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January News
Published on Jan 10, 2018 13:53

January 2018 News

New Year's Prayer

As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends.

Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.

Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God's name each day. Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.

Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.

May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.

- Rev. Marcy Sheremetta

 Principal's message

Welcome back to a new year of renewed commitment and hopeful resolutions. I hope you had a blessed and peaceful Christmas and have enjoyed happy times with families and friends.

The New Year offers us the opportunity to look back and reflect on the past. More importantly, it affords us the chance to look towards the future, the journey we have yet to take. May our journeys always be Christ-centered, so that peace, love and hope continue to reign in our families, schools, communities, and country.

From all of us at Holy Family to all of you, we offer you our prayer for a New Year of health and happiness.

Happy Birthday Father Bennett

Special birthday greetings are extended to Fr. Christopher Bennett, who will be celebrating his 92nd birthday on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  We are truly blessed to have Fr. Bennett so closely associated with our school, parish and community.

                           Junior/Intermediate Electives

We are once again offering our Winter Elective Program for our students in Grades 1-3 and Grades 4 to 8.  Our grade 1-3 dates are TBD.  Our grade 4-8 electives will be offered on January 31, 2018 and March 1, 2018.  

                       Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition

The Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual Basketball Free Throw Competition at Holy Family School on Saturday, January 20, 2018

                                         Public Speaking Competition

This month our Grade 4 to 8 students will be preparing for upcoming Public Speaking Competitions.  Details will be sent out shortly.  The CWL competition for our top 5 Intermediate Students will be on the evening of Monday, February 12th.  More details regarding the CWL and the Legion competition will be coming shortly.

                                        Know Your Zone

Our school community is located in the south inclement weather zone. Four weather zones (north, south, east and west) were created in Simcoe County.

This approach allows for a partial bus cancellation when weather is severe in a particular area. The goal is to provide more students access to school bus transportation.

For example, this means that buses may be cancelled in the north zone, but are still running in the south, east and west weather zones. If your child is bussed to school, it is important to be aware of the inclement weather zone for our community. As always, you can visit our board website at ,school website or listen to the local media for bus cancellation notices, including partial cancellations in an inclement weather zone.

          Holy Family Catholic School Community Council

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm in our library.  Please come and join us

                           EarlyOn Child and Family Centres

Ontario Early Years Centres have now transformed into EarlyON Child and Family Centres. 

EarlyON is a place for adults and preschoolers to learn together.  Children can play with others and develop new skills.  Adults have a chance to meet other parents, learn new parenting skills, get referrals to community services, and much more. 

Main site – 13 Wellington Street West in Alliston, 705-435-4308.

NEW!  Satellites in Beeton and Tottenham – starting January 9th


DA Jones Branch of the New Tecumseth Public Library

Tuesdays and


9am to Noon

1pm to 4pm


Tottenham United Church

Wednesdays and Fridays

9am to Noon

1pm to 4pm

Go to our website, for monthly calendars and lots of information.  Call 705-435-4308

We look forward to welcoming you to our main site and satellites!


Do you ever struggle with discipline and other parenting issues?

If so the Triple P Positive Parenting Program might be for you!  Three seminars dealing with Positive Parenting, Raising Confident Competent Children and Raising Resilient Children will be offered at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre in Alliston, January 17, 24 and 31 at 7pm. 

Call 705-435-4308 for more information or to register.

First Reconciliation

This month we send prayers and encouragement to our Grade 2 students who have been faithfully preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There will be a parent and child gathering for those children who are receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation- Group A will be on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 pm and Group B will be on Friday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm both at St. Paul the Apostle Church.

The students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 details of the time will be discussed at the parent and child gathering.  We would like to thank Father Glass for his guidance and spiritual leadership in helping to prepare our students.