March 21, 2021
Mark Your Calendars
Saturday, March 20 - First day of Spring
Mon to Fri, March 22 to 27 - Scholastic Book Fair (online - see below for more information)
Wednesday, March 24 - 3 Way Conferences (virtually)
Friday, March 26 - Tuesday, April 6 - Spring Break (no school for Staff & students)
Basketball Skills Development Schedule
- Every Tuesday, March 16 to April 27, 2:45 - 4:00 Grade 5-6 Tuesday Group and 7-8 Boys
- Every Thursday, March 18 to April 29 2:45 - 4:00 Grade 5-6 Thursday Group and 7-8 Girls
In this week's Gospel some people were asking about who Jesus was and what His purpose was. They wanted to see and know more about Him. Jesus explained that in order to be glorified and lifted up, He was going to first have to suffer and die. He described how grain has to fall to the earth and die in order to bear fruit, and how He would have to be “lifted from the earth” (on the cross) in order to draw us to Him.
Jesus gave up His life and died, and because of that we can have life forever with Him. We know that He gave Himself over to be killed, and He did that for us. Because of His death, everyone in the whole world has access to eternal life! People were sometimes confused or uncertain about who Jesus was or why He came. They certainly didn’t think that death could bring life, but we know the wonderful truth of what His death means for us! He didn’t stay dead. He rose again and lives forever. And so will we, if only we believe!
Now, there are sometimes that being a Christian might mean that we have to make sacrifices. We may live a little differently than others, and might have to do things that are hard. But we give up those little things to get something much greater. Jesus gave His life, and we benefit in great ways. If we have to go through tough things, we know Jesus is with us. And we know that in the end, God will help us and bless us, as He already has in Christ! We can pray for help and ask God to remind us of the wonderful life that awaits us in Jesus.
Break the Rules Day
WOW! Our Holy Redeemer community is amazing!!
Break the Rules Day was a huge success. We don't have a final total yet, but our school community has raised over $1000 that will be donated to Catholic Social Services as part of our Lenten almsgiving.
Some rules that students loved to break included: wearing a hat, being able to use technology, 5 minutes of free time at the end of class, listening to music during independent work time, wearing pajamas and choosing where to sit for the day.
Here is the link for the fundraiser page if you are still interested in donating:
New Beginnings and Fond Farewells
Once a Raider ... ALWAYS a Raider !
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Below is a link for frequently asked questions for Kindergarten and all other registrations. We offer Kindergarten classes full days on Tues/Thurs, alternating Fridays ONLY. Please note, if your child is already attending our school, there is no need to register for the coming school year as they automatically roll over in the summer.
If you have any questions about the upcoming school year. please call the school at 780-922-4522.
Registration is now OPEN
Spots do fill up quickly so please be sure to stay tuned for more information. We offer our Nature Kindergarten full days on Mon/Wed alternating Fridays ONLY.
If you have any questions, please call the school directly or email our Nature Kindergarten teacher Stephanie Spilchak at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow along with our Nature Kindergarten Instagram Account @naturekinders
The Boys & Girls Club Before and After School Care
Cold and Wet Weather
If you have any questions, please refer to our Administrative Procedure 134 - Inclement Weather
3 Way Conferences (virtual) - March 24, 2021
Parent-teacher-student Google Meet virtual conferences will take place on Wednesday March 24 from 3:00-8:00 pm and Conference time slots are scheduled for 10 minutes.
Please note the following IMPORTANT information:
Conference times are set at 10 minutes. Each teacher with whom you have scheduled an interview with, will reach out to you with the appropriate Google Meet link.
Your child(ren)s teacher will also inform you if you are required to also book an ISP/BSP meeting with them. If needed, please book back to back time slots. This will allow you to go through the regular interview process, then your ISP/BSP meeting.
Interviews will be on a first come, first serve basis. If none of the set times work for you or your family, please reach out to your teacher(s) directly for an alternate date and time.
To book your child’s interviews online:
Go to www.schoolinterviews.ca
Under “School event code” enter: 5hdn9
You will be asked to enter parent’s name, email address, the number of children you are booking for, as well as their names.
Proceed to book the teachers you wish to see.
You will receive a confirmation email with your booking times.
Booking will open on Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 10:00 am and close on Tuesday March 23, 2021 at 10:00 am.
If you have any questions, or trouble booking conferences on-line, please contact the school office 780-922-4522
New Club - The Gnaradicals Club
Time to Shop!
It’s here! Our school’s Scholastic Virtual Book Fair has begun! Our very own shopping site will be open from MARCH 22nd - 29th
Experience the joy of a Book Fair online by joining us at our Virtual Family Event! Make your favourite snacks, and come together as a family to view the fun, exciting and inspiring titles by clicking this link:
Shipping will be free for orders over $35 before taxes, and items will be shipped to their homes.
Share this link with Grandparents and friends, too! Extended family can participate in the
Virtual Book Fair from the comfort of home.
AND THERE'S MORE!!!
(see below poster)
Thank you for participating in our
Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!
Holy Redeemer Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
Virtual meeting dates are:
Tuesday, April 20 , 2021 at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18 , 2021 at 6:30 pm
Please use the following Google Meet link for all of our meetings this school year:
County of Strathcona Programs
Choose Joy !
Elk Island Catholic Schools is invited to help bring joy to vulnerable women at Lurana Shelter as they take the first steps in building a violence-free life.
In just a couple of short months, Lurana Shelter will join Catholic Social Services' (CSS) portfolio of Sign of Hope funded programs, marking a critical shift in CSS' capacity to help women in crisis. We're thrilled to invite our partners at Elk Island Catholic Schools to be among the first to support Lurana as a Sign of Hope program!
Lurana is a 21-day crisis shelter operating 32 beds for women and children escaping domestic violence. By donating to your school's team, staff, students, and family of EICS are helping provide food, shelter, and security to women and children as they rebuild after violence.
We encourage staff, students and families to make a donation.
Here is the link for the fundraiser page:
Nutrition Program Menu for March 2021
Alberta Health Services - COVID Guidelines
Alberta Health Services has updated their Daily Checklist and stay at home requirements when your child falls ill. Please refer to these documents for daily screening or should your child become ill, particular to the highlighted areas.
We recommend you print off the above list to use daily before your child leaves for school.
PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE DIRECTLY WITH ABSENCES AND INDICATE THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE IF LEAVING A MESSAGE. THANK YOU
Message from Paul Corrigan - Assistant Superintendent
On April 7th, live at 3 p.m, EICS will be hosting an online event kicking off the new direction of our ongoing partnership with Catholic Social Services supporting vulnerable women and children.
Check out this video for an explanation of the event and a reminder of our Lenten call.
Elk Island Catholic Schools
"Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair."
-G. K Chesterton