St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Sept 19, 2021

So much is happening at St. Mary's this week!

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Meet the Staff @ Sept 22nd: Evening Postponed

Unfortunately, our Meet the Staff evening will not go on as planned because of the new Covid Restrictions that have been put in place. Please feel free to peruse the staff bio's on our STMY Website and email your teachers directly if you have any questions.

We will still be hosting the Parent Council Meeting at 6pm in a virtual meeting. Here is the link to join us for that time:

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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!

Terry Fox Run at St. Mary's this Friday

Our annual Terry Fox run will be held within student classes this year on Friday, September 24th. Please consider donating online at:

Students have been given donation forms last Friday in order to raise money for this amazing cause, and all students are encouraged to BRING A TWOONIE FOR TERRY on the day of the walk.

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Bring reusable water bottles to School

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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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.

A reminder for all families that the AHS Daily Assessment needs to be completed and actioned each morning prior to coming to school. If your child is experiencing symptoms please choose:

  1. “Flu-like symptoms”

  2. “other illness or injury” If they are experiencing symptoms that you do not deem to be flu-like, or your child has a medical appointment.

  3. “parent excused.” If your child is experiencing no symptoms at all, please choose this. The parent excused absence should only be chosen if you are keeping your child home for a reason that does not pertain to a medical issue. (i.e dance competition)

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.

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 Mrs. Larissa Regnier. We are so excited to have Larissa as a part of our staff as a Mental Health Capacity Building Wellness Coach.

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Mrs. Larissa Regnier

"My name is Larissa Regnier and I am the Mental Health Capacity Building Wellness Coach for St. Mary’s and St Martin’s Catholic Schools. I live in Lamont with my husband, our 1-year-old son, and our 2 dogs. I am excited to work with all the students and staff this year to promote positive mental health in the school. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns regarding mental health, I am happy to help!"

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

Join us to see what is happening at the school and how you can be involved in making the future brighter for our SAINTS! This meeting will be a virtual meeting. Please feel free to join us.

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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Congrats to the Sr. Boys Volleyball Team!

Great job gentlemen for placing 3rd at the Ice Breaker Tournament last weekend in Lamont. You are already off to a great start and we look forward to seeing how you develop as a team as the season goes forward. GO SAINTS!

Athletic Announcements:

  • Jr. High Volleyball league games this Thursday, Sept 23rd Saints are at Home Vs Lamont. 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.

Bob and Jean Kelly Memorial Scholarship:

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 39 is now accepting applicants for the Bob and Jean Kelly Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship program is directed towards current graduates of St. Mary's and Vegreville Composite. Two prizes are to be awarded, in the value of $500 respectively. Please head to our website for further details on this and other Scholorship opportunities!

Parish Plans:

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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 below to read the story of Esther for yourself and hear God's calling in your life.
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