Raider's Weekly

Holy Redeemer Catholic School, December 3

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Mark Your Calendars:


  • Advent Celebration - Hosted by Grade 2
  • Boys basketball practice


  • Fine Arts at ABJ play
  • Girls basketball practice


  • Nitza Pizza Hot Lunch
  • Boys Basketball practice
  • Girls basketball practice


  • DQ Hot Lunch

Down the road:

  • Monday, December 13 - Christmas Cookie Decorating (requesting parent volunteers)
  • Tuesday, December 14 - Desk Decorating
  • Wednesday, December 15 - Tobogganing and Hot Chocolate (requesting parent volunteers)
  • Thursday, December 16 - Christmas concert FILMING - Dress nicely
  • Friday, December 17 - Advent mass at 10:30 at OLPH church
  • Friday, December 17 - Christmas concert student viewing in the gym
  • 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

School Sports and Events Calendar: Click Here

Second week of Advent

On this the Second Sunday of Advent, we are invited to reflect upon the role of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus and the salvation that he would bring to us.

John the Baptist was the messenger that God chose to bring this good news to His people. John traveled around in the desert preaching that people should repent of their sins and turn to God. When people listening to John the Baptist confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

John the Baptist was very popular and had a great following, but he always told the people about Jesus. "Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am," he said. "He is so much greater that I am not even worthy to stoop down and untie the straps on His sandals."

It’s been 2,000 years since God sent His Son, but God still needs messengers to spread the news. This year, as we celebrate our Savior's birth, will you be God's messenger to share the good news with others?

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.

Highlights from this past week

This past week, we began our preparations for Christmas with beginning of the Advent Season. Our Grade 1 class led our Advent ceremony on Monday. On Tuesday, our rec and leadership students participated in kick-boxing lessons in the gym. On Wednesday, it felt very "Christmassy" around here as we enjoyed our "Wear it festive" Sprit Day. We wrapped up that fun and festive afternoon with a student led assembly. Additionally, some of our elementary students sent letters in the mail to Santa Claus!

On Tuesday, we observed a moment of silence and recognized the victims of Holodomor. The Holodomor was a man-made famine and possibly a genocide that happened in Ukraine in 1932 and in 1933.

pawācakinasīsipīsim Frost Exploding Moon - Cree & Metis Tradition

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In one year (365 days), the moon goes around 13 times, giving us 13 lunar months with 28 days each. Conveniently, if we examine a turtle’s shell, we find the same pattern of numbers of lunar months in a year and days in a lunar month. A closer look will reveal a pattern of thirteen individual segments on turtles' back which represent each moon cycle of seasons. These segments are named according to seasonal practices and natural environmental occurrences. Further to this there are twenty-eight platelets which form an edging around the shell. This is the number of days in the moon cycle.

December is the Lunar Month of the Frost Exploding Moon according to Cree and Metis Tradition. During the Frost Exploding Moon, the trees would start to crackle with the cold. Cree and Metis peoples would stay close to home, begin the season of storytelling and begin to sew, nikaskwāsonān, Moose-hide mittens for Christmas gifts.

Our Grade 4 Students have continue their practice in the art of Pointillism, in an exploratory way that honors traditional Indigenous bead work.

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. Monday December 13th (Gr 1-8) - Cookie Decorating Helpers 2-3 adult helpers able to stay for half or full day. Roles - set up, helping students and clean up. Classes will come and have 30 minutes to decorate cookies. Classes will sign up for a time slot that works for them.
2. 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.
3. Monday December 20th (Gr. 1-8) - Community Readers and Santa!. - Seeking 1 adult to dress up like Santa and visit classrooms with candy canes and make a surprise entrance to classrooms to spread some cheer. WE are also looking for Community members to come and read an Christmas mas story to classes (First Responders, RCMP members, medical personal, community seniors, Hockey players etc...)

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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Its time to cozy up with a good book!

The library is getting ready for the winter season, and there are many cool books to choose.

So chill out and relax with some of your favorite reads.

~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:

Community Connections

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A message from CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Foundation):

Recovery College is a relatively new program which was created in 2019. The program offers courses which focus on providing resources and tools to individuals impacted by mental health and addiction challenges, and to their external supports. The courses were designed to operate in a pure peer-based environment and to help empower people of all walks of life, on their journey towards better mental health in a confidential and supportive environment.

There are no fees for program participants and courses are currently available online, via Zoom.

Registration, program, and course information can be found online at the following:

The list of our fall courses is available on our website. To see the list choose Find a Course in the top-right hand corner of the page. This will allow you to view courses, the course calendar, and information on the private courses which are offered through Recovery College.

Please note that we can provide support through our reception and direct program numbers for any questions that may arise around the registration process or individual courses.

If you are interested in hosting Recovery College courses for your organization or community group, CMHA Edmonton can accommodate your interest.

Please feel free to contact me directly for any additional information regarding private courses, or additional program information. I can be reached at: 780-267-4781, or by email at


Christine Ellery, CCW pronouns: she/her

Team Lead, Learning Services

Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region

300 – 10010 105 Street NW

Edmonton, AB T5J 1C4 | Amiskwaciwâskahikan – Treaty 6

T: (780) 732-6645 | F: 780-482-7498|