Raiders Weekly

March 7, 2021

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Mark Your Calendars

  • Sunday, March 14 - Spring Ahead (change clocks one hour ahead)

  • Tuesday, March 16 - Parent Council meeting (virtually at 6:30, see link below)

  • Wednesday, March 17 - St Patrick's Day

  • Saturday, March 20 - First day of Spring

  • Wednesday, March 24 - 3 Way Conferences (virtually)

  • Friday, March 26 - Tuesday, April 6 - Spring Break (no school for Staff & students)

Faith Corner

In today’s Gospel we learn about a time when Jesus did some house cleaning. It was time for the annual Passover celebration, so Jesus travelled to Jerusalem. When he arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the temple. He couldn’t believe what he saw. Right there in the temple area he saw people who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves to be used as sacrifices in the temple. There were even tables set up where men were changing money so that people could pay their temple taxes. It looked more like a flea market than a house of worship.

Jesus did not like what he saw. He was so angry that he drove the cattle, sheep, and those who were selling them out of the temple. Next, he went to the money changers and turned their tables over, scattering coins all over the temple floor. To the ones who were selling the doves he said, “Get out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market.” I would say that Jesus did some serious house cleaning in the temple that day!

As we think about Jesus cleansing the temple, we should also be reminded that there is some other cleaning that needs to be done. The Bible tells us that we are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in us. (1 Cor. 3:16) The season of Lent is a good time for us to look inside ourselves and see if there is anything in us that needs to be cleansed. Are there some areas of your life where you need to do some house cleaning? I know there are in mine!


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Online Registration for the 2021-22 school year are now Open !! We are accepting registrations for Kindergarten, Nature Kindergarten and all Grades 1-8.


Below is a link for frequently asked questions for Kindergarten and all other registrations. We offer Kindergarten classes full days on Tues/Thurs, alternating Fridays ONLY. Please note, if your child is already attending our school, there is no need to register for the coming school year as they automatically roll over in the summer.


Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any questions about the upcoming school year. please call the school at 780-922-4522.

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Nature Kindergarten

Check out our AMAZING adventures with our outdoor Nature Kindergarten program at Holy Redeemer!

Registration is now OPEN

Spots do fill up quickly so please be sure to stay tuned for more information. We offer our Nature Kindergarten full days on Mon/Wed alternating Fridays ONLY.


If you have any questions, please call the school directly or email our Nature Kindergarten teacher Stephanie Spilchak at stephanie.spilchak@eics.ab.ca


You can also follow along with our Nature Kindergarten Instagram Account @naturekinders

The Boys & Girls Club Before and After School Care

Please mention that you are a Holy Redeemer family when you call.
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Cold and Wet Weather

As the weather is starting to warm up and the snow begins to melt, the playground areas will be wet, muddy and possible icy while the temperatures still dip down at night. Students will be required to go outside for recess therefore it's important they have the proper outdoor clothing and footwear. Younger students should have a change of pants, warm coat, gloves/mitts, hats and rubber boats.


If you have any questions, please refer to our Administrative Procedure 134 - Inclement Weather


Inclement Weather

Nature Kindergarten Enjoying our *Spring* like Weather

Digital Citizenship Week

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Holy Redeemer Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Please feel free to join our Holy Redeemer Parent/Student Council Facebook group. This is a private group for our school community only.


Holy Redeemer Parent/School Council Facebook Group

Holy Redeemer Parent/School Council website page


Virtual meeting dates are:


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 20 , 2021 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, May 18 , 2021 at 6:30 pm


Please use the following Google Meet link for all of our meetings this school year:

meet.google.com/hub-ufef-pmu

2019-20 Yearbook Update !!

Arrival Date: All yearbooks will be delivered to the school in 4-6 weeks (April 2021)


Who is your Yearbook provider? We are using LifeTouch Yearbooks, they are a well established company that prints high quality yearbooks. LifeTouch is used by many school in the region.


Receipt: You should have received an email confirmation from LifeTouch immediately after ordering on-line. If not, you may wish to check your junk mail folder, or you can log back in check at https://YBPay.lifetouch.ca ID# 14324021



Can I still order? Sales are now closed but there may be a few extra available. You can email Angela at amd693@hotmail.com to inquire.

Are You the One (or two)??

Do you have a creative side? Have you spent time capturing those special moments creating photo albums for people to enjoy for many years to come ? Do you like looking at pictures ? Have you ever wondered how a yearbook gets created?


If you've answered Yes ! to any of the above questions, then we have a volunteer position for you!!!


We are currently looking for a parent volunteer (or two) who would be interested in assisting with the 2020-21 Yearbook. If interested, please contact the school office at 780-922-4522 or email our school at hr@eics.ab.ca or Mr. Kucy edk@eics.ab.ca

Choose Joy !


Elk Island Catholic Schools is invited to help bring joy to vulnerable women at Lurana Shelter as they take the first steps in building a violence-free life.


In just a couple of short months, Lurana Shelter will join Catholic Social Services' (CSS) portfolio of Sign of Hope funded programs, marking a critical shift in CSS' capacity to help women in crisis. We're thrilled to invite our partners at Elk Island Catholic Schools to be among the first to support Lurana as a Sign of Hope program!


Lurana is a 21-day crisis shelter operating 32 beds for women and children escaping domestic violence. By donating to your school's team, staff, students, and family of EICS are helping provide food, shelter, and security to women and children as they rebuild after violence.


We encourage staff, students and families to make a donation.

Here is the link for the fundraiser page:



https://www.canadahelps.org/s/AC2Ks

Gods Master Paws

Miss Macmillan is once again updating our Gods *Master Paws* wall as she has heard there are some new furry family members ! Would you like to see your pet every day at school ? Please send your photos to Miss Macmillan and she will add your pets picture to our *Master Paws* wall. What a great way to see your furry family member while you're at school. Please email your photos too: gloriam@eics.ab.ca
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Indigenous Corner

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Wellness Corner

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Library Corner

We are very excited to announce our spring book fair is coming!!!

March 22nd - March 29th


The fair will be running online with over 450 items to choose from!!


All purchases will support our school and learning resources.


You can go and browse now to see some of the fabulous books available at

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5155125


The site will be open for purchasing on the 22nd.

More details will be coming soon!

Winter Tales Walk

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Nutrition Program Menu for March 2021

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Alberta Health Services - COVID Guidelines

These new Guidelines come into effect on Monday, November 2, 2020.


Alberta Health Services has updated their Daily Checklist and stay at home requirements when your child falls ill. Please refer to these documents for daily screening or should your child become ill, particular to the highlighted areas.


We recommend you print off the above list to use daily before your child leaves for school.


AHS Changed Guidelines Effective November 2, 2020


Daily Checklist for Children Under 18


PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE DIRECTLY WITH ABSENCES AND INDICATE THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE IF LEAVING A MESSAGE. THANK YOU

EICS and Holy Redeemer Re-Entry Handbook

GrACE February 2021 Newsletter

Please find below the link to the Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education January newletter.


GrACE February 2021 Newsletter

Message from Paul Corrigan - Assistant Superintendent

On April 7th, live at 3 p.m, EICS will be hosting an online event kicking off the new direction of our ongoing partnership with Catholic Social Services supporting vulnerable women and children.


Check out this video for an explanation of the event and a reminder of our Lenten call.


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Paul Corrigan

Assistant Superintendent

Elk Island Catholic Schools

780-449-6455


"Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair."

-G. K Chesterton

OLPH Parish

Please take a look at the below link for all our updated 2021 Confirmation Preparation program that include Registration forms, schedules, requirements and fees.


2021 Confirmation Preparation Program


This Week at OLPH


Sacrament Information

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