Holy Family School News


Hello, Holy Family School Community:

  • Family Literacy Day is coming on January 27th
  • Don’t be afraid of Twitter…https://twitter.com/holyfamilyscho2 loads of pictures and up to the minute notices/ coverage. Try it.
  • Newsletter – December 12, 2014 can be found by clicking the link provided.
  • Parents/ Guardians are reminded that students are still going outside at recess and lunch playtime.  Proper winter clothing including hats, mitts and snow pants are needed.
  • Get to know our school by reading our Tweets.  Each day, parents are signing up to see what is going on at Holy Family Elementary School.  We have over 300 Twitter followers!  Are you a follower?

Literacy Week: Tuesday, January 26 to Friday, January 30th

Tuesday, January 26th to Friday, January 30th will be Literacy Week in our school. The Literacy Committee has come up with a schedule for literacy activities for every day.

Below is an overview of how the week will be organized:

  • Monday – School wide buddy reading
  • Tuesday – Community Reader includes notable Political, Media, and Community leaders.
  • Wednesday – Writing Wednesday (Each class will contribute writing to a story, A Whole School Story)
  • Thursday – Book in a bag
  • Friday – Flashlight Friday/PJ day
  • Join us on Twitter for “on the spot” Tweets throughout the week, but especially Tuesday. 

PBS Week – January 19th – 23rd

Next week Holy Family School will be promoting Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) which encourage our students to follow our 3 B’s -Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe!

MONDAY: Kick Off Assembly

(9:30 for K-2, 11:00 for 3-6) Wear Beezley’s colours: BLACK AND YELLOW to school today.

TUESDAY: Compliments Day and “Right to Play” games during Gym classes

We encourage everyone to say something nice and special to the people around you.

Grade Six “Right to Play” leaders will be assisting during primary Gym classes in the morning.

 WEDNESDAY: Bee Unique! And Wise Choice Wednesday

Crazy hair or Crazy hat day! Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack for recess- Just like every Wise Choice Wednesday!


Throughout the day all primary classes will be visited by students from Mme. Fudge, Mr. Turpin or Mme Hawley’s class. These students will perform small skits which demonstrate positive school behaviours.

 FRIDAY: Wear our School Colours- Blue and White!

Ask your children to journal about PBS week and their experiences.

Throughout the day all grades will pop down to the gym to play soccer against the teachers!

We look forward to a fun-filled week!


Safe and Caring School Committee

Literacy Week Approaching


Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

This year Holy Family School will be having a weeks worth of celebration of the event from January 26 to 30. Literacy Week Activities 2015

Try this link for more information and activities


Roots of Empathy

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Pictured: Baby Katlynn in Ms. Heath’s class and Baby Chloe in Ms. Pitts class

What is Roots of Empathy?

At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever, which the instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. This “emotional literacy” taught in the program lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms, where children are the “Changers”. They are more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy) and are therefore less likely to physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt each other through bullying and other cruelties.