Madonna News

February 07, 2021

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

Please note that Kindergarten Registration Opens February 1, 2021.

We will be offering the following class configurations.


  • Monday/ Wednesday and designated Fridays Full Days 8:40 - 3:15
  • Tuesday/Thursday and designated Fridays Full Days 8:40 - 3:15


Please note Kindergarten information and the videos click the link below.

https://mcs.eics.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten-2021-2022


Registration is online please check our website very bottom right. OR click the link below.

https://www.eics.ab.ca/parents-and-students/school-registration


Please contact the school with any questions you may have. 780.467.7972

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Survey Time!

The Elk Island Catholic Schools Parent Assurance Survey was sent out on Monday, January 25 to all EICS parents/guardians. Please take time to complete the survey. Your feedback is very valuable to us.


Please note the survey was sent out to parents using Survey Monkey, so there is a chance that the survey went to spam. Please check your spam if you didn't receive it.


Here is the link to the parent survey in case you would like to complete it now.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WD55B9


If you have children in more than one school in our school division, you will need to complete one survey per child.

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Report Cards

Please visit the parent portal in PowerSchool to view your child's report card.
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Shrove Tuesday FEB 16th

Please note we will not be serving pancakes this year for Shrove Tuesday on Feb., 16th due to Covid-19. But please note that this is an important time in the Church calendar. Please celebrate Shrove Tuesday with your Family on Tuesday Feb. 16th. Make it a family event by having Pancakes for supper and letting your children know the meaning behind Shrove Tuesday. THANK YOU


What is Shrove Tuesday?


It all begins with Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) which is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent and it is traditional on this day to eat pancakes. This is the season in which Christians get ready for the sacrifices and fasting ahead. Christians make a special point to review and modify their Lenten plans and also focus on their lives, asking God what improvements they can make in order to move closer to Him.


Why are Pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?


Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.


When is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)?


Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is therefore the final day before the commencement of Lent, leading up to Easter Sunday. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday. This year it is on Tuesday, February 16.


Enjoy listening to this story together: Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle


The joy of Shrove Tuesday you can enjoy pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you like!


Below is a recipe for pancakes for you to make as a family.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Family Recipe (shared by Mrs. Noel)


In a large bowl:


1 /2 cup flour


1 /2 cup rolled oats


1 /2 teaspoon baking soda


1 /2 teaspoon baking powder


1 /2 teaspoon salt


Take turns measuring the ingredients in a large bowl. Each person can stir with a whisk and count to ten.


In another bowl:


1 egg


1 tablespoon vanilla


1 tablespoon maple syrup


2 tablespoons oil


1 cup buttermilk


Combine the wet ingredients by stirring with a whisk. Each person can count to 40! Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until blended with the whisk. If the batter is too thick, add a little more buttermilk. Each person counting to 30.

Let the batter rest (sit on the counter not go to sleep)! Ha Ha!

Cook the pancakes on a hot griddle. Turn over when you bubbles form. Add toppings of your

***Replace regular oats and flour with GLUTEN FREE oats and flour in this recipe to enjoy if you're celiac!


ENJOY:)

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

The Ash Wednesday Virtual Mass will be live-streamed at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 17. ALL FAMILIES CAN JOIN VIRTUALLY. Please go to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish website for the link. Our teachers will distribute the ashes in their classrooms.


Your child will receive ashes at the school. The classroom teacher will put ashes on your child's forehead with a Q-Tip. One Q-tip per child. We do not share the Q-tips.

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Sacraments

To register your child in GRADE 2 OR OLDER for FIRST COMMUNION or RECONCILIATION please email: sacraments@olph.ca


Important Dates:

  • Virtual Reconciliation Retreat for Children & Parents - Saturday, February 27 at 12:00 pm
  • First Reconciliation Celebration (at the church) - Saturday, March 13 at 11:30 am
  • First Communion Teaching Mass & Practise (at the church) - Monday, April 19 or Wednesday, April 21at 6:15 pm
  • First Holy Communion Masses - Saturday, May 01 at 5:00 pm or Sunday, May 02 at 12:30 pm
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - Monday to Friday - 9:15 am to 9:45 am
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - Monday to Friday - 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - Saturdays - 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Adoration: First Friday of Every Month - February 5 - 9:15 am to 6:15 pm
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Tips to Help your Child be Comfortable and Confident Wearing a Mask

Please click on this link to learn how to help your child feel more comfortable and confident when wearing a mask.

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-sch-tips-help-child-wear-mask.pdf

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Fundraising

Save-On-Foods Wye Rd

*** REMEMBER TO SHOP AT SAVE ON FOODS ON WYE ROAD AND GIVE YOUR RECEIPTS TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE. SAVE ON FOODS WILL GIVE 5% BACK TO THE SCHOOL.



COBBS

***SHOP AT COBBS BREAD ON WYE ROAD AND JUST SAY YOUR CHILD ATTENDS SCHOOL AT MADONNA. COBBS WILL GIVE 5% BACK TO THE SCHOOL. WE do not need COBBS RECEIPTS.

Very Cold Weather Forecast


The health and safety of students is a paramount consideration in the organization of recess/outdoor activities. Administration and Teachers will take into consideration the following when making decisions regarding recess/outdoor activities during inclement weather that may result from the following conditions or combination of conditions:


1.1 Continuous rain;

1.2 Extreme wind, and/or

1.3 Extreme cold.


The suggested school division guideline is that students do not go outside if the temperature is - 25 C or colder. This suggested guideline is at the discretion of school administrators and teachers as part of their consideration for determining whether recess will be inside or outside.


Due to having very young children at Madonna, we usually use -20 C with wind as our guiding temperature to keep children in. Some teachers may take kids out for a shorter break outside if they have the proper clothing when it is -20 C with wind chill.


Please send your child in WARM winter clothes: winter parka, ski pants, winter boots, toque, scarf, mittens, gloves, etc... as your child may be outside on cold days.

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Upcoming Events


February


11 - Spirit Day - P. J. Day

11 - Virtual Priest Visit with Gr. 1, 1/2 and 2

12 - Valentine's Day In Class Activities - NO FOOD OR CARDS to exchange PLEASE

15 - NO SCHOOL - Family Day

16 - Shrove Tuesday -- No pancakes to be served at the school

17 - Ash Wednesday

18 - Virtual Priest Visit with Gr. 3, 3/4 and 4

19 - 100th Day of School - Dress up

24 - Pink Shirt Day

25 - Virtual Assembly and Gotcha Draw

25 - Virtual Priest Visit with Gr. 1, 1/2 and 2



March

1 - 26 - Tournament of Books

4 - Bend the Rules

4 - Virtual priest visit with 3G, 3/4P and 4P

5 - No School for Students - Division Faith & Wellness Day

10 - Storytime with Mrs. Wagner

11 - Adoration at Madonna

11 - Virtual priest visit with 1S, 1/2F and 2L

17 - Storytime with Mrs. Wagner

18 - Spirit Day - Jersey Day - Sports Day

18 - Virtual priest visit with 3G, 3/4P and 4P

14 - Daylight Saving Time starts

24 - Storytime with Mrs. Wagner

24 - 25 - Three Way Conferences

25 - Assembly & Gotcha draw

26 - No School - Spring Break begins ( March 26 to April 5)


April

6 - First day of classes