OCTOBER 2021

Holy Family School

Our Focus

This month our school will be focusing on the sacred teaching of Love. "The Eagle flies high in the sky, and brings with it the Creator's love." -Kirt Bobbie
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Monthly Message

Happy October! It is hard to believe that we are into our second month of school and the season of fall! October is a time to reflect on the blessings we have in our lives. The change of season reminds us of God’s beauty around us. Our students are beginning acts of service this month by creating small thanksgiving crafts for the residents of River Heights Lodge. This is a nice way to stay connected with our community.


We have enjoyed getting to know the students and are grateful for their enthusiasm and positivity towards this new school year full of learning, friendships and fun! You will see on our calendar that October is full of many exciting activities. From School Sports Week, Education Week and Halloween. Be sure to check your calendar and Edsby for more information.


We hope you all find time to get out and enjoy the fall weather, connect with family and have a blessed Thanksgiving.


Mrs. Combres & Mrs. Weber

PARKING

The staff parking lot is for staff only. Pre-K and Kdg parents may park across the street on 19th Ave. and down by the board office along the street. The bus loop is also not to be used to park in as we often have buses coming and going throughout the day. We appreciate your co-operation in helping keep all our students safe.

To drop off students in grades 1 to 7, we ask parents to use the parking lot beside the soccer fields for drop off and pick up. This way all students traveling by car can make their way through the field safely to the vehicles.

Dates to Remember

October 10-16- School Sports Week in SK (activities and spirit days)

October 11- No Classes - Happy Thanksgiving

October 17-23- Education Week (activities and spirit days)

October 20-early dismissal 2:00

October 21- Mass 1:00

October 25- No Classes

October 28- Orange and Black Day

October 29- Costume Day (More info to come)

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Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation-Sept. 30


Every year on September 30th, people across Canada wear orange and participate in Orange Shirt Day events to recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada. Orange Shirt Day originates from the story of Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. In 1973, on her first day at St. Joseph’s Residential School in Williams Lake, BC, Phyllis’s shiny new orange shirt was stripped from her, never to be seen again.

40 years later, on September 30th, 2013, Phyllis spoke publicly for the first time about her experience, and thus began the Orange Shirt Day movement.

The Canadian government designated September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, beginning in 2021. This responds to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 80, which states that the federal government will work with Indigenous people to establish a statutory day to “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process”.

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FAITH



Virtual Mass

We are so grateful for Father, who has come to the school and had a virtual Mass with us here. We are very blessed to have Father Phinh to help us learn about our faith. Our next virtual Mass will be held on October 21 at 1:00. We look forward to celebrating more Masses with him.

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October

Dear Students,


After having enjoyed the summer months, you have come back to normal way of study. Though the pandemic Covid-19 has been a threat to our society, our school and our family, we do the best to protect ourselves by obeying the government and school guidance. This difficult time continues to be a worrying time for us all. We should learn to know more – more wisdom and knowledge for our future needs, but we should need to know more about our spiritual knowledge. Who then should we know? Someone greater than all of them combined – Jesus.

Christ is the real measure of life. To know Jesus is the genuine pursuit we ought to undertake in life. Jesus did not simply say He’ll show the way - Jesus will guide us to the Truth, and Jesus will lead us to Life. He declared, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” In other words, He is meant to be part of our lives. He is at the center and core of our journey. Journey of learning physically and journey of spiritual life. He cannot just be an accessory to our pursuits. He is the essence of our choices and actions in life.

We are at a loss because we consume most of our time settling the secondary and unimportant questions in life. We spend our time and energy only on what we thought we must know. That’s why we wake up in the morning dragging ourselves to work, to study, or even just to live. In prayer, let us honestly ask ourselves, “Do I know where I am heading to in life?”

You may know so much but if God is not part of your life, you’ll still get lost. You may know so little but if you truly know Jesus, you know more than enough. Life is worth living. You are on the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Dear students – You just need to know and accept Jesus. That is the right track!

Lord Jesus, bless and guide us on the Way of learning and on our journey of Life. Calm us when we are fearful, strengthen us when it is burdensome; console us when it is painful; delight with us when it is joyful.

May we always remember that we need you. Help us accept our weakness that we may find your strength. Refresh our souls with your Spirit so that we may always walk with Faith, move with Love and venture with Hope. Amen.

May God Bless You Always!


Fr. Joseph Phinh Do


St. Joseph Calasanctius Church

Saint of the Month

Our Saint of the month for October is St. Francis of Asisi

Saint Francis was born in the town of Assisi in Italy in 1182. At the age of 20 he devoted himself to a life of prayer. Three years later, Francis embraced a life of poverty and dedicated himself to God.


Francis was a lover of nature. He took long walks through the countryside and studied its plants and trees. Francis felt that all plants and animals were part of God’s kingdom.


Saint Francis is the founder of the Franciscan religious order. He is the patron saint of the environment and those who care for plants and animals.


This is the peace prayer of Saint Francis


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.


O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

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SCC -New Members

The School Community Council is looking for new members to join their amazing team! Members meet to come up with ideas to make the school community a fun and exciting place to be. This is a great way to become involved in your child's school community. We encourage new families to our school to call the school and join the team! The SCC is coming up with some very creative ways to engage families and fundraise to help pay off the playground loan. Please stay tuned for updates!
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Parent Contact

Parents we are using Edsby this year for our main communication with parents and the school, please ensure that you have updated your email with us here at the school, it is very important for us to have the most recent information on file. All newsletters, etc will come to you through this forum.

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LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS


Please remind your child: Students who stay for lunch must remain at school throughout the lunch and lunch recess period. These students must not leave the school grounds unless a note from a parent or guardian has been given to the classroom teacher—not the office.

SCHOOL FEES:

Thank-you to the early birds who have already paid for their student school supplies. If you are unable to pay the full amount at this time, please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to make payments. We have a payment method called School Cash Online for you to access and pay these fees from the comfort of your own home. Please only pay fees that are named 2021-22 School fees. There may appear to be fees outstanding from last year that were not cleared from the program in June. We are working to rectify this with the company. The fees from last year will show up as sold out.
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Education Week

Our theme for Education week is "Learning for the Future" Education week runs October 18-22 and will include some fun activities for our students. We will have several dress up days this month which always raises school spirit. We encourage all families to participate.

Oct. 13th is Jersey Day- Wear a t-shirt or jersey of your favorite sports team.

Oct. 15th is Class Starfish Color day- each classroom has been designated a color to wear, please check with your child or their teacher to find out which color they should wear that day.

Oct. 19th is Career Day- students wear an outfit of their career choice-ex. police officer etc.

Oct. 21st is Hounds Day- wear your school clothing or yellow, white or blue

Oct. 22nd is Space Dress Up Day- Dress futuristic - robots etc. get creative!

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

The weather can be unpredictable in October and we ask that students dress in layers and are prepared for cooler weather. Please make sure that jackets, shoes, boots etc. are clearly marked with your child's name.

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Class sign out days for library books

Monday-Grade 6,Tuesday- Kindergarten & Grade 5, Wednesday Grade 1, Grade 3 /4 & Grade 7,

Thursday Grade 4 /5 & Grade 2, Friday Grade 6 /7.

Grade 2 /3 will sign out Wednesdays and Fridays (alternating days/weeks)

Students may sign out books for a 1 week period…older grades may keep books longer as chapter books need more time. If students need help choosing a book I am more than happy to help.

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