HOLY CHILD

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER 2022

Principal Message


Wow, did September ever go by fast!


October 3-7th READ IN WEEK

Choose your own adventure!! The annual READ IN Week took place this week, October 3-7th. Student's had the opportunity to have special guests celebrating literacy and reading books to them. Thank you to all of our volunteers and special guests who came out to read to our students this year:


  • Edmonton Stingers Basketball player Jordan Baker
  • Edmonton Public Library Librarians
  • Sarah Ryan- Global News
  • Edmonton Oilers Cheer Team
  • Edmonton Elk Jed Roberts
  • University of Alberta Athletes
  • Edmonton Police Constables
  • French Immersion Consultant (ECSD) Suzanne Pitts


Library is now open!

Our school library is open and students have an opportunity to take 2 (English and Language) books home. One of our Read In Week presentations helped students understand how we can take care of books and the importance of making sure they are returned in the best condition possible. One of the suggestions was to put the books in a safe place while they were at home, to avoid spilling on them or having their pets chew it up by accident. Please help us reinforce the importance of taking care of our library books by helping your child choose a spot at home where they could keep their books for the week and to remember to bring their books back to school so they are able to take new books home.


Student Progress


Now that we are in the month of October teachers and students have had a chance to get to know each other and their routines both in and out of the classroom. As we approach our Demonstration of Learning in November, please feel free to contact your child's teacher to discuss their progress and any concerns you may have, do not feel you have to wait until November to talk to your child's teacher about your child's progress.


Joyeaux Action de Graces~ Feliz Día de accíon de gracias~

On behalf of the staff at Holy Child, have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We hope all of our Holy Child families have an opportunity to sit with friends and family to share a meal and give thanks for the blessings God provides us everyday.


The prayer of thanksgiving always begins from here: from the recognition that grace precedes us. We were thought of before we learned how to think; we were loved before we learned how to love; we were desired before our hearts conceived a desire. If we view life like this, then “thank you” becomes the driving force of our day.” (Pope Francis, General Audience, 30/12/20)


Sra. Pederson

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UPCOMING EVENTS


October 10: THANKSGIVING DAY

NO SCHOOL


October 11: THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Join us at 1:15 p.m. for our Thanksgiving Celebration at St. Joseph Basilica


October 12: APPLE ORDERS DUE

Support our annual Apple fundraiser! Fresh picked apples from Davison Orchards in B.C. Get yours before its too late! Place your orders on PowerSchool.


October 17: PICTURE DAY

Send your child in with their best smile! Picture proofs will be sent home with your child. Review pictures and purchase on mylifetouch.ca.


October 27: FAITH DEVELOPMENT DAY

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


OCTOBER 28: HOT LUNCH

Hot lunches are back!! This month is LOVE Pizza. Place your orders on HealthyHunger.ca.


OCTOBER 31: HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION

Happy Halloween! Our costume parade will take place in the gym at 1:00 p.m. Kindergarten activities will take place during their regular class times. More information will be coming from your child’s teacher. Please help your child select a costume that is appropriate for a Catholic School – weapons, grim reapers and zombies can scare our younger students.


NOVEMBER 1: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

We will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos at our school. This Latin American tradition has its roots in Central and Southern Mexico. The holiday is a reaffirmation of indigenous life and recognition of love and respect for deceased family members. An ofrenda, or altar, will be set up at school for students and staff to bring photos of their loved ones who have passed on. Please ensure your photos are marked with your child's name so they are returned safely.

Piano and Guitar Lessons

University of Alberta Heart of the City Music Program

The HCMP is a volunteer driven non-profit organization that provides music lessons to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to receive private music education.

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  • The 1 hour program includes 30 minute lessons and 30 minute practice times which will be offered two days a week.
  • These lessons will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30pm-4:00pm at Holy Child
  • Students have the option of guitar lessons or piano lessons
  • Lessons begin the week of October 17th at



Registration information for parents will go out via email on Wednesday October 12th and session will begin the week of October 17th.


As this is a volunteer driven organization there will be limited spots, please note, that spots will be filled based on a first come first served basis.

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Terry Fox

On Friday, September 23 we held our Annual Terry Fox Run in support of cancer research.

We would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to the over 40 parent volunteers and the Edmonton City Police who showed up to cheer on our Holy Child students and staff. Our school spirit and parent involvement thoroughly impressed the Edmonton Police officers that attended the event. Through everyone's generous donations, Holy Child School was able to collect a whopping $509.95! That money will go directly to the Terry Fox fund to help support cancer research. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped make this event so special. We would all make Terry Fox very proud.

CROSS COUNTRY RUN

On Monday, September 26th 40 Holy Child runners crossed the finish line in the 33rd annual ESD Elementary Cross-Country Run at Rundle Park. All runners did a great job, and we are very proud. Congratulations to all Holy Child cross country runners and to those who received special ribbons!

Girls 8 and under: Scarlett C. - 2nd

Boys 8 and under: Kilali M. - 4th and Miguel C. - 5th

9-year-old girls: Norah O. - 3rd and Charley D. - 10th

10-year-old girls: Zoe O. - 3rd and Esme G.- 4th

SCHOOL RE-DEDICATION AND PLAYGROUND BLESSING

On Thursday November 29th many special guests joined our school community to celebrate our new school name, to learn a little more about the impact of residential schools and to bless our new playground. Father Glenn, our Division Chaplain lead our liturgical re-dedication celebration and our Chief Superintendent Robert Martin, along with Alene Mutala our Board Trustee, Sandra Palazzo our Board Chair, Pam Sparkingeyes our Manager of Indigenous Learning Services offered a few words on the history and importance of doing our part in reconciliation. We were also joined by Doris Paquette our Manager of Planning and Kim & Jason Street our playground fundraising Grant writers who were instrumental in helping our PAC plan and raise funds for our new playground. It was a wonderful day of celebration and reflection.
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October is Canadian Library Month and we challenge this year's theme of one card, one million possibilities because the Library means endless possibilities.


When you sign up for a library card, it doesn't just mean books. It means free classes and events, digital resources, movies, streaming music and television and anything else you could possibly imagine. We know this year has been unusual (to say the least), and we are here to help unlock endless possibilties. Oh, did I tell you it's completely, 100 per cent FREE.


So what are you waiting for? If you don’t already have an EPL card, sign up now,—it takes less than five minutes!

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