Shrove Tuesday is quickly approaching! This is the day before Lent, the season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. To recognize Shrove Tuesday, all Holy Spirit Academy students will share a pancake lunch. Donations are gratefully accepted and all proceeds will be given to St. Francis de Sales parish who will use it to help those in need in High River. Thank you, in advance, for supporting this worthy cause!
**Alberta Accountability Pillar: Accountability Pillar Surveys were mailed out to all Grade 4 families last month. Please consider taking the time to complete these surveys and send them back in to Alberta Learning. We use the information gathered from the surveys to enhance what is currently happening at Holy Spirit Academy. If you are unsure about some of the initiatives happening in the school, you can join us for our Gr. 4 Parent Engagement evening on February 4th at 7pm and complete a survey at the school. We will highlight special initiatives and highlight how we strive to support students. Surveys will be available in Tagalog and English for Grade 4 parents only. Your time and care in completing these surveys is appreciated and helps us enhance the work we are doing.
Parent-Teacher Interviews are scheduled for this Thursday, November 28th from 1 – 9 pm. All children will be dismissed from school at noon. During Parent Teacher Interviews we will have our Lost and Found set up in the gym.
As the weather is changing we know that many families are in search of good winter clothing and outerwear. Purchasing winter clothing can be costly, and many families have clothing that their children have outgrown that is still in great condition. As we continue our Good Works this year at HSA and we are hosting our third annual Clothing Swap. We are asking families if they have gently used winter clothing and outerwear that they no longer require, to consider donating it to our clothing swap. All donated clothing will be organized in the gym, and then we will open the gym for families to come and look through. If you are unable to donate clothing but still would like to pick up clothing, please consider donating a non-perishable food bank item. Remember to bring your own bags!!
Important Information about the HSA swap
Clothing sizes: infant to adult clothing
Type of clothing: pants, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, boots, snowsuits, mittens, knit hats, etc.
Dates: Collecting clothing from Monday November 18th to November 27th, 2019.
**Open for families: Thursday November 28th from 1 - 9 pm in the school gym.( During parent teacher interviews)
Any clothing left over at the end of swap will be donated to local charities. If you are interested in helping to organize clothing on the morning of November 28th, 2019 please email Mrs. Doiron at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mrs. MacDonald. Thank you in advance for your help in making our HSA Clothing Swap a success!
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” Hebrews 10:24
A reminder that our Thanksgiving Mass will be Thursday, October 10th at 10:00 am.
Our H.S.A Coupon Fundraiser will be starting this week and going until Sept. 30th. Please take a look at the information packagesent home with your child about this exciting fundraiser. Total number of coupon pages purchased are due back to homeroom teachers Sept. 30th. We thank you for your support with this!
A reminder that our Annual Terry Fox Run for Grade 1 to Grade 6 students will be held on Friday, September 13th, 2019. Holy Spirit Academy will be raising money for cancer research and students can run or walk Sunshine Lake and back to the school. We will be departing from our school at 10:30 am and then heading out to Sunshine Lake. If students are able to bring in a $1 to help raise money for cancer research we would greatly appreciate it.
In Grade 4, we are encouraging students to practice their basic math facts (+, -, x, ÷) nightly as this helps to strengthen their foundational math skills and also builds speed, accuracy and confidence in math. As a grade 4 team, we have tried to come up with some basic fact math games that are entertaining for students but also help strengthen their math facts. We are asking that you try playing the game written in the agenda 3 times a week for 5-10 minutes. If your child has an older sibling they may also play with them. Most games will only involve a deck of cards / a dice and if you do not have a pack of cards at home we have extras we can share. We will be teaching the students at the beginning of the week the new math game so they are able to easily play at home but we have attached the instructions as well. We know that you have busy schedules and we want this to work with your family so please adapt it to how you see fit. At times, we may also send a link to a great website with a math game that your child can try if they like. When the students are more comfortable with the games please feel free to mix and match for different nights. We have asked students to record who they played with/who won if you keep track or how long they played the game in the agenda. We appreciate your support at home with this!
In grade four, it is the expectation that your child reads for at least twenty minutes a night. This not only allows your child to strengthen in their literacy skills, but also allows them to foster a love for reading outside of school. This twenty minutes of reading can be anything; An interesting newspaper article, internet article, Magazine, story book etc. (Granted it is appropriate for their level.) To have students begin to monitor their own reading we ask that they record the name of the piece that they have read that evening and the amount of minutes read in their agendas or reading log and have a parent or guardian sign their agenda/log after. (Example: Diary of A Wimpy Kid - 25 minutes)
Thank you for your support with this,
Grade 4 Teachers