HFS Admin. Team Message
It is hard to believe that we are entering our third month of school! There has been a lot of learning and a lot of fun! We have had a few changes, we are excited to have Miss Brennan full time at Holy Family. She can be found with half of the Kindergarten students in the morning and then with her grade 2 / 3’s in the afternoon. New to our staff is Miss Cook. She is an EA and is working in the Pre-K room in the mornings and Speech and Language in the afternoon. We are happy to have them be a part of our HFS Family.
Take a look at the November Calendar, we have a few events to look forward to and important dates to highlight. Student Led Conferences will be virtual on November 24th and 25th. Parents & Guardians will receive a message through Edsby directing them to book a time to meet with your childs’ teacher. If you are not on Edsby, we encourage you to get connected. If you need help with this, please contact the school office. Communication between parents and teachers, home and school is an important piece of providing a wrap around approach where home and school work together.
As we draw near to Remembrance Day, we pray for all those, past, present and future, who demonstrate courage and sacrifice for the greater good of our country and all those who dwell here. We acknowledge our responsibility to do what we can to protect the peace among us that they fought so hard to create.
Mrs. Combres & Mrs. Weber
DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, November 10- Remembrance Day Ceremony
Thursday, November 11 - Remembrance Day- No classes
Friday, November 12- No Classes- Elementary Planning Day
Wednesday, November 17 - last day for poinsettia orders & early dismissal
Wednesday, November 24 - Virtual Student Led Conferences and Book Fair
Thursday, November 25 -Virtual Student Led Conferences, Book Fair and Mass
Monday, November 29 - Teacher PD- No classes
Scholastic Virtual Book Fair- November 22-26
November 25- Hounds Day wear blue, yellow and white
November 26- pajama and wacky hair day
VIRTUAL STUDENT LED CONFERENCES NOVEMBER 24 & 25
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
Gr. K-3 = $30
Gr. 4-6 =$35
Gr. 7= $40
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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November, the perfect and urgent time to pray for those who have died.
On the first of November we celebrate the feast of All Saints, the Church triumphant. We remember with joy and gratitude all those who have gone before us and who are now enjoying eternal happiness face to face with God. St. John reveals to us by saying before God's throne stands a huge crowd beyond counting. "We are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed”) 1Jn 3:2). With these words we are assured of the reality of our future relationship with God, as well as the certainty of our future destiny.
Do we have to become saints? Yes! We are called to holiness as Christ taught us, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect". But how do we do it? Frankly, we must desire holiness. We must believe that it is possible for us individually. We must learn to let go and let God act by letting Jesus take hold of us and sanctify us because it is God who makes us holy.
Once we have left this world, there is nothing we will desire more than the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the sacrifice of the Mass for our souls. The Eucharistic sacrifice of the Altar is the most powerful intercessory prayer, for it surpasses every prayer, every penance and every good work. We should understand that the Sacrifice of the Mass is the same Sacrifice of Jesus which He offered on the cross and which He now offers on the altar with its infinite expiatory value.
Today on the second of November, we celebrate the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, that is, those who die with God's grace and friendship. On All Souls' Day, we ask God for mercy on those who have died. We pray for an ever deeper and abiding awareness of the steadfast love of God expressed through His son, Jesus Christ. On this very day, we are encouraged to pray in a special way for all the deceased, for all those whom we knew, but also for those who have died.
One time, during the celebration of Holy Mass in the Church of St. Paul in Rome, St. Bernard saw an unending stairway which went up to heaven. Very many angels went up and down on it, carrying from Purgatory to Paradise the souls freed by the Sacrifice of Jesus, renewed by priests on the altars all over the world.
On All Souls' Day we ask God for mercy and compassion on those who have died. We make intercession for them by prayer, by attending Mass. We speed them to the Heart of Jesus. By showing this mercy to the suffering souls in Purgatory, we can gain for ourselves very devoted friends, who will in their turn pray for us. Finally let us pray, "Merciful Father, send our holy angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen!
Fr. Joseph Phinh Do
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
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.
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
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