Holy Family School
Happy October! The beautiful colors, crisp mornings and warm afternoons tell us it is definitely the season of fall! October is a time to reflect on the blessings God has given us in our lives. Our students are beginning acts of service this month by creating small thanksgiving supper placemats for the residents of River Heights Lodge. We also raised $177.20 for the Terry Fox foundation in the month of September.
The year is off to a great start and the staff and students are excited for all the exciting learning opportunities coming up in October. You will see on our calendar that October is full of many exciting activities. Cross country and soccer continue, volleyball will begin soon, Mental Health Awareness Week, Saskatchewan School Sports Week, Education Week and a Family Halloween Dance. Be sure to check your calendar and Edsby for more information as it will be a busy and enjoyable month!
A special event we have on Tuesday, October 4th is our School Community Council (SCC) annual general meeting where we invite parents to come out. We will be looking back on what was done in our school last year, and what we have planned for this year. We encourage new members to help build our school community and get involved. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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
Safety Patrol Program
Our Patrollers will be out by the crosswalks and we ask all parents to watch out for them and abide by their instructions. We aim to keep all our families safe while crossing the street. Thank you for your co-operation.
Special thanks to CAA for generously sponsoring the program and supplying our students with safety vests and equipment.
Drop off Times
Please remember that supervision only starts at 8:30 and students should only be dropped off after 8:30, once supervisors are on the playground. Thank you.
Parking lots are for staff only. Please do not pull in to the staff lots to pick up or drop off students. There is parking across the street from the school or by the soccer field area.
We ask Pre-K parents to park across the street from the school when dropping off and picking up. Please do not pull into the staff parking lot or the bus loop. Thank you for your cooperation.
Drop off Times
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 4 -School Community Council AGM 6:30 to 7:30- Mass 1:00
October 11-14- School Sports Week in SK (activities and spirit days)
October 10- No Classes - Happy Thanksgiving and Mental Health Awareness Day
October 17-21- Education Week (activities and spirit days)
October 19-early dismissal 2:00 and Pizza Lunch
October 21- Soccer tournament- Girls play @ Centennial and Boys play @ Holy Family
October 24- No Classes- Teacher PD
October 26- SCC Halloween Family Dance 6:30-8:00- costumes are welcome
October 31- Orange and Black Day - Happy Halloween
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”.
Dominoes Pizza Fundraiser
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary.
The Marian Message - The whole message of the Blessed Mother is about hope. Mary is the Queen of Victories. She has proven this several times in history (Lepanto and La Naval).
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This was formerly the feast of Our Lady of Victory, to commemorate the victory of the Christians over the much numerous and powerful Turks (Muslims) in the naval battle of Lepanto. The Pope called on all Christians to pray the Rosary and seek the aid of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the victory of the Christian soldiers. It is recorded in the annals of history that the victory was attributed to the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Rosary. Now the battle against the enemy is more serious and subtle. It is a spiritual warfare. Mary will lead us to victory. It is victory in our hearts; in our souls; in the Church; and over this poor humanity. She works her victory through us, her children consecrated to her Immaculate Heart.
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. Actually, October is a Marian month because there are many feasts in honor of Mary: Oct 7- Our Lady of the Rosary; Oct 12 - Our Lady of Pillar; other Marian feasts celebrated before: Oct. 16 – Mary's Purity; Oct. 20 – Mary, Wonderful Mother, and; 4th Sunday - Mary, Mother of the Dying.
Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) was a great promoter of the Rosary. He wrote 12 Encyclicals and 5 Apostolic Letters on this topic. One day, in a dream, he had a vision of Satan talking with God. The devil was insulting God by disparaging the redemptive work of Jesus. He said that people only obey God because they are afraid of hell, and not because they love God. He challenged God to release him and the demons from hell for a hundred years, and in this way, they can put the people to a test and determine who among them really belong to God. God accepted the challenge. So, for a hundred years, all the demons in hell are roaming the world, tempting and deceiving people.
When Pope Leo XII woke up, he immediately composed the Prayer to St. Michael. This must also be the reason why he was so zealous in promoting devotion to the Rosary. The vision must be true because we have seen in this last century the worst events in human history: 2 world wars, Freemasonry, abortions, immoralities, perversions, errors and all kinds of sacrileges and offenses against God. We are now in the most terrible period of the spiritual battle. But many people are not aware of this, or they just ignore it, despite all the many apparitions of the Blessed Mother all over the world. She reminds us that the Rosary is our weapon that will bring us victory in this battle.
During the month of October, we turn especially to Mary as our companion on the journey. At the Annunciation, when she said, “Let what you have said be done to me" (Lk 1:38), she was saying: “I and know what this all means, but I trust that good things will happen.”
Mary believed, and she invites us to believe and trust in God's goodness and faithfulness. She gave up control over her own future and let God define her life. She was willing to let him set the agenda, for she trusted that he leads us according to his love, casting out our fear. Mary hoped in God and leads us to hope."The devil hates Mary our Mother. The devil runs away from those who are close to her. According to Fr. Sancte Babolin, the Italian exorcist, said: “While I was insistently invoking the Most Holy Virgin Mary, the devil answered me: “I can't stand That One (Mary) any more. Pope Francis related similar words at St. Mary Major, “Where the Madonna is at home the devil does not enter; where there is the Mother, disturbance does not prevail, and fear does not win". In conclusion, let us frequently invoke the Virgin Mary and invoke her intercession so that we can live a good and peaceful life.
October Faith Focus
October is the month of the rosary. As a school we will be praying and learning about the rosary in class. We will also have a Living Rosary to kick off Education Week! We will also focus on and learn the Divine Mercy Prayer and our saint of the month is St. Faustina.
We are very blessed to have Father Phinh to help us learn about our faith. Our next Mass will be held on October 7 at 1:00 at St. Joseph Parish. We look forward to celebrating more Masses with him.
If you know of students who would like to volunteer to help out for the Fall Supper, please contact the parish office at 306-446-1695. We can provide signed Community Service Forms for them if needed.
Saint of the Month : St. Faustina
Month of the Rosary
SCC -New Members
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.
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.
Oct. 17th is Living Rosary
Oct. 18th is Better Together Day
Oct. 19th is Pizza Lunch, Career Day and Early Dismissal
Oct. 20th is Hounds Day and Pep Rally
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.