Hawks Weekly News

December 11, 2022

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Friday December 16 - Student School Dance - Grades 5/6 @ 12:30pm - 1:45pm, Grades 7/8 @ 1:45pm - 3:00pm.
  • Monday December 19 - School Spirit Day - Christmas Clothing Day
  • Monday December 19 - St. Theresa Advent Mass - OLPH Parish @ 6:15pm
  • Wednesday December 21 - Tuesday January 3 - Christmas Break - No School
  • Wednesday January 4 - Early Dismissal @ 2:13pm

2022 Elk Island Catholic Schools Basket of Blessings Advent Challenge for Lurana Shelter

Lurana Shelter giving

EICS is doing a district wide fundraising campaign during the season of Advent (in partnership with Catholic Social Services). It is called "Baskets of Blessings" and we are fundraising for the Lurana Shelter. Each basket costs $100, and we are challenging our St. Theresa to donate 8 of these baskets. We are collecting money not items. With the support and commitment of our entire learning community, we can easily achieve and surpass this goal!

Please donate through this link: 2022 Elk Island Catholic Schools Basket of Blessings Advent Challenge for Lurana Shelter

Lurana Shelter is a 21 day domestic abuse emergency shelter. The women and children who stay there have nowhere else to go. Their home is unsafe. They may have left their home with only the clothes on their back. When they arrive at Lurana CSS staff will give them a bedroom to stay in. Staff will also provide them with a Basket of Blessings purchased by the students, teachers and parents of Elk Island Catholic School Division. With your donations staff will purchase an adult basket and/or a children’s basket. A typical adult basket may include soap, toothbrushes and other toiletries, feminine hygiene products, make-up, hair brushes/combs and other basics. A typical children’s basket may include necessities like soothers, a rattle or other small toy, a book, a small blanket. All adult and children’s Baskets of Blessings also include a teddy bear. Clients of Lurana often report that they keep this teddy bear their whole lives.

Please click the link below to view the Baskets of Blessings Campaign and the video link.

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Thank you!!

Many thanks to Mrs. French, the Grade 5 classes and our school community for their generosity in supporting the Christmas Bureau fundraiser.
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Grade 7 & 8 Girls Basketball try-outs

A reminder that any grade 7 & 8 girls interested in trying out for the basketball team are to attend the following sessions next week:

Monday December 12th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Wednesday December 14th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Thursday December 15th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Winter Wonderland Dance

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St. Theresa Advent Mass

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Last Week at St Theresa

Performing Arts 5 - A Christmas Yarn

On December 6th and 7th, the grade 5 Performing Arts class presented their faith based musical - “A Christmas Yarn”. Students are pleased to donate $400 of their ticket sales towards the Lurana Shelter project!
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Volleyball Season comes to a close

Congratulations to both of our Hawks volleyball teams on having FANTASTIC seasons! The boy's team were awarded second in the final and the girl's won the gold championship. Thank you to all the parents and fans that came to cheer on the team last Tuesday. Also a big thank you to this year's coaches: Girls- Miss. Gartner & Miss. Woitas, Boys- Mrs. Kadey & Coach Dave.
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Foods 5 pancake challenge

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St. Nicholas comes to Visit our Ukrainian Classes

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Chemistry in grade 7 science

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EAL Students - Actions for Healthy Communities

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Grade 5 SFL - Fitset Ninja

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5N Field trip to The Fort Precinct

5N had the opportunity to learn about how the Canadian National Railway was built, the Métis Nation and how they came to be, as well as what it was like for Europeans as they came to Canada to homestead.
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7CR finished DARE off with the infamous goggles, and some Just Dance movement breaks

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6C Mass

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5U at the Fort Precinct

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Preparing Students for the Future

6W and 6C parachutes

In science the grade 6s created parachutes and were able to test them out for their Flight Unit. The students used Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation to apply the concepts learned in this unit.
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Did you know our St. Theresa teachers are focusing on developing in our students Alberta's Student COMPETENCIES as they teach lessons?

Alberta's Student COMPETENCIES are combinations of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that students develop and apply for successful learning, living and working. Students are the artists, scientists, thinkers, innovators, and leaders of the future. They will be tasked with solving the problems of today while imagining and creating a new tomorrow. The Competencies are critical for equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they will need to successfully navigate their personal journeys in learning, living and working.

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Parent Societies

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.


2022 - 2023 PAC Meeting Dates - St. Theresa School Library @ 6:30pm

November 1, 2022

January 10, 2023

February 21, 2023

April 4, 2023

May 30, 2023

2022-2023 Executive PAC Members:

Chair - Jody Ostrosky

Co-Chair - Lindsay Tomalik

Treasurer - Kim Pennock

Secretary - Rosie Conrad

Bilingual Ukrainian Catholic Parents Society (BUCPS)

Bitaemo! Sherwood Park's Ukrainian Bilingual Program began in 1980 and has seen decades of success in academic achievement, global learning, and celebration of the rich Ukrainian heritage. From Preschool/Sadochok to Grade 12, the Ukrainian Bilingual Program offers a community-minded cultural environment along with an enhanced academic curriculum. BUCPS Mission is to promote, advocate, support and foster cultural and educations opportunities for students in the Ukrainian Bilingual Program.


2022-2023 Executive BUCPS Members:

President - Slavko Nohas

Vice-President - Christine Kope

Treasurer - Jackie Fedoriuk

Secretary - Kelsey Whattam

Members at Large:

Andrea Stelmach/Christin Hyshka

Parish News

Sacramental Preparations - January 2023

Sacramental Preparation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish begins again in January! Please contact OLPH now to register your child for their Sacraments. This includes First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation.

Preparing for the sacraments is an occasion for evangelization and an opportunity to share the joy of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

Please email SACRAMENTS@OLPH.CA for registration or questions.

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OLPH Parish

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe


13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park AB. T8H 1Y7

Phone : 780 467 5470 Fax : 780 467 0530

E-mail: info@olph.ca Website: www.olph.ca

Dear Parents:

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 sacraments@olph.ca 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.

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Helpful Links

St. Theresa Catholic Middle School Facebook Page

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