I can’t believe we are in the month of June already. This year has gone very fast. I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students, and parents for a great year. I have been made to feel very welcome at Holy Family School. I look forward to the years to come at this wonderful school.
As the year end winds down, we have started planning for next year. It is with great sadness that we will be saying good bye to three amazing staff members. Congratulations to Mrs. Rideout, she will be moving to the division office in a consultant role. Mrs. Fullerton will be taking her amazing talents to St. Mary School. They will be very lucky to have her. We wish Mr. Novicki the best of luck in his continued teaching career.
The month of June is very busy for everyone, but I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few activities we have this month.
The week of June 10th, our new playground will be installed. We are still looking for able bodies to come help us put it together. If you have a couple hours to spare that week, please consider coming to help out. It is something our students will enjoy for years to come.
June 12-14th – The grade 7’s will be camping at St. John Bosco
June 17th – Grand opening of the playground. Please come join the SCC and staff at our ribbon cutting ceremony. We will celebrate with hot dogs, bottles of water and cake.
June 20th – We are having our end of the year school Mass. It is being organized by the kindergarten and Grade 7 students. As well, we will have our awards day in the afternoon.
June 21 –Pre- Kindergarten to grade 3 Fun Day.
June 24- Our kindergarten to grade 7 students will be going to the provincial park for a day of fun and games.
June 25 – Kindergarten celebration
June 26 – Kindergarten Open House.
Please be sure to check the calendar for other important field trip dates for your child.
I would like to wish everyone a blessed and safe summer.
See you in the fall.
Playground Grand Opening
Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.
June 6- Oratory at 7:00
June 14- All library books are due back
June 17- Playground Grand Opening & AR Party
June 20- Mass at 9:30 and Awards at 12:30 with games to follow
June 21- Pre-K - Gr.3 Fun Day
June 24- School Trip to Provincial Park
June 25- Kdg Grad
June 26- Kdg Open House and Pre-K visits the Tot Lot
June 27- No Classes
June 28- Report card pick up 8:30-11:30
This year our Cat Chat Vacation Bible School will be held at St. Joseph's Parish Hall at 1942-98th Street. It will run from 9am to 12pm from August 19th to August 23rd. It is for ages 4 to 12. Our theme this year is "A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments".
The week is filled with games, snacks, crafts and more. It is free of charge.
We welcome any volunteers,ages 13 and older, to help during the week and we give Community service hours for their help if needed.
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. Holy Family School will be offering full time Kdg. Students will attend classes all day every day during the fall of 2019-20. 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. Registrations are also available on our school home page. If your family is moving and leaving the school, please provide the office with that information.
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 2019, so you may apply to multiple schools.
Gr. 4-7 Awards Day
Boys and Girls Club
We are pleased to announce that we will be running an after school care program at Holy Family School. The program is run by the Boys and Girls Club. To register, please go to Battleford's Boys and Girls Club home page and register on line.
All library books are due back by June 14.
Summer reading—it’s important! Research shows that kids who read four or more books over the summer are better prepared for the coming school year and do not go down the ‘summer slide’—the loss of reading and learning skills during the summer break. Reading over the summer months really does make a difference to your child’s learning. Here are five easy ways you can help your child reduce summer reading loss:
· Make reading important. Be a role-model for reading. Let your child see you reading throughout the day and use daily routines as reading opportunities. Cooking, reading TV listings, looking for information on-line, reading directions, or following a map all provide authentic reading experiences.
· • Give your child the power of choice. Having reading materials available is key to helping kids love to read, and the reading materials kids choose themselves are best. In fact, 92% of children and teens say they are more motivated to read and are more likely to finish a book they have picked out. Help your child find texts that appeal to his or her interests, yet are age appropriate and ‘just right’ in difficulty.
· • Set aside time to read every day. We know that the more kids read, the better they become at reading and the more they will enjoy reading. During the summer, encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes per day. Make reading ‘down-time’—an opportunity for family members to read together, either aloud or quietly to themselves. Keep track of progress by recording book titles, pages read, and minutes spent.
· • Talk it up. Talking about books during and after reading helps improve comprehension. Encourage kids to share their ideas and opinions by asking open-ended questions. Talk about what you read to let them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you— soon they might start doing the same.
· • Be part of a reading challenge. Most local libraries have summer reading programs that help engage and motivate readers. Kids set a goal, track books they read, and receive incentives for achieving goals. Summer programs also promote reading club opportunities where children can discuss and share books with others, either on-line or in person. You can even create your own family reading challenge. Have a great summer, and happy reading! Help Your Child Read This Summer!
REPLACING LOST OR DAMAGED BOOKS
As you know, books are very expensive and all the children know how we expect them to look after the books they borrow. However, if your child loses or damages a book they have borrowed, then we would ask you to pay for a replacement. This will allow the library to maintain a healthy stock of reading material.
Best of luck to our grade 7's leaving us, what a fine group of ladies and gentlemen you have become! It has been a pleasure to watch you grow up.
REPORT CARD PICK-UP, FRIDAY, JUNE 28:
Report Cards may be picked up at the school anytime between 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. The buses will not run on this day as there are no classes.
Track and Field Day and Fun Day
Special thanks to the School Community Council Canteen Co-ordinator, Kelly Wouters. Thanks also to all parent volunteers who helped at our track meets, as well as those who will be helping at Fun Day for Pre-Kdg. - Gr.3 on Friday, June 21st. Without your assistance these events would not be possible.
Interval House Collection
The Stewardship Group at Holy Family School is collecting various items for the Battlefords Interval House and for BECIP. (Perhaps when you are spring cleaning you will come across some of these items in your house.)
BECIP wish list:
small stuffed animals (up to 11’’ in length - no bigger please)
Needs List for Battleford Interval House are:
Sweatshirts and hoodies - all sizes (children and women)
Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, hair brushes, combs, accessories
Pyjamas - all sizes (children and women)
Sweat suits - all sizes (children and women)
Slippers and socks
Diapers - all sizes, except newborn
Pull-ups - sizes 5 & 6
Soothers, teething rings, baby bottles, sippy cups
Some of these items can be gently used.
Please send these items to school by Tuesday, June 4th if possible.
(We will take donations after this date as well.)
Thank you for your support.
The Stewardship Group