St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Sept 12, 2021

We are in full swing at St. Mary's!

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It was indeed a wonderful first week back at St. Mary's! We are so blessed to have an adaptable school community that is truly amazing!

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. Please remember that all students should be bringing their own masks to school. 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.

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School Immunizations:

Each year, Alberta Health Services & Public Health review immunization records for students to see what immunizations each student needs. A consent form will be sent home with an information sheet for each vaccine recommended for the student. Immunizations in this program include:

- Grade 9: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (dTap) and meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y, W-135) conjugate vaccine

Please note that Alberta Health Services will also be offering the COVID-19 vaccine.

EICS wants to make it very clear that vaccinations will NOT be offered to students without parental consent.

Students will need to have the consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian in order for vaccines to be recieved. A hard copy of these letters and forms have been sent home with your student however there are copies attached here:


Note that the above form is only for the Covid-19 Vaccine. Other immunization forms will be handed out as per AHS Timeline.

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.

No form needs to be completed and brought to the school.

-Many have shared that it is a good idea to print and post the document on your fridge, etc. as a reminder to self-screen each day and to stay home if sick.

-Attendance at school will be taken to mean that students have gone over the screening questions at home each morning and are good to be at school.

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Sept. 30th - Truth and Reconciliation Day

Elk Island Catholic Schools Board of Trustees just held a Special Public Board Meeting passing a motion to recognize September 30th - National Truth and Reconciliation Day as a holiday.

Attached is the amended calendar that now has Sept. 30th listed as a school closure day.

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 may be a familiar face as we introduce Ms. Sonora Bohaychuk. Sonora is a St. Mary's Alumnus who has joined us from St. Isidore to teach Grade 8 Language Arts and Religion as well as Religion 15 this semester. Ms. Bohaychuk is also the school's new Collaborative Response Coordinator who helps our diverse student body with the various accommodations needed in order that all students can reach their highest potential at St. Mary's.

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Ms. Sonora Bohaychuk

"Hello everyone! I am so excited to be a part of the St. Mary’s family, in both the role of a teacher and the Collaborative Response Coordinator. When I’m not at school you can find me enjoying time outside, spending time with family, friends, and my two cats Pig and Pudge. I am incredibly passionate about mental health and am pursuing a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I look forward to being a part of the Vegreville community and working with the students, families, and staff in our wonderful building."

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St. Mary's Educational Society AGM - Sept 14th @ 7pm

The meeting will be held at the Wilde and Company office. Please contact Candice Kropielnicki by email: for more information.

Meet the Staff Night - Sept. 22nd @ 5:00pm

Swing by and join us for a light BBQ and informally meet the Staff of St. Mary's. We would love for you to connect with our new faces and rekindle relationships with many of our returning staff! We will be hosting the Parent Council Meeting right after at 6pm.

Parent Council - Sept. 22nd @ 6:00pm

Join us after meeting the staff to see what is happening at the school and how you can be involved in making the future brighter for our SAINTS! It will be an in-person meeting with the option of a virtual meeting. Link will be shared next week.

Picture Day - Sept. 23rd

Brush your teeth and hair, and put on your Sunday best. Say "CHEESE" as pictures are happening in the library for all staff and students.

Truth and Reconciliation Day - Sept. 30th

Sept. 30th is a school closure day.

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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  • High School Golf Zone Tournament is happening at Cold Lake this Monday, Sept. 13th.

  • Jr. High Volleyball league games start this Thursday, Sept 16th. Ask Mr. Paulichuk for more details and cheer on our SAINTS!

EICS Athlete/Spectator Guidelines

EICS is supportive of a safe return to extra-curricular activities. The hope is that current restrictions can be diminished throughout the year as the threat of covid reduces in society and our schools.

  • All guidelines regarding masking are to be adhered to. Masks must be worn in all school areas including the change room/locker rooms.

  • Masks may be removed during warm-up and while participating in the game.

  • Masks must also be worn by the coach and players on the bench.

  • At this time, NO SPECTATORS are allowed in the schools/gymnasium.

  • Outdoor events will allow spectators; it is highly encouraged that spectators wear masks and adhere to social distancing protocols.

  • During outdoor events, modeling of mask use by coaches is strongly recommended.

  • Parents are not allowed in the school for planning meetings, these meetings are to occur virtually.

  • Masks must be worn when being transported to the event.

The Father Ted Colleton Scholarship is now accepting applicants. The scholarship program is directed towards Grade 11 and Grade 12 students. Three prizes are to be awarded, in the value of $2000, $1500 and $1000 respectively. The deadline is December 1. Please head to our website for further details on this and other Scholorship opportunities!

Parish Plans:

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Parish Volunteers Needed

St. Martin of Tours Parish is looking for volunteers to join various ministries in the church. Please check out the Church Bulletin for the Recruitment Survey. If you missed mass this week, then please print and complete the survey and email it back to the Parish Secretary, Barb Bienvenue.

Community Announcements:

The Kalyna Family Resource Network - Vegreville and Area in partnership with the Vegreville Centennial Library will be hosting an after-school drop-in program for grades 7-9 every Friday and in the evenings every other Friday for grades 10-12.
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Do you wanna be the FACE of THE MAZE???

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The Vegreville Corn Maze is on the hunt for the perfect fit to be ‘the face of the maze’. I invite you to share this email with your staff in case they might know of a student who might be looking for a volunteer opportunity, noting that their time would be dedicated towards a local non-profit of their choice. Ideally, the student would be 16+ and between 5’5” – 5’10” to fit the costume well.

Specifically, we are needing someone to play the role of Mazy at the following events:

  • Thursday, September 9 - 5 PM to 8 PM (Pysanka Park Market)
  • Saturday, Sept 11 & Sunday, Sept 12 - 11 AM to 5 PM (opening weekend) *with breaks
  • Saturday, Sept 25 & Sunday, Sept 26 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday, Oct 2 & Sunday, Oct 3 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday, Oct 9 & Sunday, Oct 10 - 11 AM to 5 PM

If anyone would like more information, they can contact ANNA LANGKOW at 587-790-0923

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EICS has chosen the theme "Called To More" based on the story of Esther in scripture. Throughout the 2021-2022 year STMY will reflect on how God has placed us at this point of history for a reason and has called us to live our lives for Him. Click above to read the story of Esther for yourself and hear God's calling in your life.
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