JH Mid-Terms Exam Week – January 2023

To better prepare our Junior High students for year-end finals, this year, we will have a Junior High Mid-Term Exam Week from January 23 to January 26, 2023. Here is a letter sharing more information:

Come January, we will give all our Junior High students a paper copy of this letter.

Thank you,

FLVT School

FLVT Fine Arts Fundraiser

Our Junior High students will perform The Little Mermaid, Jr. this spring. The students and staff are busy planning and rehearing already. We are pretty excited. With all major productions, we need your support. Our FLVT Fine Arts will run a fundraising event to support the show this year.

Here is more information:

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser.

Catholic Education Sunday 2022

This Sunday, November 6th, we celebrate Catholic Education Sunday in Alberta.  This year the theme of Catholic Education Sunday is “Walking Together in Catholic Education.” 

Here is an excerpt from the letter from the Bishops of Alberta and NWT:

Sunday, November 6th, is an occasion for prayer, reflection and solidarity, as we acknowledge Catholic Education Sunday in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. As we gather in Eucharistic celebration in our parishes, let us offer prayers of thanksgiving for the gift of Catholic schools, together with petitions for the beloved young people entrusted to our care.

Here is the full letter:

Let us work together, united in prayer and being grateful for Catholic education, to continue to make Father Leonard Van Tighem School a Christ-centred learning community. The message of Catholic Education Sunday fits well with our faith plan of Arise! Pilgrims of Hope.

Have a blessed week,

Greg Kostiuk

We Are All Treaty People

Thank you to all students that entered this year’s We Are All Treaty People Poster Contest. There were a lot of terrific entries. Also, thank our School Council for sponsoring it and Miss Sorensen and Miss Beaulac for organizing the poster contest.

Here were our winners:

Division One

Division Two

Division Three

Thank you again to everyone that supported this year’s poster contest.

2022 Winter Fundraiser

November 25.2022

Thank you very much for your support of the fundraiser. The profits are just over $2500. All funds raised will be going to student community meals.

The products arrive on Wednesday, November 30. We do need some parent volunteers to help with the pick-up. Please consider signing up on the volunteer list:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JtcfU0VFgH43eJuLg3x9Y3ZnWnziXZzqq3rxvc9TS70/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you

October 26, 2022

Please consider supporting our School Council Winter Fundraiser. All funds will support our HAWKS Virtue Program and School Community Meal events. Also, any unspent money will be carried over to the next school year.

All orders are placed online at:

https://fatherleonard.growingsmilesfundraising.com/home

Orders are due by Tuesday, November 15, 2022, and the Plant Pick-up will be November 30, 2022, between 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm. We will contact parents by email if the products arrive earlier or later.

The products from deVry are excellent. Here is what we are selling:

Thank you to our School Council for organizing this fundraiser and to everyone for supporting it.

FLVT Announcement

Please read the below Media Release from Lethbridge Police Services.

October 17, 2022 Update

Lethbridge Police have determined a report of a male armed with scissors cutting the hair of a teen girl was unfounded.

Police received a report on October 6, 2022 that two 13-year-old girls on their lunch break from school were walking in the westside Safeway parking lot when they were approached by an unknown male who produced a pair of scissors, grabbed one of the girls and cut off a large section of her hair. It was reported the male proceeded to grab the second girl and attempted to cut her hair, but she was able to break free. The girls then ran back to Father Leonard Van Tighem School, where the incident was reported to staff, who subsequently contacted police.

A media release was issued by police, seeking any witnesses to the incident. Through further investigation it was determined the report was unfounded and no such incident had occurred. The girls were subsequently issued a warning for public mischief.

No further details will be released on the matter.

Oct 09, 2022

MEDIA RELEASE

Lethbridge Police are investigating an assault after a male armed with scissors approached a teen girl and cut off some of her hair.

On October 6, 2022 between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. two 13-year-old girls on their lunch break from school were walking in the westside Safeway parking lot when they were approached by an unknown male who produced a pair of scissors, grabbed one of the girls and cut off a large section of her hair. The male proceeded to grab the second girl and attempted to cut her hair, but she was able to break free and the pair ran back to Father Leonard Van Tighem School where the incident was reported to staff, who subsequently contacted police.

The subject is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 15-18 years-old, 5’10,” with blue eyes wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, a medical mask covering his face, black pants and Nike shoes.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident or has information that could assist the investigation, is asked to call police at 403-328-4444 and reference file 22022166. Anonymous Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted online at www.p3tips.com

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.

Sincerely, 

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:https://gregkostiuk.com/2022/09/08/school-council-2022-23/

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.