Sunday, October 9, 2022 - Thanksgiving Edition

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As a people of God, we acknowledge that there is so much for us to be grateful for in our lives, all of which is given to us through His grace. Thanksgiving offers us a beautiful opportunity to pause and take time to experience holy moments, to intentionally spend time in community with those we love and to give thanks for the abundant signs of God’s love in our lives.

And this is why I LOVE this time of year because it puts all of us in the mindset of giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives and expressing our appreciation for each other. As we gather around our dinner tables this weekend, I am certain you will all be giving thanks for the special blessings you have in your lives. I know that I will be giving thanks for the many blessings I have within my life: my family, friends, good health, our SILC community, and my faith.

I am grateful for the meaningful work we do here every day; for the creative minds and good hearts of our students, their families, and our staff. All of these give my life and work a sense of purpose, and that, in itself, is an invaluable gift. I am grateful to be a part of our faithful SILC Family.

May your Thanksgiving, and all the days that follow, be filled with blessings and with a deeply grateful awareness of the "gifts" you have received from God.

Gratitude & peace,

Tracy Melnyk, Principal

Month of the Holy Rosary

October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Church chose that day and, apparently by extension, the month of October to honor Our Lady of the Rosary because a great victory took place on October 7. The decision to designate October as the month of the Rosary apparently stems from the Church’s desire to extend its thanksgiving to Our Lady for victory in the Battle of Lepanto from one Sunday to a whole month. In addition, when Our Lady appeared in Fatima in May 1917, she identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.

We will gather as a school community Every Wednesday at noon via google meet to pray the Rosary together.

The LINK will go out in announcements the day before.

October Rosary Video

Some Good News for our Grade 12s writing Diploma Exams! Diploma Exams - Changed to 20% (from 30%)

2022-2023 Diploma Exam Schedule - Grade 12s

If you are currently registered in a diploma exam course at St. Isidore, and are local to our area, your teacher will advise the office and we will register you to write the examination here, for the course in which you are enrolled and have completed - there is no fee for a first time write! If you are upgrading and intend to rewrite a diploma exam, you are responsible for registering and paying the rewrite fee prior to the exam date.

If you do not live in the Sherwood Park area, then you will have to find a Diploma Writing Centre in your area. You will need to create an Alberta Education "myPass" account for that. Please do that ASAP: Also, instruction and a video are below on how to do this.

ALL students REWRITING diploma exams MUST register and pre-pay DIRECTLY with Alberta Education by the established deadlines to ensure an exam and label will be supplied to the school for the diploma writing session. For each rewrite there is a non-refundable fee of $26.25.

Details on registering and paying rewrite fees are explained on Alberta Education's website.

2022 - 2023 Rewrite Registration and Pre-payment Deadlines:

Writing Session Deadline:

November 2022 - October 3, 2022

January 2023 - November 1, 2022

April 2022 - February 18, 2022

June 2022 - April 8, 2022

Students can register to write and rewrite diploma exams using the Alberta Education secure self-service website: and receive instant registration confirmation.

Visit Alberta Education for more information on writing diploma exams.

St. Isidore will not be hosting November sittings. If you would like to write your exam in November, you can follow the same instructions above. Note the deadline to register for November Diploma Exam is this Monday, October 3, 2022.

Here is the Diploma Exam schedule:

Students Grade 10 & Up...Sign up for myPass

It is expected that all students at St. Isidore (SILC) be responsible for creating and assessing their individual myPass accounts. MyPass is an Alberta Education self-service website set up for Alberta students to:

● View diploma exam results and request rescores

● Register to write a diploma exam

● Order High School transcripts

● View progress towards a credential (diploma or certificate)

● View and print a Detailed Academic Report (DAR)

● View student personal information

If you have not done so already, please sign up NOW as Post Secondary Institutions open up the application process on October 1, 2022 (at midnight)!! Some programs are highly competitive so getting your application in early is essential!

See below for a step-by-step guide on how to create your myPass account!

How to use myPass

AHS Immunization Program

Each year Alberta Health Services offers free immunizations to school students in grades 1, 6, and 9 (or any other students who have missed their immunizations). Please see the attached letter for important information. AHS Immunizations.pdf

Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs. Oikonen!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you enjoyed the joy and blessings of Thanksgiving this last weekend! I would like to welcome Chloe in grade 1 and Delilah in grade 4 to our SILC online family. We will have cohort meets again this week. By request, we will be doing Show and Tell on Tuesday with the grade 1, 2 and 3 students. At our grade 4, 5, and 6 cohort meet, we will be working on math word problems. On Thursday, all grades will be meeting at 9:30am for our Thanksgiving Party.

Here is what we will be working on this week.

October Calendar

Grade One Newsletter

Grade Two Newsletter

Grade Three Newsletter

Grade Four Newsletter

Grade Five Newsletter

Grade Six Newsletter

Girls on Fire - Confidence Workshops for Girls

Now more than ever, girls are experiencing challenges in their emotional, physical, and mental health. Between the isolation of a pandemic to learning to live in a world turned upside down, the need for mentorship and community is more important than ever.

Our 8 week Sparklers Mentorship program combines mindset coaching, support for emotional and mental health, and an outlet for physical activity. Our goal is to help each girl find her inner sparkle - the Joy of being herself - and sparkle together as a community of girls who support girls.

Two locations: Sherwood Park and St. Albert

Check them out:

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Alberta Mental Health - October Newsletter

Alberta Mental Health Education Services, Edmonton Zone, is proud to offer free mental health virtual programs for parents and caregivers of children and youth, as well as sessions for all adults.

If you want to learn more about how to support a child or youth that you live or work with, or if you want additional strategies for supporting your own wellness, you are welcome to register for these sessions. See the newsletter below.

The Staff of 2022-2023

The Staff of 2022-2023:

Principal: Mrs. Tracy Melnyk

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Melissa Damur

Chesterton Headmaster: Dr. Gerard McLarney

Creative Director, Chesterton & Chaplain : Mrs. Justine Wright

Secretary: Mrs. Natalie Mangatal

Family Wellness Worker: Katy Parsons

Inclusive Learning Facilitator: Mrs. Shari Morin

Mrs. Christy Oikonen - Elementary (Grades 1-6)

Mr. Daniel Hughes - Jr / Sr Social Studies -

Mr. Brandon Geiger - Jr / Sr Science & Math -

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math

Mr. Matthew Bennett - Jr High

Mrs. Katarina Urdova - Chesterton Math -

Mr. Brett Fawcett - Chesterton and Religious Studies -

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OLPH Parish Corner

Stay connected. Our parish makes it very easy for us all to attend. See the links below:

Interest in volunteering at the church…can contact Natalie Lavigne at 780-467-5470 (ext 225) or email

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Important Dates to Remember...

  • Monday, October 10 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Day

  • November 7-11 - FALL BREAK No School!

  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - No School. "Lest We Forget"

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