Raider's Weekly

Holy Redeemer Catholic School October 22, 2021

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Mark Your Calendars:

Monday :


Tuesday:
  • Tuesday, October 26th - School Photo- Re-Takes
  • GIRLS Volleyball game-- HR vs. STT @ STT (No Spectators)
  • BOYS Volleyball game -- HR vs. NH @ HR (No Spectators) - We are currently working on live-streaming our remaining volleyball games with new technology within the school. Stay tuned for the link.
Wednesday:

Thursday:
  • GIRLS Volleyball game-- Semi Finals & Finals
  • BOYS Volleyball game -- Semi Finals
Friday:
  • Have a great weekend!!


Down the road:

  • November 2nd & 3rd - Parent teacher interviews
  • Wednesday, November 3 - Early Dismissal
  • Fall Break - November 8-12 - No School
  • Saturday November 20 - National Child Day
  • Wednesday December 1 - Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday December 22 to Jan 4 - Christmas Break begins - No School and closed


School Sports and Events Calendar: Click Here

Faith Corner

Mark 10:46-52


In this weekend’s Gospel reading from Mark a blind man named Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”

But, Bartimaeus wasn’t yelling at Christ to pity him the way we might pity a destitute man or woman on the side of a freeway exit. No, he was looking for something radically different. He was pleading for Christ’s compassion and mercy from a lifetime of suffering and blindness. He was begging for Christ to stop and look at him, for Jesus to notice him and heal him!

This is exactly the cry the Lord wants to hear from us: “Have mercy on me, a sinner!” Only then can our Father in Heaven ask us, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Highlights from this past week

This past week at Holy Redeemer, we have had lots of fun throughout the school. This week was school bus safety awareness week at school. Students who ride the bus were able to participate in evacuation drills on Wednesday afternoon. Our 1-4 Students participated in a province wide poster contest.


Our Grade 1-4 students also Started "Junior University" this week and have been exploring their creative side while learning in a practical and hands on manner. We have attached a few photos from our Junior University programming this week. Ask your student which activity they participated in and liked best.


Our Kindness club spent some time making adorable Halloween cards to mail to some elderly members of our community.


AND, Our grade 1 and 3 Students had a special visit from Father Jim!


Don't forget to check the art-wall link after the pics below to see some of our student's artwork.


Here are a few fun pics from the week...

Featured Artwork

Take a virtual walk through the school and get a glimpse at our students' creativity.

Halloween Guidelines

With fun Halloween festivities beginning next week, there a few things to bear in mind in preparation.


  • All students are invited to wear their costumes to school on Friday.
  • Students who are dressing up are asked to keep costumes school appropriate. Weapons will not be permitted. Being proactive can help all of us to avoid uncomfortable situations at school and can help us ensure that Halloween is a time where all students feel safe, dignified and honoured.
  • With health restrictions still in place, If you are planning on sending treats with your student, please refrain from sending items that are not pre-packaged and individually wrapped and ensure to send them by Wednesday.
  • Masks will continue to be mandatory - Please ensure your student is still able to wear their mask while in costume.
  • Grades 5-8 are planning fun Halloween activities for K-4 Students through-out the week.
  • Annual costume parade will occur on Friday, October 29th.
  • Our Librarian, Mrs. Scoggins has decorated the library in Halloween theme decor - Stay tuned.


Special Thanks!!!

Thanks so much to Jaida and Bree Swartz for supplying our staff with with coffee cream to go with the coffee pods you gifted last week!


Thank you so much to Kale, Everett, Marek, Jocelyn and Steven Johnston for all of the buns donated for snack for all of our students today!!


A heartfelt thank you to these families.

Spirit Wear!!

Order your Holy Redeemer SPIRIT WEAR!! Available now until the end of October only. Please indicate your student's grade when ordering as the orders will be organized into classes when it is delivered to the school.


To view, order and pay online, CLICK HERE.


Please note that this is not linked through PowerSchool - Please DO NOT send money to school. Orders must go through this website which is not at all affiliated EICS.

Meet Our Staff - Weekly Spotlight

Introducing Aimee Fontaine!


"Hi, My name is Aimee Fontaine and I coordinate the Nutrition Program at Holy Redeemer. This is my third year with the program and have enjoyed getting to know all the kids and their excitement with what is for snack. I have three children that attend Holy Redeemer in grade 6, grade, 5 and grade 3. My family loves to camp, quad, dirt bike, snowmobile and spend time around a camp fire."


To Aimee, on behalf of the entire school community, Thanks so much for providing our students with a nutritious snack each day.

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. - If you have any questions, please call Tess Guerin in the office at 780-922-4522.
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Librarian's Corner

One more week until the Haunted Library begins, spiders are busy spinning webs, ghosts are starting to fly, and the black cats are practicing some purrrfect spells! It’s sure to be a spooktacular day at Holy Redeemer!

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

The Wellness Corner

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News from EICS

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News from Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Holy Redeemer Parent Advisory Council (PAC)


Thanks to all that attended the Parent Council meeting on Tuesday evening. Some highlights of the meeting are:


  • Hot Lunch – We are working with a new hot lunch program this year, please be patient with us while we navigate the new system. We are targeting to start up in November. If you can help out on Hot lunch days please contact Parent Council.
  • Fundraising – We are planning to run 2 fundraisers over the holiday season. The Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser and the FundScrip Fundraiser which is a gift card fundraiser. These will help Parent Council provide support to school initiatives during the school year. More details on the fundraisers to come shortly.
  • Yearbook – A big thanks to Jessica Koehli who has stepped up to do our 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 yearbook!



Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday November 16 th @ 6:30 pm – all parents/caregivers are welcome to join.


Join Google Meeting: meet.google.com/hub-ufef-pmu


Please see our webpage for more information on meetings: https://hr.eics.ab.ca/parents/school-council


You can also join our Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2771698989741265/?ref=share

Baptism OPENS THE DOOR to the rest of the Sacraments!

Are you wishing to Baptize your school-age child?

Does your child want to receive First Communion with their classmates?

It is never too late!


For the Baptism of infants or very young children, parents make the Baptismal promises on their behalf. OLPH offers our monthly Baptism Preparation Class, required for all parents (and recommended for prospective Godparents also.) For a child age 7 (considered the age of reason) or older, catechesis and preparation of their own is necessary before receiving any of the sacraments, including Baptism.


We are offering a special Baptism Preparation Class for children Age 7-10, so they can be welcomed in Baptism, then join the class to celebrate First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the new year 2022 with their peers.


Sunday November 14

9:15 am—11:30 am

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

Sherwood Park


Parents, please email sacraments@olph.ca to register by Friday, November 5. (No cost to register.)

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.