Week at a Glance

HFCS "Bear" Necessities

November 20, 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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"Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!"

~Psalm 32:11

Mark Your Calendars!

Nov. 21:

Monday Morning Prayer Assembly (virtual)

Popcorn Day ($1/bag)

Nov. 22:

Rec. Academy - Game OVR

Nov. 23:

Healthy Hunger - Little Caesars

Nov. 24:

Rec. Academy - Game OVR

Nov. 25:

No School for Students - PD Day

Nov. 27

Catholic Education Sunday - Holy Family Parish 11:00 am

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Catholic Education Sunday

We recognize Catholic education as a gift – a gift that we treasure and protect. On Catholic Education Sunday, we acknowledge the value and blessing of our Catholic schools and give thanks for the faith-based education they offer. Here in Alberta, unlike some other provinces, we are especially blessed to have a publicly-funded Catholic education. Let us continue to pray for this wonderful gift.

The date for GSACRD’s Catholic Education Sunday Mass has been changed to Sunday, November 27th. Our school will be represented at Holy Family Parish at 11:00 am. Please join us, if you can!

Métis Week

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Christmas Hampers

Referral Process

We have been in communication with the St. Albert Kinettes regarding their Christmas Hamper program. For over 57 years, they have provided food and toy hampers to over 200 families in St. Albert to help them during the Christmas Season. In addition, we have also been approached by Red Willow Church and other organizations and citizens in the community.

The hamper program does not take direct referrals from families in need, thus relying on schools, community agencies, and social service agencies for referrals. If you require additional assistance during the Christmas season, please complete the form below or reach out to Ms. Manson at 780-459-7734 by Friday, November 25th. All referrals will remain confidential at the school level and are only shared with community organizations.

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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.

Meet the Counsellor

Hello everybody and welcome to the school year! I am pleased to introduce myself as not only the vice-principal of Holy Family but also the counsellor. My role as the counsellor is to work with parents/guardians, teachers, and Mrs. Jackson to ensure the academic and social/emotional needs of all students are met.

You can help your student book an appointment with me by following the link below! I look forward to serving our students in this capacity and know that we will have a great year!

Ms. BK

From Friends of Holy Family


  • Popcorn Day, Monday! $1.00/bag
  • Healthy Hunger, Wednesday, Little Caesars
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Little Caesars Fundraiser



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!

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

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:

Nov. 27: First Sunday of Advent & Catholic Education Sunday (11:00 am at Holy Family Parish)

Dec. 5: Report Card Day

Dec. 7: Healthy Hunger (Mary Browns)

Dec. 14: HFCS Christmas Concert