November Newsletter

2020

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

November is a time for us to remember all the men and women who have fought and continue to help ensure our safety in this country. We need to be grateful for the blessings and opportunities we have in this great country, province and in this wonderful city. If everyone would stay focused on the positive and demonstrate kindness to each other, there would be no more violence in our world.

This month we are having student lead conferences. The students love having the opportunity to show you what they have learnt so far this year. We hope you will join us virtually on either November 25th or 26th to see all the wonderful things happening in your child’s classroom.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our school community council. They have been very busy this year planning ways to raise money to pay back the playground equipment loan. It has been even a greater challenge to plan fundraisers that meet covid guidelines. These women are very dedicated to making Holy Family school a great place for our children. Thank you!

DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday, November 10 Virtual Remembrance Day Program at 10:50 and 1:00 Virtual Mass

Wednesday, November 11 is Remembrance Day- No classes

Tuesday, November 17 is last day for poinsettia orders

Wednesday, November 18 is early dismissal at 2:00

Wednesday, November 25 is Virtual Student Led Conferences

Thursday, November 26 is Virtual Student Led Conferences

Friday, November 27 is a Teacher Planning Day- No classes

Monday, November 30 is Teacher PD- No classes


Scholastic Virtual Book fair- November 16th-November 30th



Spirit Days

November 24- Hounds Day wear blue, yellow and white

November 26- pajama and wacky hair day

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Remembrance Day Program

We will have our virtual Remembrance Day program starting at 10:50. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace.

VIRTUAL STUDENT LED CONFERENCES NOVEMBER 25 & 26

This month we host our Student-Led Conferences which is an exciting time for students to show you their hard work that they are proud of. It is also a time for your family to discuss goals for the next term until the March Conferences. PLEASE make sure you are able to attend one of these virtual nights. You will receive an invitation through Edsby to book your time.

SCHOOL SUPPLY FEES

Please make arrangements to pay your child's school fees at the office. We would like to thank those parents who have already paid their fees. Please make cheques payable to Holy Family School. Thanks you for your cooperation in this matter.

Gr. K-3 = $25

Gr. 4-6 =$30

Gr. 7= $35

This is the only fees that are owed and cover all of the school supplies for each grade level. These fees can be paid online at School Cash. To access School Cash please see our school homepage.

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PARISH NEWS

1st & 2nd November’s Saints and Souls

- Once again, the month of November is coming soon. In the first week of November, we solemnly celebrate the feast of all Saints – Happy Feast Day! As we celebrate this feast, instead of stretching our necks to have a glimpse of heaven, today, let’s look at one another and recognize the saints hidden in all of us. In every person lies the seed of holiness. St. Augustine once said: “Since God became human, we can be sure that in everything human, there is something of the divine.” No matter how sinful a person is, there is always a possibility for that person, by God’s grace and steadfast love, to become holy. Together, let us give thanks for the gift of holiness in each of us. Let us pray, “Jesus, grant me the grace to desire that others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should.” Let us wish the best to one another for the greater holiness, even greater than ours, and strive to do our best to become as holy as we ought to be.

God hates sin but loves the sinners. Saints are sinners loved by God. We will always be grateful for the gift of holiness in each of us; we will always pray for one another’s holiness and we’ll help one another to be holy by loving one another more and better.

-The second day of November is the Commemoration of All the Faithful departed (All Soul’s Day). Sometimes we ask for a mass for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. They are poor because they have nothing that may be considered luxurious. Even though their hands are empty, their hearts are full of the hope of heaven and eternal life.

They are poor because they are helpless. They need to be helped. Our prayers and sacrifices will help them. The merits of the Masses we offer on their behalf benefit them so unimaginably immensely. Our fervent prayers, sacrifices, and Masses that are pleasing to God, can bring them to heaven.

To offer the Holy Eucharist on behalf of the poor souls in purgatory is unparalleled in value. The Eucharist is Jesus. Only Jesus can give them glorified bodies and life of unending joy. Purgatory will be poorer, for there will be lesser souls there in this All Souls’ Day than when we arose this morning.

May the Souls of All the Faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen!

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Congratulations to our students who received the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist In October. May God continue to bless you all on your faith journey.

Thank you to Father Phinh, St. Joseph’s Parish secretary, HF and LOCCS staff members who helped prepare for and lead today’s celebration. Thank you to the parents, sponsors and family members for supporting these children in their faith.

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ALLERGIES

Just a reminder that we do have students with different allergies in the school. We want to limit the snacks that contain nuts and ask that you try to find snacks that are school friendly.

ATTENDANCE

Please use the Edsby program to enter your child's absences from school. The teacher will see the absence you create first thing in the morning.

Also we appreciate some notification by phone or to the classroom teacher if your child is being picked up by someone other than the parent or guardian. Please understand that we are not comfortable relying on what students tell us in situations like this.

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

Weather can be very unpredictable this time of year. Please dress children in layers and have their articles labeled with their name on them.
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DESIGNATED DOORS

We are urging our students to use their designated doors at all time. If you are picking your child up after school, they will be expected to exit through their designated door and meet you in an area of your choice.

As always, students who arrive at school after 9:00am are asked to come through the office entrance, as the other exterior doors are locked.

In an effort to keep cohorts tight and all students safe, we encourage parents to send students to school on time so they can line up with their class at the appropriate place and be certain to have had their hands sanitized before entering the classroom. We would like to keep traffic to a minimum at the front doors as this is for Pre-K and Kdg student use only.

LIBRARY

Save the date!

Participate in the Virtual BOOK FAIR

November 16-30

Virtual Book Fair November 16-30

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PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISERS

This year our school community council has arranged for us, to sell Co-op gift cards as a playground fundraiser. As you may be aware, we needed to replace both wooden structures on our playgrounds. Fundraising has been ongoing for the past year and a half.

The gift cards come I values of $25, $50 and $100. They are accepted, at face value, at any Co-op in Canada. Co-op will donate 10% of sales to Holy Family School playground fund. Therefore, a purchase of $100 in gift cards will give $10 towards our playground.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this fundraiser.


SCC Poinsettia Fundraiser runs November 2 to November 17

Co-op Cards are available while supplies last


Holy Family SCC

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POINSETTIA FUNDRAISER FOR SCC

We will be selling poinsettia's this year as a fundraiser. Please see School Cash for more information on Monday, November 2. The fundraiser will run until Tuesday, November 17.

PHOTO RETAKES

Lifetouch will be here on Thursday, November 12 for photo retakes. Please let your child's teacher know if you are wanting re-takes done.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR

Please see the link below to access the school calendar.