Holy Family School Update Oct 31

October 31 – FINAL Holy Family Update-2

UPDATE, OCTOBER 29: Holy Family Catholic School

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As you have seen when travelling past our new Holy Family School, much work has been completed during the summer and this fall. As promised this spring, we are providing an update now on construction progress at the school.

Representatives from the school divisions, their consultants and the construction firm Ellis-Don met recently to further discuss the opening date for Holy Family Catholic School and Willowgrove Public School.

The target date to begin classes at the schools remains January 5, 2015. Since this is a shared facility between Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Public Schools and the City of Saskatoon, the schools will open at the same time.

As construction progresses, we continue to track the milestones that must be achieved to complete the schools. The safety and comfort of students and staff remains our top priority.

We have started the commissioning process that will see the buildings’ heating and mechanical systems tested and adjusted. This can take up to six weeks. As this occurs, flooring, cabinetry and painting is also being completed. The asphalt and concrete outside the facilities is nearly finished.

We understand the disappointment that resulted in not being able to start school as planned in our new building this September. However, we are extremely proud of how our school community has adapted to our temporary quarters in St. Volodymyr and Father Robinson. Firstly, parents and students should be commended for their flexibility and patience as they adjusted to this situation. Secondly, I would like to thank our staff members who led by example with their positive attitudes. They have started to build the Holy Family community – even without the four walls of Holy Family Catholic School.

We will provide another update in approximately one month as we draw closer to moving into our new school. If you have any questions, I invite you to contact me at 659-7850 or via email at ctenaski@gscs.sk.ca.


Connie Tenaski

Principal, Holy Family Catholic School



Holy Family Playground: Cabaret for Play

Join us for an adult evening out on Saturday, November 15th in support of the HOLY FAMILY PLAYGROUND! This JERSEY themed fundraising event will include a dance, silent auction, 50/50, door prizes and more! Tickets are $25 each and will be available at the Holy Family School Office(s) in Father Robinson and St.Volodymyr starting on Wednesday, October 15th. Payment accepted in cash or cheque made out to Holy Family Playground. Put on your favorite team colors and come support a great cause…OUR KIDS! If you are able to help out with the cabaret or have silent auction items you are able to donate, please contact us through our web page atwww.Holyfamilyplayground.ca or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HolyFamilyPlayground.  This playground is intended to serve the entire Willowgrove community!

Connie Tenaski
Principal Holy Family School
659-7851/ 220-0544
Holy Family
a place for everybody,
where everybody has a place

Holy Family Mass and Opening Celebration

You are warmly invited to our opening mass and celebration onWednesday, October 1, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family.  The evening will begin with mass at 7pm followed by a social in the hall.  Refreshments will be served.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our new beginning and meet the staff.

Holy Family Update June 17, 2014

Holy Family Staff– Staffing has been underway and we are blessed with a team of excited and talented individuals to begin our new school. At this time we welcome teachers Mrs. Kim Deibert, Mrs. Crystal Haynes, Mrs. Arlene Ostertag, Mrs. Sandra Weinheimer, Mrs. Rose Bodnar, Mrs. Dawn Blythe, Mrs. Melanie Lavallee-Usselman, Miss Nicole Syrota, Mrs. Tracy Bazylak, Mr. Andrew Penkala, Mrs. Anna Lorenz, Mrs. Michele Pokraka and Mr. Curtis Howe. The office coordinator will be Mrs. Jacqueline Anderson and Head Caretaker, Mr. Ron McLean. The administrative team will consist of Mrs. Cari Anning (Vice-Principal) and Mrs. Connie Tenaski (Principal).

Please Note – RegistrationsIf you haven’t done so already, we ask that you complete a formal registration as soon as possible for Holy Family. This is necessary whenever students change schools and enables us to determine staffing. Please note that even if you completed the Preliminary Registration Form a couple months ago, a formal one now needs to be completed. Registration forms are available on our Holy Family website or at one of our 3 feeder schools (St. Volodymyr, Fr. Robinson and Mother Teresa). They can be returned to those locations or can be emailed to ctenaski@gscs.sk.ca.

Preschool-Preston Early Learning (PEL) will be the provider for our preschool. PEL will be offering the preschool at the Cathedral of the Holy Family commencing Sept 2014 . There are still spots available. Please visit our Holy Family website or PEL’s website find the Registration form, Parent Handbooks & announcements www.prestonearlylearning.ca. Please contact Lisa (306-290-9095 or admin.pad@sasktel.net ) for further information.

Creative Playground- We will be having a playground meeting on Monday, June 23rd 7pm St. Volodymyr. Please come out and support this exciting project! Did you know that we have a new playground website thanks to Chad Johnson? Check it out The address is: http://www.holyfamilyplayground.ca.  There is also a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HolyFamilyPlayground .

Before and After School Program –Preston Early Learning will be the provider for our Before and After School Program once our school is ready. You can now register by going to their website www.prestonearlylearning.ca. Please contact Lisa (306-290-9095 or admin.pad@sasktel.net ).

During the contingency period, those families that have a child in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and no other children in Grade 4 to 8 you can register with Kelly’s Child Care Program (Kelly McCallen) at 306-251-1037 or 306-979-2066.

Families that have a child in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and also has children attending Grades 4 to 8 you can register with Boys and Girls Club and may obtain the forms on www.bgcsaskatoon.com or call the office at 306-665-1450.

Family has a child attending Grades 4 to 8 and no other children attending Kindergarten to Grade 3 can register with Boys and Girls Club and may obtain the forms on www.bgcsaskatoon.com or call the office at 306-665-1450.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs) –Please refer to our Holy Family website for a document including FAQs in the event the school is not complete in September. The website is www.gscs.sk.ca/our_schools/HolyFamily

If you have any questions or need clarification please contact Principal Connie Tenaski at ctenaski@gscs.sk.ca or 306-220-0544. God bless!


Holy Family Update May 30, 2014

Holy Family Kick Off Barbeque– As we move closer to opening of our new school, our excitement for this great new facility and community grows. We will be hosting a come and go barbeque on June 5th (5-8pm) in Willowgrove Square. In the event of rain it will take place at St. Joseph High School. The Sasktel Mendel Art Caravan and Preston Early Learning will be providing activities for the children. The cost will be $3.00 per person, which includes a hotdog or hamburger, chips and a drink. Forms have been sent out; however, if you do not receive one, don’t worry and just show up at the bbq. A prize table and 50/50s will be available. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate, meet the staff and fundraise for our playground! A huge thank you to those parents who attended our recent meetings to brainstorm a variety of exciting family event to celebrate!