Raiders Weekly

December 20, 2020

Christmas Blessing from your Holy Redeemer Family

Oh behalf of all of the Holy Redeemer staff, thank you for journeying with us in prayer and preparation throughout Advent . May the wonder of Christmas, the joy of God's abundant blessings, and the peace of the Lord be with you always! May your family be blessed this Christmas season!
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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


Updated Re-Entry Handbooks - November 19, 2020

Please review the updated Parent Re-Entry Handbook for EICS.

Parent Re-Entry Handbook

Upcoming events ...

  • Monday, December 21 - S’more Day

  • Tuesday, December 22- PJ/Movie Day

  • Tuesday, December 22 - Last day of classes before Christmas Break

  • January 6, 7, and 8- Online learning

  • Wednesday, January 6 - Early Dismissal/First day of online learning

  • Monday, January 11 - All in school classes resume

January 6-8 "At Home" Learning Information

As you are aware, "at home" learning will occur from Jan. 6-8 to provide a true "circuit-breaker" and keep students safe at home while learning. Teachers will be sharing expectations for that week through email before we leave for Christmas break. The expectations may vary slightly dependent on grade level. Keep in mind to refresh yourselves on Google Classroom and Google Meets in the coming week as these will be used to track attendance and monitor student learning. It is important to know that learning will not be "synchronous" but programming will continue with staff support. Please know that our staff will be available during the school day from Jan 6-8.

An Angel Visits Mary

In the city of Nazareth, in Galilee, there lived a young woman named Mary. Mary was soon to marry a carpenter named Joseph. One day Gabriel, an angel, visited Mary and said: "Greetings, most favored one, and do not be afraid. God has chosen you among all women. Very soon you will have a baby, you must call him Jesus" This would be a very special baby. He would be great, and his kingdom would last forever and ever. He told her that the child would be called the Son of God.

Mary bowed before the angel Gabriel and told him she would be obedient to God and that she wanted to do as God wished. When she got up the angel had gone.

God’s word came true. Mary became pregnant with Jesus, and she got to be His mom! He was God in human flesh, and she got to take care of Him and raise Him into adulthood. God used her in amazing ways, and all she had to do was agree with His plan. She believed, and God worked in her.

You know, the same can be true of us. We don’t have to do special things on our own power in order to be used by God. We just have to believe. We recognize that Jesus did come, and that He lived and died for us. When we accept His salvation and trust in God, amazing things can happen. God can do seemingly impossible things for us, if we are willing to let Him.

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Advent Celebrations

Lighting of the first and second candles of Advent with Father Jim of OLPH Parish.

First Candle Lighting of Advent

Second Candle Lighting of Advent

Third Candle Lighting of Advent

Fourth Candle Lighting of Advent

Desk Decorating Holy Redeemer Style

This year, instead of Door Decorating, we had our students decorating their own desks ! Take a look at a few pictures of the fun and creative way our students are bringing the Christmas to their own personal work spaces.

Tobogganing Fun !

With the continued amazing weather, many of our students had the opportunity to test out their tobogganing skills. Great time was had by all !

Nature Kindergarten Fun !

Here are a few pictures of Nature Kindergarten doing what they do best ! Spending time outside, enjoying the great outdoors and exploring life ! As an added bonus, please enjoy the Bread on a Stick recipe the students tried out and a clay Nativity Scene created by one of our Kindergarten students.

Stuff a Stocking Advent Challenge - For vulnerable women and children

Elk Island Catholic Schools are invited to help bring Christmas joy to vulnerable women and children by participating in Catholic Social Services' (CSS) 2020 Stuff a Stocking for Sign of Hope initiative! Donations received through this campaign will go towards purchasing gifts, stockings, and Christmas trees for over 100 women and children currently seeking refuge at CSS shelters.

We encourage staff, students and families to make a donation and help bring joy to someone in need this holiday season.

Here is the link for the fundraiser page:

Stuff a Stocking Advent Challenge

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

No meeting in December

Virtual meeting dates are:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 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:

2019-2020 Yearbook Update

Great News!

Your Parent Council is in the process of finishing up the 2019-2020 yearbook and they will be available for purchase in January.

What a great keepsake to look back on the wonderful and unusual year that it was!

Stay tuned for more information in the new year.

Wellness Corner

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Christmas Movie Madness !!!

Thank you all who participated in our Movie Madness ! And the Winner is ....

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Library Corner

I was so happy last Friday when the Grinch came to visit me in the library for a book signing! Thank you Mr Grinch!

Merry Christmas to you all and have a wonderful and safe holiday! Don’t forget to pick up a good book during the break and find some time to read!

Happy Holidays,

Mrs. Scoggins

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Nutrition Program Menu for January 2021

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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

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

GrACE November Newsletter

Please find below the link to our newsletter

GrACE November Newsletter

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.

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