What's Heating Up at Holy Spirit

December 7-11

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works - Hebrews 10:24-

Second Week of Advent

Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 1-5

John the Baptist preached repentance and baptized the people, in preparation for the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit.

Advent Unwrapped 2018, week 2 - In God's story, everyone is special!

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.

We are very appreciative for the MANY food donations we received last week! Strathcona Food Bank needed to pick up a full load during the week and another at the end. Thank you!

2nd Week December 7-11 (joy)

Students are invited to donate winter socks, hats, gloves, etc. for “Bag of Hope” and hang them on the Christmas tree outside the library.

3rd Week December 14-18 (love)

Donate money or online for Valeda House.

4th Week December 21 & 22 (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.

Computer Mouse

Students in grade 1 - 4 are using Chromebooks during class time. As the track pads can be challenging for children to use, Holy Spirit School recently purchased some computer mice from Staples to make it convenient for families to purchase for their child to use at school. If you would like to purchase a wired computer mouse ($15.25) for your child log into Parent Portal, pay, and inform your child's teacher.

Important Dates

Friday, December 11

  • Kindergarten T/T
  • Spirit Day - Dress in your wackiest Christmas outfit

Christmas Break: Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 to Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

ONLINE learning for students from Kindergarten - grade 4: Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 to Friday, January 8th, 2021 inclusive

The Christmas Spirit has moved in!

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.

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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Upcoming Events

  • 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

  • Christmas Break - December 23rd - January 5th inclusive
  • Monday, January 6-8 - Back to School Online