St. André Bessette Catholic School

February 22-26, 2021

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This past week we've transitioned from ordinary time to the season of Lent. On Shrove Tuesday last week we treated our students to a cookie and juice box snack and reminded them of the significance of Shrove Tuesday. It was a little unusual stepping away from our traditional pancake service but all the same we rewarded our students in community with their classmates of the unique religious significance of this day. The next day we shared with each class a special Ash Wednesday liturgy. Staff videotaped parts of the liturgy ahead of time and it was complete with a homily from Fr Kris. While COVID has changed how we started our Lenten journey it has not and will not change the chance to prepare our hearts for Jesus through acts of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

This weekend's gospel is unique as it the first time that Mark quotes Jesus directly. He is exclaiming that the kingdom of God has come. Jesus' message is to repent and believe in the salvation that is now here. To "believe" and to "repent" go hand in hand. It is impossible to fully believe in Jesus' message of salvation and not turn away from our sins (1 John 3:4–6). Christians will never be perfect on this earth, but our inclination to live a sinful life changes into a desire to live for God. Fortunately we have a Lenten season to help us to reflect on what we can improve and start fresh.

School Messenger

The school messenger app or website are tools that you can use to report absences and manage communication preferences with the school.

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Upcoming Dates

February 23 = Parent Teacher School Interview site opens at 4pm

February 24 = Pink Shirt Day

February 25 = Cynics Café with Fr Kris at noon hour in the Learning Commons

March 1 = Grad Photo retakes in Student Lounge

March 4 = Quarter 3 Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews will be on March 4th from 3:30-6:30pm link to sign up using School Interviews will be shared soon.

March 5 = Staff PD Day - No School for Students

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Do you or someone you know like to garden? Please consider purchasing fertilizer for your lawn and garden from our OLA Parish - time to place your orders now!!!! Proceeds help support our SAB Chapel furnishings.

Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic Parish Knights of Columbus are offering up an online sale.

The K of C group is selling quality 15 kgs NUTRIEN fertilizer bags for $28 each.

Order before April 15, 2021 (pick up late April)

Contact: Gerald Poitras (780)265-5260 or

Fertilizer from Nutrien Ag Solution 15kg bags. Analysis: 19%N, 12%P, 15%K, 6%S. apply at a rate of 3kg/100m2.

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Pink Shirt Day Wednesday, February 24

On February 24, 2021, we encourage all staff and students to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. This movement began in 2007 in Nova Scotia by David Shepherd and Travis Price. These two high school students bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after male ninth grade student Chuck McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

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RAP Placement Info for Employers

Know an employer who might be able to accommodate at RAP student next year?

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On Thursday, March 4 from 3:30-6:30pm we will be offering parents and students an opportunity to connect with their classroom teachers. Parents can access the School Interviews website to book a time when staff will phone you to discuss your child's progress:

Interviews are booked on a first come first served basis. If there are no available time slots for a particular teacher, you are welcome to contact them by email to discuss your child's progress, or to arrange a time to meet on a different day if needed.

The website and code will be shared with families next Tuesday at 4:00pm stay tuned!

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Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Fort Saskatchewan and the Today Centre are cohosting a FREE introductory workshop about domestic violence for community members.

In this workshop participants will learn about:

· The types of domestic violence

· Understand the power of and barriers to support

· The impact of COVID-19

· Responding to suspected domestic violence

· Available information and community resources

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: online (Zoom link provided after registration)

This workshop is FREE to attend.

Register at:

OLA Parish News

Fr Kris, Fr Daniel and the OLA parish team offer many ways to stay connected to our local parish. To learn more about what is happening at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Parish please click on the following link: or please take a look at the many options below.

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Outdoor Education Class Snowshoeing

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