SILC News

Welcome Back Edition - St. Isidore Catholic Learning Centre

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Leadership Message

And just like that, summer is coming to an end... BUT... there is still a bit of time left; soak it all in! I also hope you are relaxed, recharged, and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in Catholic education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.


All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff are already planning for the students on Tuesday, August 30th!! Our enthusiastic (and very busy) office team is registering new families, ordering materials, and updating student files. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring, and faith-filled students and promoting high-level learning. Thank you for helping us keep our students on track and EXCITED about another school year!


Just a few reminders as you prepare for the upcoming school year:


  • School Office Hours: 8 am - 4pm, Monday to Friday
  • The Drop-In Centre is OPEN, come on in and visit us!!! Teachers are available to our students, Monday - Thursday (8:30am to 3:30 pm). Do you need to see your teacher? Let them know and so they will be available to you!
  • There will be a separate email sent out with very specific login instructions for your Canvas Classroom. Courses are still being populated, thank you for your patience! If you require a change to your timetable, you must connect with the Administration: Mrs. Melnyk (Principal) tracym@eics.ab.ca or Mrs. Damur (Assistant Principal) melissad@eics.ab.ca.


In closing, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students, and their families, a very fruitful school year. Thank you for the faith and trust you have in us to educate your most precious gifts; we are very grateful.


Peace,

Mrs. Tracy Melnyk, Principal

tracym@eics.ab.ca

The Staff of 2022-2023

The Staff of 2022-2023:


Principal: Mrs. Tracy Melnyk tracym@eics.ab.ca

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Melissa Damur melissad@eics.ab.ca

Chesterton Headmaster: Dr. Gerard McLarney gerardm@eics.ab.ca

Creative Director, Chesterton & Chaplain : Mrs. Justine Wright justinew@eis.ab.ca

Secretary: Mrs. Natalie Mangatal nataliem@eics.ab.ca

Family Wellness Worker: Katy Parsons katy.parsons@eics.ab.ca

Inclusive Learning Facilitator: Mrs. Shari Morin sharim@eics.ab.ca


Mrs. Christy Oikonen - Elementary (Grades 1-6) christyo@eics.ab.ca

Mr. Daniel Hughes - Jr / Sr Social Studies - daniel.hughes@eics.ab.ca

Mr. Brandon Geiger - Jr / Sr Science & Math - brandon.geiger@eics.ab.ca

Mrs. DeeDee Perrott - Sr. Science & Chesterton deedee.perrott@eics.ab.ca

Mrs. Eva Fung- Sr Math eva.fung@eics.ab.ca

Mrs. Katarina Urdova - Chesterton Math - katrina.urdova@eics.ab.ca

Mr. Brett Fawcett - Chesterton and Religious Studies - brett.fawcett@eics.ab.ca

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The SILC Classroom is OPEN!!!

Wow, it feel like forever since out SILC Classroom has been available to students... but this year, "We are baaaaack"! Come on in and see us! Need some help with your courses? Need to write an exam? Want to come in and get post-secondary advice? You are WELCOME back!!


SILC has it's own entrance on the East side of the building, main level; however, you can access us from the main doors as well. Students who are driving, feel free to park in the parking lot and let reception know you have parked there. Students taking Public Transportation, walk across from Bethel Transit Station and come on in!


The SILC Classroom (Centre) is open to student drop-in:

Monday - 8:30 - 3:30

Tuesday - 8:30 - 3:30

Wednesday - 8:30 - 3:30

Thursday - 8:30 - 3:30

Friday - By appointment only.


Feel free to join us for "Faith Fridays" every Friday at OLPH Church for Rosary & Mass & Fellowship . We also use Fridays for Chestersessions, fieldtrips, exams, team meetings etc...


We can't wait to see you soon!!!

Elementary Classroom

Hello from Mrs.Oikonen!


Welcome to St. Isidore! I look forward to getting to know each one of you! I am very excited to start your online learning journey with you and your child! We will begin our journey together at our first whole class google meet on Tuesday, August 30th at 9:30am. You will find the link to the meeting on your homeroom page. On your homeroom page you will find buttons with links to all of your subjects, newsletters and extra activities. If you scroll down your homeroom page you will find a calendar for the current month with important activities for each day. Please sign up for an individual meeting with me for this first week. You will find a sign up button on our September calendar and our week 1 newsletter. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email: christyo@eics.ab.ca


Please click on the link below to view our September Calendar and the week 1 newsletter for your child's grade.


Blessings!

Mrs. Oikonen


September Calendar


Grade 1 Newsletter


Grade 2 Newsletter


Grade 3 Newsletter


Grade 4 Newsletter


Grade 5 Newsletter


Grade 6 Newsletter

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Student Schedules and PowerSchool

Students schedules are available in PowerSchool. Log in with your User Name and Password to: https://eics.powerschool.com/public/ However, your courses will not be availabe in your Canvas Online Classroom until Tuesday, August 30th.


If you need to make changes to your schedule (grades 10-12 only), email Mrs. Damur melissad@eics.ab.ca or Mrs. Melnyk tracym@eics.ab.ca.


PowerSchool is your "one stop shop" to monitor: grades, student progress, student fees, updated contact information. Please get in the habit of checking it regularly.


Mrs. Wright put together a video to guide you through the process of becoming "PowerSchool Savvy".


Having problem logging in? Contact the office at 780-449-6463

How to Powerschool Parent and Student

Accessing the Canvas Classroom

Your Canvas Classroom is your "Online Classroom". You will find all of your classes nicely organized for you there.


It is VERY Important... On the first day, log In to ensure all of your courses are there. Chesterton Students will only see their first semester course, that is ok! All other SILC students will see the courses they are currently taking.


Each class requires you to complete the first "quiz" or "questionnaire" THIS MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EVERY CLASS ON THE FIRST DAY. Yes, most of your answers will be the same, but it is important to complete this for every class so every teacher has the most accurate information for your education plan. St Isidore is a very unique and flexible environment and we do this so you have all of the flexibility and personalization you need. So, my friends, that is your very first job... Go in to every course and fill out the "Questionnaire" on Day 1!


What do you need before you begin?


  • Good Internet

  • Laptop or Computer or Chromebook - no iPhones, iPads, or tablets, Canvas is hard for student work on these.

  • Logging in every day and keeping up with your work!!!!! EVERY DAY!!!

  • Having troubles? ASK your teacher for help - do not be shy!

  • Still having troubles? Come in to the Centre or a virtual meeting with your teacher. Please don’t wait too long. We are here to help :)

  • Get in the habit of logging into your Powerschool Account regularly to check your marks. If deadlines pass, a mark of “zero” will be put in as a placeholder "MISSING" until you hand in your work. I cannot stress enough the importance of being diligent with your work! You must login using the same username and password that you use for your EICS gmail and your Canvas classroom: PowerSchool Login

  • If you were with EICS (even if you came from: ABJ, SAB, OLMP, or St. Mary) last year, your password is still the same. If you are new, you will be given a generic password that you must change immediately!


Are You New to SILC and EICS?

When you registered with SILC (EICS) you were assigned a six digit user number. Your parents set up their own account when they registered you and can find your number easily for you. If you are struggling, please email us or call 780-449-6463 and say, “Hello! I am a new student and need my 6 digit User Number to login please :)”


This is your student number that was assigned to you, and will stay with you as long as you are a student of EICS. PLEASE, do NOT share your 6 digit username or password with anybody as this is your security login in for your email and your course work in your Canvas Classroom. Allowing others into your account is a violation of the EICS Tech User Agreement

Students will work on web-based courses using our Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).


How to log on to your Canvas Classroom:

  1. **CLOSE & logout of all other Google/email/browser applications and start with a fresh Google Internet Browser. This means personal gmail accounts. Log out of EVERYTHING!

  2. In Google Chrome, open your EICS school email by heading to: mail.eics.ab.ca

  3. Log in using your 6*****@eics.ab.ca & password. Your username is your 6 digit EICS Student ID. If you are a returning student, your passwords will be the same as last year. If you are new ...The default password for your first login will be sent privately - YOU MUST CREATE A NEW PASSWORD and don’t forget it! If you ever need a password change, go to: Change Password

  4. Then, in a new Chrome tab, go to: eics.instructure.com

  5. You should see your SILC Canvas Dashboard with your classes there.


Please head to our website for up-to-date info: https://silc.eics.ab.ca/



PARENTS - Want to see how your children are progressing? You can download a Parent Observer App. Watch Mrs. Wright's video below.

UPDATED Canvas Parents App

SILC Exam Policy


Now that all Covid restrictions have been lifted, we are reverting back to the "pre-Covid" normal SILC world. What does that mean? That our Centre will be open to all of our students this year. Come by and meet with your teachers to get help with anything that you need! SILC students in grades 7-12 will be required to complete a Mid Term Exam and a Final Exam. These exams are mandatory and will be proctored to ensure student understanding and accurate assessment of curricular outcomes. There will be 3 modes to complete student Mid-Term and Finals:


  • In person at the Centre
  • Online through our proctor service "Proctorio"
  • Arranged with your teacher over a Google Meet


Any questions? Reach out to your teachers.

Demographic Confirmation Form 2022-2023


If you have not already done so, it’s time to update your child’s A.8 2022/2023 Demographic Confirmation Form for the upcoming school year. It is important for us to have the most up-to-date information about our students as this ensures that we receive all available funding to support your child's learning as well as current information to reach you during the day if necessary. The annual consent forms also allow your child full participation in all activities, field trips, and events for optimal learning at St. Isidore.


You can follow these steps to access, review and submit the form:

1. Log into Powerschool at https://powerschool.eics.ab.ca/public/

2. Under the “Forms & Fees” menu click “School Engage Student Forms:

3. Students - Select your child’s name (please complete one form for each child)

4. Click on the word “New” beside the form name (A.8 2022-2023 Demographic Confirmation Form)


See here for a video tutorial link on how to complete the form: https://www.eics.ab.ca/parents-and-students/powerschool-log-in


Thank you in advance for completing these forms so we can work together in supporting your children to experience the full learning benefits at St. Isidore.


Please feel free to contact our secretary at 780-449-6463 if you have any questions.

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OLPH Parish Corner


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


Archdiocese News:

  1. Upfront with the Archbishop is the Edmonton Archdiocese’ new weekly podcast where we seek to bridge the gap between the hierarchy and the faithful by discussing the beauty, truth, and challenges of our Catholic faith. Archbishop Richard Smith and host Jenny Connelly discuss topics such as “Joy vs Pleasure: A Catholic Perspective on Alcohol”, “Vocations & Decisions: Does God Have Only One Will for My Life?” and “The Right Music for Mass.” The most recent episode was a fascinating discussion with indigenous priest Fr. Cristino Bouvette from Calgary (he was liturgical coordinator for the entire papal visit to Canada) about decisions made around the Papal liturgies and the elements of indigenous inculturation that happened, like smudging and praying in the four directions. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts! https://caedm.ca/upfront/

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Important Dates to Remember...


  • Monday, August 29 - School Office Closed for District Staff Opening Faith & Fellowship Day.

  • Tuesday, August 30 - First day of school! The Centre opens at 8:30 am! We are excited to see you!

  • Friday, September 2 - FAITH FRIDAY - Join us for Mass at OLPH, 8:30 am. All are welcome!

  • Monday, September 5 - School Closed - Labour Day

  • Friday, September 9 - Happy Birtday Mrs. Fung!!!

  • Friday, September 9 - FAITH FRIDAY - Join us for Mass at OLPH, 8:30 am. All are welcome!

  • Friday, September 9 - Chesterton Retreat @10 am

  • Friday, September 16 - FAITH FRIDAY - Join us for Mass at OLPH, 8:30 am. All are welcome!

  • Friday, September 23 - School Closed for Professional Development

  • Friday, September 30 - School Closed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Friday, October 7 - School Closed for Professional Development

  • Monday, October 10 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Day

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