Raider's Weekly

Holy Redeemer Catholic School, December 10

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Mark Your Calendars:


  • Christmas Cookie Decorating
  • Girls basketball practice
  • Grade 3 visit - Linking generations


  • Desk Decorating & Contest


  • Hot Lunch
  • Tobogganing and Hot Chocolate (requesting more parent volunteers)
  • Citadel Students' Club
  • Girls basketball practice
  • Christmas concert FILMING - *Dress nicely
  • 7/8 Linking Generation


  • Advent mass at 10:30 at OLPH church
  • Christmas concert student viewing in the gym

Down the road:

  • Monday, December 20 - Community Engagement Day (requesting parent volunteers - Reading to students)
  • Tuesday, December 21 - PJ and Christmas Movie Day
  • Wednesday, December 22 to Jan 4 - Christmas Break begins - No School and closed
  • January Skating - Dates listed below - Seeking volunteers

School Sports and Events Calendar: Click Here

Principal's Message

As we prepare for Christmas, we recall that Advent is a time of hope, love, joy and peace, as we await the coming of Jesus. During this time, it is important to take a moment to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us, but also to pray for those members of our school community and families that may be facing challenges during this time.

On behalf of our Holy Redeemer family, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and a New Year blessed with health and happiness.

God Bless

Ed Kucy


Third week of Advent

The Gospel reading for today tells us that God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light--Jesus--so that everyone would believe. John wasn't the light. He only came to tell others about the light. Jesus is the one true light, who gives light to everyone. At this time of year, we see lights everywhere that remind us of the coming of Jesus, the true light that John told about. Those lights can help us remember that Jesus is the one true light in our hearts and in our lives. Jesus brought light into the darkness of this world. We’re thankful for the light -the hope, joy, love, and peace Jesus brings us.

Basket of Blessings for Lurana Shelter

This Advent, Holy Redeemer is continuing to partner with Catholic Social Services to support women and children at the Lurana Shelter.

Lurana is a 21 day domestic abuse emergency shelter. The women and children who stay there have nowhere else to go because their own homes are unsafe. They may have left their home with only the clothes on their backs.

When the women arrive at Lurana Shelter, they receive a ‘Basket of Blessings’. Each basket is tailored to the specific needs of each woman and her children. A typical adult basket may include soap, toothbrushes and other toiletries, feminine hygiene products, make-up, hair brushes/combs and other basics. A typical children’s basket may include necessities like soothers, a rattle or other small toy, a book, a small blanket.

At Holy Redeemer, our goal is to raise enough money to purchase one Basket of Blessing per class. The cost of each basket is approximately $100. We will be having a competition between classes to see which class can donate the most money. We have small prizes for each $25 milestone that a class reaches.

You can donate by sending cash with your child or at this link:

Donations will be accepted until December 17th.

May God bless you and your family this Advent Season.

Virtual Christmas Concert

This year we will once again be having a virtual Christmas concert. The links for the concerts will be available in the last SMORE before the Christmas Break.

Masks Please

We are giving out a large number of masks each week. Please send a mask/face covering or two with your child each day they come to school. If your child comes to school without a mask/face covering multiple days in a row we will be calling home for someone to bring them a mask/face covering. - Mr. Kucy

Highlights from this past week

This past week, we continued our focus and preparations for Christmas with the Advent Season. Our Grade 2 class led our Advent celebrations. On Tuesday, our fine arts students went to ABJ to watch a play and then had a dance instructor come to assist in choreographing a special routine. Our Grade 1-4 Students enjoyed Junior University.

Please enjoy the following pictures and check out some of the fun we had this week!

Countdown to Christmas - Calling all Volunteers...

Please help make our week of Christmas festivities extra fun and special for our students. We are currently seeking parent/grandparent/guardian/aunt/uncle/community volunteers to make our Christmas festivities week a reality.

Holy Redeemer is looking for volunteers for the following activities:

1. Wednesday December 15th (Gr. 1-8) - 2-3 Adult helpers able to stay for half or full day - Hot chocolate makers and delivery outside to classes tobogganing. Set up a hot chocolate station and help pour hot chocolate for students. Clean up after.
2. Monday December 20th (Gr. 1-8) - Community Readers

We are inviting Community members to come and read an Christmas mas story to classes (First Responders, RCMP members, medical personal, community seniors, Hockey players etc...) If you would like to donate your time, please call to sign up.

After Christmas Break, We will once again be requesting parent Volunteers to help with our elementary Skating program - We really can't do it without the help and support:

  1. Tuesdays, January 11th, 18th and 25th (Gr. 1-4) - Adult helpers to tie skates and 2-3 Program leaders to lead 30-45 minutes of activities on ice. Two adults or team of adults with some experience with skating drills to lead grades 1-4 students of all abilities on ice. This can involve equipment from school, (pylons, hula hoops, bean bags) Teachers can support those less comfortable on ice while program leader leads the majority of class through fun engaging activities for only 30 - 40 minutes at the Ardrossan rec center.

(Grades 1 and 2 - 10:45-11:45)

(Grades 3 and 4 - 1:00-2:00)

Please contact Mrs. Tess Guerin, our school secretary at the school at 780-922-4522.

The Librarian's Corner

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Mrs. Scoggins does not know which books she should display this week, and library fox does not know what to wear!! We have had snow, rain, what could be next???

~Mrs. Scoggins

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Nutrition Program

Our Nutrition Grant Program is fully under-way. Ask your child about their nutritious and delicious morning snacks, kindly provided through this Alberta Grant through the hard work of Aimee Fontaine and parent volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, Please reach out to Aimee Fontaine at:
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Parent Advisory Council News

Holy Redeemer Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

LAST REMINDER….The Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser’s deadline to order is this Sunday November 28th. Orders are placed online

The FundScrip Fundraiser’s deadline to order is on Friday December 3rd . Please submit your forms and payment (cash or cheque) to the office.

Both fundraisers will be delivered prior to Christmas.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday January 18th @ 6:30 pm – all parents/caregivers are welcome to join.

Join Google Meeting:

Please see our webpage for more information on meetings:

You can also join our Facebook group:

2022-2026 EICS Division Education Assurance Plan

As part of our ongoing open engagement with our EICS community, we invite you to participate in developing our 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance Plan.

In Alberta, school boards are responsible for providing assurance to their stakeholders that they are fulfilling their responsibilities, meeting the needs of students, and enabling their success. The key to building public assurance is engaging with our education partners in the Division’s planning and reporting cycle. The parent, student, and EICS community voices are integral to building this plan and help create a culture of continuous improvement.

EICS will be engaging with our communities beginning December 1, 2021, through the ThoughtExchange online engagement process. It is a very easy and open thought process with only two questions to prompt discussion, collect input, and a starring process to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

To participate in the ThoughtExchange, please click on the following link:

The exchange will close on December 15th and will be the starting point for the ongoing analysis by the EICS Board of Trustees and EICS leadership in creating the 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance plan.

Many thanks for your participation.

Ted Paszek, Chair
EICS Board of Trustees