APRIL

2019

Principal's Message

Thank you to all the parents/caregivers that came to our student lead conferences. It is a great time for

the schools to connect with our families and the students love to show off their work. If you were

unable to attend, please contact your child’s teacher to set a time when you can come in to see your

child’s work.

As the month of April approaches, we are continuing on our Lenten path. I would like to share with you

a Lenten reflection that I found from the Jesuit Ministry, that I have found very hopeful.

“Have you ever thought of Lent as a yearly second chance? Each year the Church gives us six weeks to

take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us.

Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes that second chance, or do-

over, to “return to God with our whole heart.”

I want to wish you all a very happy and Blessed Easter. Enoy the Easter holidays.

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Easter Message from Fr. Phinh

Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! This is the Good News that the Church proclaims to all of humanity. The resurrection is the foundation of Christian joy and Christian hope. With the resurrection of Jesus, we know that He is truly Lord and Saviour of the world. With the resurrection, He shows us that the way to life is through love and service unto death.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen. This is the Christian proclamation of our faith, we must come out of the tombs. There are a few of us, even though as Catholics, we celebrate Easter, but we continue to be in our tombs when we lose this perspective of hope in life. Very often, in our trials, our difficulties, we begin to wonder is Jesus really alive? That is why most of us allow grief to continue to hold on to us. That is why we cannot see the bright light, the joy of Easter.

During Easter we are called to focus on those who encountered the risen Lord. We realize that the apostles who encountered the risen Lord, their lives were changed from one of pessimism to one of wonderful joy and that is what we need to learn from the apostles.

In our daily life, are we ready to release all the hurts, injustices, the anger, the resentment, and learn to heal others and become transforming agents. This is what we need to enter the Easter experience of encountering the risen Lord, so that our lives will be changed and transformed. Many people are waiting to hear the Good News, and this is where, as Christians, what have we got to offer? Is our relationship with Jesus rich, intense, loving and personal?

We know your faith better, we are able to explain to others, we are able to give a reason for our faith, and we are proud to be Catholics. We are co-responsible for the building of the Church, a Church where we really have a sense of community. A Church where all of us have fullness of lives in ourselves that we see the importance of Jesus, becomes the source of our strength, our center, the rock of our life.

Dear friends, I wish you all a happy Easter. And so, together, we rejoice, and together we bring hope to others. And I can guarantee you, as we bring hope to others, we will bring life to ourselves.

Happy Easter! Alleluia!

Fr. Joseph Phinh Do

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poor mans lunch

The Lenten season coincides with spring, calling to mind the new life, the hope and change that should characterize this time of prayer and penance. It is also a time to remember those who may not have the good fortune of others; who struggle to get the necessities of life.As a way of remembering those who are in need, we at Holy Family School will be holding our annual "Poor Man's Lunch" on Tuesday, April 16th. The lunch will consist of chicken noodle soup and a single piece of bread, to signify that there are those in our world who go hungry every day, often not even getting that much to eat.

Students are asked to bring$1.00, a bowl and a spoon to school on that day. If you choose to not have your child participate, please make arrangements to have them leave the school during lunch for that day. Only students taking part are allowed to stay for lunch in the classroom that day.

We are looking for 1 or 2 parents from each classroom to volunteer to bring soup that day. If you are able to help out with making the soup, please call the school or let the teacher know by April 10th. Thank you for your help!

Before & After School Childcare for the Fall

New for the fall at Holy Family School is after school programming provided by the Boys and Girls Club!!! Times will be from 3:30-5:30. The Boys and Girls Club will also be providing programming on school closure days, at the Boys and Girls Club. The link to register and fee description is below:
https://www.battlefordsboysandgirlsclub.ca/
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School Fees

We want to thank the families who have paid their student fees and gently remind those who have not yet paid them to stop in the office. We accept cheque, cash and debit payments. The fees help to provide learning opportunities and experiences for your child(ren). We look forward to seeing you soon.

Early Dismissal

Early dismissal day is Wednesday, April 17th at 1:55. Buses will run at that time. Please arrange to pick your child(ren) up at 1:55 on this day.

TRACK AND FIELD VOLUNTEERS

The Track Meet for grades 4 - 7 students will take place on Thursday, May 16 at Holy Family School commencing at 9:30 a.m. There will be a concession available. We need volunteers to help run the canteen. The canteen is especially busy through the lunch hour and many hands make light work. Please let us know if you are available to help. You can call the office at 445-2360 or email pa.spence@loccsd.ca if you would like to volunteer for a shift to help us out that day. Please watch for a note for the Pre-K - gr. 3 Fun Day as we will be in need of volunteers for that day as well. The Fun Day has been set for Friday, June 21.

Library

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the BOOK FAIR.It was a very successful Book Fair and as a result we have some great new titles for our Library.

A very special thank you to the parent volunteers that helped out. Your assistance and gift of time is very much appreciated!

Your friendly neighborhood librarian,
Mrs. S. Landry

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Registration

Registration for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the fall is now open! Pre-K students must be 3 or 4 and Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before December 31st. Please stop by the office anytime to pick up a registration form. Registration forms were sent home with all current four year old Pre-K students. If your family is moving and leaving the school, please provide the office with that information.

Pre-Kindergarten

Would you like to give your child a “boost” before he/she starts Kindergarten? Consider Pre-Kindergarten, a FREE education program for 3-5 year olds!

Although open to anyone, preference is given to families who may be in one or more of the following situations:

-single parent family, parent(s) in school, low income

-family receiving social assistance, a child with a behavior or speech problem

What is Pre-Kindergarten?

-it allows children to learn through play in a structured environment.

-it helps children develop language, thinking, behavior, social, fine motor, and gross motor skills.

-it actively involves the family in each child’s education.

When is Pre-Kindergarten?

Children attend classes for 3 hours per day Monday-Thursday and families may request morning or afternoon classes. The program operates from September to June and new students are accepted throughout the year as spaces become available.

Where are the Pre-Kindergartens?

St. Mary’s Community School 306-445-5152 , Notre Dame School 306-445-0283 and Holy Family School 306-445-2360.

*Please note: Final placements will not be determined until September 2017.

Moving?

It is that time of year again where we begin to start planning for next year and organizing class lists. If you are moving, or have friends who will be bringing their children to the school in the fall, please contact the office at 306-445-2360 to let us know so we can plan according to the correct numbers.
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Criminal Record Checks

As the end of the school year approaches we would like any parent or guardian to be aware that in order to help with year end activities, the school needs a criminal record check from the parent. If you are considering being a chaperone, please stop in and pick up the forms at the office. There will be an initial $10.00 fee to have the check done, but that fee will be reimbursed once the forms are complete and brought to the school.

Grade 7 John Bosco Camp

From June 12-14 our grade 7 students will be going to John Bosco Camp for our year end camping trip. Students have already began to fund raise to offset the cost of the trip. We will be sending more information home closer to the date.

Morning Arrival

Parents are asked to NOT send your child to school before 8:30am. We want your children to be safe and there are no teachers on supervision until 8:30. All students may arrive then go to the playground to play until the entrance bell at 8:50. All students, including kindergarten students, should be outside playing while waiting for the bell to ring. Students should line up at their own doors once the bells ring.

All students are to enter and exit through their assigned doors. The only grades entering and exiting through the main doors are Pre-k and Kdg. If you are picking your child up after school, please arrange a meeting spot outside for the student to find you waiting. They will be expected to come around to the front of the school using their assigned doors, not the front doors.

Spring Attire

Finally we see signs of spring! Please dress your child appropriately for the change in weather, layering in the morning and discarding jackets, mitts etc. in the afternoon. Splash pants and rubber boots are a wonderful idea. It is a good idea to include an extra pair of socks in the backpacks, as well, for those extra wet days. Please write your child’s name on their clothing and boots. With limited shopping places in the Battlefords, we often see many pairs of the same rubber boots. We want to ensure that all students leave at the end of the day with all the articles of outerwear and the correct footwear.

Thanks.

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Music Festival

On Tuesday, April 2nd Holy Family’s Grade 5, 6, and 7 band students will be traveling by bus to North Battleford Comprehensive High School to participate in the Kiwanis Music Festival. Students are asked to wear concert attire for this event – white top and black bottoms. Parents are welcome to attend.

Grade 6/7s will be performing in the morning at 11:00am. We expect to return to school by lunch.

Grade 5s will be performing in the afternoon at 2:00pm. We expect to return to school by 3:00pm.

New Playground Equipment

As spring finally has arrived, the SCC is starting to plan for playground installation to begin in June. The week of June 10-14, we will be looking at putting the playground in. If you, or someone you know, would be able to donate some time, we would appreciate it! Please contact the school if you are able to help at 306-445-2360. Many hands make for light work!

Extended May Long Weekend

For your future planning, the May long weekend this year will be a 4 day weekend for students. Staff will attend a Faith Day on Friday, May 17th which be a day off for students.


March 14, 2019


RE: Provincial Education Engagement Session


Dear Stakeholder,

In the spring of 2018, The Deputy Premier and Minister of Education asked the Ministry of Education to work collaboratively with education sector stakeholders, such as yourself, to begin planning for the future of education. I’m writing to invite you to take part in our Provincial Education Engagement Session that will take place May 2, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:00 pm at the Light of Christ Learning Center (1202 105 Street).


The purpose of this session is to gather feedback from you, a valued stakeholder on what is important to considers for our students’ education over the next five to ten years. As participants, you will be asked to provide feedback on four key concepts. These concepts will be presented during the engagement session.


It is our hope that you will be able to attend and provide feedback that will help the Ministry of Education better prepare for the future. If you are planning to attend, please reply to Becki Schell at 306-445-6158 or by email at b.schell@loccsd.ca. Thank you.


Sincerely,


Cory Rideout

Director of Education, Light of Christ Catholic Schools

Green Shirt Day- Monday April 8th

On April 7, 2018 Humbolt Broncos defenceman, Logan Boulet's organ donation saved 6 lives, and inspired Canadians to register as donors. Let's keep his legacy alive.

We ask staff and students to wear a green shirt on Monday, April 8th to support this noble cause.

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NO PARKING

We have would like to remind parents and guardians that there is no parking in the staff parking lot or in the bus lane-even for a quick pick up or drop off. The lane in the front of the school is for bus use and needs to be kept clear. Also please watch that you are not parking in the front of the school on the street where the yellow line is on the sidewalk. We are wanting parents to be aware of the crosswalks and not block them for the safety of the students crossing the street. We thank you for helping us keep your child(ren) safe.
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Easter Mass Schedule

Holy Thursday Mass

April 18th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Good Friday – April 19th, 2019

Morning Prayers @ 10:00 am

Stations of the Cross @ 2:00 pm Followed by:

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion @ 3:00 pm

Easter Vigil- Resurrection of the Lord

April 20th, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday

April 21st, 2019 @ 10:00 am