St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Oct 3, 2021

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Birch Bay Ranch Field Trip

The Elite Sports class for Grade 7 and 8's headed out to Birch Bay Ranch this past Tuesday with Mr. Paulichuk. Kids challenged the 20-metre climbing wall, refined their frisbee golf skills and had a blast playing human foosball. It was a fantastic day of fun and learning. Way to go SAINTS!

TikTok Challenge and School Vandalism

Elk Island Catholic Schools are wanting students and parents to be aware of an online trend happening in schools across Canada.


As part of a TikTok challenge called "Devious Licks," students record themselves vandalizing and stealing items from school washrooms and posting it online. In particular, soap dispensers have been stolen, bathroom locks have been torn out, and red food colouring has been sprayed on toilet seats.


While this has NOT happened at St. Mary's, we wanted to address this trend before it becomes a possibility and wanted to ask parents to talk to their families about the harm that online trends like these can cause. STMY has will have ZERO Tolerance for behaviour like this at our school. There is a news article below that gives more information on the actions that have taken place in Alberta.

Bring Masks and reusable water bottles to School


First of all THANK YOU to the many students who have been so incredible about wearing masks in all of our common areas and in their learning spaces. We do not have extra masks in our office to distribute. A mask is required at school so students would be wise to pack an extra in their bag just in case they misplace their own.


Also, just a reminder for students that they need to bring their own water bottles to school. Covid restrictions allow for only the bottle filling function on our fountains to be used and not the individual drinking to avoid spread. The office will no longer be providing individual cups for students. Thanks for your understanding.

Changes in AHS DAILY SCREENING:

The Alberta Daily Screening tool has recently changed. A new question about household contacts has been added for both over 18 and under 18. This change will add clarity for how we handle student cases where there is a COVID positive case in the home. The new question reads as follows:


Has your child been a household contact of a case2 of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? A household contact: a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been in frequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.


If the answer is “YES” AND they are NOT fully immunized:


Child should stay home and NOT attend school, childcare and/or other activities for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms. If your child has symptoms, proceed to question 2.


Click on the Button above to access the Daily Screening Tool. This is our number one way of keeping our community safe. As we do not have the capacity to individually screen each student before entry, parents are reminded to use the screening form with their child at home, before arrival at school.

New Faces at STMY:

There has been a lot of change in staffing at St. Mary's with multiple new people joining the team as well as old staff returning from leave. Over the next few weeks, our newsletter will highlight some of these people in order to introduce or reacquaint you with them.


This week we introduce Ms. Kassidy Dmytriw. Kassidy is no stranger to St. Mary's as she is a former graduate of the school. Last year she joined the staff at St. Mary's to cover a leave of absence and this year she is joining us full time as the lead High School English teacher. We are so thankful for her expertise as she helps all of us cross our t's and dot our i's.

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Ms. Kassidy Dmytriw

"Hi! My name is Kassidy Dmytriw, and I am one of the English/Social Studies teachers here at St. Mary's. My roots are deep within the Saint community as I am a proud alumnus of St. Mary's. In my spare time, you can find me going for walks, spending time with my family and friends, as well as eating all the snacks. I am so excited to be back here in Vegreville, and I look forward to working with everyone that is a part of our Saints family!"

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Fee Waiver Deadline - Dec. 13th

Parents, please don't forget to apply for your fee waivers before December 13th. Contact Mrs. Michaelchuk at the main office for more details.
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St. Mary's Saints VS Veg. Comp Cougars

Congratulations to the Jr. Boys for winning their league game against Vegreville Comp last week. The Jr. Girls put in a valiant effort but lost in the decisive third set, 15-13. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped score keep and officiate. If you want to watch the games they are posted on the St. Mary's Youtube Channel as well as embedded below.

St. Mary's Saints VS Vegreville Composite Cougars: Junior Girl's Volleyball
Veg Comp at St Mary's

Athletic Announcements:

  • Jr. High Cross Country - Tuesday, Oct 5th

  • Sr. High X-Country @ Ross Lake - Wednesday, Oct. 6th


  • Jr. High Volleyball Away Games VS Fort Sask - Thursday, Oct. 7th

Community Announcements:

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TRU Earth Fundraiser:

The St. Mary's Education Society has their first fundraiser of the school year! Fundraising with Tru Earth! This is a really neat product offering! When you order a product, proceeds of the total sales value will go to the St. Mary's Education Society. You can feel good knowing you are purchasing products that help save the environment. Please use the link to order!

https://fundraising.tru.earth/StMarys

After Hours Schedule and Registration

After Hours will be starting again on October 6th! Please find the REGISTRATION FORM HERE. If you have any further questions or want more information, please don't hesitate to contact Emma Murray at FCSS in Vegreville ph: 780.632.3966 em: emurray@vegreville.com
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Kids Mid-Week Program (Grades 1-6)


North Pointe Community Church is starting a Kids Mid Week program on October 6! It will be running every week for the fall semester. Here is their description:


"We know that kids are high energy and we love it! We try our best to match that energy with our interactive and fun programming. Let kids be kids, even in the church, am I right?!

Pre-Registration is not required, just come and we will register on the spot!"


If you have any questions, email Hannah: hannah@np.church

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Parish Plans:

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Please register to attend Saturday or Sunday Mass:

They are using the webpage: SignUpGenius. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44abab2dabfac70-register


On the page that comes up click on the box or boxes of the Masses you wish to attend. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Submit and Sign-Up”. On the page that then comes up, enter your name, email, phone number and in “Quantity” put in the number of people attending with you. Then click on “Sign-Up Now”

Please contact Barb at the office if you are unable to register online and she will do it for you.

ph: 780-632-3272

em: StMartinTours.Vegreville@caedm.ca

"Call to Protect" Training

A message to volunteers who would like to attend “Called to Protect” training session.

Our next “Safe Environment and Abuse Prevention” training sessions, “Called to Protect”, by zoom is scheduled for Thursday October 7, 2021. The 2.5 hours session will start at 7 pm to 9:30 pm. This is a requirement for all volunteers in the Archdiocese 18 years and older.

For registration, please contact Lucy Kaakyo by email at lkaakyo@caedm.ca In your communication, please include the name of your parish. Helpful instructions, training material and the link to the zoom session will be sent close to the date. We appreciate your time and talent in the service of the Church.

Thank you for your efforts and commitment in creating a safe environment for all. God bless.

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Weekly Prayer for the School:

Hey SAINTS, did you know that the staff at St. mary's gather together regularly to pray for you and your families? This week our Chaplain Miss. Yaremcio also had the opportunity to go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church for a Holy Hour to pray for the school community as well.
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