Raiders Weekly

September 27, 2020

Upcoming events ...

Monday, September 28 - Terry Fox Run

Tuesday, September 29 - Individual/Sibling photos

Wednesday, September 30 - Orange Shirt Day

Wednesday, September 30 - Grade 4 Bible Presentation

Thursday, October 1 - School Wide Virtual Mass

Wednesday, October 7 - Early Dismissal

Friday, October 9 - PD for Staff (no school for students)

Monday, October 12 - Thanksgiving (no school for staff and students)

Terry Fox Run - September 28

40th Anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. Due to COVID protocols, we are not accepting cash donations at the school. Please help show your support by donating to:

Our school wide run will take place on Monday, September 28th, 2020 in each individual class, Your child can wear a Terry Fox shirt if they have one or wear the colour blue that day. Each class will also have activities and lessons pertaining to and hounouring our special hero.

Mrs. Cossey

Picture Day - September 29

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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Country Nuts Photography is aware of the significant challenges and apprehension that each of us is experiencing. We recognize the need to adapt in order to keep students, families, teachers and schools safe, and have made a number of changes to our processes as we learn and receive updated government requirements.

For the safety of our customers and staff while we continue to capture children’s memories through our school photography, we are committed to following the necessary protocols when photographing at each school, and in our place of business.


For the safety of our customers and staff while we continue to capture children’s memories through school photography, our photographers are committed to following these guidelines when photographing at each school:

  • At the beginning of each day of photography, a screening questionnaire is completed to confirm that our photographers are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Photographers will wear a face mask at all times while on site
  • We are required to document what we clean and when we clean it. At the beginning and end of each day, equipment is cleaned and disinfected. Any items that students are in contact with during the sitting are disinfected between sittings
  • “Practice Physical Distancing” signs are posted on location as a reminder to maintain the appropriate distancing and keep safety in mind
  • Hand sanitizer is easily accessible for the photographer and students to use
  • If there is more than one photographer working in the same area, sharing of equipment is avoided to minimize contact between photographers. If sharing is required, the photographers clean and disinfect items between uses
  • Our photographers only use equipment and supplies that can be cleaned and disinfected or disposed of between sittings
  • Photographers are required to maintain physical distance of a minimum of 2 meters from students
  • Students will be posed in a standing position with no props to avoid contact with any items
  • We request that students leave the area/room as soon as their picture has been taken
  • Ordering will be online only, with no paper order forms distributed to students
  • We are not able to offer group photos until the requirement for physical distancing has been lifted

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As per the last bullet from Country Nuts, due to their physical distancing procedures, sibling photos will not be available at this time.

Orange Shirt Day - September 30

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New Procedures for Late Arrival and Early Dismissals

Due to our new policies and procedures all doors to the school will remain locked.

Teachers will be at the designated student doors from 8:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. All designated student doors will be locked at 8:10 a.m.

The Main Entrance door will be locked at 8:15 a.m.

If your child(ren) will be arriving late, do not go to your designated door as staff will not be available to let them in once they've gone into their classrooms with the other students. Please drop your child(ren) off at the main entrance doors. You can either call the office for entry or ring the doorbell that is located on the wall to the left of the main doors.

If for any reason you need to pick up your child from school during regular school hours, you must remain in your vehicle, call the school office to let us know you've arrived to pick up your child(ren). You will no longer be required to sign your child (ren) in or out as was the previous practice.

As a friendly reminder, to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and traceability only students and staff are permitted in our school until further notice.

We appreciated your patience and understanding.

Holy Redeemer 2020-21 School Re-Entry Communication

For information with regards to Holy Redeemer's re-entry protocols specific to our school, please go to the following link:

Holy Redeemer School Re-Entry Information

For any information with regards to EICS's re-entry protocols and questions you may have, please go to the following link:

EICS School Re-Entry Information

For any information with regards to Alberta Health Services re-entry protocols and answers to questions you may have, please go to the following link:

AHS K-12 School Re-Entry

We recommend you print a copy of the Alberta Health Services screening tool to use every morning before you send your child(ren) to school.

Daily Screening Questionnaire

Alberta Health Services Student Illness Protocol

Student Illness Protocol

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Attendance Reporting Procedures

Your child's safety is of paramount importance to use - If your child is absence for any reason, please use the safe arrival website, Safe Arrival Mobile APP, call 1-877-246-9970, or leave a message on our voicemail.

Attendance Reporting Procedures - School Messenger

Please refrain from emailing or messaging your child's teacher if your child(ren) will be away or late. Teacher's do not have access to all possible attendance codes, may not have time to check their emails and/or may be away themselves, therefore the office does not receive your message.

Annual Consent Forms and Student Demographic Data

Please fill out the annual consent forms and Demographic update if you have not already done so. Annual consent forms include Annual Field Trip, One to One Technology, Technology Use Agreement as well as Locker Use Agreement. Without consent, your child(ren) will not be able to participate in activities or use technology.

To complete these forms, log into your Parent Portal account in PowerSchool. If these forms require attention you will see red highlighted boxes at the top of your page. Follow these steps to complete your forms:

Transportation Information

Please note that parents of students using EICS transportation need to create and account with Bus Planner This website will give you information on all bus cancellations and route changes. Please make sure you download the app. You can find Bus Planner with both Apple and Android devices through your store.

All bus passes have been distributed to students who are eligible. If your child does not yet have a pass, please refer to the Bus Planner website if your child is on the list. If you have any questions with regards to any busing concerns you have, please call them directly at 780-449-6480.

Nature Kindergarten 2020-2021

We still have spots available. Please call 780-922-4522 for more information.
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Grade 5 & 6 Update !

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Library News

My name is Tracy Scoggins, and I am the new librarian at Holy Redeemer this year. I am very excited for this new adventure, and I can’t wait to get to know all the students at this fine school. Things will be a little different this year in the library, with new restrictions and rules to follow, but together we can make this a great year of reading. All books being returned to the library will spend 72 hours in quarantine. At that time they are safe to be returned to the shelves, and checked out by other students. Students will be masked (gr 4-8) and sanitized before and after their library class. Small groups will come into the library at a time to make social distancing posible. What book a student touches, is what book they take. So far the response has been positive, and everyone is just happy they can continue to borrow books!! I’m looking forward to a great year at Holy Redeemer, with many wonderful memories!

Tracy Scoggins

Also, if anyone has any books from last year at their home, please bring them in ASAP. We need to check them in and get them back to the library

Thank you!

Wellness Wednesdays

Academics are a key component of school, but the student experience isn’t solely defined by their education. The wellness team at Holy Redeemer believes that school is about the friends you’ll make, the moments you’ll experience, and the passions you’ll discover.

This year we will be hosting Wellness Wednesdays! These days could an activity, challenge, spirit day, or fundraiser. At Holy Redeemer we want students to build connections with their peers, teachers, school, and community. Wellness Wednesdays will also be a support for mental health and will be designed to promote a balanced lifestyle beyond the academic.

Sometimes the activities will include friendly competitions between the classes. The class that participates the most will be given the School Spirit Trophy to display in their classrooms for the week and will be mentioned on the announcements! We will be keeping score of participation on a bulletin board at the school for students to see.


OCT 7: Early Dismissal Bingo

OCT 14: Neon Day

OCT 21: Lunch Hour Trivia

OCT 28: Jack-O-Lantern Day (wear black and orange)

Stay up to date on:

Holy Redeemer Facebook

Wellness Corner

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Faith Corner

This weekend’s gospel from Matthew illustrates the parable of the two sons. In Jesus' parable of the two sons, the father asked both sons to go and work in his vineyard. One son answered, "No," but went and worked. The other son answered "Yes"but did not go. In telling the story, Jesus wanted us to realize that what we do is more important than what we say we will do. Jesus wants us to answer, "Yes," when he tells us to "Love one another," but what he really wants is for us to love one another! Jesus wants us to answer, "Yes," when he says, "Follow me," but what he really wants is for us to follow him!

Fee Waiver Program 2020-21

Under the principle that finances should not be a barrier to a child's education, Elk Catholic Schools will waive fees for independent students or parents/guardians if they meet certain income guidelines, are on social services or are facing exceptional circumstances, If you qualify, you may apply using the attached application for a waiver for the following fees:

-Eligible Transportation Fees

-Instructional Material Fees

-Basic Course Fees

-Noon-Hour Supervision Fees

-Instructional Activity Fees

EICS 2020-2021 School Fees Information

Fee Waiver Program Application 2020-2021

When you have completed the forms required, please submit them directly to the school.

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