ABJ Scots Week at a Glance (SWAG)

April 25 - 29, 2022

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This weekend in our church we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. In the Roman Catholic Church, Easter has always been a celebration of the great love that God has for His Creation. A love that was shown when the Divine Son became incarnate and dwelt among us, sharing in our lot, showing us the way to the Father, and making the perfect offering in atonement for our sin.

Blessed John Paul II once said: “Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ, a gift which it offers to all humanity.”

Bill Pollingue, Ponder These Things, 2018

A wonderful gift that we will all appreciate this week is the opportunity to participate in person in a full mass. Our school, in partnership with OLPH Parish, will be offering multiple masses this week to our student body and we are forever blessed by the leadership of our chaplain Mrs Murphy and the students who have stepped up to support her in the various ministries. Parents are welcome to join us on April 26 for masses at 9:00 am (Grades 10 and 11) and 10:15 am (Grads 9 and 12).

Important Dates

April 25

- Environment Club at lunch time in room 219

- Track and Field Info and Sign-up meeting at lunch in the small gym

- Boys' Rugby practice at 3:30 pm

- HS Badminton Quarter Final Playoffs at Memorial beginning at 4:00 pm

- Boys' Handball vs. Ardrossan at Leduc. Game begins at 5:45 pm.

- Boys' Handball vs. Leduc at Leduc. Game begins at 6:45 pm.

April 26

- Easter Mass

- Grad Committee Meeting at lunch time in room 221

- Improv Club at lunch time in the theatre

- HS Badminton Possible Semi-Final Game at Mother Margaret Mary beginning at 4:00 pm

- Boys' Rugby vs. Paul Kane at Lynn Davies Field. game starts at 4:30 pm.

- Girls' Handball vs. Bev Facey. Game begins at 5:00 pm.

April 27

- PEP Day. Please choose a session prior to noon. Students staying in the building must select a session to attend.

- GrACE Content Deadline (see details in Faith News and Development portion)

- Crafty Cards for Seniors / Senior Pen Pals at lunch time in room 149

- Games Club at lunch time in room 215

- Music Club at lunch time in room 184

April 28

- PAC Mental Health Presentation with Elizabeth Stolte (see details in Parent and Student News portion)

- Rubik's Cube Club at lunch time in room 151. Bring your own cube!

April 29

- Prayer for students and staff at 8:10 in the ABJ Chapel

- Fortitude Club at lunch time in room 131

- Boys' Rugby at Lynn Davies Tournament on Friday and Saturday

Games at ABJ will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSgf0GxNMoj1sf0l9rnceMw. You can also access games through the ABJ Athletics page on FaceBook.

Upcoming events...

May 4

- Early dismissal

May 6

- PD Day. No school.

May 18

- Indigenous Grad Blessing at ABJ

May 27

- Grad Blessing at ABJ

May 29

- Grad Commencement and Evening Program at Edmonton Convention Centre

Parent and Student News

Visitors to ABJ

This is a friendly reminder that all visitors to the school must check in at the front office. For the safety and security of all our students and staff, only visitors with an appointment will be permitted to be in the school, and only then accompanied by a staff member or designated student. Visitors with a scheduled appointment or presenters for classes will be provided with a visitor badge and be greeted in the office by the staff member that they are meeting with or a student from the class that they are presenting in. Parents/guardians needing to drop off items for students are welcome to do so through the front office. Your cooperation and understanding is much appreciated!

Student Absences

Your assistance in identifying reasons for student absences is much appreciated. Please continue to inform the school through SafeArrival or by calling the front office if your child is going to be absent. We are working to keep accurate records of reasons for student absences and parent/guardian support is needed with this. We are seeing higher than usual levels of excused (EXC) or unverified (UNV) absences and knowing accurate reasons for students' absences helps us immensely.

In addition to contacting the office, parent(s)/guardian(s) of students who miss class and/or exams due to absence are advised to contact teachers directly to determine a course of action for completion of work and/or assessments. Google classroom will continue to be accessible for all students who are absent.

Parents: How to Stay Connected

In order to stay up-to-date with your child's attendance, grades, and assignments, please review the following informations. If you require more support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the front office for support.

Google Classroom:

1) If you wish to be invited to receive notifications about the schoolwork posted in your child's Google Classroom please email their teacher and request to be added as a guardian.

2) Shortly thereafter you will receive an email to confirm this step. Going forward you should receive an email summary of your student's work, which contains information about missing work, upcoming work, and class activity. You will only have access to your child's work. You can unsubscribe at any time.


If you wish to learn more about the assessments that your child has submitted to their teacher this semester please do the following:

  • Review their current mark and to determine what tasks have been assigned recently.

  • Use this link to access the info: https://powerschool.eics.ab.ca/public/

  • If you have questions about their progress, you can send a message to your child’s teachers here: https://abj.eics.ab.ca/contact

  • Call our school at 780-467-2121 to connect with someone who can help.

Join Us For An Evening Of Wellness!

Are you feeling exhausted with an overwhelming number of responsibilities? Parenting teens today, and in the past two years has presented us with some unique challenges. When life becomes overwhelming, we can forget to tune into our own needs and this may lead to increased stress. If you are feeling like life has been a bit too much lately, this presentation will help you! Join us as we explore the topic ‘Why taking care of yourself is the first step to taking care of others’. Elizabeth Stolte, Master level Canadian Certified Counsellor and Certified Music Therapist, will be our guest presenter and lead us in learning to regularly implement self-care, so we avoid setbacks in our overall health and wellbeing.

Join us IN-PERSON or ONLINE, Thursday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the ABJ Library.

RSVP to abj.parent.council@eics.ab.ca

Upon registration, online participants will receive the meeting link and presentation resources.

*This presentation is made possible through a grant provided by Alberta Education

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Excellence in Catholic Education Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Tricia Murphy for winning the Excellence in Catholic Education Award 2022! This is an annual award sponsored by the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (CCSSA). The Excellence in Catholic Education Award recognizes Catholic ‘teachers’ in Alberta who have done an exemplary job in preparing our youth to grow into outstanding Catholic citizens. Nominees are passionate about Catholic education and the students they teach, inspire their students, and demonstrate commitment to Catholic education and teaching excellence. In her roles as ABJ Chaplain, teacher, and OLPH Youth Minister, Mrs. Murphy is everywhere doing everything all the time for students, staff, and our faith community. Mrs. Murphy is truly "super" and very deserving of this award!
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Indigenous Education Committee Update

From April 25 - 29th, our school is focusing on the 94 Calls to Action, put forward by Truth and Reconciliation Canada. Our Indigenous Education committee has prepared posters to be hung around the school with various Calls to Action and QR codes to help students learn more about the Calls to Action, including what they require, what has been accomplished so far, and whether or not action has begun on some of these items. Students are encouraged to check these out around the school, and classes are invited to spend time seeking more information using these posters and the CBC Beyond 94 site. Resources to incorporate research and writing will be shared with staff for potential use in their classrooms.

Student Council Update

ABJ's beloved Ultimate Scavenger Hunt is returning. See more info on grade level google classrooms and to sign up a team for your chance to win! We can have 20 teams!

Cheerleading Showcase Thank You

Thank you to all the staff and students who came out to support our awesome Cheerleading Team and the bake sale for Lurana Shelter. It was a great opportunity to see and learn how the team manoeuvres their entire routine if any member of the team is missing, and still produce a fantastic performance. Huge thanks to Miss Coull for facilitating this opportunity and for always leading the team with a huge smile and an infectious positive energy!

ABJ Choir

On Tuesday last week, the ABJ Choirs performed at the Sherwood Park Festival of Music and were awarded standings of platinum and gold in their classes! Congratulations to the choir, Ms. Kerley, Mrs. Moes and Ms. Tilbury on your accomplishments!
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Pitch-In Week Continues!

Last week, students and staff took part in cleaning up the school grounds and nearby community to take care of our Earth and show pride in our school. Due to the weather, we will be extending Pitch-In efforts into this week as well. Thanks again to Mrs. Amanda Pilipchuk for leading this initiative and promoting the stewardship of both our natural and school communities!
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ABJ Stands with Ukraine

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Grad Information


Our School Team has finalized the 2021-2022 Grad List. This list has been published on the Grade 12 Google Classroom which all students and parents were invited to at the start of the school year. If you are not yet part of the classroom, please contact the front office to be re-invited. If your child's ABJ ID does not appear on this list, it could be for a variety of reasons. It could be that they are missing a necessary requirement in order to attain their Alberta High School Diploma, perhaps we are waiting to access progress on essential course marks, or has your student completed their Gold Book (including having met with a Counsellor to review its content).

Please direct any questions or concerns to Mrs. St. Amand or Mrs. Glass in Student Services, or Mr. Lakeman (the grade 12 administrator) so that we can work together to ensure that you are able to take part in ABJ Graduation should that be academically feasible.


Grads: please check the Grade 12 Google Classroom for submission of one baby photo and one middle school photo for the slide show. The due date for completing this was April 22, but we are happily still accepting late submissions.


A letter detailing upcoming dates and information for Grad 2022 was sent out to all grade 12 students and parents/guardians last week. Please see the link below for the letter and review it if you have not already done so. We kindly ask that any queries in regards to grad come after reading the letter closely- questions can be sent to this email: abjgrad@eics.ab.ca. Advisors will review the questions and provide responses at their weekly after-school Monday meetings.

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Faith News and Development

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Learning Spotlight

Creative Writing Information

For anyone who was unable to purchase a book from the Creative Writing Class in past semesters, you are now able to check them out of the Strathcona County Library as well as our own library. Stay tuned for more info about this semester's anthology as well as an upcoming night of celebrating writing!

PEP Service at OLPH Parish

Last Wednesday during PEP, 14 students went to Volunteer at St Vincent De Paul organizing clothes and household items to be donated to people in the Strathcona area and Saddle Lake. They learned about the society and were inspired by the many stories of the volunteers. We are so grateful for their work, and for the people of St Vincent De Paul! If you have any items you wish to donate, or are in need of food, clothes, or household items, feel free to contact the school Chaplain, Mrs. Tricia Murphy, or St Vincent De Paul at 780-416-0931. Let us seek to serve one another always!

Bio 20 and Chem 20 with Mrs. Tyrkalo

Students in Mrs. Tyrkalo's Bio 20 class did heart dissections a little while ago. As you can tell from the pictures, this was an engaging collaborative lab for students. More recently, students in Mrs. Tyrkalo's Chem 20 class had the opportunity to observe an egg in a bottle demonstration for their study on gases. Thank you to Mrs. Tyrkalo for integrating these activities into students' learning!
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ABJ Athletics

Boys' Handball update

Congratulations to the Boys Handball Team who won 23 - 18 over AOB last Tuesday! Well done!
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Track and Field

Interested in being part of the Track and Field Team for Grade 9s and Grades 10 - 12? There will be a sign-up and info meeting on Monday, April 25th at lunchtime in the small gym at 11:30 a.m. For more information, check with Mrs. Parker or email helenap@eics.ab.ca.

Juniors Learn to Row Program

This opportunity is for students aged 13-17. Practice times will run from 4:30 - 6:30 pm on the days indicated. Each athlete will have to register on their own, but they can row together in the program. You can register on edmontonrowing.ca on the 2022 season page.
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Badminton, Handball, Rugby, and Soccer Apparel 2022

All players in these four sports have the opportunity to order apparel with their specific team logos. Check on the parent portal in PowerSchool for the order form under 'fees' and then under the student tab.

Deadline to order is May 5, 2022. Note: clothing must be paid for at the time of order for it to register.

See the link below for the full catalogue of apparel.

Student Services, Wellness & Counselling Supports

Previously Posted Post-Secondary Opportunities and Info

* St. Joseph's College (SJC) Overnight Experience for Prospective Grade 11 and 12 Students. May 13 to 14. Limited spots! * ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program. August 15 deadline.

Scholarship Information

The Counsellors have had a number of students drop in lately looking for SCHOLARSHIP INFO!

If you head back to your Gold Book - there is an entire section dedicated to JUST THAT! We would encourage you to reference back to start applying. Scholarships truly are a case of the time you put in to them is what you will get out of them!

As a quick list - here are a few websites that have the best scholarship opportunities!
You can sign up for notifications of new scholarships too! Today alone, Scholarships Canada sent a notification of 4 new awards, ranging in description from "Voice for Animals High School Scholarship", to "Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Scholarship", to Youth Awards, worth anywhere from $500 to $3000! There are THOUSANDS of dollars up for grabs, you just need to apply!


Women in STEM Scholarships

The Government of Alberta announced April 7, 2022, $732,500 in new scholarship funding for women studying in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Grade 12 students entering post-secondary in the fall may apply for a grant valued at $2,500 to engage in a STEM-related program. Part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, this one-time top-up funding aims to advance gender equality and support women to succeed in the fulfilling career of her choice. The next application intake for the Women in STEM Scholarship Program will open in fall 2022.

Sponsored Learning Opportunity in Power Engineering- Women Building Future (WBF)

Did you know the average salary of a Power Engineer in Alberta is $78,000?

Women Building Futures (WBF) is proud to partner with Inter Pipeline and Pembina Pipelines to offer a Power Engineer Career Accelerator Program (PECA) to encourage more women to enter a career that has traditionally been under-represented. The Career Accelerator is a 2-week sponsored program to prepare students to begin a 2-year program at NAIT or Lakeland College. While completing the NAIT or Lakeland College program, students will have the opportunity to attend paid co-op placements with Inter Pipeline or Pembina Pipelines. Students will be required to pay for their tuition to NAIT or Lakeland but upon completion of the program, they will be given the opportunity to apply for full-time roles with Inter Pipeline and Pembina Pipelines.

Power Engineering is a fulfilling career opportunity for young women. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please attend an upcoming information session:.

DATE: April 27, 2022

TIME: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Click here to join the meeting [case sensitive] https://bit.ly/3kaEDf7

DATE: April 27, 2022

TIME: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Click here to join the meeting [case sensitive] https://bit.ly/3Omgxvy

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect. Hope to see you there! womenbuildingfutures.ca

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More than nine in 10 Generation Z adults (ages 15-21) express that they have experienced at least one physical or emotional symptom because of stress, such as feeling depressed or sad or lacking interest, motivation or energy,” according to research published by the Canadian Psychological Association.

High school teens spend most of their time attending classes, participating in extracurricular activities and doing homework. There is constant pressure to do everything and do it well to prepare for a successful career or higher education after high school. This can cause a lot of stress.

When they do have time, teens most often turn to media and communications activities, including watching TV, using social media and the internet and calling or texting friends. Although these can be helpful ways to relieve stress, the excessive use of technology can lead to lack of human connection and feelings of loneliness.

Use these tips to take a break from the barrage of constant communication and manage your stress in a healthy way.

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When we take things back to basics it is because we know that these strategies work! As for that 5th strategy, please know that the team in Student Services are here to support you and engage in conversation in a safe and confidential way. We have Mrs. Brittany Tames and Mrs. Kim Baumle as Family Wellness Workers and Mrs. Courtney St. Amand and Mrs. Sara Glass as Counsellors. We are available for drop ins, or feel free to reach out if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Student Opportunities

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Cafeteria Menu

Culinary Delights will be operating out of our cafeteria full days moving forward. Please help support our cafeteria so we can continue with this very important in-house service!

Please stay tuned to all of our communications for weekly offerings and more information.

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Please stay informed on all things ABJ through the weekly Smore, website, blog, and on social media.

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AHS Daily Screening Checklist- Updated January 2022

Please use the daily screening tool prior to sending your child to school each day.

PEP Help

Please see the parent/student manual here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lsoq5Z96z6AZA4wUnB37Z0o9So7q6Msn/view?usp=sharing

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