DECEMBER

2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

As Advent begins, our anticipation of Christmas grows! With every decoration added around the school, we can see the excitement and joy in the students' faces, counting down to that special day.


Thank you to the students and parents that were able to meet virtually with their child’s teacher during student-led conferences last week. It is a great opportunity for the students to highlight their learning, successes and set goals for the next term. Any parents who were not able to meet, may contact their child’s teacher to make alternate arrangements.


We are gearing up for a very eventful December with Advent celebrations, Christmas dress up days and more. Please check the December calendar to find the activities for the 12 School Days of Christmas.


At this time, we would like to wish all our students and families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your time with family and stay safe.


Mrs. Combres & Mrs. Weber

Sacred Teaching of Courage

For the month of December, our school will be focussing on the Sacred Teaching of Courage.

"The Bear is fearless and brave and will face any challenge with Courage" - Kirt Bobbie

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Important Dates in December

Dec. 10-Candy Cane Day- wear pink, white and red

Dec.13- Starfish Buddy Reading

Dec.14- Christmas Character Day and Gr. 5's to Table Mountain

Dec. 15- Winter Fun Day and Gr. 5's to Table Mountain

Dec. 16- School Mass and Formal Day

Dec. 17 Christmas Sweater Day

Dec. 20- Holiday Cheer Outfit

Dec. 21- Pajama Day and School Bingo Early Dismissal at 2:30

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Empty Stocking Fund 2021

Hello wonderful students, staff and families of Holy Family School. In following Jesus’ example of serving others, our school will be assisting families in our community by collecting non-perishable items this December for the Empty Stocking Fund at the Battlefords Food Bank. Each class will be assigned a non-perishable food item that students can bring and place in the designated boxes in their classroom. Items can be brought the first couple weeks of December, up to Wednesday, Dec 15th. The items will then sit until they are picked up on Friday, December 17th. Thank you in advance to Lorras who will be picking up the items and delivering them to the empty stocking fund. We truly appreciate our school community for all your love and generosity towards our larger community.


Pre-K and Kindergarten 2 boxes of stuffing

1 Thompson 2 boxes of crackers

2 Shephard 3 cans of soup

⅔ Brennan/Weber 2 cans of stew

¾ Letrud 1 box of cereal

⅘ Noseworthy 2 jars of pasta sauce

5 Loeppky 2 boxes of granola bars

6 Lightfoot 3 jars of baby food or 1 box of baby food

6/7 Weiman 2 packages of pasta

7 Derenoski 2 1L container of juice

Support Staff 2 bottles of dish soap

SCC NEWS

We would like to thank all the families who have purchased Co-op cards and poinsettias. The Co-op cards are still on sale. To order cards please contact the office and they will be ready to be picked up at the school. The poinsettia sales brought in $2609.63 in profits for the SCC. Once again thank you and Merry Christmas.

FAITH CORNER

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A Message From Father Phinh

Advent the season of waiting and preparation in joyful hope

The first Sunday of Advent is with us again, a curtain raiser, ushering in a new year of the Catholic Church. It is primarily a time of spiritual preparation for Christmas - the feast which celebrates the birth of our Saviour and the beginning of our salvation.


Advent begins today! What is Advent all about - a time of Christian waiting? Yes, the Israelites wait for the Saviour's coming to deliberate them from the bondage of slavery of Egypt, and or wait for Moses' return after over 40 days and nights at the foot of Mount Sinai. Such is the season of Advent, the season of joyful and expectation of the day of the Lord when He shall judge between the nations and impose terms on many people. This fullness of truth will be the principle and foundation of definitive and universal peace, which is the hope of all humanity of goodwill.


Advent also means coming. There are three comings of God to humankind. 1) A physical way in Bethlehem 2021 years ago. 2) The triumph final coming of Christ in glory at the end of the world. 3) At our own death - This is a mysterious Advent. God calls each of us by the inspiration of grace and through the providential circumstances of our lives.


The season of Advent is a special time for each one of us, whether old or young, to reflect once again the good news. That is news indeed. For not every news is worthy celebrating. Not every news is good news. We celebrate the awesome news that the Eternal Word of God became flesh, that God kept His promise, that God became man. This is THE GOOD News. In the midst of all the unpleasant, horrifying and bad news that we hear each day, there will always be one good news for us to hear and celebrate, namely, Jesus became man because he loves us more that we know. But His Incarnation is not only an event in the past.


Every day, Jesus becomes flesh in the Holy Eucharist we feed on Him. Every day, Jesus becomes human, most especially in the person of the poor; we serve Him. Jesus becomes a neighbour in our own persons; we manifest Him. Jesus becomes tangible in all of creation; we touch Him and He touches us. Every day is a day of the Lord's Incarnation; let us be the presence of Christ Jesus in the world, in the family, and in our school today. Let us show Christ our welcome.


During Advent the Church makes an appeal for an improvement in our lives. It calls on us to make a fresh start at building a closer relationship with one another. During Advent, the Church eagerly encourages us to prepare these four weeks in Penance, Prayer, Acts of mercy and Mediating on the birth of Christ. He will come to us in our lifetime, whether in his triumph Second Coming, or in the coming to each individually at the time of our death.


Henceforth, Advent provides an opportunity to look around at what need to be put right, to see how we have failed, and to access the ways in which we can do better. Above all it is a time to deepen our friendship with God by thinking of his steadfast love for us in sending his Son as our Saviour. It is only fitting that in return we should show our love for Him. If we do so, our vision of Christ will become clearer and a driving force in our lives. May God help us to stay awake and prepare in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ! May God bless us all and have a blessed Advent!


Fr. Joseph Phinh Do


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LIBRARY NEWS

Thank you so much to all who participated in the Book Fair. It was great to see the excitement in the faces of the students! They honed their math skills and took some great titles home to read, all while supporting the Book Fair to bring new titles into our library. Again, thanks so much, it was an amazing week!

Mrs. Landry

Librarian

Edsby Support


Hello Parents/Guardians,

If you are having any difficulties or just have some questions about how to use EDSBY and all the features that are available to you, here is a great opportunity for you!

LOCCSD will be offering support time for families regarding EDSBY. Starting this week, and ongoing weekly on Wednesdays, Tyson Volk and/or Tom Hawboldt will be hosting open Google Meet sessions for families to log in and ask questions or request support. It will be an open timeframe from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The link for the session is attached: meet.google.com/fhm-mrdd-omj

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CHRISTMAS BREAK

Christmas break begins on December 21 and classes resume January 5/2022. There is early dismissal on the last day of classes, December 21 at 2:30. Buses will run at this time.
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