Raiders Weekly

December 13, 2020

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


PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE DIRECTLY WITH ABSENCES AND INDICATE THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE IF LEAVING A MESSAGE. THANK YOU

Updated Re-Entry Handbooks - November 19, 2020

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


Parent Re-Entry Handbook

Come pick up your Turkey or Ham ....

This year the nutrition program is doing things a little differently. We are pleased to be giving families of Holy Redeemer their choice of a Turkey or a Ham to help celebrate this Christmas! On December 18th between the hours of 1:30 - 3:30, please stop by the school to pick up a turkey or ham. Choices will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions, please contact Aimee Fontaine at aimee.fontaine@eics.ab.ca

Upcoming events ...

Friday, December 18 - Virtual Advent Mass @ 1:00 p.m. (see link below)

Everyone is welcome to join us!


Friday, December 18 - Enchanted Antlers - virtual presentation

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

Wednesday, January 6 - Return to virtual Classes for all grades and Early Dismissal

Monday, January 11 - All in school classes resume

Third Week of Advent

The Gospel reading for today tells us that God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light--Jesus--so that everyone would believe. John wasn't the light. He only came to tell others about the light. Jesus is the one true light, who gives light to everyone. At this time of year, we see lights everywhere that remind us of the coming of Jesus, the true light that John told about. Those lights can help us remember that Jesus is the one true light in our hearts and in our lives. Jesus brought light into the darkness of this world. We’re thankful for the light -the hope, joy, love, and peace Jesus brings us.


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

Virtual Advent Mass

Please join us on Friday, December 18 at 1:00 pm for a virtual Advent Mass through the OLPH Parish link: https://www.olph.ca/ This is a special Advent mass for our school community. We will be joined by the following EICS schools: St. Luke, St. Theresa, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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:

meet.google.com/hub-ufef-pmu

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.

Purdys Chocolates have Arrived !!

A HUGE Thank you to Angela Morin and her family for organizing the Purdy's orders and getting them ready for our families. All orders have been picked up or sent home with your child.


Total sales were $6, 650.18, which means $1,662.55 for our school. Way to Go Raiders !

Thank you !!! Holy Redeemer Literacy COVID Style

A big shout out to Laura Lee from Holy Redeemer Parent Council for arranging with local law enforcement members to virtual read stories to our students ! Both staff and student greatly appreciate this venture as we are all missing those in person activities that we can not participate with at this time due to COVID protocols.

Special Guest at Holy Redeemer !

On Friday, December 11, we had a Special Guest at school to read to the staff and students. After following all the COVID safety protocols and guidelines, staff and students alike enjoyed the Christmas and Wintery tales read to them by our special guest, The Grinch ! Please enjoy the photos!

Wellness Corner

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Christmas Movie Madness !!!

Christmas Movie Madness!


How does this work?
It’s basically March Madness, but for Christmas movies. 8 movies, competing head to head, 1 champion. Talk about #competitivechristmas!!

How do I participate?
Voting starts NOW! Click on the link here to vote for the first round movies!!

Christmas Movie Madness Final Round!


  • Round One: November 30 – December 4
  • Round Two: December 7 – December 11
  • Championship: December 14 – December 18
Each match up will be a head to head vote – the winning movie after each round of voting moves on to the next.


I encourage your participation, particularly if you feel strongly about which is the best Christmas movie ever created!


Have Fun!!

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Enjoying December's Weather

It's been beautiful this past week which has given our students the chance to get outside to enjoy the weather and outside activities. On Thursday, our grades 3 and 4 went skating at the oval track in Ardrossan, provided by the County of Strathcona.


On Friday, all our students went snowshoeing ! Thank you St Martin Catholic School in Vegreville for the loaning of the snowshoes. Our students had a BLAST !

Library Corner

Library is running smooth and safely at Holy Redeemer!


After checking in their returning books, students then place those books in the quarantine boxes, then sanitize their hands. Books need to be quarantined for 72 hours. Our books have a longer isolation period to keep them extra safe. At that time they will get reshelf.


For social distancing purposes, 3-5 students are allowed at the shelves at a time to pick new books.


Students are doing great following all new regulations in the library. I am very proud of them all for doing their part to keep our Library safe.


Mrs Scoggins


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Nutrition Program Menu for December

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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

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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