Assessments: Gr. 2, 3, and 4

September 19, 2022 

Dear parents of students in Grades 2, 3 & 4

In May of 2022, the provincial government announced that school authorities will be required to administer approved literacy and numeracy screening assessments to all Grade 2 and 3 students in September 2022. Grade 4 students will also be assessed using the same instruments as an extension of the Learning Disruption Grant application, announced in June. Alberta Education will gather aggregate data for norming and to guide school-based intervention programs for identified students.

The below are the approved assessments Holy Spirit will be using with students this year:

Literacy Assessments | LeNS & CC3
The Letter Name-Sound Assessment (LeNS) assesses a student’s ability to sound out single letters and letter combinations (e.g., n, d, e, ch, ay, oa, oy). The LeNS assessment will be administered to children in Grade 2.  

The Castles and Coltheart 3 Assessment (CC3) assesses a student’s ability to recall familiar and irregular words (e.g., take, hand, island, cough), and their ability to sound out non-words (e.g., norf, framp, gurve) that were created specially for this assessment and are meant to be fictitious and without meaning. The CC3 assessment will be administered to students in Grades 2, 3 & 4. Please see the “Provincial Literacy Screening Assessments: Parent/Guardian Information Sheet” for more information.  

Numeracy Assessments
The Numeracy Screening Assessments were designed at the Carleton University Centre for Applied Cognitive Research and are rooted in current theory on mathematical cognition and development. The assessment results can be used to help teachers identify and address gaps in their students’ foundational understanding of numbers. The numeracy assessment will be administered to students in Grades 2, 3 & 4. Please see the “Provincial Numeracy Screening Assessments: Parent/Guardian Information Sheet” for more information.  

Teachers use a variety of assessments at the beginning of every school year to determine their students’ strengths and areas for growth. In addition to some of the assessments our teachers always use, the LeNS, CC3 and numeracy assessments will be used across the division this year. The information provided by all beginning-of-the-year assessments give a detailed understanding of each student’s individual strengths, skills, and areas for growth.  

As always, teachers will continue to partner with you as parents in your child’s education. We look forward to working with you throughout the year as we continue to support your child in their learning.  

If you should have any questions about these assessments, or would like any more information, feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or school administrator(s). 

Carmen Larsen, Director of Learning
Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

Monday, September 19, 2022

September 15, 2022

Dear staff of Holy Spirit Catholic School Division,

As you are likely aware, The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on September 13, 2022, that Monday, September 19th, 2022, would be a National Day of Mourning to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. While this is a holiday for federally employed staff, it is not considered a national holiday.

On September 14, 2022, the Government of Alberta further announced that, in solemn recognition of Her late Majesty, September 19, 2022, will also be a Provincial Day of Mourning. Employers are encouraged to make accommodations for employees to mark the occasion of Her late Majesty’s funeral, and schools are encouraged to offer opportunities for students to take part in the day of mourning. 

In keeping with these announcements, the schools within Holy Spirit Catholic School Division will remain open on Monday, September 19, 2022.  Students and staff will be encouraged to commemorate the life of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, who made 22 official visits to Canada during her 70-year reign.

In the meantime, please join us in prayer to recognize and honour the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 

Gracious God, 

Welcome into your divine presence your humble servant Queen Elizabeth II. 

We give thanks for her life of dignity and grace, her faith, and her dedication to duty.
Comfort those who mourn her passing and may her example continue to inspire us. 

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.


Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools

FLVT Open House

We are pleased to announce Father Leonard Van Tighem School is hosting an open house for our families on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. This is an excellent opportunity to come to school and meet the teachers. Although there is no formal structure to the event, there are some timelines. Here is a brief outline:

  • 5 pm to 7 pm
  • Families are welcome to visit their child’s classroom
  • 5:30 pm, everyone will be called to the gymnasium for the Welcome Back Blessing celebrated by Fr. William
  • Our School Council will be hosting an Ice Cream Bar in our Gathering Space
  • Our first School Council meeting of the year will start at 7 pm in our library. All parents are welcome to attend. Here is a link:

Unfortunately, a few of our teachers cannot make it due to prior commitments. Please contact Mrs. Hammel or Mr. Leger by email if you have any questions for them.

Also, Mr. Templin (1T) will not be available. Mr. Templin will be hosting a separate open house for 1T families. Mr. Templin will contact 1T families. 1T families are still welcome to the September 13 open house.

Thank you to our School Council for hosting the Ice Cream Bar and Fr. William for leading our Welcome Back Blessing.

We hope to see you next Tuesday.

School Council 2022-23

IMPORTANT – Change of Date – the last School Council meeting of the year has been changed from June 13 to June 20. Also, this meeting will be the AGM. Details are below

School Council is a very important part of our school. It is a place to give parents a voice and provide valuable input to the school. Here is a document introducing our current School Council Executive:

Please join us for the next School Council meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 7 pm. This will be the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting will be in our School Library.

Agenda (pending):

Although the agenda meeting is pending, as part of the meeting School Council will be voting on amending their constitution. Please see the proposed amendments below:

May Financial (pending):

We hope to see you there.

2022 Card Fundraiser

September 29, 2022 Update

Our Card Fundraiser was very successful and will help fund many activities this year. Thank you to everyone for your support.

We have had a bit of a supply issue with the physical cards. We expect to receive the cards on Wednesday, October 3 and hope to distribute them to students on Thursday, October 4.

Later in October, we plan on doing the limo rides for our top sellers in elementary.

Thank you again for your support.

September 6, 2022

Today, we are starting our 2022 Card Fundraiser! This fundraiser campaign is very important to our school community. Many programs and events would not occur without it. Here are some documents:

  • Letter and Instruction
  • How we use the funds
  • Pre-Sale Sheet

Letter and Instructions

How we use the funds

Pre-Sale Sheet

Thank you for your support of this fundraiser.