attending this showing of the documentary Over 18 you will learn more about the issue, its impact on our children and how to protect your children, grandchildren, or students.  See the trailer at Take the time – this matters to our children. To be shown at St. Michael Parish (240 Hemlock Street) on Wednesday, April 18th at 7 P.M. The mature content (be assured there are no graphic visuals) means that only those age 18 or over should attend. Contact the parish at 519-884-9311 or visit our website for more information.


Baptisms at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish

St. Michael’s Catholic Parish has received an overwhelming interest for the Sacrament of Baptism within the school community for children of all ages.

Baptism is the first Sacrament of seven in the Catholic faith. If you are considering having your child or children Baptized or have any questions regarding the Sacrament, please connect with Mrs. Laughlin at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish (519) 884 – 9311 extension 34 or for further information.

Wear Pink – February 28th

In 2007, two high school students from the small community of Cambridge, Nova Scotia witnessed a Gr. 9 boy being bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt. Bullies harassed the boy for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up. The next day hundreds of students showed up wearing pink clothes to take a stand against the bullies. It was this story that inspired the movement of Pink Shirt Day.

At St. Nicholas, we are committed to promoting a safe school and positive learning environment for all of our students. We encourage everyone to come together on Wednesday, February 28th, to wear pink and show your support to take a stand against bullying.

Lenten Mass

Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Parish on Wednesday, March 7 at 10 am. Please join us if you can.

WCDSB Girls Volleyball Championship

Good luck to our very own Spirit as they compete in the WCDSB Championship Tournament on March 7th.