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									                                                                               December 2009
                                                                                 tober 2009




Dear Parents / Guardians,

As we move into the Liturgical season of Advent we prepare for the coming of Christ
into our lives in the celebration of Christmas. It is our wish that each of you will find
time during the busy Christmas rush to take time and reflect with your families on the
incredible birth story of Jesus. There is always so much to do this time of year that we
lose sight of what is important during the season of advent and forget to prepare
ourselves spiritually for this occasion.

The following prayer can be used with your family during the advent season as another
means to prepare for the coming of Christ.

                         Jesus, You are the light of the world,
                           Teach us how to live in your light
                     May the darkness of sin never touch our lives
                   We ask these things in the name of Jesus, Your Son
                          Light of the World, Prince of Peace.
                                         Amen.

We will be hosting an Advent celebration at St. Helena School on Wednesday
December 23th at 10:15 a.m. all parents are invited to attend as our school community
completes it’s final preparations to celebrate the birth of Christ.

In addition to our school liturgy the school community will be participating in two
charity activities in the hopes of bringing joy to individuals and families that may be in
need. All students, staff and community members did a wonderful job in collecting non-
perishable food items to the St. Vincent De Paul food Drive. Students will also be able
to purchase candy canes and paper light bulbs. The proceeds from this activity will be
given to Avenue 15 to help trouble teens who are in need of additional support.
On behalf of all the staff and community members at St. Helena we would like to extend
to you our best wishes for a wonderful and restful Christmas season. We look forward
to working closely with you in the New Year.

May God bless you and your families through the season of Advent.

Sincerely,


Mr. J. McDonald,                              Mr. M. Macgillivray,
Principal                                     Vice Principal
          Report cards were distributed on Friday November 27. Please do not hesitate to
contact any of your child’s teachers if you have concerns or questions regarding their
program. Parent Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, December 4 from 4:00-
7:00 p.m. and Friday, December 5 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. There will
be no classes scheduled on Friday December 5 due to Parent Teacher Interviews.
Interviews will be booked by appointment only and will be 10 minutes in length.

In an effort to make booking appointments more convenient, interview will be booked
online. If you do not have access to a computer you are invited to come into the school
and we will assist you on a computer that we have made available to book your
interviews on.

The process for booking interviews is broken into the following steps:
Step 1 – Pre-Register at http://sthelena.schoolsoft.ca
The Registration page is available to parents anytime. Your login credentials (email and
password) will remain in the system to make it easy to access the Conference Manager in
the future.

Please note that in order to enhance functionality and security, the Conference Manager
requires you to use Internet Explorer 7 (or above), Firefox 3 (or above) or Safari 4 (or
above). If you are using an older browser, the Conference Manager will automatically
prompt you to update your browser and provide you with a link. This is a one-time
process and only takes a couple of minutes.

Step 2 – Conference Manager Opens to Parents – Friday November 27th at 4:00 PM
 You can access the Parent Login Page using the link in the Confirmation Email. If you
do not receive a Confirmation Email, you can login by going directly to
http://sthelena.schoolsoft.ca.

Step 3 – Book your Parent-Teacher interviews
Select the teachers with whom you want to book interviews. You will see each teacher’s
schedule. After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule. You will
also receive an email containing the teacher name, time and location of the conference.
You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-
schedule appointments. You have the option of submitting comments or questions to the
teacher as part of the booking process.
Important Dates:
Anytime – Pre-Registration begins
Friday November 27th – Start scheduling your interviews at 4:00 PM
Wednesday December 2nd – Conference Manager closes at 3:00 PM
Thursday December 3rd – Parent Teacher Interviews
Friday December 4th – Parent Teacher Interviews
HONOR ROLL AND STUDENT RECOGNITON LUNCH

We have made a few changes to the honor roll and the strong tradition of celebrating
academics and effort. The Honor roll will consist of students who have been able to
maintain and average of 80% in all subjects with no mark below 70% and no effort rating
less than NI. We will also be celebrating those students that who achieve an excellence in
effort throughout the reporting period in all subject areas. On December 11th, we will be
celebrating student achievement with a special honor lunch. You will receive an
invitation if your child will be recognized at this event.

EBOARD

Eboard is an easy to use online service that will allow parents and students to access
homework assignments and important dates in their subject areas. Eboard acts as a
backup to the student’s agenda to confirm assignments and due dates and allow parents a
quick and easy way to monitor academic programs. St. Helena is extremely happy to
offer this service.

There are two ways to access the eboard website:

   1)   Go to http://www.eboard.com/
   2)   On the left hand side of the screen you will see a blank field.
   3)   Type in “Helena” and click go
   4)   You will be prompted for a read only password

               PASSWORD: Helena

The second way is to access our new website http://www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/sthelena/ and
follow the link to the eboard website. We are still working on the website but this link
does work. Once at the eboard website follow the instructions above to gain access to the
St. Helena Eboard page.

Our teachers all have there own posted board and by clicking on the classroom tab you
will be able to access your child’s teacher and subject areas. If you do not know who
teachers your child a particular subject please do not hesitate to give us a call.
CYBERBULLYIING & NEXOPIA

As it becomes a bigger issue in schools Cyberbullying and websites such as Nexopia and
chat rooms such as MSN are becoming a growing concern for all schools. Please make
every effort to monitor your child’s computer use and help to eliminate this problem in
our school community. If you become the subject of inappropriate comments save and
print any information and report it to the police. Schools do play a role in supporting our
students outside of the classroom in this regard as they are here during the day but it is
ultimately a partnership with parents to protect and keep our students safe. If you have
any question regarding this please give us a call. The following websites can provide
support to counteract bullying and cyber bullying if it is occurring.

http://www.kidshelpphone.ca                   http://www.media-awareness.net
http://www.cca-kids.ca                        http://www.media-awareness.ca
http: //www.www.prevnet.ca                    http://www.mediaeducationweek.ca
http://www.ytv.ca                             http://info@media-awareness.ca
http://www.tolerance.org



SAFETY IN SCHOOLS

The care and safety of children entrusted in our care is a priority of the Calgary Catholic
School District. Recently, a number of incidents across the District were reported where
students were victims of bullying while at school. This type of behavior that puts our
students’ safety at risk is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our schools.
Disciplinary action has been taken with the perpetrators and we will continue to monitor
the situation at the schools.

At the District, we take bullying very seriously and are eager to work with both students
and their parents to eradicate it from our schools. We cannot effectively educate our
children in schools where violence and bullying may affect students’ safety. For students
to learn well, their schools must be disciplined and feel safe.

We believe that under no circumstances should any child ever feel that their physical
safety and emotional well being is compromised at any time and under any
circumstances. In an effort to create safe and caring schools, the Calgary Catholic School
District operates our Community of Caring initiative in all schools. The Catholic
Community of Caring initiative is based on the values of faith, family, caring,
responsibility, respect and trust. As part of this initiative, our schools proactively create
and maintain a safe and caring environment for all students. As a Catholic community,
we need to work together as administration, parents and students to ensure our school
environments are safe and reflective of our Catholic values.

If you, as a parent, have any concerns with your child’s safety or potential bullying or
violence against your child, please discuss this immediately with school administration.
PARKING LOT

If you have an appointment at the school please use the visitor parking
stalls in our parking lot. We are also requesting that you do not drop
students off in the parking lot but rather use the lane on the south side of
Sir John A. MacDonald field. Safety is our main concern and or parking
lot is a very busy area as we have busses, deliveries staff and visitors arriving throughout
the morning. If you must use the parking lot as a drop off area we would like to
implement a one way system of use so that all traffic moves in the same direction. We
would like to see all traffic go East (toward Deerfoot) and around the front of the lot and
out. Please do not turn left into the parking lot as it becomes too congested. Your
cooperation ion this matter is appreciated.

WEATHER WOES

As the weather turns cold we are requesting that you remind your children to dress
appropriately for the weather. Gloves hats and warm footwear are essential in making
sure that are students are safe as they make their way to and from school. We will be
following district guidelines (-17 or colder) and keep students inside during extreme
conditions. If students need to come inside to meet with teachers for extra help in the
morning or at lunch they will be required to make an appointment with their teacher.


CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS

We will be preparing for the Christmas holidays be initiating a number of fundraising
events in the next couple of weeks. All proceeds will go towards Avenue 15, a homeless
shelter for teenagers. Thank you for your support and generosity.

I would like to extend a thank you to Mrs. Ellis for taking a lead on these two initiatives,
your hard work is a wonderful example for us all to follow.

SCHOOL COUNCIL

School council kicked off their first fundraiser of the year last week. They are selling
magazine subscriptions. If you have any questions please give the school a call for more
information. The next school council meeting is going to be held on Tuesday January 19th
at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.
WRESTLING INFORMATION

         With volleyball complete let wrestling begin! We have had a great start to our
         wrestling season with a large number of grade 7,8 and 9 students out with the
         intent of bringing another City Championship to St. Helena. Our students will be
         competing in a Quad meet at St. Helena on December 1st. The city
         championship will be held at Bishop Grandin High School on December 18 and
         19th come be apart of a great event!

For more information or a schedule of practice times please contact Mr. Polga or Mrs.
Ostapiuk. A special thanks to Mr. Polga and Mrs. Ostapiuk for donating their time to
coach our wrestlers without you programs such as these would not be possible.

BAND CONCERT

We would like to extend an invitation to all families to come and enjoy and
evening of fun and music as our band shows off their skill during their
Christmas concert on the evening of December 10th at 7:00 p.m.. Ms.
English and her students have been working extremely hard at preparing for
this event and would love the opportunity to perform for a large audience.

The band program will also be traveling to our feeder schools on December
22nd to spread a little Christmas cheer and promote the wonderful atmosphere that St.
Helena has to offer.

DISTRICT 125th ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION

As part of the 125th Celebration of our School District, the following talented grade 9
students will have their art work exhibited at the Jubilee Auditorium December 10th. This
event is a sold out event that will be celebrating the wonderful gift of Catholic Education
over the last 125 years. Our students will receive a ticket to the event which will feature
over 1000 other student’s work or performances.

Krystyn Brown
Santiago Lurido
Amy Luc-German
Crystal Soleski
Hailey Loro
Tasha Ho
Taylor Toth
Sarah LaPietra
Nikki Sennyah
Priska Diarta

Congratulations to all participating students!
M. Kedves - Art Teacher

                              St. John
                           Fine Arts School
                                Annual
                             Arts & Crafts
                            Yuletide Bazaar
                             15 – 12 St. NW
                            (on Kensington Road &
                                  12 St. NW)




  Crafts  Baking  Paintings  Cards
      Jewelry  Ornaments  Toys
 Designed T-Shirts  Skin Care  Candy
              & Lots More!
      Please join us on Saturday, December 5th,

      from 10:00 – 2:00 pm and get a head start on

      your Christmas shopping.
                       COMMUNICATION / FEEDBACK


Administration and teachers encourage and welcome phone calls with any valuable
comments you may have concerning school operations. If you are unable to call, please
use this form to convey your suggestions or concerns. Please feel free to e-mail the school
at tracy.zwodeski@cssd.ab.ca. Thank you.

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