Week at a Glance

HFCS "Bear" Necessities

November 27, 2022

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Holy Family Catholic School is a welcoming learning community that awakens the hearts and minds of students while educating and nurturing each to learn, live fully, and serve others.

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1st Sunday in Advent

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. […] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

~ Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The season of Advent is now upon us. For Christians, the season of Advent is not simply about the "coming" of a holiday, but more precisely, the coming of Jesus Christ. Advent is a season of preparation. We prepare our hearts for Christ, who "comes" to us in three ways.

  1. Historically: Christ came into our world in a time and place many years ago.
  2. Presently: Christ comes into our hearts today and every day.
  3. Finally: In due time, Christ will come again.

Let us take time in this beautiful season to prepare our hearts for Christ, who seeks to be with us always - past, present and future. May we ARISE and participate in the Advent of Christ by being Christ for others.

Mark Your Calendars!

Nov. 28:

Monday Morning Prayer Assembly and Good Shepherd Awards - 8:40 am in the gym.

Nov. 29:

Rec. Academy - Team Handball at the Edmonton West Soccer Centre

Nov. 30:

Exciting Day of Learning

Dec. 1:

Rec. Academy - Team Handball at the Edmonton West Soccer Centre

December 2:

Christmas Socks Day!

Winter is upon us!

Remember, it's getting colder every day. Please make sure your student has appropriate clothing for outdoor recess and play. If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Students will continue to go outside as long as it is not colder than -25ºC.
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Term One Report Cards

On Monday, December 5th, report cards for students in grades 1-6 will be available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Instructions on how to access your student's report card will be sent via SchoolMessenger on this day as well. If you are having trouble accessing the parent portal, please contact Ms. Manson at 780.459.7734.
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Little Caesars Fundraiser - LAST CHANCE



Make our world-famous pizza in your own kitchen!

By popular demand, we are running a Little Caesars Fundraiser! Your co-workers, neighbours and family will enjoy purchasing a quality meal they can cook up right at home with their own favourite toppings! Plan ahead and have plenty of Pizza Kits on hand for busy practice and game nights or sleepovers with friends and birthday parties. As a reminder, if the Pizza Kits thaw once you can refreeze them for up to 3 months.

How: There are 2 ways to Order:

1. You can complete and submit the Paper Form on the back page of the flyer.

  • Payments can be made by:

2. You can Order Online:
  • Click on products and then shop

  • Support our fundraiser by providing our Fundraiser ID# 415176

  • You will be asked to create an account

  • Pay for your order with a credit card (a $1.50 processing fee will be charged for online orders)

When: Orders & payments are DUE BY Friday, November 25, 2022

Where: Pickup will be at the school sometime during the week of December 12, 2022. The exact date and time will be communicated the week before.

Questions: Please feel free to call the school with any questions.

As always, thank you for your

support and participation!

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GSACS Education Foundation 50/50 Christmas Raffle

The GSACS Education Foundation 3rd Annual 50/50 Christmas Cash Raffle sales opened on November 1, 2022, and will run until December 7th, 2022. Please consider supporting this - we were the lucky recipients of a $2500 grant last year! The draw date for half the Gross Sales, up to $10,000, will happen on Dec 9th @ 7:00 pm. Somebody will be the lucky recipient of some extra Christmas Cash; could it be you? https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/gsacsef
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GSACRD Capital Engagement: Phase 2

How to submit feedback:

Join one of our upcoming community engagement sessions outlined below or visit our engagement website:

Click below to register for an upcoming engagement session with the administration and our Community Working Group members.

  • November 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm STAFF

We look forward to your feedback based on the possible solutions that the Community Working Group has considered.

Community Working Group

Thank you to our Community Working Group for their commitment, feedback and hard work in helping develop possible solutions. To date, this group has held several meetings since May 2022 and spent significant time on this important work. All decisions have been made in group consensus.

Hot Lunch

Our hot lunch program continues to run twice a month for students in Grades 1-6. You will need to set up an account for your child. Our school is listed as Friends of Holy Family Catholic School. Orders are due 5 days before each hot lunch date. If you have any questions or can volunteer to hand out lunch, please contact Jonelle at kreiserj@shaw.ca

NEW: Engagement on Grades 7-12 Career Education Programming (from Minister LaGrange)

I am pleased to assist the Career Education Task Force in announcing engagement opportunities for Albertans to provide input on career education programming for students in grades 7 to 12. Led by Shane Getson, parliamentary secretary for Economic Corridors, the task force is listening to Albertans across the province to determine how to innovate and strengthen career education programming for students and employers.

From now until December 9, 2022, the task force would like to hear from students in grades 7 to 12, parents, teachers, career counsellors, post-secondary educators, employers and young adults. Albertans can share ideas at online and in-person engagement sessions in 11 communities across the province. They are encouraged to participate in their region or they have the flexibility to attend any session that works best for them. During the sessions, participants will be able to provide local insights on career education programming and hear the unique perspectives of others.

There are also online surveys for the public and students in grade 7 to 12 to provide feedback on career education programming. Albertans can register for an engagement session, take the survey and sign up for career education updates at alberta.ca/career-education-task-force.

In addition to engaging with Albertans, the task force will meet with a variety of education stakeholders to hear their viewpoints. They will also conduct a comprehensive review of Alberta’s career education programming, with a focus on grades 7 to 12. The insights from the review and engagement feedback will inform their recommendations and provincial framework for career education programming.

To build awareness of these engagement opportunities, I have attached a promotional bulletin for distribution through your communication channels. Please encourage your stakeholders to post it and share it within their communities.

On behalf of the Alberta government, thank you for your support as we continue our work to build better connections between schools and employers. Your feedback will help the task force ensure that Alberta’s future career education programming prepares students for new opportunities in our increasingly diversified labour market.


Adriana LaGrange
Minister of Education


PD for Parents

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Raising Digitally Responsible Youth

Parenting is hard, and the rapid rise of technology and social media use in the lives of their kids makes it harder.

To help, we're extending complimentary access to download “Raising Digitally Responsible Youth – A Parent's Guide from Safer Schools Together. The guide was designed to help introduce Parents and Caregivers to leading social media platforms, video games, and relevant trends that are either being used already or have the potential to be used by their children.

This guide is full of tips, how-to’s and definitions for the most widely used apps – including TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram and more.

Fr. Antony from Holy Family Parish

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Holy Family Catholic Parish

We are dedicated to building a Catholic, Christian community that prepares our students to know, model, and witness Jesus Christ. Our faith theme this year is ”ARISE: GO WITH GOD”. Pope Francis speaks directly to all young people, especially students, with a call to ARISE. He wants to inspire today’s youth to use their God-given gifts and talents to make the world a better place.

Looking ahead

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 5: Report Card Day

Dec. 7: Advent Liturgy (10:45 am), Healthy Hunger (Mary Browns)

Dec. 9: Red & Green Day

Dec. 14: Curriculum Lead Mtg. (pm) & HFCS Christmas Concert

Dec. 15: Popcorn Day

Dec. 16: No Kindergarten classes & Christmas Sweater Day

Dec. 19: Dress Like an Elf Day

Dec. 21: Healthy Hunger (Bar Burrito)

Dec. 23: Last day of classes before the Christmas holidays