Raider's Weekly

Holy Redeemer Catholic School October 1, 2021

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Mark Your Calendars:

This coming week:


This weekend:

  • Volleyball tournament Boys & Girls Teams - No Spectators


Monday :
  • Read in Week
Tuesday:
  • School Picture Day!
  • GIRLS Volleyball game-- HR vs. NH @ NH (No Spectators)
  • BOYS Volleyball game -- No Game
Wednesday:
  • Early Dismissal @ 1:40
  • Twins / Multiples Day
Thursday:
  • GIRLS Volleyball game-- HR vs. STT @ HR (No Spectators)
  • BOYS Volleyball game -- HR vs. NH @ NH (No Spectators)
Friday:
  • Have a great weekend!


Down the road:

  • Monday, October 11 - Thanksgiving - No school!
  • Monday, October 18 - PD - No School
  • Tuesday, October 26th - School Photo- Re-Takes


School Sports and Events Calendar: Click Here

Faith Corner

God of all nations, we thank you for the gift of all your children. This week, we especially thank you for the gift of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. Help us to love our neighbour who comes to us from every culture, and to love them as ourself, so that everyone at our school would know that they matter, that they are important in your eyes, loved by us and by you. We make our prayer in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Amen.


Highlights from this past week

Truth and Reconciliation awareness commemorated this past week at Holy Redeemer...

This week at Holy Redeemer, our students spent time building upon their understanding of the many challenges and injustices which have faced Indigenous Peoples of Canada over the course of the colonization history of this continent, historically and to date. We are so grateful that we were able to welcome a group of Elders into our School who set-up a teepee in our gymnasium for our students this week. We thank them with all our hearts for their time and generosity. Some of our older students in Junior high were able to assist in the preparation of setting this up. In addition to the tee-pee which our students appreciated the opportunity to see and explore this up-close, We also set up a very large interactive Indigenous map of Canada on the other half of our Gymnasium. The students had the opportunity to respectfully engage with this map, crawl around and explore Canada as never seen before with traditional territories and markers. Please ask your student to tell you about these great resources. On Wednesday, students and staff wore orange shirts in honor and memory of the many children and families affected by the residential school system. Following up on topics covered last year, there was a focus on the seven sacred teachings. Over the course of the week, students engaged in many stories and activities to build their understanding of Indigenous customs, culture, and the many injustices and harm caused to the Indigenous People of Canada.

Grade 4 Bible Presentation

Each year, our Grade 4 students are gifted and presented a special bible and celebrated in mass. The Grade 4’s received their bibles at mass on Wednesday. Thank you to Father Mario, the faith team for being readers, Ms. McMillan and Mrs. WD our faith lead for organizing and setting up the chapel for such a special experience.


2021 - Terry Fox Run - Fundraising Campaign

On Friday, our students "Tried like Terry" and were able to participated in the annual Terry Fox Run and fundraiser. Collectively, our Holy Redeemer family has raised $450 to date.


To contribute to that donation pool, you may donate at: http://www.terryfox.ca/HolyRedeemerCatholic.


Together, we can all make a difference. #terryfoxschoolruns #tryliketerry @terryfoxfoundation


Here are some pics of some of our students partaking in the fun:

Running for Sean!!!

During our Terry Fox Run today, many of our students and staff ran hard for our dear friend Sean!! Please see Sean's courageous story below, graciously shared by his family. Go-Sean-GO!!!


Sean Meheriuk

On September 8th, 2020, Sean’s first day of grade 4 he was so excited to see all of his friends. He said it was the best day. About one hour into his classes we received a phone call to take Sean immediately to the Stollery Hospital. This day quickly became one of his worst days. We were told that Sean had a large mass surrounding his heart. After a few days in the I.C.U, he was checked into the oncology ward. Sean had a multitude of tests, x-rays, scans, bloodwork, and tests, and finally, on September 22 we got a diagnosis. Pulmonary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Lymphoma, or “BOB” for short. Sean thought the name BOB would be easier. Chemo started the next day, and it would be the first of 6 rounds. 6 days on a 21-day cycle. After round 1 the doctor decided the mass had not shrunk enough. Sean then went through 3 rounds of radiation to hopefully shrink it enough to take the pressure off of his heart. The radiation went well. The best part was coming back from a round of radiation the ambulance driver took a detour to Mcdonald’s for a 10 piece McNuggets meal. Sean said it was the best ambulance ride ever. The drivers were such amazing people! Sean spent the first month of school in the hospital before he was finally given the ok to go home for a few days. In that first month at the hospital, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Sean’s nurses loved to play cards, Mario, and especially exploding kittens. They would take their breaks in Sean's room, and that is where the game was on. We also spent a lot of time building lego. There was lots of lego including entire sets. Of course, he hit the books, but only on occasion. With only one parent visiting at a time, and no visitors allowed, so we would meet Sarah downstairs for a quick visit. There were also a few courtyard pizza nights. When Sean was released from the hospital after one of his rounds he was always excited to go back to school. He would stay one day at home and then off he would go. After his first-round Sean decided he would shave his head because his hair was falling out anyway. He was very thankful that H.R let him wear a hat. Sean’s chemo ended in January of 2021. He had his last Pet scan in August, and he is in remission. BOB is gone. Throughout this year Sean has been so courageous and strong. Thank you to all of our Holy Redeemer families and teachers for all of your prayers and support. We are all truly blessed.


The Meheriuk Family


Meet Our Staff - Weekly Spotlight

Introducing Ms Twohey

Please meet our wonderful Grade 6 / Grade 3 Teacher, Ms Jenna Twohey.
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Introducing Miss Sarnecki

Please meet this year's Grade 6 / 7 / 8 & Recreation and Leadership Teacher who also coaches our Girls' Volleyball Team, Miss Emilie Sarnecki.
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Strengthening Relationships - From Our Indigenous Team Lead

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Important Reminders:

  • WATER BOTTLES: Please ensure that your student brings a water-bottle each day to school.


  • MASKS: Masks are required inside EICS Facilities by all students, staff and authorized visitors.


  • ILLNESS AND ABSENCES: A reminder for all families that the AHS Daily Assessment needs to be completed and actioned each morning prior to coming to school. If your child is experiencing symptoms please choose:


    1. “Flu-like symptoms”

    2. “other illness or injury” If they are experiencing symptoms that you do not deem to be flu-like, or your child has a medical appointment.

    3. “parent excused.” If your child is experiencing no symptoms at all, please choose this. The parent excused absence should only be chosen if you are keeping your child home for a reason that does not pertain to a medical issue. (i.e dance competition)


  • BUILDING ADMITTANCE: Please call the office or ring the bell upon your arrival and a staff member will greet you at the door. All doors will remain locked at this time.


  • CONSENT FORMS & SCHOOL FEES: Please note, these items are due. Please log in through your parent portal to pay them.

AHS - Covid-19 Daily Screening CHANGE

Please be aware that the Alberta Government has updated their daily screening tool. A new question about household contacts has been added. Please review the changes made to this guideline. Please Click Here

Librarian's Corner

Library is going great with safety protocols in place. Masks and sanitizing are mandatory in the library, so everyone can be safe as they choose their books and enjoy some quiet reading or a story.


Thanks everyone!


Mrs. Scoggins

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Nutrition Program Grant

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: aimee.fontaine@eics.ab.ca
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The Wellness Corner

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News from Parent Advisory Council

Holy Redeemer Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Sacrament Information 2021/2022

If you wish to register your student for one of their sacraments, Please reach out to Natalie Lavigne at OLPH Parish office (780-467-5470).


The Registration Form can be printed off from the parish website: https://www.olph.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/First-Rec-Communion-Registration-Printable-Form-FINAL-may2021.pdf


Parents can submit them to the OLPH Parish Office in person (7:30am-7:30pm, 7 days a week) OR by email sacraments@olph.ca.