What's Heating Up at Holy Spirit

November 30-December 4

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God -John 4:7

First Week of Advent

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:33-37

Jesus warns his disciples to be watchful so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a time of preparation and waiting for the birth of baby Jesus. We also wait for Jesus Christ to come again, so we light the first candle of our Advent wreath to symbolize the hope we have in anticipation of the coming Messiah. Today’s parable reminds us that we must be alert and prepared for Jesus’ coming.

Catholic Kids Media - Advent! - Advent Week 1A

Four Weeks of Advent

As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, we invite you to help us support those in need. Each week we light a candle on the Advent wreath to encourage weekly thoughts and themes of charity. We invite you to read below to learn more about how to support the worthwhile causes we are championing this Advent season. We will also be holding spirit days throughout December and invite students to bring $2 which will be donated to Valeda House which is part of Catholic Social Services.

1st Week (hope)

In class, students will be writing cards to seniors in our local area and/or members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Also, we invite families to donate food ideas for the Strathcona food bank. We will ask for any food items and call it Food Collection Week. We will have large bins for students to drop food items in throughout the week.

2nd Week (love)

Students are invited to donate winter socks, hats, gloves, etc. for “Bag of Hope

3rd Week (joy)

Donate money online with a link for Valeda House. More information will follow.

4th Week (peace)

Students are encouraged to share a sign of peace (similar to acts of kindness)

It has been a hard year for many of us but a harder year for some. If you have the means to help please consider supporting these causes. We appreciate your consideration and generosity.

Important Dates

Monday, November 30

  • Pick up Day at Tickle Floral for Parent Council orders

Tuesday, December 1

  • Regular Day

Wednesday, December 2

  • Early Out - Dismissal at 2:10 pm
  • Wear Christmas hats/headbands

Thursday, December 3

  • Regular Day

Friday, December 4

  • Kindergarten M/W

Tobogganing at Holy Spirit

We are lucky at Holy Spirit School to have a wonderful hill for tobogganing in our backyard. Students will be learning the rules for tobogganing during their Physical Education classes. The Alberta Safety Guidelines for Physical Activity will be followed as well as some additional guidelines to ensure your child’s safety. Once your child has learned the safety guidelines and has shown that they will adhere to them, the hill will be open during class time. Students will be required to use the toboggans supplied by Holy Spirit. Tobogganing is a high risk activity with potential risks involved such as bumps, bruises, and breaks. Snowpants, coat, mitts and a toque are required for riders. Although helmets are not required they are recommended. Please let your child's teacher know if you do not want your child to participate.

Holy Spirit students will demonstrate their skills and knowledge of safe tobogganing practices by:

  1. Assessing the hill condition first to ensure it is not icy and that all obstacles, including jumps are removed,

  2. Keeping the runway clear of people by immediately getting out of the way after descending and moving to the designated path for ascending the hill,

  3. Waiting patiently in line at the top of the hill until the runway is cleared,

  4. Riding down on their own power without being pushed,

  5. Riding the toboggan in a seated or kneeling position (not standing or lying down),

  6. Riding one at a time unless otherwise instructed by a teacher,

  7. Controlling the descent speed and direction with feet or hands when necessary,

  8. Safely abandoning the toboggan if it veers toward an obstacle such as a person,

  9. Using school toboggans during school hours and sharing them in an orderly fashion. Once a riding student arrives back at the top of the hill, he or she gives the toboggan to the next person in line.

School Council Fundraiser Pick Up

If you placed an order please arrange pick up from :

Tickled Floral,

165-130 Broadway Boulevard,

Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2A3

Monday, November 30

between 9:00am and 6:00pm

When you arrive please call 780-417-1627 to let our team know you have arrived. Depending on the amount of customers in the shop we will let you know if you are able to come in to the store or not. If you would like to come in we will gladly welcome you – please note that masks are mandatory and we ask that you keep your children in the vehicle at this time. Curb-side pick up is also available, back into the loading stall, open your trunk/tail gate and our team will load your products for you. Thank you for your assistance in limiting in-store traffic.

Dressing for the cold weather

Please make sure your child has the right winter clothing for cold weather as we do go outside in cold weather (-25 Celsius Windchill) We are unable to share clothing this year. Perhaps pack an extra pair of mittens in the backpack.
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Some of the fun we had this week

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The joy that fills our school

Wellness Corner

As always, I am here to support you, your kiddo, or your family, so please contact me by calling your school's main phone line or by emailing me at danielle.bussiere@eics.ab.ca. Elk Island Catholic Schools also has a page of Alberta Health Services, Government aid, and community resources that may assist your family. https://www.eics.ab.ca/coronavirus-information-in-eics/parent-resources. - Miss. B ♥️

Miss Danielle Bussiere

Family Wellness Worker

Holy Spirit Catholic School 780-416-9526

Email: danielle.bussiere@eics.ab.ca

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OLPH Parish News

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Sunday Mass

Saturday vigil 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Sign up for mass at www.OLPH.ca

Holy Spirit Catholic School

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, December 11 - Kindergarten T/T
  • Friday, December 11 - Spirit Day - Dress in your wackiest Christmas outfit
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Parent Council Zoom Meeting 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 17 - Grade 4 Virtual Field Trip- Royal Alberta Museum
  • Friday, December 18 - Spirit Day - Dress in red & green and Kindergarten M/W
  • Tuesday, December 22 - Spirit Day - Christmas PJ Day & Last day of school
  • Monday, January 6-8 - Back to School Online