Hawks Weekly News
St. Theresa - September 26, 2021
Mark Your Calendars:
- Tues. Sept. 28- Hot Lunch
- Wed. Sept. 29 - Orange Shirt Day
- Thurs. Sept. 30 - Truth and Reconciliation Day - No School
The Government of Canada has proclaimed September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To read what EICS is doing to honour this day, please visit:
- Thurs. Sept. 30 - St. Theresa Swag webstore will be closed at 11:59am
- Fri. Oct. 1 - Hot Lunch - Ukrainian Program at Divine Liturgy (am)
- Fri. Oct 1 & Sat. Oct. 2 - Volleyball tournament
**Updated AHS Covid-19 Daily Screening Checklist** Please ensure you review this daily checklist before sending your child to school
This week is Truth and Reconciliation Week
It is time to continue to learn about and honour those impacted by the Indian Residential School System. Here are some activities that families can participate in during the week. Parents, we encourage you to ask your child(ren) about what they are doing in school.
Grades 5-8 Family Activities for September 30 to acknowledge Orange Shirt Day
Watch a video together, Namwayut: We are all one. Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
Talk about Chief Robert Joseph’s experience and what it means for us today. What more do you want to learn about?
Read Shi-shi-etko - video link and supporting questions
Students will be guided through an art activity while learning about Residential Schools in a safe and gentle way
Registration (free) is required
Spend time together learning about the Calls to Action . What resonates with you?
Join for a Run/Walk in support and awareness of those who did not survive the Residential school era and for those who did
Begin with a ceremony and words from elders at the Indigenous Art Park at 3:00 pm and start at the Kinsmen Park area at 4:00 pm. This will be a combination of pavement and trail run through the beautiful YEG river valley trails to Hawrelak Park and back and includes three distances of 5 & 10 km and a kids’ 2.15 km race at the same location.
If the event is sold out, consider going for your own walk and reflect on the discussions and learnings this week.
10am - 2pm at Hawrelak Park - Orange Shirt Day Theme
September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On that day, we are called to recognize the intergenerational harm that residential schools inflicted on Indigenous people and communities. We strive to always honour the lives of those who were lost to this injustice.
We are observing this day off so they can use the time to reflect, learn, and think about our individual roles in eliminating structural, systematic, and overt racism in their communities and across Canada. We encourage families in our school community to look through the family supports, activities, videos we have curated in order to start the conversations and guide reflection in their own households. Ask your child what they have learned, and we strongly encourage you to share pictures of the activities you participated in, so we can share them with our extended school community.
Thank you for honouring the purpose of this day, and we look forward to seeing everyone’s efforts in dedicating this day to the necessary reflection that the national call to Truth and Reconciliation asks of all of us.
“When you listen, you become aware. That’s for your head. When you hear, you awaken. That’s for your heart. When you feel, it becomes a part of you. That’s for your spirit. Three times. It’s so you learn to listen with your whole being. That’s how you learn.”
RIchard Wagamese, Embers, p. 113
Until next year,
St. Theresa Hawks
Sports are back at St. Theresa!!! Congratulations to our Volleyball teams who played their first league games this week.
St. Theresa Swag
WEBSTORE WILL BE CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 30TH AT 11:59 PM
- ORDERS WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE SCHOOL APPROXIMATELY 3-4 WEEKS AFTER STORE CLOSES
- ORDERS WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE STUDENT’S HOMEROOM
- PERSONALIZED NAMES WILL GO ONTO THE BACK BOTTOM OF APPAREL PIECES. PLEASE PUT EITHER FIRST OF LAST NAME. IF YOU PUT BOTH WE WILL DEFAULT TO THE LAST NAME.
- NO EXCHANGES DUE TO SIZING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. SIZE CHARTS ARE UPLOADED FOR EACH APPAREL PIECE. PLEASE SIZE ACCORDINGLY.
- Unfortunately the ladies jacket is on backorder so they will not be delivered until early December.
Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
The St. Theresa Parent Advisory Council performs many vital functions for our school community, by helping to facilitate school wide student functions and providing valuable funding to our school via fundraising. Parents involved in the PAC learn about planning and development within the school and are part of the planning process. These roles make their involvement very important to the families, administration and teachers.
All positions are open for elections. Please join the November 2, 2021 meeting to take part in informing our new Council for the 2021-2022 school year.
2021-2022 PAC Executive
Chair: Melissa Goulet
Treasurer: Kim Pennock
Secretary: Rosie Conrad
Meeting Dates for 2021-2022: All meetings will be held virtually at 6:30pm. A google meet link will be emailed the day of the meetings.
- November 2, 2021
- December 14, 2021
- January 25, 2022
- March 8, 2022
- April 19, 2022
- May 31, 2022
OLPH Parish - Sacraments
We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP PARISH
13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park AB. T8H 1Y7
Phone : 780 467 5470 Fax : 780 467 0530
September 1, 2021
Welcome to a new year of Catholic education and faith formation for your child!
Each year, in a Catholic school, your child will learn about many aspects of their Catholic faith— including learning about the seven sacraments. In our Archdiocese, preparing children for the celebration of their own sacraments always occurs in the parish, with the support of the school: • preparing for First Reconciliation, and then First Eucharist, can begin when a child is 7 years of age and in Grade 2 or older
• preparing for Confirmation can begin when a child is about 12 years of age and in Grade 6 or older • special preparation is also available for children of any age who are not yet baptized
Most children attending Catholic schools are ready to receive at the ages shown above, but there is no such thing as too late. Are you seeking for your child to celebrate a sacrament, such as Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation? Are you ready to help them live out their Baptismal promises? Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and Elk Island Catholic Schools are each involved in preparing your child for a Catholic sacrament along with you. It is a group effort, and everyone has a role:
• As a parent, the Church has always held that you are the primary teacher of the faith for your child. You teach them about God; set the example; talk about your own faith; and you bring them to Mass. • The place where the sacraments are celebrated and lived is the Catholic parish. We the people of God in the Church are each part of the Body of Christ. Being in relationship with the parish community (with all its challenges and blessings) is essential for your life of faith and that of your child. The preparation for, and celebration of, the sacraments happens in the parish church. • You must sign your child up for preparation at the parish. The school doesn’t do this part of the process for you. Catholic schools are a special place for children to learn more about Jesus Christ, to practice living in a community of faith, and to develop and deepen a relationship with Christ. We (Catholic parish and Catholic school) are eager to walk beside you and your children during this very special time. Please call OLPH parish office 780-467-5470, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.olph.ca/sacraments to get started or learn more.
As you prepare your child for their sacraments may this also be a special time for you - of deepening your own understanding and of growing in faith for the whole family!
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Jim Corrigan, Pastor
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
A Roman Catholic Christian community.
We come together at our Lord’s invitation to worship God, celebrate the sacraments, and deepen our faith. We strive to be thankful, generous and welcoming, and are sent forth to help advance God’s Kingdom on earth by proclaiming the Gospel and serving others.
Please Submit your child's Demographic form
In order to ensure funding for your child from Alberta Education for this school year, EICS is required to collect Demographic Confirmation Update Forms for all students. Please log into your parent powerschool account and click the link for SchoolEngage Student Forms. From there, click the Students icon and click on your child's name to open the Forms list. Choose the 2021-2022 Demographic Confirmation Update Form and complete/submit it. Please ensure that this form is submitted as soon as possible. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.