“Glow” Rocks It Out and Helps FJW Celebrate a Great Year!

Locally renowned rock group, GLOW, put on a huge show for the 6-9 students of FJW. Students came together to celebrate the end of a great school year.








Father Whelihan Flag Football Champs!

Father Whelihan Flag Footbal players captured the city championship Wednesday, adding to our already large collection of  championship banners!

Grade 9 Flag Football Champions Celebrate







Resident Artist First in the Province

One of our grade 9 students has won the Think Globally provincial art contest! Her name is Emmy Wyatt and she has been invited to the Legislature building in Edmonton during education week to receive her framed print, as well as a framed copy to be hung at the school. Her artwork will now be viewed publicly and globally at the age of 14 and will be presented to foreign delegates who visit Alberta. It was already on display at the BMO Centre during the Inspiring Education symposium, but now Emmy’s art will be on display for the world to see.

Check out Emmy’s work:

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**Chance to Enhance: Calgary Catholic School District Support:

Chance to Enhance


**From the school nurse regarding Measles vaccinations:



“Fill Your Freezer Fundraiser”

Back by Popular Demand!

Dear Parents,

Father James Whelihan School is excited to announce our “Fill Your Freezer” fundraiser.  It will run from March 20-April 15. 

The money raised will be used to support technological improvements within the school, including the purchase of new Google Chrome Books, and iPad’s.  Having these tools available for our children and staff ensures we are providing the most optimal learning environment.  We are also hoping to raise enough funds to cover the purchase of a BBQ Grill for the School.  Please support our campaign, sell to friends and family.

We are pleased to offer the following vendors in our fundraiser: Coco Brooks Pizza, Consumer Direct Meats, and Spolumbo’s Sausage.  All order forms are attached.  All products are freezer ready, great to stock for BBQ season, and there is something for everyone.  We appreciate your help in making this fundraiser a success. 

CDM Order Form Spring 2014

Coco Brooks Order Form 2014

Spolumbo’sOrder Form 2014

Please read the following on how to complete the order forms.

1. Money must be collected at the time of submitting your order.

2. Make Cheque’s payable to Father Whelihan School Council.  If possible, make one check for the entire order to help the accounting process.

3. Make sure the money collected adds up to the cost of the items sold, the Order Totals page is the best way to ensure your order is correct.

4. Orders will be collected at the school office daily.  All orders and monies must be submitted by April 15.

If you would rather not participate in this event, but would like to help in our fundraising efforts, a financial donation would be truly appreciated.   Cheque’s can be made payable to the Educational Society of Father James Whelihan School, a tax receipt will be issued for all donations, forms are attached.

Need more order forms?  Please feel free to copy original order forms, or ask for extras at the school office.

Questions?  Please contact the school at 403-500-2087.



Best Regards,


Father James Whelihan School Parent Council



Junior High Open House and Kindergarten Registration

If you haven’t already seen the sign in front of the school, we are now accepting Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year. Subsequently, as we prepare the next school year, we would like to invite all grade 6 students who are coming to FJW next year, to our JH open house at 7:00pm on March 20th.


 Note from St. Philip’s Fine Art Program

Current enrolment projections for St. Philip School indicates the need to consider the implementation of a restricted enrolment process in order to ensure that future growth does not exceed the school’s capacity. It is important to note that the implementation of a restricted enrolment process will have no impact on Grade 1- 6 students currently attending the school. Resident (Catholic) Kindergarten students are also not impacted by this process. These restrictions will only apply to future students. Calgary Catholic School District will seek the input and advice of its community at a public participation meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 7 PM at St. Philip School. All parents interested in Fine Arts programming for their child(ren) are invited. (RSVP to St. Philip School: 403-500-2072)

Other Important Dates and Thank-You’s!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Rock Concert, Band Concert, and Family Song Night. These events were all huge successes thanks to you!

Junior High Talent Show

Our annual mid-year junior high talent show will take place Thursday January 30th at 1:15 p.m. All parents are welcome to come watch our amazing singers, dancers and musicians. Auditions will be held the weeks of January 13th and 20th.

Staff Update

We welcome back Mr. Tamura from his Australian teacher exchange. He will resume his grade seven homeroom duties. We also welcome Miss Campbell to our school community. She will be replacing Mrs. Valenzuela (grade eight) as she is now on a full year maternity leave awaiting the birth of her second child. Both Mr. Tamura and Miss Campbell are looking forward to meeting their new students and parents.












Busy Week before Christmas!

Here’s a list of important dates in the coming weeks before Christmas:

  • Thursday December 5th – Honour Roll Ceremony
  • Friday December 6th – Jersey DayP1080364
  • Monday December 16th  Telus Christmas play for all elementary at the Jubilee Auditorium
  • Heritage Park for Kindergarten
  • Tuesday December 17th – Band Concert at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday December 18th – School of Rock Concert at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday December 19th – Elementary Christmas Song Night at 7:00 pm
  • Friday December 20th – Christmas Liturgy at 9:00 am. Please note:  No Hockey Canada Ice due to Liturgy.

                                - Early Dismissal at 11:45 am








Shoeboxes of Kindness

Mrs. Hovdebo’s class got an early start on the Christmas spirit as they prepared shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project of Samaritan’s Purse that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas, God’s greatest gift.

Great job Mrs. Ho-Ho-Ho-Hovdebo’s class!

Operation Christmas








Philippines Relief at FJW!

Donate your spare change to a good cause!

Beginning Monday, November 18th, Father Whelihan will be collecting relief funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.The money will aid the 11 million people believed to be affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Bring in your change and help those who are affected!









FJW Swag Bag for Sale!

We are offereing students a secure and hygienic bag to transport your gym strip or Whelihan uniform to and from school. The bags are made of durable nylon with the Whelihan logo on the front and have strong straps for carrying. The distributer has given us a great price of $20.
This is a time sensitive order……..so don’t delay! If you would like to order the new Whelihan Swag Bag, please fill out the PDF form below and return to Mr. Collier or Ms. Dubuc by Friday, November 29th.

Whelihan Athletic Swag Bag