January

2023

ADMIN TEAM MESSAGE

Welcome to 2023!


From all of us at Holy Family to all of our school families and partners, we wish you a Happy New Year! We continue to celebrate the Advent season and the birth of Christ, with the Epiphany on January 6th. Advent is a time of awakening of our memory of God who became a child, the Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The new year gives us the opportunity to reflect on the growth of our students thus far as well as set new goals or continue working towards goals we have already set. We are so happy to welcome back our students after the break and hear the school buzzing with little voices again.


We would like to welcome Mrs. Loeppky. She has been with us since the middle of September, teaching in the grade 4/5 room and will remain with us until the end of June. We also welcome Mrs. Nelson who has been in the grade 6/7 room since the start of the year and will remain with us through to June. We are also welcoming Ms Kovalsky back to Holy Family. She will be teaching in the grade 3 classroom until the end of June. We are happy to have them continue to be a part of our school family!


January weather is very unpredictable. Please make sure your child(ren) is dressed for the weather. When the weather is nicer, classes will have the opportunity to spend more time outside and we want to make sure they are dressed appropriately. Please check the January calendar for important dates. Just a friendly reminder that if your child is absent from school, please utilize Edsby to enter their absence and communicate with their teacher to find out what work your child will be missing.


We would like to thank all of our families for all the support during our fundraising event and the gathering of food for the food bank in December. Your generosity and support is always greatly appreciated.


We are excited for what 2023 brings for Holy Family School!


Yours in Christ,


Mrs. Combres & Mrs. Weber

Faith Committee

Month of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Prayer of the Month– 5 Finger Prayer

Saint– St. Agnes– Feast Day Jan. 21

A Message From Father Phinh

Dear beloved in Christ

In this holy night, the God-Man is born, choosing to come into the world from the womb

of a mother, like every other human being. Jesus is the first and only son brought into

the world by Mary. The son of a human mother Mary, at the same time, this Son has

been given by the Heavenly Father as the greatest gift for humankind. The Son who

is one being with the Father, he whom we confess in the Creed “God from God, Light

from light”, becomes man. Through his birth, the way of salvation passes through us.

The eternal Father gives us his own Son, which made manifest that night in

Bethlehem. Bethlehem means ‘house of bread. Jesus, the bread of life begins his

infant life in a feed trough, or breadbox. The angel announced: “To you is

born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)

This is the revelation of God’s steadfast love for us: Pope St. Leo the Great says, “He

gave us His own Son as the price of our redemption, the holy one to redeem the

wicked, the sinless one to redeem the sinners; the just one to redeem the

unjust; the incorruptible one to redeem the corruptible and the immortal one to redeem

the mortals. In Him we have received everything. The Eternal Father could not have


given us more”.


In presenting the profound meaning of Christmas, Pope Leo the Great again issued an

invitation to the Christian faithful with these words: "Let us be glad in the Lord, dearly-

beloved, and rejoice with purest joy that there has dawned for us the day of ever-new

redemption, of ancient preparation, of eternal bliss. For as the year rolls round, there

recurs for us the commemoration of our salvation, which promised from the beginning


and accomplished in the fullness of time, will endure for ever".


"Today the Maker of the world was born of a Virgin's womb, and He, who made all

natures, became the Son of her, whom He created. Today the Word of God appeared

clothed in flesh, and that which had never been visible to human eyes began to be

tangible to our hands as well. The fountain of salvation which God desires to offer

each human being has now been opened. The Son of God became like us: true God

and true Man. On this night the frontiers of human existence are extended. The Son of

God, taking upon himself man’s limitations, opens before our eyes the prospect of

God’s infinity. “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to those on whom his


favor rests!”


O marvellous exchange! Man’s Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have

been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our

humanity. The greatest Christmas gift ever given to humanity is Jesus Christ our

Saviour. May God's blessing be upon you and your family on this blessed Christmas


and the New Year 2023 to come!


Sincerely

Fr. Phinh Do

IMPORTANT DATES FOR JANUARY

9- Classes resume-Welcome back!

11- Party Hat Day- wear gold and silver

12- Mass @ 9:30

16 & 17- Gr. 5 Learn to Ski Program

24-Chinese New Year- wear red today

25- Early Dismissal @ 2:00

30-No Classes

31- Backwards Day- wear your clothes backwards today

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SCC

Special thank you to our SCC for finding creative ways to raise funds for the playground loan. The playground has been a real asset this last year for our students to be able to use and enjoy. Thank you to all who supported the poinsettia fundraiser and who purchased Co-op cards. We continue to sell Dominos coupon books for $20 at the office.

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Winners

Congratulations to Geoff Etchverry who won basket #1 and to Bruce Flath who won basket #2. We hope you enjoy all the fun activities and prizes. Thank you to all our donors and to the SCC as well as all who purchased tickets. We raised over $3,500! Well done!! We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

PRE-K AND KDG FAMILY CHRISTMAS SUPPER AND CONCERT

Many thanks to all the families who attended the Pre-K and Kdg family supper and concert on December 14. The evening was a great opportunity to share the talents of all the students as well as a great way to build community in our school. Santa even made an appearance and candy bags were handed out. What a fantastic way to enjoy the Christmas season! Once again thank you to all families who were able to attend.
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