Raiders Weekly

October 25, 2020

** IMPORTANT ** Alberta Health Services NEW Updates

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.

AHS Daily Checklist

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

How Long to Stay Home from School

Answers to frequently asked questions on how long your child should stay home from school should they become ill.


Upcoming events ...

Tuesday, October 27 - Picture Re-take day

Wednesday, October 28 - Wellness Wednesday: Wear orange & black (Jack-o-latern day)

Tuesday, November 3 - 16 - Scholastics Online Book Fair (see below for details)

Wednesday, November 4 - Early Dismissal

Wednesday, November 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences (virtually) 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Thursday, November 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences (virtually) 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 8 - Catholic Education Week

Faith Corner

Matthew 22:34-40

In this weekend’s Gospel the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus again. They came and asked what the most important commandment was. See, the Jews had the ten commandments, which were a big deal for them. But they had even more laws on top of that, actually, hundreds of specific rules that governed how they were supposed to live. They wanted Jesus to mess up somehow by picking out one of those rules over the other ones. As always, though, Jesus was too smart to fall for a trap.

He narrowed the commandments down to two key things: Love God and love others. Jesus said that the number one rule was to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. That means that everything we do, think, or say should be done with God in mind. He is the most important thing. Jesus also said that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. That isn’t just the person who lives next door, but all of the people we come in contact with. Jesus said that when we do those things—love God and love our neighbor, everything else comes into place. The other laws all hang on love. If we truly love God first and foremost, then we will want to follow His other commandments, too!

Halloween at Holy Redeemer

We are excited to celebrate Halloween at school on Friday, October 30th in the afternoon.

Students can come to school in their costumes in the morning. Some important reminders about costumes:

  • COVID mask rules still apply
  • No weapons allowed
  • Costumes must be appropriate for school.
  • Make sure they are not based on a culture, race or ethnicity that is not your own.

Also, there will be no shared food this Halloween in order to keep everyone safe.

Country Nuts Photo Re-takes **IMPORTANT**

Picture re-take day is Tuesday October 27, 2020. If you would like your child to have a re-take photo done, please bring in the original form and indicate the reason for the retake. You must book a retake appointment with Country Nuts. Please go to the following link to book your appointment.

Colder Weather

As the days get shorter, the snow begins to fall and the temperatures drop, here's a friendly reminder to make sure your child has the appropriate clothing for outdoors. Students will be required to go outside for recess until the temperature reaches an outside temperature of -25C (this includes the wind chill). Students should have a warm coat and boots, as well as gloves/mitts, toques and snow pants.

Please take a look at our Administrative Procedure 134 - Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather

3 Way Conferences

Parent-teacher-student Google Meet virtual conferences will take place on Wednesday November 4, 2020 from 2:30 - 5:30 pm and Thursday, November 5 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Conference time slots are scheduled for 15 minutes.

Please note the following IMPORTANT information.

Conference times are set at 15 minutes. HOWEVER, the interview time is ONLY 10 minutes in length. This extra 5 minutes in between meetings allow for teachers to log in from one meeting to another barring any possible technical issues that may occur. Each teacher with whom you have scheduled an interview with, will reach out to you with the appropriate Google Meet link.

Your child(ren)s teacher will also inform you if you are required to also book an ISP/BSP meeting with them. If needed, please book back to back time slots. This will allow you to go through the regular interview process, then your ISP/BSP meeting.

Interviews will be on a first come, first serve basis. If none of the set times work for you or your family, please reach out to your teacher(s) directly for an alternate date and time.

To book your child’s interviews online:

  • Go to

  • Under “School event code” enter: gsnk6

  • You will be asked to enter parent’s name, email address, the number of children you are booking for, as well as their names.

  • Proceed to book the teachers you wish to see.

  • You will receive a confirmation email with your booking times.

Booking will open on Tuesday October 27, 2020 at 10:00 am and close on Tuesday November 3, 2020 at 10:00 am.

If you have any questions, or trouble booking a time, please contact the school office at 780-922-4522.

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Holy Redeemer ONLINE Scholastic Book Fair

Starting November 2nd until the 13th, you will be able to browse and shop at the Scholastic Book Fair, from the comfort of your home. Better yet, purchases will be shipped right to your house! Plus, you will be supporting our school library, and keeping kids reading!

A book fair link will be sent out next week so stay tuned…

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, November 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm

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:

Still Accepting Donations for Terry Fox

We are still accepting donations for the next 2 weeks for this years Terry Fox Run !!

Our current total stands at $375.00 as of October 16, 2020.

There is still time to donate to the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. Due to COVID protocols, we are not accepting cash donations at the school. Online donations will be accepted until October 31, 2020. Please help show your support by donating to:

Attendance Reporting Procedures

Your child's safety is of paramount importance to use - If your child is absence for any reason, please use the safe arrival website, Safe Arrival Mobile APP, call 1-877-246-9970, or leave a message on our voicemail.

Attendance Reporting Procedures - School Messenger

Please refrain from emailing or messaging your child's teacher if your child(ren) will be away or late. Teacher's do not have access to all possible attendance codes, may not have time to check their emails and/or may be away themselves, therefore the office does not receive your message.

Fee Waiver Program 2020-21

Under the principle that finances should not be a barrier to a child's education, Elk Catholic Schools will waive fees for independent students or parents/guardians if they meet certain income guidelines, are on social services or are facing exceptional circumstances. If you qualify, you may apply using the attached application for a waiver for the following fees:

-Eligible Transportation Fees

-Instructional Material Fees

-Basic Course Fees

-Instructional Activity Fees

EICS 2020-2021 School Fees Information

Fee Waiver Program Application 2020-2021

When you have completed the forms required, please submit them directly to the school.

Annual Consent Forms and Student Demographic Data **ACTION ITEM**

Please fill out the annual consent forms and Demographic update if you have not already done so. Annual consent forms include Annual Field Trip, One to One Technology, Technology Use Agreement as well as Locker Use Agreement. Without consent, your child(ren) will not be able to participate in activities or use technology.

To complete these forms, log into your Parent Portal account in PowerSchool. If these forms require attention you will see red highlighted boxes at the top of your page. Follow these steps to complete your forms:

PLEASE NOTE: Families with students who are attending St Isidore are still required to have their Yearly Consents completed.

Wellness Wednesdays

Academics are a key component of school, but the student experience isn’t solely defined by their education. The wellness team at Holy Redeemer believes that school is about the friends you’ll make, the moments you’ll experience, and the passions you’ll discover.

This year we will be hosting Wellness Wednesdays! This will be an activity, challenge, spirit day, fundraiser etc. At Holy Redeemer we want to build connections. Student connections with their peers, teachers, school, and community. Wellness Wednesdays will also be a support for mental health and will be designed to promote a balanced lifestyle beyond the academic.


OCT 26-30: Halloween Trivia

OCT 28: Jack-O-Lantern Day (wear black and orange)

NOV 4: MO-vember, mustache day

NOV 18: Can you earn a dance party?

NOV 25: Twin Day

Stay up to date on:

Holy Redeemer Facebook

Library Corner

Happy Halloween!

We are entering our last week of October and thinks are getting spoooky in the library! There are ghosts, witches and a whole lot of BOOOOKS!!

Students will get to tour the HAUNTED LIBRARY on Friday (socially distanced of course) and show off their costumes. There will be no book exchanges that day due to the festivities.

It’s going to be a howling good time!!

If anyone has any books from last year at their home, please bring them in ASAP. We need to check them in and get them back to the library

Thank you!

Strathcona County Library Update

At the library, we have been offering limited “Browse and Go” hours as well as serving the community with online programming for all ages. We have also been focused on planning services to schools that look a little different in the current situation. We know that parents and teachers may be looking more toward online resources than usual, so we want to let schools know about the great online resources we have available through your library card.

Sign-up for a library card is easy and can be done online; any parents interested can sign their child up for a library card by visiting here: Please note that students living in Edmonton or other municipalities will need to visit their home library to obtain a card from that area. Once a student has a library card, they have access to our digital content, including eBooks, audiobooks, online courses, and databases.

In addition, if teachers are looking for fiction and nonfiction eBooks that are simultaneously available to multiple students at once, they may wish to explore our Diverse Reads for Kids and Teens eBooks through the Library’s OverDrive site or the Libby app. We have made a video tour that highlights library areas and collections students can use when they visit the library with their family. You can access it here: We are also offering virtual classroom visits to do a story time or talk about book recommendations, research tips, and online safety.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We wish you health and safety through this school year.

Sincerely, -- Pascale Tellier (she/her) Library Services Specialist | Youth Services Strathcona CountyLibrary 401 Festival Lane | Sherwood Park, AB, Canada T8A 5P7 Phone 780-410-8644 Email

Wellness Corner

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Alberta Health Services

  • AHS and Mental Health Foundation continue to run the Caregiver Series for parents, students and staff. Sessions are offered through Zoom and are free.

Holy Redeemer 2020-21 School Re-Entry Communication

For information with regards to Holy Redeemer's re-entry protocols specific to our school, please go to the following link:

Holy Redeemer School Re-Entry Information

For any information with regards to EICS's re-entry protocols and questions you may have, please go to the following link:

EICS School Re-Entry Information

For any information with regards to Alberta Health Services re-entry protocols and answers to questions you may have, please go to the following link:

AHS K-12 School Re-Entry

Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education

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