Sunday, February 5 , 2023

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EICS Assurance Surveys

In our ongoing pursuit to refine how Elk Island Catholic Schools provides faith-integrated education and support to all of our students, we’ve launched our Assurance Survey for the 2022-2023 school year.

This is an opportunity for you to let us know your thoughts on how well we’re addressing our mission to develop educational opportunities in the context of Gospel values, celebrate and nurture students, and guide them on a lifelong spiritual journey.

Your feedback will be anonymous and welcomed to assist with guiding the decision-making process as EICS plans for the future.

To help us gain a comprehensive understanding of how we’re doing, similar Assurance surveys are also being provided to all students and EICS staff.

Please take the time to complete this survey when it is convenient for you. If you are the parent or guardian of multiple children who are attending EICS schools, we ask that you take the time to reflect on each child’s individual experience and fill out a survey for each child. We recognize that their experiences may be different and wish to obtain a greater understanding of these differences in the survey.

To begin the survey, please click here: EICS Parent Assurance Survey 2022-2023

To ensure your feedback is received, all surveys must be completed by Friday, February 17.

Textbook Returns PLEASE

As Semester I is wrapping up, students should be returning their textbooks back to the SILC Classroom. To avoid a "textbook replacement charge" please return all books when finished. We cannot hand out Semester II books until all other books are returned to the school.

We are open from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday. If you cannot make it in those hours, there is a "Book Drop" located outside the student door. The picture to the left shows you where to drop them. Please don't forget to put your name insdie the cover on a sticky note. Thank you :)

If you do not live in the area, please mail all textbooks to:

St. Isidore Catholic Learning Centre

310 Broadview Road

Sherwood Park, AB

T8H 1A4

Thank you for your prompt attention and GOOD LUCK with final exams!!

Check out the new Cogito Academy at Madonna for grades K-4 and Hockey Academy for Grade 5-8 at Holy Redeemer

Happening next fall at Madonna Catholic School and Holy Redeemer!
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Grad 2023 Portrait Bookings - Open NOW!

For our 2023 Graduates...

You would have received an email from Mrs. Melnyk this week to walk you through how to book your Grad portraits.

Please book a spot on March 15, 16, or 17 following the instructions below from ICON.

You must pick up your grad cap prior to your appointment. Call SILC to make arrangements : 780-449-6463 - PLEASE KEEP THIS CAP FOR YOUR CONVOCATION IN JUNE.

Any questions, email Mrs. Melnyk -

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St. Isidore Summer School offers courses that allow YOU to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads for the year ahead or finish pre-requisite courses.

Summer School Registration is opening on January 19! St. Isidore Summer School is opening registration earlier as schools and students plan their term two classes and look forward to student schedules for the upcoming school year.

Term 1: July 4-13; Term 2: July 14-24; Full Term: July 4-24

We are offering synchronous, asynchronous, and in-person courses. Check out to view the courses that will be offered and how to reserve your spot! See the Course Listings here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Melissa Damur, Summer School Principal

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Math 30 help!

Are you registered for Math 30-1 and feeling a little anxious? Have you completed Math 20-1 and wondering if you can handle Math 30-1? The blog post below may be able to help.

Tea and Bannock Evening - Tuesday, February 7

In the spirit of community and Reconciliation, parents, guardians, and families of EICS students are invited to join us in a Tea and Bannock evening held at Central Learning Services (310 Broadview Road) in Sherwood Park on Tuesday, February 7, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity to meet and engage with Elders and Knowledge Keepers who connect with our EICS schools, supporting the continued growth in student and staff knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Please RSVP by Thursday, February 2, by filling out this Registration Form. This will help us know how much bannock to make! Only one form needs to be submitted per family.

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"Embrace Limit" Podcast

The Archdiocese of Edmonton is launching a new series of podcast episodes which are entitled “Embrace Limit.”

To quote Archbishop Smith, “being limited is something our current world is raging against.” There are many different parts of being a Catholic that can seem to limit our freedom, and therefore limit our happiness. However, if we look a little closer, sometime the parts of being a follower of Christ that can seem most constraining are the parts that lead to the most freedom and joy! Embrace Limit is a miniseries that explores why the limits of our Catholic faith can lead us to a life of limitless joy and freedom.

Episode 1 of Embrace Limit is focusing on the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexuality, including the definition of marriage, contraception and sex outside of marriage. Episode 2 is focused on the Catholic concept of vocation. And the final episode is focused on having a holy relationship with pleasure.

Subscribe here to ensure that you are notified when this new series launches: Follow the Upfront With The Archbishop podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs.Oikonen!

Welcome to week 22 of online learning! We have a short week this week as all teachers are attending Teacher's Convention on Thursday and Friday. I will not be available for those 2 days. On Tuesday, the grades 4, 5, and 6 will have a presentation at 9:00am called More than Money. I have sent all grade 4, 5, and 6 parents an email regarding what your child will need for this presentation, so please check your emails. There will be no google meets for grades 1, 2, and 3.

Here is what we will be doing next week!

February Calendar

Grade 1 Newsletter

Grade 2 Newsletter

Grade 3 Newsletter

Grade 4 Newsletter

Grade 5 Newsletter

Grade 6 Newsletter

Off Campus Info

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The Great Disconnect

On February 23, Family and Community Support Services is hosting a free screening at the Shell Theatre of “The Great Disconnect” at 7pm. We would love to have staff, students and families join us! Please read below for more information about this important documentary. Booths will be set up in the lobby before and after the show highlighting different ways to connect with each other and in our community. It would be fantastic if this was something you could share in your newsletters, etc. as it covers an important topic that affects so many.

The Great Disconnect uncovers why, in a world seemingly more connected than ever before, people are feeling more and more socially isolated – and the true cost this has on our lives and communities. Watch wellness expert Tamer Soliman as he journeys through North America to meet with local citizens, community activists, and leading authorities on social, economic, and urban planning to discover the true factors that have profound and lasting impacts, not only on our health, but the health of the communities in which we live. This timely documentary invites us to reflect on the relationships we have with those around us and raises the question: is it possible to overcome our modern culture of disconnectedness and rediscover how truly essential we are to one other?

Since its official launch, the film has screened across Canada through multiple municipalities, and has been shown in ten countries across Europe. It has also been featured in over twelve independent film festivals, and in October 2020, the documentary won the award for Best Feature Film at the prominent Better Cities Film Festival.

Watch the trailer here

Free tickets can be obtained by visiting Ticketpro, calling 780-992-6400 or in person at the Dow Centennial Centre and City Hall front desk, Fort Sask., AB.

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Board Highlights & GrACE Highlights for January

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 -

Ms. Jillian Hughes - Jr High LA & Phys Ed & Health -

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math

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:

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Important Dates to Remember...

  • February 9 & 10 - Schools Closed for Teachers Convention

  • February 20 - Happy Family Day - No School

  • March 3 - No school for students - PD Day for staff

  • March 15, 16, &17 - Grad Photo Appointments

  • March 24- Spring Break Begins - No School!

  • April 3 - First day back from Spring Break

  • June 9 - Grade 12 Graduation Mass & Convocation & Banquet

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Follow us on Social Media

Want to stay connected?

Follow us on Twitter at: @silc_eics

Facebook: @StIsidoreEICS

Instagram: @silceics

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