St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Sept 26, 2021


Thanks to Student Council for planning the school spirit KISS THE DUCK DAY! STMY Principal Mr. Salsbury was voted by the students to get up close and personal with our feathery friend. Vinny the duck was a little bit shy BUT as you can see, it was love at first QUACK!

See all of the fun through our FACEBOOK Page by clicking the VIDEO HERE




Terry Fox Run a Success at STMY

Our annual Terry Fox run was held this year on Friday, September 24th. Led by Mrs. Regnier students learned about the story of Terry Fox and raised money for this amazing cause. Thank you to all of the students who brought a TOONIE FOR TERRY on the day of the walk. There was over $350 raised with more donations still coming in.

If you missed out you can still donate online at:

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Post - Secondary Registration : Important information for our current grade 12 students

We will be hosting a Post-Secondary registration and info day here at St. Mary's on October 1st as a part of the first Block in English.

While in the past this has been an evening opportunity for parents and grade 12 students to come together, with current Covid-related restrictions, we are modifying the format for this year insofar as students will be present, but parents will not be able to attend. That said, it is important for parents/guardians to be available (via phone/text, ideally) should questions arise during the registration process and students need to contact them.

School staff and administration will be on hand to assist students in registering for post-secondary studies at the University, College, and Technical schools of their choice.

In order for this to be a success, students should bring/prepare the following:

-a list of the top 3-4 institutions / programs they are wanting to register at

-a credit card to pay online registration fees (or payment information)

-”MyPass” login information

-have logged into ‘ApplyAlberta’ and set up their profile with username and password

- Bring their own device to complete online applications.

If students or parents have any questions they can direct inquiries to either Mr. Manderson or Mr. Murphy.

Please register here to join us for our ELAA virtual events! By registering you will have the opportunity to connect with our 28 member institutions which include Universities, Colleges, and Polytechs from Alberta. The RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces are also members!

This is a chance for you to ask questions and start to make plans for your future. Make sure to take advantage and talk with all members!

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Student Demographic Forms:

If you have not already done so please take a few minutes to complete your child's Demographic Consent Form on PowerSchool. Having the most up-to-date information about our students ensures that we receive all available funding to support your child's learning - and that we have current information to reach you during the day if necessary. The annual consent forms allow your child full participation in all activities, field trips and events for optimal learning at St. Mary's. Thank you for completing these forms if you have already done so!

These forms can be completed using the following steps:

1) Log into PowerSchool at the website

2) Click "SchoolEngage" on the left hand side

3) Click the graduation hat icon to see a list of your students

4) For each student who is returning to EICS next year please click on the student, click "New" . You will find the required forms to fill out.

We thank you in advance for helping us have the most up to date information on your child on file!

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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.

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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.

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Sept. 29th - Orange Shirt Day

St. Mary's is celebrating Orange Shirt day on Wednesday Sept. 29th. Orange Shirt Day was created as an opportunity to discuss the effects of residential schools and their legacy. It honours the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrates resilience and affirms a commitment that every child matters.

Elk Island Catholic Schools Board of Trustees also 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.

Order Grad Rings:

Hey Grads of 2022! Interested in ordering a grad ring or maybe a grad sweater? Check out what Jostens has to offer at!

Order Online before October 15th to Save $40 off qualifying jewelry with code SENIORGIFT40CAD.

Payment options are available, for more info, please get in touch with the office or email

Jostens will be at St. Mary’s on September 28 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm for students to check out products in person! Click HERE for more information.

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 Mr. Darby Murphy. Mr. Murphy is new to the community of Vegreville and has joined St. Mary's as a part of the administration team as the Assistant Principal.

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Mr. Darby Murphy

"My name is Darby Murphy and I am the Assistant Principal at St. Mary’s Catholic School. I just moved to Vegreville, with my wife Bry and I have five rambunctious boys. Previously we lived in Camrose for 13 years but originally I'm from Saskatchewan. I enjoy basketball, playing guitar, exercising, and playing with my kids. Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you at the front office."

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Truth and Reconciliation Day - Sept. 30th

Sept. 30th is a school closure day.

Post-Secondary Registration Day - Oct. 1

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 Lamont Lakers

Congratulations to the Jr. Boys for winning their league game against Lamont last week. The Jr. Girls put in a valiant effort but lost in the decisive third set in a close game, 15-12. 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 Lamont Lakers: Junior Girls Volleyball
Lamont vs St Mary's

Athletic Announcements:

  • Sr. High Boys and Girls Volleyball Tournament at St. Paul, October 1-2. Ask Mr. Manderson or Mrs. Kozitzky for more details and cheer on our SAINTS!

  • Jr. High Volleyball Home Game VS Veg. Comp - Wednesday, Sept 29th

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.

Community Announcements:

TRUEarth 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!

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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:

Parish Plans:

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